Saturday, August 25, 2012

Coffee & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes & Art

Today is a for making art until I fall asleep.

Friday, August 24, 2012

My desk is getting crowded.

Merit badges. Award ribbons. Sketches. Sketchbooks. Coffee cups. Thread. Seashells. Micron pens. Gel pens. Paper scissors. Fabric scissors. Weird Stuff scissors. Candy necklace. Painter's tape. Hammer.

Actually, I'm not sure why the hammer's there. But it is.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lions & Unicorns & Cake & Art

I'm super excited about the new products soon to be listed in my Etsy shop. So excited that today, my day off, I decided I should wake up extra early and start drawing bears and Big Foots and peonies and wonderful things. I'm making some Alice-themed surprises to send to Mia, and drinking lots of coffee. She starts first grade soon.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Whimsy Scout Camping Trip

I have a lot to accomplish today, because tomorrow morning I leave for a weekend of camping on the beach and plenty of sun & sailing. And then I come home, express my love for indoor plumbing, and get a good night's sleep before starting my job on Monday.

Above is a page from my sketchbook after I made those award ribbon thank you notes, which were actually cut from paint swatches. I have another pile of little circles from more awards I've since made, which are being turned into merit badge sketches. I'm quite the accomplished gal.

If I'm lucky, the embroidery hoop I'm bringing along for the trip will be filled with a full batch of merit badges when I return. Have a swell weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Clyde & Bonnie

Ok, ok, one more. Though perhaps based more on the 1967 movie than on the 1930s bankrobbers, I wouldn't mind wearing some of Bonnie's outfits in this photoshoot done by Aram Bedrossian.

Bonnie & Clyde

It's no secret that I love reading about Bonnie & Clyde. Arthur Penn's 1967 classic might be one of my favorite movies ever. My very last 20+ page research paper in high school was about this duo. I made pocket friends of them. I've analyzed scenes of the movie for film classes. And maybe they weren't the best people, but they were sure interesting.
While (still) cleaning out my bookmarks bar, I came across this photo shoot done for Harper's Bazaar by Peter Lindbergh. Based on the 1930s bank robbers, but with even more fabulous clothes, this tells their story in an even more glamorous way.

Guessing Game

Welcome to the boring life of adulthood: the stage between graduating art school, and getting a sheep. I think that will make the difference. I'm finally officially employed with super great art hours (12 hour shifts, which means many days off, or possibilities for a second job) and start Monday. Until then, I've been mailing out some recent Etsy orders, designing awards for everyone, and sketching some ideas for sticker sets. Yesterday I read a fantastic book which, a) is based around vintage vernacular photographs, b) so yes, it has pictures, and c) is soon to be turned into a movie directed by Tim Burton, who, honestly, is probably the perfect person for the job. But maybe I'll share more about that later.

I've also taken on the meticulous task of cleaning out my bookmarks on Safari. Holy cow, do I have a lot. There are just so many good arts I want to remember! And despite being invited early on when it was in its beta stages or whatever, I have refused to sign up for Pinterest because, well, I already made a Tumblr that I was obsessive about keeping super clean and organized to keep track of all my favorite images or whatever. But that's tedious. So I went over to the dark side Pinterest and have since been clearing out things that half the time, I'm not sure why I wanted to go back to them.

Anyhoodles, this is a nice thing you might think is nice. Iconic Painters to Guess, by Re:Design features clean vector images and hints to artists everyone should know. Here are some of the images, but if you need help with the answers, head over to their website and highlight the white text underneath each design.

And if you think these are swell, or if you like tv more than art (?), then check out their Iconic Tv Shows to Guess.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Making Art.

And boy, do I crack myself up. Tonight I'm picking up some supplies for some awesome items soon to be added to my shop. This is a hint. Oh, and you should probably check out the brand new merit badges I listed on Friday. They're pretty rad. And completely one-of-a-kind.

Find even more marvelous things in my shop!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bragging Rights

Today I took the bus downtown, had a delicious cup of coffee, enjoyed a private tour with the curator at the Gibbes Museum of Art, strolled along King Street, browsed my favorite shops, audibly reminded myself that just because something is floral print doesn't mean I need to buy it, sat in a shady park, worked in my sketchbook, followed up on a job opportunity, and caught the bus home. And just as I hopped off the bus, Nicholas pulled up like a knight on shining motorcycle. He brought my helmet and coveralls to slip over my dress (because I hate wearing real pants) and gave me a ride home so I didn't have to walk 4.5 miles. And as dark as the clouds were, we beat the rain.

What a great guy.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Maybe I just want a job that doesn't mind if I dye my hair blue and pink again.

Because maybe I'll dye my hair blue and pink again. Even though it's not long. Also, I might even get a haircut in the next 2 years or so. But probably not.

But really I just want a job. So I can save dollars for rent. So I can have an apartment with glitter everywhere and art all the time. My ideas are too big for this space right now. Also, Brian won't let me have a pet bunny.

In other news, Nicholas is the best. Since I spent the day feeling crummy and wallowing in my misery while continually embroidering merit badges, he surprised me with a bag of Hershey Kisses and a brand new box of cereal. I love cereal, in case you didn't know.

Tomorrow I'm going downtown for art and adventures. I think I'll stop by the library, too. And maybe find someone who will trade friendship bracelets with me.

This message is brought to you by a night of insomnia followed by a day of migraines. Happy Windsday, folks.

Ps. If I get a boy bunny, I'm naming it Glenn Coco.