Thursday, January 27, 2005

Illustration Friday: Gluttony I am probably in the minority, but I really dislike amusement parks. All I can think of when I see commercials for Disneyworld/land/Six Flags/whatever is that there are millions of people starving in the world, and what the world doesn't need is one more rollercoaster or another person dressed up as a cartoon character who can't talk, but waves its hands around and pretends to giggle by putting its gloved hands over its permanently open mouth. I understand people need to unwind and have fun, and that's fine if you like all that. I just don't. It seems like such an advertisement for excess, and it's my personal "ick". I'm sure that says something about me, but I don't know what.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Words of wisdom from my brother: The moral of the story is pray for the right thing. Sometimes, instead of praying for the cup to be passed from your lips, you have to pray for the ability to chug without choking. I'm working on so many varied projects that truly excite me right now, and I will be doing some serious chugging! If you're reading this, please say a prayer that I can give everything my very best shot. And then I'll make sure I share images of the work I've been doing so you can see where those prayers are going. More writings from people I actually know: * 'Toine (aforementioned brother) * Jon (very talented writer friend) * Kevin (very talented artist friend) * Jen (lovely SIL)

Monday, January 24, 2005

Song birds. At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear him... Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet... When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light. ~ Oswald Chambers

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Illustration Friday: Seasons I like to draw birds. Coloring them in is kind of theraputic, much like graph paper used to be for me in high school. They all start out pretty much the same, but then a little color, a little detail here and there transforms them into unique creatures. I want to sew birdie-shaped pillows, fit them together to make a tesselated pattern for material, have them march along in a border for the twins' room. Maybe sew stuffed animals - a whole bunch of different colored ones. They're just fun for me and a way to jump-start my imagination. (Plus, it's hard to mess them up!) There's no wrong way to paint a bird. You can see more birds here (scroll to the very bottom) and here and here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Using my power for good. Well, the auction is officially over, and the talented and very generous Kelly is the proud owner of the "Relief" painting! $375 will be donated to UNICEF, which is so much more than I ever dreamed I could do on my own. Thank you, Kelly, and everyone who donated! And now, for all of you who donated, wanted to, or just like the picture: here is brand-new wallpaper to help remind you of how simple it can be to use your talents - whatever they may be - for good. 800 x 600 | 1024 x 768

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

In my spare time.... ;) I created a "flower" for Building Letters Magazine's Tsunami issue. Building Letters is a magazine by designers, and raises money for selected charities through its sales. They were looking for designers to make a flower that will be used in a font that they'll include on disk with the issue. Kudos to the marvelously talented Cin for providing the link!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Illustration Friday: Balance (keep going, there are two this week) My life is all about balance. I don't like to call it that; I would rather call it everything working in harmony because balance sounds to me like too much of a juggling act. Which, believe me, it is anyway. I seem to have learned how to have quality time for my family, working, cooking healthy meals for the week, and creative time (without which I would, definitely and beyond a shadow of a doubt, curl up and die). I learned the hard way, but it's ingrained now. The Lord of Green Well, I did my original painting, and then I read this marvelous blog entry from A Cup Of Rich... he notes that a calendar he has equates green with balance. "I could use a lot of that peace, balance, harmony, and restoration right now. And if green is all those things, then Jesus is the Lord of Green." God, I love that! The entry says it 9 gazillion times better than I do... please check it out (it's been inspiring me all week!) ....................................... Two days left in the auction! 100% of the profits go to UNICEF to benefit the tsunami victims.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Working From Home - A Short Poem The following is a note I sent to my co-workers last week when the weather was icky. It's icy and slick out; I wanted to mention That working from home today is my intention. Think of me while you're going for coffee outside And the rain and the sleet makes you run fast inside - Or commuting to far-off wild places like Brooklyn Or Westmont, New Jersey or downtown Metuchen And it's raining and wet and you stifle a sneeze And you hope you don't catch a cold there in the breeze While I'm sitting here snug with a slice of fresh bread That I programmed to bake while I snuggled in bed And it beeped me at 7 when it was done baking And it mixed with the smells of the fire Paul is making. So I'm sitting here working, just a regular gal, On Mutts stuff and graphics and pages for Sal. You can Skype me, IM me, or talk to me live By phoning at xxx-xxx5. ....................................... Thanks to everyone who has bid on or promoted my auction... I'm delightfully stunned by the response. And still 4 days to go! Makes me wish I had done this kind of thing sooner.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

The auction's back up! Okay, it's up and running through January 16th... you can place your bids here. And now it's all official and everything. Phew.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Illustration Friday: Disaster Relief (detail above) I will be auctioning off the original watercolour painting and will donate 100% of the proceeds to the tsunami relief efforts. The illustration measures 9"x12" and is painted on acid free, 90 lb cold press watercolour paper. You can see the full version of "Relief" here. UPDATE #2: For those coming directly from Illustration Friday, the good news is that the auction is back up! You can see it here.
The twins just turned 10 months old, and Sophie is now 22 months. Amazing to think that in by March they will turn 1, and 2, respectively (within a week of each other). See them open presents and just generally be cute here.

Monday, January 03, 2005

And a Happy New Year. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad to see 2004 go. Hands down it's been one of the hardest, toughest years of my life. So I'm ready for a fresh start. I like to title my years - the past year was The Year of Adventure, truthful, huh? And I think I have a name for this one! The Year of Taking Care of Myself. And that's not meant in any kind of selfish way. It just occurred to me that looking back over this year, I've been the most frustrated when I was sick and unable to do the things I wanted or needed to do. I'm so used to putting everybody and everything else before myself and my own health; the only reason I went to the doctor faithfully during my pregnancies was for the babies' sakes. So now it's time for me to be a little proactive. This year I plan to monitor my health and well-being more closely to set up long-term good habits instead of being in desperate survival mode as it's been the past few years. I want to look ahead to the future and see a happy old lady who still likes to go hiking and dancing and painting and learning new things, instead of an old crotchety lady who can't get around by herself and complains all the time about it. I plan on being around a long time, and darnit, I'd better be able to enjoy it.