Thanksgiving… Already?!

Thanksgiving… Already?!

My C3 Lab studio art wall featuring a current work in progress: The Grid” – hanging on the lower right corner

Here’s a statement that puts panic into my heart:
Thanksgiving is next week.
Yikes!
You know what that means, right?
It means Christmas is barrelling down at us.
And I’m NOT ready!

How did I lose October?
And the beginning of November to boot?
One moment, I was chugging along to meet September deadlines.
Then I took a short hiatus to visit my family.
Made a few Halloween arts and crafts.
And then… what?
I zoned out an entire month?

That can’t be right.
I’ve really been working on all sorts of things.

“The Grid” for one.
A series of small mixed media pieces on 6-inch by 6-inch cradled artist board.
My ultimate goal is to create & hang 99 pieces.
I completed 45.
Overcame my fear of power drill and actually hung up 36 of the pieces.
So that’s something, right?

Got a top-secret project in the pipeline.
Can’t tell you about it now,
but it’s another time consuming obsessive-compulsive type thing.
Exactly the stuff I like.

Made a crazy wig for myself out of all the skeins of black yarn folk keep giving me.
Attached a hand sewn felt crow to the top of it.
Wore it proudly for Halloween.

Crocheted a half dozen pumpkins.
And am currently preparing madly for this year’s upcoming
Small Business Saturday at C3-Lab.

So you see?
I didn’t exactly “lose” October.
I think all the creative days just sort of fused together into one big making bonanza.

But it’s still a shocker to realize that…
Yes…
Next week IS Thanksgiving.
So  let me wish you a very happy turkey day.
Eat lots.
Take a nap.
And thanks for checking in with me.

In Series

In Series

I’ve been blogging only sporadically.
Sorry.
Part of the reason is because of Instagram.
(Sure, let’s blame social media)
I snap a pic when the mood strikes.
Write a one-liner.
Hashtag it.
Hit post.
Near instant gratification.
Easier and faster than blogging.
With the upside of potential “likes” from friends & followers.

My other reason for being an infrequent blogger?
Because I can either make art OR talk about making art.
I’m just not skilled enough to do both.
Add to that a new method of creative madness.
Working in series.

A few favorites from #the100dayproject

I’ve always liked things in multiples.
For example, I don’t want to buy just one of something.
I want to buy a whole set.
Then I want to take it home and line it up just so.
I figured it was part of my obsessive-compulsive leanings and went with it.

This past spring/summer, I participated in #the100dayproject.
Quite frankly,
It made me a little nutty to crank out a mixed media drawing a day for 100 days straight.
But thanks to those OC tendencies,
I powered through those 100 days.
And in the process learned that my attraction to multiples carried over into my art.
It was a real a-ha moment.

I decided to shift my focus from stand alone pieces to series of smaller works.
So here’s some of what I’ve been chipping away at since.

Poppets 2018 (Ink on collaged 8×10 inch canvas)

The poppets are goofy little Halloween figures that are supposed to be cutely-creepy.
They crack me up.
A bunch of the 2017 poppets sold immediately.
I rather miss them.
So I made a new set for Halloween 2018.

“Round and Round” (mixed media on 5×5 inch canvas)

I’ve spent the last two years focusing on oil painting.
But over time, realized that oil paints don’t exactly play nice with other mediums.
More and more,
I’ve been itching to experiment with mixed media.

“Round and Round” is a 10-piece mixed media series
on 5-inch by 5-inch gallery wrapped canvas.
Though I’m quite pleased with result.
I wanted to upgrade from canvas to cradled artist board.

Round 1 for “The Grid” (mixed media on 6×6 inch cradled artist board)

Here’s Round 1 for my next series, “The Grid.”
I’m very satisfied with the clean look of the 6-inch by 6-inch cradled artist boards.
And I LOVE playing in mixed media.
Round 1 consists of 9 pieces.
I’m planning at least 9 more rounds to form “The Grid.”
Like I said,
It’s a whole new direction in my method of creative madness.
In series.

Cutting, Pasting and Waiting Out the Storm

Cutting, Pasting and Waiting Out the Storm

It’s Hurricane Florence weekend.
I’ve spent the week prepping as much as I could for this.
Grocery shopping.
Cooking.
Baking.
Laundry.
Hauling the outside stuff in.
Really, for the most part,
just doing the usual stuff that has to get done,
But this week with an edge of nervous energy and tense anticipation.

We watched news of the storm hitting the NC coast and then crawling across the state.
Winds picked up yesterday.
Lights flickered a few times.
Rain hit Charlotte today.
But to our great relief, it appears that the storm is sweeping around us.
The weather will be nasty another few days.
But we are spared the onslaught we feared.
(Though never say never about power outages).

So here I am.
Fridge stocked with food.
Power happily still on.
Family quietly scattered about our house.
One kid drawing.
One kid gaming.
Spouse working out & enjoying some quiet time.
And me in my studio.
Furry baby sprawled sleeping by my feet.

I’ve sorted all my hoarded scraps of paper color.
Tearing some of the paper.
Carefully cutting images from other sheets.
Arranging.
Gluing.
Pondering what’s next.
Waiting out the storm.

iMake CLT

iMake CLT


Summer felt like it was going to last forever.
Floating on my back in the water.
Watching the clouds.
Hanging out with my kids.
Playing with our dog.
Grilling.
Traveling.
Visiting friends.
Binge watching way too much Netflix.
Making to-do lists.
Planning big plans.
But then feeling too hot and too lazy to execute much at all.
With only enough energy to slide back into the pool.
Now that’s what I call a good summer!

But now, ready or not,
it’s time to put all that summer laziness behind and prep for a slew of fall workshops and events.

First event of the fall season?
iMake CLT 2018

Saturday, October 13 from 10am to 2pm
(Rescheduled because of Hurricane Florence from Sept 15 to Oct 13)
Hosted at C3-Lab
2525 Distribution Street
Charlotte, NC

The two most pertinent facts are:
1.  It’s going to be super FUN
and
2.  It’s FREE!!!!

There will be all sorts of creative activities for participants to try out.
Giant chess.
Hydroponic gardening.
3D printing.
Fiber art.
Paper art.
Weaving.
Painting.
The list goes on and is quite impressive.

Much as I’d like to try all the different options out myself,
I’m actually one of the folks running a booth this year.
(Smiley face)
My project will be short and simple.
With a neat little take-away.

Come check out iMake CLT on the 15th.
Kids and grownups welcome to play.
Can’t wait to see you!

100 Days of Learning

100 Days of Learning


93 days ago, I joined #the100dayproject on a whim.
I happened to see a friend’s post about it.
It was our first morning on spring break vacation.
I had a little time on my hands.
So I thought,
“Why not?”

Days 1, 2 and 3 were effortless.
I was on vacation, after all.
I woke up a good hour or two before everyone else in the morning.
I’d grab a cuppa and draw quietly while I waited for our day to start.
Things got a little more challenging after that.
Around day 10, I started struggling over what to draw next.
I actually felt a bit of despair over the thought of all the days of drawing and posting I’d committed to.
I gritted my teeth and drew on.

I felt a big sense of accomplishment on day 40.
Until I remembered that meant 60 more days to go.

Day 50 came and went unnoticed.

Somewhere between days 70 and 80,
a fellow artist commented that 50 days sounded like plenty.
Why not just go 50 days?
Why 100?


I’m sure the folks who came up with the 100 count had their reasons.
And “100” does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
I’d learned plenty by day 50.
But personally,
I’m glad I kept slogging on with 100 days as my goal.
Because a few things didn’t start clicking for me til well after day 50.

I discovered:
I like to draw small objects.
I like mixing ink and watercolors.
I LOVE the look of “dirty” watercolors.
Especially when I layer color on color.
I don’t particularly care for colored pencils.
It’s ok to draw from photos.
But the photos are only a reference.
And I can make changes to what I see.
I don’t have to love everyday’s drawing.
I shouldn’t fuss too hard about what to draw.
I just need to draw.
The most important thing from all these days of drawing?
I’ve remembered I love to draw.

Just a few more days to go til I hit that magic 100 day goal.
I’m not going to say I had fun.
But I will say it’s been a good thing.
And call me crazy,
but I’m thinking to do it again next year.