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It’s snowing again. Wahhh!

More progress on what I posted on Wednesday.  My friends are hosting an art show in their house and I’m putting a piece in it.  I would (ideally) like to see this hanging in the show.  We’ll see.  There is a lot to be done.

I’ve thought about starting to wake up early to go to the gym.  I don’t relish the idea, but there’s nothing more difficult for me to work for 8 hours and then come home and leave again to work out.  The gym opens at 5:30am, I work at 9am.  I think I could do it!  Plus, I am participating in a triathlon in June, and I better get to swimmin’.

Hair will be cut and dyed this weekend.


nonsense!

This scan will probably make no sense, but give you insight into my:

1. Process

2. Cheapness

I refuse to throw away old sketchpads, bristol pads, and other pads of paper because you never know when you can use them!  Here is something that I saved from Junior year of college.  Over this ink drawing, you can see some pencil lines, which will eventually be filled in with paper and thread, among other things (probably).  You also see what I’ve been sewing as well.

At the beginning of the year I decided that it was Year of the Sara, meaning that it was my year to do fun things and really get back into personal work and things that interest me.   So far, pretty good.  On Monday I had a video meeting with a company I’m going to do some freelance work for.  I’m really excited about the project and will post about that when I can. Yay!

ALSO:  Have you looked at Brown Paper Bag yet?  It’s been up and running for a week and a half.  So far, so good!  You can also follow that blog on Twitter.  I post neat stuff on there that isn’t on Brown Paper Bag.


chili cook-off

Happy Monday (I suppose).  The weekends always seem too short.  This weekend I broke down and bought a new Wacom Tablet – the Intuos 4.  Let me just say that it is AWESOME.  Vast improvement over what I previously had (Intuos 3).  Sleeker, more functionality, smoother sensor pad – totally worth what I paid.

In my never-ending quest of eating, I attended a chili cook-off.  It was pretty great, with the exception of the chili that tasted like beer.  I was really glad that one did not win.

I also went to my friend’s closing reception for her art exhibition!  I haven’t been to one of those functions in quite some time.  Very nice to go and revel in Amanda’s wonderful installation.  Sadly,  my camera battery died before I could take any photos.

Here’s what I worked on, a revamp of a previously attempted project:

I also updated my website with two illustration pieces (that I have posted on  here).

You should also check out Brown Paper Bag while you’re at it!  I have some exciting things to post this week.


root beer bundt cake + sewing

Last night I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open.  It was 11:30pm.  I didn’t get nearly anything completed last night (art-wise), so I woke up at 6:30am this morning to try and be productive.  Here’s what I was sewing before I left for work:

Part of the reason I didn’t get all my sewing/blogging done was because of this cake:

That is a root beer chocolate bundt cake. Root beer fudge frosting to be added tonight.  I love to bake.


consulation: a nice dinner

Last week was full of productivity.  I can’t say the same for this week so far.  Here are the fruits of my labors this week:

To my credit, I have been trying to get into the groove of writing in Brown Paper Bag.  I’ve had some technical roadblocks that prevent me from uploading images to Brown Paper Bag while I’m at work.  I have to do them all at home, meaning I have to spend the time to at least browse images and upload them the night before (or morning of).

This girl is a redux of An Invisible Sign of My Own.  Remember that?  I didn’t like where the project was going, but I did like the one idea I had for a piece of work, so I’m scraping whatever I had before and going for the gold (like the olympics!) on this one.

That hair that she has on now is not actually the hair.  It’s just a pattern and placeholder.

I want to get into mono printing.  What do I need to know?  Someone inform me, blogosphere.  Can I use acrylic paint and water them down?


productive week(end)

Happy Monday, yaaa’ll.  I hope that your Valentine’s Day was a nice one (mine included a pit-beef sandwich at a restaurant next to a strip club).

With the blizzard last week, I was given ample time to work on my pursuits and as a result was fairly productive.   Here is the (for now) finished version of the guy you had seen last week.  I have been really interested in embroidery and did a little line work on top of the paper cage for some added visual interest.

I also did this quick little piece for the Indypendant, a newspaper based in New York City.  There was a quick sketch/final turnaround time.  It’s always a different change of pace to work on something that you know will be printed on newsprint.  You have to bump up the contrast.  The piece I was illustration for was about a Palestinian poet named Mahmoud Darwish, mostly focusing on his poem Mural.  You should look up some excerpts from the poem.  It’s really very pretty.

Brown Paper Bag has launched!  I’m going to start posting TODAY!  Check it out for different artists and other works on paper, as well as good vibes.


artist fridays: megan whitmarsh

I have been such a blogging deadbeat lately!  Sorry, blogosphere!  The snowpolyse gave me two days off work this week, one being yesterday.  I escaped my neighborhood for the day by attending a decadent brunch with some friends… not leaving time for blogging in the afternoon!

This is my last daily post with Marshmellow Kisses.  From now on you can check out Brown Paper Bag for all your daily art posts.  I will still update this blog with my work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (at the very least).

Okay, now on to Artist Fridays!  I present to you the work of Megan Whitmarsh.  She’s an artist that has made work for some time, and whose website catalogs the years she’s been working, making it interesting to see the progression of her work.   My favorite of her work is actually from 2006/2007, when she used a lot of embroidery in her work.  She has since transitioned from embroidery to sculpture.  It’s all very nice, but I love the insular worlds that she creates with her (slightly) older work.

All images via her website.


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