libra through and through

The finished piece that will be appearing in Blanket Magazine in June.  The project was about astrological signs.  I did Libra, since I am a Libra.  I could do whatever I wanted for this project, and it was definitely a lot of fun, especially using those warm colors.

Last week I saw two shows – Yeasayer and Beach House (in that order).  Loved them both.  Yeasayer was just plain fun and Beach House was beautiful-  in both sound and venue.  The concert was in an old church – 2640 St. John’s Church and put on by a Baltimore co-op coffee house – Red Emma’s.

Beach House, with their hand-made spinning confetti props on stage.  Went perfectly with the music – very moody and somewhat haunting, like Victoria Legrand’s voice.


stopping point?

Here’s what I’ve been working on for a little while, all the pieces put together.  I still have sketches of conjuring up some sort of background (something simple…) but I thought I would put this up for now.  It’s at a point where it could be complete.

I have had internet issues for a while, and I couldn’t figure out if it was my computer or the router.  Well, the router bit the dust this weekend so I replaced it and things are so much better!  I can watch my internet tv again!  This has caused me to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which is both mesmerizing and sad to me.  I try not to eat a lot of processed food and cook with fresh veggies, but I still love that greasy pizza and sweets.  The people he’s trying to help… live in another food universe.  Pizza everyday!  Chicken nuggets!  French fries on a regular basis.  Crazy unhealthy!


computer work

Sorry for the no-show post on Friday.  Last week I was in a blogging slump (probably brought on by an unproductive weekend), but I am back!

This past week I was working on some freelance stuff, including this illustration for LittleBig Magazine:

I also did a little work for Brown Paper Bag.  Images to link back to BPB!  I still have one more image to create:

This weekend’s weather was gorgeous.  I enjoyed a thick slice of the outdoors on Sunday by running in the park and playing softball with my friends that afternoon.  So wonderful!


ordered

I finished that piece on Thursday… and yesterday I ordered postcards with that piece to send out for promo purposes.  Here’s the front and back of the postcard:

Hopefully these turn out nicely.  They are slightly larger postcards: 5.5″ x 8″.  I like that size.


scan, furrow brow, repeat

I finished the piece I had been working on for so long!  Wrapping up all the loose ends was not as daunting of a task as I imagined.  I did scan pieces FOREVER, though. I kept getting frusterated during the process and wanted to give up.  To amuse myself, I:

- Tweeted about how much I really want a cat.  Then received some @replies that made me want a cat even more.

- Thought of the motivating words of a Project Runway, season 2 contestant: “You can cry and cut, but you gotta be cutting”.

This is the largest piece I’ve made in… at least three years? Probably more like four or five.


o.n.e.

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?


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