Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Finished Projects

I did it.  I finished some fabric designs and also my little holiday show.  Well, the show goes up Dec. 1.  I'll try and take some photos to show all of you.  Really, I stopped painting holiday art on Sunday evening.  Just couldn't do it anymore.  I love the Christmas season and I thought if I don't stop soon I'm going to be sick of all this fun stuff.  So, I packed up my paint and brushes and put it all away.  Done.  I'm kind of like that, I give myself a deadline and most of the time I stick to it.  Seems to keep me plugging along when I need to.  Here is a peek at the main floral design and a couple more from the fabric I designed.  I hope they like it.  I would really like to have a contract in my hot little hands.  Well, now that I'm kind of caught up with most of my work, maybe I will think about Christmas and what on earth I will get for everyone in my family.  My daughter is pretty easy.  She tells me things she would like.  My son on the other hand.  Jeez, he is hard to buy for.  That sweet little boy is a sweet man now.  But, he won't tell me what he wants.  Oh, well. I'll figure it out.  Have a great week everyone and thanks for all the support.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Everything Happens at Once

Well, our Thanksgiving holiday is over.  This is the one time of year that my whole family gets together.  It's quite the group.  I'm talking all my aunts and uncles, cousins, their kids, babies, plus some stray folks we bring along cause they don't have a place to go.  Okay, their were 40 people at my aunts house.  The noise level was pretty high.  So, this nice day to see everyone turns out okay but I couldn't hear anything they said.  So, I think it was a nice day.  Not sure.
I'm posting this piece of art because I feel like all my projects are due at the same time.  Why does this always happen?  My holiday show goes up Dec. 1.  Fabric project is due Dec. 1.  All the SCBWI projects are due soon as well.  Oh, my!  I can do it.  I think.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Tea Time

What a cold Autumn day.  It's really cold outside and I think it is slowly seeping into my house.  So, I think it's time for a nice pot of tea.  Warms me up and wakes me up too.  What a bargain.  They said on the news this morning that it might snow by Saturday.  Now for some of you this is probably normal but we get a lot of rain in Oregon but hardly any snow.  Well, some parts of Oregon get snow just not my part.  So, I'm making a list for the market so if I'm stuck at home in the snow I'll have plenty of cookies and tea.  My favorite thing.
On a side note.  Lois and I met some other corgi's this morning.  Ollie and Jeepers, a boy and a girl corgi.  Their people were Juanita and Eric.  The people seemed nice but Ollie and Jeepers didn't seem to like us very well.  Now, I just have to say, it's not everyday you meet a Juanita.  I just like to say it over and over.  I kind of hope we become good friends so I can say her name all time in my regular conversation.  Hmmm, I'll give that some thought.  As my friend Doris Day used to sing, "what will be, will be".  On that note.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Back to Work

Well, the meeting with Quilting Treasures went well I think. Lots of good talk and a nice dinner.  I liked everything I heard and I think they liked me.  My mission if I choose to accept it, is to expand on some designs I've already finished  and send to them in the next couple weeks.  If the design team likes what I send then I'm in.  So, I'm working like mad. I even survived the one and a half hour drive in the dark windy, rainy night. Thank you all so much for all you nice comments and good wishes.  Now I can calm down and get these designs out.  Thanks again everyone!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Big Meeting

Well, I am a little nervous.  I am off to meet with the president of Cranston and Quilting Treasures Fabric on Wednesday afternoon.  I have talked with him on the phone and sent numerous emails back and forth.  But, now we shall meet and see if we like each other.  I already like him.  But, I'm pretty easy.  I mean that in the nicest way. I'm kind of like my dog Lois, and she likes everybody.  Anyway, I have been trying for the past year to get a new fabric deal and I hope this is it.  I have to drive to Portland which I never do.  But, I'll do it cause I want the job. We will chat and then have dinner.  I just hope I don't pass out from all the excitement.   Oh, I won't do that.  I hope.  Anyway, wish me luck.  I'll keep you all posted on the outcome.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Fun

I just posted this piece on the Watercolor Wednesday blog.  But, thought I would show it to you guys as well.  I tossed it together yesterday when I should have been working on my holiday show.  Sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do.  Anyway here it is, not my best effort but still okay.  This picture of fall leaves reminds me.  Just this morning Lois and I were on our morning walk, enjoying the fall foliage and getting some fresh air.  We walked by a house on my street with really lovely trees in the boulevard. In one of the trees was a bra!  Just hanging there.  Hmmmm, I wondered.  Did someone just decide they had had enough of under wires. Who tosses their bra in a tree? I'm pretty sure it's not the lady who lives in that house.  I know her, and she is not a bra tossing kind of girl.  I don't think she's a drinker.  I kind of wished her husband would come out, just so I could see his face.  Lois and I always seem to find interesting things going on.  I'm so lucky.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Busy me

Well, I have not posted anything in awhile, because I'm chained to my work table painting holiday art for my upcoming show.  I did however finish a kind of traditional Rapunzel illustration for my portfolio.  I mostly like the witch hiding out behind the tower.  I have also noticed that I seem to illustrate characters with red hair a lot.  I have always liked red hair.  I don't have red hair myself but I guess I could take care of that pretty easy.  It's just a little bottle of dye away.  Maybe not.  I'm also getting excited for the SCBWI conference in January.  Although, I'm not excited about the flight.  I'm not scared to fly or anything it's just a really long trip and a really long day.  Not to mention I always fall asleep during the flight and I snore.  It's true.  I'm not proud of it and I really do try to stay awake.  I feel sorry for the poor soul who sits next to me.  Oh well, life is not always easy.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sneak Peek

Here is a little peek at the holiday art show I am working on.  The whole thing started last year when I was asked to do an art show at one of our local coffee houses.  I said yes and then decided to make it a holiday show since it was taking place in December.  I didn't really think I would sell anything but, it was fun.  Long story short, I sold out!  I was in shock.  So, this year they want double the paintings.  I don't know if they will get their wish but, I'll try.  So here are a few pieces I've been working on.  All are on canvas and painted with acrylics.  Sorry about my poor photos.  I'll work on that too.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Chickens

I'm posting a painting of the chickens that live next door to me.  Well, they used to live next door.  I had not seen them in awhile so, I asked my neighbor about them and he said they were too noisy so he gave them away.  Not to worry though, he gave them to some folks out in the country who already have chickens.  I don't really like chickens.  I don't know why, because I like to eat chicken dinners just fine. I just don't like to hang out with chickens and don't want to own or babysit any.  It might be because you can't really tell where a chicken is looking or which way they're going to go.  They do have kind of a wild look in their eyes don't you think?  Well, anyway they are gone but I have a nice little painting to remember them by.
Oh, I almost forgot.  I did in fact survive the Episcopal Convention last weekend.  It was fun and informative and it's over.  Thanks be to God!  Have a great week everyone.