#TBT high school art

The cat is made of layers and layers of pencil, smudged, lifted with a kneaded eraser, then drawn dozens more times to create the depth you see in its fur.

Today I picked up a set of pencils and a sketch pad when I went to the grocery store. I hope I can find my way back to creating things like this in the future. . .

Just realizing I want to is a start.

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The other day my very dear friend Kerri inspired me to take out some of my old artwork from high school.

Slowly the realization has taken hold that when you’re an artist you’re one even when you’re not creating art. You’re an artist even if art isn’t your career. The epiphany: It’s not what you do, it’s who you are. Seeing my old work has made me want to create new work again.

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A watercolor fox

I want to paint with watercolors, oils, and acrylics again. I want to take a handful of pencils and draw animals like I did when I was a kid. I’m feeling the urge to create intricate drawings that push me to my creative limit.

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It took months but in this pen and ink of horses running through water I drew every droplet and spray.

I should have gotten out my good camera instead of using my iPhone to take these images, especially the one above and below, as they are mind-numbingly detailed pen and ink drawings made using one of those old fountain pens where you literally dipped your pen tip into a bottle of ink over and over again.

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An acrylic paint wash with a pen and black ink sunset through Spanish moss.

The risk that one stray ink drop could have ruined either picture was ever present. It wasn’t until the following year when I went to college that I learned about Rapidograph technical drawing pens. They would have made both of these projects so much easier! But creativity isn’t about what’s easy, it’s about expressing something. Something about the subject matter? Something about yourself? Perhaps a bit of both.

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As an artist I don’t know that I’ll ever again be as prolific as I was in High School.

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What I do know is that I want to be.

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If nothing else it’ll make my mom happy.

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She’s always wanted me to do more art. When I was a kid she always encouraged my creativity in many different ways. I’m fortunate she did. Thanks mom!

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Tinygami business cards from Vistaprint

First I tried blurring out my contact info in the image for this blog post. . . But that made me look more than a little paranoid or like I was posting WikiLeaks style, as if I have something to hide.

Why go through the trouble of masking my contact info? Because I don’t want to be inundated with even more SPAM than I already receive, which is way too much! Lately I’ve been receiving not only SPAM emails but more and more tele-marketer SPAM phone calls on my cell phone. So I’ve decided the only way to protect myself is to not share my contact info on the web any more than absolutely necessary.

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Screenshots of the online proofs VistaPrint creates to allow you to see your order before your place it.

Rather than design just one card I did two. One with all of my contact info, the other with just my phone and website URL. I used Adobe Photoshop to create the card files after downloading the design template from VistaPrint’s website.

I used to order my business collateral from PsPrint in Oakland because I could drive over on my way to SF and pick up my orders to avoid shipping fees. What I’ve come to realize since moving to the Midwest is VistaPrint is more economical. Their purchase price may be higher at times (than PsPrint) but their shipping is considerably less expensive so it makes them the more economical company to work with.

I used VistaPrint to print my collateral for ArtPrize and was pleased with the quality of the postcards so I used them again to print my new business cards. I also chose their economy shipping which is half the price of their standard shipping. It means my order isn’t scheduled to arrive for 8 business days but that’s ok. I’m not in a hurry.

Very happy to finally be moving forward with launching Tinygami. My three month cancer scare really threw me off track for a bit. Now that the worst is behind me I’m doing my darndest to get focused and move forward!

A new year, a new blog

Change is good. That’s what I keep telling myself.

With the new year I felt it was time to create change. At the top of the list I decided to launch a new blog! While The Flirty Blog (renamed in 2014 to: I Found the Place) has had a wonderful run I came to the realization it’s now part of my past. Many of you who have followed it since 2006 know 2014 was the most brutal year of personal loss I’ve endured in a very long time. I felt anything but fun & flirty and am still dealing with a lot of stress and grief that has yet to be resolved. A divorce, the loss of two pets passing away within two months of each other, being kind of homeless for six months, and a round of health issues at the end of the year have been, to say the least, a bit much. I refuse to let any of it deter me and am focusing on the future even though some days are harder to get through than others.

You may be wondering why a new blog? Almost everyone agrees that WordPress is the best blogging platform around. It has many features that Blogspot doesn’t offer. I’ll admit after investing so many years writing and photographing for The Flirty Blog I was always afraid to make the leap to migrate to WordPress for fear of losing ranking with search engines like Google. Beginning anew gives me the perfect opportunity to launch on WordPress and grow from here.

To be honest I haven’t quite decided what direction this blog will go other than to continue documenting my day to day experience whatever that might be. You know there will be food, travel with my tiny trailer “The Glampette,” and fun. I also want to document the process as I create a new occupation for myself pursuing my lifelong dream of being a working artist, who’s able to earn a living wage.

I hope you’ll stick around to see what happens.