InkTober

Year after year, I've wanted to participate in InkTober, but not had the time. I vowed this year would be different. Somehow, between helping all my relatives move, school events, Halloween parties, costume making, and of course redesigning my site, working on paintings, and shipping orders, I would make the time to do InkTober every day.

Clearly, I'm insane.

I haven't managed to do it every day, but I still think I'm doing fairly well considering all the other things I also have to do! Here's three pieces I've finished so far, plus all the inked graphics on my new site design.

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These will all be available for sale later - I'll be auctioning 3 of my InkTober pieces towards the end of the month, and some will be included in my online show next month. I'll post more information about my online show later on!

Newsletter subscribers will get a free printable coloring page on Saturday, plus they'll be getting an exclusive show preview and early access to the paintings in the show. If you haven't joined the newsletter, there's no time like the present!

Paint Dreams

I've had so little time in the studio lately that I've resorted to watching old videos of myself painting in order to get my "fix", hah! At some point I'd like to go through my old footage and edit them into single timelapse videos instead of divided up into segments like they are now. Here's one of those segments where I was at the initial "add color" phase of this painting, "We Were Like the Sun and the Moon", from 2014. I painted this for my solo show at Eight and Sand Gallery in Seattle in November of 2014. My husband helped me put the painting into a huge gorgeous frame and the painting has hung in my private art collection since the show ended.

I think tomorrow will finally be a studio day. I have an oil painting that I had started to add color to a couple weeks ago and I'm itching to finish it. My grandparents are almost all moved in to their new house just around the corner from my house, and now they're off to Utah to get my mom and bring her back here, too! I'm at their house today waiting for the cable guy to show up and install some TV here. I have a little watercolor painting I've been working on when I'm here and I'll probably go finish that now.

Don't forget about Inktober! I have some catching up to do tomorrow but I'm hoping to actually finish it this year... we'll see how it goes with all this house-moving that is going on around here!

Real Estate

...is exhausting. It's been a WEEK and it's only Wednesday. I'm tired and uncaffeinated and have been deep cleaning my house for the last five days. It's taken so long because we're down to the last difficult boxes to unpack, I think. You know, those boxes full of random papers and junk that seemed really important once but now that you've moved it across the country you think, "why did I keep this garbage?"

We're also trying to clean out our guest bedroom until it's bare bones because my mom will probably be moving in with us soon until she finds her next house. That part isn't so bad, since we don't keep much in there, but we were using the closet for linens so those all had to get "rehomed" somewhere else in the house.

It just seems like we're down to the last few boxes, then three more show up somewhere. I'm so tired of it, and I've probably thrown away more stuff this week than I ever have in my life combined. Eventually I'm going to get everything unpacked and the whole house deep-cleaned, or I'm going to rent a dumpster and become a minimalist so I can just paint all the time.

That doesn't sound so bad...

Kickstarter Round-Up Vol. 1

Something I've wanted to start doing for a long time is a periodic feature of Kickstarter projects by my friends and friends-of-friends. I can't always support my friends' Kickstarter projects with money, but so many of my friends are incredibly talented and I want to support them by featuring their creations at the very least.

First up...

Meredith Dillman's 2018 Calendar

I've known Meredith for uhm.... a really long time! Her watercolor art is sweet and playful and perfect for anyone that needs something to brighten up a space. You can snag one of Meredith's calendars for as little as $17!

Visit Meredith's Kickstarter by clicking HERE

Scurry: The Drowned Forest by Mac Smith

I actually don't know Mac personally, so this is a friend-of-a-friend's Kickstarter project, but how awesome does this look?!? I think I may have to ask "Santa" to back this for me. If you're an adult and you loved Redwall as a kid, you might be interested in Scurry, the tale of a colony of mice living in a post-apocalyptic world. This is a self-published comic book project that has gone way over the goal already. And this is actually book 2, but you can get both books in softcover format for $35.

Visit Mac's Kickstarter by clicking HERE

Erica Lyn Schmidt's 2017 Art Book

Erica's bird paintings are a delight for any bird-nerd. Her Kickstarter project is for a 6"x9" art book featuring her artwork and it also looks as though there are some interesting art tips and a feature of some other Bird Whisperer project artists. You can get a copy of Erica's book for $25!

Visit Erica's Kickstarter by clicking HERE

That's it for this week's (month's?) Kickstarter Round-Up! Do you have a Kickstarter project you'd like me to take a look at? I can't promise I will feature every Kickstarter project I'm shown, but if I think it's interesting it might end up here. Submit your Kickstarter below!

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Priorities

I really miss blogging. At various points I've managed to make it a daily or nearly-daily habit, but the last couple of years have just been too crazy. I feel like things are finally starting to settle down, but then I suppose they're not really.

  • We just had hurricane Irma, and we're fine. It was a tropical storm by the time it made its way up here, and it was hardly windy at all where I live, just rainy. But we did have to spend a little time doing things like bringing our deck plants inside, bringing in loose or lightweight objects, etc. It wasn't too bad, and now that we've done that I don't know if we'll bother to put that stuff back outside. It seems like summer is almost over here anyway.
  • My grandparents are selling their house, and might actually be signing the papers as I type this out. They still live in Washington but have bought a house literally five minutes away from my house. In a few days they will be here and will have to stay with us for a little while until they take possession of their new home.
  • My mom is also selling her house and by the end of the month I have to be in Utah to help her move. She is also moving here, and will be staying with us until she finds a new home and a job.

In the midst of all of this, there have been hurricanes here, and wildfires in Washington. My grandparents had to evacuate the house they're selling and there were a few days where we weren't sure they could sell it because it was uninsurable with the wildfire so close to it. That seems to be resolved and the wildfire is partially contained now, so hopefully we are done with that and in a couple of days they'll be on the road towards my house.

It's been a bit of a roller coaster lately. But I've been painting all along it, and working on revamping the website. It's a lot easier to "juggle" so much now that my son is older and goes to school.

Over the weekend I started a couple new pieces. I've been priming panels and working on an underpainting. I'm trying a sort of hybrid of underpainting and grisaille, using burnt umber, white, and black fast matte alkyds from Gamblin. I'm trying to shorten the time a little bit by working the grisaille into the underpainting while the underpainting is still wet. It feels like it's slow, but I'll do one more layer on the grisaille to adjust lighting, let it dry, and then begin colors and final details. So it might not be so slow after all.

I'll try to blog more often, at least until I have to go to Utah!