Thursday, March 27, 2008

Some Art & Some Easter Pics!

Here's some artwork that I've fit in between dr.'s visits, two kids' completely opposite nap schedules (argh, I'll be glad when Noah has successfully transitioned to one afternoon nap, so that they can be on the same schedule...), and other miscellaneous life events!

This is a piece I did yesterday:
I've discovered another artist who completely inspires me. Teesha Moore wrote about him in her latest issue of Art & Life. He's from Tokyo, and honestly, I can't even really find his real name, other than Hal, but here's his website. I am just blown away by some of his stuff, and it just seems to really fit into where I'm trying to go with my art right now. So the piece above is what I did after looking at his stuff. To see it in more detail, you can enlarge it on my Flickr site.

I've also done a spread in Riley's book:

In the past few weeks, he's become really obsessed with the alphabet, which is really fun for me. I've been teaching him all the letters, and in the matter of about two weeks, he's learned the whole alphabet. He LOVES the letter "W", with "M", "X", and "O" following close behind!

The last piece I've done is for Somerset Life:

I'll only show a portion of it, since it's going to be published. I honestly don't know which issue it will be in, but the theme was about self-portraits.

And then I thought I'd show some funny Easter photos. We went to a little Easter egg hunt at a park near our house. I wasn't sure what Riley would think, since he hasn't ever really done a hunt before. There were eggs scattered all over the lawn of the park, and we had to wait along the perimeter until they blew a whistle to start. As you can see, he seemed excited to go out and pick them up:

Then the whistle blew, and he hurriedly ran out to grab the first egg:

About five feet in, he saw the chaos of all the kids also running out, and here was the sight:
Poor Riley! He was completely scared, and wouldn't go back out... Oh well, I guess we'll try again next year!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hitting My Stride...

I'm really starting to feel more comfortable with my latest shift in creativity. I really love this piece that I did the other day- it feels the most natural of the newest pieces I've done. I just love these enclosing pod-like shapes that keep appearing- they resonate so deeply with me. You can see it in more detail on my Flickr page.
I need to take a break from these newest pieces though, and update the kids' books. And I've also got a piece to do for Somerset. It will be interesting to see how my new artistic mindset transfers over to my other work...
Not much else to add. I'm dealing with crankiness all around these days-seems as if one (or two, or three) of us has been sick nonstop for the past two months-we just keep passing the same thing around, I guess. I'm ready for us all to be well again!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Some Art

Just a quick post to show what I've done recently. Again, I'm trying to work differently... I've got mixed feelings about this bunch, maybe just because I'm still deciding whether they feel like "me" or not. As you can see, I tried doing some illustration with the bunny face in the first one. I don't know if I really like this or if I really don't like this??!! I'm confused right now...sigh.... Overall, I think I like them, but I'm just not sure if this is the direction I was aiming for or not. I just need to keep working and see what develops, I guess...

Thank you everyone for all the encouragement you gave me in the last post. You guys are the greatest, and it's nice to know there are others out there who understand what being a dissatisfied artist is like!

By the way, I was interviewed for (a new website created by North Light Books). Check it out if you're interested!