Published March 31, 2008
etsy , events , makin art
Tags: art, blue, brooklyn, coney island, etsy, fish girl, gold, green, mermaids, ny, ocean, red lips, scales, sea, sequin, sparkly, stamps, stars, the goddess of the sea!
Have you heard of it?
Every year in June, in Coney Island, NY there is a Mermaid Parade!
I remember going to Coney as a kid, with my parents, but alas there were no mermaids then. Just a half-defunct boardwalk and amusement park. Maybe folks just didn’t know how to have a good time back then. They were too busy wearing polyester suits, bad sideburns and gameshow hairdos.
Do you live near NYC? Did you ever dream of being a mermaid? Well then, let’s go! We can all be mermaids for a day!
I know it’s barely April, it’s dreary and June is a long way off, but we can dream, can’t we?
Published March 28, 2008
art , cartoon , etsy , makin art , news
Tags: art, burgundy, cards, claws, etsy, googly eye, greeting, hairy, monsters, polka dots, smile, stamped
It’s been another really creative week here. I’ve been making things with monster images.
Over-extending myself has had interesting benefits. I’ve finally been sleeping deeply enough to have weird dreams. Some of them have featured interesting characters, some of which have been big, hairy monsters.
The monsters in my dreams sometimes go food shopping, meet for coffee, or gather in bars for drinks. They have jobs, they go skating, they don’t wear ties.
No, I don’t watch TV.
Published March 25, 2008
cartoon , life , makin art , sketchbook , the rest of the world
Tags: @#$%!, illustration friday, new york, nyc, people, profanity, red, train station, trains, tri-state area, word balloons
Being a parent has made me hypersensitive to the abundance of foul language spoken (often loudly) amongst the general public. I know my very observant youngster is probably taking notes on possible spellings, correct usage, who it will offend most, how loud to scream it in a place of worship, etc.
Published March 20, 2008
makin art , sketchbook
Tags: birds, calendar, cardinal, cold, garden, holly, red, sketchbook, spring
weather says otherwise. Someone should tell the birds. They’re busy singing opera.
Published March 18, 2008
Tags: children, downtown, green, local, location, new jersey, not driving, pizza, save gas, school, small town, town, walk, walk to school, walking
Q: Do you guys WALK everywhere?
A: We try to.
It seems silly to use the car to walk to school because we frequently walk into town and that’s further. Unless, of course, the weather is particularly unforgiving. That’s only happened 3 times (since September).
We’re lucky to live in a central location, where it is possible to walk to the train, shopping, school. Plus, I’d like to think that with what we save on gas, we could get some pizzas.
I only know what I read in the papers, but if what I’ve been reading has any accuracy, then you ought to know that I feel you deserve better.
He may be a devoted father, a loving son and at times he may have been a good husband to you. I’m just speculating…
You deserve better.
Published March 14, 2008
events , life , makin art , news , sketchbook
Tags: appetizers, art school, blue, green, illustration, makin art, new york city, sketchbook, subway
I went to a Parsons alumni event last night. It was held in the main gallery at Society of Illustrators. I saw many people I knew, both from S.I. and school. Others looked familiar, and I think they may have been some of my former students.
Things are changing in the world of illustration. That’s not news to me, but it was great to hear other illustrators (who aren’t the ones I have coffee or beer with) talking about it too. Since I became a mom, I don’t pop in to the city all the time the way I used to (yet). Last night brought it all back. It was an inspiring way to top off a really tasty, creative week.
The true highlight, of course, was the adventure of getting there. There are some aspects of the commute that I do not miss. Well, sort of:
I need to get out more.
Excitement level: 9 million times better than doing laundry.
Published March 13, 2008
ACEOs , etsy , makin art , news
Tags: aceo, collage, etsy, glitter, life, makin art, painting, stars
In the brief moments I’ve had to get out, I’ve been quite inspired. I feel a bit like I’m drowning in ideas and I can’t work fast enough to get them all down on paper.
The other night I took a break from work, stepped out my studio-office door, just to stand in the freezing darkness of my soggy back garden. The sky was dark blue and the stars (there were so many) seemed brighter than usual. They were putting on a show just for me and in that neon moment, my cartoon alter-ego said, “Go paint something and have fun.” And so, I did.
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