Happenings

Good morning, world!  I realize it's 9:45am and I'm calling that "morning," which totally matches everyone's stereotype for artists and their lazy schedules.  In my defense, let me tell you - I've personally never hustled so hard in my life!

I just got a REAL night's sleep for the first time in weeks and I am psyched!  I've been working against deadlines, wrapping up between 1 and 3 a.m. and then waking up to start all over at 7.  This, for me, is truly not enough sleep!

Last night, I submitted a gargantuan project to the printer that will soon be proofed, printed, and shipped for Christmas.  I don't think I'm spoiling any surprises by telling you that it's going to be a children's book!!  Before submitting, I had to paint the artwork, scan it, edit it, and place text… then research the correct printer's margins and layouts and save the file just so.  I have a deeper respect for publishers now… I had no idea the number of hours required to design a little book.  I even had to download InDesign.  (Which, by the way, woah.  The power of Adobe.  Good thing I don't have time to work on my logo, because you'd probably be seeing a new one within a few days!)

All this to say… the secrecy of holiday gifts makes blogging really difficult, as does my insane production schedule.  So, this post is just to check in, say hey, take a quick breather after submitting that HUGE project… and now dive into the 10 projects I have left before SHIPPING DAY on the 19th!


What's a blog post without some pictures?  Here are some fillers from December to give you a glimpse into life here at AJC...

The children's book has some teensy tiny kitties on its pages!  (These are watercolor and gouache - tiny previews from 13x22" paintings.)

The children's book has some teensy tiny kitties on its pages!  (These are watercolor and gouache - tiny previews from 13x22" paintings.)

While painting the watercolors, I used frisket (masking fluid) again… but this time I was smart!  I got a rubber cement remover tool to preserve my fingertips… you'll never torture me again, frisket!

While painting the watercolors, I used frisket (masking fluid) again… but this time I was smart!  I got a rubber cement remover tool to preserve my fingertips… you'll never torture me again, frisket!

Here you can see my crazy calendar for December.  I left next Sunday open to study for my French final exam, but I have a feeling that won't be happening.  I'm double-booked until the 19th, which I consider the latest possible date to ship anything.  Do you feel as anxious as I do when you look at it?

Here you can see my crazy calendar for December.  I left next Sunday open to study for my French final exam, but I have a feeling that won't be happening.  I'm double-booked until the 19th, which I consider the latest possible date to ship anything.  Do you feel as anxious as I do when you look at it?

Holiday Gift Certificates are Here!

Happy December, everyone!  Hope you shared a happy and cozy Thanksgiving with loved ones, as we did last week in Maryland.

With Turkey Day behind us, Christmas is in full swing!  I’m finally allowing myself to put Christmas music on, which is truly the BEST part of winter.  Picture the studio packed to the brim, Michael Bublé and/or Alan Jackson at full blast, constantly refilled hot tea, and me in a whirlwind, wishing for elves to help me in the workshop.  That’ll be my December!

I am no longer accepting new commissions for 2014, but if you'd like to present a loved one with the gift of artwork this holiday season, I am excited to offer gift certificates!

You can pre-order something for 2015 and I’ll send you one of these little cuties.  They have a pretty gold foil scalloped edge and the “holiday version” of my logo.  

Here's a mockup of the filled-out gift certificate (I think it would look great in metallic gold pen):

Looking forward to a busy holiday season - bring on the Mariah Carey Christmas!

Trunk show today!

Anyone in the Triangle area of North Carolina, stop by and say hello today from noon to 4!

This is the first time I've ever been part of a trunk show.  As an artist who works on commission, I don't have many works on hand.  Once a piece is complete, I ship it as soon as it's dry.  I hope my offerings don't look too dinky for the ladies of Chapel Hill!

Also, I have new gift certificates available for the holidays!  They're adorable - more on that later.

Wish me luck!  Happy shopping!

Hello, gorgeous

I've been keeping this one a secret!  

I was dually inspired this month to try something new.  First, I've been drooling over watercolors by artists like PVE, Inslee, Taylor, and others, and wanted to give it a go.  Second, I had the most amazing time taking part in my friend Lisa's October wedding.  She's a beautiful person on the inside and out, always considering the world with eyes wide open and a radiant smile.  She consistently challenges me and expands my perspective.

I took a sneaky iPhone pic while she was waiting for guests to arrive at the reception site, and the light fell beautifully on her dress.  I used that shot as my inspiration to experiment with watercolor portraits.

Here she is!

 

One funny thing that happened during framing...

I put the mat up on the window, so I could see through it and align the painting and tape it to the back of the mat.  The sun was setting just so, so that the painting glowed in reverse.  I tried to take some photos because I just liked how it looked.  The one below is silly.  :)

Here she goes, nice and framed, getting all packed up for delivery!  So long for now, dear friend!  You are lovely!