Thursday, May 19, 2016

Day 31 Dough Maker

Dough Maker

Mainly ballpoint pen

Spent the first part of the night making this Mocha Buttercream Vanilla Cake for my co-worker.

Day 30 Mover and a Shaker SOLD

Today is actually day 31, and I do have something for today, but I better post yesterday's first.  I will catch up on the weekend, hopefully!

I just don't have enough time to get everything done that I need to.  Anyway, without further ado, here's a Mover and A Shaker.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Day 29 Auction House Evaluator

I worked on this one on Saturday morning and finished it up this evening.  It is a far cry from where it began which was a crazy squiggle of a vase and glasses in ink.  It ended up being an oil painting.  You just never know what's going to emerge from the page and your paintbrush.

Auction House Evaluator

Here's how it began.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Day 27 I Paint My Own Reality - Friday Kahlo

"I paint my own reality.  The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration."  --Frida Kahlo

Day 26 Fast-Moving Fingers of a Late-Night Diet Breaker

I was drawing this in a truck both in daylight and holding a small flashlight in my left hand (I was NOT the driver!) in the dark driving through Chicago.  That's how dedicated I am...well, for now ha!) trying to get a drawing done a day.  This one is in colored pencils, which I rarely use solely in a creation, but it was portable and wouldn't splatter while going over pot holes, so there you go.

 Fast-Moving Fingers of a Late-Night Diet Breaker

Friday, May 13, 2016

Day 25 Incredulous

Finally Friday!  It was a busy, busy week, and I am tired and ready for the weekend.  Our sunny day turned into a rainy one, although that's no bad turn of events in my book.  I happen to love the rain and grey days.  I have a friend's big birthday celebration in Chicago tomorrow with a Mariachi band and a salsa instructor--fun!--so I'm going to rest up, have the slow-cooked pork roast in chiles and lime that has been simmering away in my crock-pot, and leave you with this drawing of a woman in a a state of disbelief.  Have a great weekend people!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Day 24 Dreaded Weekend Delay Due to Paper Cutter Gone Wild

During college, I worked at a Kinko's Copy Shop.  Ah, yes, Kinko's!  I actually had a lot of fun at that job.  I usually worked the late shift, sleeping until 11, going in at 1 p.m. and getting off in 10 p.m.  A friend at the time worked on a school newspaper, and when she would get off, we would drive 2 hours for a piece of pie or to see a band.  Sometimes we'd get home at 6 a.m., but it was all worth it, driving through that midnight air and darkness with the radio blasting!

I digress!  Anyway, the Kinko's gig was good at the time, but that paper cutter always freaked me out! I always thought I would accidentally stop thinking about what I was doing, and then suddenly cut off all of my fingers.  Luckily that never happened, but to this day, those machines seem to be the penultimate of a potential--unintentional--bloodbath!  Not sure what got me thinking on that train of thought, but here you go.

Day 23 Big-Lipped He-Man Underneath the Big Top

Big-Lipped He-Man Underneath the Big Top

I was in the mood for a little humor here, as hopefully you can tell. (-;

Monday, May 9, 2016

Day 21 Smooth Operator

Did a little experimenting on this one.  He's so slick and cool, he cuts himself up!

Smooth Operator

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Day 20 Little by little birds build their nest

I'm feeling a little discouraged today.  Sometimes you see the enormity of something before you (or the futility) and it's hard to keep going on, no?

I try to pull myself out of that feeling and remember my favorite French saying of all time:   

Petit à petit, l'oiseau fait son nid.
(Little by little birds build their nest.)
(or...Every little bit helps.)

Hope this creation helps any of you out, my readers.

Ink, Paper, Embroidery Thread, Acrylic, Shimmer Powder

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Prince - Motherless Child (live)

Incomparable Prince Super Funks up Richie Havens' "Motherless Child" with some blistering guitar work, vocals, and dance moves.

Day 19 Early Morning Flowers

Early Morning Flowers

Don't you think real moms look like this?  They're tired, exhausted even.  They have aged, but still feel feminine.  Especially when they're woken up early on Mother's Day and given a bouquet of flowers.  I imagine they think that it's all worth it.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Day 18 Kiss, Kiss Yourself

Kiss, Kiss Yourself

I was going to call this, 
"I Kiss Myself," 
but then it reminded me of the song, 
"I Touch Myself,"
and I thought it sounded too self-involved if people 
DIDN'T know about that song.  

You know?  (-;

Video from the Divinyls "I Touch Myself"

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Day 17 Fabrizio Took A Vow

Fabrizio took a vow to follow in the fastidious footsteps of all the bespoke tailors and haute couture seamstresses who had sewn before him. “Do not fear the prick of the needle,” they whispered over his shoulder. “Beauty is worth everything.” 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chris Stapleton pays tribute to Prince by singing "Nothing Compares to Y...

U.S. radio stations simulcast Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" 5/4/16 commemorating the line "it's been 7 hours and 13 days since you went away" because as of today, it has been.  Still so sad.  Here's country star Chris Stapleton paying his tribute, because of course when it comes to Prince, his influence affects all musical genres.

Day 16 Clutch