Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In the Studio: Canvas!

i don't usually work on canvas.  i much prefer working on a hard surface like wood or illustration board.  But, as i mentioned before, i have this lonely roll of canvas sitting in the corner of my studio just waiting to be used.  i have had the thing for years.  i really can't remember the last time i made a canvas.  i did challenge myself this time by making my own stretchers instead of using the precut ones from the art supply store.  So i bought some 1x2's and quarter round, broke out my little mitre box and set out to make a special little canvas of my very own.

Like i said, it's been a while since i made a canvas so it probably took me a little longer than it should have, but i think it came out pretty good.  after a few coats of gesso, it is now the home of a curious little beaver and is ready for paint!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sketchbook: it's a little bit bunny

i guess the short burst of warm weather has me thinking spring, so of course i've been doodling my fair share of bunnies.  Just couldn't help myself.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


i have never really been big on sending greeting cards.  i do, however, enjoy looking at them, especially the ones for kids.  In the past few years i have started sending cards to my niece and nephew for the holidays and occasions that i don't get to see them just to let them know i am thinking about them.  Lately, instead of buying the cards, i have put my "artistic" skills to good use and started making my own cards to send to them.  Below is the most recent one, specifically made for my niece that lost her first tooth a couple of weeks ago.  i even included the date (i hope i got it right) that the tooth came out.  Obviously, i am the greatest aunt ever.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Yes, i have been slacking a bit. It's actually what i do best.  The weather may have something to do with it. Nothing really got accomplished this week, but i have been setting a few things in motion.  i got materials to make my own canvases (1x2's and quarter round).  normally i prefer to paint on wood, but i have a giant roll of canvas just hanging out in the studio and i figured it was about time i put it to use.  i'll keep you updated on how the canvas stretching goes.

i've also been working through a book about starting your own business.  It's had me doing a lot of list making, which i adore.  i love lists.  

In addition to the above preparations, i've also been getting quotes for t-shirts.  i'm hoping to get some printed in the next few weeks.

No actual artwork to show you this week (i'm keeping my sketches from this week under wraps for now), but foundations are being laid.  i guess for a "slack" week, that's not too shabby.