swimming…

February 20, 2009

in paperwork that is…icky icky poo!  I spent yesterday slaving over my tax organizer, throwing papers around the studio, and making one royal mess…

taxes

Thankfully Cima was so kind as to serve me vodka and take me out for a most wonderful meal at Alligator Soul…(ps…for all you Savannah Foodies…Cima has keeps the best dining blog and dining reviews in Savannah…check her out!)

In other news…my  new shop has seen some love on the treasury circuit.  I’m always honored to see someone has chosen my work to be surrounded by so many other fabulous items.

fuchsia-trreasury

To find out more about these items…CLICK!

Oh and special thanks to GarageInc for including Miss Caty in your lovely spring themed treasury.

catytreasury

Find out more about these little gems…CLICK!

Whew!  I’m off to drop of the tax organizer…and to celebrate my freedom from receipts and mathematics, I’ll be painting up a storm this weekend.  Three pet portraits and then some…so if you should call, and I neglect to answer…know that I am in a state of pure bliss, and mean no offense.

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customer appreciation

September 19, 2008

As many of you know, Dingo, the Durango, and I needed to part ways.  It’s appetite for gasoline was a bit more than I wanted to pay, and the mileage was getting a bit out of hand.  So the great car search began.  I needed something I could haul all my paint supplies in, including a ladder from time to time…and something that would have space for a tent and tables should I participate in the occassional art show.   (oh yeah, and something that could take a little abuse…it is my car afterall…)  I spent hours, if not days perusing websites and scouting out the best deals around.

When it came to actually walking on the lot…one place stood out…Kia Country of Savannah. I walked onto their lot after first visiting their neighbors…the salesman over there didn’t give me the time of day…first, he laughed at the thought of trading my Durango…but worse…when I told him I was an artist, he seriously asked me “so you paint faces in the park?”…ummm…sure buddy, that’s how I plan to pay for these new wheels…Thankfully, my friends at Kia  (specifically Brian, Bob and Peter)…really treated me great.  They were more than pleasant to deal with, patient….(math isn’t my best subject)…and left me feeling like I not only gained a great car, but that they really truly appreciated my business.  (guys, if you’re reading this, thanks again, and know that I’ll throw a friendly discount your way should you want to replace the Colossal Grams with mural work…lol!)

Oh yeah, and to make my day just a little sweeter…I recieved my own customer apprecation, in the form of this photo…

Check out those Foodie Prints…(in custom sizes I might add)…Thanks for sending this photo Carly!  It’s great to see they found a happy  home!

P.S. if any of you loyal blog readers decide to go over to Kia…tell em’ I sent you!  (i could use that referral fee to put towards that new car payment…lol!)

Happy Friday!

because I have an ulcer in my left eye!  Just when I thought I was about to conquer the “list of all lists”…a set back has befallen me.  Thankfully, it sounds worse than it is.  While my eyes are irritated and super sensitive to light…(I’ve got sunglasses on as I type)

…the good news is, I won’t be going blind…but I won’t exactly be pumping out work like I have the past few weeks…I guess this is my body’s way of saying “slow down”…

On the bright side, the Bears conquered the Colts last night to kick off football season…and even Bazooka Joe  tried to lift my spirits…

promising right?

frustration…

June 2, 2008

It’s been a while…(I think)…since my last blog rant…but here goes.  Computers…mine is about as good as a boat anchor.  Nick and I have planned an unfortunate end for this machine, as soon as a replacement arrives.  (If I can wait that long without bashing it to bits)  I thought they were supposed to condense and simplify our lives?  I promise to dutifully blog when this machine allows for it,  but note that I am at its mercy.   A swift and memory loaded  successor is in the  works…as are several paintings, drawings, and  new endeavors.

oh boy…

April 26, 2008

It’s been one heck of a week…planning for the Gordonston Art Fair has proved a real chore.  This is a rather new arena for me, and I’ve become ultra OCD about preparations for this event.  Who knew picking out table cloths could consume so much of one’s life?  Finding a tent also proved to be a challenge, but the real problem lies in my lack of help.  Nick has become violently ill, and every single one of my backups is out of town!!!  (how you all managed to be away this weekend is beyond me…)

So I’ve recruited Granny.  At just under 100 pounds, one might think she wasn’t capable of such strenuous work.  I assure you, she can handle her own…and she’s far handier than most men I know.  While I will try to keep her load light to ensure I don’t get any dirty looks…know that it is really her that is behind any tent rising.  (Granny, if you’re reading this, thanks for coming to the rescue)

artist statement

April 3, 2008

Seems so unnatural to try and capture my creative spirit into a “statement.”  Seems to me the “statement” should be found in one’s work…and that perhaps the “statement” should translate differently for each individual viewer…

Didn’t have much choice but to produce one…and so here it is…as best I can put into words:

As children we have such a pure sense of creativity and the world around us.  Unfortunately for most, this sense is lost along the path to adulthood.  My goal as an artist is to dissect and explore the world around me, to pay homage to the folks who have supported my dream and kept my creative spirit alive, and to inspire the youth of today to hold onto their creative instincts.

I explore a variety of mediums when it comes to art.  I love the idea of working in a traditional style of pen & ink. It’s a rhythmic process that brings me back to my roots.  Mural work provides the greatest challenge, as it is a life consuming process where the possibilities are endless.  Illustrating with Acrylic & Oil Wash allows me to study color like a science, and dissect my subject matter down to pure composition.  I thrive on learning new techniques and refuse to conform to any one method of creation.

I currently find myself inspired by time spent in the kitchen with my loved ones.  While I cannot cook to save my life, food illustration is my way of capturing some of those fun memories.

Everyday I wake up inspired to create.  I keep an open mind as to where my creative journey will take me, and I’m eternally grateful to have held onto that pure creativity from my youth. 

And there you have it.  My statement.

So I was going to write a blog this morning…however…as of I right now I can’t hear myself think…quite literally…turns out my house is infested with termites…(just a lovely thought that bugs are all around me….)…worse off, the process of drilling and drilling and drilling, is rattling not only my book shelves…but my BRAIN!  Hopefully I’ll still have it in me to write something of interest when all this noise ends…GRRRRR!!!!