Monthly Archives: September 2005

Grrr… spam(?!) on my blog…

Well, of all the things, I never thought I’d see any SPAM in the comments section(s) of my posts, but alas, there it is. No sooner had I posted yesterday’s entry did I already have two comments… I was thrilled and flattered, until I saw from whom and in what context the comments were. C’mon… a dog training site?! I now see that even the comment from an up and coming actress (or rather, one directing me to her site), must have also been SPAM. I am now removing all of the SPAM-ish anonymous posts.

ALSO… please note that no posts from non-registered users will be allowed henceforth. Sorry… hope it doesn’t inconvenience anyone… but I really don’t feel like having to deal with SPAM on my weBlog (I already have to sift through about 200+ emails, most of which is SPAM, on a daily basis)!

Inching along…

Colored pencil drawing and photo tweaked in Photoshop
(Click to see final postcard view in separate window)

My peace postcard in an almost complete state. The final card has little mini-tags with p-e-a-c-e on each tag, strung together with silk ribbon and affixed to the card (the girl is holding each end of the ribbon in her hands).

I had plans to get much more done than I did, but got such little done. I spent a good part of Saturday updating a friend’s site, and so much of my ‘arting’ time was blown there. Oh how time flies…

At least we got half of my son’s ATCs done. He’s been dragging bootie on getting those done also and so I pretty much tied him down to get to work (well actually, he’s grounded from TV, videogames and computer until Wednesday). He managed to come up with some pretty cool cards, using relatively simple techniques. It’s such fun playing with art supplies with him. When left to his own devices, he does such a great job.

Colored pencil fun

Pen and ink and colored pencil

I picked up some new colored pencils yesterday, so I figured I’d try them out. I know I’ve got a blender pencil in here somewhere…

This was fun to play with… I haven’t played with colored pencils in a while. I have a peace postcard I want to use them on. Time for a little nap… and then to resume my art projects. We have elementary school visitors today for a play date, so I don’t get much art done while they’re around, seeing that we’re *all* in the same room.

More art later…

Weekend recap

Well… the place sparkles (sort of)… Spent part of Saturday and some of Sunday cleaning the place. I uncluttered my desk as well as my work bench. (sigh) It feels great to not be so cramped in one little space. I got many of the summer postcards completed, but still have a few left to go. Two of them are drying on my workbench. The rest have been addressed and will be mailed today. Hope they make it through the post alright. Some of them are quite “dimensional.” I have my peace postcard in pieces, each of the parts in various states of completion. The prototype should get finished sometime this week.

I was half way through my ATC project when the printer ran out of ink. Doggone printer! I just changed the ink not that long ago! I think I should have adjusted the printing for photo paper and I didn’t on the first two print outs… and they looked like poo… so I reprinted them once again with the proper setting and voila! they looked great. But then the replace ink light came on and there went my chances of getting the ATC project completed this evening. Of course, I left it all for the end of the evening.

I’m up early this morning, in hopes that I’ll manage to drag my bootie in to work on my old schedule (which was to get in to work for 6:30)-ugh! The coffee has already taken too long to brew, and I’d need to be running out the door just about now, so it’ll be more like 7:00 before I’m in the office… but I’ll still be able to take off at 3:30 this afternoon, which isn’t all that bad. I’ll aim for the earlier time tomorrow… or not… I’m liking not have to get in before the crack of dawn.

Last night I got suckered in to watching the end of Pearl Harbor (I think that’s what it was called). I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t know many of the details surrounding this event. I didn’t realize that so many people had died. War had such a different flavor back then, before the age of the stealth jet and nuclear warfare, though just as ugly and messy as any before or since. I can’t wrap my brain around war. It may have been pertinent when there was still unoccupied land to be ‘claimed’ but it makes no sense now. It is definitely not a feminine concept… we fight for our children and for survival, but not for turf.

Of course, then there is Ben Affleck’s face, which was very handsome in the movie. He is quite cute, isn’t he? I’m glad he’s found a good mate in Jennifer Garner. I hope they will have a good life together, and the tenacity to stay together, especially now that there is a child involved. I don’t care what they say… having both parents under one roof (as long as they’re not pummelling each other) is better than having to shuttle between them, though it certainly gives a person a different set of coping mechanisms, and I am only familiar with the latter set. And to have to live out your life in the public eye… now that would definitely present its challenges. Fame and fortune come at quite a high price. I still don’t quite get why the masses assume that because you’ve elected the career of being a performer automatically gives the masses permission to gawk at all aspects of your life, including the off-camera parts. It is only a job, after all.

Speaking of which… I’ve gotta run…


Belle Papier Summer Postcard swap
Pen and ink on watercolor

I’ve been slowly catching up on my art projects. I’m a sucker for punishment because every time I think I’m close to getting caught up, I sign up for something else. The art calls are always so inspiring that I am incapable of resisting them.

I’m working on the summer postcards for the Belle Papier group. I started out with a huge sheet of watercolor paper, which I painted and then cut up into several pieces. Each one is different, ranging from pen and ink additions to stuff collaged on top and/or fastened with staples and eyelets. I’ve received some really cool cards in turn. Hope mine will be well-received, and will arrive to their destinations in one piece.

More art

Belle Papier ATC playing card series swap
The Eight of Diamonds

I was up late last night, working on this card. Okay, not really… I was watching Rockstar INXS and working on the card, and trying to get my son to finish up his homework and get ready for bed. Still, I managed to get it done, but I still have to print out the set and cut them out. Now I have the three of spades left, with a mammal theme. I already have it figured out that I will be using dolphins as mammals. I know, how cliche. I’ve never used them in my art before, so I feel I’m exempt.

It’s Wednesday already. At work I’ve been catching up on my filing… egads do I have a lot of the stuff. Piles and piles. My boss is away on a business trip, so I normally get to catch up on stuff I don’t usually get to while he’s out, but at the same time things pile up, because they are pending his review, and so upon his return I get a week’s worth of work in one day. And so begins the filing backlog, again.

I’ve been tired, too (can have *nothing* to do with the fact that I’m not getting to bed early enough _gasp_!). I’ve not been working on my story lately… it’s been about a week. I have some more art projects to complete and then I’ll be able to focus on writing without being distracted. I *have* been doing some research though, and discovering all kinds of strange phenomena in the natural world.

Well, I’ve got to get ready for work. Toodles…


Color Erratica Art Journal
My layouts in Margaret Applin’s straw/shades of gold book
(Click to see enlarged view in separate window)

It’s been quite the hiatus. I’ve finally finished up with the upcoming issue of Moondance (searching for art, etc.) and it is now out of my hands. I’ve been able to finish up several art projects which have been occupying my workbench, both of which are late.

The next images are of my contributions to Louise Gauthier’s book, whose theme was blue and green.

It literally was a book, and I got to do some book altering. Every time I finish a layout, I always question whether it’s any good. I feel the same about these ones. I’ve been really kind of depressed lately, about the state of things… the war… and now the flood. I dug back even further into the past, into my heritage, to find some images of the Hungarian revolution of 1956.

These entries are not “happy” ones. 😛