Posts Tagged ‘art’

Good morning sunshine

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I didn’t get much sleep last night. Due to several friends raving about watchmen, I finally got off my ass and actuallyw atched the movie. Have to say, I enjoyed it. Now I need to see the director’s cut. I won’t give an in depth review of it, simply because I was watching it at 3 in the morning, rping with a friend, panicking about upcoming deadlines and wondering if there was a 24 hour art supply store somewhere in the world. Needless to say, my attention wasn’t fully on the movie.

Morning came early for me for one simple reason. I have a friend who has to go to work and so her online time today was at eight am my time, and I didn’t want to miss it. Luckily talking to her online doesn’t require me to get out of pjs, wake up enough to brush my hair or look civilized. In fact, I don’t even have to get my voice working, I can just type! It’s fantastic. So I can’t really complain that I didn’t get much sleep, I feel it was definitely worth it, because she’s a great person to talk to. It just means I’m goingto spend today in a somewhat drugged state.

I also spent last night sculpting wings. I… am quite surprised. They came out fantastic on my first try. Considering I’m a disinterested sculptor at best, a texturephobe and generally dislike ’stuff on my hands’; me using clay at all is a miracle. I can’t post pictures of it, it’s all a great secret. Hopefully I’ll get some photographs and can post them once dragoncon is over. I’m working on my items for the charity auction.

So, now that I’ve babbled on for three paragraphs about my goings on last night, today I get to scramble to put art together. Most people say “But jessica. Dragoncon isn’t till september! Why panic?” Why indeed. Well my dear, questioning friend. I panic because there’s so much to do, and it all needs to be mailed the first week in *august*. ack! Add to that, we randomly decided to have a barbeque tomorrow, so I’m also trying to reduce my ‘precon’ mess into something decent enough for the neighbors to see if they come inside.

I’m an absolute disaster when it comes to pre-convention prepwork. I have mat boards scattered across three rooms of the house, artwork stacked haphazardly wherever I can find spare areas. Pencils and markers are tossed about, finished and unfinished projects are mixed together. It truly is a nightmare. Yet somehow, out of this chaos, I manage to get my act together for each convention. It’s a miracle.

How do I make this miracle work? Not a clue. But I’m going to try to disect it down each day so i have a better understanding of myself.

The first thing I did today was talk to my friend. This is key to my daily habits, because I’ve found if I don’t talk to someone at least *once* during the day, I sink into sort of a.. mindless vegitative state. I go back to bed. I read a book for THE ENTIRE DAY and don’t move. Projects drop by the wayside and things get forgotten. So speaking to a friend sparks up my creative drive and reminds me that I have things outside of my comfy little home sphere to get ready for.

Once that friendly chat is over, that’s when I do a little self motivational time. I’m severely depressed. Harsh words, negativity, it all sends me circling into a vicious cycle of self doubt and distress, and dare I say.. emo-ness. Now since I can’t stand being emo, and end up getting annoyed and frustrated, I’ve been making a point to sit down and cut the legs out of my inner prince emo-tep. So I spent the day reading fat blogs.

What are fat blogs? They are blogs written by overweight men and women who have accepted themselves, DO NOT hate themselves, and are out there enjoying life to the fullest. I have a weight problem, it’s bothered me quite a bit as it wasn’t something I grew up with. With my last two pregnancies I packed on enough pounds between them to make me into the dangerously obese category (I was placed on bedrest for much of the pregnancies). Pre-existing health problems became exaserbated when I couldn’t do the things I needed to keep them from getting worse, until eventually I was falling apart. As I pick up the pieces, it’s a constant uphill struggle to NOT compare myself to when I was 20, 22, 25.  These blogs do wonders to help me kick off the day with “I am me and I am FANTASTIC.”

For me, doing art is all about my state of mind. Getting anything done at all is all about my state of mind. When I’m happy, I can move mountains. When I’m sad, everything falls apart. So … since things need to be done, I need to be happy!

Well with my mood suitably improved thanks to the wonderful ladies who’s blogs I read, I move on to the rest of my day. At the moment I’m blogging, to sort of organize my thoughts. From here I’ll be compiling all those fun bits of matboard into one pile, then I’ll scramble around and straighten house while I wait for my awesome sculpty wings to dry. Tonight, I’ll finish epoxying dragon scales onto another sculpture (yes I’m a sculpting fool!) and I’ll stain all the wooden boxes I’m taking with me to dragoncon. Originally I was going to try to finish two more paintings in time for the con. But then I remembered that I have a TABLE at the con and actually need to have products at said table. So I’ll be staining boxes instead.

I can’t wait to show you guys these sculptures.

Art update

Friday, July 10th, 2009

hello my lovelies. News on the art front is that I”ve finished the frogger piece. She’s available here:http://www.jessicamdouglas.com/gallery/openeditions/frogger.html

I hope you all like it!

WIP frogger

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Still working on this, but I finally got where a camera was to take a picture of the in progress shot.

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Also for some reason the formatting made it all long and narrow. I’ll fix it later.

New art

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Hi guys! Just updated a new piece, finished that butterfly piece. It can be seen here:

http://www.jessicamdouglas.com/gallery/openeditions/flyaway.html

Hope you like it! It will be an open edition piece.

WIP fly away

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Just some scans as I color this. I’m working solely in colored pencils right now, I’ll be switching to watercolors for the background. The colors I’m using are prismacolors, and I’ll list them now:

Spring Green
Apple Green
True Green
Deco Aqua
Sky Blue Light
Blue Slate
Mulberry
Black
Dark Green
White
Warm Grey 10%
Cream
Canary Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Dahlia Purple
Pale Sage
Limepeel

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WIP fly away

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Going to try to remember to post wips of this as I go, since some people enjoy them. This is my current project:

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Monster in an hour 2009

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

So I COMPLETELY forgot to update from Conduit’s monster in an hour. This year I was rather unhappy because they gave it a theme… and it always seems kind of limiting to me. As it was ‘evil overlords of conduit’, we were told to draw evil overlords.I told the moderator that I would draw kitties and teddybears, just see if I didn’t.

Well first they wanted to see the moment that the evil overlord went bad.

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I’d say that’d turn any cat into an evil overlord. With mice minions.

Well next they wanted to see the overlord’s minions. And since we all drew boys (technically teh cat’s a boy, maybe), they wanted a girl. Sooo…

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So this is the minion little girl, with the evil overlord teddy bear.

Yep those were my contributions this year to monster in an hour.

The Garden 3

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

So I had some time today to go out and assess the damage all these rainstorms have done to my garden. It wasn’t too terribly bad, I still have a full bed of almost ripe strawberries, the tomatos are round and happy, so n and so forth.

But I have to tell you guys, the coolest thing about the storms is all the little footprints in the mud! See the worms came up after the rain and so the yard was covered in robins and magpies and such, chasing their dinners down. So I got to track all kinds of bird prints in the dirt! It was kind of cool to see one set that the mud had kind of. mushed.. until they looked like itty bitty people footprints. So neat!

Anyway the hole is still there, and as always weirding me out, but there’s nothing ot be done as of yet. I need to wait for some electrical type personel to come and make sure I’m not going to zap myself righting the little green box. But I did a quicky doodle of the footprints because they were so neat!

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Art update

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

New art is up, the first of the three mice from ‘hear no evil, see no evil, squeek no evil’. It was a minature I’d done a while back for a friend, and decided to revisit in larger format for dragoncon.

http://www.jessicamdouglas.com/gallery/openeditions/hearnoevil.html

Enjoy!

The Garden 2

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Well… here I thought all my garden woes were at an end, so to speak.

I decided to take a nap today (I’ve been somewhat unwell), when I was woken by a HUGE crash of thunder! When I’d laid down, it was sunny, not a cloud in the sky.. not anymore! I scrambled to my feet and ran to the back door to let my dog in. The poor guy, he was plastered against the glass and huddled there, whimpering sadly and trying to avoid getting drenched.

So, door open, and I get him in. Then I knelt there and toweled him off. While I was wrestling with wet dog fur, something caught my attention. I didn’t see it fully, to be honest, so I have no idea what I was looking at. It was probably the neighbor’s cat, since it was about that size, and FAST! no doubt it was running from the downpoor. There’s a tree house in the neighbor’s yard that most animals take shelter under.

But what KEPT my attention was the sight of the rainwater, rushing through my garden like a tiny river! It took quite a few veggies with it, and some of my favorite irises… and it opened that hole again. Opened, and then enlarged it to the point that the green post fell completely over!

When the rain went down, there was that hole, staring at me and kind of freaking me out. I’m not really sure what’s bothering me so much about this hole in the ground. Sure we have snakes out here, but they’re of the garden variety. The rattlesnakes tend not to come down out of the mountains and are quite a bit south of here. We don’t have many ground burrowing animals that are wild here, to be honest and most of them are all kinds of sweet. Like rabbits. So there’s nothing to fear about this weird hole in the ground, but I feel like it’s STARING at me. Watching me.

Gotta get this fixed tomorrow, when it’s not storming.

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