Thursday, June 20, 2013


I will never be early to color trends. I have no idea what the "hot" colors are right now, but I must admit I have a current color obsession: Periwinkle!

I've been looking at a lot of art online lately, and this color keeps popping out at me. Wow!

I'm definitely incorporating it into my next new painting.

 Anna Archer, Sunlight in the Blue Room, 1891

 Cecil Beaton, Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, 1936

And speaking of Wallis Simpson, here's some of her periwinkle jewelry!

 Designed by Suzanne Belperron 

Bato Dugarzhapov. Unfortunately, I have no idea what it's called.

I almost forgot to include this one by John Singer Sargent. Love John Singer Sargent. Bedouins, c. 1905. 

Goals of a Painting Mommy

** I wrote this a couple months ago, sat on it, just read it again, and it stands up. I was worried at the time that I'd come across as having complete postpartum crazy-brain. **

Well, I'm a mother of two now. Amazing!

Lydia Katherine was born on February 8th.

And with her entrance into our lives, the fog of pregnancy lifted (talk about lack of motivation to do anything, especially paint!) and the desire to work came flooding back!

But I'm sleep deprived (i.e. crazy) and have the perspective to know how hard it is to fit painting in when you have a baby, especially a mobile one. So I might get really into painting for a couple months, get really motivated to START MY CAREER, and then be halted once again by a baby scooching, crawling, pulling up, walking!

Plus, when I start sleeping more, I'll start noticing the laundry that needs to be done, the house that needs to be cleaned, and oh I can make dinner tonight!

I'm not saying I'm not going to try to paint, I'm just saying, I need to make more realistic goals. When Everett was younger, I made goals like: finish all your college work, have a show, have 50 paintings ready to sell by Christmas! Well, those goals didn't work out so well. So I've thought up some more mommy-friendly goals.

The Impressionist show at the De Young: Nov. 2010

1. Become an art FAN again!

Hey, I was an art history major! I liked art! I liked other people's art!

I feel like my desire to become a working artist blinded me. I'd look at artist websites for ideas on how to make my website better. I'd look at their CV and their educational history (depressed that I had no CV and a less impressive education). But I wouldn't look at the ART!

My goal is to find art I like, go see it in person if I can, talk to the artists, ask them questions (maybe buy some original art I love!). And in doing this, I will learn everything I was searching those websites for (and more). Plus, I'll be immersing myself in lovely art. How fun!

2. Incorporate the kids into my art. 

I'm not at all sure what I mean by this. I know I don't want to paint pictures of  them (unless I get them in a really cool shot on occasion). I want to make the kind of art I would want to hang on my walls, and I don't want to display paintings of other people's kids (or pets).

But this is the only time in my life I will be living full time with young children. I want to make the most of it, not pretend they're not around!

The simplest solution would be to make art with them, have a time weekly or daily where we sit at the table and draw/paint. This will be easier as Everett gets older and his attention span increases.

I've also thought about painting/drawing subjects they dream up, or using their toy piles as still lives. We'll see!

3. Get prepared to go FULL BORE when the kids are all off to school.

Everett will be entering kindergarden in a little over two years, Lydia in a little over five (if we have another, that will add on some more time). Kindergarden is only half days, first grade will be full days!

This doesn't mean I won't paint. It doesn't mean I won't sell. It doesn't even mean I won't have a little show here and there. But I don't plan to see painting as a career until the kids' schedules give me that time.

This is my realistic goal. It gives me time to devote to my family but also something to strive for. There will be a time in the future (too soon, I fear) that the kids will be gone for MANY HOURS EVERY DAY! That is a good time to make painting a priority. Until then, in my free time, I can prepare for that day.


I'm going to keep it free form for now. With my new focus on discovering art, I hope to be inspired to share my thoughts (I actually have a blog in the pipes about my new favorite color!).

If things go well, and I make some sort of blogging schedule, great!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's Goin' On

My painting has completely stopped, and this blog with it (well, this blog apparently stopped much earlier than the painting stopped).

This is why:

Hooray! We're having another baby! Due February 6th 2013.

But now that I'm feeling a bit better, I can get back to painting, right?!?


This is my studio:

My studio has a bathroom off of it. Which would be great. But it's being renovated right now, so my studio has become a construction zone/tool room. And, since we can't use the space as a studio/office anyway, filled with miscellaneous junk we don't want to deal with.

Oh joy. Well, hopefully the bathroom gets done soon so I can start using whatever extra energy I have to paint!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gallery Opening: George Asdel

My dad has a show at the Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay this month, and his opening was on February 10th.

my mom, dad, baby, and me

It was fun! My dad's work is generally quite whimsical, which probably infused the event with an upbeat feeling. Besides, it was the day before his birthday. Can't beat everyone saying, "great work and happy birthday!"

Everett loves his "Baba George!"

The Galley at Marina Square is a co-op with many artists. Most were there, and it's interesting to have so many artists and their followers in one place. Lots of energy!

If you can, go check out his show before the end of the month, and follow his blog!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Another Studio Update

Things are starting to look pretty!

In this corner anyway. I have a lot more work to do. But it's funny how all of a sudden, things can kind of pop together!

I think I'm starting to feel inspired! I certainly hope so.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Studio Update

Woo hoo!! Things are moving along!

I used one more can of spray paint on the "important bits" of the shelving unit. And I'm happy with it. I wish I'd only painted the sides that show in the first place. It would have saved my pocketbook and my lungs!

You can see, the couch is gone! It was a cool couch, but it was just too long. Luckily, my in-laws needed a temporary couch (huh?). They got rid of their couch when we moved in, then we moved out and took our couch. They're starting a renovation, so didn't want to buy a new couch right away. They were doing ok with a few comfy chairs, but the holidays came around, and they needed more seating. They got a neutral slip cover, and our craigslist couch now looks lovely in their living room! So happy it's getting some good use . . . before possibly going back on CL.

Now comes the organizing!

The few weeks before Christmas, the studio turned into gift wrap central. I didn't actually wrap in there (I wrapped in the living room so I could see the TV!), but the floor was covered in gift wrap, bows, and labels.

Today I packed all that away and started bringing out my art supplies. I haven't laid eyes on some of these things in a couple years, so I really need to take my time going through all my stuff, purging and examining, so I end up with a logical, efficient, but--most importantly--creative space!

Brian is extending our fence right now so the little man can more safely play in the front yard. This is our most important project right now, so he'll probably be consumed by that until he goes back to work. I will most likely only get to organize while Everett sleeps. But he's been taking a pretty long nap during the day, so I hope to make a real difference in the studio this week!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Review: White Shelves

You know when you have a BIG project, but one little part of it is just holding up the whole darn thing!?!

That's been this shelving unit for my studio.

It's a must. I feel like I can't organize anything until I have this piece installed.

But it just hasn't been getting done. A combination of me not making it a priority (but I have dishes to do and dinner to make and Doctor Who to watch!), crappy weather (it actually got wet in an unexpected rain and needed to spend a few days in the kitchen), and it just being a project with a lot of steps (sand, clean, wood filler, sand, clean, prime, paint . . . ).

But, it's almost done!!!

before being painted

I'm stuck trying to decide if it's really really done or not. I've gone through a can and a bit of primer and FOUR cans of white semi-gloss RustOleum spray paint, and it's nowhere near completely covered. After the second can I basically gave up on the back and side that won't be showing, focusing on the side that will be showing and the shelves. But even the parts that will show aren't completely covered. I'm contemplating either getting another can or two, matching the paint and painting the top and sides with a brush, or just putting it in there as is and relying on my stuff to hide what's really going on.

It will be filled with paper, probably cans of terpenoid and medium with live on the top, and I can put cork board on the side. But it just feels weird not finishing it.

Either way, I'm super excited that I've come this far, and I hope next week to show it in the studio!

In other studio news, I will soon be loosing my couch. }: It's awesome. Even with the tinted pink cushions, I really like the upholstery. It's comfortable. It's in great shape. But it's too long. One of the things that sold me on it in the first place is now the reason it's leaving. It basically tucks under my drawing table on one side of the room and blocks the bathroom door on the other. For now we could move it against the bathroom door, but this summer, when Brian starts working on the bathroom, we'll need access. May as well move it out now.

We have some plans for it before it goes on craigslist. I hope they pan out.