Ozolinsh Blue-Footed Boobie
Naked, angry, plaster blue-footed boobie. (It's a real bird. My brother told me so.) I cast the bird from a mold I made of his ceramic brother. Let me tell you how great it feels to have this done after thinking about it for 4 years!!! I am so happy with the result. I can't wait to give it to my brother for his birthday in a couple of weeks.
Where the magic took place-on top of an orange paint can to save my neck! The laptop helped out a ton by giving me reference for the Shark's jersey and the spelling of Tim's favorite defense man, Ozolinsh. It only took 10 hours, house paint, Krylon crystal clear spray and 3 thin tip sharpies.
Record Cover Plates
- Sealed, adjusted and installed the prototypes at my Aunt and Uncle's house
- Received a gift of 2 boxes of records thanks to a very generous local painter that I found on Craigslist in the artists' form. My favorite record is of the Mickey Mouse Club. When I was 5 and Tim was 6, we'd exercise in front of the TV trying to follow along with Disney's Mousersize. The home video is super adorable.
- Researched on etsy.com the price range for homemade cover plates-$8.50
Hanging Lights- In need of a better name!
There is one completed light, with 5 sections to it, but I haven't taken any photos of it yet. Image 5 more glowing lampshades hanging inside of this "sock," about 7 feet tall. The plan is to make more this week- pictures real soon.
Any ideas for a name, other than stretchy hanging light??? Suggestions welcome.
- Knit 5 feet of black elastic
- Found another ideal cup for the lampshade at the thrift store. I'm starting to be recognized as a regular.
- Placed an ad on Craigslist and FreeCycle for 3 string, small bulb Christmas lights that work. Thanks to a couple on FC, they gave me 3 bags of lights!
WOW! It's the floor! And no, I didn't cram everything in the closet. The closet is already full and inventoried. I am so close to being unpacked and organized. About 8 boxes to go.
Leaving table and floor space to make art, makes the walls for tools and art supplies. I've gone a bit nuts with nails as hooks. I even hung up the waffle iron in the kitchen with three 16 penny nails. The nice thing is that I don't have to hunt for it anymore. My dream kitchen would be laid out like my studio; no cupboards. Everything hanging on the wall and outlined so it would be put back in the exact same spot.
I literally moved the Braille boards seven times around the studio floor, until I realized they had to go on the wall. I cleaned off the top of the orange bookshelf and designated it for office supplies. Can you tell I don't use the printer all that often?
After rearranging my room, I have so much more space! It's a weird concept when you think of it. Where is this extra space coming from? Either way I can now use either the laptop or the sewing machine without moving either one. It's the little things that make me so happy.
- Made prototype and experimented with various stitching patterns that my sewing machine can do. Also played around with a faster way to construct them.
- Tied up tripod for 30 mini tipis all around 8-12 inches tall
- Stay tuned for photos. It will be worth the wait.
- Painted some more on the Kandinsktipi
- Bought 8-8 foot tree stakes- yah for Craigslist!
- Had this idea about renting out 10 foot tipis at the drive-in. Maybe show a Western movie. The drive-in is also seen from the freeway, so bingo! on the advertising for both the theater and for me.
- Rediscovered Craigslist and FreeCycle. Thank you mom for helping me out by registering me with FreeCycle. By doing that I gave them one last try (due to confusing web design) and I am so glad I did. Hello free art supplies!
- Made list of goals: 1) expand portfolio, 2) generate income. It's sad I needed to write these down, but I have issues with staying focused. Everything is so new and shiny that I bounce around.
- Bought Wellingtons for when the grass is wet in the backyard. These black boots take me back to England. Plus I am partial to “ingtons”. Seriously. I also found a super cute and warm, cheap hat from the thrift store, that covers my ears. I can't wait to wear my boots and hat to go paint the tipi!
- Blogged a ton
- Received blurb books within 4 days of ordering. Mom is thrilled with her copy. I am really pleased to. Order your own at blurb's site.
Being a natural list maker and planner, I tend to get myself stuck in the planning stage until the entire project is figured out. Following this strategy is why I had a plaster boobie, unpainted for 4 years. If the end result isn't planned to meet my high expectations, then I often won't start the project. The thinking is why waste time making something when I don't know the exact direction.
I've noticed that I admire those who have a general plan, start working and revise as they create. Now I am letting myself plan a week out in advance, instead of 3 months (aka a semester, which no longer applies to me). A week is a doable amount of time. It reduces stress and worrying.
I get scared and shut down when I think about the future. I really do have to take art making one step at a time: 1) create prototypes, 2) time myself and price the entire project, 3) create an inventory, 4) market and sell art, and 5) revise design and keep working.
Writing what I did over the past 7 days keeps me accountable. I doubt anyone would ever write a complaint demanding for the latest "Happenings in the Studio," but it's motivation all the same. Since I don't have a network here of artists or an assistant, my blogging will be my support system.
I tend to dwell on what didn't get accomplished. But by organizing what was completed in a week, I relax and acknowledge that I am making progress.
Week 5 HITS
Week 3 HITS
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