Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Figure study-Too erotic?

Figure study
Originally uploaded by jr_goddesstlj

My husband thinks that this model's pose is too erotic. So...I'm not going to work on it anymore.

What do you think? Is this too much?

Bulbs painting

Bulbs painting
Originally uploaded by jr_goddesstlj

I'm trying to improve my painting skills. This is the second painting that I've produced in 24 hours. I guess I'm getting a little better at painting...but I still have such a long way to go. I also have to create a portfolio of my paintings in the next two weeks. Wish me luck!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Life Drawing-seated nude

Life Drawing-seated nude
Originally uploaded by jr_goddesstlj

One of the better drawings I did in class...That prick still gave me a C-.

Study of Mayoree

Study of Mayoree
Originally uploaded by jr_goddesstlj

A study of my daughter, done in my new moleskine. I want to draw this in an 11 x 14 format.

10 Things To-Do in 2009

1.)Create more artwork. It doesn't have to be for sale, but in order to improve I MUST WORK.

2.)Turn a profit from my jewelry business and art business.

3.)Learn more about "the biz."

4.)Learn to be more patient and LESS judgemental.

5.)Set more realistic goals for myself.

6.)Become better at time management.

7.)Take better care of myself, and remember to take my meds.

8.)Shut down the computer, and work instead of looking at other peoples' work.

9.)Accept the fact that my Blackberry can NOT do everything for me...Even though it does ALOT.

10.)Network and market my businesses BETTER: Reach my target market.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Zippo Drawing

Illustration of my zippo lighter and a cigarette. Drawn in my moleskine using watercolor washes, Pigma brush pen, and Millenium zig pens (blue and black).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A White Christmas

I totally am not in the Christmas spirit right now. First of all, I've only had a total of 7 hours of sleep in the past 3 days. Second, it's been snowing since about 10 am, and HAS NOT STOPPED.
Oh, wait. It did sleet. Then it started snowing again. Third, the medicine that I'm taking for my UC makes me feel weird.

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I need to call my doctor and ask her if it's supposed to make me feel this way. The meds are turning my urine an unpleasant shade of yellow...

My daughter is super excited about Christmas. She keeps telling us that Santa is going to bring her all types of toys. We put the christmas tree up tonight when I got home from work.

Mayoree and my husband did most of the work. They did a pretty good job. Now she's happy.

The best part about today was the little doodle that I finished at work. It's called "Evil Eye". I don't know what the hell to do with it, but at least I'm producing work.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Back to the drawing board...err, pad

I stayed up really late last night trying to come up with ideas for my artwork, and what to do with said art. How I could/would sell it, blah, blah blah. I want to be able to make prints and greeting cards. Maybe stationary sets...But it all seems so expensive. It takes money to make money. I would have to invest even MORE money into my business, and then wait to turn a profit. I still haven't made a profit from my jewelry business!! How could I start making art prints? How do people afford this stuff without going into debt?


Ok, I'm back. This is the ATC/ACEO that I came up with. I'm neutral about it.

So, then I worked 8 hours at that hell hole that I call a job. Now I am completely exhausted and tapped of all creative juices. But I did get one of my orders shipped out. Yay. Now, I just have one other package to deliver.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Marie Antoinette ACEO

The second attempt at a decent Marie Antoinette portrait. I'm happy with this one. It's not perfect, but it's something.

During this snowy weekend I've had time to think about what I wanted to do: with my business and with my future. Becoming an artist is what I always wanted to do. I just never understood how I could make that dream a reality. Well, I've gotten older, and now I understand what I have to do. In order to become a professional artist I have to really work on the craft. I thought that by working towards my BFA the course work would help me...but that's just a small part of what I need to do. If I want to be an artist I have to work at it everyday. Period.

So, here I go.


This is my interpretation of the theme "Voices" from Illustration Friday. I'm not sure if I'm happy with it, but whatever. The theme did inspire me.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Some new art

Well, I've been busy busy busy since I finished this semester (a 3.5 GPA!!). I've been making lots of little ACEOs to amuse myself and keep my sanity.

"Marie". I used a painting of Marie Antoinette, and illustrated it. This one was lots of fun to make. Pen, ink, markers, watercolor. On watercolor paper.

I made this one today. You can tell I was bored. What can I say?! I was snowed in...

This is "The Empress". It's part of my tarot series. This is the first card of the major Arcana that I've done. I hope to do my own set, but I can't imagine how long that would take.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Moment On The Lips necklace

A Moment On The Lips necklace
Originally uploaded by jr_goddesstlj

Currently for sale in my etsy shop. This pretzel charm is such a cutie. I wish I could eat it!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Chocolate cake pin

Chocolate cake pin
Originally uploaded by jr_goddesstlj

For sale in my etsy shop. I made this pin using polyer clay. It's still one of my favorites.

This pin/brooch makes a whimsical addition to your favorite peacoat. And the price is great, too!

Homer's Delight necklace

Homer's Delight necklace
Originally uploaded by jr_goddesstlj

This item is currently for sale in my etsy shop. It is a polymer clay charm. So cute and (looks) delicious!

The Past Few Months

I've been crazy busy for the past few months, but with my wedding done, and my finals completed (as of yesterday), I can finally do what I want to do.

Back in August I decided that I wanted to finish my fine arts degree. I was really excited about it, but now I see why I got so discouraged the first time around: the teachers. What is it about teaching art that makes these teachers such jerks? My Life Drawing professor was constantly tearing me down this past semester, and I still don't understand why. He even selected some of my work to hang in the school's gallery. Why did he pick on me so much? I understand that I am but a lowly mortal, and he is an art god (scoff). Anyway, I have the same teacher for Painting 2, and I'm not happy about. This time, I will make war with him.

About a month ago I started creating polymer clay jewelry, and it's a lot of fun! Pictures coming soon!
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