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Bookwhale

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Filed under Book Worm, Etsy, Handmade, Illustrations, Process

I’m sure you have heard of bookworms, but have you heard of bookwhales?  They are a real little subculture and so interesting.  These particular whales gather in their cozy knits and talk about their favorite stories.

They chit chat when they attend their weekly book clubs of course.  Fascinating.

This cute little guy is available in my shop.

I would love it if you would say hi, comments are my favorite.  Have a great day!

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Crushin’ – Susan Rubin

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Filed under Fangirl, Illustrations, Out and About

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Now that I think about it, the DAM exhibit last weekend was just okay for me.  I was expecting more work by the headlining artists but there was one Frida piece, one Van Gogh piece, etc.  When my Mom and I arrived, we got there a little early and looked around. In the artist’s studio area there are big blank pads of paper ready for you to draw with whatever they have available to you.  They also have artists create right there and people are encouraged to come by and watch them work.  We saw the the most beautiful colored pencil botanical illustrations and we were both in awe of the artist, Susan Rubin.  One of the pieces was an illustration of a type of bean and then in the lower corner there was an actual seed packet with the same illustration.  We both thought the artist reproduced the vintage packaging illustration into her own.  We were corrected by one of the workers who said that this is the artist who drew the illustration for the packaging.  The larger version was the original.

The bonus was that Susan would be in the studio early in the day so we would get to see her work.  We did head over there when we were done with the exhibit and to watch her work was a treat.  She uses colored pencils on mylar and the effect is gorgeous.  She enjoys looking through her layers of colored pencil just like I like looking through my layers of watercolor.  So meticulous and soothing.  She told us about her process and how she teaches botanical illustration as well.  I had no idea that profession was so small with about 1,000 botanical illustration artists in the country.  When you consider there are probably 3,000 dentists in Colorado alone, that put into perspective how small that subset is.

Such an unexpected treat!

To Dos.

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Filed under Home, Out and About

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Spring is here!  I want to do nothing but pick flowers and twirl around all day to celebrate.  We have been in our house for about four years now I think and we have come a long way with making our house ours.  We have some remaining To Dos that I keep my eyes peeled for whenever we go to Home Goods, vintage stores, etc.  The other bits, cleaning/organizing the basement and garage, I want to tackle by handling two boxes at a time until it is all done.  With us, I am the one with more “stuff” to sort.  What’s on your home to do list this spring/summer?

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to the art museum and I cannot wait.  There is an exhibit called Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  There will be works from Kahlo, Picasso, Dali, Pollock, etc.  Yes!

I need to head out now, have a great day!

Countdown.

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Filed under Life

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Lately I have been living for the weekends.  Sleeping in.  Cuddling.  Being a couch potato.  Running errands.

One more day.  So ready.  There are two things I added to the list though.

  1. Buy tulips
  2. Eat BBQ

Can you tell I am ready for spring to get here, full force?

Edit. Edit. Edit.

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Filed under Geeky Girl, Video

For the first time in a long time, this past weekend I messed around with video editing.  I forgot how much that takes out of you, well me.  I majored in photojournalism and minored in digital media in college.  One of the courses I took was digital video art.  This movie is called “One” and the assignment was to convey a mood/emotion.  We also weren’t allowed to use color.

I think it’s safe to say that video art is my least favorite.  Meaning that when I go to an art museum and see that little TV installation in the corner with flashing lights and an audio track playing, I don’t quite get it.  I’m more into paintings, sculptures, everything else.

So when we completed assignments for the class, those assignments were more on the abstract side.  I loved using Final Cut Pro, I had fun putting storyboards together and I was happy with my final projects.

I was editing a video of me painting this weekend but since I am using iMovie ’08 (super old I know), I can’t find a way to speed up the video.  No one wants to see me paint for 30 minutes….so….yea.

I’m working on it though.  I would love to share.

♥ Fun Fact - This was completed in college, early when Raul and I were just dating.  He is the mystery man shaking around in the box.  One of the signs he was a keeper.  True love. ♥