Thursday, September 30, 2010

Buddha Painting......update

Francesca and I worked for a few hours on our Buddha paintings while Carol was in Mexico.

They are coming along slowly but surely. Still need to add the highlights to mine and paint the trellis work at the top. I was painting the shadows today during a thunder shower which was pretty hard with Eddie and Blue laying on my feet and climbing my leg. Poor fur balls had a really hard day.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

project stalled

I got this amazing chair and table set from a friend of mine when she moved and want to give it a makeover. After tearing off the fabric I realized that these cushions need replacing.
I just love the bamboo detail in the chairs and the fact that they swivel.

Option 1. Paint it red with a bold modern black and white fabric.


Option 2. Leave the table white paint the chairs green/recover the chair with my yellow chickadee fabric.

I'm leaning towards option 2. What do you think?

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's my Birthday!!!!! 39 and feeling fine!

Well, actually it was yesterday but I'm still celebrating.

It all started bright and early with family arriving for a surprise breakfast. Kinda wish I had fair warning so I could have pulled myself together a bit. Nothing more attractive than big dog slippers, plaid pajama pants and one of Art's old T's.

Since the weather was sunny and warm, Art and I meet some friends and family down at the beach for kayaking and paddle boarding fun. Luckily the water is still warm enough that you don't need a wetsuit.

Later..... we wondered across the street for margaritas and dinner.

Twas a perfect day

Tonight, it's dancing with friends at the Belly-Up Tavern in Solana Beach.

Oh yeah, can't forget to mention the perfect full moon. This picture sucks, but it was amazing!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pannikin Project Report

Carol, Francesca and I have been working on our "Buddha Christmas" installment for several weeks now. We have a long way to go but I thought I'd give you all a sneak peek at our progress.
Try to envision three canvas panels sewn at the top and bottom to hold sticks of bamboo which will help weigh the painting down, keeping the panels flat.
We plan on painting Pannikin's wall downstairs like a buddhist temple and hanging these in the middle. I really like the fact that each piece looks so different.

Mine is the lime Buddha with geometric background. Looks a bit alien right now.
Francesca is painting a buddha statue coming out of the water with floating lotus flowers. Carol is painting the reclining Buddha.

I hope to have more pictures of our progress next Monday.

p.s. I've been in the mood to clear out a bunch of "stuff" in my house and studio. Maybe it's just this time of year that makes me want to organized every crevice of my home. Anyone else feeling the same?

Monday, September 13, 2010


It took me a day and a half to lay this flooring and I'm LOVING it!
Every...repeat....EVERY muscle in my body hurts. Feels like I did a thousand squats.

I used "Allure-traffic master" which is a vinyl plank with the texture and feel of wood. Home Depot will custom order it, but it's a little cheaper in their online shop and you get free shipping. This floor is perfect for bathrooms, basements and garages because its pretty much waterproof.
The planks are super easy to lay once you get the hang of it. (A few bad frustrating cuts where you want to pull out your hair and give up................and then suddenly everything made sense.)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Great post for all you artists out there!

I know I already posted today, but I saw this video on Marisa's (Creative Thursday) blog and it really hit home. It's such a great message and I wanted to dedicate it to all my artist friends out there.

Interview with Krista Vernoff, the executive producer and main writer of Grey's Anatomy.

here's the video.

PRINT SALE and renovation projects underway!

It's my birthday month so I thought I'd have a little print sale in the shop.

Here are some pictures of my new studio shed aka "the candle shack." It's so nice to have the extra space for a very messy hobby. I haven't painted the doors yet, but I did leave the old hardware on. Aren't they cool?

On another new studio flooring arrives today! I hope it's as easy to lay as they say it is. Pictures coming soon.

Monday, September 6, 2010

More ceramics

Zuri and I spent another afternoon creating our clay creatures. He made the "Bone Kitty" tiki, and I made the other tiki for Art, the pufferfish teacup and a whale wall plaque that I intend on hanging over the doors of my soon to be finished candle shack.

The shack is a new storage structure that I need to store all my show props and candle equipment. Art scored on four narrow (18'') vintage french doors from a job site that I'm hinging together to use for the entrance. I'll post some pictures as soon as it's finished.
Once I get my "stuff" in there, it will be time to lay flooring in the studio. This is something we've wanted to do for along time and I'm so excited to finally get it done. Can't wait to show you all soon. I was tempted to give you a before shot of my space, but it's looks like a bomb went off in there.