The original “About Me” was written May 15, 2011. It’s at the bottom of this post, which keeps the most recent updates on top.
Update: February 14, 2023
Another five years gone. It’s a little terrifying how fast time passes. In January I started a series of paintings of Imaginary Friends Having Feelings. A couple are done but most are in progress:
These three dogs were started a year ago for my cousin. Maybe finished soon?
Dexter and Toki are about 8 years old. Here they are in full winter floof:
Update: January 1, 2018
Holy cow it’s been three and a half years since my last update. And this is the fourth January I am trying (AGAIN OMG) to have a year of painting acrylics. I have done a little in the past years. A couple favorites:
So here we are again. Art blog! Acrylics! Happy January!
ALSO: Dexter at left, Shi-Tzu, found wandering the streets of Chicago (history unknown!), adopted March 2017. Toki Wartooth, at right, Havanese, who spent his first three years at a puppy mill. Adopted October 2016. Grumpy and Fluffy. :)
Update: July 16, 2014
I just put up my poster shop this weekend. It was a project that took quite a lot of putting together. Procrastination was involved at every stage. It started with the Art Card Dogs project, which you can read about here.
I am still at a full time job but also making art as much as I can. In fact, I was recently reflecting on my lack of reading and watching movies. And computer games. Three things that used to be my favorite things, but now they are tier two: second favorite things. I gotta do the art if I’m gonna get better at it!
Since my last update I have run two Very Fancy swaps over at illustratedatcs.com. The first was women in fancy (particularly old-fashioned) clothes, and the second was animals in fancy clothes. All kinds of fancy. Here are my favorites:
The first two were created during the swap, which ran Nov 2013 – Feb 2014, and Red Gwendolyn was made in July 2014 just a couple days before this update. I tend to repeat themes that strike my fancy!
The Fancy Animals may be exactly up my alley, and to date I have made twenty-five. They are, most of them, members of the Aesop’s Stables Theatre Company. One of their promotional posters can be purchased in my shop!
Update: November 10, 2013
What I neglected to mention in my last update is that I joined an art card site, illustratedatcs.com, in July of 2012. Here is a link to my gallery there. It’s a juried site, which means you have to be voted in. It is specifically for “professional artists and hobbyists” and in general the level of work there is very experienced. It was an honor to be accepted.
One result of being around so much consistently great art is that it makes one strive to be better. At least for me. And I have been making 2.5″ x 3.5″ art cards in pen and ink with Copic markers, like a mad fiend! There’s something very satisfying about completing a small project and getting on with the next one. I have made literally hundreds of these cards. Some terrible ones! But some pretty cool stuff, too.
Daydreaming City, Toad Hamlet, Penny Farthington, Her City Hair and Eyeline
The Clever Inventor’s Shed, Candy Corn Cottage, The Cat Hag’s Shack, and The Pitch Inn
And here’s some favorite cards made over the past few months for individual trades or themed swaps:
Darla Two: Her story and progress pics can be found in this blog post.
Also above: Scarlet Order Seer, Warren Wombat’s First Snow, Cecille in the Portrait Room and Ainsley Rabbit.
Thanks so much to everyone who stops by. Especially if they leave comments – but even if they don’t! Questions, suggestions, comments and observations are always most welcome.
Update: February 9, 2013
Holy cow, it’s been way too long since my last update. I am happy to report my art is still improving! It makes me think I should wait a bit longer to write a book or illustrate a book, but I also know I’m not getting any younger, and there won’t be any book if I don’t start one! On the other hand, I have started a couple projects:
100 Maidens Project – I avoided drawing people/faces for a long time because I did not go to school for art, or have enough life drawing classes – and a host of other excuses to boot! But then I started, and it wasn’t so bad! So I decided I would make an open-ended project where I complete 100 maidens. As of today I have 66 complete! Some of my favorites:
The other project is the Art Card Dogs project, which will likely lead to a poster, and maybe a book. Or maybe a book of short stories, or maybe a book about a world with only dogs. Or some kind of dog app for hand-held devices. It started with all these tons of dog ATCs I’ve been doing. Some of my favorites:
Update: May 28, 2012
My blogaversary came and went with little fanfare (mainly because I forgot about it.) I am currently at 90 posts and 1,581 comments (though many of those are my own replies!) I have to say I feel like my art has improved dramatically in one year. In many ways I can’t wait to see where I’m at next year! On the other hand, I am feeling more keenly the regret of not drawing for so many years. But mainly the feelings are happy ones. I have been doing pretty well at two posts a week, which means two new drawings/pieces per week, and is really my limit with a full-time job. And playing some Diablo III, though not nearly as much as I once might have!
Illustration Friday in particular has been an amazing source of inspiration and I have found many of my current favorite art blogs there. (Check out the Neat People Art Blog links on the right side of the page!)
My favorite recent pieces:
Update: Oct0ber 30, 2011
I am a somewhat hermit-ish creature of 40 something-or-other years, working as an office manager in the construction industry (wooo! blue jeans) a bit north of Chicago. Though I’d mostly abandoned art for 20-odd years, I dusted off the drawing table in March 2011 and it has been constantly in use since then. This blog started a little bit later, along with a new Etsy shop. [More recently I joined Tumblr and Pinterest – both kinda neat but not terribly useful, I’d wager.] I still do not like Facebook and I have no interest in Twitter (and no, I do not have a particularly pronounced forehead, thank you).
My favorite pieces recently:
My progress post on this fellow was used as the basis for my guest tutorial at copicmarker.com, which was very cool!
Charlotte was the first in my recent run of farmyard beasts in steampunk gear. The llama part was inspired by the recent discovery that more people find my shop through searches with the word “llama” than any other word. Which I did a post about. Incidentally, as of this writing, the total searches finding my shop with “llama” is 32. The second runner up, at an anemic 13, is ACEO.
/end of update. Thank you for reading this ramble!
Original “About Me” – May 15, 2011
Let’s just make something very clear from the get-go. I have no idea what I am doing. I believe I have made pages that should have been posts and possibly posts that should have been pages.
In any case, today is Sunday, May 15, 2011 and I am currently awaiting my first small batch of prints in order to put some stuff up in my new Etsy shop which, like this site, I don’t expect many people to find. But that’s ok.
Jessamyn West said in an interview once that she thought everyone was interesting and everyone should have a blog and write about what interests them. I agreed at the time I read it. People are interesting. At least, other people.
Anyway, here it is. It’s a thing that isn’t very interesting now but has potential simply because everything has potential. There’s talking and there’s doing, and I’m cautiously optimistic about getting on with more doing.
Feel free to email: [email protected].
p.s. To many, I use too many commas and too many adverbs. It is not likely to change.
10-30-2011: As an addendum to this, my first “About Me”, I want to include my favorite pieces at that time, which I am going to try to include with every update: