Thursday, May 28, 2009

Creating Ads for Blogs

Tonight's little tiny bit of artwork that I did for the day was a quickie using an old postcard that I got in a paper lot. I bought the lot in hopes of jump starting me when I get back into the studio - when some energy returns, hopefully SOON.

I loved this card, and thought that it would make a great AD for either one of my blogs.

I never thought of advertising my blogs, but perhaps I will have some little business cards printed up like this JUST for my blogs. A bit decadent, but I do love to write and why not advertise that too? Don't know who I would give them to, perhaps slip them into packages that I ship, or to friends or that family renunion. (uh oh, maybe NOT such a good idea; my cousin used to read my personal blog and my leftist blogs made him blow a gasket and now we no longer got really weird.)

Any way, off to bed, with some thoughts churning in my head. Too bad I can't get paid for my thoughts and ideas. I'd be RICH!


PS JUST HAD A BRAINSTORM...this will be the BACK of my business card!!!!!(which is also orange and has the same cats as in my banner, sitting around eating a mouse!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Link to Greeting Card Blog

Sadly the painting sits unfinished. Today, the ONE day after work that I had free, had to be spent with me resting as I was not feeling well after school. Fatigued, dizzy, guts hurting again.

I did play around with a photo in Photoshop, at least I did SOMETHING. (self portrait, pictured here, hahaha)

But I did come across a new blog, which I should read, called Greeting Card Designer. There is some good stuff here. Must add to my list of blogs to read on a periodic basis. (sadly I don't have the time to read all the blogs I want to!)

Hopefully, some of you will enjoy it.

Back to doing medical research, and paying some bills!!!


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Article on Art Scammers

Fortunately, I am a suspicious person and ignore most inquiries about buying my art, especially when it is from someone in another country. The flag for me is often the poor grammar, and poor spelling.

I have sold a piece of art online to a local person who emailed me with an inquiry. But it was a local person, I knew who she was, and the rest of the story ended happily ever after. She loved the piece, agreed to the price, and bought it for her husband for his birthday.

But I have encountered those emails that raise my eyebrow, and I listen to my gut. Follow the link listed here for an article of such scams.

Off to check out an inquiry about my cards. This one wants to know if I can expedite the shipping of my cards for a birthday. This may be legit, but since I am sick, and moving slowly, I am sure I missed her deadline. I will write her back however, and see what it is about.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Thoughts from the Healing Chair

I am sure many of you have suffered from this at one point or another in your career, when you became sick/disabled/unable to make art in the way that you want to. You might have cancer and had chemo, you might have had a baby, or have some other illness or life circumstance that makes you incapable of making art in the the way you are accustomed.

I experienced that many times over my 35 years as an artist; the birth of children, the stress of single parenting, student teaching and working, no space to make art, having teens that would invoke a nervous breakdown in a saint.

Somehow through it all I persevered, working in mediums that were appropriate or available at the time. Kitchen counters turned into soldering stations, jewelry making on the corner of the dining room table... Though all of this I learned about what I liked and did not like to do, what I was good at, and what was better left alone.

Several years ago I severly broke my ankle and had to have major surgery. At that time I was working hard on my art - my studio was finished and I was gung ho.

After surgery and weeks of being in severe pain in bed, I got really depressed. I could not do anything but watch movies and TV. Reading was not easy as I was on a lot of meds which made concentration difficult at times. After a while I got antsy and started looking at art magazines and books, even if only at the photos. One day when I was strong enough, Larry helped me hobble to the studio and I instructed him on what art materials to assemble into a plastic box. I went back to my bed, and in the haze of pain and Vicodin, I would sit and make little hand colored and stitched cards, with funny sayings on them. I developed the line called "Nursery Crimes" and a new style of card making was born from my bedside. I may not have done a lot, and was limited in materials, but I do best when faced with that challenge.

Currently I am disabled with some horrible digestive problems and am too weak to work. I started a painting last weekend, but know I am in no shape to breathe oil fumes or even stand and paint. I took out my little digital camera, and managed a walk around the garden, taking snapshots to play with in Photoshop. Thus my photos called "From the Healing Chair". Who knows where it will go and if it will go anywhere, but it fulfilled my need to be creative.

As an artist we have to let go of the pressures we put upon ourself and spend time healing or helping others heal. The time away from our studios or art rooms is not "lost time" as our art can continue through our musing about life, understanding what our current lesson is during this period in our life, learning what is most important to us and our art, making plans, create IF WE CAN with what we can find to adapt to our situation.

Tonight's art is something I found while cleaning my attic, titled Mon Cherie, a collage on the lid of an old candy box top. I will float it and I have an antique gilded frame, complete with appropriate flaws to frame it in- one of the greener ways of making art. However, that topic will be for another blog.


Saturday, May 16, 2009


Ah, now I have your attention.

If I wrote under paintings, you would be bored. Underpants raise your eyebrow just a bit!

It has been a long time since I have been in the studio. Taxes, trip, life, illness.
I am still not at 100% and have more tests, but I spent some worthy time in the studio, cleaning so that I could paint, and processed some photos I had taken in Spain and yesterday on the way to Bard.

The gesso sketch tonight is an under painting for an oil. The painting will change before it is done, but I like the mood of it right as it is.

I started a sketch for something totally out of my realm, an abstract/surreal painting inspired by an aerial view of Spain. It's one of those paintings that you have no idea where it will end up. It could be an success, or it could be a dud that I will cut up, paint over, or give away. I am so critical that I forget that others might really really love it.

The sketch took a while to do, and I did not think too much about it while abstracting forms and being guided by the muse in what I saw and how I interpreted it. I was able to let go and be guided by the magic. I love that I don't think about it too much, I have many of my 10,000 hours left to figure it out.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Month's Shows

In spite of my mysterious illness, I have managed to get art to two of the three organizations I belong to. I am showing my Easton Salt Marsh painting at the Woodstock School of Art with the opening from 3-5, and two Encaustic pieces at Vargas, both of which are in Woodstock, NY, the "Colony of the Arts".

One of the pieces is a very small piece with a very small price. The other is my encaustic piece titled "Hope for Megan" which I did not get a decent photo of yet.

I have not painted in a long time. I now have canvases, wood for frames, and just need the energy and motivation. I have got to get back on the bandwagon, but hard to do it with so little time and so little energy.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Shape I'm In

FINALLY I got back into the studio after nearly a month hiatus. My store called, needing more cards, which forced me to open the door...and get to work. I figured that it was a nice prompt for me to unlock the door, air it out a bit, and not only make cards, but clean as I go. I put together another package of paper and gathered more art supplies/collectibles to sell on Ebay or Etsy.

I need to downsize, to reorganize, to focus on what I really want to do, which is paint and some mixed media. The jewelry, the stamps, the glitter - can all go, or can go to school for the kids to use. I have even been sending boxes out to people for free..of things I can no longer use. I figure it is good karma; at the very least I get to clean up a bit.

Sadly my health issues have been getting in the way of doing as much as I would like to. Some terrible thing has possibly taken up residence in my intestines..perhaps a parasite or bacteria. If that is ruled out, then something else is very wrong, and I will have to go for more testing.

It isn't fair, all this probing of my body.

BUT I have found out that double shots of espresso help, so if I have to get jump started from time to time, so be it.

More to come soon I hope, Ms. Patti O