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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Forward

I hate feeling like I've lost an hour during the spring time adjustment, but I love the energy and growth that spring brings with it. I wish I could say I look forward to spring because I want to go outside and pursue things like hiking or rock climbing but alas, it is not to be.


I like the idea of being an outdoorsy kind of person. 


I can envision myself standing victorious at the top of a mountain, my toned muscles slightly golden (but nowhere near that orange pre-melanoma tan) from my time outdoors. 


I'm breathing deeply and I feel at one with all the creatures of the universe. 


It sounds terrific but the evidence continues to stack up; I hate exercising, as was made clear this morning during a healthy one hour jaunt which was my idea. I have no idea what I was thinking.


This is pathetic but true - the only thing that kept me going was the fact that a cup of coffee and and a bagel awaited me at the bottom of the hill.


The cold and the wind whipping down the arroyo didn't make the walk more pleasant. End of whine.

As usual, the studio of Ink & Alchemy is a hub of activity. As you can see from the first 5 photos in this post, I've recently become smitten with visual journals.  The countertops in my studio are littered with scraps of paper, glue, old books, etc. Sometimes I think making art is really just an excuse to fill one room of the house with as much junk as possible. Old yogurt containers, magazines, a collection of hotel swipe cards, broken computer parts. All very important parts of my creative space.

Unfortunately, I'm just enough of a left-brainer to be driven batshit crazy by too much disorganization and mess so I've been tidying the studio. 

As part of this annoying spring cleaning effort, I've decided to discount all items in my Etsy shop. Enter the code "SPRINGFORWARD" at checkout to receive a 30% discount on any item.

The Don has been hard at work making a few improvements to the studio. I have a new storage area for paper/wood/canvas near the ceiling and brand-new shelves which are already full of delicious art supplies. My artistic support team is pretty incredible. He even did the taxes for Ink & Alchemy today.


I'm still diligently working on my Lifebook 2014 project and enjoying every second of it. I showed a few of the finished projects here and here. You can see everything at a glance in my Flickr portfolio. Here's what I've finished since we last got together:







Setting up a small recording studio has been on my to-do list for quite some time. I've been accumulating equipment and I think I'm almost ready to put it all together and move forward, but to do so required a studio rearrangement that has made an already chaotic space even crazier. I'm still working on this one and will be for some time, I suspect.


In between these various projects, I've always got an art piece or two simmering on the back burner. For me it's nice to move from project to project instead of focusing wholly on one piece from start to finish. For one thing, this is exactly how my mind works - in tiny fragmented bits. Also, moving around give the pieces time to dry (although I've been so impatient lately that I now have a blow dryer permanently installed in the studio) and in many cases, I need some time away from a work to let it percolate before I know what the next step will be.


I'm still writing and I have several drafts that I'd like to bring to fruition in the coming months. I 'm also in the process of hatching a brilliant idea to combine both writing and art. I'm excited!

Peace, paint, & publishing to you!




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Drawing hope.


Shawn Van Daele makes dreams come true.

Read the article here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Jayson James announces his next book.

T.E.D. by Jayson James

From the author of the Finding Our Way series comes a new story. 

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Tim is being bullied. No one in high school wants to be known as a tattle-tale and to do so would only make things rougher for him. The repercussions would most likely make him an outcast, and without any friends.

Eric is frustrated with life. His parents are overbearing and if they ever knew the person he really was, they would throw him out of their house. His friends are not much better, they only like him when he is who they expect him to be.

Delsin is gay and ready to come out.  Unfortunately, life at home is on the brink of falling apart with his parents constant fighting. Admitting the truth could bring his whole world crashing down around him.

Each of these three needs to decide whether the risks of being honest about who they are outweighs the importance of being true to themselves. This could mean ruining life as each of them knows it. Maybe it is better to remain miserable in order to play it safe. On the other hand, doing nothing doesn't seem to work either. 


Look for T.E.D. by Jayson James on Amazon. 


And be sure to connect with Jayson James.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free comic course

Christina Blanch is leading another free MOOC (massive open online course) about comics—this time with a focus on social issues. It will feature lots of interviews with creators (she knows everyone), and TONS of comic book stores across the country are getting involved, too. Check it out.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Feasts


Today's featured artist is Lia Porto.


Lia is based in Argentina and works in mixed media and collage. Her work is informed by nature and takes on organic form.






 Find more about this artist at her website.


The Don and I had much to celebrate during the month of February, so we took an overnight trip to Santa Fe on The Rail Runner. On the drive, we passed some incredible graffiti, most of which I failed to capture by photograph. 



While we were there, we visited SITE Santa Fe for the first time. SITE is a center for contemporary art and is currently housing an exhibit called Feast: Radical Hospitality in Modern Art, which came to them from the University of Chicago SMART Museum. We adore art, but neither of us have much patience for pretension, and we weren't quite sure what to expect. We had a wonderful time. Our tour host was very gracious and in the end, we only wished we'd had a little more time to explore the exhibit.



My past experience with Santa Fe has been limited to the Plaza but this time we stuck to the Railyard district, which was terrific. I loved it so much that I briefly considered pitching a tent on the sidewalk and staying indefinitely. It wouldn't have been terribly difficult to carry out this endeavor since there was an REI conveniently placed near the tracks. In the end, I decided I couldn't live without The Don and came home, although he did offer to come visit me periodically.



We stayed at the Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe and had dinner at the Amaya restaurant.  



I found my new favorite Flying Star Restaurant.



And we made it home safe and sound.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Caleo & Dome - both free on Amazon today

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Free Kindle Books.







Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler High, even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn't even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo’s life forever.

Hidden amongst our society, a secret and magical race of people known as ‘Leeches’, have been engaging in civil war for decades. Both sides are desperately searching for a weapon with unlimited power that will give them the advantage they need to rule their world. This wouldn’t mean anything to Caleo, except for one problem...He is that weapon!

Forget making it through High School. Caleo has bigger problems! As the search for him goes on, the world is quickly crumbling around him. He's now fighting for his life and the life of what little family he has left. With the help of new friends, he has little time to try and master his newly found powers as he tries to figure out who he can trust, who is trying to use him, and who just wants him dead. One wrong step and being the awkward pale outcast will be the least of his worries.

Click here to claim your free copy on Amazon today only!





What if you knew the exact date and time the world will end, what would you do?

Sam Tucker was faced with that dilemma when he began getting visions of the Earth's demise. Luckily for him, he was able to save his family and as many people as he could before the tragic event occurred, and he did so with the help of unknown visitors. With Earth now destroyed, Sam, his family, and thousands of other lucky survivors must live the rest of their lives on a faraway planet in a Dome that simulates life on Earth. But Sam's mind can't seem to rest as a few questions arise. Why did the aliens save them? How did they know about Earth's sure fate? And exactly what are they hiding?

Emma Tucker begged for an escape from her boring life but never in a million years did she think it would come at the destruction of Earth. Living on a new planet and finding it difficult to get rid of her rebellious habits, Emma finds herself making friends with a member of the alien race and it soon develops into an unexplainable love; a love that is more dangerous than she could ever imagine. While her father is searching for his own truths, she has no idea that she is stumbling on a truth of her own.

Told from the point of view of both Sam and Emma, author Nova Sparks takes readers on a journey to discover love, fate, faith, truth, and the mystery of the DOME!

Click here to claim your Free copy on Amazon today only!


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