Oct 25, 2009

Consider Fine Arts

"If you are looking for something to be brave about, consider fine arts."
~Robert Frost

Last night, I discovered that my favorite art forum, ConceptArt.org, will soon be offering its own art instructional program.  The program will span 30 months, including three-week class sessions three times a year, and cost almost $50,000.  That isn't as much as completing art degree programs at other art schools, so I hear, and I believe they're planning on offering scholarships. Even so.. who, seriously, has thousands of dollars lying around to spare, and who wants to take on [additional] student loan costs?  Also, entry into the program is based on the applicant's portfolio.  Would my portfolio even be strong enough for consideration?

But oh, how amazing that would be -- a real art education, rubbing elbows with successful artists and illustrators, gleaning from their knowledge, growing my art skills...  I must admit, it did give me pause last night.  When you've just gotten married and are starting to test the daunting waters of the housing market, that's probably not the best time to throw caution to the wind and take on art school.  Is there a good time, though?  Is it better to go back to school when you're still young enough to have career-available years before you -- or wait until you have the time and the funds, when you've got an empty nest and a little cash put by?

... things to think about.  But now, let us have artwork!

"Skinny Malinky Frog-Legs Learns to Dance"

a rough sketch of a mermaid lagoon ("oh, underneath a magic moon!")

"Autumn Day"


"Ninja Boy, Pirate Girl: the Forbidden Love"

Oct 21, 2009

You Light Up My Life

"Painting is, by nature, a luminous language."
~ Robert Delaunay

Don't you love it when things work?  Just as I was sitting here drooling over a Williams-Sonoma catalog and scolding myself for not updating my blog, the power went out.  The power in our area is always a bit sketchy, so my ounce-of-prevention husband equipped my computer with a battery back-up unit some weeks ago.  This morning, as the house was darkened, my little computer soldiered on, informing me that it was now running on its back-up battery and not to worry.  It's such a blessing when forethought and technology save the day!  The power's back on, the blog's updated, and all's right with the world.

"Le Petit Chat Noir"

"Monkey Business"

"Arm of the Mighty"



Oct 16, 2009

Southern Comfort

"Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life."
~Vincent van Gogh

Noting and savoring the little things is comforting and good.  I'm sure I sound like a broken record by now..but it's true.  A nippy little coldfront has come through (for southern Louisiana, that's a big deal!), and my husband and I joyfully flung open the windows today when we returned home from morning errands.  Before long, the gorgeous weather drew me back outside with my camera (as you can see), and I answered the call of the light on our maple tree leaves with a right good will.

The legendary white stag, trapped in the forest.

A ladybug dances to sweet faery music.

"Angel of Death"


The princess and her trusty war-bear, at the edge of the Deep Wood.

Oct 14, 2009

Autumn Honey

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.

~Theodore Dreiser, Life, Art, and America, 1917

It's been a day for flitting about, planning for evening festivities and taking care of a million little things.  I procured the perfect autumnal scent today -- a "Pumpkin Harvest & Fall" candle.  I gathered the necessary [read: missing] ingredients with which to make my zucchini bread (and tonight's cornbread), and I filled my candied-apple candy jar with Brach's pumpkins.  Never fails, Brach's pumpkins mean "Fall" to me; my dad always bought us some when they hit the grocery store shelves every fall.  Funny how a little orange and green mellowcreme candy can embody an entire season.

Anyway, so goes the life of a busy bee -- and now, the honey...

Basset Hound studies, in preparation for
the Great Basset Hound Project of 2009

"Blue Ox"

"Snowy Owl"


Oct 7, 2009


Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.

~Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

It's an encouraging thing to take cookies out of the oven and discover that they've turned out perfectly.  One's experimental endeavors can so easily go horribly wrong... or just fail to meet one's expectations.  It is a quiet little victory, then, when something (rolling sugar cookie dough in cinnamon & sugar, for instance) goes very, very right -- the butterscotch ripple effect.

"Hansel and Gretel"

And now a presentation from the acclaimed
Loompa Theatre, for your viewing pleasure...


"Now I know...don't be scared.
Granny is right, just be prepared."

~Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods 

"... cricket, cricket..."

Oct 5, 2009

Complex Tastes

Calvin: "I'm a simple man, Hobbes."

Hobbes: "You?? Yesterday you wanted a nuclear-powered car that could turn into a jet with laser-guided heat-seeking missiles!"

Calvin: "I'm a simple man with complex tastes."

~Calvin and Hobbes

Ah, fall... as drizzle moistens the gray, already-sodden outside world around me, my thoughts turn to the sunny, brisk autumn days [hopefully!] to come. I imagine our maple tree turning pretty colors, our sweaters keeping us warm and toasty in the crisp breeze, and the scents of baked goods filling our house. To usher in this utopia, I've stocked my cute candied-apple jar with candy corns, bought a couple of fall-colored candles, and found a zucchini bread recipe to try.

Things I want this fall season:
  • a winning football team (c'mon, Ags.. Seriously.)
  • a really yummy spice candle (still lookin')
  • cool weather!
  • gingerbread chai
  • a continued lack of threatening/dangerous tropical storms

I know, it's a lot to ask. I'm a simple woman with complex tastes.


Bill Watterson's classic characters re-worked...

"Singin' the Working Man Blues"

"Do Want!": the cautious plains-dwelling diphu is quite partial to zebra.

"Chocolate Bunny"