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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, everyone

A picture Allan did... I haven't done much in the way of holiday painting, although every year I mean to.
I've been working on a few new pieces; I'd like to have a few new things to show at the Lodi Art Center show I'm doing in February. It starts right before Spring term starts, so I'll be doing First Friday for it and hoping to earn some textbook money. I'm working right now on an abstract based on particle tracks, a floral, more Cosmic Cat and possibly an astronomy fantasy piece.
I will also try to finish my Lady of the Lake colored pencil piece.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Isis Pyramid

I always love working with new materials, and I knew these triangular canvases were something I just had to work with. As I've also painted on papyrus, I decided to go with an Egyptian theme and paint a tribute to my favorite goddess, Isis.

She's just been added to my Etsy site, along with my Asteroid Belt necklace.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

To the person who is leaving comments in Chinese.

I assume you are trying to post advertisements and blogger is automatically scrubbing them, because your comments are always gone by the time I try to reply to you to tell you:

I don't read Chinese: Mandarin and Cantonese are both a mystery to me. I have a very small readership, and I don't think any of them can read your posts, either. Since they automatically disappear very quickly, YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME.

Please stop. It is irritating to have squiggles appear in my inbox daily.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October Magic sale on my Etsy site!

October Magic -- 20% off all items tagged Autumn, Fantasy, or Costume.

I do love this time of year. I'm trying to organize my improv dance class to go to the downtown Santa Cruz Halloween promenade and actually pperform in public. People have said they like the idea, but I know a lot of them are kind of stage-fright prone, so I don't think more than a third of the class will show up. And yet you never know-- people do let themselves get a bit wild come Halloween.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New FAE exhibit

The Fantasy Artists of Etsy have put together an exhibit of our "Hearth and Harvest" art pieces.

The ones I have in there are definitely fantasy, but I'm posting this with my still life "Harvest Gold", not included.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Touch Down

This is the second in my Cosmic Cat series, and I may do more work on it before I'm satisfied. This is the current version of Touch Down.

I have had to stop comments on this post because some creep keeps posting "comments" in a foreign script I have been told is really computer coding.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Remembering Keiko

September's theme for the Lodi Community Art Center is "Remembering". I'm working on a picture I started some time ago based on our first cat, Keiko, when she was a kitten. She was half-Siamese, a very clever and playful cat.
Sometimes a toy of hers would end up under a little faux-oriental rug we had, and I thought that made the perfect backgroun for her. Which is very attractive, but it's hard to try to do complex geometrics in perspective to a deadline... and I want the paintings to ride back to Lodi with my family after their visit tomorrow.

We're celebrating my brother's birthday, with a wonderful vegan dessert from Staff of Life.

I'm working on a couple of other cat-related pieces, too, my Cosmic Cat series where I mix astronomy and cats together.

Friday, August 20, 2010

I love Lady Gaga's sense of style.

I just realized what makes Lady Gaga's wardrobe choices so great. It's impossible to make fun of them without showing you just don't get it. She looks like she borrowed an outfit from Judi Jetson? Duh! That's because she wanted to look like retro scifi. She has shoes that are shaped like hooves and put her feet into a digitigrade walking position? Duh! She WANTED to walk around on horse legs that day. I mean, she just goes for things that are so out there they don't try for something in the mundane world of fashion that she could fail at. It's art, baby!

This isn't Gaga's style but I think my fiber art necklace makes a statement, one more nature-oriented.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Clearance Sale

I've begun a clearance sale in my Etsy store; I need money to cover expenses, and with the school term coming up, and reduction in inventory will make time management a little easier. Right now there are 9 items on clearance. They will be expiring, but I'll be adding new items in. Best advice is to grab anything you want fast.

Science and Art-- Cobalt

Cobalt is a metal element, symbol Co, atomic number 27. In the visual arts, this gray metal is the basis of blue and sometimes green pigments. It is normally found as a by-product of mining copper and other metals; it can also be found in the mineral colbaltite, which isn't very pretty.

Cobalt and kobold, a goblin, are related in name-- early workers found the gray residue after obtaining the copper or nickel they were after, and called it kobolt, explaining it as a kind of earth spirit that had found its way into the ore. So, fantasy artists, let's use a little cobalt pigment when painting your kobolds. It will be our little joke.

Combined into the structure CoAl2O4 it becomes the blue shade we are familiar with in painting, glass making, and white-and-blue Chinese porcelain.
Cobalt blue was a favorite of Maxfield Parrish, and is sometimes also called Parrish Blue. Cobalt green is a mixture of cobalt zincate and zinc oxide. Both pigments are very stable, and therefore good choices for a painter who wants their work to last a long time.

Some cobalt compounds are also used as catalysts that speed the drying of inks, paints, and varnishes.

Although cobalt is part of vitamin B12, it is toxic and should not be ingested outside of food/supplements, where it a small part of the compounds of life. Likewise, anyone working with pigment powders should wear a protective mask to avoid accidental inhalation. The LD50 can be assumed at over 10 grams, ingested, but it is carcinogenic, so it is still best to wash up carefully after using cobalt paints.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mai huzban can haz blog!

Allan has been working on a series of novels, one complete, two more highly developed. He's decided to blog about his experiences, discoveries, mistakes, influences, and so on. He's got a great sense of humor, which makes the blog readable (not like my LOLspeak title).
Allan's Blog

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Well, science...

ScienceBlogs didn't stay down long, but I do intend to write some science+art posts.

Shall we start with light? After all, most crafts, scultures, drawings and paintings are enjoyed primarily visually. Tactile qualities may be of interest, too, but sighted people examine most things with their eyes.
Light is photons, vibrating at certain frequencies known as the visible spectrum. Light can also vibrate at lower frequencies (infrared, microwave) and higher frequencies (ultraviolet). These photons are released when electrons, small particles in orbit around the nucleus of an atom go from a high energy state to a lower energy state. The energy the electron had gained to be in that state has to go somewhere, and it does so in the form of the photon. The bigger the difference between the high, or excited, electron orbit, and its lower energy orbit, the higher frequency of the photon wave.
When we think of light as coming from fire, electricity, or the sun, we are looking at ways the electrons are raised to high enough energy levels that their jumps back release photons.
Then those photos reach objects. Most objects reflect light. Even matte-finishes on beads, acrylic painting, paper collage, etc. meant to reduce shine don't stop reflection. If no light is reflected, a item would seem either completely transparent or completely black. Color comes from an item reflecting light of a certain frequency, while absorbing other light. White objects reflect light across the visible spectrum. The difficulty in mixing colors comes partly from this. After all, the colors you look at are really reflected light, and if the frequencies reflecting off a blend of pigments isn't right, you get dark and muddy colors.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


One of my favorite bloggers over on ScienceBlogs is on strike; half the bloggers there are either on strike or have left because management has been jerking them around too long. They are supposed to get paid, and the checks haven't been coming. They might blog anyway, as these are dedicated communicators, but they also can't get tech support, management doesn't respond to their questions and concerns, and the final straw hit the camels' backs when Science Blogs sold a blog space to a large corporation, so that Pepsi could put their spin on nutritional science.

Anyhow, I've been thinking for a while about doing some posts on how science and crafting and art intersect. Things like why do colors fade in sunlight, what goes into a gemstone, how do fibers connect to each other, etc. But I'm in the middle of a research paper right at the moment, so I can't go into specialized topics like this. What I can do is link you to some interesting science stuff at least once a day. If you like science, you'll have something to read without the ScienceBlogs organization.

I'll start you off with an article on nuclear fusion. How does it relate to crafts? Well, if it can be developed to the point of being a major energy source, it could mean an era of more abundant, less polluting energy, and that means you can put together better lighting and tools for your studio. Also, the price of manufacturing and shipping would be far less vulnerable to fluctuating fuel prices, so you will probably not have to worry about price spikes for your supplies. Consumers would likely end up with more money to spend on fun things once their electricity bills go down. On the other hand, it's likely to be decades away, so don't gt your hopes too high.

Friday, July 2, 2010

July sale: Life's a Beach

Thanks, Mom, for helping me with the theme.

20% off anything to do with oceans, water, sand and sun. Please don't forget to contact me for the markdown before you make your purchase.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Planning next month's sale.

If anyone is listening to me, I'd like a little input on next month's sale theme. Should I go with fantasy works? Prints? Art Cards Editions and Originals, aka ACEOs, ATCs? Nature? Jewelry? any other thoughts, based on what I have to offer?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Something to work on soon...

I want to do some dinosaur paintings. I've been looking at some, and they all seem to have the dinosaurs walking in the dust. Yes, flowering plants, which only developed in the Cretaceous, could tolerate more dryness than other kinds of plants, but it still seems like if it isn't actual desert, there should be at least some signs of life. I mean, what is the point of painting a lone dinosaur (of a type they think were herd animals) next to conifers he can't reach the foliage of on an otherwise dusty, barren landscape?

Monday, June 7, 2010

I had more than I thought

... in the category of space, science fiction, and science. Especially as I'm willing to consider animal art to be biology, if you'd like to get it at sale price.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Sale

June's monthly sale: Going back to school. Anything with a science or astronomy (space, science fiction, etc) tag or title will be 20% off. Please use the "contact" button in the store's sidebar so I can edit the price down before you purchase it; listed price is regular price.

I am still willing to consider taking custom orders, but will have to take into account how it will fit into my college schedule. Jewelry is fast to make and could be done on a slow day, but a complex painting would have to be done between terms, or spread out over a few weeks.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

DragonLady Arianna

I was thinking of doing a whole bunch of dragonlady art pieces and writing a book about them, but I will be doing a bit less art during my college classes, I think. It's going to be a demanding schedule. So I thought I'd present this one for now, listing her on Etsy in a few days.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Well, it looks like we're moving again.

For the rest of April, get 25% off anything (and everything) you want from my store.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Census inspired

I was sent two of the short forms for the census, so I got the idea of using bits of the form, acrylic paint, collage papers, and found objects to do a mixed media painting.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This has little to do with my art, directly.

But some, indirectly.

I'm going back to college, to get a B.S. and then a teaching credential. I want to teach science; the more I think on it, the more I think I have found my calling.

Indirectly, this may effect my art in several ways. I'm already working on one abstract art piece based on collider particle tracks. (Hmm. Foxfire does not have collider in its spell check dictionary). I hope to have some fun turning visualizations into art inspirations.
And of course, there's the time issue. Although I think I'll be doing art at about the same pace and cutting back on other ways of spending time.

I really just want to talk about my plans, though, because I'm excited; it may have come late in life, but I've chosen my major, I have a path, and I have motivation to see it through. Wish me luck, though-- I have to take at least one course that is very hard to get into (high demand, little money for teachers and classrooms) before I can go farther.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Art Sale

Well, my show at Chill Out Cafe has closed, and now my walls are absolutely filled with art again, and I keep producing new pieces. So I've got a 30% off sale for the month of March on the originals in my Etsy shop. Allan's works are covered by it, too-- so I'm using one of his, Sunbathing, to mark this post.

As usual, the discount is not already marked. Click on the contact button on the sidebar of my Etsy store to request the item be discounted for you, before you pay, please.

Friday, February 19, 2010


I love bird watching, and egrets are one of my favorites. Their white feathers are so pure and reflective, they almost seem to glow sometimes, at least by contrast to their surroundings. I set this painting in the morning in shallows that are a hybrid of various rivers, lakes and lagoons I have lived near.
I finished it last summer, but it's only had a brief showing at the Lodi Art Center, and I've listed it on Etsy for its next public offering.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Lodi Community Art Center now on Facebook.

My mom helps me maintain membership with the art group in my home town. They are a not-for-profit organization that helps encourage youth art with shows and scholarships, as well as classes for all ages, Art Tours, open competitions, and the member shows and gallery/boutique.
I've been newsletter editor for them for most of a year. It's something I can do to contribute in spite of the distance, and it keeps me aware of what's going on.

Check out the Art Center's logo! It was done as part of a speed art contest, and I love it (not my work). It makes me think of the famous Don Quixote painting.!/pages/Lodi-Community-Art-Center/195796816730?ref=ts

I'm going to try to get back to publishing more often here. I want to profile some other artists, and tell the stories behind some of my artwork.

Monday, February 1, 2010

F is for Free Shipping in February

F is for Free Shipping in February Sale! For all discounts, use the contact button in the sidebar and I will edit the discount in for you. Over 100 choices