Saturday, February 26, 2005

Journaling Rages On!

For those of you into journaling, or if you would like to get your hands on a journal and add your creative flare to it, here are a few sites to check out:
Wandering Moleskine Project
And of course Penelope's "The Best Advice I Ever Got" which you can no longer participate in as it is "full up". I was greatly dissapointed to say the least, as this is one I definitely would have enjoyed contributing to. So, if you know of any other illustration journals being passed around, please email me asap and share the spoils!

Friday, February 25, 2005

A Call For Entries-Illustration Competition

For those of you who are interested in having your work seen in the 2005 Illustration Annual, published in 73,000 copies world wide, this is for you! You still have time to enter, the Communication Arts Illustration Annual Competition. deadline for the competition is March 15, 2005.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Movie Review

If you haven't had the opportunity to watch "Cellular", I highly recommend it. It is one of those action packed thriller movies that keep you tuned in and sometimes sitting on the edge of your chair saying "run, Run, RUN!" Kim Basinger masters her role and Chris Evans warms you with his charm. Probably one of the best films I have seen in a long time, (though nothing has topped the Matrix or Lord of the Rings series), this movie struck home big-time. That's all I am saying, now go out and rent it and give me your feed back, good or bad, I am willing to listen!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

You Can Help

I met Wyatt when he was 8 years old through my previous employer. Wyatt is their son and has ALD. You may have heard of, or have seen the movie "Lorenzo's Oil". The movie was based on this disease. Wyatt is a fun and loving young boy who likes to do everything all young boys like to do and more! He won his way into my heart from the get-go. Wyatt is 10 years old now and continues to have siezures which is just one of many symptoms of the disease.

What I also learned about this disease is that there is no known cure for it. It is a disease that strikes mainly boys though some girls and women have become symptomatic.
As a mother and a friend, my heart is with this family and their search for a cure for their son and all children with ALD and other myelin related diseases.

If you would like more information about the disease and learn how you can help, please go to the Cure ALD Foundation website. You may also click on the link in the left hand side bar.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Illustration Friday-Flight-Update

It was down to the wire but I managed to get the color comp finished for Illustration Friday. The topic was "flight". After going through this long process however, I think I will change some of the elements when I paint it.

Please click on the close up of the snooty young girl going off to school in Papa's private jet with all her luggage in tow, to get the full finished illustration.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tulips You Say?

Kim has me wishing for planting season by posting pictures of tulips on her blog. That lead me to find some interesting pictures of tulips in Canada (go Canada!), including fiberglass tulips if you can imagine. What an interesting art concept. There are several on this site to view including a modrian tulip. Click on next or choose from the pulldown bar to select which you would like to see first. A few of the links do not work, however most do, so enjoy.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentine's Day!

I received an early Valentine's Day present yesterday evening. My husband K surprised me with these and a beautiful card!

There is a sentimental story behind these flowers. K loves to give me long stemmed roses but one Valentines Day several years ago while at work, I received a bouquet like these of mini pink roses. The card, personal, brought tears to my eyes. K told me the reason for the rose plant is that he wanted me to have a rose for every single day and he knew that these would grow fresh blooms continually. I cannot tell you how touched I was. I watered and cared for the tiny bush for about a year before I transplanted it and put it outside. It is now a HUGE bush with hundreds of roses and gorgeous. Last year, he provided me with a similar bouquet of yellow mini roses. I was tickled and immediately repotted them and put them outside. (We were living in CA at the time). The sad part is that when we moved we did not have room for all our potted plants (they were in huge ornamental clay containers) in the moving van so we sadly and reluctantly left them behind. We were both very unhappy about it. The new homeowners were happy to say the least. You can understand why I was so thrilled when I received these, our first plant for our new home! I hope they will grow as large here as they did in CA where they grow year-round.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Lost But Not Found

I am not a happy camper today. Last night, I lost my good gold ESQ dress watch made by Movado. I have had it for at least 10 years. It has been the best watch I have ever owned. Plated in 23 carat gold, it wore like brand new and I think I only replaced the battery a few times. Because I wore it so much, the clasp loosened and it came off several times but luckily I always found it and unbelievably, the crystal never broke (I meant to have it fixed). Yesterday was not one of those days where I found that it had slipped off. I went out and retraced all the stops and stores I had been in, to no avail. Luckily, I found it online and for much less than I paid for it 10 years ago when the price was considerably higher. It is slightly different as I wanted two-toned now instead of all god. A nice Valentine's Day present if I do say so. Of course, if I hadn't have lost it, it would have probably lasted another 10 years and I wouldn't be out what it will cost to replace it. Oi'. Lesson learned!

Friday, February 11, 2005


One of my all-time favorite comics is Rose Is Rose. Rose and Jimbo are incurable romantics. Rose has a vampy side, Vicki, who is her biker alter ego. My husband K tells me Vicki reminds him of me. I don't have a Pasquale and Peekaboo are gems and quick witted. Illustrator Pat Brady captures everyday living at its best and Rose's alter ego comes out often, as does mine. On this site you can get a month of daily cartoons in the life or Rose and Jimbo, Pasquale and Peekaboo.
Since moving from CA, I can no longer find them in my local newspaper but I can access them online every day.

My other favorite cartoon is Adam@Home. Adam searches for the perfect latte. Been there, still doing that. I am addicted to Starbucks Lattes (I guess my journal gives that away). I should have bought shares in the company. On any given day you can find me at the local Starbucks coffee shop or drive thru. In fact, before moving here, we made sure there were plenty of Starbuck's shops around-a prerequisite for moving to the ideal area. Also, Starbucks overall design and graphics are fabulous and their marketing and promo ideas just keep getting better and better.

Illustration Friday-Year of The Rooster

I flew the coop on this one! My interpretation for "The Year of The Rooster" is running on a slightly different wave length then most. This was the first time I actually hand painted with my new wacom tablet. Traditionally, I love to paint with acrylics. This was totally an experiment.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Amazon Delivery

I just received Uri Shulevitz's book, "Writing With Pictures" and it is wonderful! I haven't completely read through the entire book, but what I have read has been so helpful. His work reminds me so much of Maurice Sendak's and I am wondering if Maurice studied under him or not. It seems I read somewhere that he did.

I am a book addict and I freely admit it! My family will tell you I push the "knowledge is power" theory on them all of the time. Reading gives one that power. As a child, I read 5-6 books a week at times. These days it is harder to find the time, though internet reading counts too. I try to fit reading time in as much as I can every week-especially if it has to with design or illustration. I am an avid news person too.

I have my entry for Illustration Friday on the board and should have it finished and posted by Friday.

Monday, February 07, 2005

January 24th's Illustration Friday word was Gluttony.