Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ahhh!

I just spent 20 hrs on the road driving from my home in Ft. Lauderdale to visit my parents in Atlantic City. I'm wiped! Needless to say with the family visit this week my posts are going to be even spottier than usual . I just wanted to do a little happy dance before I disappear into the ether because my print "The First Leaf" was featured on Fleur Avenue Blog! Check it out at http://www.fleuravenue.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 23, 2009

More new art



Trying out a simplistic style

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wendy the Witch


I'm starting to get the feeling that Halloween is coming up! My favorite holiday.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mr. Dodo does not believe in stereotypes



Contrary to popular belief dodos had very studious natures, often reading for hours and constructing laboratories for scientific testing. It is now believed that they are not extinct but have merely "gone to ground" in a vast dodo social experiment.

Well, it's what I'd like to believe.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2 new WIPs




"Beach Warrior" and "Concerto in P" I'm thinking of leaving the last one black and white after I rescan it at a higher quality.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Under Da Sea

For the most part the things that inspire me don't occur in my everyday surroundings. I love a certain wintry mood, a little desolate. I love historic architecture and a certain gothic mood to cities, Savannah sends me into raptures. For every day living however I despise the cold and picture myself eternally circling the block in a city trying to work up the nerve to parallel park.

South Florida specializes in bright colors and a tropical feel. Not so much my artistic style. I would love to branch out but my brain has been so inundated by Jimmy Buffet themed rooms from northern transplants (I'm one myself) that I feel like I have a mental block. I want more of this:





And less of this!!



The one inspiration I currently have from my "real" life is the local marine life. When we got back from the keys we went snorkeling off of my local beach. There is a reef a few yards out from shore and we take more experienced snorkelers there when they come visit. With the ocean currents and depth (roughly 12-14 feet at low tide) fins are a must and it can be tricky for weaker or younger swimmers. But it is definitely worth it and my parents and sister loved it! We saw a wide variety of fish from parrot fish to puffers to cow fish and tarpon. At one point I had moved slightly away from the group and thought I had seen a trumpet fish in a cave of the reef. As I swam down for a closer look I noticed the shape kept going and going into the crevice and I realized I was not seeing a trumpet fish but part of a much larger animal. My goggles were getting fogged so as I surfaced to clear them I called everyone over and my father dove down to the rocks for a closer look. It was the tail of a small nurse shark who was hiding out in the reef. My first in water experience with a shark! Luckily he was a baby and seemed mostly interested in hiding in his little hole. Nurse sharks are fairly common here especially on the reef and are mostly non-aggressive. We have had some bites from them but we also have idiots who try to ride them because they are so known for their mild temperment. Aside from swimming with the sea turtles in Mexico it was my most exciting snorkel yet. If the youngster's mommy or daddy had shown up I'd probably feel differently. I once encountered a barracuda roughly my own size which resulted in some fast backpedaling on my part.

Here's my attempt to blend my love for the local marine life and a more sedate style. Prints are now available in my etsy shop.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tanned and Relaxed



Just got back from a relaxing week in the Florida Keys with my family. We stayed at Tranquility Bay in Marathon and enjoyed swimming, snorkeling, boating and fishing all week. The hubs even caught his first tuna. Now I'm back and ready to finish some dolls. I also found this cute pattern that I'd like to try out for some storage around the house. http://vlijtig.blogspot.com/2008/11/here-it-is.html