Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspired by Summer

I finally finished a cow for a very patient customer. She said she wanted a cow and she wasn't picky about the color combination. So I let the warm California sun inspire me when I slowly but steadily sewed this brightly colored cow.
Sunny the Cow
I had to sew this cow slowly and carefully because my arm injuries still won't allow me to sew the way I'd like to sew. These injuries have already caused major delays and frustration this year. Everytime I thought my arm was getting better (either thanks to physical therapy or steroid injections) and I carefully tried sewing again (with my small army of braces) the pains kept coming back.

There's nothing I love more than sewing my creatures, but I think I'm going to have accept that I may have to give up on it. I wish I could create hundreds of little creatures each year and send them out into the world and brighten the lives of many people, but I'll have to find another way to do that I'm afraid. 

The Society of Illustrators


Collage paintings --exhibition

Donald Fortenberry

July 1st, 2011 (Friday) – July 30th, (Saturday)

Irvington Public Library

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Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

SEAWORTHY FINALLY - wine crate handpainted side table

I've found the time to get the wine crate table completely finished and ready to go.

Inside the table is stamped with October 1969, so it's officially older then I am.

It was sanded first, 4 coats of primer applied, then 3 coats of paint finished the body off.

The process of getting the labelled painted and protected on the surface can be found here.

I painted the original hardware in flat black.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I COPIED THE BELLORA CHANDELIER - pottery barn chandelier makeover

I have a small obsession with the Bellora Chandelier at Pottery Barn

So I made my own.

Here's the before.

Supplies and Tools included:

I painted the whole chandelier brown, then over sprayed it with
the black till it was the color I wanted.

I used the dremel to drill holes in the metal of the chandelier
so I could screw the eye hooks into.

I made my own hangers for my acrylic balls.

I just may look for some smooth glass ornament balls at Christmas
time to replace these acrylic prisms I used.


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Monday, June 27, 2011

What is Asheville?_the video (USA)

WHAT IS A collaborates with 10 TO 10 creating a site-specific project on arts education for children and youth for Asheville (North Carolina, USA). The first step was in HATCHfestival, April 11-17, 2011.
A  project by 10^10
in collaboration with WHAT IS A 

Video Production: Brian R.A.Miele
Sound Editing & Music: Tommy Gun productions

"WHAT IS ASHEVILLE? was a week of play and experimentation in the streets of Asheville using Cell phones, GPS, text messaging and mission-driven exploration. Middle schoolers from various neighborhoods of Asheville engaged their city as Living Game collecting obstacles and opportunities. Their  findings were be compiled daily into a Living Gameboard, an interactive collective journal were they dynamically organized and reorganized their collected information through the compositions of words, sound and imagery as a way to understand their city holistically. This lead to visions by our youth for our city, and a celebration on Earth Day!." 
Martha Skinner (10 to 10).

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In Stock Now

Iron Bell Pendant Light

$269 each, including GST
Minimum order of 2
Diameter = 50cm, Height = 36cm

Hanging Nickel Pendant Light

$589, inc GST
Minimum order of 1
Diameter = 40cm, Height = 30cm

Available for immediate delivery.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Secret Lives of Princesses

illustration by Rebecca Dautremer

and yes... THERE WILL BE SWAG!

June 28
SCBWI Summer Celebration!
Kick off the summer by joining us at SCBWI Metro-NY's first METRO MIXER, an inspiring evening of informal schmoozing & fun with fellow SCBWI members & friends, pool, darts, raffles, critique group sign-up sheets, Q&A, suggestion box, and yes... THERE WILL BE SWAG! From 6 to 8-ish pm, at The Galway Hooker, 7 East 36th Street, NY, NY.

Pitch Fest

An agent will review picture book dummy pitches left here (link to kidlitart)  in the comments section, between now and midnight Eastern time tonight.

"The agent (whose name will be revealed at the close of the contest) will pick her top three. The winning author/illustrators will be invited to send her their dummies for detailed critiques." 

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Search the collection.  (Above illustration by Rolf Brandt)

SEAWORTHY TRAVELERS - graphic transfer part II

When last we saw our intrepid sea travelers ......

they got a thin clear coat to protect the fine work.

Next a thin brushing of primer.

then to the finish coat of paint,
above you can see I photographed the table with the paint just on the edge
to show you the different tone of my primer vrs. paint.

OH NO, our hard work is disappearing!

You can see it's still visible for our next step.
Below is a comparison between before and after the paint we just layed.


Here's my favorite part,
grab your artist brush, craft paint, and if possible a steady hand.

2 hours and listening to the movie *A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN* later

Our seaworthy travelers have found land.

Part I can be found here.

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