Thursday, May 3, 2018

super hot - but hopefully temporary.  Insta-summer.

Emma has only few more days of heat.  good news.

Working on transferring website.  almost there, but have hesitations.  Trade offs are inevitable.

Thought my internet was FIXED (!), then had same trouble again today.  ugh : (

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Busy few days pulling prints together for CDR auction (below).  Came out well, but many hiccups.  Computer problems are getting worse and more frequent. 

I keep putting off buying a better (smaller screened) computer that is going to force me to give up iweb and all the other software I rely on (bitter)

WARM next few days.  Good, but a shock to the system.  SO SO SO anxious to get Emma out of being in heat, so I can take her to the park again.  She is so bottled up.  Poor girl.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring has been so spotty, just like my attempts to keep up with the blog. 

Its cold, then nice then cloudy, then windy, then warm, then cold again.  Today we were back to being slightly cold (wore shorts) but coldish and breezy.

Another monday at Branddave!  Brought the peregrine cards over, and planned for Pixies.  Happy with the card designs overall, but always want to do better.  Wish I had more new ideas.  Hoping the go well at Peregrine.

Tomorrow back to printing (charlie).  Will be a challenge getting all the blacks and greys right.

Emma in HEAT, which is such an epic drag.  Can't take her out to the park everyday (like we have done for months and months) so she is more ansty, and so am I.  Miss it, and feel bad for keeping her confined.  the bleeding is terrible.  I semi remember it with Remi, but it's a blur.  Something to endure!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

felt like first day of spring this afternoon, so I skipped the gym and went for an ice coffee.  Hopefully this will be a permanent change!

Mailed all my mini prints to Trohv yesterday, and got my new cards out.  Time to shift gears again and draw more.  And convert the website so I can start accepting online sales again.

Anxious to get my studio pulled back together.  Thought the outside space would be done by now, but they haven't even started.  So it's more weeks of being packed in here.

Today I had a client come in, and I'm always so self conscious of how the space looks.  I go into this little speech of explanations, and really people never care.  But then I do it again.  Obviously I care!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

coffee with Cher and almost Jeanette

Rockville redbud pickup - 4th time is the charm.  Came out great but I instantly noticed a "patch" job on the frame.  Touch up with stain at the studio worked perfect.

Working on mini prints and more drawing.  Things going better but still slow.

Emma loves to steal gloves.  Second time today. Blanco Diablo!!


Emma and her sticks

New mini prints

finished finally!!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

drawing slow going as expected.  Spending my days slogging through.  Some progress coming along.

back to winter weather, but the time has changed.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

day 2 of drawing push.  so so.  At least I am drawing.  Drawing will lead to drawing.  And more drawing.  At least it always has...

fun day in the park with Emma.  Dogs come in one by one, and soon there is a whole pack running around like a current.  Emma likes to hide under the picnic table to lose Jake, who just keeps humping her.  Bo too (her forbidden true love)


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

massage this afternoon which has left me dreamy!  Probably best to go right to bed after them.  My whole body feels calm and drugged.

Working on new drawings for cards and slow going!  I guess I just have to make myself draw everyday until I get somewhere.  It's painful starting.

Finished Barry's prints, and finally the framing project.  Pick up this week, and expect it will look awesome.

New big project is no projects.  Just DRAWING.  8 hours a day for as many days as I can.  yeah right...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

warm sun
warm breeze

signs of spring!

ready ready ready - but it's still too early!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

good day overall.  back on track with REDBUD print on paper after an f-up yesterday.  Got some new paper at BLICK this morning, and redid it.  The next phase (framing) is what scares me!  I just need to push ahead and figure it out.  Framing is never fun.

good news from HM - another renew.  Free $, I love it.

Need to finish up Chinchillas and print for Amanda, then it is on to 2018.  There is so much to accomplish.

Took emma to Dumbarton at 4:30 sharp.  Everybody was there: shadow, bella, luna, frankie, hopkins, scout, the greyhounds, and the little stumpy barker.  Emma loves them all.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Solid week back after weeks of holidays.  super cold weather, which is a drag.  Only going to get colder this weekend.

Keeping up with Emma's exercise, which feels accomplished. 

Trying to stay up on all my printing and drawing projects too.  I'm going down my list -- onto cats commission and diversity edit next few days.

Have lots of creating to do next few weeks.  New cards postcards valentines and prints.  And new tees.  This year has to be all about N E W !

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 year in review

Came into work on this holiday weekend (tomorrow is Sunday, New Years Eve) and realized I better hustle and write this out, so it appears where it's supposed to - Dec 2017. 

I seem to have a different relationship to the blog now.  It's more obligatory -- not as exciting to keep up.  I wish I could change that mindset!  I wish I could change a lot of mindsets work wise!  More about that down the line I expect.

Always hard to write about the WHOLE year in late December.  So much happened, but it all gets condensed into my head as good or bad.  I'm inclined to say bad, but that's not really true.  Anyway, lets go through it:

Started on good footing after a great Dec 2016, but I fell into familiar patterns of malaise.  Not so creative, and not pushing hard enough through spring.  SUPER MEGA distracted by all the news of T#### and all the craziness.  We did a lot of protest marches, and that felt great.

Had this weird bright idea to do the mini dollhouse gallery.  Got so excited with all my plans, then Hallmark came calling and I dropped it all!  Got a super project of 12 cards form them.  All came out great, and I spent tons of time drawing and perfecting them.  SOOOOOOOO happy to be working with them again.

Remi started coming to the studio full time.  Super slow and old, and turned 15 In May!  What an amazing dog.  it was really hard seeing her age.  I would carry her in and out and up and down.  Months later it's all a blur, all the stuff we needed to do to keep her up and running.  I just remember slow trips everywhere - getting her to the car, up the Radius ramp, and all the headaches with Street cleaning parking restrictions in the summer. 

That last weekend with her was torture, waiting for Monday late afternoon to arrive when we took her to the vet in Potomac.  Excruciating.  But it was time - she was so weak, and it was the right thing to do.  I feel at peace about it.  I never thought I could do it, but then we just did.

Getting Emma was so easy and perfect, and I still can't believe how it all worked out.  I never knew what hex would feel about it all until it happened, and I just was so happy when we got her.  Such an enormous change for us, but a great change.  I LOVE having her and seeing her grow up.

Fall was typical with all the shows and things speeding up.  Of course I wasn't prepared like I needed to be.  Art on the Ave was good, but could be so much better.  It's sort of the theme for everything.  Last minute prep works, but isn't great.

November flew by, and then December.  Had all these plans, but kept getting behind with no time to recover.  In the end I did well - with a last minute reprint sale that worked out great.  So here I am again, looking forward to a new beginning and a fresh start!


Artomatic Crystal City - liked my location and the building, but it was a great show.  I don't really know why!  My shifts were so painfully long and boring.  I remember sitting on the hard couch hiding with my phone and stealing candy from the other display.  I guess it's just and old show.  There is no longer the same exciting energy.  It's all aged.

MCA - had higher hopes for a revival but it all disappointed.  Website frustration and terrible Open studios attendance.  Giving up on it.  Did a lot of Instagram work over the summer, but to no real avail.

Studio - last year of my lease coming up in MAY!  Hope and pray I can stay.  I cannot believe it's been 3 years already.  Space on 14th is finally getting renovated.  Miss my sign there.  A big loss business wise.

No Dolcezza this year.  Ross out, so I need to figure out.  Same with Buzz.  Practically no sales form Ballston.  Cards selling well still

Sidewalk sales -- Dog Days good, and online print sales, but all need new energy!  Shirts were a mixed bag (again).  Glad to have them again - with new paper, new shirts and the press.  But they still frustrate me!  The sizing of the shirts, the fit. And the limitations of the paper.  Love the better quality, but not how I lost the "ghosting"  Ahhhh - anyway.  More to figure out going forward.

PLUS ccnow.  Ugh.  Had big plans to switch, but all fizzled.  The alternatives just are not easy or great.  Nothing is obvious.  But in 2018 I have to make the change.  CCnow is just too limited anymore.

Ok - I'm rambling.  Best to close there: muddled.  Lots to do and figure out going forward.  Here's to a GREAT 2018.  Goodbye to you 2017.  Happy to have made it through you.

2016 Wrap up

2015 Wrap up

2014 Wrap up

2013 Wrap up

2012 Wrap up

2011 Wrap up

2010 Wrap up

2009 Wrap up

2017 Year in Pictures

NEW colorful envelopes!

Women's March on Washington post inaguaration

Remi at the studio full-time

Artomatic Crystal City 2017 site selection

Artomatic wall

Last sign up on 14th, just before they removed it : (

Remi's 15th bday (miracle)

Branddave shirts return ! ! ! !

mini gallery (still an idea I guess)

Late summer show at DC ART

Last days with Remi Martin

Bunny commission

Emma selection day!!

Pick up day August 12 2017

Art All Night with MCA in shaw

Late summer fun with Emma in the alley

Art on the Avenue!

I glove you IRL

Mugs for 2017 Holiday

Dumbarton Days with Hexy

Late year prints
B I G G E R !

Thursday, December 28, 2017

FINISHED you don't scare me reprint.  only took 4 days....

another freezing day.  Worked on reprints, and the day flew by.  Going to gym for first time in weeks.  Thought about skipping, but that is opposite of what I should do.  This time of year just always equals laziness.  I got to fight it.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

the week between xmas and NY.  ugh - I always hate it.

Working on overdue prints and getting a lot of prep work done.  Always excited to start new things this time of year.  A fresh page.

F R E E Z I N G outside.  Took Em to Dumbarton but there were no dogs to play with.  cold + holiday.  On the way out one of her favorites was just coming in.  I was too cold to stay!