Tuesday, May 11, 2021


 Better day today. 

Got cicada cards in, just in time.  ShopMade came calling for all the products I made up out of thin air LAST week, wanting to know when they would get them (after promoting on IG Monday).  Yikes.  I hope the risk pays off.  So far cicadas have been not very exciting.  Is brood x actually coming??

Anyway, got cards out, and the ZZZ print that was lots of effort, but came out really good.  And she was happy in the end.

Lots to do coming up.  Very overwhelming.  But int eh end, that is probably better.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021


Bogged down day switching gears trying to work on all fronts.  


Cards to Canopy (ugh, not really pressing) and cards to G-town (double ugh.  Thought this errand would make me feel good getting accomplished.  Instead, it had the exact opposite effect.  Discouraged to see they moved my prints around in the store, to a lessor place.  And there were a lot of them.  And I dropped off way too few cards)

Printing more wood for WHARF, and came back so discouraged.  But managed to swing myself out of the spiral, and move forward.

Late now, rainy and still cold, and tomorrow up in the air.  I never want to do sidewalk sale, but EVENTUALLY things will have to change.  I feel like I'm working on nothing productive (where $ is concerned).  Somehow, someway, it will pay off.

Thursday, May 6, 2021


 Feeling sooo drained after a busy day going in all directions.  Cicada products slipped into my work flow and disrupted all.  I kept making changes and feeling unsatisfied, and that probably led to the exhaustion.

Ordered more cards which has become the big giant emotional barrier now.  Partly because their prices went way up, and I seem to need more of each to satisfy all the shops.  But then I'm SO unsure about the designs, and if they will sell.  It's a rollercoaster.  We'll just see.  It's always a guess.  ALWAYS.

Went out to Dude's with Hex and had a lot of fun meeting them and seeing the dogs.  The trip there was fraught with wrong turns and direction frustration, but luckily that didn't spoil things.  Lots of things to work out with them before the project is all set.  I'm anxious to get it all moving along.

Bummer turnout with _ about his project.  I just saw red flags, and will probably be for the best?  It's really hard to say, and I especially hate turning down business.  I guess I'll never know.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


Today I cut 1,000 pieces of wood, cleaned up, painted some of them, and worked on cicada products.

Dinner at Sheons

Tuesday, May 4, 2021


 so so day.

printed KAREN CICADA, but an older version.  Like it ok.

Drawing to try to come up with new things to print.  But days go by, and things don't get ordered, and it just gets worse.  And taxes.

Monday, May 3, 2021


 messy monday but that is typical.

Coffee with Cheryl - nice, but not totally the pick-me-up I was expecting.  Lots of issues to discuss, and while we tried to keep it light and fun, it's hard to deny the weight of some of the things we ended on.  And with all this Covid insanity (the super non social-ness of it all, for months) it's a new thing to return to relationships and anxieties.  It's stretching old muscles to discuss OTHER people's lives and issues, when we (I) am so used to focusing on myself.  Those skills are rusty, and they need to be redeveloped.  Hard to fully explain.


Back to studio to draw more useless Karen Cicada posts, and get stuff out to USPS and ShopMade Dupont.

 Here I sit, end of day, unsatisfied with what I have accomplished.

Sunday, May 2, 2021


 Fun brunch with bill anne chad and hexy in g-town, then a walk around.  


Reliving afternoons at bsur, frustrated and walking.  Or scouting catalog shoots that never happened according to plan.  


Was really nice to get out of my mental bubble and see different people and had different perspectives!  A hidden problem with COVID that has not always been obvious.  The mental bubble - home, work, rockville, VA - week after week after week.

Friday, April 30, 2021


 Ugh, the end of month is never fun.  Looking at balances and fretting about money.  Is it in my DNA from childhood.  The terror associated with my parents fighting about $?  I think so.


I tell myself next month will be better.  Ive been doing this for 10+ years!  I guess Ive gotten by ok.


I am very very lucky.


Dropped stuff at Wharf and Roost, and was discouraged seeing all the prints at ROOST that I had forgotten about, stuffed into a crate on the floor.  Who is ever going to see those and even buy them?? Nobody.  I need to rethink.  The display on the wall looked ok, but things just don't sell.  I don't get it.  Dropped cards off and saw a lot of those there.  Seems like they primarily sell cards.

Dropped stuff off at Wharf, and this time I was a chicken and didn't check out my stuff in the shop.  STUPID - but after the Roost, I was discouraged enough.  

Back at the studio, and worked on another KAREN CICADA®, but it's all a waste of time because IG doesn't share them with anybody, yadda yadda yadda.  Jeez, i am just a ball of discouragement.



Thursday, April 29, 2021


 Another day down!

Today I got distracted by drawing cicadas after Eddie texted me.  Suddenly I'm working on the Karen Cicada character and trying to think of captions.  Posted it later to moderate success.  IG sucks.  (or Dave sucks)

Went thru lots of drawings to toss newsprint and organize my brain.  found some good drawings to pursue.  Thinking of new prints on wood for WHARF, and trolling for content.

Envelopes came in later in the day, so spent rest of my time getting the orders together.  Wow, takes a lot of time, and of course I ran out of lots of designs, so it's another tortured process of ordering and editing again.  Classic.

Anyway, time to walk home.  Looks cloudy, hope I beat the rain.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021