Monthly Archives: November 2010

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back cover

This week I made an announcement about the book I’ve been illustrating (and writing), so I’ve been trying to get the final copy formatted. After uploading the initial cover I realized I need a back cover to go with the front cover. I decided it’d be better to paint it to keep the style together, but I also wanted to use an elevated surface after watching a tutorial from Empty Easel.
Since I don’t have an easel yet (hint) I taped a square piece of cardboard and a longish rectangle piece of cardboard together, folded the ends for stability, covered the painting part with wax paper (for easy paper removal) and taped it to my desk.

It’s amazing how much easier it is to paint (with watercolors at least) that way.
It didn’t take long for me to come up with a lovely cover for the back of the book. One step closer now. 🙂

This Month

I know it seems like I’ve been abandoning this blog over the last month except for a few birthday posts, but I really have been busy. All month I’ve been writing and illustrating a children’s book (something I swore off earlier this year, I need to stop Jinxing myself). Long story short, I finished in less than a month and I’m now ready to publish – I’ll be selling it on lulu, possibly amazon marketplace and after some tweaking, the apple book store. 🙂 Details will come once everything it uploaded and set up.
If you want to read about the journey, check out the blog.

Happy Birthday Valerie

Valerie! You’re a teenager! I’m so proud that you’re my sister.I love and miss you so much! I can’t believe how much you’ve grown! You’re so amazing and special and talented and beautiful. I wish I could be there and hang out with you – I hope your birthday and year are amazing! you make me so proud! Happy Birthday <3

The End

I finished all of the watercolor illustrations today, now Ella can format them and create the book. I’ve learned a lot since I started working on them – mostly in the mechanics of watercolor and using them effectively. I won’t say I’ve mastered it, but I’ve come so far from when I first started. I thought I’d share a few images of the last painting, because I feel ridiculously accomplished.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one came out last week, and I, like a good Harry Potter fan dressed up and went to see it opening night (not midnight, because sadly, the tickets were sold out weeks before when we tried to get them). Because it was freezing, I decided to make a Ravenclaw scarf (since I was dressing as a Ravenclaw). It’s actually the best/most complicated scarf I’ve done so far and I’m quite proud. I was using left over yarn and ended up with a matching hat from my hat project with the same colors a few months ago.
Although I ended up layering too much to wear them that night, I thought I’d share.


Tuesday was the last Oil Painting class (that I missed, stupid soup) so yesterday, I decided to move my materials out of the bag they were in and into my office. Somewhere between transport I actually looked at my office, and the closet doors ajar from cardboard boxes, the cluttered floor, and stuff everywhere, and I started to actually clean everything. I didn’t have the forethought to take a before picture, because I was too busy trying to make it manageable, but in the end, it turned out beautifully with a few more additions of cardboard furniture.
I had a bunch of random workbooks and papers on the floor, so I pulled out two boxes and put them on top of each-other by my desk, to create a shelf-like thing for the books, my toys, and the routers. Which, surprisingly, looks way better than it did before.
Then I took my desk, and redesigned it, and moved it into the office from the living room, and it now serves as a supply holder/place to put drying paintings.

That project did end up taking all afternoon, but it was so worth it, and it feels nice to go in there now. I also did manage to get some illustrating done, and my husband’s birthday presents wrapped, so I feel incredibly accomplished!


1. I love waking up to your hugs and a smile every morning
2. I love your silly noises
3. I love the notes you leave around the house occasionally
4. I love your cooking
5. and your mad skillz
6. I love watching you sing and dance
7. I love how you listen and hold me when I’m feeling sad
8. and how utterly supportive you are
9. I love watching you work, even though I can’t understand anything, I just like the colors in terminal
10. I love your face
11. I love how cuddly you are even when I’m not
12. you’re amazing
13. brilliant
14. and talented
15. you’re good at everything I’m not, and then some
16. you matter to me more than you’ll ever know
17.  I love your adorableness
18. I love how considerate you are
19. The last few years with you have been amazing, and I would never trade them for anything else
20. I’m so glad you’re my best friend and we don’t have to be apart
21. you’re cute!
22. Happy Birthday Alex <3 <3

My workstation

I usually move between the office and living room depending on the time of day that I paint. During the afternoon I’m in the office because Alex is working in the living room and there’s more room in the office. At night, I’ll move to the living room so we can watch TV or movies or I can observe Alex’s nazi-zombie killing skillz while I paint (although, if we’re watching a vampires-explode-over-everything-movie *cough*Daybreakers*cough* I’ll move to the office).
All goes to say – this is what my desk looks like

Oh, look!

So I sort of made a mistake the other day. Mostly I just got carried away. I like coffee colors, my kitchen is done in coffee – reds, tans, yellows, I have a ton of Starbucks coffee on my table and pictures of cups of coffee on my wall and dish towels. So, I was making a cup of coffee for the coffee scene, and it’s beautiful, but I’m not entirely sure that it fits yet. I don’t want to post too many of the illustrations, but since this one is up in the air, I’d love to get some feedback on it.

On Goals

I have to wait for iTunes to download it’s update and for my computer to restart (about 25 minutes), so I thought I’d take that time before painting to write down a few thoughts.
I’ve spent the last month or so working on some unofficial goals/plans, I’ve sort of hinted at them, but I never actually verbally told anyone till yesterday. I was talking to my husband about how even though I’m not where I want to be yet, I know where I want to be by next year, I know what I want to do, and even though nothing big is happening, every day I’m doing *something* to get me closer to that ( we were talking about projects, and how long it takes them to happen, and how sometimes they’re unfinished because they lose momentum).
So even though some of my stuff is put on hold for this month because I’m illustrating a book, it’s still constantly on my mind and I spend time working on painting (goes hand in hand nicely) and if I’m not doing that, I’m reading and learning as much as I can. It’s kind of satisfying actually.
We also invested in a Kinect last night so we can get some form of exercise in the winter when it’s impossible to make me leave the house. We worked up quite a sweat (and hopefully didn’t bother our neighbors) and I woke up this morning and did that again. We’ve been wanting to exercise more since both of our occupations are pretty stationary (painting and programming) but yeah, weather makes it hard to go out all the time. I’m hoping this will give us some motivation, plus it’s a ton of fun, and oddly healthy.
Time’s up, going to work on some more paintings now and rock out with pandora. 🙂