Monday, January 23, 2012

Random Creations

So the building management company for my office had a ton of potted plants for their holiday display.  Instead of throwing them out after the new year started, they left them out for people to take home (thank goodness!).  I snagged two, a type of ivy and another one... I am so sorely lacking in plant knowledge that I'm not sure of their names or types - will have to look it up.  Anyway, this weekend I found adorable pots for both of them and moved them into their happy new homes.  But, the hardier, non-ivy plant just looked a little lonely to me.  So I made him a friend:

And since it had been so long since I'd played with polymer clay, I decided to make 2 more friends for him:

Wheee, fun!

Last week, I decided to play with the awesome Sugru Hacking Putty my husband got me as a stocking stuffer.  It's such neat stuff that I am almost intimidated by it - don't want to squander it!  But finally I decided I should go ahead and get a feel for it.  So I used a pretty rock I found outside in the dentist's office parking lot next to my apartment (shhh, don't tell! and it was washed and baked to clean it!) and some plastic test tubes left over from my office's "studio crawl" (pub crawl style with creative shots/tasty drinkies) and made a... flower holder?  It's kind of random, but I think I like it.  Used 3 peacock eye feathers, one sword feather and an ostrich feather.

It's been refreshing to play with something other than paint lately.  Really, it's making me want to start sculpting again, but somehow I don't think wire armatures and tons of Plaster of Paris all over the place would fly very well in our tiny studio apartment.  Sigh... we shall have a bigger place some day!  Can't wait until our lease is up in May!  :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Some recent commissions!

So I had 2 holiday commissions that I needed to get out before Christmas.  One was a Dr. Who painting for Darcy's daughter (Darcy is co-owner of Skin & Soul in Bellevue).  We decided on a hieroglyph-inspired simple piece, along with a Dalek necklace that I forgot to take a picture of (darn!).  8" x 10," acrylic on canvas:
In progress.  Clockwise - TARDIS, Dalek, Cyberman and fez (for the 11th Doctor).

I like the fun, poppy simplicity.

 Those hieroglyphs should supposedly actually spell out "Dr. Who" (according to the internet, that is).

2nd was a smaller remake of my Samurai Zombie painting (which is 18" x 24").  The remake is 8" x 10," and I'll admit, it was a challenge firguring out how to get the same detail level onto a smaller canvas.  I feel like I had to make a few compromises, but the remake embodies the same fun gruesome zombie spirit as does the original:

I also just finished a commission for a lovely young lady who contacted me after seeing my paintings at the etsyRAIN show.  She wanted a custom narwhal, inspiring me to create this listing in my shop.  Here's her cute version (8" x 10"):

Also, an awesome lady from work wanted a blue-ringed octopus painting for her son after buying my Cuttlefish Love painting at the mini-craft fair at my office.  It was really fun to make!  But then again, I have a weakness for cephalopods.  :)  Here's that one (8" x 10"):

Now I'm about to start on a remake of my Archeopteryx painting for the fantastic Sue Howard and another small painting for a friend from high school.  It's always great to be kept busy by an influx of new work!  :)  Hope everyone is having a great beginning to the new year, and staying safe and warm in Seattle Snowpocalypse 2012!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Long-Overdue Update!

Hello all!  I hope everyone survived the holidays with much joy and minimal wallet damage.  :)  Happy New Year!

Updates just did not fall high on the priority list these past few weeks, unfortunately.  But as for the etsyRAIN show, here are some pictures of my booth:

I was lucky enough to have two lovely neighbors; to my left (and pictured here) was Kate of BunnysBakedGoods, and to my right was Claire and her husband of Orange Twist (both awesome shops - check 'em out!).  One thing I've really come to notice about the crafting community around here is the sense of openess and a generally kind, giving attitude.  Whether you need your booth covered briefly for a pee break, or to borrow a dollar because your change box has been depleted, folks are ready and willing to help.  It's amazing.

Quick look at the inventory - lefthand side of the table.  The Archaeopteryx, manatee, and front left narwhal painting sold.  I later sold the cuttlefish and snail painting at an office show the following week.  Yay for $ for buying Christmas presents!  :)

Righthand side of the table.  The Samurai Zombie and Totoro paintings (as well as the smaller ones) are both still available via my shop or at Skin & Soul in downtown Bellevue.  Sold some prints as well as numerous pairs of earrings, hair clips, and a few necklaces.  So exciting!

It was great fun, and I definitely learned a few things that I think will be helpful for future shows.  Fortunately I'd done some research (since this was my first actual craft fair table show - before I'd shown work in more "gallery-like" settings) and found helpful tips at sites like these: (hooray Etsy!)

From my personal experience, I would say the number one thing I learned is - BRING A PARTNER NEXT TIME!  From bathroom breaks to hauling everything to and from to car, to setting up and breaking down, to grabbing a quick bite (I didn't want to try to sell an item while talking through a mouthful of food!) a partner would have been wildly helpful.  My husband was working all weekend, so I couldn't trap him into coming.  :)  The show ran from 11:00am - 5:00pm, and with being there at least 30mins before and after, it's a long darn day.  I preferred to stand because it just "felt right" - seemed easier to engage the customer from a standing position rather than sitting.

Also, I have to give a BIG shout-out to the wonderful and gracious Kim of Pepo Park - she lent me a table, risers, tablecloth and stool and a few other items when I panicked at the last minute, somehow not having realized tables were not provided.  So thank you Kim, you are awesome and a life-saver!  :)

Another thing that was great was after seeing so many etsyRAIN-er's shops online, I actually got to see their displays and work in person!  It was so fun, and really nice to see the crazy array of talent we have here in the Puget Sound area.  I knew I moved here for a reason other than being tired of SC!  ;)

Thanks again to the etsyRAIN team for organizing such an awesome show.  It was wonderful and I loved every minute of it.  :)