Tuesday, January 31, 2006

More sketches from my sketch book. I will have a new Cave Dachshund going up tomorrow for a 10-day auction with 30% of the profits going to DARE Dachshund rescue. I also did a new black and tan angel doxie that I really like (see below). I almost feel that I am channeling some of the dogs at the rainbow bridge when I do these. I think this new one has a gentle sweetness to it that will make it a wonderful memorial print.
The picture at the top left was inspired by the latest Patricia McKillip book that I read. I'm imagining a mermaid with the sea in her hair - clown fish using her flowing hair like an anemone, shells, pearls, a little found fishing net and a seahorse anchored on her finger. It would be fairly intricate to do and I do worry that no one will ever see it on eBay unless it were featured, and I am not ready to do that. I might try an ATC, but again I would be really discouraged if it took a lot of time, if I really love it and it sold only for the maiden bid. I know a lot of artists must have this dilemna - put the work out there and hope it gets discovered and be ready to accept losing money and confidence, or just stay with the tried and true. Back when I first began selling on eBay everything sold. And they were just prints! There are many, many more artists out there now, and many seem content to practically give their art away. IMO I think they short-change themselves, but as I mention again how else do you do it? I guess in business you have to offer some freebies to get noticed.
Here is some big news: I was asked to be a Featured Artist on EBSQ for February. I think that will be published on the first. I hope it turns out well. I seriously need to update my portfolio there. I have so much more stuff than I used to have! Unfortunately much of it never actually gets scanned for reproduction - just for auction, so they are small. Hopefully I can get to that tomorrow.

When I was out at the park today with my little Kelly I suddenly realized that I passed my 14 year anniversary of being up here in the Pacific Northwest. I think that is a first! And I couldn't remember the date - was it the 23rd? I am going to have to look at some old emails to figure it out. It might have been the 13th? Boy, I'm getting old!
In Kelly news she is talking more every day. She has also developed a thing for lettuce. She nibbles on it like a bunny. In fact, here she is now so I better publish this and get her ready for bed. My darling girl!

Friday, January 20, 2006

I'm having a hard time getting started this morning - no, wait - afternoon. It is nearly 1pm. I've really been enjoying drawing and painting these sketches. They engage me and I enjoy them. They are not work. However I look at the two non-dog ATCs I have up with no bids and I get really discouraged. I know I need to keep putting them up, keep doing them until people find me. I wish I could paint like Patricia McKillip. Her writing is so evocative that I see what she writes and I am torn between reading on or putting the book down and sketching. I just finished Winter Rose and am now reading Something Rich and Strange.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The wind is blowing through the fir trees tonight, making them shiver rainwater off their needles. We went out this afternoon to the Seattle Aquarium, driving through the dark day and dreary rain. The aquarium looked a little sad as well with its construction debris, though the seals and otters seemed content. Perhaps they know good things are in the works there. Kelly had a short nap in the car, and was not in the best frame of mind for exploring the exhibits. She wanted to play with the felt board and nothing else interested her for a long while, though we tried carrying her to other exhibits. Eventually we were able to interest her in the reef exhibit, but she was having none of the big tanks, thank you. I saw that there are not as many seahorses and the seadragons are gone. I hope they did not all die, but delicate creatures as they are I fear they might have. Last time there was only one, and he (she?) seemed sad and lonely. When I was raising seahorses they became really miserable when separated from their mates, and as they all look similar as juveniles this sometimes happened. But the dance of happiness they did when they reunited was breathtaking to see. Anyhow, there is a big dogface puffer in the seadragon tank now, but the neat news is there is a tank with 4 little cowfish in it, and we were able to sing the cowfish song to them, which goes "Moo moo moo moo mooo moo".
After the aquarium we decided to go to IKEA, and got lost in the rain and rush hour traffic. Ugh. Then we visit Mor to look at beds for Kelly, then to Fry's, then to Kirk's office, then home. Kelly sat on her potty for a long time and eventually announced "Potty!" and we hugged her and praised her. She has used her potty 3 out of the last 4 nights, and perhaps only another parent would understand how exciting that is, but we are very pleased and proud of her. I have been sketching a lot lately, trying to keep my drawings loose and to let my own style come out. It is my goal for 2006 to develop my style more fully, and to expand my subjects. So I am going to post images from my sketchbook from time to time. Here are the first two sketches, each of which took 10-20 minutes total (drawing and painting). These were done on an Aquabee 4x6 sketch pad with Sakura ink pen and painted in DS watercolors.

Monday, January 16, 2006

This is my latest ATC/ACEO, which I will probably post tomorrow or Tuesday for a 5 day auction on eBay. I actually started this faery with the the cigar months ago, but only just finished her. I like how she has turned out, with sparkles in her hair and wings. I have been debating whether to list her under DachshundArt or Pondragon...I would like to be able to leverage the number of eyes that see DachshundArt and my extensive positive feedback there, and this fairy isn't too saucy, but there will come a time that I post something a little too racy for my animal fans. I just don't know - will I lose collectors who dislike my non-animal art by mixing in other stuff? I keep going back and forth on this. Comments welcome...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Welcome to my Blog! Here I hope to post art works in progress and art for sale, as well as muse about art and life.