1.03.2012

Happy 2012!

*whew*  Sorry I haven't posted in so long!  Its been a busy couple of months for me.  Let me catch you up...
I am really proud of this drawing of a bit of wrought iron in Lafayette Cemetery, I used a reference photo that was blurry at the edges and decided to try to capture that blurriness in spots by smudging the charcoal, a nice effect...

Around midway through November, I signed up for a spot in an arts and crafts show.  Once I was officially invited to participate, the month that followed was pretty much a non-stop factory of crafty goodness.  I made tons of hand-painted magnets and ornaments, learned how to cast soap to make streetcar soaps (more coming next year, I have tons of ideas now that I know how to do it...) and created new charcoal art and paintings that I could peddle :)  All with a local flair, New-Orleans themed.

The show was extremely successful for me, I made enough money to give Roman an awesome Christmas, and look forward to participating again next year!


Next came two weeks of Christmas crafting for family gifting.  Every year I gather all of the memory cards from family members and edit together about an hour of footage of everyone, videos & photo slideshows.  Christmas, birthdays, events, funny little vignettes, all compiled on a dvd and given as gifts.  That takes a ridiculous amount of time, but I always manage to finish burning disks late Christmas Eve!

And now I'm back....sort of....all that crafting has created piles of stuff in my studio that needs to be cleaned up.  I can't even get to my sets for "Unearthed".  Cleaning it all is like staring at the rings on the stump of some gigantor tree, each layer of "mess" tells a different story, a snippet of the last couple of months of labors of love.  Once that is all cleaned up, I'm back at it.  I'm probably going to put away the marionette for a bit to refocus on animation, because thats where my mind is right now...