Going to the Carded! show was harder than I'd expected. I knew I was going to be shy and ineffective, but I didn't expect to be quite hyperventilating in a corner. The wine didn't help much. Bringing company didn't help much. The crowd grew until it was difficult to move around, and somehow it was difficult to find people who didn't have one of my crow cards in their little purchased decks.
This was after panicking slightly because they printed information on the back of my card that was incorrect. They wrote that I had a BA degree, which is far from the truth. Yikes! When people put fake degrees on their resumes, and their employers find out, they get fired! I don't want to get fired from the arts industry guys! Thaaaaaannnkkkss.
The other art was pretty amazing, though. You should have been there! There were so many cards I would have loved to get, but I gave myself an hour, and took any card people were willing to give me, and got the heck outta there. I'm just lucky I have today to deal with this social hangover.
It seems that I have too many fingers in too many social-media pies. My views on youtube was always really low, but they've really taken a dive this week! It's hard to know if it's something I've done, or if it's just another one of those youtube things (there's an awful lot of youtube things). I try not to fuss over it.
Tomorrow! Tomorrow is the 9th annual Carded! show in Vancouver. It sounds like it's also the last. Now that I'm finally a featured artist at the event, it's the last chance! How humbling. Anyway, so how it goes is y'all turn up, look at the artwork printed onto little trading cards and maybe decide to purchase a small pack for yourself. Then you can go around the room (it's crowded!) and trade cards with strangers. I am pretty stoked for it.
So lucky that I don't have to be up at 5am the next morning.
I'm starting to feel like I'm always rushing just to keep up with my own imposed schedule so I did a bunch of small gouache studies in the sketchbook and filmed each of them. I don't like all of them, but its nice to walk away with a couple of options. I often find myself thinking "Oh, it's video day tomorrow? And I've done nothing?"
Yesterday is a total blur! I'm trying not to get too excited, but I MAY have finally gotten approval for a couple of weeks of unpaid vacation this spring and if it's true I get to be TOTES EXCITED!
I may not have taken time off in three years.
Usually, and this is no exception, I end up going it alone to visit my family. So it's nothing too exotic. I've never seen tropical islands, or arctic circles or foreign cultures. I haven't even been to the states. But it seems like I may get to go to Alberta. So. Um. Yay! Cautious yay!
I've wanted an Oxalis for quite a while but I always hesitated because I don't always have room but mostly because it's just another toxic plant I don't want my cats to eat.
I spotted this one, I guess because it's about St Patrick's day now, and it was just too precious to pass up. I haven't had a single issue with Milo eating my plants since he's become obsessed with cat grass, so I'm not really worried anymore.
Papers and cover stock is slowly dwindling into nothing... Making art journals/sketchbooks for sale is a tricky business. The store where I used to get the material for the covers has closed forever. The papers inside were a lucky clearance find, and these have been selling somewhat steadily. You know how artists sometimes feel afraid that every good piece of art they create may be their last? That's how I feel about these journals, you know, except it's slightly more rational. Creativity doesn't run out, but what if I never find another fantastic paper sale like that again?
I may have sold just about sixty of these since I started! :O
I also completed a second colouring booklet! This one is fishes themed! This booklet was just a bit more challenging than I expected. I guess I didn't photograph or scan as many paintings as I thought I'd done? As usual, I have a black line version and a grey line version.
All the fun stuff is already put up in the shop!
A rather hefty peek at this coming Sunday's video!
You've probably seen the video taken of a flock of turkeys marching in a circle around a dead cat. It is thought that they are simply following each other to no end, as lines of ants occasionally do.
And sometimes such a thing is so visually fascinating, and sometimes a deadline seems to pop out of nowhere, and when deadlines exist, there IS no "waiting until inspiration strikes."
You can't wait for inspiration. You (usually) can't wander into a day job and get to work only when you feel like it (unfortunately). An art journal is a good spot to illustrate a news event! What would probably be forgotten a few weeks from now is now a permanent little morbid visual record.
BY THE WAY. If you're worried about how to cartoon a cat to look dead and not just sleeping, resist the urge to google pictures of dead cats for a quick pose reference. It's not worth it! D:
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?