Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fini!

The coloring book is getting much closer i just finished the last illustration of book 1 of the Alice series. 








Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Where am I at?

My plan, my hope, is to be both back in my studio and workshop creating whimsical characters from wood and to also finish and publish my first coloring book for adults before the end of this month, October. I tend to think I can do more than I actually can...today is a prime example...but I've finally gotten a clue as to why I'm such a procrastinator and have very little follow through. I'm a great planner but sticking to that plan is hard for me. But, I am making progress and I'm trying to put blinders on to prevent distraction. I'm not sure whether I need to be staring at the big picture, as in the whole forest, or if I should be examining each individual tree. I'm thinking, I should take a chain saw and demolish it all! So, in the end, I am making progress, I do have a plan and I'm kind of sticking to it. I don't always get everything on my list done but I am at least getting something done every day. Instead of boring you with the process, I will post photos and video of my studio once it is done. I will try to post several coloring book pages as I go. The "PLAN" is to get back to work on the illustrations for the coloring book next week. I will try to work on the coloring book during the week and my studio on the weekends. If all goes well.....or at least somewhat smoothly, ha...., the book will be published somewhere around the 26th. I hope to be at work on my first wood pieces by October 30th at the latest. And I'm thinking, the sign from the last piece isn't exactly sculpture but it might be one of the first pieces I complete and offer on my website, completely personalized for the buyer of course. I'll also offer a few Halloween pieces even though Halloween will probably be a memory by the time I post them. I just have several customers that I've been promising witches, those wicked ladies, for a coon's age (have no idea how long that actually is but I've always believed it to be a very, very long time.) Then there will be animals....most likely horses of courses first....and Santas to kick off the Christmas holiday season. My plan is to do very intricate and detailed pieces that have their own, unique story to tell but I will try to cover lower cost points as well. So, that's all of the news for now. I will keep you all updated as progress is made and, fingers crossed X, deadlines met.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Okay, this is a mock up that I did on the computer of a sign I want to make for our entry. I know this is probably in the distant future at the moment because there is soooo much more we need to be working on both me in my workshop and studio and us, as in Steve and I, on the house. But...I'm a planner and it is nice to have ideas to aspire too. Besides, I've already told Steve to be on the lookout for barn wood. lol And I intend to offer this in my Etsy shop as soon as the original is finished. I can customize it with your family name and date. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fail

Okay, so the sketch a day failed miserably.

First, there was interference.....of the four legged, whinnies and escapes from his pasture several times a day coupled with the, I don't have a truck to drive because my husband's is in the shop and add to those two, I step in a hill of fire ants and now my foot is blistered and swollen....and did I mention, I have to walk a quarter mile to continually get my youngster in?...actually he's seven now and should know better but he's terribly spoiled.

Secondly, I have a hard time just doing a sketch. They always turn into more finished drawings that I hope to one day turn into paintings. So, there are several as yet unseen that are totally different from the two I did manage to post. Those two weren't typical of me but I wanted to push myself into new territory to perhaps loosen me up a bit or maybe get back to my roots? Who knows....the point is, I will not be posting anymore required drawings.

This does not mean I've been idle. I've been working on everything I shouldn't be....insert laugh here. No, this is true. Whenever I'm trying to meet a deadline, even if it is self inflicted, I am easily distracted. So, this week when I should have been working on the house...which actually means working to get my studio and workshop space finished...FINALLY!!!....so I can get back to work on REAL work...aka, work for other people to buy and display lovingly in their homes and cherish forever and ever. But I did not work that much toward those goals. No, instead, I worked on a photo of my mom as a young woman that I hope to turn into a large painting and hang on my own walls to love and cherish forever and ever. It is a project near and dear to my heart and one I do plan to finish hopefully by early 2018 but for now, I should be working on more pressing goals. That being said, here is the photo and the work I've done on it. The image cropped off the front of the car and so I had to google and google and finally ask some antique and car savvy friends to help me identify. We never did find the exact model but I'm happy with this which will serve as my model for the painting. I will remove all background so I have no idea why I put that in. I guess I thought that I don't have enough to do....insert laugh here.
My mama, the original Ginny Pearl (although she hated her middle name, I love it)
I intend to do a large painting (for me) of this image. I had to "finish" the front of
the car which was cropped, in the photo, right below the headlights.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Where is that Coloring Book for GrownUPs?

Several people have been asking about the status of the coloring books. I've decided to make the Alice series two books instead of four. It only makes sense to have one coloring book covering one whole book in the set of Alice's Adventures. Also my life has become more complicated lately which means that I've just been trying to fit in the editing of book one for weeks now. Time wise, the entire next month is not looking any better. I'm one of those people, agree with me or not, who feels like things happen in their own time and you can't rush that process. When I have roadblocks in life, instead of going around them, I work through them. All of my time and energy at the moment is devoted to working through a landslide. Book one is finished except for designing the cover and insert pages but I want to do it right and it wouldn't be right to rush that process because of other obligations. So, I promise that the first book is coming and it will be bigger than planned (twice as many pages) and better than planned (rushing causes mistakes and cuts down on quality so.....) I appreciate your patience as much as I've appreciated your support and encouragement and I will let you know as soon as book one (of two) is published and posted to amazon.com. Thanks for understanding!