Monday, October 20, 2014

Melbourne Cup Flyer 2014

Melbourne Cup Flyer
Because it wouldn't be an October without a Melbourne Cup Flyer for the Camel Bar!
Fonts: Governor and Graduate Script (and ornaments).

I love the fascinator on this guy. This font is Rogers, for the record. I cleaned the whole house yesterday; vacuumed the ceilings and base boards, mopped the bathrooms, this place is clean and it feels so good to walk on clean floors. Then I baked chocolate chip cookies and made stir fry for dinner and watched batman the animated series. First time I cooked or cleaned in over a week, Husband has been doing it all lately, I'm just so swamped with everything. I might runaway in a couple weekends, escape with him to Margaret River and pretend we're wealthy mine-site workers  on holiday again. Christmas is coming, but it never feels like Christmas when it's 100' and sunny. Not for an Oregonian =)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Racing Day Advertisement

Ballantyne Showcase Jewellers Racing Day Ad 2014
Some newspaper ads for Ballantyne Showcase Jewellers, racing season!
Ballantyne Showcase Jewellers Racing Day Ad 2014
Featuring Swarovski, Pandora, La Couronne, GUESS, and more. I knew about Ladies' Day and Cup Day, but I didn't know about Derby Day, and Oaks day, and then the other ones I've forgotten already. There's a lot to learn about racing. It would probably help to actually go to a race.

Advertorial Photo
Then a little photo to pair with the advertorial (because an editorial about ads is called an "Advertorial" - see? I am learning things).

I've taken up Yoga/Tai Chi in the park. Just to really round out my early retirement. I also bought doilies today. Husband said, "I don't even what to know what that is" and then called me a doily the rest of the morning. He also made me a grilled veggie sandwich, the little angel. And now it's back to work work work work.



Friday, October 10, 2014

GI Sunrise



I'd like to be where these palm trees are. So sunny. And relaxing. Ahhh...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Just Made the World's Worst Cookies

From *this* recipe.
First, husband made some cookies. They weren't chewy at all, so I tried to fix the remaining dough, and then crumbled the baked cookies and mixed in egg and butter. Then I burnt them. Furthermore, I cannot dis-recommend (there must be a better word for that) coconut flour enough. That crap is garbage. It's so grainy it feels like chewy sand.

I'm labeling this Messy Maren Monday even though it's not Monday. Not only due to those stupid cookies, also because the house is a mess, and there's a creature running around in the walls, and I haven't done any form of exercise all week, and also those dumb, dumb cookies.

Stupid, burnt, dumb cookies. But you know what I'm going to do now? Drown them in milk and watch Suits.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Celebrant Logo!

Graduate Script and Doodlista fonts, the ribbon is from a glyph set called FreeRibbons
Some real graphic design! These are the first drafts for a celebrant logo. I love the little birds.
Mishka font
Yes, Mishka again. I think Mishka and Trend might be my two favorite (or at least most-used) fonts.

Four Seasons Pro font
I've done heaps of graphic design actually, but I keep forgetting to post it. This is one I'm still working on. It's unconventional to tell you what fonts I use, but if you know anything about me, you know I'm an unconventional font-lover.

I've got four days of (almost) uninterrupted graphic design planned, so either you'll see some more stuff soon, or absolutely nothing because I'm busy. Place your bets, folks.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cat Tail Tunisian Crochet Pattern

Cat Tail Tunisian Crochet Neck Warmer
This is a pattern I found by Cathy Johnson. I misread the name of her blog as the name of the scarf pattern, but it's kind of stuck now and I just tell people it's the "Cat's Tail Stitch".
Cat Tail Tunisian Crochet Neck Warmer
I typed up the pattern and made a diagram in the classic Tunisian Crochet style, read right to left (same way you work Tunisian Crochet). This one is 23 stitches in 8ply yarn "ox blood". I was going to sell it, but I have NOTHING red in my closet anymore, and I love this guy too much. So I made some black and white ones instead.




I used one skein, which was, I don't know, 200 meters? It made it about 40" long.

In other news, the Vino art exhibit in Toodyay is next weekend, and I'm entering a shawl and two paintings (Sunrise Balloons and the Zebra Ballerina). It's 8pm and I think I might go to bed now. Good night, internet xox




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First Sunny Day Paintings

Hot Air Balloons at Sunrise
David and I went outside last Sunday and did some painting together. It was so fun. Just playing with watercolors.
Watercolor wash
I've joined the Avon Valley Art Society and the Theatre group, I've been teaching 1-2 Tunisian Crochet classes per week, and frankly, I'm exhausted.

It's getting warmer, and I'm hoping that I'll have a bit more time to play catch-up with the crochet things wrapping up, but I also want to start holding weekly watercolor classes. So we'll just see what happens, won't we?
Happy September!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hand Painted Greeting Cards

I can't believe I forgot to post these! I've had this draft here ages ago, and then obviously I had to go to work, or go to sleep, or do the laundry or something. These are all going to be sold at the Northam Visitor Centre, along with some other crafty things I'm working on.
These two ^ are my favorites. I love the little corner that's missing from the front, and on the inside.
And of course, birds.
These are my other favorites. And good grief, were they all difficult to photograph! I probably put more time photoshopping them to look like the originals, than I did actually painting them!
Alright, my stomach is growling, so off to make food. Mmmm delicious food.

Tunisian Crochet Class

I am SO excited about this - I'm teaching a Tunisian Crochet Class next month! I'm trying to decide which patterns to bring (so sorry if you follow me on Pinterest and you got bombarded by a hundred crochet patterns), but I'll be teaching some basic stitches on the first class, and then pattern navigation on the second class. I already have 8 people (in a room that holds maybe 12), so it will be a cozy - and terribly fun - evening. Wish you all could come join in, I guess I'll just have to travel around the world and come to You, hey? =)
Happy almost weekend!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Story

I was going to type this out. It would've been faster. But I though "how can I make this harder?". This is how.
My computer's fine now, and the first thing I did was back everything up (including the hundreds of 20th century family photos I spent 25 hours scanning), so once I get my stuff under control, I'll be able to post some of the projects I did in the last month.

Other news, I did a raw food diet for a week, which was amaaazing for my skin. Then to balance things out I finished off a carton of Kangaroo Island Honey and Fig Ice Cream (yes that deserves capitalization) the other day, so things are pretty much back to usual. And my feet are sweaty again, I gotta wash these slippers.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thunder... Thunder...

Thundercats, Ho!
Commissioned painting for a friend in Portland. I also painted the Super Mario Bros painting for him as well. So this is how this painting began: as a goodwill $5 canvas that we nicknamed "The Wannabe-Rathko".

And then I prepped the canvas with gesso and outlined the characters.
You've got Panthro at the top, Lion-O in the center, Cheetara running on the right, Tygra on the left, and Snarf at the bottom.
And that's the progression of the Thundercats! All in all, it was about 30 hours. I redid Tygra (bottom left with the whip), his body was just wonky before. Acrylics on canvas, 24" x 36".

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nature's Fireworks


Acrylic on canvas. Commissioned for the Perth Rotaract club's Quiz Night on May 10th to raise money for the International Princess Project.
Husband thought that it should go with the Eucalyptus blossoms growing upwards, but then that made the gum nuts look funny, so it went back the original way, and needed a little hummingbird at the bottom. So that's how that happened.
I had a weekend of sickness and a weekend of travel, and finally unjetlagged! Which is great timing because I've got 3 HUGE projects, 2 of which I learned about yesterday and need to get done tomorrow. That's how it goes.

P.S. Darling, broken-footed husband is off crutches entirely so thank you all for your thoughts and kind words the last couple months!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Nostalgia: 10 Classical Jams

I saw this on Buzzfeed:  23 Classic Jams You'd Never Know if it Weren't For Your Mom
Due to my mother's career in music and involvement with the Rogue Valley Symphony (she's the best organist I've ever known, no bias), my brother, sister and I had a very musical childhood... that had nothing to do with contemporary music, and everything to do with the real classics. So I revised a list that was more accurate: 10 Classical Jams We'd Never Know if it Weren't for Our Mom (in no particular order):

1) Beethoven's 5th Symphony
2) Bach's Fugue in D Minor
3) Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man
4) Mozart's Lux Aeterna
5) The Theme Song from 2001: A Space Odyssey

6) Henry Mancini's Ravel's Bolero
7) Mozart's Dies Irae
8) Beethoven's Fur Elise
9) Brahm's Hungarian Dance (No. 5 of course)
10) Bach's St. Matthew's Passion
I'm sure I've heard all of these at least 100 times; being practiced in the living room, or played live on stage, these are the songs I associate with my mom and childhood and I wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Mother's Day mom, you're the best one in the world, because you're mine.
 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Logo: Typhon Heavy Industries

The brief for this logo: Illustrative, science-fiction, technological, futuristic, space-related, hologram.
Typhon is a greek monster, the torso of a human man with 100 dragon heads. And this was monstrously fun to work on.
Version with only shading, pictured above. Husband has his cast off! Not yet 100% mobile, but getting there.
 I leave in 2 weeks to go home, and I'm a weee bit panicked, the last month has been busier than expected. Which is good as I hate being bored, but today I am just worn out. So it's time for history channel documentaries and cleaning up the street from the recycle bins that fell over from the windstorm last night.
A couple of sketches that didn't make the cut:
Annnnnd now it's bed time. Just kidding. I'm distracted and learning about science from 3000 years ago.

Friday, May 2, 2014

So Far This Morning

I have forgotten what year it was ("Hah, March 2014? This newspaper's now publishing articles in the future, is it?"), made myself a cup of tea and a bowl of oatmeal or "porridge" as the natives call it.
I've got a to-do list the size of my arm, and less than 3 weeks to do it. So naturally I'm blog-crastinating. Above is a  water color rendition of Van Gogh's 'Wheat Field With Cypress'. Okay, knuckling down.