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Out of the woods and into a clearing

Alllllllriggghhht Folks.

It has been forever.  It takes SOO long to do anything when you have a couple of kids, am I right?

I am just trying to make it another 53 days, until M1 begins preschool.  I am about as excited for her as I am for myself.  She is so ready.

For those of you who don’t know me personally or aren’t friends with me on Facebook or Instagram, we had a bit of a scare with M2 a few weeks back, and I am only just finally recovering.  M1 caught a cold and decided to share, which can become pretty serious for a six-week old.  We ended up spending a pretty awful night in the ER (the nurses spent over an hour trying to just get an IV in to administer antibiotics).  So, after a dozen needle pokes (including a spinal tap in his back), x-rays, and a catheter placement, we spent a few days in Pediatrics to be monitored and given IV antibiotics.   I am trying not to panic, but rather be balanced when it comes to safeguarding my kids against germs and letting them explore the world.  The world can be a pretty scary place, but it is also exciting and full of wonder.

Oh, and the verdict was out as to whether or not M2 has a dairy allergy until a few days ago.  He does.  It took a few days of experimenting (i.e.: me eating yogurt and ice-cream) and a few more days of colic and smelly green diapers to recognize the unfortunate truth.  So, so  long pizza and yogurt and soft imported cheeses, we shall meet again, someday.  I’m planning on trying goat cheese in a week or two. Fingers and toes are crossed.  I might even braid my hair.

As far as my art goes, I am still working out when I am going to post all my new prints on my shop, but it should be in the next  month or two.  I am also hoping to begin a new project, work on new prints for the shop, and continue an old project, the El Monte Projects.

I love my kids to pieces, but I can’t wait to get back to work!!!!!!!!!!!!

Current goal: Survive the summer.

 

Hope you all are having a great summer!

 

Progress meets me Here

Woohoo!!  After a very stressful weekend, we finally made a deposit on an apartment.  It’s not in the urban area we had our eye on, close to the zoo and Balboa Park, but the rent is cheap and we will be close to family.  I can go on my jogs, take Madelyne to her classes at the library, and utilize my parent’s backyard.  We move in 9 days.  The baby will be here in 71.  We don’t mess around here folks.

Meanwhile, I have been cranking out work like crazy.  It might be a slightly-stupid move to relaunch my shop right before the baby comes, but I can always get help with the printing and mailing, if my shop happens to take off.  Not holding my breath, but I do like to dream.

I also have been reading and watching videos on SEO and keywords and filling my brain with all of those lovely *snore* things, changing a few titles and keywords on my shop and it seems to be helping.  I am getting more visitors, so you never know.  I guess if you don’t have the right search words, nobody is going to ever find you.  Who knew?

Anyways, they are always showing on blogs and Etsy and Pinterest what people’s studios look like.  They usually are amazing with white-washed hardwood floors, lots of natural light flooding in from giant windows, tall bookshelves filled with all sorts of ephemera and, gorgeous rows of flat files.  A girl can dream.  Anyways, I’d like to share my current studio.  It is one green 12″x12″ box that I can easily close up quickly if a toddler wakes prematurely.  It even has a tupperware water cup.  So far it has worked quite well.  It may not be a spectacular space, but I am proud of my ingenuity.

Also, you can see in the pic one of my latest projects.  I am making two Blake-inspired paintings for the kid’s room.

That’s all for now,

Have a good week!

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A Brief Addendum…and a Project Announcement!!

I feel like I need to clarify a few things here, in response to my previous post.  Yes, I want a life filled with joy.  And yes, I have chosen to stay at home to raise my child.  That all being said, I’m not just messing around here.  This blog isn’t a fun little game that I am playing.  I am very serious about it and every post I make (even if they are currently full of typos and have a tendency to seem rushed).  I still consider myself an artist.  I still want to move people and make them think.  I still want to learn and grow and explore this thing called life and seek out the Unknown.  I still want to have an artistic career, even if it may be different than I imagined.

In fact, that is the very reason why I started this blog.  To open up an artistic dialogue.  So, I am not just sitting out here in my bubble, conjuring up weird philosophies and filling my drawers with pages and pages of scribbling sketches that nobody sees.  It may not be avant-garde, and perhaps it just is another “mommy-blog,” but at least I am putting my work out there.  And if all of my projects ever do start to take over, or if this blog evolves into something larger then it is right now, I want it to be made known right now that if it is getting in the way of my joy or my appreciation for life or my ability to spend quality time and watch my little being transform…someone sound the alarm.  Please.

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And on that note, I bring you my latest project:

I’m currently titling it “The El Monte Project”  although that may change in the future.  This project is going to take a long time and is just in its infancy stage, so I don’t have a lot to share with you at the moment, but I will in the future.

The project involves cataloguing, recording, photographing, and then illustrating every species of plant on my Grandparents property.   How do I tell you everything in a few sentences about how epic and awesomely large and special this project is?  How my Grandpa built the house with his hands over fifty years ago.  How my Grandma has filled the house and hillside with hundreds and hundreds of different plants, each with a different history, a story behind each one.  How some of the irises were actually bred by my Great-Grandfather.  How Christmas trees planted forty years ago have now become sixty-foot giants that quietly have taken watch over their property.  I can’t tell you it all here, but perhaps my project can someday.

So, every Thursday, I will be heading over to their property until the project reaches completion.  I am thinking it will take a year, because we will want to catch all the flowers in their bloom.

 

This is an Orchid Flower from the Bauhinia Veriegata

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