Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Both of these paintings (which I've been picking away at for the last two or more years) have subtle and not-so-subtle textures, and Neil is the kind of person mad scientist who will mess around with filters and flares and lights and I don't know what-all (I sort of glaze over, but the enthusiasm is infectious!) to get the right balance of texture and smooth.
So, what do you think?
|Baby's Ride (acrylic on canvas 11"x11") ©Sweet Enemy Art 2011|
|Sea Dragon (Acrylic on matboard) ©Sweet Enemy Art 2011|
Monday, November 28, 2011
Let's start with one that has been making the rounds on Facebook, and also on George Takei's blog "That blog is so Takei!" It's sweet, it's affirming, it's something I'd love to see come true for everyone who falls in love.
p.s. I get a bit sniffly each time I get to the end, and I've watched it three times already.
And then this one from my mum (found it buried in the "Emails I meant to read" folder) is rather sweet, in a 'hey, maybe we'll get through this' kind of dance-number-ish way. Oogh, enough of this crappy economic tangle!
Bonus, the lead singer is channeling some sort of happy John Waters vibe.
Enjoy! And I'll be getting some other things posted before too long. I've been chastened for not keeping the blog fresh. Danggit, I didn't realize people were paying attention!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Come explore the tasty treats and wonderful items for gifting or pampering!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|"Spider Silk" will be at the Art of Horror show in October|
©Sweet Enemy Art
the spooky sundries of Halloween. We don't have any trick-or-treaters up this way, which is sad, but I still get to pull out some of our fun creepy stuff for the heck of it. In the week leading up to Halloween, Arkonbey often has a lit jack-o-lantern ready to greet me when I arrive home late & tired. Add to this fresh local cider & cider donuts, and life is generally better.
Now I have another reason to be excited for October: The Art Of HORROR exhibit is about to start, and this year, three of my pieces have been juried in! There may be one or two more, depending on what I can accomplish in the next 36 hours (besides sleep & a day job.)
The Art of Horror opens on Friday October 7th at my favorite haunt: The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery; as part of the Burlington First Friday Artwalk. Opening reception is from 5 to 9 p.m. and includes ghost stories and a chance to have your fortune told.
I'll be there until about 8 p.m. (having a brother's birthday bonfire to attend the same night, at least my double-bookings are interesting!)
Do you Facebook? Here's the event page for The Art of Horror.
Also! This Saturday at 9 a.m. Arkonbey and I launch into our FIFTH year of 24 Hour Comics Day. Aside from reading lots of webcomics, I've been musing about which medium to use this year. Other than that, trying to keep my mind open so that I can start with a clean slate. And a little less caffeine than my first year :)
|Poster designed by my own Arkonbey, in-house designer extraordinaire|
Monday, September 12, 2011
Now I have to address the "identifies herself primarily as an illustrator" bit. Do I? It seemed the best phrase for my short listing in the Art Hop, but I'm open to suggestions. Whimsical is a word that fits much of my work, but I'm honestly done with it. So if you have an idea, shoot it on over!
Monday, September 5, 2011
Friday September 9th, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (parties are known to go much later)
Saturday September 10th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click here for a map of where you'll find me and my art waiting to meet you!
Paint anything, on nearly anything... Oil Paintstiks workshop
Register by Wednesday, September 14th for this one-day workshop. You'll come away with the knowledge and materials to get started painting on just about anything with these luscious paintstiks.
Free event, Saturday October 1st through Sunday October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Join us for a marathon comic-creating session! Each attendee strives to create their own 24-page comic from scratch within 24 hours. Snacks, moral support in the wee hours of the morning, and quite possibly, the feeling of satisfaction for finally busting through your creator's block!
Click here for more information.
Art & Artisans Holiday Market at MMU Highschool, Jericho, VT
Saturday November 5th & Sunday November 6th
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
An annual event comprising some of the fine handmade creations of the Jericho & Underhill area. Sauces for people who love good food, woodenware & clay, adornments, and of course some lovely artwork that make lovely gifts year 'round. I stocked up on some fantastic gifts last year!
Click here for a map.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I'm teaching a one-day workshop which will introduce you to a very versatile painting medium: Shiva Artists' Oil Paintstiks.
These look like giant crayons, but are actually fine oil paint in stick form. Paintstiks are safe to use on fabric (soft, wearable & washable); paper (thin, thick, textured, smooth); and much more. They do not require solvents, but are completely compatible with all oil painting mediums if you so choose.
As usual, it's another mixed-media friendly product that I get rather excited about!
Hope to see you there. If you aren't able to make it, please help me spread the word!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Let me catch you up:
|Phoenix: our favorite indie bookshop!|
|Wheeled Rabbit, 8" round ©Sweet Enemy Art|
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
First, a quick drop-in with the Maternal family for a lake-side reunion (apparently the beaches have re-appeared, thank goodness.) A quick family photo shall occur, (with promises that Arkonbey will photoshop himself in afterwards) some lemonade and hearty food shall be consumed, and maybe I'll dip my feet in the water.
Then it's off to Hinesburg!
There, I'll be attending the art opening at NRG Systems. An awesome company, which has wisely hired the fantastic Sarah Lee to both create really awesome art installations, and to expand the art collection both of the company and one of the founders. Artists' Mediums has framed a vast majority of the work in this collection, and Sarah Lee also purchased two of my paintings last year, Front Wheel Fish and a Dragonfly piece, which are either in the co-founders' collection or the company collection (I will probably find out.)
One of the artists in the collection, Larry Bissonette, is from the movie "Wretches and Jabberers" and he will be giving a presentation, which is probably going to make me cry. In a good way.
Then, off to Jericho!
|Doll Collection 2 by Michelle Saffran|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
But things are progressing decently in the silkscreening class I'm taking and it's only the second class. A shout out to Torrey of New Duds, I'm having a blast!
First up: something from my latest sketchbook (a bit of an homage to James Jean I suppose):
Hopefully this weekend will yield some decent studio time both here in the home studio and at BCA.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Girl on the right is feeding something (apple slice?) to the horse. I also intended for a stream to run along the bottom edge of the piece, so the group will be set back in space a bit more. Also, there would be some leaves for the two big trees.
Let me know what you think!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
pretty much in the heart of the BTV arts district!
Smack-dab, as I like to say.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|Walnut Ink sketch June 20, 2011 ©Sweet Enemy Art|
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Lynn Powers and I had easily 65-70 visitors the first day, and a few less on the following. What a blast to have that many happy art-enthusiastic people filling the house with great energy! Nice when it's empty afterwards too, of course, and I certainly needed a full two days to recuperate from all the excitement. As you'll see, I was a little over-the-top with energy. Yikes! And look at me with a drink in each hand. Crazy.
|Myself & Lynn, at the tail end of Saturday. Photo courtesy of Barbara Lang.|
|The shelf vignette outside my studio. Photo courtesy of Barbara Lang|
|Rick on the deck! Photo courtesy of Barbara Lang|
Saturday, May 21, 2011
(gasp, ack, ack, wheeze.)
Well, it's looking much better now, and in fact I'm quite pleased with the selections. Here are a few samplings:
Sunday, May 15, 2011
|Arkobey found the sketch on a scrap of paper drifting about the house|
|One of the cats from my current business cards|
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Saturday night Works in Progress, a set on Flickr.
Actually using my camera today. Fantastic having that little thing around, especially when I remember it's here.
A good day overall, with the garage clean-out underway; delicious food consumed, good summer read finished, and wine now in hand.
Hurrah for Saturday!
The last few in the set have been in progress for more than a few months, the watercolors are all recent.
©Sweet Enemy Art
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Thunder and lightning
Almost all the candy gone
Cat is at my feet
I know, I know. I shouldn't have eaten the entire chocolate bunny with the marshmallow center, but it was hard to stop.
Let's just put it out there right now: I'm worse than a kid when it comes to eating candy responsibly. Can I claim that the lightning storm kept me out of the studio, so I had nothing better to do? Still, I managed to think up a haiku, in honor of National Poetry Month!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Arkonbey pulled all our gifs together into one big happy Flash interactive, and here it is!
Speaking of "here it is" HERE at last, in full, are the two costumes I designed for the event. And it looks like I'll have loan of them for Open Studio Weekend as well. (Thanks Christy!)
|Fox and Rabbit Dress (Responsible fur!)|
Thursday, April 7, 2011
|Father loves good ale... from Granfa Grig by Wallace Tripp, image from http://simchafisher.files.wordpress.com|
If you saw the same two women going up and down the hall past your office, oh, I don't know... maybe eight times? That was us.
But we did find the gallery. However, it was dark & locked up! Ahh, college galleries. Fortunately one of the staff happened by as he was touching up paint, and kindly let us in. The look of panic on our faces when he asked if we'd be "about ten minutes?" probably tipped him off that he'd best give us a good deal longer.
|Wallace Tripp's Wurst Seller; image from http://characterdesignnotes.blogspot.com|
It's in a very small room, with only some pieces titled and few dates if any, but we could easily have stayed for an hour or two. Of course I left my camera behind. But to give you a refresher on his work, don't forget this blog. Some of the pieces were from books, some from his greeting card company "PawPrints Press" and some were personal works. All were wonderful. It was hard to choose just one favorite, I would have gladly brought them all home, had they been for sale (and had I the money!)
Since our visit had to be quick, we went to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, just 20 minutes away, which I highly recommend. KW had been before and seen the art exhibit, but alas, when we arrived the Athenaeum where the exhibit is housed was closed for renovations. The library itself was certainly worth the trip, however, and the sweetest most earnest docent in the world gave us every ounce of information she could muster regarding the collection, and the renovation, and more and more. KW said she learned more in this visit than in her previous three! Take a digital tour here, but try to get up there this Fall!
Today I spent mostly soaking up more art marketing information, at the VT Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend Seminar. whew. And another seminar next week. Ai! Now it's time to get back to that drawing I started last night...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Especially if you can get there Friday night!"Wally will attend the opening on Friday, March 18 at 6pm. "
Runs March 21 through April 11, 2011 at the Quimby Gallery in the Harvey Academic Center. Gallery Hours: 8-4, Monday-Friday.
of Mr. Tripp, be sure to check this link out.