Friday, April 13, 2018

A Mix of Stuff

If you'd like to see the latest photos of progress on the new Studio space, take a look at The BeeHive website HERE.

The rest of April is going to be quite a blur! I'm in the process of selling the Wingdoodle building, finishing cleaning it out, setting up the new art studio (The BeeHive), helping to clear my Mom's house out - she moves in two weeks!, drawing Science comics for Montshire Museum of Science, painting the watercolor sections of the Ready, Set, Gorilla! book, and going to lots of meetings with my lawyer, money people, and maker-space planning meet ups.

I really, really... REALLY... need to run away to Ogunquit ASAP. Preferably BEFORE I crack.

Here's a peek at the GOrilla! spreads...

And here are a couple of drawings my daughter, Lilah, drew:

I really LOVE this one - look at all those tiny details in the fur and wings?!

Meanwhile, I've found some interesting things while cleaning out my mom's garage, besides body parts in jars (she was a pathologist and medical examiner). But adventure is not without its dangers too. I found a bunch of "antique" microscope slide storage boxes - I dumped the slides and specimens, but take a look at this one...

 On closer examination...

 I decided not to keep this one - As I have already had Mono twice!

In the middle of all this chaos is my "most important job" - MOM. But I'm not so good at this one. I work late into the night and have trouble getting up so early. I don't like to cook. Or make lunches.

Today was a particular challenge since The Kid had a field trip that was supposed to leave the school at 7:45am (Whaaaaa?) Turned out the bus was an hour late! All I could think when Lilah told me this was "I could have SLEPT!"

I did find a paper bag for the required lunch, although what ever we found to fill it was much less memorable than the bag itself! Lilah asked me to decorate it...

I'm sure all the other kids had very respectable lunch sacks filled with...
what do parents put in lunch bags?...
but Lilah's was the only one with a truly personal touch!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

In Progress...

I spent a lot of time this week painting and cleaning the new Studio. I painted over the Angler Fish...

That took a lot of work and a lot of paint to complete the second HUUUUUUGE blackboard.

The first, "small" blackboard will have trees AND party lights!

The old cork boards got pretty blue felt resurfacing.

 And today we moved lots of displays, bookcases, books - TWO trips to Concord! Even my life-sized mannequins were transported. The younger one rode in my passenger seat, but the older one sprawled on the sofa in the back of the truck - rather indecently!

I just realized what an odd collection of studio necessities I have... just in this one picture there are three large drawer units filled with about a thousand rubber stamps, a futon couch, 16 stacking classroom chairs, 2 movie theatre chairs from the old Cinema 93, an antique wood door from India, and of course, the life-size, wooden, artist's mannequin.

I didn't take any pics of the chaos in the Studio after stuffing it (with two truckloads of stuff!) - but I will show you what it looks like when I go tomorrow. Now for the really hard part - creating order -  and a Studio that people will want to play in!

When I got home, I was so wiped out. I needed a shower, a nap, and chocolate. In any order. There was a big box waiting for me - it was my Lego Diner!!!!

I had ordered it as my reward for finishing the first four Science Kits (and about ten pages of the GOrilla! book) - and packing up my old store, organizing everything in storage to be moved, packing tons of books, and then moving it all... YES - I needed a reward! (If I can get the Wingdoodle building sold by the end of April, can I get the Assembly Square Lego Set as my reward?)

I also got a few of the new Batman Series 2 mini-figures! Zod and Jor-El were the two I wanted most! Yah! Of course there is a whole new series of blind bag figures coming out... oh dear.

It's going to be a while before I'll have a chance to build the Diner, but at least I HAVE it and can drool over it in person.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Movin' On Up!

One of those kind of bittersweet sort of days...  I'm glad I didn't have to do this alone - my awesome kid actually made it fun.

I had cleared out my little studio a couple of days ago - but today I had to go and - GASP - wash off all the chalkboards!

Whoever moves in next will have to paint over the murals. I'm not sure I could bear to do that. I had only been in this space since August, but so many things had changed.

Time for a fresh start - and that means fresh murals in a new studio!

"Begin Again"... again!

The Kid pointed out that the only quote left - was ON me.

So we took our ladders and buckets, climbed the stairs, and set our sights on customizing our new space.
 We started with a chalkboard. This one is huuuuuge. Actually, the chalkboard is longer than the old studio...  It's going to need another coat of paint. And some trees, right?

It took quite some time to clean - lots of buckets of dirty water and I only managed to clean one corner of the space. But it was enough to set up my New Studio.

Crazy, right?! Everything, plus an extra table, in an area TWICE the size of the old studio... and it still only takes up a tiny part of this space?!

I still have a lot of work to do - this other wall needs a giant chalkboard too. But as we stared at it - with our bloodshot eyes and rumbling bellies - it turned into a fish shape. And since it is made of angles, I realized, it must be an Angler Fish!

We used our Master-Mural-Skills to create our vision...

A vision can be a very dangerous thing!

Look out Little Fish!! Oh No!!

 Yup. Except for the pain in my lower back - that's what I'd call a perfect day!

The BeeHive Studio has two artists in residence so far (pictured above) and is looking for two more Resident Artists to join us!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hello Universe. It's Me, Sandy...

A really nice studio space suddenly became available on the second floor at Concord Community Arts Center!

The room is about 850-square feet - It's big and bright - lots of windows, and painted white. (I can fix that though...)

It's about a gazillion times bigger than my current studio...

Which means I could have more than three friends in there...

...and we could even sit down!

This Possibility just happened on Friday... I joked to Laurie that I needed a "sign from the Universe"... since I obviously don't have that kind of money... I said:
"If the Universe thinks I should do this, there will be a check 
   in my mailbox by the end of this weekend." 

I thought - maybe I'll get the payment for some of the science kits from Montshire!
No check on Friday. 

No check on Saturday.


So I tried NOT thinking (obsessing) about it.

On Sunday, I got up the courage to go to White River Junction (VT) for a Cornerstone Creative Community (3CVT) Mash-up and met some very cool people. Matt Bucy (Tip Top Bldg. and American Legion bldg.) and Eric Bunge from the Northern Stage and a lady who runs a maker space... Very exciting. I was exhausted AND hyper and desperate to be a part of this sort of thing too! I want an art community! A Collaborative Creative Space!!!

At the end of the Mash Up, I went up to these really cool graphic facilitation diagram-sketch-things on the wall...

I took out my phone to take photos of them - and I saw a text from the CCS student who is now living in my former apartment. She said some of my mail had been delivered there and where should she send it? 

I texted back - "I'm HERE in WRJ right now - I'll come get it!"

Guess what it was? 

A check from Montshire!!!!? 

Let this be a lesson to trust in the Universe, but be as specific as possible...

I should have said,
"If the Universe thinks I should do this, there will be a check 
   in my CURRENT mailbox by the end of this weekend." 

So the Universe delivered the money to my mail box before the end of the weekend! And I now have a lease for this crazy-amazing STUDIO! And I have begun my OCD (CDO!) process with floor plans and I made a visual catalog of all the displays I could take from the Wingdoodle building and my home and home studio...

Yes, I measured (and colored) them all.

I'll let you know what transpires. I have to go tomorrow and move everything out of my tiny studio and uuuuuuuuppppp to the second floor... doesn't seem like much is in there, until I have to move it!

If you have been thinking how you'd LOVE to be part of a vibrant, creative, collaborative studio space filled with lots of art toys and workspace... I am looking for about 8 fun, positive artists/crafters/ Zentanglers... to share this space with me! I might do a Kickstarter, but if this sounds like you - let me know you're interested.

And here is some artsy inspiration from the walls at my daughter's elementary school. It made me want to MAKE STUFF! Enjoy.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Peek at Pics in Progress

Here's a peek at some of the stuff I'm working on right now...

This picture shows a progression for one page of the science comics I'm doing for the Montshire Museum of Science and Dartmouth College - This is a few days worth of work! And, yes, I DO the actually experiments.

It starts with some written directions, lots of web research, then my sketches in blue-pencil, then inked lettering and drawings, scan and clean up in Photoshop with text instructions added, then a color version (the one shown is for Rock Candy as I haven't done the color version of DNA yet).

I've also started on the watercolors for "Ready, Set, Gorilla!" - a picture book by Melissa Stoller that I'm illustrating for Clear Fork Publishing. 

I put the sketch on my light box and do the watercolors...

Here's the same piece, off the light box, with all the blocks of color painted in. No details yet.

I do about four or five spreads at a time so pages can dry completely. The page in the back, with the slide, is finished. I added the details and shading with colored pencils. The slide ended up being changed to bright yellow after I scanned it into Photoshop. 

Tomorrow is a Snow Day - so I'll hole up in my studio and finish off these pages (and a couple more). I love this stuff - but I also think it's nice to have these two very different types of projects to go back and forth between!

My idea of heaven... drawing and coloring in my studio... no distractions or interruptions and the most pressing decision I have to make is... "hmmm, Prismacolor pencils or Inktense pencils...?"

Friday, March 2, 2018

Give me some Sugar!

Last week I did a really fun project for Red Kite Candy's "Candy Lab" - I designed the candy box label for the latest winner - Apple Pie Caramels. They are only available for a limited time and the money goes to Food4Kids.

And, NO, I don't get paid extra for promoting this - I just wanted to show off my artwork - and I think this is a cool way to raise money for a great program...

oh FINE - I admit it... I'm hoping someone will order some of these amazing caramels and SHARE them with ME!!

Nyum yum yum....

Get your Apple Pie Caramels before they're gone. Support FOOD4KIDS and order yours before midnight Sunday.

(As always, 100% of profits go to our Candy Lab partner, 
currently FOOD4KIDS)

Your idea. Our know-how. 100% donated.


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