Monday, November 29, 2010


What do you do when you are too gross and icky sick to do anything but walk from couch to bedroom? You pull out a 1' x 2' table and sit up when possible. Pathetic, huh?! Does anyone know what this thing is that is going around? Flu? Plague?

Here is my little stash near the couch. I wasnt super productive but over the course of the past couple days it kept me sane.

What you see above are the essentials to making a YellowDog card on recycled stock. First is the pencil outline, second is the ink outline, third is oil pencils and final step is to ink again so the colors stay nice and bold. No photocopies, tracing or prints.

A look at one of the finished products:

This is my first ever xmas themed YellowDog card. I have a nice little bundle of new ones for my show this Thursday in hopes I can still attend. Originally I planned to be doing these little guys while taking my lunch break at my day job but I have instead been doing them on my cough-free breaks. I know, pretty. Hey, I am gross and sick but the cards are cute as hell :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Something old, something new, something in progress, something flu?!

I know, terrible title. I blame it on my foggy head. I am sick. As in SICK. S-I-C-K. It is beyond the flu but I didnt think I could find a word that rhymed with pneumonia or bronchitis. Whatever I have, Im embarrassed it has knocked me down so badly for so long. Heres hoping tomorrow is better. Ok, enough of that talk...on to the fun stuff!

I did venture out to the Women's Festival of Crafts this morning. I armed myself with tissue, an entire bag of cough drops and a little bit of cash. The festival is one of my favorites. It is taking place all weekend so you can still stop by Burlington City Hall and find some amazing goodies for gifts or even for yourself! Maybe I will take some pics tomorrow and show you some goodies I have purchased from that show over the years; its really unique stuff.

Out of order but staying true to my title....
Something in progress:
I have wanted to do some YellowDog collages for a long time. What you see here are just steps one and two which included adding the background paper with gel medium and when dry, adding another coat of gel medium. I thought that before I risked a canvas or board I would try these circles I bought at the new art store in Essex. They are made of some funky combo of pressed paper and fabric or fiber...I dont know but as I hoped, they did not warp! At first I thought they would be magnets but at 3.5 " in diameter, I think they might be too big. Then I thought why not ornaments? It is the perfect time of year for those. But they arent really set up to be done on both sides and I would want to do both sides. So maybe back to magnets...what do you think? More pics when I actually complete them.
Now something old:
I used this Martha Stewart circle cutter with a self healing mat to create the pieces of paper I collaged onto the circles above. It was so easy and worked so well; they came out perfect. The little cutters has several spare blades and you can unscrew the top pf the cutter and store all the blades inside.
Something new:

These are Tombow Dual Tip markers. I havent really been into markers since I was a kid but these beauties are so much fun and the colors are so vibrant. I have been collecting them a few at a time as I hunted through all local (and some not so local) art stores. I could have purchased the whole set on Amazon but I dont need ALL of them and this way I got to support my local retailers. Other than my brushes, I buy from the little guys.
Im crashing so I gotta head back to the couch in a minute. I hope tomorrow brings painting because I have lots to do and I feel like I have wasted my entire week with this stupid cold/flu/nightmare!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Ok, so the title makes this sound bigger than it is but it is Friday and I am excited to get into the holiday spirit.
Below are three pieces; all originally $80 but now on sale for $30! Or how about 2 for $50?! This is fun!
SCOTTIE 12" x 12"" gallery wrapped canvas
BULLDOG 12" x 12" gallery wrapped canvas

SCHNAUZER 12" x 12" gallery wrapped canvas
(I admit it, this is my favorite!)

Monday, November 22, 2010


This has to be a quick post so I can dive into my day job in a timely manner but I have wanted to post this for a couple days so here we go!

I will be re posting Holiday show info soon. Nothing has changed but I might have more details to share with people. I will do that this week as I hope to continue with these special offers.

First, I would like to find a painting a new home and maybe offer some holiday shopper a special deal! I will no longer be bringing this painting to any shows but before it gets placed on a possible local business wall, I want to make it available to you! Below is 'Frisbee?'; it is on a 36'x36 gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang. Originally this piece was priced at $250 but it is now on sale for $100! Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested in this piece. The buyer will get a free YellowDog of their choice to go along with this possible gift!

Secondly, for anyone that attends the UVM show I do each year, all non YellowDog items will be on sale. As in HUGE sale. As in, I will no longer be making these items and I want them to find new home. Most items will be a couple dollars with the most expensive item being $5. Again, I hope this helps some holiday shoppers and it will really help me clear out my stock. I love these items myself but I cant hold onto to everything! This clearance sale will include all floral pins, wildwoman pins and paper goods like handmade notebooks, gift tags and mini envelopes.

I hope everyone is well and looking forward to the always busy holiday season. More sales announced tomorrow!