Wednesday, December 8, 2010


A very cool author contacted me a while ago, and we collaborated on two covers for his self-published e-book. I was jazzed to do some other genres. So cruising through, I found one of 'em:

Robert Stimson kindly threw my name in there too. Nice guy! Sounds like a good read. If an archaeological technothriller is up your alley, give it a whirl. Seacrest out.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stupid art blog with no stupid art! How...stupid...

Yeah, so maybe I should stop whining so much and do art, eh? There are still too few hours in a day, and too few dollars in the pocket, but we create because we must. There's just no other way to put it. I want to write, I want to paint, I want to bring characters to life. That being said, I also want to be more organized, make better use of my time, and get some damn thing accomplished! Guh, whining again. Must be part of the package. Maybe I should swap that whine for wine. there's a fruitful thought...

And on the note of more art/less whine, a steampunky cover I did for an e-publisher: (clickity) It was a fun, fast bit of work. Now, for that wine. The good sort of wine. Cheers!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wee Updatery

Nothing earth-shaking to report. I've started a day job out of necessity and it's kicking my butt. I forgot how exhausting it is, dealing with the public-at-large. What this means is I'm not taking commissions in the foreseeable future (with a couple of exceptions; you know who you are!), in order to finish up the ones I have out:

~portrait for Ren
~Interiors for David at HeroBane
~portraits for Ellen 'The Goddess' Million
~covers for Loose Id
~Fantasy Flight Games, one card
~traditional paintings for a local gallery show

So fear not, patient patrons! I remember you, and I'll be working for you as quickly as I can. This week also has the Griffins hosting house guests, doubly filling my days. Just a little update for anyone interested.

Continue having a great summer, my babies...see you in the fall! I hope... :XD:

Friday, July 16, 2010

No more doom-n-gloom, dernit!

Okay, I'm quite done with Sister Depresso. Such a poisonous, insidious vibe, this depression is. Though it helped me really examine my drive (or lack thereof), my motivations, and what's best for me, my fam, and my life.

It's a complicated thing, being an artist. You're constantly torn between the desire to follow your muse, make money, give the client what he wants, be a critical success with your, it's nearly impossible to juggle all those things with any fair balance! I listen to all the art-related podcasts I can get my hands on, in a vain attempt to make sense of it all. But it doesn't help. Everyone has their own idea of what works, what doesn't. Each artist's goal is different. I've come to the conclusion I really have to shove all that crap aside and fabricate my own path to happiness. And it begins with establishing a hierarchy of importance for myself.

I turned 46 this year...egads. Solidly into middle-age. (And I don't act a day over 16!) If I don't shoot for my dreams NOW, they're never going to happen. I always thought I wanted to join the ranks of Todd Lockwood, Donato Giancola, Dan Dos Santos...those incredibly talented scifi/fantasy cover artists who make us all look like hacks. But no matter how fast I run, I feel like a hamster on a wheel, getting no where. The schools are spitting out kids with incredible digital acumen and skills, photography is still threatening the power of hand-drawn illustration, I can't afford to attend the conventions and workshops where I might network with art directors and the aforementioned artists, we're hella broke (which eliminates SO many opportunities), and between my life demands as a mother and the creative demands of a working artist, it's all getting partial attention and therefore, meager success. Something's gotta give.

So this year, I'm dedicating the remainder of 2010 to reassessing my goals, reassigning weight, and attaining a better work/life balance. I'm really such a social creature, the solitary life of a freelance illustrator is making me a tad nutty. But just a tad, mind you. And internet relationships just don't cut it, even though I have to acknowledge they're an incredible resource to add to your repertoire. So with this in mind, here's ya olde Bucket List:

~Maintain pocket change via my few favorite clients.
~PAINT, dammit! Make stuff to flash at local galleries!
~Write every day, whether I want to or not. I've got a story to tell...
~Respect the (new) non-art-related dayjob. It puts food on the table, provides health insurance, and gives my muse a break. Clearly, she's running on fumes.
~Focus, focus, focus. Weed out those things that don't support the Bucket List, but allow for time to get exercise and recharge the battery.
~Travel. See new things, even if it's just down the road an hour. Get out of the effin' house.

Sounds easy, huh? *COUGH COUGH* But now it's in print. It's real. And I hope you guys will help me keep on task. Love y'all. *le smooooch*

PS...OH! Before I sign off, I've included a little art teaser of one of the covers I'm supplying to one of my "few favorite clients", Loose Id Publishers ( I really dig the way the face turned out. Have a great weekend, gang.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Morning Mash-up

Take high-fashion, add in a liberal dose of Luke Kopycinski , try to work with texture (which is tough for me, as I hate to 'flaw' creamy complexions), and this is what flops out. (I wanted to get the whiny rant off the top post too. Boooooring!)

PS7, but mostly Painter 9, two sporatic hours, ref used.

Later, taters...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Compare and despair...BIG TIME

I am SO frustrated right now. And tired because it's 2 a.m., but I've gotta rant. About myself, so turn back now if you're not in the mood for abject self-loathing.

Right. Still here? Brave soul. So I decided to try Jon Schindehette's 'Discovering a Muse' Challenge (I've plugged it before in this blog.) Great cause, great inspiration. But I must've been smoking crack when I got the notion I'd do a half-way decent job. It effing sucked. Oh, sure, when I was painting it I thought I was da man...who da man? YOU da man! Then I saw the other entries. And I saw my sh*tty digital photo of a VERY yellow oil painting. And I wanted to chisel out my own eyeballs with a palette knife.

I feel clueless. Like my favorite big red rubber ball is slowly deflating and I'm lost as to how to stop it. I have all the imagination, skill and charm of a half-baked potato.

Ain't it great to be an artist? I should've chucked it all in years ago. I don't have the time or commitment or finances to get good. Good enough to make a decent living, anyway. But I can't solve for 'x'. This is all I know how to do: be a mom/housewife, and do artstuffs. I'm 45. 46 in a month. It's a little late to reinvent myself now, so guess I'll soldier on. Things will look brighter in the morning; they always do. And on that cheery note, I'd best be taking my sorry ass to bed. Oh, wait, I have to pack lunches and set out clothes for the kids. Great. 'Night all...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

BLECH! I'm a crappy blog designer...

So I'll distract you with a new speedpaint. Well, it started as a speedie but I'm incapable of calling it quits, even though I should be working on paying gigs. I TOLD you I was a bad multi-tasker! *scoff* (Painter9, ref used)

Friday, May 14, 2010

What is it about me and storms?

I just realized the last two pieces of art I worked on were very storm-themed. Could it be something wicked this way coming? Or just a reflection of Ohio's lovely weather? Bah. Either way, seems I'm only happy when it rains these days...

(The above is my entry for ArtOrder's 'Fantasy Pin-up' Challenge. She's a genasi. Anyone know how that's pronounced? Jen-ah-see? Jen-ah-sigh?)

And here's something I just submitted to DeviantArt for the club FantasyHunk's May project:

And now, I'm out of town to sneak a little surprise gardening in for my Ma's 70th birthday while she's in Atlantic City *teehee!* Oooh, hope it DOESN'T rain this weekend, come to think of it!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Discover a Muse!

Jon Schindehette, Senior Creative Art Director for Dungeons & Dragons® and host of the blog Art Order has masterminded a wonderful opportunity for artists to get some press and give to charity!

In cooperation with the lovely model/entrepreneur Veronika Kotlajic, they've created 'Discover a Muse'.

I'm going to do an original oil painting for this (dammit, yes, I'm gonna do it!) and I hope you will too. Great cause, great networking. And let's face it, we feel fantastic when we take a stand and help those who need it, specifically Childrens' Hospitals. Happy Humpday, lovely lurkers!

Monday, May 3, 2010


Not sure where else to post this; I only have a handful of followers, so I may not get the feedback I'm fishing for, but what the heck! We'll see what shakes out here.

The past year or so I've been struggling with myself, wondering what I should do, and how I should do it. Sounds pretty vague, eh? Okay, to fine tune my 'visionquest': I really want to do gallery (fine) art, but I'm leery to quit the commercial clients I've worked with for years. They're such good folk. And money, well, money is god-awful important. The e-book covers, mid-level collectible card games, the odd fantasy illustration or three...they've put change in my pocket for quite some time. It scares me to let them fall away. But if I don't, I won't ever have the focus to pull together a series of paintings to (hopefully!) peddle to a gallery. And I seem to have hit a plateau. I'm not improving the way I see my compatriots doing. Why? Dunno. Maybe it's lack of incentive. Maybe it's me, recognizing I need to head off in a different direction. Kinda scary starting from scratch again, though.

Has anyone out there done this? Scrapped your commercial biz in favor of fine arts and lived to tell about it? If so, I'd love to hear from you. Happy Monday, kids.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Back to business!

Had a GREAT time at ConGlomeration! Met up with old friends. Did pretty darned well in the art show even though it's a small con (no awards, but best sales to date!) Didn't lose a kid. Ate great Indian food. Steve Belledin was informative and I'll tell ya, it's always a perk to see paintings, in-person. The colors are so much richer than over the monitor. I'm not sure he knew what to make of me, though. I seemed to make him uncomfortable. Maybe it's the gray hair! Scary stuff. :D

Anywho, win-win, all around! But now it's back to the ol' grind. It really has sealed my notion that while it's vital to be digitally-literate, traditional media is SUPER important to an artist's arsenal. It gives your career breadth and longevity.

I still love cranking out my bookcovers and doing the odd digi-illustration, but gallery arts are where I want to be. It's decided. Time to seriously shift gears, no ifs, and or buts. Stayed tuned for the further adventures of "Dream-on, Alice"!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Long time, no post!

I've been doing a ton of e-covers lately and little else. Boo. (Not "Boo, covers" but "Boo, no time for practice and self-indulgent artstuffs".) Gotta steal a few minutes to get prints and framing together for a con this weekend, though. So here's a recent cover, sans text, to keep this poor blog alive and kicking. Handsome feller, eh? Oh, and Happy Egg Day, peeps. (HAR!)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I really haven't been THAT non-arty...

Been doing a ton of bookcovers. So many, I have time for little else, squeezed in between mommying and wifery and such. Something's gotta give. BUT! I did sneak in a little study. So here it is. *blap*

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Post-migraine doodle

Man, I HATE migraines. When I have an opportunity, I'm seeing the doctor about 'em. Two days...I'm laid up. And I have a good pain threshold. Annnywho, doodle commencing. I really kept this one loose and a little more cartoony. I just needed to do something for myself, and remind myself I can draw. Sorta. Ref used, some crappy photo from a Michael Kors fashion show. I think he looks like an interesting character, though. Definitely a good guy. Back to your regularly scheduled programming......

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Scribble scrabble.

It's been so long since I've had the luxury to doodle, I waxed self-indulgent this morning and fiddled in Painter. Ref used. One hour. Much coffee.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Skin Show Opens

...and it was fun! Nice turn-out, and really the offerings were pretty tame. If I participate next year, and I don't see why I wouldn't, I'm gonna push the envelope a little more. Local artist Allen Reeve had lovely drawings. I wish I'd noted the names of some of the other artists; there was one piece entitled 'The Apple' I really dug. I'll get the hang of this reporting gig some day. The gentleman who bought my piece from the last show was there. Good taste, that guy! Sadly, most of my pics were blurry. Dont' drink, point, and shoot, kids. Anywho, here are the few photos fit to show. Don't be too dazzled by the neon joystick...heh...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Want Your Sex...

Okay, cheap shot to get your attention. But it worked, didn't it? :D

I think I'm actually getting the hang of oils, after...oh...20 years or so? This painting went a lot more intuitively, even though I have miles to go before I can actually mix the color I want. God, I miss digital for that very reason. Sucks not having every color at your fingertips. But the tangibility of an actual painting is happy-making.

SO! This piece will hang at The Art Pad Gallery this weekend, for their second annual 'Erotica' show. I can't wait, really! I got a peek at a few of the other pieces and man, they are good. I hope the snow doesn't suppress the turn-out. And I hope I didn't overprice my painting...

I let y'all know.

'Crucifixotica', 18x24, oils. $600

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Purple rain, purrrrple rain....

Feedback, please! I'm trying to respect Painter (again) and work out a style that's less boringly totally dries up what little imagination I have. Is it working? Does the face look too referenced? Too sloppy? Does the color purple totally suck? You tell me!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Red Shtuff

Speedpaintliness! With Painter IX. *splat*

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Show Must Go On!

Despite inclement weather, ArtPad's 'Pretty or Funny' show went swimmingly! Or snowingly, as the case may be. We didn't stay long...the kids were as patient as they could be...but I was jazzed to see my stuff on a wall again. It's a little weird, standing around not knowing anyone. It's like "Um, what do I do with my hands?" But all networking starts this way...with one small step.

There's another show next month at ArtPad that promises to get some press; the theme is erotic art. (Imagine that! Sex getting press...what is this world coming to?!) I actually can't wait to paint some nekkid pipples! Is that so wrong? It'll be tasteful, I promise. Anywho, enjoy the pics from 'Pretty or Funny', such as they are. Photography is not my forte...yet... :D

Monday, January 4, 2010

Creeping back into paint again...

Okay, so I DID finish this little study! Just in time for the show (drop-off is tomorrow, and the weather is suitably frigid. Thanks, Mother Nature...) Here's a brief evolution of getting my 'sea legs' back. I was never great with oils, but surprisingly, painting digitally has helped some. Not that this is a masterpiece, but it'll do. The colors are much sweeter, in person. I swear. Honest... (The first three are digital photos, the last is a scan. My scanner is better than our old camera.) 8"x10", oil on masonite panel.