Monday, August 27, 2012

the irony of nature, WIP shots, and a silly kitty...

good monday morning everybody!

unless you live under a rock, i guess you know that new orleans is bracing itself for hurricane Isaac. this little bastard is scheduled to hit on august 29th....the 7th year anniversary of katrina.
a lot of folks are panicking AND the news media is having a field day.
it's going to make landfall on or near us as either a category 1 or 2 hurricane.
katrina was a 5 and made landfall as a 3 (i believe). 
this is NOT katrina.
but, if you want to have a little fun with all the doomsday predictions, i highly recommend this page:
absolutely hilarious!!
the mister, the kitties, and i are staying. hunkering down. hoping for the best....

in other words, i worked on some new day of the dead pieces this weekend:



they have a little more work to be done before i can paint them.

and finally, mr. cash is such a silly goose. but he did hold still long enough for me to get these pictures of him on saturday....



that's his hurricane Isaac face!! ha ha!

well, keep your fingers and toes crossed for us here in the big sleazy.

until next time,

♥amber♥

Friday, August 24, 2012

missing the desert....

oh, new orleans. 
once the love of my life, i'm afraid our love affair has slowly dwindled over the last year or so.
we have grown apart. don't be sad. it happens. we just don't have much in common any more.
you have plenty of new folks moving in. 
and a jamba juice.
i'm not sure you need me anymore. 
and let's be honest, i'm tired of spending my summers in a haze of hair frizz and cones of uncertainty...


i have to be honest with you, for some time now, i've been feeling the call of the west...


yes, i know there is no place on earth like new orleans, but i also know there is no place on earth like the american west.... you may or may not know that i lived in tucson from 1994-1996, and it is a place that has stayed in my heart..... always. 

when the mister and i went out to new mexico in july, it was like i had come home...




and i've been thinking about going back. permanently.

unfortunately, that is not going to happen any time soon.
but a girl can dream, right?! 
so, as we hunker down this weekend and wait for isaac to pick a spot, i may just loose myself in day dreams of wide open skies and gorgeous bright hues...






and of course.... very good salsa!!


and tamales...


great. now i'm hungry!

until next time,

♥amber♥

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

letting it go and living a creative life....


good morning, dear readers!

it's the first of 4 whole days i have off in a row...and it could NOT have come fast enough!!
i cherish every single moment i get with my art in my little cave of a studio.




it's not much, you know, but it is mine....




i haven't been terribly motivated lately. to tell you the truth, i've just been being and thinking. i tend to be a bit of an over-thinker- in case you hadn't noticed! and i'm always so focused on the future - on the big goal - that i forget to live.
i've been working on that. 

it's really the little things in life that count....



we all know that. and if you don't, there's a pinterest board to remind you, i'm sure!  ha ha!! but, i am moste guilty of forgetting the little things. i focus on the big ones: deadlines; studio time; how i just sit and stare off in to space for 8 wasted hours at my day job; the goddamn dishes that need to be washed; etc, etc. and i don't look around and smell the roses very often.

i constantly complain to my mister that i have no artistic support group here in town. i know exactly one (1) artist who i hang out with regularly. but, when my friends want to see me, i'm always telling them "i'm working". truthfully, that is no way to live. and i am slowly realizing it.


as much as i love making art and as much as i want to be in more shows and more galleries, i still have to do what's right for me. stop. relax. enjoy the ride.

i haven't been enjoying making art for a few months now. i've been looking at it as work. i mean, yes, it IS work....it's one of my jobs and i have to work hard to keep it going. but, i want to enjoy it as well. if you don't enjoy what you do...what's the point?! at least, that is how i have always felt. i've never taken a desk job or made a career for myself with a day job because my art and creative freedom were always more important to me.


 i would rather work some silly retail job for $10 an hour and not have to think about it when i get home. i would rather make art. 


i let the dishes go. the cat fur pile up. i grow science experiments from time to time in the fridge. all in the name of being able to sit at my little table in the evenings and on my days off and make something from nothing.

'
***i made the doll. not the cat!***

i saw a great picture and quote on facebook last week that i just loved:

***"I've never liked housework. I get by doing little chores when I feel like them, in between paintings. Who wants to chase dust all their life? You can spend your whole lifetime cleaning the house. I like watching the patina grow. If the house looks dirty, buy another bunch of flowers, is my advice." Margaret Olley***

isn't that wonderful!!!??!! i love to watch the patina grow too...


 it really got me to thinking about living a creative life, and how i can really pump up the volume on mine!! i don't have any answers yet...but i sure am enjoying the journey. or at the very least, i am trying and starting to again.
some days i am a walking radioehead song.
others i see fairies and gypsies and magic.
i want to see more magic.



so, with all that rambling aside, it's time for me to shower and head off to buy some art supplies today. money be damned! i need certain items and i WILL have them, by god!! ha ha!!

so, how do you keep your creative spirit alive? do you enjoy every second of every day? do you see magic in the mundane?
and do you have any tips for this struggling artist?

until next time,

♥amber♥

Monday, August 20, 2012

new work, bad pictures...

hello hello!!

just popping in to share a few new things with you...




these lovely ladies are off to Dollirium Art Doll Emporium in London, Ontario, Canada for their next show:
The Great Doll Harvest.

and, yes, those are little cloven hooves you see sneaking out under that last little one's dress! she is my first wall hanging doll!! even though i was terrified to try, i did and i was really happy with how she came out. so much so, in fact, that i am going to be making many more wall hanging pieces.

but, that's all that's going on in my world right now.
hoping to get some time in the studio this week to start some new pieces.

until next time...

♥amber♥

Thursday, August 9, 2012

i haven't really felt like talking...

yes, it has been way too long since i've checked in here.
yes, i am aware it is MY blog, but still...
i just haven't felt like talking. 

i can't explain why this happens to me, but it does.
so, now that i am over my self imposed seclusion, let me catch you up on what's been going on for the last 2 months...if you are still here and still interested....

first off, the mister and i went out to albuquerque for the opening of COLLECTIVE WONDERS at Mariposa Gallery




my work was shown alongside the wonderful Jim Kopp and Susan Skinner


it was a fantastic show and i got to meet several lovely ladies who have been collecting my work and one of whom has become a friend thanks to facebook.

we also had an absolute lovely time visiting the city of albuquerque. it made me reeaaaallly miss the west and i've been on the mister quite a bit for us to move back out that way. we'll see what our future holds.





oh, and i got to visit kathie olivas's store and she signed my little toy i bought there....




when we returned home, however, is when i collapsed into a funk the size of texas and i am just now coming out of it. i can't explain why or how this happens to me, but it often does. and, i am finding that i am not the only creative person who deals with these ups and downs.

to be honest, i turn on myself. i am a walking radiohead song: sometimes, i give myself the creeps.
i've had plenty to do. and i do mean plenty. but, i could not bring myself to do it.  i was about as interested in making art as i was in drowning in pool of my own vomit. actually, at one point, that didn't sound too bad. my muse left me. i walked around thinking " what's the point" and all that bullshit that we tell ourselves when things aren't going the way we'd like them to. i wouldn't talk to anybody. i cried a bit. it was bad.
but, i finally pulled out of it about a week ago and started creating again. 

here are some pieces that are available at a new gallery in the french quarter here in new orleans:







and now i am working on a commission/redo of a piece i made last year and i'm working on some pieces to go to a show i was invited to be a part of in september. all in all, feeling much more like myself and working hard at keeping all those creative doubts at bay.

i can't guarantee that i won't slip into depressofunkland and drop out of sight again, but with the holidays fast approaching, i'm hoping i'll be too busy making day of the dead ornaments to notice any type of negativity.

i hope everyone has been doing well and i would LOVE to hear from you! 
yes, now i feel like chatting...

until next time,

♥amber♥