Friday, May 31, 2013

waiting with baited breath...

i am still having trouble breathing, and finally took the plunge and called my doctor a few minutes ago.
as i wait (not so patiently) on a return phone call, i am eating my oatmeal and hanging out with the cats, who are completely sacked out on the sofa...


they lead such hard lives.
i have no idea how they cope...

and speaking of coping... this whole "asthma" thing is new to me. i know that getting upset just makes it worse, so i am trying to stay calm, but it is hard.
i had a reaction on tuesday while working the magic sculpt and some baby powder. then i emptied the electric pencil sharpener, and, of course, got a nose full of wood shavings and graphite.
i haven't been able to regulate since then.
i am highly allergic to steroids and more than a little weary of prescription drugs, but i am starting to feel a little desperate, so i'm willing to listen to what might be prescribed for me.
we have a hepa filter in the back. i use my saline spray several times a day. i keep the cat fur to the best minimum i can. 
and i've not been near magic sculpt or talcum powder for 3 days.
i've done everything i was told might help, yet  i still cannot catch my breath.
*scared amber*

so, while i wait, i guess i'll go put some beads on some ultra suede. 
that seems the least toxic of all my art activities.


wish me luck!!
i have too much to do to just be sitting around scared....

have a great weekend everybody!!

xoxo
♥amber♥

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

if you can't breathe, bead...

yesterday, i had an asthma-like reaction to the talcum powder i use when i roll out the new resin.
today i am doing bead work while my lungs clear up.
this is but a fraction of what i have going on...



new pendants and earrings heading to PLUM and to The Green Eyed Gator here in new orleans; and i'm happy to announce they will also soon be available at High Gloss in Houston, TX...

guess i better get back to work..

xoxo
♥amber♥

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

rain drops and swirls...




there is nothing as beautiful as new orleans after a rain...

happy raining wednesday to you all!!

xoxo

♥amber♥

Friday, May 17, 2013

a week off for painting and figuring out a few things...

happy friday everybody!!
this week has literally flown by.
i swear, it was just monday...

so, i set aside this last week to work on some small paintings:






they are in order, and as you can see, i am working larger and looser, finally!!! heehee!
a few months back, the mister asked me : " if we had more space, would you paint larger?".
yes. yes i would.
and now, i definitely would...
the smallest piece here is 5"x7" and the largest is 8"x10" (last pic).
painting is something i am enjoying more and more, as i figure out my style and work on my technique.

it also gave me a very much needed break from sculpting.
so much has changed for me, sculpting-wise this year, i really felt i needed to take a break and think about what i'm doing, what i've done, and where i want to go with my work. 
i'm not sure i have it all figured out yet, but i think i am finally getting a few brain waves in order.
sculpting is hard.
the market is hard.
i started out wanting to make very very vintage feeling pieces, and now here i am 3 years later going in a more fantastical direction....
now i'm trying to find a happy medium between the two...
and i think i can.

i have work in an upcoming show at Stunningly Strange Gallery in edmonds, wa. the show is entitled Curious Creatures, and coming up with work for it has really made me sit back and take stock of what i want to do...which is follow my heart.

so, that is what is going on with me, in a nut shell.

this weekend is take up with social commitments and working a bit at my part time job.
then, hopefully, next week, it's back to the art table...

i hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!

xoxo

♥amber♥

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

weird and wonderful, or so i'm told....

oh my goodness! has it really been a month since i posted here....???!!
eeeek!!
time just seems to fly faster and faster away from me these days....

lots of groovy stuff has been happening in and around my little studio this last month.
here are a few pics of what has been going on:

detail of ugly stepsister

ugly stepsister 

detail of ugly stepsister

ugly stepsister

detail - demon child

wee little demon child. i just LOVE her claws. going to make more of those....

steampunk octo girl

figi mermaid

ram girl

dragon lady (she's my favorite!!)

angry queen

the stepsisters and demon child are available in my ESTY shoppe, but the rest are available at Mariposa Gallery in Nob Hill in Albuquerque. they have been describes as "weird but a good and wonderful weird". i love that!! heehee!!

there was a small tragedy in the studio last week, and a third stepsister did not make it. my cat, patches, kicked her off the table and on to the rolling leg of my chair, where she broke - badly. i can repair her, but i can't bring myself to do it right now. 
and i will not be making any more stepsisters. so, i guess that's that. but, man, i cried....

this week, i am taking a break from sculpting and working on a few small, flat canvas paintings. i'm really feeling very unsure about what direction i want to go in, sculpture - wise. i have so many thoughts fighting for space in my little noggin...i just need to let the hardware run in the back of my brain while i work on other things for now....hopefully i will have an answer soon, as i have pieces to begin for different shows and such. 

so, i guess that is all that is going on for now.
hopefully, i won't be away for so long from now on....

have a great week everybody and thanks for dropping by!!

xoxo

♥amber♥