Thursday, May 24, 2012

What in the world....

Today I slept in.  Went drawing.  Now I am feeling stuck.  It is beautiful out and there are so many things I want to do, so many things I should do.  I am paralyzed by all of the tasks that have the potential to be completed today and as a result nothing is being done.  So I know that since I bought new gouache about a week ago I should paint something.  But I really want to get out on Black Thunder (my bike) and enjoy the weather.  And I really want to experiment and play with some new materials I bought for my puppet.  I know I should get groceries and go to the bank and research some things that I need to figure out.  I should also read a chapter in The Artists Way because its been over a week since I read the last one (you are supposed to read a chapter a week).  And I would but I want to get outside before the sun disappears.  I also have A TON of new ideas for new projects (thank you Artists Way) and I want to somehow organize these idea and begin executing some of them.  So I sit here semi-paralyzed writing on my blog (which is good.... because it is a task I needed to complete) and already I guess that makes me feel better.  So now I have made a decision.  Today I will not do what I should do.  I will do what I want.  Which means packing up my laptop and taking Black Thunder along the Vancouver Seawall to my studio and playing with my new material.  So here, unapologetically is another black and white sketch.  There will be colour at some point.....but I guess not until I really want it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gouache Thwarted

While I was drawing today I suddenly felt inspired to paint a full page in my sketchbook.  When I got home I got out my brushes, filled my stainless steel pail with water and got out the paper towels.  I moved my desk chair by the balcony so I could paint by the white daylight instead of the yellow lightbulbs we have in the apartment.  So excited.  Then I opened my box of gouache and found 3 lonely tube: black, lemon yellow and green.  The three colours I never use.  Somewhere along my travels I must have left my gouache behind.  Darn.  
Well now I have a reason to visit and wander the local art store.  
On another note I'm having some really interesting brain thoughts about how to approach water in my film..... I can't wait to start experimenting.  THINGS ARE GOING TO GET MESSY!!!!!!!!!!!  Just to give some context I am avoiding realism like the plague.  I want artsy metaphorical interpretive EVERYTHING!!!!!!  It's just more fun to make your own rules...... your paper! You have no idea I'm staring at your  eyelid!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I'm down with a cold....gross.  All I want in the world right now is to get into my studio and do some work but I'm right in the middle part of my cold where everything is just gross AND I barely slept last night.  I almost missed going out and drawing today but I just ended up going later than usual.  And I bought myself a cookie.
And now I am posting on my blog.
I am content.

There is a long and weird story to go along with this guy.  Too long for me to post about.  Suffice it to say I know everything there is to know about him, his girlfriend, his girlfriends ex-husband, his girlfriends ex-husbands current girlfriend, and his girlfriend and her ex-husbands kids.  These people  did not bother controlling the volume of their voice when it came to personal details.  Which is fine cause eavesdropping is fun.

Friday, May 11, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaaack.....

My contract in California has finished.  Seriously if I could sum it up in one word I would just say: FUN.
Going into a studio that you have never worked at before, In a city you have no professional contacts in could go either way.  But if I could have planned my experience or had any kind of control over it I couldn't have imagined it would be as great as it was.  The people I worked with were beyond talented and I learned so much in so little time.  That goes for every department from production to sets, puppets, and of course animation.  So so fun.

BUT NOW I'm back!  And I'm soooo excited to pick up where I left off on my short.  My time away has enabled me to have a fresh perspective and even changed my approach to some of the aspects of my short (fabrication mainly) that I thought I had nailed down.  I can't wait to get back in my studio (MONDAY!!) and get going!  And of course, I can't wait to share it with you!

This guy was a regular at the coffee shop I drew at in Burbank.  He had the WORST attitude about everything and I never once heard him say something that wasn't a complaint.  Now I'm complaining!