Thursday, February 26, 2009

Almost March

We had quite a bit of snow today. I just got back from using the snow blower on our driveway. Snowblowers are a wonderful invention. Lately I have been embracing technology when I spent years disdaining it.
I remember years ago when my in-laws were visiting and I jumped out of the car to open my garage door. Bill, my beloved father-in-law,asked me why I didn't buy a garage door opener. I told him that I didn't need it in Florida. I didn't tell him that we couldn't afford it. We almost, but not quite, got caught up in the credit card madness of recent times. I'm glad we dodged that bullet.
I miss Bill.
I'm making more skeletons. I wish I were faster.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Naked Day

Yesterday I went to life drawing with Molly. It was fun, if a little odd.
Alex and John went to their neighborhood bar during the day last week and were thrilled when the place filled up with women in burlesque costumes. A bunch of artists showed up. The women then stripped down and they did life drawing. I'm sure it made Alex's day.
This is a pastel and charcoal drawing done by Carl Knickerbocker when I took life drawing in Florida. I love it. People rarely do a finished piece like this in class. I bought it from Carl and bartered to have it framed. Jim was a little disturbed when I hung it in the living room. He got used to it. Not as disturbing as a nude of your mother on the wall. Remember that, Jamie?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Still February

Jim played with his band in Minneapolis on Saturday night. There was a scramble outside after the police ticketed a bunch of cars parked on the street. Everyone forgot that it was a snow emergency. They had to move their cards before the tow trucks arrived. After that came the snow plows. Other than that it was a nice entertaining evening.
Here are the two pieces I worked on today. The unfinished one will be a girl with her dog's leash wrapped around her.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Frog & Dog

I'm going to put some of the same statues on both sites. I didn't because they're all one of a kind but the chance of selling the same piece at the same time is remote. I could reproduce it, if necessary.
They're taking the cherry off of the statue Spoonbridge and Cherry in Minneapolis for a few weeks for repainting. I want to go to the Walker and take pictures of the spoon by itself. I'm going into town on Tuesday. Maybe then.
Here are a couple of goodies I came upon this weekend.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Monarch butterflies and marigolds are two symbols of Dia de los Muertos. I thought I'd roll them both into one skeleton. I went through six boxes of fabric looking for a particular fabric for her skirt. I considered snipping some off the skirt I made for Molly, but she still wears it. I settled for this scrap.
I'll finish it tonight.
I still don't have a name for my pig. Damn!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Piggy Bank

Alex came home and fixed and explained my links. I need to organize them, but I'll let them be for now in case I screw it up again.
He gave me an audio book, "The Areas of My Expertise". It's pretty funny but I realize that I don't hear all of it when I'm working. Well, it's in my computer, so I can listen at any time.
The PangaeaDesigns link is my friend, Kathy's. She makes great jewelry. I sent some to Greece.
I should be making more skeletons but something perverse in me made a pig instead. I haven't thought of a name for it yet. Is the money coming or going?
Probably going.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hot & Cold

The Art Shanty project ended on Valentines Day with a pretty realistic polar bear made from organic stuff, people, and a horn. Here is a short video.
I am going to make more skeletons for 1000markets tomorrow.
Made a flamingo to remind myself of tropical warm stuff.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Old Lady

I tried to hotlink( I think that's the word) to my friend Kathy's shops. Not only did I fail once again, but I managed to wipe out the links to my shops. Sheesh!
Alex, my go to guy is nowhere to be found. He has showed it to me two or three times already. Next time I will get it right. Okay, Alex?
I'm almost done with this shoe. I'll add a mother and kids next. They will have to be extremely small. I wonder what made me think of one woman and too many children. Oh, yeah, octomom. Actually, I haven't seen so many people agreeing on one subject in a long time. There is such a thing as too much. This won't have a happy ending. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Chocolate Angel & Buddy Holly

The streets of Minneapolis are a mystery to me. No problem. I set my GPS to home. It bounces off a satellite and tells me how to get there. My cell phone bounces off a satellite to relay my message. I press a button and my garage door opens.
I am home. I turn on my Roomba to sweep the floors while I pop something into the microwave. Now I am sitting at my computer sending out pictures and words into cyberspace.
I am Jane Jetson.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fiji Mermaid

I need to make more skeletons. I've been invited to join a dia de los muertos group on 1000Markets and I want new ones.
Everything is so hard lately. Things break or look bad. I'm blaming it on my cold and the weather. Better than blaming myself.
Here is an ok go video about blame. I saw them at First Ave. a couple of years ago. They were swell.
Back to work.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rain & Snow

One of these will go on Etsy and the other on 1000 Markets. I had Alex fix the link to 1000 Markets on here .It should go right there. Soon I'll try it myself.
The calavera is from Jamie. She bought it from Etsy from morbidcreations1. I love it. Yesterday was my birthday.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Just Kidding

I'm almost done with the owl & the pussycat. I'm holding off doing people for now. Too much carnage.
Tuna cans have shrunk from 6 ounces to 5 ounces. The price has almost doubled too. Damn!
Al Franken & Norm Coleman have taken the vote count to the Minnesota supreme court. No one wants to lose. Last count had Franken winning. Coleman didn't like that. Stay tuned.
Our Windows program informed us that it's been installed too many times and that will shut down any time no

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Star Spangled Banner

When my kids were in grade school I realized that they didn't know how to sing the National Anthem. I wrote the lyrics on poster board and taught them. The only problem was that I was a lousy singer. When a sporting event came on TV I would call them into the room to show them how it should be sung.
There is a National Anthem Project now because they found that a large percentage of Americans don't know how to sing it. Why isn't it taught more in school?
The NFL requires the song to be prerecorded for the Superbowl. Everybody lip-synchs it. Perfection over integrity.
Youtube is great because you can see lots of great singers singing it. This is one of my favorites by the Dixie Chicks.
This is Bjork. I'm not sure about her yet. My workroom is strewn with rejected bodies. Molly is taking life drawing. I'm jealous.