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Lately I’ve been doing my B&W work digital, but for experimental sake I thought I would try the mixed media process to see the outcome. I had just as much fun doing the B&W piece as the color piece. I think perhaps after my latest postcard mailing I may send out these two on a mailer. I would really like to do more work like this. I’ve been doing so many simple, happy pieces these moody, mysterious paintings have been a real jolt. Half watching a couple seasons of Buffy may have helped keep me in ‘the dark’. It’s odd, I waited so long for the summer and now that it’s here I’m having nostalgic fantasies of the Fall. Yes… these will be going on a card for the Halloween season.

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I really enjoyed that last painting (if you couldn’t tell it only took me a day from sketch to finish) so I really want to keep working on this mysterious little girl. She really tugs at my heartstrings.

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And…

…here it is. Mixed media how I’ve missed you.

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New Sketch


Now that I’m home and recuperated I’ve started up sketching and painting again. Here is a new sketch I’m thinking of painting.

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On the bus home now.  So very tired…  Unfortunately/fortunately I got a burst of ambition and dropped off more then I had originally planned.   Because of this I didn’t get to do any extra-special, super-trendy New York things as I needed to drop off and pick up so often and so far away. I did get to walk around Central Park and turn my feat into hamburger.  Overall the feed backs from the publishers were so encouraging and it filled me with so much hope and excitement for the upcoming year. Of course no one had anything for me immediately (expected); but to read the personally written letters about what they liked about my work was worth every penny of this trip.  My favorite one is a 2 and a half page letter from HarperCollins. Not only was the review super flattering and detailed, but she also took the time to talk about how I could make my work stronger and more attractive to publishers. There was only one publisher out of the many I fit in that clearly didn’t appreciate the drop off. It was a hand written note with one sentence thanking me for dropping off the portfolio. No one signed a name on it. They left the samples specifically for them  to keep inside…along with my card with my contact information. Incidentally, this was the only portfolio that I dropped off with a generic pleather binder.  All my hand-made clam shell boxes were elsewhere at the time.  Also anyone who’s reading this that’s planning a trip to NY to show work may want to know that Aladdin no longer accepts drop-offs despite multiple information stating the opposite. There. Somewhere out there I just saved someone a 10 dollar cab ride. I think the only publisher I missed was Puffin. I was just too tired from being up for 29 hours to make it in time.

I think all-in-all, in the future, I’ll go about it the same way as Phyllis Cahill.

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In a couple hours I’ll be on the bus to NY. I’m unsure whether I should have some more caffeine or if I should try and sleep on the bus. The bus is coming into the city around 7 and my first drop off appointment is at HarperCollins at 9:30. The last on at Puffin needs to be dropped off before 11. I’m going to be so tired come the early afternoon! Later I’m probably going to meet up with an old editorial bud, (Shamus Mcgillacuddy to the old Exec Digital Magazine crew.) I don’t have to pick up the portfolios till 4ish so I’ll have a couple hours to nap at the hotel hopefully. It will most likely be raining for my stay so I’m not certain I will be able to go riding after all… ‘tear’… maybe I’ll wait in line for tix to the Colbert Report or the Daily Show.

It’s a little sad that I couldn’t bring a lot with me. 4 portfolios take up a lot of room. I’m only bringing one extra pair of shoes.

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It’s so fulfilling when you find a weakness within your work and learn to acknowledge it head on. For example I came to the conclusion that there hasn’t been a lot going on in my latest paintings. They’ve been portrait-like or simple spots. Mostly this was due to time restraints as I was working full-time as a designer in-house and only had nights and weekends to complete a piece. Now that I’m freelancing full-time I have been able to exercise my attention to sketching and not feel rushed. The sketches stand alone, crisp and complete, but I can easily see a painting in them all in the near future. After a few days of this I really got some great confidence and decided to try my hand at a Hidden Pictures submission for Highlights magazine. I dropped it in the mail just this morning. I really enjoyed doing it and if it gets a good response I may do some more to take a break from painting now and then.

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