Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cinnabun In Green

Yes, you guessed it. This is the smaller project which I worked on for Mom. She redecorated the guest bathroom in her house in great fun colors and wanted a caricature portrait of Cinnabun as the piece de resistance. So, I painted one for her. We both giggle at the results.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Statement Art

OK, it's Bomomo, but doesn't it make a statement?
All fine artists are feeling the brunt of today's current economy. Many of us have even gone so far as to say art just isn't selling. Of course, I know that that's not entirely true. Some people, people who still have lots of money, are still buying art. But they are not about to buy small affordable pieces like mine.The art which sells today is "statement" art. It's big, bold, expensive. One would even design whole rooms around it. So I find myself asking myself, does my art make a statement? No, I reply. My art just pretty much hints at a suggestion. In fact, you could even say my art asks a question.

So, maybe the answer is to create statement art. Maybe I need to step out of my comfort zone and buy the biggest canvas I can find and create art using the boldest colors I can think of and slap the biggest price tag on it that I dare. I must dare to be bold; make a statement and not just a whisper.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

News On The Big Picture

I have not given up on The Big Picture, which I've been working on for my mother. This project was derailed slightly while I worked on a smaller picture for her, but not work has continued. I'm still enjoying it and loving the challenge. Just today, she asked me if it would be ready by Christmas. "No promises," I told her. 

Sorry. My phone camera caught the glare. Hopefully I'll be able to get a well lit, perfect picture, when it's finished.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Low Country Throw Pillows

After much wondering, I finally got to see one of my throw pillows in the flesh. Actually, two of them! My friend and neighbor, Lori, ordered two with my Low Country design on them.

Here's my honest opinion. I was delighted to feel the soft fabric; very nice to the touch. And, yes, they really are furnished with a zipper for easy removal. The design is printed on both front and back, which surprised me. I was expecting to find a solid colored back, but the two sided design is really not a bad thing. In a perfect world, I would be allowed to design the back as well as the front in case I wanted a complementing backside (not to be confused with a complimenting one!).

It's also easy to expect these pillows to be larger than they actually are. A typical throw pillow is 20 inches square, but this one is just 14.25 inches. I would classify it as an "accent" pillow. It looks great in a cluster of larger pillows, but can get lost by itself. However, Lori has these perched in chairs in her entry and the proportion is perfect.

So, there you have it! The woven throw pillows from Cafe Press, and specifically shop crabulous! are definitely worth purchasing.

Throw pillows and other great items can be found in "Crabulous Fun For Your Home"

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tangy Zoodle Woven Throw Pillow

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Recently, my old friend, Tom Hurd, (no, he's not old, I've just known him for a long time) purchased my fairly newly designed Tangy Zoodle throw pillow. Because I haven't yet seen any of these pillows in person, I was so happy to hear from Tom about how much he likes it and to receive photos of how nicely it lends itself to his decor.

Thank you so much, Tom, for your purchase and sharing your photos with me. :D

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gingko Leaves for Susan

Most of you probably remember my Gingko Leaves collage. Most recently it was on special in the Starving Artist section of my Etsy shop. It was purchased by my good friend, Susan Amadio. Over the years her artwork, ceramic collage, has awed and inspired me. I was honored that she chose to purchase this piece from me and even more honored that she hung it with two of her recent copper pieces which were inspired by my Tangy Zoodles. You can see more of Susan's artwork on her website: Amadio Artworks

Monday, November 18, 2013


I get a little antsy when I haven't created anything in a while and to cure that antsy feeling I made a little digitally collaged butterfly tonight. The finished version is above, the Tangy Zoodle I began with is below, and what happened in between is a complete mystery! ;-)

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Do you know what keeps me up at night? Believe it or not, it's not my worries, fears or frustrations. Many, many years ago, two reasonably wise men taught me the art of taking said worries, putting them in a box and archiving them somewhere in my brain. I've learned to only open that box when I absolutely need to. And, I call these men "reasonably" wise because I later learned that they weren't as successful at this task as their pupil.

No, it's not my worries, fears or frustrations, because when you box them up, it allows your brain the freedom to dwell on happy, creative thoughts. It's my brilliant ideas and creative energy that wake me up in the middle of the night. It's those "Aha!" moments that keep me from readily going back to sleep. I find myself focusing very hard on these thoughts so I won't forget them in the morning. Therefore, I've discovered it's best to just sketch them out or write them down immediately so I can clear my head and get back to sleep.

It's 4 in the morning and my mind has awakened me with thoughts of my new art student whom I'm to meet at 10:00 a.m.for our second lesson and I suddenly have all these inspired ideas of the path our lessons should take. So, I'm up making an outline. And I don't mind being momentarily awake while I jot down some notes or make a quick sketch. In fact, I already feel myself feeling sleepy again.

In short, don't allow your problems to clutter your brain and when you wake with an idea you don't want to forget, put it on paper and then go back to sleep.

Good night!