Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Paper People & Pets

I'm starting a new little side business. I kinda sorta launched it on Facebook yesterday - but I imagine the majority of customers will come from Open Studio.  (Nov 15 & 16th.)

I'm interested in doing some custom work, but I don't really love doing straight-up watercolor portraits because the way I see you might be different from the way you see you, and it's horrible to have unhappy customers.  (Not that I've had a lot. A few.  It's not pleasant.)

So I started this little line of custom-made paper people (and pets.)  They are made in the client's likeness, but are not portraits.  They're not technical enough for that.  These are easier for me to make because I only need a couple photos of the model and they only have to be OK photos.  I mean, if I was doing a watercolor portrait, the lighting would need to be good, the pose, yadda, yadda.  With these I just need to be able to see what the person looks like.  Then I'm good to go.

I think these would make really fun and special gifts for newlyweds, families, favorite teachers, people and their pets, your mailman, crazy Aunt Linda, Sam the butcher, and anyone, really.

Here are the basics:

People and Dogs: $40 each
Infants and Cats: $30 each

Send me an email at: julie_c@rocketmail.com, subject line: Paper People
I'll need two photos of each model: one good face shot and one good body shot.  I'll need to know eye color, hair color, height, and any special markings like freckles or tattoos.
I can then email back with a total cost, estimated time of completion, and any questions I may have.
I begin working on orders once payment is received via check.  (I'm not cool enough to do credit transactions.)

That's it.  Easy peasy.
We'll see if it takes off. 

Thanks so much for stopping in, and for those in my inner circle, thank you for the birthday wishes.  I had a lovely day that started with pancakes and presents, went to see Evil Dead: The Musical with my son, and ended with chocolate avacado cake.  Mmmmmm.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Finders Keepers

We finally announced it: Finders Keepers is happening this December!

What, you ask, is Finders Keepers?

Well, you know how I've been painting a lot of rocks recently?  They are for Finders Keepers.  This is a town-wide treasure hunt that the WeHa Artists Emporium is doing this December.

You see, we're all going to paint (or draw on, or knit around, or decorate in some way) some rocks (I'd love to have 100, but it's hard to say at this point where we'll wind up) and throughout the month of December we'll be hiding them in parks, shopping areas, bike trails - wherever people may roam.

So if you're in West Hartford in December and you happen to see something like this...

....Congratulations!  Free Art Rock!

We've put tags on the back like this...

 ... so people know they can keep the rock.  That may be obvious to some, but I'm the kind of person who would be afraid I was stealing someone else's rock.  We also direct people to our Facebook Page  so lucky rock finders can tell us where they got them.

It's part art stuff, part self-promotion.

I think it will be pretty fun.  We've written a press release and are hoping to get some media coverage.  But even if we don't, I think it's nice to think about the person who finds a little treasure that day.  Wouldn't that be a great surprise?!  I think so!

If nothing else, we'll make some people smile.

If you are a West Hartford Artist (or someone who lives in a neighboring town) and you want to get in on the fun, why not visit the WeHa Artists Emporium Facebook Page for more details.  The more, the merrier!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WeHa Artists at the Park Road Parade

This past Saturday was the Park Road Parade in West Hartford.  Stefanie (below, getting her moustache) had the wonderful idea that our new groovy group, WeHa Artists Emporium, should march in it.

So we gathered together, with paint brushes in our hair, berets, art smocks, moustaches, and out new silk screened T-shirts (modeled on Angela, below) and looked the part of a group of rag-tag artsy folk.

Stef rigged an easel to a dolly and we painted as we walked - WHICH IS REALLY HARD TO DO.  I kept moving toward the easel with my brush and it kept moving away!

 Look - we're so official we even have a banner!

Here's the group as we progress down Park Road...

... and here we are with the finished painting.  I think it turned out pretty good, considering a bunch of people collaborated on it IN MOTION.

It was a lot of fun, and hopefully we got our name out there via the papers, TV (there was a local film crew) and the bookmarks we handed out.  Now, if only we could sell some art! 

WeHa Artists Emporium is an online group consisting of artists in the West Hartford area and art lovers from anywhere.  See our Facebook Page here, and if you want to join, please do!

Thanks so much for stopping in.  The last few days have been crazy busy with little time to blog, but I'll be putting together the Open Studio inventory very soon and will give you tidbits along the way.
(Open Studio Hartford is Nov 15 & 16th.  More soon.)

Be well!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Mark your calendars, local art-loving peeps!  OPEN STUDIO HARTFORD 2014 is going to be November 15 - 16th, 11am - 5pm, Artspace, 555 Asylum Ave, Hartford.

(Okay, it's going to be in way more places than just Artspace.  But I will be in Artspace and I want you to come see me.  :)

It's about a month away so I'm starting to gather my nitty-gritty items like cards:

I have some new card collections this year:  Fruit cards (above) and Tattoo Folk (below.)

I'll have originals of all the Tattoo Folk, as well.

I don't like to make too many softies because then I feel like I'm working in a warehouse, but it's nice to have a few little friends to go with book purchases.  Here's Rocco and Dizzy from The Simples Love a Picnic.

I decided that the Tiny Towns I made for the WeHa Artists Emporium Finders Keepers were just too darn cute not to have at Open Studio as well.  So I made a bunch of those.

Of course there will be lots and lots of art by myself and others.  And, for those of you who do stop by, the fabulous Ms. Angela Shenk and I will be on the first floor this year!

There are many bonuses to being on the first floor - for starters, we don't have to deal with the dreaded elevator.  You should see that place at 5:15 on Sunday.  The line for the elevator is CRA-ZAY.  Also, whenever there is food about, it's usually on the first floor.  And, best of all, everyone enters on the first floor - we should get a decent amount of traffic.

The deficits to the first floor will be the cold.  We'll be close to the back entrance so if it's brisk out there, we're gonna feel it.  Guess who has two thumbs and will be wearing a cool hipster hat?  This gal!  Also, since we're in the main hall and not by the resident studios, there's little-to-no security for the art.  I'll have to put a lot of it away at night.  That's sort of a bummer.  But oh well. 

No elevator.
No elevator.
No elevator.

So if you're around, come by and see me.  Yeah?

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rockin' Out Again

You know what's fun to do when you have a bit of time between projects or meetings or what have you?  Make funky rock art - that's what!

The top rock was done with colored pencils.  I found some examples on Pinterest and I swear they look like blown glass.  I haven't been able to accomplish that effect, but I do like the lightness of the color when done with colored pencil. 

I had the idea this morning that it might look cute to make coffee and tea cups.  I'm extra pleased with myself because this is the first idea that I didn't lift from someone else.  I have no problem with lifting ideas - we all do it.  But it is very satisfying to come up with a concept of one's own.  That said, if you'd like to steal this idea - please do.

Arg - me be a painted rock!

I saw some really fun rocks were they glued smaller rocked on for noses.  The decorated it in black Sharpie only - so I took it to the next (color) level. But I LOVED the idea of gluing on a rock nose.  (So I lifted it.)

Have I told you what I'm doing with all these rocks?  I can't remember.  Well, I guess it's OK to tell you, my blog readers.  You won't tell will you?  As part of a new artists group in West Hartford called WeHa Artists Emporium, we're all going to paint a bunch of rocks and leave them all around town in December, so folks can stumble upon them and get a little giftie.  We're calling it Finders Keepers and we're going to number them on the bottom and encourage people to come to the webpage and list where they found their rock.  Fun, right?

I get so tickled when I think of someone finding a little treasure.  I love little unexpected treats!

I'll keep you posted on that one - it's still a whole month and a half away.  I'm up to 32 rocks.  Will I make 50?  (I bet I will.)

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wonderful Wonderland Corn Maze

Sunday was a glorious day.  Sunny.  60's.  Brisk air.  New England colors. 
It was a wonderful day to hit a corn maze!

In years past, my friends and I had taken the kids to a place with a playground, face-painting, and a small, simple corn maze.  It was great when the boys were smaller.  They could roam around and we could always hear them, often see them.  But they are much bigger now and I'm not worried about Magoo getting lost or freaking out.  So we set the boys loose at Rosedale Farms where they have a sprawling 6 acre corn maze!

I don't think I saw my son again for at least 40 minutes.

The boys took off first, followed by the men, followed my friend Heather, my mother, and me.  Heather bagged because she wore poor foot-wear for the trek, so it was just Mom and me and we fumbled our way through the corn.

It was cute and helpful that there were Alice in Wonderland characters running through the maze, warning Alice to run because the Red Queen was going to "Cut off her head!" and giving us simple humans some pointers or words of encouragement.

I had been in mazes where there wasn't an exit, really.  You just got lost and found your way back out to the entrance.  So I wasn't really sure what I was dealing with here.  The Cheshire Cat set me straight.  She told me that there was, in fact, an exit and it was "over there."  She pointed in a general direction, swished her tail, and disappeared.  (Just kidding.)

I think Magoo just cut through the corn whenever he wanted to.  I took a few "short cuts" myself.  It was quite a maze!

By the time we found this sign:
 I think Mom and I were ready to be out of there.

The men and 2 of the boys were waiting for us on the other side.  (One boy was not discovered until later.)

Oh, and we found Alice too. :)

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I hope you all are having a lovely autumn so far!