|2015 j. c. phillipps|
Hi all! Sorry I have been lax on the blogging front. Lots has been going on.
First off, I just finished a portrait of my son who's now 12. I went back into my watercolor archives to see all the portraits I've done of him. Many are OK, but there are three that I really like. This last one qualifies as Top Three. Right now I have it in the living room so I can stare at it. So far it's passing the multiple stare test of time.
It's funny how one's perception of a painting can change over time. There are paintings that I don't like and I tuck them away. I may discover them a year later and think, "Oh hey - that's actually pretty good." And there are others that I really like when I'm done and over time I notice things that are uneven or not as vibrant as I wish they were. But the good ones ... I always like the good ones no matter when I look at them.
So there's that.
In other news: Bunnies & Blooms has been announced in town and we're starting to spread the word. What is Bunnies & Blooms? you ask. Well, it's a "treasure" hunt that the WeHa Artists Emporium is doing on April 11th. Local artists have contributed bunny and bloom themed art and are hiding the pieces in a secret location, to be revealed on April 11th, and then anyone who wants to go find some bunnies & blooms can! All free!
We're trying to have a nice array of finds from kid friendly softies to more adult friendly mixed media pieces. Here are a few examples:
|Some of the 100 clay bunnies by Julie Phillipps|
|Bloom Bowl by Hannah Dunnack Jackson|
|Mixed Media Blooms by Stefanie Marco|
|Bunnie Softies by Julie Phillipps|
The other unrelated thing that has been keeping me pretty busy is Skype Author Visits. A couple months ago I signed up with Skype in the Classroom for a literacy campaign that was to last from mid-February to April. They were hoping I'd do 4 - 6 author visits. I think I did 25. Actually, the whole campaign went really well, so they're just keeping that happy train rolling.
On one hand Skype visits are great because I don't have to worry about driving or directions or any of the hassle. On the other hand if I don't schedule the visits well, I will waste a day having to be at the computer for visits every 45 minutes. Plus, 30 minute Skype visits are free, so I don't get paid. That's a bummer. BUT - my books and my name gets out to that many more kids and teachers and schools - YAY - so it all evens out in the end, I think.
I have learned that it's better to have 3 Skypes in one day than one Skype each on three days. If I cluster them, I may lose one work day, but then I'll have two others with no interruptions. Plus, I'll have two days where I don't have to worry about how my hair looks. :)
Well, that's what I've been up to.
Thanks so much for stopping in and paying me a cyber visit!
I hope that Spring has sprung wherever you are! (We're working on it here.)