Thursday, May 15, 2014

Asking the Big Questions. Who am I? What the heck am I doing?

Lately, I've been asking myself a lot of questions.  What do I want from life?  Who am I?  What am I doing?  Quilter was one of those definitions.  Then I started painting more and more.

In the midst of all this, I signed up for some classes, worked new techniques, and became even more befuddled than I started.  Whimsical.  Abstract.  Watercolor.  Napkins.  Acrylic.

So while I continue to "find myself", I'm completely lost.

Tell me, how do you define yourself and your work?  Is it even possible?  Do you have any tips or even deeper questions to ask?

She makes me feel a little sad. Still loving how she came out. #JaneDavenport #artjournal #latenightart

Playing catch up again. Abstract painting.  It made need a little more attention after it dries and I can see it. #paint #latenightart

My living room and how it helps me to mull over my in progress painting while playing with my family. Mr. Nutty stands watch.  #paint #gliddenduo #acrylic

Quick watercolor paintings at Bean Traders. #sonheimfairytale2014 #beantraders #watercolor

Choose light, young one. #artjournal #latenightart #JaneDavenportExpressYourself #janedavenport

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

Just a month ago, a wood and iron bench fell on my foot.  The swelling was so bad I spent weeks on my back with my foot elevated to reduce the pain. 

About two days in, I was bored out of my mind.  Unable to do anything that required sitting or standing.  Drawing, painting, sewing, knitting.  I couldn't do any of it.  Crochet and smartphone was all I could do.

Love the idea of the mood blanket.  Going to get started now.  Excited.  I'll be catching up for the earlier weeks this year. #crochetmoodblanket2014

I found #crocketmoodblanket2014  Each day, week, or whatever colors are decided on your mood.  A trip to the store and picking colors.  Making two hexagons for each week of the year.  I was able to remember the emotions of each week.  This project gave me sanity.

The hexagons for this week. Joy, the blahs, stress and despair.  #crochetmoodblanket2014

Looking at the afghan, I can reflect and remember the important things, see my feelings as time progresses.  Sadly, there has been many weeks of pain and illness.  

Crochet Hexagon tutorial to make the hexagons and join as I went with the Single Crochet join.

Putting them together as I go makes them more manageable.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Art Journal Work from Jan to Feb 2014

I've moved a little off sewing.  I still do quilt.  I enjoy sewing, but I needed a much needed break.  Also helps to have something that doesn't aggravate my allergies.  Dust mites love fabric.

Drawing has been one of the things that I enjoy, but giving it time, practice, and patience was never a priority.  Something needed a change.  I have a few art journals that are complete and will show them off more.  Here are some snap shots from the last two months.

These pictures came from my IG and flickr feeds.  I'm JennySquawk at both sites.  These last few months have been inspired by Jane Davenport's #mermaidcircus and Carla Sonheim's year of the fairy tale, #sonheimfairytale2014.

Manatee kisses. That would be the last page of my shaped mermaid journal. #mermaidcircus

I got to paint today. Made a paper doll.

Two watercolor spot illustrations from last night. Not sure how happy I am with it. The frog princess. #sonheimfairytale2014 #carlasonheim

How do you know when a page is done? #mermaidcircus  #artjournal

Here's last night's painting, Rapunzel.  #sonheimfairytale2014

Call this expression, miffed. Done for now. #expressyourself #JaneDavenport

I'm really starting to get the hang of collage. My sea lion kitten.  #mermaidcircus  #artjournal

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Edited: Local Mostly Gluten Free Find! Old Havana Sandwich Shop

I grew up in Miami, Florida.  A place where the sandwiches were every where and amazing.  Pressed crispy on the outside and moist juicy on the inside.  Getting the best loaf of Cuban bread came right out of the chain grocery store.  At all times of day and night, people would be lined up to get a shot of coffee.  I never realized how different my experience was until I moved away.

After being gluten free going on 10 years, one starts to think of the things missed.  I started to crave my favorite sandwich a medianoche (midnight).  I told the Sasquatch about it and as the wonderful husband he is, he found a place, Old Havana in Downtown Durham.  He'd been waiting to try the sandwich shop out.

El Caney trying their gluten free sandwich bread.

The bread is a gluten free bread which is heavier and thicker than the traditional cuban bread.  Make sure you request gluten free, they use aluminum foil on the press to keep the sandwich from cross contamination.  I had the El Caney which touted some avocado.  My children shared a gluten free ham and cheese called Ellis Island.

The staff was nice and personable.  The food was delicious.  Sasquatch was over the moon by the maduros/plantains.  They were perfectly ripened before cooking which is quite a feat.

Do you like the food? Su's reply, "I'm in heaven right now." #glutenfree

Su's (picky eater) response, "I'm in heaven right now."  I enjoyed the sandwich fully, but next time I'll ask for extra mustard.  YUM!

Old Havana
310 East Main Street, Downtown Durham, NC 
Tel. 919-667-9525


After writing the review, I was salivating just remembering the sandwiches.  We ran by for dinner and saw this sign.  I'm saddened by the fact that restaurants are unwilling to keep their food clean and accountable.  We promptly left.  I'm not willing to chance my health of my family's health on restaurants that disclaim their food safety.  

You broke my heart, old Havana. I'll amend my blog post later.

The dark side of the masses going gluten free is the great choices, but even now, those who really need the different foods are being singled out.  

Thursday, February 20, 2014

In progress: Expression Gallery

I've been taking a lot of online art courses.  Learning from some of my favorite artists right in my own home.  After falling in love with Jane Davenport's work, her whimsical faces, and her easy techniques, I decided to jump in on the second wave of mermaid circus.  I had a great time, but I noticed my mermaid expressions were all similar.  No joviality.  No snark.  Jane Davenport's Express Yourself went live and I was in for the ride.

Made frame stamps from foam sheets for my expression gallery. That's some good fun.  #expressyourself #JaneDavenport

I didn't have the special tissue paper with the frames.  I couldn't find my washi tape, either.  Finally, in a fit of desperation and need for speed, foam stamps.  I made some foam stamps.

home made stamped frames

Foam stamps make quick work especially when they are are unmounted.  I also got two different looks, a detailed and the reverse, a more solid frame from one piece.  The downside, its very messy for the fingers.

She just realized that there is no school until Tuesday and the kids and puppy are getting annoying. #snowday #JaneDavenport #expressyourself

A whole world of emotion has opened up.  I couldn't be happier drawing emotion.

in progress expression gallery
Expression gallery.  A snap shot of all the different expressions.