Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Quote About Lists

"You do not seem to come in the old lists that I learned when I was young. But that was a long, long time ago, and they may have made new lists."
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Things on the Bookshelf Next to My Front Door

  1. books
  2. four pairs of glasses and three cases
  3. four bottles of sunscreen
  4. a bag of geodes
  5. bike repair equipment
  6. a stopwatch
  7. two packs of gum
  8. Toasti Toes, self-activating foot warmer (one pair)
  9. a bowl of Werther's
  10. Rain-X
  11. the dust jacket from the de Kooning biography I borrowed from Greely Myatt four years ago
  12. artwork to be framed
  13. artwork not in need of framing
  14. a chess board
  15. photo albums
  16. yearbooks
  17. diplomas
  18. a 2009 road atlas 
  19. a Kindle Fire
  20. one pipe in an ashtray with a Zippo
  21. three candles
  22. zip ties
  23. a bowl full of keys and pens
  24. a lamp
  25. T's work badge
  26. my keys

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Year in Art, by the Numbers

After a relatively quiet 2010, art-making-wise, and actually a slow start to 2011 (thanks, gallbladder!) I got on a roll and I did not stop. In 2011 I painted/drew/sketched/created/wrote/taught/organized/took/exhibited the following:
  • oil on canvas paintings, exhibited: 8
  • oil on canvas paintings, edited out of my show Go Change: 4
  • new and reworked acrylic/oil on panel: 4
  • tiny outfit paintings: 19
  • stories I wrote: 6
  • stories I illustrated to create a 12-foot-long drawing with narrative: 1
  • tiny paintings I made to go with paintings for Go Change: 6
  • commissioned paintings (tiny): 2
  • tiny paintings, other: 6
  • shows I was in: 6
  • classes and workshops I taught: 3
  • sketch groups I organized: 12
  • sketch groups I led: 10
  • classes I took: 1
  • projects I did that don't fit into these other categories: 3
  • sketches I made: a bazillion

Saturday, January 7, 2012

CBS Sunday Morning Never Disappoints

The description for tomorrow's show:
  • The power of charisma
  • Judge Judy Scheinlin
  • artist Maurizio Cattelan
  • college football uniforms

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Number of Supplies It Took Me to Write That Thing for Work

  • one mechanical pencil
  • five pens of different colors
  • two highlighters: one yellow and one orange
  • five legal pads, using only the top page of each one so I could spread them out and see them all at once

Monday, January 2, 2012

Books I Read in 2011

  1. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (loved)
  2. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King (liked)
  3. At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson (bookclub; really liked)
  4. This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper (I don't remember anything about this book)
  5. At Mrs. Lippincote's, by Elizabeth Taylor (LOVED, favorite Elizabeth Taylor book so far)
  6. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon (bookclub; good, heartbreaking)
  7. The Ladies Auxiliary, by Tova Mirvis (bookclub; I wanted to like this more than I actually did)
  8. The Simplest Pattern, by Richard Alley (LOVED)
  9. Oreo, by Fran Ross (bookclub; liked)
  10. Tishomingo Blues, by Elmore Leonard (really liked)
  11. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (bookclub; loved it the most)
  12. The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain (liked)
  13. The Great Night, by Chris Adrian (bookclub; didn't do it for me)
  14. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (liked, but ugh)
  15. Camille Pissarro: Letters to His Son Lucien, by Camille Pissarro (loved)
  16. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2), by Suzanne Collins (liked, but ugh)
  17. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3), by Suzanne Collins (hooked, liked, but geez)
  18. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, by Stieg Larsson (loved loved)
  19. Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, by Nuala O'Faolain (really liked it, as it broke my heart)
  20. French Milk, by Lucy Knisley (liked okay)
  21. Carnet de Voyage, by Craig Thompson (liked)
  22. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (bookclub; liked but heartbreaking)
  23. Player Piano, by Kurt Vonnegut (liked much more than I remembered!)
  24. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (GEEZ, but liked it)
  25. American on Purpose, by Craig Ferguson (good stuff!)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Things I've Already Done in 2012

  1. Made what my husband called "the best french toast of his life"
  2. Bribed my husband with more french toast to get the trash taken out early
  3. Napped
  4. Finished a book
  5. Got 100 likes on my artwork facebook page. Well, I got one like and added it to the other 99.
Happy New Year!!!