Monday, February 18, 2008

Lots of Drawing Going on Here

Found this creative little poster on the net. It's pretty clever in a creepy sort of way.

My online store is getting even bigger, with the addition of many new designs on all my items. Basically, I'm a drawing machine these days, working from morning to late at night on my drawings, for myself and clients. It's fun and not work, but when my eyes get tired, then it's time to stop. I've learned discipline in this regard, since health is nothing to mess with. The horrific back problem (sciatica and herniated disk) last year taught me that lesson, loud and clear.

For young artists, take care of your eyes, because the older you get, they gradually to weaken with hard use. Especially if you do the kind of work I do, tight and detailed renderings that make you go crosseyed when working on them for long periods of time. To me, turning forty three was when I began noticing that my eyes aren't what they used to be and needed help. So, I have bought work lamps of different kinds, a pair of non-prescription reading glasses and added an anti-glare screen to the computer monitor. My magnifier light is a Godsend at times, too, for those intense details in drawings.

So, here I sit, in my recliner, drawing pad in hand and the latest Harry Potter movie playing in the background. I work well with music or tv going, for some wierd reason. My usual place to work when the artwork isn't too big and fits nicely in my lap. I'm surrounded by lamps, and have Beau draped across my feet. He's good at draping himself across things.

Example 1: The Carpet

Examples 2 & 3: My desk

Such is the life of a pampered studio cat. When he gets bored with sleeping, he goes and watches the egrets, storks, ducks and herons that live on the lake in back. Cat TV, especially when the seagulls swoop around, he loves that. There's a little lizard who likes to perch himsef on the glass of the sliding glass door, above Beau's head, just out of reach. It drives Beau nuts, as he tries in vain to catch it. It's so funny to watch, one of these days I'll get a photo of it.

As for me, I'm on a roll here, finishing a design a day for the last week. Check out my website at:

Now, it's back to the drawing board, literally..

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Animal Lovers Take Note of This..

ASPCA Day is April 10

The ASPCA is a great organization full of useful information and services for pet owners. They also help to find homes for the many lost and abused pets who have nobody else to turn to. This group is near and dear to my heart.

A Cat's Prayer

I hope I'm not asking too much, Lord
All I want is a home of my own
And to know when my next meal is coming
Instead of the scraps I get thrown
I've been out in the cold far so long now
Coping as best as I can
But it's not so long I've forgotten
The touch of a soft caring hand
I look in house windows at Christmas
As cats doze by the fire, quite replete
How I'd welcome a box in the kitchen
And tasty food for me to eat
For me there was tinsel and gift wrap
But the fun didn't last very long
They put me out with the rubbish
I don't know what I did wrong
I really don't want to be greedy
At the moment I'm all skin and bones
So would it be too much to hope for
That someone will give me a home?

— Author unknown

Friday, February 01, 2008

Cool Cats