I recently started drawing Custom Pet Portraits. I had forgotten how much people and families love their pets. Their pets are like family members. Dogs and cats provide companionship, comfort and a lot of fun. Growing up, our family had two dogs and my sisters and my husband had cats in college. Unfortunately, the two dogs and one of the cats met an untimely demise. Trigger, our golden retriever simply went missing one day. Hermie, our miniature schnauzer suffered an accidental death. Piggy the cat never woke up. Sooza and LiLi developed cancer and had to be put down. My husband’s cat Saby just left the house and never came back. I was traumatized by these events. I haven’t gotten over the pain of losing them. Even though I love animals, I haven’t been able to get another dog.
My kids are always asking for a dog and I keep telling them “maybe when you are older…” However, they do play with their friends’ pets all the time. It is sort of like having fun without the responsibility.
Doors are intriguing and mysterious. Doors lead to curiosity… What’s behind that beautiful door? Is the house or building as amazing as the door itself? Are the people who live here as wonderful as the door? Doors are like book covers. You can’t judge a book by its cover. And you can’t judge a building by its doors.
On a recent trip to India, I was amazed at all the doors I saw. They ranged from very ornate to very simple. The first door featured below is from a courtyard at the Amber Palace in Jaipur. The color and intricate design makes this my favorite door.
Here are some of the other fantastic doors:
While I was marveling at the art and craftsmanship of all the doors we saw…my kids’ favorite door was the one to the Dessert Refrigerator!
When was the last time you tried something new? Something you never imagined you would do or even like? The last new thing for me was becoming a vegan three years ago. So, it had been a long since I did something new until a few months ago. My husband kept bugging me to try art classes at the Art Museum. My response to him was “Meh…” I thumbed my nose at the idea. I liked my comfort zone and didn’t want to leave. Then he left the colorful brochure from the museum on my desk. I was signing up the kids for art classes and ended up reading about the adult classes. I signed up for a paper art class. I am an artist and illustrator. I knew nothing about paper art. In this class, we had to use four pieces of card stock to make a three dimensional scene. We used X-acto knives to cut designs into the paper. It was really cool and really fun.
I didn’t think much about the class after taking it. But slowly I started noticing paper. There are so many cool things made with paper. Cardboard, fast food packaging, various food product packaging, electronics packaging (iPhone boxes), gift boxes and greeting cards. Paper is such a beautiful material. There are so many types of paper from shimmery card stock, plain white watercolor paper to stiff solid colored card stock. I got a variety of these papers, an X-acto knife and a paper trimmer and I have been having a lot of fun since. Paper art is not the same as illustrating, painting or digital art. The art class made me think of designs in a whole new and different way.
I have included some cards that I have made further in the post. My cards are for sale at my Etsy shop (My Etsy Shop). I encourage you to try something new. Get out of your safe zone and just do it! You never know what you might like, what might inspire you and where it will take you.
Reality television started in the early 90’s just like my relationship with my husband “B”. Back then, we both liked The Real World on MTV. It was new and different, just like B and me. We also liked the same things: parties, Santana, hip-hop, mexican food and any movie with DeNiro, Pacino, Jeff Bridges and Gene Hackman. Dinner and a movie was our thing.
During our twenties, we watched Seinfeld, Frasier and Absolutely Fabulous together. We lost interest in reality tv and were busy with our careers and grad school. During our thirties, before the kids were born, we didn’t miss an episode of The Brand of Brothers or The Sopranos. This is also when we discovered Asian cinema. First it was Zatoichi, then Kurosawa and all movies with Gong Li. Then our kids came along and I can’t remember what were watching those days except Dora, Little Einsteins and Spongebob.
People change as the years go by. B and I certainly did. I went back to watching reality television about five years ago. It started with one of the Housewives shows, I can’t remember which one. Along with many ladies in my neighborhood, I now watch all the Housewives shows and a few more Bravo shows. I can also admit to watching a lot of Masterpiece Theater…especially Downton Abbey. Of course B detests the Housewives and he is right. The shows are awful and obviously scripted…but I still watch. I really can’t explain why. Maybe they are a replacement to our mom’s soap operas in the eighties.
Poor B feels lost without his movie partner. He is very frustrated that I won’t watch Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones or the latest Hong Kong detective movie. But after having kids, watching gruesome and gratuitous violence is just not fun for me. We finally did find some shows we both like: The House of Cards, Mad Men and Bill Maher. So I watch my shows and he watches his shows but he still grumbles about it. At least I am not watching the Kardashians…