Saturday, January 31, 2009

Self-Portrait #343

Sick on the couch. Boooo.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Self-Portrait #342

I've had a headache all day. Friday night couch time.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Self-Portrait #340

Those are my legs standing on my front steps. Do you see steps? Me

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Self-Portrait #339

It's so cold. I have 10 articles of clothing on. This is dumb.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Self-Portrait #334

Oscar loves to lay on my arms while I'm trying to type. He looks so
cozy so I tolerate it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Self-Portrait #332

I took a break from work today to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I couldn't quit smiling and at times crying. I do feel really hopeful about his presidency but I also feel very relieved to have Bush out of the White House. I didn't return to work until I watched Bush fly away in the helicopter that was driven by a helicopter driver(watch Bush's last press conference).
I believe in what Obama said in his speech today. We will be remembered for what we build not by what we destroy. We must take responsibility for the state of our country, environment, our neighbors, and our economy. These are the reasons I believe in the work that I do at my job and in the community. I've always felt a responsibility to help other people and I hope that his example spreads to others. It is strange to realize that we are in the middle of a historic moment, that one day we will tell our kids, kids about today. Sometimes I worry that people are getting more corrupt as time goes on, that our society is really messed up but then I realize that our country used to support slavery and with hearts, minds, and a lot of fighting our society over threw that fucked up system and now a black man is in the White House, a house once built by slaves. I guess it's not just him that I believe in but all of the people that he represents; all of the voters, volunteers, campaign workers. People keep talking about him not living up to his hype but he will if all of the people that brought him to the White House keep working in the community now that he's there.

P.S. I also have my eyes on this young future candidate.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Self-Portrait #331

I love days off spent listening to music, snacking, painting, jumping around in my studio for no reason, no work clothes, no make up, no shoes, house slippers, diet dr. pepper, battling the cats for space on my desk, singing badly, and wearing my green hoodie.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Self-Portrait #330

I'm looking at this painting and trying to figure out how to help it.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Self-Portrait #329

Oscar is giving me the please don't go headbutt.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Self-Portrait #328

Keeping warm watching a movie.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Self-Portrait #326

Working on more 4x6 drawings. You might notice that this is my favorite sweatshirt.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Self-Portrait #325

This may be my favorite self-portrait yet. See the guy in the ball hat? That's my ex-boyfriend from 5+ years ago. I wish him well and if he reads this blog...hey dude! However, I remember being one broken hearted 22 year old over this guy. We lived together, he had another lady on the side and he wrecked my car. I thought my life was over and that I would never recover. I have to say I was wrong and I'm quite thankful for the lessons that I learned from this relationship and the things that I learned about myself. It's funny what a little perspective can do and when things seem the roughest you learn the most. Thanks Matt for snapping the photo. This picture really cracks me up.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Self-Portrait #324

Couch time. My belly hurts.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Self-Portrait #323

Hour 5 of Lost marathon. Yes, those are my house slippers.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Self-Portrait #321

Sometimes I think I have an unrealistic picture of what family should be or what life is supposed to be like but then I read this blog and think maybe I'm not wrong, maybe I just haven't figured it all out yet. I love this blog and I'm sure this family has many sad unhappy moments and their fair share of problems but I think they have something figured out and I love reading about their adventures, laughing and (I hate to admit) crying at times especially when the dad writes or there is a picture of the little girl hugging the cat. I read it every day.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Self-Portrait #320

I had to resist the temptation of the Wacom tablet tonight and get to
work on one of many 4x6 paintings to come. I'm wanting to have the
show later in the year which means I need to be cranking out more then
2 paintings a week. I already have 20 or more laying around so that
gives me a little breathing room. I guess I need to start figuring
out where I'd like to have a show. I don't really like the gallery
scene that much. Maybe I can find a cozy middle ground. I'll have to
think on it. I work good with assignments and deadlines so I think
I'd like to set a date sooner than later to get me motivated.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Self-Portrait #319

My nose feels this big today from blowing it so much. The highlight of my day was not getting drinks for a friends birthday but getting to buy tissues with lotion in them. They are magical.


2009 Goals!!!!!!Last year I set several goals for the new year and it was nice to have those to go back to and get refocused from time to time so I think I'd like to do that again. I have a few regular readers and I depend on you to keep me focused. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day and forget to actually get things accomplished. Here goes...

1. Take an Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop class.
2. Sign up for another session of life drawing.
3. Create 100 4x6 paintings and have a show. I failed at this last year
4. Continue to blog regularly even when the self-portrait challenge is done. I'd like to come up with another assignment for myself.
5. Start a savings account!!! Yes, I do not have a savings account and this is the year. I'm growing up.
6. Go to yoga at least once a week.
7. Continue to make stuff to sell on Etsy even though I've NEVER sold anything. (Hint, Hint...please someone buy something!).
8. Figure out the best way to make and actually make an animation that has been floating around in my head for a few months.
9. Landscape my backyard. Yet another failure from the year before.
10. Finish painting the house...a project that was started two years ago.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Self-Portrait #318

I'm so looking forward to the day that I can feel and breathe through
my nose. I do not know how my nose can be producing this much
liquid. I can't even concentrate on anything but blowing my nose and
if i do get a solid thought going it is interrupted by a sneeze.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Self-Portrait #317

I haven't showered, or changed my clothes in 24 hours. I hate being

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Self-Portrait #316

Yesterday morning I woke up at my sisters house in South Carolina with
a tickle in my throat. It seemed like a harmless tickle but by 6:30
last night my skin hurt and 3 thick blankets and a hooded sweatshirt
couldn't cure my chill. By the end of the night I was running a 102.8
degree temperature. Ugh. Today my entire body hurts and the 9 hour
drive home feels like I ran here. Other then that this new year is
feeling pretty good. I had a really fun New Years Eve and I think I
remember most of it...even the falling down. I enjoyed my quick visit
to my family in South Carolina even though a small portion of it
involved figuring out how to bail my brother out of jail. Hi
brother! I also found out he reads my blog so I'll take this
opportunity to embarrass him in payment for the time he and my sister
purposefully lost me in a corn field when I was a kid. Plus he was in
for something harmless. He's an okay guy. I'm actually looking
forward to returning to work tomorrow if I feel better. I think,
despite how awful my body feels and the fact that that fever ache is
returning to my skin, inside I'm feeling what must be hope. Weird.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Self-Portrait #315

My nephew. Update: His face in this picture is saying, "Mommy, please do not cut my hair EVER again."

Friday, January 2, 2009

Self-Portrait #314

Mmmmmmm. I love southern food.

Thursday, January 1, 2009