Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cheap Thrills...

My husband and I started calling the small things that delight us "cheap thrills". A blog I read by Kirby Larson mentioning riches beyond imagination. Her blog note made me remember when we would find these "cheap thrills" daily. Then kids and mortgages and life kind of buried the simple ritual of naming the cheap thrill when we saw it.

My favorite riches from the sea are a perfect Moonsnail shell or 'sea china", blue and white pieces of old china plates polished into satin jewels. Some of my cheap thrills include watching cream swirl in fresh coffee, standing in sunshine in the rain with your face to the sun and a rainbow to your back and finding a PURPLE sea star. Of course my favorite is a sleeping kitten in the warm fresh laundry basket.

Today's project during my 'drawing time' will be to draw a few old "cheap thrills". Be sure to treasure yours.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Judging a Book by it's Cover

I recently read a blog controversy about book covers matching the content of the book. I wrote a response and promised to post the cover on my blog.
The cover was for a book about "Leadership and Performance Management in Government" for accountants. The request was for something 'modern' but not too 'edgy'. It was an interesting challenge.
Sometimes it is tough to produce a cover without some knowledge of the content. Umm, I have been known to balance my checkbook by using the ATM and checking the remaining balance.
I read the introduction to the book and the letters back and forth to the client. I did a little research on the client's website  and came up with this cover. I opted to illustrate 'balance', it seems very appropriate for accountants.
(I left the printers marks because I thought you might like to see what it looks like before it gets printed. Click to see a larger size.)
The outside of a book is as important as the inside. It entices the reader to open the book.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I’m all ablog with IDEAS, but...

...apparently I can’t keep up.

My New Year’s Resolutions went out with the tide, flushed away in the things I need to do and want to do. I resolved to eat better not more – 'more' won out at my husband’s birthday party. I resolved to watch my weight…I watched it go up this week. I resolved to communicate with those I have lost connection with…I lost their email addresses. I resolved to finally get my website up. It still sits in all it’s glory…on my computer waiting for a hall pass to the Internet. I vowed to query, I'm still researching.

I resolved to put away my boxes of Christmas stuff before mid-January. (Cedar, my Maine Coon kitten-cat, helped sort them). The boxes are still sitting on the deck in a Pacific Northwest monsoon waiting to be re-deposited in my under house crawl space – currently inhabited by a ghost rat who leaves corporeal evidence of his hauntings.

I vowed to keep up my blog. I didn’t. So much for resolution #6. Tomorrow is another day. Is anyone reading this anyway?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Here's to 2010...

Happy New Year, New Decade, New Month, New Day! Here are some wonderful New Year wishes from writer Neil Gaiman:
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. May your coming year be a wonderful thing in which you dream both dangerously and outrageously. I hope it’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and you will be liked and you will have people to love and to like in return. And most importantly, because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now – I hope that you will, when you need to be, be wise and that you will always be kind. And I hope that somewhere in the next year you surprise yourself."
Neil Gaiman’s website
Ditto from me, I couldn't have said it better!