Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
My Whirl Wind week is over...we took my sis to the airport today and this afternoon is the first time Ive had to sit down and make a blog...since the show in Atlanta. I am so proud of my son and his hard work..and he got a promotion at work, he is now in manager of the fitness center..so he is climbing the ladder!
We had a wonderful week, going non stop and enjoyed a fabulous time...I miss sis so much already and her plane hasnt landed yet!...But this is the way of todays families to be scattered to the 4 corners of the planet. We had a wonderful time at the beach it was so refreshing to be by the sea again...and during off season with cheap rates even Better!..
We got a wonderful suite for 1/2 price..at the Palms Resort. We had a couple of nice beach walks, we played put- put golf, we went shopping, we dined out, we hit the hot tub, the heated indoor and the heated outdoor pools, we had coffee while relaxing on the lounge chairs and listening to the waves crash...it was perfect.
I took a walk early on Thursday morning hoping to catch the sunrise but dark thunderheads had crept in during the night and all I saw was a pink tint for a few minutes then the black clouds rolled in threatening but it never rained! The fishermen were out in force and kites were flying it was Great!...many Canadians this time of year and no screaming kids, thank goodness for "after labor day" for those of us who have raised our families and dont really want to deal with all the teens and crying babies...Relaxing---it was no lines, no traffic, no problem!...
Flickr Ate MY Photos
We headed down to Huntington Beach State Park before we left and enjoyed seeing tons of egrets, woodstorks, alligators, crabs, fish, its a great place to explore.
NOW Ive got one week to get my artwork finished and thats the last thing on my plate between me and the perfect fall weather which I want to get out in and begin digging. Im hoping to get my new garden ground turned before it turns cold...so lots of work to be done there. Im sorry I know Ive missed a lot of blogs there is no way I can go back and read them all so Ill begin to catch up as I can...I missed all your great photos and stories! Ive been trying to get some of my photos uploaded to Flickr...and just winding down from a perfect week. Here are some thumbnails of our travels.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
A new day dawns Brisk & cool "Wake up, wake up" "Yeah, I'm talking to you" Grab your tripod, your coat & boots You gotta come see these droplets of blue.
Rain drops on a blue Iris.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
ITs cold!...I have to make a trip to Kmart to get some sweat pants for this upcoming weekend...Im not a jeans person, I have them and I wear them but they are too rigid and uncomfortable for me, and last yr at the end of the season I finally threw out the sweat pants I had worn for the past 8 yrs...they were worn OUT and I knew if I didnt get rid of them Id wear them yet another yr...so now its time to get some. Thats pretty trivial but its whats on my mind today.
Also on my mind today are the revisions Im working on to get my new line ready to show at the quilt show in Houston later this month. I do get flustered...at first on the one I call the Mask...I left the background open, just the Masks sitting on a background nothing filling up the open space..so they said there is too much dead space...so I added elements to fill up the dead space...now 4 weeks later they are saying Open it up a bit....GRRRRRRRRRR. Some of the changes have to do with resizing but some are quite major. And they want me to make 2 brand new prints...so Ive got a lot of work to do and right here while Big sis is coming for a visit and Im going to be out of town quite a bit. They had these designs before I ever went to Colorado..BUT now they want me to rush...I hate that but it seems that is the way it is so when I get back from K-Mart with my sweat pants...Ill be working this afternoon.
I get very tense when Im doing revisions...because thats not coming from my head...it is working under direction. I already allowed the creative juice to flow when I created the designs...they look them over and they see it through totally fresh eyes and they see things they want to change. ITs very different to work from within and from outside. I get tense, my neck hurts, and it takes longer to do the revisions than to start from scratch..and when Im creating I go to the zone, you know that place where nothing exists except me, myself, and I. So today Im asking for guidance to help me make these designs to the liking of my constiuents...to make the job easier and better for all involved so everyone is pleased and fulfilled, and balanced.
I got this cool lap top. Ive mentioned it but here it is for you to see. Its not a brand new one but it works perfectly. I thought of loading Photoshop on it to use while Im away but I dont think Ill need to do that I am confident I can get all my revisions done even tho sis is here visiting. BUT imagine how this thing just dropped into my lap. Lap Top Drop...lol. DID I tell ya this before, if I did Im sorry to be repeating myself..over in a yahoo group Im in someone else mentioned a laptop coming into their life and NO money exchanged for it...and thats kinda what happened here. When I was visiting in Colorado I was taking so many photos..and my sister's PC is still running Win ME. And there was no software to download my photos. I tried to download the Kodak Software online, but got an error the Explorer she has...(5.0) was too old Update it, couldnt update to 7.0 due to Windows ME not supported...so it was a catch 22. I tried everything I could think of to get those photos out of my camera...took it to Walmart tried to put them on a disc and there system went down..we were on the way to Utah and had stopped in Glenwood Springs to do this...Well I ended up buying 2 more 2G SD chips instead.
They had a promo 2 for $24 great deal...so anyway I now had enough storage for my photos. When we returned from Utah I wanted so much to see my photos on a screen but couldnt. Later that day my sisters friend who was also letting me use her little bungalow came in for one night on her way to Denver. While we were out she sneaked in to do a load of laundry at my sisters and she left something for me.
We found this laptop in the living room when we returned...so we thought she left it there by accident...WHEN I went to thank her for letting me use her bungalow and give her back her laptop...she said "ITS YOURS IF YA WANT IT"...at first I said "YOUR KIDDING" but she wasnt...So it took me only a hour to get it updated, and to get my camera hooked to it and we were enjoying a great slideshow of all our vacation photos!..Ask and you shall receive..but be ready for the outcome, make sure you are clear on what you want.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Actually Im only 54 yrs and one day...if you get down to brass tacks. This week is the "hurry and gets things ready week"...First off my son cancelled his Boone, NC contest so he could do the one in Atlanta this Saturday and that's where Ill be headed early Saturday morning
and we have a motel for the night...then from there its on to Greenville. All the Wallings (Me, Mom, Lil Sis, and Big Sis is flying in too) are celebrating our birthdays together...mine was today, Lil sis is on Wednesday, Mom's is Saturday and Big sis is in January but we are gonna surprise her and have it a wee bit early...we never get to be with her on her birthday..
On Monday we leave Greenville to come home and then midweek we plan to take off for the beach if there is no rain in the forecast, for one overnight. Then back here and she flies out of Charlotte next Sunday...so a busy week coming up. I hope we can find gas...still have stations out of gas, or short on gas.
Anyways I got busy and printed out some of my art designs and made some gift wrap! It was kinda fun and meditational to not think about anything except what was right in front of me. One I made into a small gift bag..and the others I just printed and wrapped it like any other wrap paper. ITS definitely one of a kind.
This one I printed and then cut it out...I wrapped the gift in brown paper. I used some cool yarn to make the bridle and tail..attached it with double sided tape! We made Big sis a sweat shirt with a pic of her dog Jake on it...using an ink jet iron on transfer of a photo I took of him...in fact I made all the gifts too!
me and mom settling in our room at the Palms
Since Flickr ate my photos Im trying to find as many old ones as possible on my storage devices...I found this one of Mom relaxing on the Lawn at the motel we stayed at.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
My sis and I went to visit a lot of places when I visited her in the summer of 2008. Flickr ate all my old photos so Im redoing this post and adding back the photos.
On the way we passed this truck,
Our visit to Arches NP,
Right away we are dazzled by the beauty..this formation is called Park Avenue...
I forgot the name of this but I think 3 sisters is a good name....it may be the 3 Kings, or the 3 Wise Men...
The Delicate Arch stands alone on the rocky landscape...
I believe this is called Ham Rock
the Sand Dune Arch...
And now Im just going to put up some sights I have forgotten the name of some....
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Wow its been a while since I posted in this blog...time is not exactly my friend. I never seem to have enough of it! It's sort of nice to come back even after a short time and re-read your own words one reason I enjoy keeping a blog...my main blog is not here its at Multiply. But before that I was at Myspace, then Yahoo, and now Im at Multiply. Ive had this Blogger spot for a very long time back when they fist came out...but I never used it, I thought it was s bleak and lonely here and it is...I dont see anyway to have a friends list but thats why I chose this spot to concentrate on the art projects that I am working on. I dont necessarily want feedback, its more for me. Like I started to say its very educational to come back even after a short time and re read what you have written...and to see how much you have grown as an artist and as a person. Thats what this blog is about...growth. I wanted to post the rest of the pictures which I finished for the Unicorn Project. I sent the project off to one publisher but so far nothing. They said 4 months is normal wait to hear. Doesnt matter, for I was just thrilled to work with the theme Unicorn. While working on these I did some sketch drawings and then finished them in Photoshop and Paintshop Pro. These are the illustrations I made for the Childrens Story
Once Upon a Time There Were Unicorns. |
ALL Artwork property of S. Hickman Designs.
Friday, March 7, 2008
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