A crow flies away after making his delivery.

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A crow flies away after making his delivery.

Did some artwork today. No walking the dog for me! Although I’m impressed with anyone in Kansas City who would go running or walking their dogs today!

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Did some artwork today. No walking the dog for me! Although I’m impressed with anyone in Kansas City who would go running or walking their dogs today!

New Works

Still doing art and mom stuff. Little girl is getting big! She can make scribbles and do creative things now. Her favorite thing, to my chagrin, is playing on my iPad. She seems to be obsessed. If she sees anyone with a smart phone or iPad, she wants to commandeer it. Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids play with those things he developed. I think as long as it is limited, it’s okay. It’s a part of learning in the tech age. Kids gotta know how to operate these things and my little one, at 20 months has been doing a good job at navigating and playing toddler games and watching YouTube Kids. She also loves to play outside and pick flowers and be a little girl. Dandelions are her favorite. She also likes maple tree propellers.

O, dandelion! Dandelion! How lovely are you, lovely dandelion!
O, dandelion! Dandelion! How lovely are you, lovely dandelion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch out, kitty cats. She wants to see you, too. Her big teddy bear is Floyd the dog. I look at photos of her last year and I see a totally different entity. That’s my daughter? When she was a baby, yes. Now she’s an actual toddler, doing all these things at such a quick rate, I can hardly believe it. To be an artist, in some ways, it’s been more difficult to get much work done. In other ways, it has pushed me to actually do it. My recent foray is writing. I actually wrote a review on Sennelier oil pastels. I have been looking into adding writing to my resume, so I now have a start. When I’m not trying, when I think no one is watching, I can write all over the place, with aplomb. On stage, like my blog for instance, I sort of freeze up. It is what it is.

Without further ado, and the reason I’m posting again, here are my newest works.

When your kitten decides to make your curly, red hair a nice bed.
When your kitten decides to make your curly, red hair a nice bed.

 

One of the kid's favorite foods. This was a demo in my art product review.
One of the kid’s favorite foods. This was a demo in my art product review.
New Works

How to Manage the Love/Hate Relationship with Creativity

It has been tooooo long. TOOOOO long! (as my favorite character, Louise Belcher, might say.) I went from daily-painter-mama to freelance-worker-mama, not taking time to post on the blog for toooo long. Well, landing some freelance is all it took to put my painting on hiatus. I also just got back from vacation! An actual ‘get on the plane and go to the beach’ vacation. It was to celebrate baby’s first birthday.

And now I’m back – almost refreshed. Still recharging. Which leads me to this article, which leads me to returning to my blog in some way, even if it isn’t for art this time.

Today, I am re-blogging this very helpful article for the creatives out there, and you left-brained people. too. I hope it can help anyone searching for some insight.

How to Manage the Love/Hate Relationship with Creativity

Lawrence “Larry” McDoo, WWI Pigeon Spy

This is Larry, based on writer Andrea Scott's description of Dr. N's Pigeons.
This is Larry, based on writer Andrea Scott’s description of Dr. N’s Pigeons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HitRECord is a collaborative web site for all those creatives out there. Check it out! It is the only entity of it’s kind, started by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Maybe you’ve seen Third Rock from the Sun. He’s the young fella in the show, only he’s all grown up and in his 30s now and has done several independent films. He came up with this huge idea where writers, artists, photographers and the list goes on, throw their hats in the ring on various collaborations for their television show. It’s so multi-layered I can’t even begin to describe it all in the few minutes I have right now. Just check out hitrecord.org! It is fascinating!

For my little contribution, I made a visual for “Dr. N’s Pigeon Spies”

Lawrence “Larry” McDoo, WWI Pigeon Spy

Red Clovers Charging

Still Life with Red Clovers and iPhone Charger Cord
Still Life with Red Clovers and iPhone Charger Cord

The lawn needs to be mowed something fierce. For the past two weekends we’ve been rained out, which makes it really easy to put off mowing the lawn. But that’s okay. When my baby girl and I were outside getting some sunshine and fresh air, I found some red clover growing along the deck and picked a couple.

And so, as I was setting up for today’s painting, things were going pretty good with the painting, until Jack the cat decides he wants to have a seat. On my still life setting? Oh, how nice, you crazy cat. I suppose he improved everything, as my phone’s charger cord was placed on the clovers by his fluffy butt.

Jack the Maine Coon Kitty
“There, now it’s finished. You’re welcome.” – Jack
Red Clovers Charging