When it Rains, it Pours.

I’ve been swamped with freelance work lately. Today I was working on several projects. One of them were concepts for a sponsorship program (pictured below). As you can see, I love clean lines but with bursts of color. Especially for a project like this where the client requested no use of photos. Did you know the hot color for 2011 was pink? And not any ordinary pink. Honeysuckle pink to be exact (If you keep abreast of Pantone’s yearly picks). So I like to throw it in my designs when I can. But it is hard to pitch ‘pink’ to corporate clients who are so used to seeing greens and blues! But I find when I incorporate it within a large color scheme, I can squeak it on in, like the layout below. Tomorrow, my client will let me know which concept we are going with and I will finalize the layout (I showed them three options). And will also be working on a nutritional product package and starting a magazine layout that I put together 4 times a year. In addition, I cannot forget the ‘pro-bono’ work for my husband. He is actually a significant client whom I need to raise my rates for (which are currently at zero – hence the ‘pro bono’ comment). However, he does run out and buy me chocolate whenever I whine for it so that should count for something!

No Rest For the Weary Weaver.

Eric has not taken a break from working in quite awhile. On Thanksgiving, when we arrived home after dinner, he went back in his workshop for a couple hours. And he’s been there all weekend. He’s got orders from September he’s still working on and another workshop this weekend in Connecticut. Here he is sanding parts for his mini tool kit (He taught this same basket at D.E.L.S. a couple weeks ago). Now all this ‘catching up’ does not include his finished mini baskets which he has a waiting list going back to 2003! What I would not give for a waiting list with my paintings. I’d be happy with a 1-month wait list. Let alone an 8-year waiting list like Eric. Oh… to be a sought-after artist. It must be nice.

Ohhh… To be Productive Like My Mother-In-Law.

Many already know that my husband learned his craft from his father and his father’s partner. But few know that Eric’s mother Joanne is a professional, talented painter and his step-father Bruce is a craftsman as well who restores old wooden boats for a living. So creativity is all in the family. I snapped this picture of Joanne without her knowing. (That’s the only way I can get pictures of her. But I cannot complain since that’s the only way someone can get a picture of me too! No matter what I try or how I pose, I always end up with the same distraught expression.) Back on point… pictured is my mother-in-law in her sunny studio showing me some of her latest work. Notice how it’s all filed in her print rack. Neat and orderly. Just like the rest of her studio. If I was showing her some of my latest pieces, I would be looking under the desk, climbing on the bookcase, thumbing through stacks of paper…. Another good spot is under the dog. Okay. So it’s really not that bad, but you get my point. And my discombobulated office is probably why I am not as productive as she is! Every time we go over and ask if she has anything new she whips out about 20 paintings. No lie. She needs to bottle that creative discipline, put a red bow on it and send it to me for Christmas! Actually, her son has the same trait. He’s very disciplined as well. It drives a lazy and procrastinating artist like me crazy!