Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Things To Read & Things To See

I'm gonna be lazy and just post once this week 'cause I'm not feeling so hot. Also, this is all going to be a bit random.

I hope everyone local is staying warm and comfy despite all this (awesome) snow. If you're looking for ways to pass  the time, I suggest reading one or both of these articles:

If you weren't able to make it out to the Teahouse and Coffeepot to see the amazing Steampunk exhibit I'm part of, you'll be pleased to find out that it has been extended for another month. You now have until the end of March to check it out!

And, finally, Happy Birthday to my amazing partner-in-life, Matt! I love him even deeper and stronger after seeing what an incredible parent he is, and after he so lovingly cared for me when I was recovering from the c-section. I cannot imagine living without you, dearest, and I'm very glad you liked the painting I made for your present:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Visions of the Snowpocalypse

You may have heard about this little thing they're calling the "snowpocalypse" that's swept across the Midwest. Currently, Kansas City MO is in a state of emergency. My dad's stuck at work, and my brother-in-law was stuck at a gas station last I heard. One of my friends was in a city bus that had to be towed because of the snow, so I'm glad we're all safe and snug at home. Henry's been fascinated by the snow when it comes just to looking. Interacting with it... not so much.



Related posts:
Wordless Wednesday/Seen Around Midtown: Winter Wonderland
Seen Around Midtown: Snow!
Reading for the Winter Doldrums

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Now and Then At the KC Zoo

Related posts:
Another Year Older...
Westport Courtyard Now and Then
Seen Around Midtown: Deconstructed School (Before/After)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Painting Music for My Mom

A couple years ago, I gave my mother a painting I made for her birthday (which happens to be Valentine's Day):

She's musically inclined and I enjoyed listening to her play the cello when I lived at home. She also played the piano, clarinet, flute and other instruments. She went to college to be a music teacher and taught for a long time in schools and giving private lessons. Her instrument of choice in high school and college was the clarinet, so she asked me to make a companion painting to "Cello Music."

So I made "Clarinet Music" and just finished it in time to give her for her birthday. Matt gave me the inspiration for how clarinet music "looks." The cello is one of my favorite instruments, so I had spent a lot of time imagining the way its sound looked.. Not so much with the clarinet. But Matt also used to play the clarinet, and he said that its sound is like thin ribbons of sound that weave through the tapestry of the orchestra. The staggered arrangement of the clarinet was Mom's idea. I'm quite happy with how it turned out:

Music is fun to paint :)

Oh, and that reminds me. You have til the end of this month to see my mixed media Steampunk piece over at the Teahouse and Coffeepot. Leave me a comment if/when you see it!

Related posts:
Valentines Day, Shmalentines Day
8 Questions About Art and America
Home Is Where the Heart Is

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Henry Reaches 10 Months

Henry turned 10 months old on Sunday. I can't believe how fast he's grown!

Related posts:
365 Days with Henry: My Favorites So Far
Henry's First Christmas
Henry's First Christmas - Part 2

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Colfax's Grand Re-Opening (Event Pics)

My friend Darcy and I went to the grand reopening of local shop, Colfax (aka Market Femme), located in Westport. In addition to select clothing, Colfax also carries gorgeous tights, hats, bags, and a whole slew of jewelry by local artists and brands, such as Scarlett Garnet, which used to be housed in the Crossroads District. There was a great turn-out, tasty snacks and beverages, and I even ran into Jubilani Leffall, who interviewed me twice on Central Standard. (Please excuse the picture quality; I was using my phone).

Our greeter! :)

Jubilani Leffall

Related posts:
Event Pics: Steampunk Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Our Lady of Perpetual Beginnings at the Slap-N-Tickle
Event Pics: Kiosk Gallery/Art Closet Studio's Third Friday