Lego Masterpieces

This isn’t “news” in the traditional sense of new
and interesting to the world, but it’s news to me. Did you
know that there are Lego versions of famous paintings?
What?! I saw this rendition of Van Gogh’s self-portrait for
the first time today and have been pretty excited about it ever
since:

photo from artisnotdead.blogspot.com

photo from
artisnotdead.blogspot.com

Thanks, Marco
Sodano (creator/artist of said Lego art)
, for combining a
childhood love of Legos with an adult love of
art.

If we have kids someday (and thus Lego
pieces floating around all over the place), I will search high and
low for the right shades of blue blocks to make this happen while
said kids make forts and such. (What? You think I’ll
have better things to do if we have kids? Probably true, but
a girl can dream of future Lego masterpieces.)

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Coffee Art

Our coffeemaker had another accident yesterday.  No big news, but I thought I might have had a mental breakdown when I saw it, because my first thought was, “That’s pretty.”  That isn’t usually even in the neighborhood of how I feel about messes.  See what you think:

unnamedOkay, not convinced at this point?  It’s brown on brown, and not everyone goes in for spilled coffee art.  What about now?

BeFunky_null_274.jpgOr maybe a softer version?

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That’s my favorite.  It looks like a map to me.  That won’t stop me from cleaning it up as soon as I get home (didn’t get around to it yesterday), but I do like it.  I hope all of your messes are aesthetically pleasing today (or at the very least, easy to clean up).

Art Sale: After

I won’t keep you in suspense (because I’m sure you’ve been biting your nails about this for days)…

My very first art sale was officially a success.  Woohoo!!!  I was so nervous the day before.  My table neighbor at the sale said that her first art sale was like putting her underwear out for everyone to judge, and I kind of agree.

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In my online shop, people can look at my work and decide what they think in a far away land totally apart from me.  But at the art sale, I was sitting one small table width away from all of my judges.  Fortunately, they were polite if they didn’t love my stuff and kind if they did.  It was such a relief.

Amid the mass of polite folks, there was even a troop of very adorable Girl Scouts who asked me all about my work and took a huge chunk of my business cards.  It took a while to explain how I’m inspired to paint and help each girl get the color of business card that she most loved.  That was one of my favorite moments of the sale hands down.

So art sale complete, I immediately got on a plane (well, not immediately, but at 5 AM the next day) to Colorado to visit my parents and do a bit of work for them.  It’s a pretty great story, and I’ll be working through that project for weeks to come, so I’m sure you’ll hear about it soon.

In the aftermath of the sale, I’ll admit that my online shop stats are a bit disappointing.  Hundreds of people took a gander at my stuff in one day in person, and that energy rush was pretty great.  Now I just have to figure out how to get similar views in my little corner of the online world.  (But before I find success like that, I need to have the print shop replenish my stock a bit… one step at a time.)

P.S.  The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (art sale location extraordinaire) is staffed by wonderful people, and I highly recommend it as a spot to visit if you’re in the area and haven’t been there lately.

Crafty McCrafterson (a.k.a. Craft Sale tomorrow!)

I don’t think of myself as a crafty person.  Sure, I can staple some fabric around a canvas to make new art for my house, but that’s about it.  I’m no good at gluing things together, and the clumsiness proceeds from there.

Anyway, it turns out I’m craftier than I thought.  I’m officially a part of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Holiday Craft Sale tomorrow.  Woohoo!  You can see a video of participants’ wares here.

And you can see a pretty picture while learning the details here:

Holiday Craft Sale

In my excitement, I even finished a new painting that hasn’t been posted to Etsy yet.  Woohoo!  All that’s left is ironing a tablecloth, getting myself in a car, and going to MOCA.  I hope I’ll see you there.

New Stuff!

I had some of my small paintings printed off in larger print formats recently, hoping I could pop them into my Etsy shop and call it a day.  That worked out for one of the three prints, but the other two really needed a little something before I can sell them.  In little tiny format, they’re cute and nice, and I like them.  In larger format, they needed some extra zing.

I did some watercolor zing experimentation last night, and I had two successes (in my opinion).  Witness the zing:

Zing 1

And (check out that freshly painted, beautiful red door in the background):

Zing 2

I will admit that I ruined 3 prints of the same leaf painting.  There are ugly blobs and “oops” moments galore on those pages, but I do like these two, and I think they have a lot more life than their former selves.  Yay!

 

Doors and Chairs and Things–Being a Renaissance Painter

Today was a big day in the world of house projects.  I finished painting our front door and the two freebie dining room chairs that we scavenged from a neighbor’s trash a few weeks/months ago.  I also did not one or two, but four loads of laundry.  Woohoo!

I happen to think that the chairs look a lot better, although stained wood versus painted wood is something that people tend to disagree about.  Here was the before:

This is the after:

Our dining room already has stained wood in the form of floors, table, and side table, so the painted chairs seem like a good fit.  Personally, I think the blue also gives the chairs a bit of special flair.  They’re a relatively standard chair design, and they needed a bit of flair.

As for the front door, I’ll admit that I kind of liked it in chipped, lots of layers form.  There was some kind of green under the original red, and some spots allowed the green and the natural wood color to show through.  It was pretty.  See:

But as of today, the chips and raw edges are all covered with a nice, fresh coat of red paint–same color, new day.

And last but not least, I got to add a few new items to my Etsy shop.  There are otter notecards (that’s right) and a watercolor of a row-boat in Italy.  I like them.

So that was today.  Now all I have to do is clean the entire house before Scott’s mom gets into town tomorrow afternoon.  She’s never said a single word about our house needing a good vacuuming or anything like that.  She’s a great mother-in-law.  But I know my parents’ house is a good three or four degrees cleaner than ours is at any given moment.  I don’t want Scott’s mom to be concerned that her son is going to die by violent roach attack or dust bunny smothering or something.

There we are.  The thrilling life of Housewife Hannah in 339-ish words.

Opening Up Shop

This is the big week.  I finally opened an Etsy shop and posted some of my paintings for sale.  (Yay!!)  Just about everything in the shop is in note card format for now, even though I could have prints made in a larger format if need be.

One of my first items for sale.

So why am I not jumping up and down right now?  That’s an excellent question.

I am excited, I promise.  This is a fantastic chance to try making some cash doing something I love.  But I basically have the heart of a middle school girl in this case, and not a cool, spunky middle school girl.  I just want people to like me. I want the whole world to like me.  A lot.

On some mildly paranoid level, I’m concerned that the people who love me have lied about liking my paintings for years.  Or maybe they’re blinded by their like for me.  I’m sure it wasn’t malicious.

I’ve never worried about these things before, because it wasn’t super important what the general population thought about my taste or my artistic ability.  But now that my art has been transferred to neat stacks of cards and listed for sale, it’s suddenly quite easy to quantify opinions.

That brings us to the present.  I’m checking my shop stats way too often, hoping that random strangers will like my art.  Results have varied.

I want to work harder and harder to make sure I have all of my bases covered, but I think that at least part of this game is waiting.  In the meantime, I’m going to try to paint some things that are A) great and B) not quite my favorite paintings ever, so I’ll be able to part with them.

Sneak Peak

Want to check it out for yourself?  Feel free: www.smallbutvaluable.etsy.com.  But whatever you do, don’t feel pressured to buy anything.  I absolutely don’t want my shop to be a weird, guilt-laced financial strain on any friends.  I just want you guys to know what I’m up to.  Painting some Alps tonight.  Pretty happy about that.