Jul 31, 2009

From the Baltimore Sun 'Mad Men' comes to Baltimore for season premiere


I am sooooooooo excited about this news of Mad Men featuring Baltimore. Read the entire article here. I will be very anxious to revisit Haussners as it was back in the day. I only wished they were going shopping down Howard Street! Hope you've been re-watching season 1 and 2 to get ready for the big premiere Aug. 16.

Jul 26, 2009

Thanks For Stopping By! Artscape a Huge Success!





Well I'm back from the beach. Went straight from Artscape so I wasn't able to make any posts. Here are some great pics from tigerlily from the event! Thanks Allison! And thanks everyone who stopped by! It was the best show I did all year long! I'll be updating my shop...you can see how empty it is! That's how great Artscape was! Now onto Crafty Bastards in the Fall!

Jul 16, 2009

Trade Your Art Supplies for a 10% Discount!


Please help the BEST crew help Art with a Heart, Inc. carry out their mission by bringing craft supply items to one of the BEST artists at Artscape. As a "thank you" for your donation, BEST is offering a one-time 10% discount off a single item purchased at Artscape from one of our participating BEST artists. Please bring any unused craft (or office) supplies or gift card to our BEST tent at Artscape or to any of our participating artists at Artscape to receive the discount. One discount per person, and the offer is only valid on purchases made at Artscape on July 17, 18 & 19th. Our booths are located on Charles St. in the DIY section - we will be in booths 16-21 and also in the Artists Market along Mt Royal in booth E114. We look forward to seeing you there!

They need:

* Deco Markers / Paint Markers
* Elmer's Glue
* Erasers
* Fabric Glue / Fabric-Tac
* Hot glue guns and glue sticks
* Glue sticks
* Markers
* Masking tape
* Mod Podge
* Paint brushes
* Pencil sharpeners
* Pencils
* Single hole punchers
* Scissors
* Scotch Tape
* Tacky Glue
* Aluminum foil
* Beads
* Disposable/plastic bowls
* Elastic string
* Glitter glue
* Jewelry hardware
* Mat board
* Mat cutter
* Mini hot glue gun sticks
* Paper towels
* Puffy paint
* Screw gun
* Sculpey clay
* Self-hardening clay
* Tag board/poster board
* Thread
* Watercolor paper
* Wire

All donations will go to Art with a Heart, Inc. See you there!

Jul 15, 2009

New Stuff for this weekend!





Just a sneak peek of bags and future eyeglass cases. All available for purchase starting Friday at Artscape!

Jul 14, 2009

Doot Doot - Freur

thanks to the palmpre commercial...this is the song stuck in my head for the morning! Brings back some sweet new wavey memories!

Jul 13, 2009

Batches of Patches



In the studio today..birdy bird iron on patches.....the count down for artscape is on!

Jul 12, 2009

More from Art CAmp!






I wanted to post our last drawings of the week. Self Portraits! This group is quite amazing! I get a new batch this week.

Handmade Nation coming this Tuesday!


This is your chance to see the amazing documentary film by Faythe Levine. I saw it in DC was so excited to see someone put this movement into such a moving statement! This begins our artscape events for the week and its free! See you there!

Jul 11, 2009

Economically Friendly Items for Sale!

We're into the Artscape countdown! Jennyjen42 will be at Artscape, July 17 - 19, in the Mt. Royal area of Baltimore with her BEST buddies. Look for us in the DIY section close to Mt. Royal Ave on Charles Street. I will be posting items for sale as well as other attractions associated with Artscape all this week on my blog and facebook. Today's features are my economically friendly items that are $20 or less! Look for these birdy bird products:

felt lined padded eyeglass cases for $15

Lined zipper pouches $15

iron on birdy bird patches $4

set of 4 coasters $20

Jul 8, 2009

My New Group of Awesome Artists!







I started to teach another group of kiddies for the Summer Enrichment Camp for Baltimore County . This group consists of students going into 9-12 grades. Most are working on portfolio's for future applications and AP tests. Most of this group are going into 9th grade and have been going to this camp since going into the third grade! I have truly loved watching these budding artists grow. I hung up the laundry for them to draw today...and see for yourself..some pretty remarkable drawings!

Jul 5, 2009

The Mystery of the Boumi Temple






I spent a wonderful 4th. of July with my family in Catonsville. We had a great time eating crabs, drinking beer, watching the parade, more food , naps then the fireworks. An awesome day! This is my second Catonsville parade in the past 5 years and I have noticed the shrinkage of the Boumi Temple floats and participants. This leads to my ever curious question..."Who are the Boumi Temple ?" The Arabian Knights were missing this year. The guys on the motorcycles were there, as well as in the dune buggy's (they replaced the beloved little cars which I really miss), the old cars, the hillbilly shriner, the band on the double decker bus, the band on the other float, the guys with the bag pipes, the Clown Shriners....but I notice the not only lack of women of course, but the decline of participation..no young recruits? Half of the Shriner's look like they're pretty lucky for making it to the parade this year...what will happen to our future of men;s clubs they are associated with mysterious missions, guidelines and temples?

Jul 4, 2009

Happy 4th. of July!


Happy 4th. Everyone! Hoping your day is full of fun and family and good friends! I'm heading off today to spend the day with my entire family! I'm quite excited about it. The past years have been spent on the West Coast in the Puget Sound with my father-in-law. Not a bad way to spend the 4th., but I have missed my family outings on the 4th. A day in Catonsville with crabs, the parade that consists of a ton of Boumi Temple floats, bands, little cars and Arabian knights! Then its back to more food off the grill and then the fireworks! My contribution is the pasta salad. OK, I have to admit this...I've never made pasta salad..hence my morning project...I think I did a pretty good job ...penne pasta,cucumbers, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil from my potted plant and some Newman's Italian dressing.

Jul 3, 2009

lesson of the bicycle tire switch




Where do I begin. I guess I start with me waking up wanted or needing an activity schedule. I've been spending a lot of time alone at home and have been in panic mode than calm, then panic. I woke up refusing to be in panic mode. I visualized myself riding my bike today through town..like I used to do when I lived in the Copy Cat building. I used to ride all over the place. Since moving to where I am these days, I really haven't ventured beyond the lake loop. So today was going to be the day. I needed to first address the fact that I only have one functioning bike right now and its my mountain bike. Works great but it has those knobby tires that really give me more of a work out than I really want to have right now. So my morning idea...lets go buy slick tires and outfit my bike for city riding! Well 2 hours later,a patched tube, 2 trips to Performance bikes , no make that 3 trips to Performance, a ride to the lake with a discovered flat tire, a nice walk home , hence the 3rd. ride to Performance ! I am going to beat this thing! I am determined to ride my bike to the farmers Market tomorrow morning as well as ride to Laura's pool in Canton on Sunday! Wish me luck on the second changing of the tube!

Jul 2, 2009

So long YPS Class





I'v spent the past two weeks teaching a painting methods class at MICA for the Young Peoples Studio Program. My group was an ambitious group of 11 hard working high school kids. Many never painted with oil before, some were more advance and working towards their AP portfolio for next year. Here are some pic from the class...I wish them all well in their artistic futures!

Jul 1, 2009

Observation of the Day: Andy Freeberg



I was looking on Beautiful Decay this morning and discovered photographer Andy Freeberg and his his series “Guardians” in which we get a look at the female guards who watch over the art museums of Russia. Freeberg says, “When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over.” Indeed, the contrast between these women and the work they’re sitting next to can be quite captivating. I love the fact that these women are dressed in their own everyday work clothes, not the stand by uniform that we Americans have to deal with.