If you would just stop touching it…

“You” being “me” and “it” being my blog (and me…depending). I turned 32 the other day (July 2nd) and I still haven’t learned that things will be less irritating if I leave them alone. This goes along the lines of “things become complicated when you forget about their simple, individual parts” or “…the little scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if only you could stop tonguing it”.

As I wrote in my last post from June-freaking-13th (nearly a month ago!), I created a self-hosted WP blog at a subdirectory at ItDoesArt.com and was trying to decide if I was going to keep this one and that one, or ditch this one, blah blah blah. Overcomplicated. Just…overcomplicated. I like this blog. I like you guys/gals that subscribe to it, and comment and what not. That other one was far too much of a pain in the ass for what I wanted it to be. Which was (get ready) a BLOG. It was slow. Posting to it was a nightmare. Really, there wasn’t any major benefit considering… I get why people do the whole self-hosted thing and it makes total sense for them. For me…not so much.

So, like most things I repeatedly attempt/redo/reorganize/overthink, I’m simply going to use this lovely one and nothing more. The rest is unnecessary. My site is still accessible from this blog, just as this blog is still accessible from my site. It’s just much faster and less complicated.

As I’ve been writing this, fireworks are being set off outside and it’s really pulling my attention away. I’m going to go hunt them down (I’m not sure which direction they’re in and the trees block most views) and admire them. Happy 4th.

Moving the blog…

Your thoughts? I finally have the ItDoesArt.com/blog set up, working, and all that tasty goodness. Even though that blog is active, I’m still trying to figure out if I keep updating this one along with that one, or do we all shift over? I appreciate (REALLY appreciate) everyone that follows my blog and I would like to maintain those people, but I’m not sure how to go about it, other than keeping this one active! Perhaps updating this blog with links to new posts on the self-hosted blog?

Or, maybe I’m just over-thinking this whole deal, which is entirely likely as I tend to do that all.the.time. 🙂

Offer your thoughts if you’re up for it!

Fine Art America…

I spent most of my day searching through several hundred photos of the ocean for a few worthy of posting on my Fine Art America account. I don’t have much on there, except for a few drawings. I’ve been meaning to do this since April and now it has begun!

If you’re a fan of the ocean, stop by and check them out. I was really impressed with Topsail Island and how gorgeous it was, especially the sunrises.

Here is a link to my account there: Fine Art America – J Dreag Karski

Sadness, experimenting, and stuff…

That title is too fantastic…reeks of brilliance. Of course, I’m not at all serious.

Lately, I have found myself in quite a deep rut, but this morning I have been trying to wiggle my way out of it. So far I’ve been successful. I strongly dislike the days when I break down and start sobbing out of nowhere, but I thoroughly enjoy and welcome the days when I wake up without a lump in my throat. Balance, yeah? It’s a nice thing to have!

Two nights ago I had a dream that I was looking at myself and half of my face was smudged downward…as if I was a charcoal drawing and someone wiped their hand down part of my face. It was unsettling, so I decided to try and recreate it with watercolors (honestly, I’m not all that familiar with watercolors) – I failed. But, I’m going to post it anyway. Eventually, I will give it another go…this time, I’ll lay off the thick black.

I have a desire to start a new body of work and I may start that today. My brain is not entirely set on what the theme will be, though.

Coffee-time!

Getting closerrrrr…

It has taken me 2 days to figure out how to set up Post by Email on my ItDoesArt.com/Blog. With the WordPress hosted blog (the one you are probably reading right now), I just had to click several times and, POW! Right in the kisser! I had posting set up. Not with this one though. Night-mare. It’s working now, though…I hope. We’ll see once I click “send”.

I think I have the general heading theme on my site figured out. I really like the idea of using those scanned images of my hands, so I will stick with that. May need to make them smaller, though.

For the galleries, I will be using Lightbox(2). Should be exciting since I know next to nothing about coding.

I finished the family portrait! Today I wanted to get back to work on that painting I posted a few days ago, but haven’t had a chance yet. With email issue out of the way, I have a few more things I need to do and then I will be ready for a heavy makeout session with my brushes (because that’s how it works, in case you were wondering). 🙂

Updates…

For any curious ones out there.

First, I have been commissioned to do a family portrait. That’s the exciting news. Jer asked in a concerned way “Have they seen your work?” No blood, guts, horror in this one folks. I was reserved! And now I know that anything is possible…

Second, the site is coming along well. I have the blog up, so feel free to mosey on over to ItDoesArt.com/Blog where you can read the exact same thing you’re reading here! Except at the actual website. I’m still not entirely sure what I’m doing, but it’s still early!

If anyone has suggestions about anything, let me know! I’d be glad to get feedback (through this entire process, not just at this moment).

Site, meet blog…

A gentle heads up for those of you that get to my blog via www.ItDoesArt.com: eventually you will be redirected to my site. I trashed it months ago – what’s the point of paying hosting when nothing is being hosted, yeah? My plan is to have the site up by the middle of this month. Woohoo! Of course, like the last one, there will be a gallery page so all the horror that spills out of my hands can be viewed at one time. Like a severely inappropriate picture book!

I haven’t forgotten about you…

I swear. I think about you every.single.day.

I have been bound (and gagged) by horrible grown up stuff like…cleaning and signing leases and paying bills. Yuck. Short story with zero periods: Our lease is up in July, the same direction our rent is going, we were going to move, I cleaned like one does when preparing to move (as in, hauled ass cleaning EVERYTHING), I created a donation pile so large I will have to make multiple trips, decided not to move, everything is nice and clean, and I have been doing much artwork since. Even some things to sell! Woohoo!

Tonight I quickly sketched out a drawing for an eventual painting I want to do for our living room/Manbearpig Cave. Hopefully the painting will be done tomorrow when the Husband is gone. Then I will hang it in said cave so when he comes home, he can “oooh” and “aaah” and all of that stuff people REALLY into action figures do.

Please note that the current figure has 3 hands and some seriously twisted features…he will be losing 1 hand and his features will be restored.

Wonderful Little Things…

I have nothing of interest going on so I wanted to tell you about something/someone that interests me

A few months back I met Courtney, of Wonderful Little Things. I was on Craigslist hunting for the perfect seating to use in my home studio and she was selling this attractive, simple daybed that I just had to get my grubby mitts on. Which I did. In the process I not only gained some seriously kick ass seating, but also met a fellow creative cat and that just bumped the whole deal up to Awesome.

Courtney has an Etsy shop featuring several of her hand-painted ceramic dishes (multi-purpose what!), a couple hand painted wood frames, and a hand painted pendant. The point is everything is hand-painted. My favorite bit is not only are the paintings free hand, but they have a mehndi look to them and, really, when does that ever go wrong in home décor? It doesnt, thats when.

Because I can be somewhat of a tightwad, I enjoy reasonably pricedeverything. Her items are really reasonably priced (possibly under, in my opinion). The bases are structurally unique on their own, so having ornate designs well placed on top really makes for attractive pieces.

Earlier this year, Courtney began collaborating with Green Market Girl on Eco Cuffs. Courtneys designs appear in the Muse collection and adorn these eco-friendly, attractive, and well priced wrist cuffs. Love it!

So, while youre surfing the webs, hop over to each link I posted and see whats up I kinda, sorta think youre going to dig what you see

The Photo Response Project

In addition to the Self Portrait Project and the Mystery Project, I’m also doing the Photo Response Project – a free project offered by the Art House Co-op.

It needed to be postmarked by April 30th and I will be one day late. At least I finished it!

I should say, though, that I thought it had to be postmarked on the 31st and I thought tomorrow was the 31st. As I discover every year, there are not 31 days in April… *The more you know!*

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