Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I'm right in the middle of packing for yet another move. This makes the third time my family and I have moved in 3 years, so I've become a pro at this gig. I'm not, however, looking forward to the logistical nightmare that is moving a family where one member is an artist (moi) and one is a computer hobbyist (my better half). Oh, and we're both collectors (*cough* not hoarders! *cough*). We're staying in the same area, so it won't be as difficult as our last move when we found a place 2 hours away. Suffice it to say, this blog will be taking a back seat until we're settled into the new place.

Amidst this chaos, I'm still creating. I was in a swap with a woman whose son is a big fan of the movie Nacho Libre. My son and I are, too, so she asked me to create some artwork based on the movie. She gave me free reign. I'm not the world's greatest illustrator, so I knew drawing Nacho himself was out. I decided to explore the food themes in the movie, and came up with the 2 following mixed media pieces. Both works are done on 5"x7" canvas board.

 "Get that corn outta' my face!"

 "Eagle eggs?! I'm not listenin' to you, you're crazy!"

I'm really happy with how they turned out, and after my initial panic of not knowing exactly what I was going to come up with, I was pleasantly surprised with the direction, and grateful for her helping me to think outside the box a bit. After all was said and done, I realized I should have had the egg opened with the yolk spilling out to add more visual interest, but c'est la vie. Art is like life sometimes, as it can be a learning experience.

I really hope she likes these! They were mailed today, so I've got a few days of nervous waiting to hear back from her.

Thank you, as always, for stopping by! Hope you all have an artful day!


  1. I can't even begin to imagine how crafters move home. I would offer to come and help, but would probably pack every item slowly (after looking at it longingly)! I love the texture and paint effects you've used here. It's given me some inspiration on new ways to use my texture fades folders. Hope your move goes well Jess. :)

  2. Thanks, Zoe! I've moved my craft room/studio 3 times now, so getting to be a pro at it, haha! It is a lot of work, though, but so far, nothing's been broken or damaged yet (knock on wood).

  3. If I credit you as the artist, would you mind if I use your corn painting as my avatar on fb?

    1. My apologies for taking so long to answer, Erin! I don't mind at all. :-)