Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spring Song, Second Verse!

Here we go again with more wishful thinking! The wind has been so cold for the past three days that my right thumb has cracked again - gives a lot more meaning to the old phrase "sticks out like a sore thumb." Not a good thing for an artist, or a dog owner for that matter! Anyway, Cassie drew this on the east window a while back and I'm just now figuring out what to do with it. It would be so easy to just stick to a formula with these works, but that would take all the fun out of it (and the challenge!). For now, I love the new colors and textures that are happening.

Cassie doesn't like the cold much, either. When we walk, her nose starts running and she puts on brakes, then makes a dive between my knees to wipe it. She regards me as her personal Kleenex. One of these days we're going to wind up in a tangled heap on the road!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spring Song

Time for a little change of pace - we're looking for spring here! Cassie has been working overtime on the east window while I've been trying to figure out Facebook and YouTube. I'd say her time has been spent better than mine has! Here's our latest effort: reminds me of warm days and perfumed air, coming soon! Not today, though; it's still chilly and windy out there.

Cassie went "crackerdog" while ago: there was a strange dog trotting through the yard. From the racket I thought it must be a deer out there! You can see her doing what she does best on our video (link in last entry), "PiCassieO At Work".

Thursday, February 19, 2009

PiCassieO At Work!

After an incredible amount of blood, sweat, and tears, our video is finally online!!! Check it out here:

Got to get back to making art now!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Storm Door, February

I should call it Stormy Weather after the morning I've had! Absolutely NOTHING I've tried to do on this computer has worked, due to a bunch of snafus with Facebook and YouTube - and Blogger. There are bugs and glitches and gremlins everywhere - not my fault this time! For a while it looked like this blog was inaccessible, too - that was about the last straw. Really drove me to tears (no kidding).

Anyway, we're still making art, so life's not all bad (not by a longshot). Storm Door is another step in our artistic evolution: instead of trying for little detail in the background so Cassie's strokes would be isolated, I recently decided to use the objects outside as part of the composition. Most of my art before 2000 had a lot of straight lines in it, from buildings mostly. Then I got bored with the rigidity and switched to flowers and other organic shapes instead, and THEN Cassie took me beyond all that. And here I am, using lines again. I wonder, does this mean I'm going in circles?

All these technical difficulties have me running late - "Cassandra, Queen of the Universe" is needing a walk. I hear and obey.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Little Matisse For a Change!

Wow - total change in direction here! I was playing with a previous PiCassieO for a little fun after an absolutely exasperating day working on a Facebook application, and this is the result. I think it was a "Herb" palette again, but the look is definitely Matisse! It's square because I was thinking about using it for a Cafe Press design (remember our store?). In keeping with the way things are going with me and the internet, I can't put a link here, so check the sidebar if you want to do some shopping. I give up.

We did get a light snow, and Cassie was running in it and eating it at the same time. Time to go out there and freeze again - brrr...

Monday, February 2, 2009

A New Twist

Actually, two new twists - a different "Herb" palette, and a new look at West Wind (check Archives). Since I'm really running short on titles, this one is West Wind 2. It looks terrific in a mat and frame! These prints are small, but they really light up a room.

Cassie and I are both a little stiff from an uphill run in pursuit of deer. Good thing it's raining so we can rest! Maybe we'll have Osteo-Biflex for supper.