Thursday, April 29, 2010

5 Things Friday: Things I am a Sucker for...

I'm a sucker for...

...quirky documentaries about art. Like Helvetica,Who the #$;% Is Jackson Pollock?, or The Devil and Daniel Johnston

...bright colors and funky patterns (I may be wearing my personal "uniform" of a black jersey-cotton dress and jeans, but I'm carrying a colorful bag, wearing a brightly colored vintage plaid jacket, hand-painted sunglasses, and sporting large funky jewelry made my yours truly!)

...pretty, decorative paper like this or this from Paper Source.

...foreign candy--if we can't get it in the US, it must be good, right?!

...I mentioned it before, but I can't  have enough fun sunglasses--function + cuteness = happiness!

(I could go on and on...but I'll revisit this topic in the future! Until then, Create a great day, Bekki)

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Contender (Part II)

Not sure that I'd mentioned it before, but this semester I am in a class that I have been putting off for a long time. Drawing II. Yup. I know I shouldn't be afraid of it or lack any confidence in my drawing ability but I am and I do. Or at least I did. I believe that drawing is an artistic skill that can be taught and I have an amazing artist for an instructor. So, despite the tons of work and long nights and more "looking" at still life objects than actual pencil to paper drawing time, I'm doing really well in this class.

My work was one of three that the instructor set aside to be in the Invitational Student Art Show at my school (which I've already been in three times in previous semesters)...the only problem is that she can only choose two works for the show. And, since my piece was a classwork rather than a homework, she choose the other two (which were homework pieces).

Now, you may recall this very same thing happened to me in Drawing I two years ago and at that time it was only my second art class ever so despite my disappointment I was still really honored. This time is different though. I was really disappointed (in part because of a conversation that took place that revealed the teacher actually wanted to use my drawing but had already told someone else they could be in the show but that person hadn't finished their drawing).

I'm getting over my disappointment though. I'm still proud of my work and the fact that I am truly succeeding in a class I hadn't had the guts to take for the last year! There will be plenty more artistic opportunities and art shows. I have surrendered my disappointment to the Universe and am actually pretty much over it.

Plus, a digital work from my Graphic Design class was chosen to be in the Student Art Show (so, make that 4 times!), so I can't really be too disappointed now, can I? (More info on that later...)

(P.S. ignore the yuck factor of the picture of my drawing. I took it in the dimly lit art studio with my phone. I'll take a better photo soon for my portfolio, I swear!)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Snail Mail....


A few days ago my Postage Stamp Collage Frame (which you can view/purchase buy Etsy or the PinkBird Creations shop ) was featured on the Snail-Mail Aficionado blog. What a fantastic blog by the way! I can't believe I haven't read it before. What, with love of all things mail-related and all!

Until next time,
Happy letter writing!
Bekki

Friday, April 23, 2010

5 Things Friday: Mother Earth

In honor of Earth Day, here are 
5 lovely pictures of Mother Nature
(taken by Yours Truly). 
Enjoy!

Kihei , Maui
Valley of Fire, Nevada

Morocco

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Snorkeling off of Kauai, Hawaii



Friday, April 16, 2010

5 Things Friday: Flying

5 pictures I've taken out airplane windows:

 
 (Windward side, Oahu)
(Somewhere over Greenland)

Happy Travels!
XO,
Bekki

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Postage Due:

It's no secret that I love, love, love Postal Services (not just the USPS) so I was pretty stoked about a recent assignment in my Digital Art/Vector Graphics class. We had to design a postage stamp following the guidelines given by the US Postal Service. I went with a state birds and flowers theme and chose to do a stamp for Hawaii (of course!). Here is an unfinished version:

(Note: this is a project for an art class. It is in no way a legal/usable stamp. The purpose of the project was to learn to design/create art on a very small scale. This "stamp" is not intended to be legitimate postage).

Friday, April 09, 2010

5 Things Friday: Chicago Edition

We are headed to Chicago for a wedding soon,
so with that in mind here are a few (yes, more than 5, sorry!) of my favorite things in Chicago:



The Shedd Aquarium (I used to work there!)

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Not exactly in Chicago, but a short drive--and you'll forget all about the city! (Or not, if the sky is clear you can see the skyline across Lake Michigan). Want to hit a beach in the city? Then the Chicago Park District's got what you need.

Taste of Chicago-Happens every summer and is not be missed.
It's a fantastic festival with food vendors from all over the city!

Pitchfork Music Festival-where all the "cool kids" are.

Fireside Bowl- You'll probably find some "cool kids" here too.

Wrigleyville and Wrigley Field

The L (or El)

Chicago Blues Festival

OK, now I'm just getting carried away. But, you get the idea! Chicago is awesome!

Have a great weekend,
Bekki

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

31...

Happy Birthday to Me!




(free Photoshop bunting brush set here)

Monday, April 05, 2010

Last Day of 30....

Tomorrow is my birthday.
I will begin my 31st year alive. Here. Living. Yay!
I may buy myself this card:

from Enna on Etsy.

Happy Birday!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Friday, April 02, 2010

5 Things Friday: Favorite Books

Today, I offer you some of my favorite books, in no order and with no explanation.

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince