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November 30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!


Cheese with Great-Grandma, originally uploaded by katiek2.

My grandmother joined us for dinner and although she cannot hear, the kids keep her chuckling. We were so groggy and slow after dinner. This Mama curled up in her dad's recliner and took a snooze while Joel (the dutiful son-in-law) washed ALL THE DISHES. Wow. We hit the ground running on Friday driving down to Marietta to visit Joel's Oma. It has been too long since we've seen her and a good time was had by all.
Saturday Cat and I sat in the rain at Holiday in St Elmo. We had a borrowed tent that's built like a serious fort/ark/torture device. It was not fun to take apart. But we kept good spirits and saw many good friends. Glad I did it. Cat's artwork is always amazing to see up close, and she has it ALL ON SALE right now. Go buy some trees. Except the ones I want, I gotta muster up the courage to commit. I'm such a loser.
I've made some Metro greeting cards that I'll list in my shop soon in a package so you can get all the images together. I'm going to truck the other Metro pieces to Smart Furniture this week and hopefully have some luck with their open house that's happening this upcoming weekend.
MAINx24 is happening y'all! I'll be face-painting at the after parade party and then as little as possible until the INHABIT party where I hope to make it at least 2 hours there. WHoA-BOY!

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November 26, 2008

valley pods


valley pods, originally uploaded by katiek2.

I made a quick 8"x10" pod painting for a present for someone out there. Could they be for you? Who knows! I enjoyed the imaginary world of pods for this one. Very low stress. Enjoy this gift dear reader!

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November 25, 2008

Making Stuff, sorta.

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I seriously must give the impression that my daughter just sits at her red table ALL DAY and paints. She does draw and paint more than her brother ever has, but we're entering a very busy period these next two weeks and I hope we can just hold on and not lose it entirely. I am so ready for this Thanksgiving break. Mostly because I get so tired of the school routine. Not so much the morning, but after school UGH. Aweful. Josiah is tired, he wants to play or veg-out. But after giving in to one of those things, I have the haunting thoughts of homework and dinner prep with a tired Kindergartener and a newly napped 3 yr old. Needless to say my bod isn't wanting to be busy, but we plow thru it anyway. I thank God for Josiah, his talents and all he is learning. And even when he's weary I try to remember he needs loving on as much as he needs discipline. He woke up a 5:30am this morning, put on a costume and started playing with Legos. Needless to say I switched off the lights and sent him to his top bunk. What the heck! 5:30!! Yesterday was not a fun afternoon. But now, we have some time to relax. Watch PBS without guilt, make wonderful food together and this big ole mama can snuggle on the couch instead of looking at the clock to get those drawings started that make the sounds of the letters F,W and J done before 5pm.

Cat and I are sharing a booth at Holiday in St Elmo this weekend. There will be a couple other Clothesline artists involved too like Lauren Leutwiler and Amber Cooley. I beat myself up for a while that I wasn't going to have more stuff to show, especially the new Metro Tokyo pieces I really want to get started on. I have finished one of the three I really wanted to do. That's OK. My body told me I could go to sleep instead of sitting up with heartburn and baby kicking me all over trying to paint. I instead ordered two giclees (prints on canvas) of my most popular images. Be Still and Yellow Umbrella. They arrived in the mail late last week and I need to stretch them and add the texture they need. I also ordered cards of four of my Metro images. Yellow Umbrella, Metropolitan, Be Still and Another Paris. I really thought about doing a calendar but Joel (the bread winner) just couldn't jump on board. I don't invest unless he feels good about it too. So come on over! Don't go to the Mall, you know you don't really want to. If you're in Chattanooga for Thanksgiving, make Historic St Elmo a stop on your lazy weekend schedule. You have to kill some time before the Bond movie starts anyway!

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fine art | By katiek | 8:39 AM | Comments (0)

November 19, 2008

Green Tokyo

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Finally I am done with this painting!!!! It's 9"x12" acrylic on canvas. And I might tweak a couple things, but I think I'm done. Finally used my time and energy wisely and worked on this while Eden was in Pre-K. And I was hoping to have three of these done for HISE! Crazy!

fine art | By katiek | 5:32 PM | Comments (1)

November 18, 2008

Fingerpainting Josiah


Fingerpainting Josiah
Originally uploaded by katiek2
This is an atypical activity for Josiah but not an atypical conversation. It's great to see him learning, and even better to know that's he's still my boy. Drama, charm, and all! Another word he is learning is 'jibberish' (thanks WordGirl!) and he of course is learning (and very good at) rhyming. Even if his rhymes are jibberish. He's awesome, I love him.

family | By katiek | 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

November 14, 2008

Hello Old Friend

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Wow, I've been gone for a little while! But we've been doing alot of this lately. Although I feel like I've been having an out of body experience lately with my energy level, I feel like it's been necessary. There's something to be said about things standing still for a little while. Last weekend I had pain from doing too much, and some annoying Braxton Hicks to go with it. Those two things just made me realize that I am not ready for this baby. So I started making lists. I found my birth plan on the blog here, and cut and pasted it in order to give to the midwife. I started organizing what I'm going to do and not do for Christmas. I made lists for what I'm going to get for presents. And I realized I needed my Mommy. I needed her to come and invade my clutter and help me find baby clothes and help me with the bi-annual purging and structuring of the kids closet (my ONLY workable storage space). And it got me started on the steps necessary to get ready for our Tessa.
I can't believe how many little girl clothes I have, unga bunga.

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The thing that has made me sigh again and again is the complete lack of motivation to make art. This wouldn't sting so much, except I have little confidence in what I do have, and I have no good ideas for new stuff. I mean, that might be overly critical, but I have sat in front of my unfinished pieces and just added paint out of obligation. Silly huh? I've been watching Project Runway season 4 and usually it makes me want to work, but no luck. It feels really good to sit on the couch for a while before I have to get back up to make a lunch for Josiah's next day.
The Holiday in St Elmo fest is a great opportunity to sell some stuff, but the evenings leave me drained and the days are full of the little comings and goings of business. I went ahead and ordered two images for giclees. Be Still and Yellow Umbrella (larger!!). I also need to order some new cards. Just Metro images. I've even toyed with the idea of a calendar? So if I can't make new pieces right now, I can have some faves printed for the masses. Maybe it'll just be more affordable for everyone.
I also am realizing that Smart Furniture's recent move to 2 North Shore might be an excellent avenue for my artwork. I might have sold a piece already since they moved. I definately want to downsize some of my back stock artwork. I'm ready to give some away that I've had for ummmm 10 YEARS! Look for some of those pieces either at Holiday in St Elmo or on my web shop. If you have no issues with a painting of a nude, than have I got some options for you!

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November 8, 2008

New Eyes Shop Updated!!

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It's Burning, 8"x10" acrylic on canvas
I finally, FINALLY have put my latest Southside pieces up in my sad and lonely etsy shop. This is the work that I showed at this September's Clothesline Show. Check it out, snatch something up before I show it at the very relevant MAINx24. Whatever remains will be shown at the Holiday in St Elmo Fest after Thanksgiving along with new pieces I'm working on: Metro Tokyo.

fine art | By katiek | 10:04 PM | Comments (0)

November 7, 2008

Sighting

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Didn't see much of Josiah this last weekend when we went camping with our church. He was off, like a dirty shirt, with his buddy Isaac adventuring everywhere. He also entertained himself (and built of the ego's of the older boys) by hanging out with them, starry eyed at their antics. Laughing until he just about peed himself over and over again. Thankfully, no pee made it out during those laughing fits.

This week has been harder for my boy in school. I think adjusting to being back from such a wonderful weekend with friends, doing nothing but laugh and play and tromp around the beautiful woods was just too much. I kinda dread picking him up every day because I'm afraid he will drop some heart breaking message on me, "Mama, I got a green, I had to stay in from recess". I've heard that too many times this week. Recess. Man, I really want him to be able to play. Thankfully I still think he does get to squeak in time. My boy has a hard time focusing. He wants to interact with his peers all day not stare at a page and write. His fine motors have a way to go, but he's going, he's learning. He knows this stuff! And I received a wonderful reward for all the tears and sighs I've let slip this week. Josiah is reading. He's sounding stuff out and reading. His face is as bright as it is when he's playing with those older boys at the campfire. He's beaming with pride. He shouts at our neighbor Roger from down the street, "Roger! Guess what I can do! I can read!" and again, Josiah brings joy. Roger acknowledges Josiah's accomplishment with excitment.

Mark told me about a video he saw from TED that he posted on facebook. It's funny and very inspiring. I actually think (and so does Mark and Amber) that Battle Academy, where all our kids go, is a pretty good school at finding different ways that kids learn. I do love Josiah's teacher and she very patient with him. I pray for her that she won't lose hope or patience with Josiah.

When I sing our little blessing song at the end of the day I do not pray that Josiah will be a great scholar, or even a great artist or musician. I pray that he will be a strong man of faith and that he will do things for the Kingdom no one else can do. That's what I want. And if I have to suffer with school and the standards that Josiah may or may not meet, I want to have that hope that he has that joy and that God will use him for His Kingdom, every skill in place.

family | By katiek | 12:41 PM | Comments (2)

November 5, 2008

Rubberfaces

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November 4, 2008

Asking for weightlessness

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Again, my daily disclaimer: I'm pregnant and everything gets exaggerated these days. My emotions in particular. There are so many things that I have to say. I've said them only to my husband (in small doses) and to my bathroom mirror. There are so many questions I have for this election. Why? Why do I disagree with so many of my cool friends? But then I realize I'm not alone, there are quite a few of my friends that I love and trust who feel just as stunned and conflicted as I do. Why? Why did you vote for Obama? I know why I didn't. And I think it's for the same reasons I believe a lot of things that are a little different, a little wierd, at least they're wierd to you. I feel like I've talked about them on this blog over and over. Go browse the archives if you really need to know. I didn't vote for McCain either. I voted my beliefs, which I'm sure, dear reader, you did too. I voted for the unborn, for the right to homeschool. I voted for less government because I think it's the church "The Body" who needs to take care of the poor. I did not vote for anyone who voted for the bailout. Mostly, I am watching and praying. In a large moment of discouragement a friend reminded me of Jericho's walls and how large they must have been, but Joshua and the people marched and believed anyway. I am praying for the grace to bless our new president elect. I have to admit, the whole "wow, we have a black president!" thing just doesn't make it impressive to me. I'm in a funk, y'all. And I'm going to take it to the Lord. I am not angry, I'm just very introspective. I'm not a sore loser, I knew I lost a long time ago when I saw the choices. But I say that knowing that no government run by man is going to be godly. I do not think, however, it is far-fetched to believe that God will bring the CHANGE, the HOPE that everyone is seeking. And He has a plan too, a big book of plans actually. I'm trying to not get lost in discouragement and remember that my Lord and my God has something orchestrated. It might not be fun to go through, and I hate to raise my children with these unknowns (and I always have), but this will provide that opportunity to see where all of our faith lies.
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It's hard to ignore God when your 3 year old is singing "He's got the whole world in HIs hands" over and over and over and over.

the spirit within | By katiek | 11:39 PM | Comments (5)