I went to the dollar store and bought Tootie a little bug catcher kit. This, by far, has been one of best things I've given to her. And it cost $2. Sometimes she catches an ant and other times, well, the ant has seen better days. She has a love-hate relationship with lightening bugs. Fascinated, yet screams "WAAA-HAA!" if they fly near her. It is quite amusing.
Tootie wants to do whatever I'm doing. I paint. She paints. Which reminds me, I need to get her some more paint. Something other than watercolors. I saw somewhere that you can turn an empty roll-on deodorant into a paint dispenser. I like the idea of it but that would mean I'd have to use the roll-on deodorant* which gives me heebies thinking about it.
Thanks everyone for your kind comments and emails about my work. I wish I could respond to everyone but my time is limited. Please know I read every single one and love seeing them in my inbox. It's really encouraging to get instant feedback through this blog.
So, what's up with that illustration in the previous post? Well, I intended it for a book proposal that our adoption agency had a call for entries for. They intend on selecting an illustrator from the open submissions for a book about China. All of the proceeds of the book will go to their orphan relief ministries. It's a great idea, however, in the submission guidelines it says ALL entries become the property of the Agency and may be used by the agency to further orphan relief projects. This doesn't sit well with me. It's not that I'm not willing to donate my work, I want to have control over how and what my work is used for. So. I'm not doing it.
The good thing out of this is that it got me off my duff and painting again. I even started another painting which I'm enjoying so much better. It's also going much quicker. I started it yesterday and I'm just about finished. You can see it here on my desk. It's of a little girl, Tootie my handy model, looking up at a bunch of Chinese lanterns.
I'm still figuring what I'm going to do with these pieces. I'm thinking cards and prints. I'm eager to get back to making dolls too. I see a big overhaul in design of this blog in my future. On it a store will be added with ongoing pieces for sale as well as limited originals.
*Yes, I could just wash out a full one but I'm waaay too cheap to do that.
My Father has brought it to my attention that the posts have been mighty sparse here lately. In true fashion he sent me this notice in memo format which I have copied and pasted below for your enjoyment here.
From: Proud Father
Subject: Joybucket Blog
There has been a dramatic decrease of posts on your blog lately. Productivity is clearly at an all time low. Future creative posts are strongly encouraged within the next week.
Alright. I lied. He didn't send a Memo. He sent a messenger pigeon. ;)
Joybucket was born in 2005. I've been creating things since I was a kid and have always wanted to be an artist. I went to the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated in 1992 with a emphasis in illustration -- specifically 3-D illustration which is a fancy way of saying that I majored in playing with dolls and dioramas.
Who knew that playing with toys and imaginary worlds could be a career? Unfortunately, it does make it a tad difficult to explain exactly what I do do. ;)