easter greetings


art heals

the sadness of letting go our beloved TJ still lingers… but, as they say, life (must) goes on.  we have to take comfort knowing that we did the right,  most loving and kind thing for him.  he’s not suffering any longer now and i’d like to think that he is still with us in spirit.  it will take some time getting used to not seeing him around… but time heals…

and for me, art does too.  i have been more than ever wanting to draw and paint what i am feeling/ experiencing.  i just have to make a more concerted effort to do so.  otherwise, i will continue to be the stressed out, uber cranky yiatch that i’ve been lately.  & omg, i so do not want to live my life like that.  no friggin way.

lately, i’ve been admiring the fabulous works of teesha moore and tessa mcsorley.  i revisited teesha moore’s work when i recently stumbled upon many of her youtube vids on art journaling.  i had forgotten that she really pioneered many techniques/trends that you often see (& perhaps take for granted) now in the world of art journalling.  i have an even better appreciation for her work after viewing her videos.  

i came across tessa mcsorley’s work also by accident.  and her wonderful sketches of girls and forest animals really struck a chord with me.  i really love that she takes her artwork straight from her sketchbooks & then turns them into functional art via  silkprinting onto tee-shirts, bags, small posters, etc.  i totally LOVE that.

another bit of news that is lighting a spark under me to create more  is that i just learned that my sketchbook for the sketchbook project is being viewed! wow, how’s that for a boost to the ol’ morale, eh? 

so, i am hoping that in the days to come, i will be more diligent in my art-making & i’ll be sharing more of creations here… & i am really loving the idea of functional art… so who knows, i might dream up something along those lines 🙂

slowly but surely, i will get out of this funk i’m finding myself in and make the art that i know is within me…

& is waiting ever so patiently to come out.

little miss darling

i was inspired by seeing the shirley temple dvd commercials recently. & it brought back fond memories of watching her old flicks growing up.  while i created this yesterday, this song kept playing in my head 🙂

“The Good Ship Lollipop”
music by R. Whiting and words by S. Clare

  I’ve thrown away my toys
Even my drum and train.
I wanna make some noise
With real live aeroplanes.
Some day I’m going to fly.
I’ll be a pilot too.
And when I do, how would you
Like to be my crew…

On the good ship lollipop.
Its a sweet trip to a candy shop
Where bon-bons play
On the sunny beach of Peppermint Bay.

Lemonade stands everywhere.
Crackerjack bands fill the air.
And there you are
Happy landing on a chocolate bar.

See the sugar bowl do the tootsie roll
With the big bad devils food cake.
If you eat too much ooh ooh
You’ll awake with a tummy ache.

On the good ship lollipop
Its a night trip into bed you hop
And dream away
On the good ship lollipop.

i found a vid of shirley temple actually singing this tune in the old flick, bright eyes… & was a bit disturbed to read people’s comments saying how “perverted” this was…  OMG.  people need to get their heads out of the gutter.  that flick came out in 1934 and times were different back then.  a WHOLE lot different.  it kinda makes me mad that peeps would taint that sweet & innocent film with their ludicrous comments & jaded, perverted 2011 eyes.  oy vay… 


anyway, i had fun drawing this & then digitally coloring it… i am planning on making some postcards with this for a valentine swap i’m in (hosted by my pal, lisa kettell)  as well as creating atcs and incorporating it in an up-coming mini-zine i’m working on.  since having participated in the sketchbook project,  i have been enjoying drawing again, especially of these little girls that i’ve been fond of creating lately.  

last summer i experiemented on drawing figures just for fun.  it was just a little break from drawing “realistically”, which is what i tend to do when it comes to drawing.  i had never really tried to “illustrate” before.  but one summer day, while i waited for the hub in the car, i got my lil moleskine out & my micron pen and started doodling away.  & before i knew it, i started drawing these little girls in different outfits.  i didn’t show anyone, not even the hub. mainly bec. they were a bit rough and really studies to my way of thinking.  last thanskgiving time, though,  when i visited my bff, i showed my crude illustrations to her and she liked them instantly.  well, i didn’t do anymore with them until i got in gear for completing my sketchbook project during christmas break.  i decided to incorporate them in my book & found it quite fun to add my own drawings to the book.  so since then i have continued to draw these little girlies 🙂  i am loving how i’ve gotten to draw them more and more lately.  pretty soon, i will have a small army of these little darlings, hehehe…  i’m thinking a series of drawings, paintings or zines may be in order… hmmmmm, will see how it goes, especially with my wonky *ugh* work schedule….        

speaking of zines… i had a few comments on my OWOH post below (which btw i am just now getting to read them all… & wowza!! i am super overwhelmed with all the wonderful, kind words… i know i keep saying this, but  i will take an hour or two later today to get back to as many bloggers that i can!  it’s just that i am so easily sidetracked by about 101 kajillion other things around here…never a dull moment, let me tell ya!)… basically, zines are short for “fanzine or magazine” and are  usually handmade and self-published works on any given topic imaginable…  a couple years ago, i started a zine project that i called “follow your bliss” (surprise, surprise :)) but i have yet to see that off the ground… but i am hoping that one day i will get that out there.  anyway, i got back into making mini-zines last summer when i got involved in some swap fun on swap-bot.  mini-zines, as opposed to a full-size zine (which my follow your bliss zine was to be) are typically made out of one sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper.  they are referred to as “1/8th” sized zines.  so long story short, i joined a few mini-zine swaps on swap-bot and pretty much was hooked.  i find mini-zines so very  quick and easy to crank out.  i think to date, i have somewhere in the range of 10-12…& currently, two more are in the works, which i may (or may not) include in the OWOH giveaway… hope this answered some of your questions about zines. 

the other question i wanted to address is why my blog is called “firstborn” and also why you might see that  i often refer to myself as such is really because of my parents.  they still call me that to this day. LOL no joke.  so being a cheeky little daughter, i dubbed my blog name that, all in the honor of my parents. 

alright,  i think i haven’t written a long blog post such as this one in a very long time.  well, i suppose i was in a blog-chatty mood.  but now, i have chores and other such things to do before the day is over!  but this afternoon, i hope to go blog-hopping & return all the kindness to as many of as i can!  xo mary ann