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Endings & Beginnings

My last modeling assignment was on Thursday. I’ve been modeling for the same art class all semester and watched the students develop their styles. I got to sit in on the critiques and I learned how to improve my art by listening to what was said. I got to design temporary tattoos to wear while posing. This was a whole lot harder than I anticipated. I got my designs worked out, then realized that the students were working with charcoal and I needed to be careful about value. Then I remembered that the parts of my designs – some were eyes – that I wanted to be white, weren’t going to be white. The printer would “read” white space as vacant space. White fill in a temporary tattoo has to be done by a commercial temporary tattoo vendor. Then I realized the design was going on skin and I needed to consider how the colors would look against skin. It was an interesting experiment. Maybe someday I’ll have a a company print up my temporary tattoo designs.

Tattoos 1 12-2-17

Tattoos 2 12-2-17

This is the photo copy I did to make sure the colors were what I wanted. The dark lines are the edges of the pieces I cut out. I had drawn designs on several pieces of paper. When I found the designs I liked, I cut them out and taped them onto a piece of white paper.

I’m now setting up at the Farmers & Craft Market every Saturday. I did well this week although not as well as the week before. I’ve decided I really like taking credit and debit cards. Why? Because I don’t have to make change. People get their money from an ATM, and the ATM only hands out $20 bills. So every person who wants to buy something from me hands me a $20 bill. I anticipate setting up next Saturday and the Saturday after that. The following Saturday is two days before Christmas. By then, people have done all the Christmas shopping they are going to do so I’m skipping that week. Then, I’ll take time off until April or May. Few vendors set up during January through March. The fewer vendors, the fewer people come to the market to shop. It’s not going to be worth it to me to sit in the cold for 7 hours just so I don’t sell anything. The market lasts 5 hours and the other two hours are set up and tear down time.

I had a bit of a manic episode. Nothing serious, just me deciding I HAD to get my bellybutton pierced. I had it originally pierced 15 years ago. After 10 years of no problems, I started developing infections. My doctor convinced me to give up my bellybutton ring. By now, the hole had started to close over and I needed it re-pierced. It’s hard to explain, mostly because it’s hard to understand myself, why I have these episodes where I have an impossible to resist compulsion to do something. The last episode I had like this was more than a year ago and I woke up with a compulsion to crochet a bed spread. I’ve got probably half the squares I need made. The change in meds has made the compulsions less compulsive.

I’m considering making a video for youtube to promote my web store. I’ll take any advice anyone has to offer.

I’m linking with Nina Marie here. Stop by and see what other artists have been doing.

I’ve got new work in my store – take a look and see if there’s something you like for yourself or for a gift.  www.DebThumanArt.com

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I retired from the Public Defender Dept. November 12, 2015 after 16 health destroying years. Now, I'm a full time multi-media artist and writer on a new adventure. As an artist, I create with beads, fabric, fiber, and ceramic clay. Sometimes separately; sometimes in assorted combinations. You can find my on-line store at: www.debthumanart.com.