Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fixing a broken plastic teacup

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Getting back into the swing of things...

Hello! It's been a while! Nice to see you again!

Life has been a bit sporadic these last few months, so I haven't had the time to actually sit down and update.

Spent most of the time in between the last post and the first of June getting ready for the newest addition to our family! We cleaned, we organized, and we renovated part of the house.

On June 4th, we welcomed our little bundle of joy into the world! His big sister has been such a great help these last few weeks. I couldn't have done it without her!

I haven't gotten around to updating slaykatart.com either. I am now a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud ( Thanks, AAU for ensuring that I get a discounted membership rate per month ), and I am determined to get both blogs overhauled and updated more frequently.

I've run into some snags with Photoshop CC, as have most users. It seems to want to shut down immediately upon launch. Everything else seems to be launching and working well, and I always have my good old PS 5.5 to fall back on.

Looks like we'll be going to the Peter Anderson Festival in Ocean Springs, Mississippi this fall. If all goes well, that is.

Other exciting things that have happened in the past few months that are noteworthy of sharing:

~ My Dad planted us a vegetable garden, so we will be having some wonderful home-grown green tomatoes soon. I'll definitely be blogging about this, as well as some fun recipes we're trying out.

~ I think I finally got my sewing machine fixed. The problem was mechanical, which trust me, is better than an electronics issue. The good news is, if it fails again and just gives up the ghost, I can get a brand new machine for a pretty good deal on Amazon.com. However, after some help from some sew-tastic friends, things are swimming along nicely now. Let's hope that keeps going.


~ I do have new artwork, characters, etc to post.....and I will post them as soon as I register everything with the Copyright Office. 

That's about all I have to report for now! 






Friday, March 22, 2013

SlayKat Art

It's been a while...I hope to start updating again regularly!
 
First things first...I'm happy to announce that SlayKat Art has its own official webpage now! Yay! 

I decided to make SlayKat Art separate from Paperclip Hashbrown for several reasons. Mainly, I wanted SlayKat Art to focus solely on my arts and crafts. There will be some tutorials, but SlayKat Art will primarily focus on my Artistic process from start to finish.

Paperclip Hashbrown will continue to be a Hodgepodge of random musings and thoughts surrounding my creative life. Occasionally there will be times where the themes of each blog will overlap.

SlayKat Art isn't completely up and running; I'm still working on creating custom Blogger themes and layouts. I hope to have the site done within the next three months. :) 

Until then, let's all just keep swimming!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Been a while...

It's been a while, that's for sure. The Blog will be getting a great new look in the next couple of months, plus I'll be blogging about some great new and exciting Art ventures I've been delving into! 


Friday, July 6, 2012

Dare to Dream the Walt Disney way...

There are times when an Artist, for lack of a better term, gets a bit stuck in the mud. Artist's block can happen suddenly or slowly creep in. Sometimes environment can contribute, especially if an artist is experiencing stress in every day life. Stress, whether mild or severe, can affect one's creative drive in a negative way.  

One thing is certain: regardless of the when, where, why and how, a creative block is no fun.

I'm sure by now you've guessed that I am currently experiencing the above problem. I could theorize for days on what caused the creative standstill in my life, but I prefer to focus on how to overcome said obstacle. 

Whenever I hit a creative wall, two words always come to mind:

Walt Disney.

To Disney Imagineers, Animators, Cast Members and Enthusiasts: these two words are enough and need no further explanation. Amongst the Disney faithful, the mere mention of Walt's name both inspires and speaks volumes. 

Last night, after my little one went to bed, I do what I always do at night and worked on Bunny Le Foo. Though the storyboards are done, I have had some issues with production design. I know what I want to do and the image is very clear in my mind, but somehow the idea gets lost in translation by the time it makes it to the pencil and paper. 

Within an hour, I had a pile of crumpled paper, a broken pencil and enough frustration to fill twenty gallon jugs. I decided to take a break and watch a DVD. I decided to watch a Disney Treasures DVD. I had planned on putting one of my Donald Duck collections in, but I ultimately decided to put in Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic.

Watching these documentaries of the creation of Disneyland, a dream Walt had dreamed for many years before the parks' completion, was not just inspiring...it was breathtaking. 

Walt Disney was indeed a shrewd businessman, but he was also a dreamer, an artist, a pioneer, a storyteller, and a genius. But above all, Walt had more courage than most ever hope to have. People laughed and scoffed at his ingenious ideas time and time again. He was often faced with harsh criticism and negativity where his vision was concerned. 

Disneyland was thought by many to be an expensive folly that would ultimately sink Walt and his Studios. People thought it was a ridiculous idea and that Walt had lost his mind. He had much difficulty convincing others to share his vision, however, he prevailed and as they say...the rest is history. 

Walt Disney is more than just "the Mickey Mouse man," as one person once described him to me. Walt was a genius with astounding vision; vision that was so ahead of its time there were a select few individuals who could understand and support it. Walt was a man of progress, and that progress was not limited to his Animation Studios or his Theme Parks. 

Walt Disney was a man who accomplished great and monumental things because he never stopped believing in himself or in his dreams. 

I  looked down at my crumpled up drawings and went back through them. Then I started cutting things out and gluing them back together. Pretty soon, I had a fresh outlook and direction on my production design, and I have Walt Disney to thank for that. 

Thank you, Walt. You taught the world new ways to dream.

What will you accomplish today? What inspires you? Make every day count; rejoice in both the failures and the successes in your endeavors. No dream is too big or too small...and everything can be accomplished with faith and trust...and a little bit of pixie dust. 

"Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably."  ~ Walt Disney