So I finally had my month off from travel, and while finances have certainly been worse for not having a con (and to be fair having a LOT of other stupid expenses last month coming from becoming an official Colorado resident) the art is going so much better.  Funny how not doing constant con prep and being overly exhausted/worried has had an extremely positive effect on my art.  I'm looking at it and feeling much more confident in myself, in my work, and in my chosen profession.  I ended up taking far longer than I would have hoped on my 'Pirates Meeting' piece below, but I really think the results were worth it.  I really REALLY wanted to make sure that the client got his monies worth, that I did myself proud, and that it kept true to what was showing up in my head.  And I am pretty damn pleased.


The Pirates Meeting
by ~LauraGarabedian on deviantART

The next piece up that I was pretty proud of was this caracal mage.  Doing Glowly in watercolor =hard.  As in breaking my face a few times hard. But the results seemed really worth it.  I was reminded of that thing that my art teachers always told me and somehow when I'm exhausted I always forget.  You start with the BIG brushes and work down.... Oh yeah... It helps... no really.


Caracal Mage
by ~LauraGarabedian on deviantART

So yeah.  I am really freaking pleased with those pieces... one more I'll show you guys later after I upload it tomorrow that I was also thrilled with.  The other thing that has had me super pleased with these has been getting to work relatively large.  Until these pieces I hadn't had many large commissions recently (and by large I mean anything at least 9x12 - which is a decent - though really not large - for watercolors) So that was a blast too.  The first piece is 12x16 and the second is 9x12.  On my current queue are (thankfully) a few more large pieces. I am freaking loving them, a 16x20 cave scene, a 20x30 dalek, and a 10x30 (ish - size is still in flux) asian dragon. 

Anyhoo, I AM travelling again this weekend, road tripping up to Kansas City for the SpectrumLIVE convention. Not vending, but going, networking, and hopefully learning a lot.  I am really looking forward to this convention.  Panels on WorldBuilding, panels on getting started in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy world... getting my portfolio reviewed by Disney, Blizzard, and WoC... might break my brain... but in any case I am super stoked.

Whats been going on in my personal life though?  Still seeing the same amazing guy... kind of think this one is a keeper... he is one of those people who can always make me smile.  Takes care of me and recognizes the small things when I'm not feeling up to snuff.  We went and visited some friends who just (like a week ago) had a baby, so I held the tiny little thing and kind of felt grateful that as cute as he is (he slept the ENTIRE time I held him) I have not changed my mind. Still don't want one.  I am gonna kind of freak out if I ever get an urge to have a kid... in all of my life I have NEVER wanted one... I very rarely even hold them.  Tim actually even brought it up later, saying I held out for a while he didn't think I liked kids that much and to be fair I probably held him for an hour or two... but he was asleep, you don't move them when they sleep.  At least when I hold sleeping baby goats/kittens/puppies/chickens/etc I never moved them if I could avoid it... I figure its the same with babies, if they are happy and sleeping its no skin off my back to hold the sleeping thing.  And they are kind of cute in an odd squishy human way... I just don't want one.. Catch and release, its all about catch and release.   Not too terribly much else going on - I'm playing an oddly anthro seal/anemone cyborg in a Rifts game, so thats been a blast... she can go all face huggery with tons of arms and claws and sharp seally teeth when she gets scared... which makes me giggle like a little girl... And really thats about it.

I'll try and show you all some more art before I head off to Spectrum.
So... I have been in the mood to paint something snarly.
And something realistic.
And I did this sketch. It was going to be a snarly tiger and there were going to be clockwork bits in it's ruff, and gears in it's eyes, and it was going to be added to my steampunk portfolio.
And then I started working on it. And it didn't want any of that nonsense. It just wanted to be a tiger dammit.  So here is what came of it.


Original is 9"x12" watercolor and ink and for sale, as always I've got prints/magnets/mugs/stickers/THINGS
So here! Have some art...



Elegant canine is somewhat pretentious.




Tribal Firebird - a design that I really wasn't sure about through the sketch stage, and the painting stage, and most of the inking stage. But now that its done I like it.





A Wee Stylized Rabbit. On ACEO size 2.5"x3.5"





And Happy Owl. Just because
Sung in a minor key.
For no apparent reason other than that I like minor keys dammit.

Ehm... so, anyhow.  Life is getting better.  Due to the kind help of various commissioners/friends etc. finances are looking better, still not great, but heckuva lot better than they were two weeks ago. 

Still nervous about driving my car... more car adventures to come tomorrow I'm sure...

THE SEEDLINGS ARE COMING!
hehehehe
We ripped out the really ugly prickly distorted holly bushes and planted roses, and in various containters veggies and herbs, and in the gardens we planted sunflowers, strawflowers, and all sorts of other seeds.
So that was a week or two ago, and despite torrential downpours, that really did wash some of the seeds away, the sunflowers seem to have survived, as have a few of the hollyhocks. So HOOORAY! Tiny little things that once were little things that looked like rocks are now growing! No matter how many times I plant seeds that it never ceases to amaze.

And they brought Matboard!
Okay so watching the fedex guy try and manage a rather large box under one arm and the awkward large but narrow box of matboard with the other hand was fairly hilarious, I looked out the window to see him laughing at himself tripping up my walkway, so I ran out and helped him (and prayed that he really was fedex as his van was unmarked - he later explained that it was brand new, hadn't been painted yet).
So this metric ton of matboard is in for a show I'm doing next friday. It is pretty schwank and a one day event so I was honored to be invited and am sure I am going to stick out like a sore thumb, but whatever - very exciting.  I was... umm... lazy? I guess? got a lot of pre-cut matboard as last time I had to cut out a metric ton of mats mine and my boys wrists bothered us for over a week, so decided I'd buy standard cut mats and only cut my own of the weird sizes/colors.

So yay! Life is looking up, seeds are sprouting, roses are blooming, birds are bathing in my birdbath

And here have art! That's why you're really here right?
Scanned like crap, I'll try again later but don't expect much better - boo.

BTW if you read this Ursula and you prefer this - just ask it's yours :)


Original for sale, prints, mugs, stickers, magnets etc.. all available

When it cools off my constant companion is tea. The kettle is constantly boiling to make more of my favorite drink.
I figure thats true for just about anybirdy. *sorry* reeeeeaaaaaly bad pun...

Anyhow, original is available, and is watercolor on arches paper, approximately 3.5"x5"

As always, prints, mugs, stickers, magnets, and just about anything you could put an image on are available, just contact me for more info.

Art © Laura Garabedian


Way to have a pretentious title Laura. But to me the were here is retreating, and as I have always found peace while climbing (it's a passion of mine) I figure it might be this Were's sanctuary as well.

But anyhow, this piece was just awesome to work on, too much fun. I don't even know where to begin except that it began in the awesome Myenia's talented hands. This was a collaboration I did with her, she sketched it and I painted it, and damn but it was fun. This will either be up for sale at FC (assuming I get in the art show as apparently the app I thought I turned in either I didn't or got lost - one way or another it will be there) or perhaps in the art show at Furry Fiesta if someone doesn't make me an offer I can't refuse. We will be offering a limited edition run of archival prints of these pieces. This was such a blast to work on, and I hope to do another piece with her in the future. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

It will be a run of 50 and they will be $20 and will be 8.5"x11"
Art is © to Laura Garabedian and Myenia
Got off a 5 day or so art block where NOTHING was coming out right. My ACEO's were crap. My large pieces were crappier and I just didn't know what to do.

So I switched tracks.

Went in my file of old sketches that had promise and pulled out the tribal-ish pieces I've done such as


And decided to keep playing with those sketches, so here have a weird kitty and a weird gold inky gryphon.
BTW, gold ink = pain in the ass to use. clogs up EVERYTHING brushes or pen nibs
and the good news is hooray! the art block is gone! Now I can play and paint and go forth and do more!!!




As always, the originals are for sale and prints/magnets/and stickers are available should you be so inclined. Just send me an e-mail :)

Hope all is well for everyone

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