availspace Available Space: February 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

new directions


8 1/8" x 5 3/4"

illustration on vintage book cover

Have recently found myself more and more drawn to illustration. Something about the simplicity of the drawings attracts my attention and has made me want to attempt my own. Here is an example of a simple illustration which will hopefully turn into a larger project.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

good stuff happening in Norway

I am so happy to be sticking to my goal of listing two pieces a day. It really keeps my creativity going and helps me stay focused on larger works and projects. Although I have had sick kids at home for almost a week now, I am still able to balance time to work a little. I am hoping that I can keep up my momentum now!

pieces above available on etsy and ebay.

Monday, February 25, 2008


Two Seasons in One Day
4" x 6"

It feels so good to finally beable to say that I finally managed to accomplish something today. 6 hours in the studio - record! These pieces amongst many more were completed. I have so many unsuccessful works laying around, all a small format, and decide to do some revamping. We'll see what my patrons think about these little guys. I plan to list on both sites every day -we'll see if I can keep it up!


6" square collage

interested? click here

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Yep, this is it, Saturday night dinner by a 9 year old. I know what you're thinking, ice cream, chocolate and designer water? Well, the story is we had a late lunch and the water, well, the bottle is filled with tap water and has been used a billion times as it fits perfectly in the door of our refridgerator (European fridges are small, you know).

Been also busy at work on a secret project as well as filling my time with some "normal" collage work. Started making these 3D shadowboxes and seem to be somewhat obsessed. Hard to see the 3D effect in the piece above, but don't really know how to capture a proper picture of it. Anyway, although the image is a bit "sweet" for my taste, the little girl HAD to be in my first attempt. I will be making more, stay tuned!

And some more 4" "sweet" pieces for your Saturday viewing, all available here.

And last but not least, the lovely Sarah was kind enough to give me a very special recognition..

Although I check all of the blogs under my links section frequently, here are a few that I check often because they continue to inspire. Have a look!

Angela Cartwright

Bridgette Guerzon Mills

Corey Moortgat

Hanne Matthiesen

Jennifer Black

Port 2 Port

Lena Corwin

Sunday, February 17, 2008


6" square canvas
It is now winter break here in Norway and we are hoping to get up to the slopes for a few days. Believe it or not, we don't get much snow here in southern Norway and have to drive a good hour to see some!
For those of you wondering, the house is coming along, slowly but surely. Noah's room is almost finished and then off to the guest room. This room would of been finished had I not heard noises the other day under the floor. Yes, rats! Soooo, we through some rat poison down there and now need to wait a few weeks for the pest control guys to come and give us the thumbs up that they are gone. Uff da, good thing my mom doesn't read my blog. She is coming in a few weeks and I am not sure she would appreciate having pests gnawing at the floor boards under her feet! Sounds like I am pretty lax about this but really, I have been so freaked/grossed out about the whole thing that I am now just trying to talk about it like it is no big deal. The joys of buying an old house I guess. More later...

Monday, February 11, 2008


This is me on Sunday, Mother's Day here in Norway and a day after my 37th birthday. Wow, can that really be true? Am I really 37 years old? Looking at my face in that picture, I can see the years coming, one more line around the eyes and my laugh lines are become more profound. 40 seems to be so close now, but my mother in law reassures me that that is when life truly begins. I hope she is right.

I don't usually post pictures of myself, mainly because there aren't any. I had to make Paul take pictures so I had some memory of the weekend. I told him god forbid something happen to me as the kids would have no idea what I look like as there are few photos of me with them.

Now, it is Monday again, and I have added a couple pieces to both etsy and ebay. Click the link to the right if yer interested. Have a great week.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

where do i start?

Seem a bit disorganized and out of sorts these days. My house is still under construction as we are living amongst dust and sheetrock. I deliver Noah to daycare in the morning with the intention to get home and focus on working on some new pieces. Uff da, this is harder than you think! You know how you feel when you have to get to sleep because you have something going on early the next morning and you lay in bed telling yourself to get to sleep to no avail? Uh huh, that is exactly what is happening as soon as I sit down at my table. nothing.

Oh well, this is my birthday weekend not to mention Mother's Day here in Norway on Sunday. Figure I should milk it for all its worth!

Finally, thanks Dad, appreciate any political humor these days amonst this chaotic election. Here's a laugh as you start your weekend...
"Remembering the Clintons"

Monday, February 04, 2008

a good read

The dynamic duo of Angela and Sarah are at it again with issue 2 of Pasticcio! Just received my copy today and I must say, it is fab! High quality photos, interesting topics and an all around quality zine makes this one my favorite. Treat yourself to a copy right here.

Angela has also written a fantastic book, all about altering photographic imagery. This is must for anyone who works with any type of photography. I find that many of the mixed media art books as of late seem to repeat themselves, a lot of the same techniques are talked about and although the styles vary, the overall idea and materials used are the same. Angela introduces materials and techniques I have never seen and products from vendors I haven't yet explored. Thanks Angela! Fabulous work as always! Valentine's is coming up, don't you deserve it?

Sunday, February 03, 2008


6" square collage on canvas
Yes! I am working! Slowly but surely getting back into the groove of things. Listed some paper goods on etsy and the above piece on ebay. Still not sure which site I prefer, so am trying to make a point of spreading my work between the two.
Hubby finally returned home from a 10 day business trip to India. I have a secret love for Bollywood films and have now been blessed with 6 new movies! whoo hoo!
On another note...

Added some new scrap packs and gocco cards to my etsy site.

Feeling good about my productivity this week. Finished some promised work and managed to squeeze in a few small things to list this week. The days still seem to fly by, but I am slowly getting in to a routine. Now, to organize my thoughts somehow!

have a great week.