sleepy kelly

oh dear god.

so... I've been working 7 days/week with my three jobs, and it's like as soon as I get home, I'm working on something else, whether it's packing up an art order, replying to email, household chores, or just figuring out what I have to do. because it never stops. I'm burnt out. I'm holding up okay though. I'm just sad that I can't make any new art until some of this dies down. I also miss daytime talk radio.

Things are going well though. I ordered some more bezels so I can make more resin pendants with my art. If there's a work you'd like me to make into a necklace, let me know.

ugh. tired. bed.
later.

the weekly update and TWO blog recommendations

So... I'm way behind. I've got 214 messages in my inbox that require some sort of action before they can be filed away. Orders are out on time though, so that's a plus. My other jobs are going well, and I expect all this craziness to slow down after next month.

Blog recommendations...
I'm doing two today... one for last week and one for this week.

First:

Camilla d'Errico

I still owe Camilla a drink, since she bought me quite possibly the stiffest drink anyone has ever bought me at SDCC '07. I asked her if she was hitting on me and she said, "I'm sorry. I'm Canadian. I'm just nice." I was so amused, I think I actually worked that exchange into one of my works. Anyway, you should check out her work because she's a clever girl who is going places. And because she's nice. I really love how lush and dreamy her works are.

Second:


Juxtapoz Magazine

This is a really good blog for art news. You will read about everyone else I've recommended, plus see reader art and other cool stuff that doesn't appear in the magazine. They send out a few posts a day, so it's a nice blog to have on your RSS feed reader if you like frequent updates.

nyc art show in feb during nycc... and 2009 calendar

Wow. I am a busy geek. :-)

On top of my art business, I picked up two seasonal jobs. I work at a Gamestop, and tomorrow I start at Wizard Entertainment. Both of these are just temp jobs, because I couldn't possibly keep this up. Today, I began my day at Gamestop and now I'm working on art stuff, trying to prepare orders before the post office closes tonight.

I want to get another batch of resin pendants done in time to ship for Christmas, plus I REALLY need to start on some new originals for the gallery show in Brooklyn this February. The gallery finally decided on a name, FLUSHNIK, and it's sort of a collective of studios with a community space for live music and art shows. You've heard me talk about my composer friend, Kevin... he made the octopus t-shirts. He lives downstairs. I was asked to do a solo show, but since I won't have time to make enough to fill the space, I've asked some other artists to show with me. We're scheduling it to coincide with the New York Comic Convention, but we haven't decided on a date yet. What's the best day to have it?

One other thing to report: Veronika Kotlajic has been the subject of three of my paintings. One of them has been selected to appear in her annual calendar. It's not for sale yet, but I will post when it's available. In the meantime, this is her website: http://perfectmuse.com

t-shirts!!

Octopus shirts!
This is what I have:
1 small olive shirt
1 medium red shirt
1 large red shirt
(all 100% preshrunk cotton)


If you want one, let me know... once I give the okay, please paypal me $5 to cover shipping.
Yay Kevin! Thanks for making the shirts! ...kinda gives me ideas for making more.

EDIT: Just to reiterate, I only have three shirts, and no plans to get more.
***the medium is now reserved for Jenni.
***the large is now reserved for Jeff.

blog recommendation #3

Well, forget what I said about Monday being blog recommendation day.... but I'm not giving it up either... I'm still getting one recommendation done a week. If you haven't checked out my first recommendation, check it out! She just added a bunch of new updates.
http://i-seldom-do.livejournal.com/

This week, I'd like to recommend Daniel Hyun Lim. http://www.danielhyunlim.blogspot.com/

I marvel at how prolific Daniel is. He caught my attention by doing a series called "1000 Drawings", describing his intent to produce 1000 drawings to be sold at $100 each. YAY!!! Affordable original art!

WW-TEXAS

Quote from last night:
Dylan - "Whoa! Virginia went to Obama!"
Me - "Real Virginia or Fake Virginia?"

GAH! I AM SO BUSY!!!
AND I leave for Wizard World Texas tomorrow! I'm excited, but totally not prepared. I have so much to update about, but it's gonna have to wait until I get back next Monday.

Oh.. and pretend it's last Monday for a second so I can do the the Blog Recommendation for the week. and I don't have time to do anything other than hotlink, so hopefully when I get back, I can fix this...

So this one you'll need your RSS reader for, and again, I recommend Google Reader.


Jim Mahfood is one of the most talented artists I've had the pleasure of meeting. Jim has an enormously positive vibe and is simply just remarkably cool. AND he gave me a quote for my book. He posts a lot of photos of live art events, hip hop and gallery shows... and you should at least pick up his book "Mixtape" or my favorite, "Stupid Comics". If you admire someone that can make art in his sleep, subscribe to his blog.

Also, if you have your RSS reader out, I found out you can add Etsy stores. Go add your favorite stores! It'll be on your reader page when new items are added. Mine is http://kellyhowlett.etsy.com

more on resin jewelry...

Three out of six of my resin pendants turned out. One had a last minute bubble that appeared out of no where. One had a drop of water (from the straw) ruin the surface. One had a piece of cat fur dry into the surface. Of the three that didn't turn out, I could easily pop out the resin out of the pewter bezel without much effort. I had been concerned it wouldn't be so easy.

(Edit - I should say that I didn't have a difficult time removing the resin because I did it within 24 hours. This resin has a soft cure at 24 hours, and a hard cure at 72 hours. If I tried again now, I don't think I'd have as easy of a time. They seem very strong and durable.)

So... my next try was with the "translucent" liquid sculpey. I would say that was a total failure. I was quite excited about the sculpey because it's safe to use indoors, and the cure only takes 15-20 minutes. It must be baked though, and during the baking, the artwork curled out of the bezel and the sculpey bubbled and never became clear. Also, Resin looks and feels like glass. The sculpey has a real spongy quality about it.

Tomorrow, I'm going to pick up some cord and ribbon to make the necklaces for the pendants. I really can't decide what's better, some sort of chain or a ribbon? I'll probably try a few things. Then I'll hand them over to Dylan to photograph. (My camera is ANCIENT and not good.)

I'd like to have them ready for Wizard World Texas... and I'd like to get a batch up on Etsy before the end of next month.

Blog recommendation #1

So... I promised I'd start recommending a blog a week. Again, if you have suggestions, send them to me.
First, I'm gonna set everyone up with an aggregator or RSS reader.

Here's a list of aggregators, but I recommend Google Reader. SUPER easy and works great. I use Live Journal's built in aggregator for reading the blogs of LJ users, and I use Google Reader for everyone else.

I'll give the quick sum up explanation. An aggregator is a tool that gathers up information so you don't have to manually check 30 different sites for updates. All you must do is plug in the sites you'd like to watch, and the aggregator collects the updates from those pages and makes a page for you to view all of them in order of when they were posted.

Once you set up your aggregator, remember to add me!!!! http://kellyhowlett.livejournal.com

My first blog recommendation is: http://i-seldom-do.livejournal.com/

Audrey Kawasaki is one of my favorite artists.
You can see more of her work here: http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/

I'm most excited about this blog because I'm so excited to see every new piece she makes. There are many pictures which illustrate her process, and I am also one of those people that love to see where an artist works. I'd say that Audrey has been influential in my work, mostly because I picked up working on wood because of her. I really hope to own one of her pieces someday.