Friday, March 25, 2011

I think Virginia may have read my last blog post. Since Daylight Savings Time began, she's been sleeping in till at least 8 (yay, she got tricked!). But in the last week she has been bypassing her 2am wake-up ... I'm able to get about 6-7 hours of uninterrupted sleep! Well it's interrupted by a 6am panic wake-up "WAIT, why hasn't the baby cried yet??" But when I calm myself back down to sleep it is awesome. Then we lay around in bed till 8 or 9 or so. IT'S AMAZING! I think it's because she is starting to eat baby food more consistently these days. The baby food: it's a good thing!

This has to be the busiest spring I have ever experienced, I think. Besides the year I had to finish the final artwork for a childrens book, start a new day job, and fix up and move into a new house all in about 2 months time. This year I have FIVE shows lined up (to see which ones, see my "upcoming events" on the right), and I am so excited! But also so stressed. They are mostly spaced 2 weeks apart, so that gives me a bit of time to replenish between shows (and the IHE is off by itself in June). I also have my normal etsy and personal portrait orders to work on (sorry if you are waiting on one from me ...), plus a rather large project that is looming over my head (which I hope is still on, I will be very sad if it should fall through). Oh and also I have this baby, so there's that, too.

Here is an example of a "Value Portrait," which is something new I've added to the portrait business this year:

kara pritchard final web

It's a 5"x7" portrait, characters only, no background. A wash of color is ok. It's a good way to get yourself Cordial-ized but on a budget.

And for your enjoyment, one of the earliest versions of the cat-erpillar, circa 2006:


They've come a long way, huh? Perhaps a celebration is in order for his 5th birthday.

Someone asked me the backstory of the cat-erpillars. Here is all I could come up with:

"Honestly, I can't really tell you how he started. I remember drawing him in my sketch book, but I was also drawing more "normal" caterpillars and cats around the same time. Not sure if someone suggested it to me, or if the progression was just natural. His beginnings are a mystery, just like him."

*edit #2*

Here is a picture of the very first cat-erpillar stuffie, also circa 2006. Yay!

cat-erpillar stuffed animal

They are so much better now, right? yes.


Anonymous said...

are you moving candice? this is the first i've heard of this? i'm confused!

Candice Hartsough McDonald said...

Nope, I meant when we moved 3 years ago to the new house. THAT was certainly a busy spring! This one may top it, though. :D