« October 2010 | Main | December 2010 »

November 2010 Archives

November 1, 2010

Artful Blogging - Winter 2011

I'm excited to have a drawing shown in the Winter 2011 issue of Artful Blogging. They've included an interview with Karen of Creative Therapy, and a few of our pieces of work are shown. Cool!


November 5, 2010

Life's Procrastination: Colored Pencil

Unless you know me very well, and very few do, I keep a lot (or most) sort of buried. But this morning I've taken a coffee break from work and browsed my way around Amazon, starting at what point? I can't even remember what led me down the colored pencil path; I didn't start there or with that intent. But there is medical stuff (again) going on in my house today. Most of my days are somehow touched in this way, but not all of them involve moments that are clearly life-changing. So, I browse... and I see all of this:

Don't forget - other than with fabric, where I'm completely at the other end of the color spectrum, I work mostly/mainly/almost always in black and white.

Do I wish I could buy all of these books? Not really. Probably only one of them would be "the" book. But I wish I could thumb through them all! And I'm inspired just to see all the covers.

And maybe I wish for the time to become the person who could have these books and use them.

Do I wish I could turn back time? Pretty often.

(On other color fronts, I'm looking at pastel pencils to inspire my once-a-week pastels artist to do more pastels at home. I thought the 'pencil' variety might interest him.)

November 11, 2010

Day Off


A rare day off. In my head, the day went one way. In reality, it unfolded differently. There was time spent at the hospital. There was time spent making an octopus (due tomorrow). There was time spent re-making an octopus (due tomorrow). There was time spent waiting for the person to come remove the rodent hanging half in and half out of the garage.

Luckily, there is a bright quilt unfolding on the design wall, in and around it all.

Luckily, there was a coffee and my own hand-made coffee sleeve.

November 29, 2010

Holiday Photography

I'm having a great time in my photography class, and I'm looking forward to talking about it. But December starts this week, and I wanted to point out two December-specific classes getting ready to start.

If you're looking for a guided hand at photo-journaling your holiday, you should check these out:

Have fun! And if you sign up for one or the other, let me know.

November 30, 2010

Rachel's Moon

Many of you probably "know" Rachel. If you follow her blog or her twitter or her Facebook stream, she's got her finger on the pulse of a range of cool and edgy craft--which is important in her role with Craftzine.com. As a long-ago listener of the Creative Mom Podcast, Rachel emailed me about her "High Texture Hand Embroidery of the Moon" which is up for voting in an Etsy contest right now.

Rachel has made it to round 2 in the 2010 Etsy/Nasa Space Craft Contest, which means the piece is up for public voting! The winning piece might wind up on board one of the final space shuttle flights.

If you follow Rachel, you know she's got a bit of a thing for space and astronomy! This piece of art combines her passions. As she told me, there's "soul" in every stitch. It's a wonderful piece, and I hope you take a look--and vote!

Rachel's put together a number of resources related to this piece:


Contents (visual and textual) copyright © Amy Cowen 2000-2009. All rights reserved.
Do not reproduce content from this site without permission, including graphics and photos.