It's Never Too Early For Christmas

While everyone is talking Thanksgiving turkey, I’m putting out my favorite Christmas decorations, stacking up Christmas music, lighting holiday incense and soaking in the sights and sounds and smells.   ...more

Liberty, equality, and homeland security.

Everything I know about patriotism, I learned in grade school making handprint turkeys in late November. ...more

Now, Voyager: Track your kink on the Map of Human Sexuality (NSFW)

*NSFW=not safe for work Hattip to whoever tipped me off to this ingenious "Map of Sexuality," created by graphic designer (and polyamory advocate) Franklin Veaux. Located on the website of SymToys, the map is interactive: Users can create a personalized sexuality map by placing flags marked "Things I've Tried' and "Things I'd Like to Try." It's like a mashup of Google Maps and the Good Vibrations Guide to Sex, except that the geography is completely made up and the sexual practices listed far exceed the Good Vibrations' repertoire. You can mark what you've done and what you'd like to do, then embed your personal map on your blog as, I suppose, a kind of brag sheet, or a to-do list for the next person you plan to sleep with. ...more

hedda morrison: the seed of an idea

When I started my research into the material culture of Sarawak, I came across the story of an extraordinary German/Australian woman who had lived and traveled in Sarawak from the 1940s to 1960s. She was with her husband, Alastair, who worked as a Sarawak government official. She had books of evocative black and white photographs of tribal life mid-century published by Malaysian publishers, with the captions in four languages, Iban, Malay, Chinese and English. Prior to moving to Sarawak, Hedda had also lived and traveled through China in the 1930s. ...more

Obscurae: A community art show/fundraiser

On December 5th & 6th Obscurae will premier with one-of-a-kind framed photographs of details in Braddock, PA -- showcased and given away in Braddock. I've had the immense pleasure of working on this show with Jodi Morrison and Ryan, Brubaker, and I'm so excited about the event itself that I keep forgetting to post about it here! ...more

Movies that make me want to clean my house

There's a family legend about my great-grandmother, born Mary Swan but known in adult life as Mrs. Brizzolara, which moniker the neighborhood kids could not pronounce and so she became "Mrs. B." or, to us in stories, simply Bee. The legend is that she was always Too Busy Rolling Bandages For the Red Cross to bother cleaning her house. This would have been circa World War I. ...more

ABC's of setting up your website, what everyone should know

New post on blog... ABC's of setting up your website, what everyone should know.  Click here for more ...more

That Painter Lady - Site Warming Party

I am happy to annouce that the That Painter Lady website re-do is complete!!  In celebration of the new site, I am offering a sweepstakes / giveaway for everyone to be a part of. Prizes include a texture paint package from Deco Art, Fabulous painting & decorating books from Amazon, and my faux finishing videos.  ...more

On letting go of my babies

Art-making is a personal thing. As I sit down to make a work, I control the brush along with the choices of color, composition, expression, and overall mood. The work I am creating is very much mine until I'm satisfied with the way it looks. ...more

Graphics Design Career Change

This time last year I knew what I was going to do for the rest of my life--a graphic designer. I enrolled in the graduate graphic design program at a local university. I spent an unbelievable amount on art supplies, textbooks, and software. I was ready to go. ...more