According to Blogger, this is my 600th post... Not bad. Could be better. But I'm still here!!
Here are a slew of fabulous pictures... I have so many that are keeping me in my HAPPY PLACE, I could blog for days... This is the first November in years that I haven't done the Nablopomo business - it's just been one of those CRAZY months, you know? Maybe I'll try for it in December... We'll see...
Here is an example of the joy that my sister and her visit brought me:
With Tully being a freshman in high school, not much makes him genuinely laugh... But you better believe that Auntie Kippy does!!
My sister has the best hair. LOVE.
She's good at keeping my nutty boys in line.
And she was the perfect house guest!! We shopped, and ate green chile, and experience New Mexico.
On a side note, apparently handing my Canon Rebel camera to my husband turns him into a International Fashion Photographer. The following photo is me telling him to STOP PRESSING THE SHUTTER LIKE A MADMAN.
Then I could pose like a madwoman.
I MISS MY SISTER but thankfully we talk on the phone almost every day. AND she's adept with Skype now as well! Yeay.
Here are a few more of my creature...
All of these are sold. I am so incredibly happy that they'll be hanging in the homes of the BEST people!!
Kris Mills bought this guy:
When I deliver him next week, I'm going to see if we can possibly maybe do some sort of trade... I love her work, and I'm so pleased that she loves mine, too!
This is one of the last pieces I completed for the show:
I need to photograph it better - these don't do it justice.
Oh, and speaking of photos, I had brought my humble camera setup to the gallery last week to photograph the exhibition, and I was doing an okay-ish job... But with only one semester of photography under my belt, I was absolutely out of my league.
Enter Rachel Cox, who is a grad student in photography at UNM - she just happened to wander into the gallery as I awkwardly documented my show.
"Um, what kind of setup you got there?" she said (with a twinkle in her eye). I said "I know, I know - I'm trying!" Rachel then suggested that she could come back in a couple of hours with her complete (amazing) setup and do a professional shoot - if you click on the link to her website, you can see that in addition to her own amazing artwork, Rachel does freelance work for artists (which is completely lucrative - most painters/sculptors/artists cannot document their own work - it's harder than it looks to do it RIGHT!)
Rachel shot for an hour and a half, took over 100 photographs, AND DID IT FOR TRADE!! YEAY!! Holy cow, I was so relieved.
I also made a video, but that's going to take me a bit to post-process. I'm good with iMovie, but since I don't personally own a Mac, I'll have to figure out the movie program on my trusty little Toshiba. It'll happen, just give me time...
This next little guy was another super popular one:
I've already ordered the supplies to make some more - they'll probably be a bit different, but along the same lines... My mind is constantly swirling.
SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!!!
The reaction to my work has just been unbelievable. I am still riding high!! I took the show down yesterday, and there were still people filtering in the whole time - one guy came in and exclaimed "NOOOOOOOOOOO! Don't take them down!!"
I just am so tickled by the way people have fallen in love with it. My book is full of over 20 solid pages of people positively raving about the work. Seriously? Not a single negative or critical of bad thing anywhere in there.
Here are a few pictures from my reception that Shane took:
The gorgeous Lea Anderson and her fabulous daughter Korie! They bought 5 pieces and have VERY good taste, if I do say so myself ;)
Some of my old CNM peeps (who are now UNM peeps): my sweet friend Tim, one of my favorite instructors and friends Lynn, Hadassah's boyfriend (I think his name is Pepe?), fabulous Hadassah (who is ridic gorgeous), and ME!
Kippy talking with Nancy's husband Darrin.
These make me giggle:
Stone and his best friends Michael, looking quite dapper! :)
My boys seriously love their Auntie Kippy.
Oh, and I just noticed that my committee members Michael Cook and Scott Anderson are in the back of that shot, having a chat. I just adore them so immensely!
So Shane was in charge of getting the boys to the show after school - Kippy and I had arrived early to set up food and get ready for my talk. My only instruction to Shane was to make sure the boys didn't look grungy - This is how they dressed themselves!
Shane had also got me a box of See's chocolates and a gorgeous bunch of flowers from Trader Joe's - the night couldn't have been more perfect!
LOVE Lynn... She bought 3 pieces! Extra love!!
Even though my eyes are closed in this picture, I love it - Ariane is so very fabulous...
RAAARGH hands! And you can see the antlers I was wearing in my hair all night - I really really enjoyed them, and might have to start wearing them on a regular basis...