Love, Lydia - Notes from a geeky, plus sized artist.: Days, Oh the Days...57-78

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Days, Oh the Days...57-78

I'm sorry, dear readers, that most of a month has flown by without a peep.  The past few weeks I've been kept busy looking for jobs, and even showing up for a couple of interviews.  I get pretty absorbed when I'm working on that kind of thing.  However, nothing has come of it so far except two great interview experiences.  One with Anthropologie, a lovely women's clothing and home goods brand, and the other with Gann Memorials, a fantastic little family company that makes plush toys for people like - Nintendo, My Little Pony, and the giant bunny featured in Iron Man 3.  I would be happy to work for either company, though I'm no longer a candidate for one of them.  And I'm still looking and applying to places too, though I'm leaning towards not worrying about it as much as I have the past few weeks.

Other news:

We've had ice storms at least every other week, though at least it's given me a little relief from spring allergies.  haha  It's also kept us from trying out the fire pit we were given for Christmas.  I'm hoping we'll have a break in the weather soon so we can invite some people over to enjoy it with us.

We went to PA for my grandfather's funeral two weekends ago.  While I wanted a little trip for a change of routine it was sad that it was for an event like this.  He had dementia for the past few years, and really couldn't remember any of his family anymore.  After a recent fall he had stopped eating and within a short time passed away in his sleep.  He lived into his mid-90s and was fairly healthy right up to the end.  I think we all feel peaceful about how it all happened, and it was nice to see so many of the relatives I see so seldom.

Twitter, it's just been an awesome way to find out what's going on in the art world.  I've probably sunk some of the time I should've been writing here into that lately, but I'm trying to get things more balanced, so you all will see me here more consistently, twice a week minimum!

Speaking if posting more I'm exploring way of making this blog part of my work.  There were some interesting ideas Here at the blog Just Between Friends in regards to a lot of the areas I was curious about.  If you have a blog that you want to develop more I suggest you check it out!

In addition, I've been thinking I'll start doing a Pinterest experiment each week as part of my blog features (that would probably give me a third posting each week!).  I've got a ton of great ideas to try out from art techniques, recipes, DIY projects, and home cleaning fixes to photography challenges.  I've got over 4000 just waiting to be tried out.  And you can take a peek at my pin boards here at

In tomorrow's post stay tuned for an art update with plenty of pictures!

Love, Lydia


  1. At least someone around here shares my own guilt at not blog posting regularly. Being in between projects has meant padding out my weekly posts with editorials about artists I admire which tends to bring in new viewers who find the pictures but aren't necessarily there for the words I've written about them.

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather. Becca (My brother Matt's fiancee) just recently lost her grandmother, with whom she was exceptionally close, to the point that Becca was the only one she consistently remembered throughout her dementia. Things got awkward however when it was discovered that Matt was going to the funeral at the same time I was going to a wedding.

    Twitter is something I've been using more frequently this past year, but I've found I get more responses to work I post directly to Facebook rather than post a picture to Twitter and then have that piped to my News Feed. I dunno, I'm still trying to figure out how to make the Internet work for me.

    I'm looking forward to the promise of plenty of pictures. Since I don't have any plans for my annual weekend blog post, perhaps it'll be inspirational to my organization.

    Glad to see you're still keeping at it!

  2. Well, you can always make projects for yourself to work on, like those great Frozen sketches you put up a while back! I know it can be hard though, motivation is one of the things I struggle with as a fine artist. And it's not that I don't have plenty of ideas, I just question myself a lot!

    Thanks for the kind words, it's indeed a bit awkward to feel joy and sorrow together. But I think that's perfectly ok, life and death are woven into our lives, sometimes closely.

    I think for me the key to using Twitter is to use it differently than I do other platforms. I post more public things there - art, culture, general interest stuff, and follow way more networking contacts than personal friends. I've looked for area businesses and associations for the arts, local news outlets, and people who are interested in similar things to me. I wish I followed more personal friends on there actually! On Facebook I do more fun or personal life related things, but announce news about my work on both sites. So far I think it's the right approach for me, though I think tweaking of my techniques will happen often as I learn more.

    Now, to go and take those pictures....