Monthly Archives: June 2009

Alphabet Soup

I finished the letter I and started on the letter J. I also have some preliminary sketches for the tree leaves on the letter K. I am feeling pretty confident that I can finish these within the time frame I have given myself.

Letter I

Tonight I plan on shifting gears a little bit and working on painting one of my many projects. It will either be my elephant or the koi.



Finding Work

Two weeks after Taliesin was born I was laid off. It was both heartbreaking and a relief. I love working in the field of archaeology, but I was worried how I would be able to continue travelling so often with an infant at home and a working husband.

It has been seven months and I still do not have a job. I relish the time I have been able to spend with my son. It has been a gift. Unfortunately, we cannot afford for me to be a stay at home mom.

I have been applying to jobs from the day I was laid off. I have had very few responses from potential employers. Competition is fierce with so many people unemployed. I was told by one employer that they had several hundred applicants for one position. My experience is so specialized at first glance. The reality is that I had to do a variety of tasks to perform my job. I don’t think I have been successful at presenting this in my resume.

It is time to go back to the drawing board and see if I can create a resume that better reflects my experience.


A poem by Charles Tallman (used with permission, please do not reproduce)

the glint of onyx

whispers as ruby sands pass

a ghostly caress

On Being a Mother

Six months ago a little bundle of joy and chaos entered my life. Nothing has been the same since. I used to think that I didn’t have enough time to get things done. My perspective has since changed. Because my son, Taliesin, has needs and wants that cannot be scheduled, I have been forced to find time for simple things like making myself dinner when my husband is at work.

By doing this, however, I have found new joys. I turn making dinner into a cooking show for babies.  An unexpected need for a diaper change turns into a commercial break.

The time is there. It is how we use it and whether or not we let ourselves get flustered by the unexpected that makes a difference, in my opinion.

Deadlines and Time Management

I’ve been listening to the Ninja Mountain podcast Episode #4 (yes I am very far behind) and they have been discussing deadlines. I have been thinking a lot about time lately. While I have found more creative ways to make time for things, I still don’t get everything done that I want to.

To narrow the focus on art, I tend to start lots of projects and lose focus. This makes it difficult to finish things. Since I do not, as of yet, do art as a living, I do not really have any deadlines. I know that deadlines help keep me focused from competitions I have taken part in, so perhaps they are a way to help me finish personal projects.

One of my big projects is my alphabet I am designing for my son.

Letter H

I have 18 letters left to sketch and all 26 to paint.  I do better with smaller goals because they seem less daunting. So, it takes me an evening (2 or 3 hours) to finish each sketch. If I set a goal to get two sketches done a week, that has me finishing this stage by August 21st.

There. I have set my deadline and posted for the world to see.  I think it is flexible enough to allow for work on some of my other projects too.