Caricatures for The Cleveland Tea Party – one artist’s response to The 9-12 Project

A timely message from Dr. Suess, "Horton Hears a Who"

A timely message from Dr. Suess, "Horton Hears a Who"

Okay, this is the one exception I’ll make to my blogging rule (NO politics), because it criss-crosses into my professional life… just this once!

I am excited to announce I will be setting up my humble caricature stand at The Cleveland Tax Day Tea Party Event on April 15, 4:00-6:00pm!

I’m looking forward to updating my display board (it’s needed updating for quite a while — I still have Moulder & Scully, The X Files couple, and Will Smith from MIB as samples). This new board will be updated with political figures, of course, but it’s not my style to be nasty (I never want to offend), so I’ll keep the tone of my sketches down to a lighthearted tease. For the first time I’ll have the courage to display caricatures which express my own political views and I’ll have a couple there to honor some of the outspoken conservatives I enjoy (DARE I LIST THEM? Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly – and I’ll HAVE to do one of Ann Coulter – perhaps ducking from a cream pie – nyuk, nyuk).

The caricatures I do as display for this event will not likely be used at any other event, so I think I’ll offer them up for bidding afterward. Most caricature gigs I do are birthday parties, arts/cultural festivals – so I’ll still need to update my board. Maybe this time I’ll have Will Smith in an “I Am Legend” scene, fighting vampiric monsters. I gotta keep Will up on my board somehow – he’s one of my favorite actors.

The image I’ve chosen for this entry is quite symbolic for me. This book is one of my daughter’s favorites, and every time I read this page, I get a little choked up. The message is so incredibly timely, I feel.

So, OKAY, Dr. Suess! I’m shouting my “YOPP!”

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Lynn Gaines – Quilt Art

"F" - Art Quilt by Lynn Gaines

"F" - Art Quilt by Lynn Gaines

I was one of the fortunate few to grab one of Lynn Gaines’s quilted pieces from her alphabet series (shown at the American Greetings Gallery a couple years back). I originally bought it while I was pregnant with my second baby. I told myself if I was having a girl, I would name her Faith… but if it was a boy, I would hang this piece in my daughter’s room. Our last name is Fedan, so I figured it still worked.

Lynn is an artist who works in the American Greetings Deisgn Studio. When I worked on AG’s ornament team, Lynn was one of the first artists I heard about. We based a mini ornament series on her cute bear style back in 1997.

I’m happy to have a few Lynn originals in my own home, thanks to her many gallery showings at AG World Headquarters. I have one of her handmade teddy bears and one precious framed piece as well. I’m happy Lynn is sharing her gift with the world by opening a blog/website so others can see what she’s up to. Check out her site!

Caricatures at Paper Thread – Columbus, OH

Maggie at Paper Thread - Columbus, Ohio

Maggie at Paper Thread - Columbus, Ohio

I had so much fun doing caricatures at the Paper Thread Boutique in Columbus, Ohio. It was a great experience. The gals who worked there were so wonderful and hospitable. I was also very impressed by how they greeted their customers into their store and showed great knowledge about their store’s content when customers needed assistance.

BRAVO, Paper Thread! A top notch stationery boutique. It was a fun place to visit!

Cheap Fun With the Kids!

It’s a juggling act, trying to keep my two toddlers occupied while I do the dishes or the laundry, make dinner, etc., etc. Sometimes they get bored with their everyday toys and just need something different to play with. ENTER imagination.

Baby Jack loves to build things, but he gets frustrated with Legos because he hasn’t quite mastered them yet. And when I introduce the wooden blocks, it often results in a tug-o-war or a screaming frenzy because one of them wants the blocks the other has, or Jack knocks over Rose’s masterpiece.

When introducing something NEW, that always helps them to quiet down and enjoy playing for at least 10-15 minutes so I can have a breather. So, I got the ole disposable paper cups out of the cupboard. When I realized they needed more, I got out the plastic ones – we don’t use them anyway, so why not?

This occupied them for at least 15-20 minutes, and then Jack finally decided it would be fun to knock down Rose’s masterpiece. I quickly entered the scene and tried to laugh it off, making Rose see how fun it is to watch the cups fly. Luckily she bought it and we all laughed as I helped Rose pile up the cups for Jack to knock ’em down.

Cheap fun. Mama likes.

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