Archive for July, 2010

I’m heading to Oregon.

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

A Good House by Andrea Zuill

    In a week I’ll be heading to Oregon.  My Daughter and I will drive as fast as we can up to Portland then leisurely make our way down the coast.  We’re very interested in finding cool craft, art and farming places to visit.   So I am asking you, my ass- kicking readers, do you have any tips for our Oregon trip? 

  Please remember that I am a artist and I am poor.  I am not looking for anything 4 star.  The descriptive words humble, homey, crafty, and hole-in-the-wall best fits the type of places we are looking for.  I also might bring some of my prints so if there is anything that can be traded for art that would be excellent.  Oh, and  I also can do a small quilting class.

Thanks!

Buildings, both good and evil.

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Baby Lincoln at His Childhood Home by Andrea Zuill

     After creating a few more building based images I have now put  some of them up on my Etsy store.  First is the Baby Lincoln piece. 

Baby Lincoln at His Childhood Home by Andrea Zuill

Free Candy by Andrea Zuill

 Free Candy is now also listed at my Etsy store.

My new shop at Leaping Lotus, at the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach, CA.

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Artwork by Andrea Zuill at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

   I have opened a small retail space at a store called Leaping Lotus in Solana Beach, CA .  Leaping Lotus is located in a well know area called  Cedros Design District.  I am very excited.  I know, I know, my space is the size of a SMALL walk in closet , but it’s all mine!  

  I don’t have a very fun name for my little store.  I just call it Artwork by Andrea Zuill.   I didn’t want to call it Badbird or The Doom Girls since I have stocked my space with both types of prints.   

   I hope some of you can visit my cubby, but only one person at a time.  I don’t think two people will fit.

  ( Just kidding!  I think at least one and a half people can fit.)

Yet another scary house. But it’s scary for a different reason.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

    Okay, I swear to god that I didn’t realize what I was doing until I had almost finished this image.  I mean, there I was, working away on my gnome house.  “It’s so cute”,  I thought.  Then, looking at the mushrooms, I thought, “That’s kind of funny.  The mushrooms looks like little penises…. Hey, wait a minute.  The house looks like a…… ”

   So , I made a very phallic discovery.  What in the heck was I thinking about when I was sketching this.  I really like  my little gnome house, except that it looks like a huge penis. 

      This reminds me of a quilt I saw on Craftsters.  A newbie quilter posted her first project.  It was a kind of pinwheel design.  She was very proud.  All of us reading her post noticed right away that what she had created was a swastikas quilt.  Someone ask  her if she meant to make swastikas.  “No”, she posted sadly, she had not meant to make a Nazi quilt.

   If you think that you, a friend or some little tyke would like a picture of a huge penis shaped gnome house hanging on their wall, drop me a note, because this print will NOT be going up at my Etsy store.

Another Scary house.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Free Candy by Andrea Zuill

      I’ve been reading your advice, not only from my blog but on Flickr.  Thinking things over I’ve decided that I wanted the house to look sweeter.   So I redesigned the house and changed the colors.  Everyone seems to like the sign in the front yard so that is back with the house.   I liked the candy canes, but I changed them into a fence.  I added Hugs and Kisses (OXOX) as trim on the house.  I wanted to have decoration to the outside of the house but I didn’t want it too busy.  Lastly,  I needed one more item to quietly make the house more dangerous.  After quite a lot of thought I designed skull and crossbone smoke coming from the chimney.

Two ideas, one scary house.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The Forbidden Zone by Andrea Zuill

      I ‘ve been playing with the idea of creating artwork featuring buildings.  The first idea I had was of the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretal.   I like the idea of a cute,  sweet house being the home of a evil witch.   The first image I came up with was to have gingerbread men “scarecrows”   that are simular to the scarecrows from The Planet of the Apes.  I remember in one Hansel and Gretal movie that the gingerbread men around the witches home where actually transformed children. 

Free Candy by Andrea Zuill

      Second,  I had the idea to make the image a bit simpler.  So you can see in the image about that I just have the house and a sign reading, “Free Candy”.   I trying to decide which image I like best.  I personally get of kick out of the scarecrows and the title, “the Forbidden Zone”.  It all makes me feel very clever.  But, there is a bit of charm in the simplicity of the image Free Candy. 

Please give me your thoughts.  I need help.

I’ve been up to stuff.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Kinglet by Andrea Zuill

    You probably have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately.  I’ve had a lot on going on.  Here is what I have been up to:

1.  Designing the above print, Kinglets, which will soon be available.

2.  After naming the apricot tree in the front yard Mister Snack-y, I have discovered that there is a limit to the amount of apricots a human should eat. 

3. I have been procrastinating about buying new bras.  My current, and only,  bra is a sad looking beige thing.  I hate shopping for bras.  It’s hard to find a bra that is comfortable

and that has the extra support beams I need.

5.  My friend for 15 years has died.  He was my bird.  Sigh….

6.  My daughter has come back from college.  Her boyfriend came to visit.  I miss being able to walk around the house naked.

7.  I am angry because after losing a bunch of weight I have gained half of it back.  So angry….

8.  I have just started a new retail space at the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach, CA.  It’s a little cubby hole full of fun.

9.  I have a leak under my kitchen  sink.

That is that.