Friday, March 30, 2012

30 Day Challenge


So, I struggled with this for a long time. Should I dye my hair? Should I use my latest in progress tattoo as a "cheat" answer? Should I get a new outfit?

Tonight, I sat here thinking about....well, various things, when I got an overwhelming urge to cut all of my hair off. I've shaved my head a few times when the mood struck and around 1 o'clock in the morning I was chatting with my friend Rachael and a really spontaneous urge came over me. After she signed offline, I thought "okay...I'm going to go into the bathroom and shave my head." And I did. 

This is me taking various photos of myself and looking at my hair from different angles and with it pulled all the way back from my face so I could  get a feel for how I would look.

I went around my head clipping off the longer strange to get ready for the buzzer. This is my "oh shit, there is no going back!" face. Although, it could be my "hey there is a naked lady behind me" face. 

I decided to leave the middle section. I figured having SOME hair to play with for now will be kinda fun. It's definitely the funkiest haircut I've had in a while and I LOVE IT. 

Back view.

I hope everyone takes their next spurt of spontaneity and runs with it! Goodnight!

Internet Inspiration

I love interactive installations! Check out this awesome work by Rob Mulholland

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Want You!

The Morose Bee blog is accepting sponsors! Although maybe it's not what you think...

So, usually when bloggers accept sponsors, they are expecting payment. However, I am looking for sponsorship and support in the form of craft partners in crime!

Currently seeking people interested in:
-Swaps and Trades
-Art Challenges
-Craft Care Packages
-Artistic Collaborations
-Product Reviews
-Any idea you may have!

You can leave a comment or e-mail me at themorosebee(at)gmail(dot)com

Monday, March 26, 2012

Movie Monday

Hello again dear readers! It's been over a week since I last posted, but with Boston Derby Dames having their first bout this past weekend I've been up to my eyeballs in officiating related duties.

It feels so good to be back in derby mode, but my crafting and my artwork has definitely been taking a back seat for the last few days. So, what better way to get back into Morose Bee Mode than to kick of this week with a new Movie Monday?

Last Movie Monday's answer was..

Pan's Labyrinth

I was very surprised that we no correct guesses because I thought the eyeball tights would have been a dead giveaway!

Moving into this week's rules and clues!

1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop

etsy seller: ucladoc

etsy seller: CharlenePrecious

etsy seller: CuriouslyLovable

etsy seller: Mamachee

etsy seller: GandGButtons

Thursday, March 15, 2012

30 Day Challange Days 2+3

#4 on The List: Research an artist 
I've been spending a bit of time looking into Margaret Kilgallen. She was featured in the Art:21 series as well as in the  2008 documentary Beautiful Losers. What attracted me to her was a quote that keeps popping up:I like things that are handmade and I like to see people's hand in the world, anywhere in the world; it doesn't matter to me where it is. And in my own work, I do everything by hand. I don't project or use anything mechanical, because even though I do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it's human. And I think it's the part that's off that's interesting, that even if I'm doing really big letters and I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line and trying to make it straight, I'll never be able to make it straight. From a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that's where the beauty is. Considering she was primarily a street artist and passed away at the young age of 33, I feel that perhaps the information on her is fairly limited. Regardless, I cannot get enough of her artwork. 

Quite possibly my favorite things about her are that she played the banjo and was into train graffiti. There's something about that hobo folk aesthetic that I just love. I feel  there is a sense of wonder and excitement still remaining in street art that I wish more people brought to fine arts. 

#22. Finger paint
Yesterday I did some finger painting with the kids I babysit. I usually try and get them to do some kind of art everyday, but I don't always participate. This time I decided to try a new item on the challenge and go for it.  I realized how much I'd forgotten how wonderful it feels to just sit down and create. No real intention behind it, just being silly and doodling. 

I am often painting for work or some endeavor that has a stress related factor to it, but sitting down just to get my hands messy and play with color was a wonderful change. If you are feeling stressed out just sit and finger paint. I'm serious. Had a tough day at work? Try it! You'll feel so much better. 

Today and I went and picked up this book:

After my finger painting experience, I realized this might be a good creative aid to add to my morning routine. I used to laugh at books like this. I thought anyone could just sit and draw random things, but the truth is we don't. We make excuses and are too busy being stressed out by "real life." Dear Real Life, I would like my creativity back and am doing everything I can to make that happen.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Movie Monday

Welcome to another edition of Movie Monday! Last Movie Monday's answer was...


Our winner was.. ..

Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly!

If you're still waiting on your prize from a previous win, it's on the way! Everything has been sent out. Between visiting family out of state, getting a stomach bug, and working all of the time, I fell a little behind during the month of  February. Anyone who has not yet received a prize will have theirs any day now!

As for this week's rules and clues......

1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner next Monday!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop

etsy seller: MIR1

esty seller: jadajazz

etsy seller: CANTERWICK

etsy seller: vintagraphy

etsy seller: MyDragonsRose

Friday, March 9, 2012

30 Day Challenge- Watch a documentary about a(n) artist(s)

I started the 30 day challenge with a little visual inspiration by watching the PBS Art:21 Art in the 21st Century specials. The show has been going on since 2001 and thankfully Netflix has them from the beginning.

Basically, the series looks at current artists, explores their process, features a bit of their work, and is completely inspiring for someone who has been out of the fine arts game for a while.

Watch Place on PBS. See more from ART:21.

I'm really excited to continue watching the series up to it's current episodes and I can't imagine a better way to kick off the challenge for myself!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Not-So-Secret Dream

For those of you who don't know, it is my ultimate goal to have the flexibility to work from home. Before moving to Boston my plan was to get The Morose Bee to a place where I was able to make enough income to only need to look for a part time job when Ari and I finally moved. If you know anything at all about me, you would know that goal was never achieved and I am rushing off to work ALL OF THE TIME. 

I have this fantasy of waking up without an early morning alarm blaring in my ear, putting on a pot of coffee, spending a few hours doing some computer work, then plopping down on my living room floor to work on art and jewelry items, and later doing a bit of housework and making dinner. Yes, THAT relatively boring day is my ultimate life fantasy. Of course the kicker is, such a day would also have to provide an adequate income.

The basic issue is simple:
I can’t afford to take time off work right now to focus on something that does not provide reliable initial income

My business isn’t growing because I’m not spending any time on it

Which then obviously leads back to the beginning again. Sometimes I want to tell myself that if I don't put full time effort in, I won't get full time profits out. But seriously, who is gonna pay my damn rent in the meantime? I feel like it never ends!

So when I found THIS I was soooo jealous. A great day for me is a day when I do not have to leave the house. That means that I was able to stay home, spend time with Ari, catch up on several e-mails, a few chores, make a few jewelry items, and just GET SHIT DONE.

You may be saying "But Emily, your out of house work is artistic! Your job involves bringing creativity to other peoples lives! Isn't that what you want?" Well yes, but as anyone who has ever worked in any kind of service position will tell you, sometimes people just suck. Plus most people come to my work to kill time with their kids or to socialize. They don't actually care about art. It's is unbelievably frustrating. If the people that I dealt with were there for positive reasons to actually enrich their lives, I would be thrilled. I would never leave work out of choice! Currently, I never leave work because of the ridiculous stuff I end up doing for people who are just treating me like crap anyway. I realize that sounded really negative especially for someone who generally does like their job, but somedays I can't help but feel that way. 

It should also be noted that I have no desire to actually quit my job. I do thrive on the pressure and the chaos of it all, but I have always been a person who needs frequent recharge time and a bit of solitude. In high school I spent my summers pretty much totally alone for weeks at a time at my dad's house and I loved it. I would return to my mom's feeling so refreshed and cleansed and just generally excited to the next school year's butt. As a working adult I realize recharge time is a huge luxury that most people don't have, but occasional solitude is an absolute must for my personal sanity. It's just something I've always needed. I don't mind working like crazy for hours on end, but sometimes it has to be with no one else around. I have no other explanation other than I NEED IT. 

The most frustrating thing about all of this is knowing that my goal is realistically attainable, but not really know where to go next.

Any ideas?

Monday, March 5, 2012


etsy seller: happydeliveries

In honor of Movie Monday being reduced to every other week for the sake of my own sanity and level of inconsistency, I thought I would make this Monday's post at least a little exciting.

I've been getting a little frustrated with a lot of the blogs I loved reading turning into substance less fashion blogs. I started this blog as way to share and get feedback on art projects, works in projects, new jewelry items, and the occasional lifestyle post. I'm nervous that as time goes on I'll begin to lose sight of why I started keeping this thing in the first place. After my mental vacation in Florida, I thought a 30 day creative challenge would be the perfect thing to get me back on track.

The following is a list that I created based on other 30 day challenges I've seen on line. Others seems  bit err... lacking or not applicable to the city that I live in. So here it is,

The Morose Bee's 30 Day Creative Challenge.

5. Create something handmade and give it to someone6. Sign up for an art class7. Take something from a thrift store and turn it into something new8. Make a self-portrait9. Doodle for 10 minutes straight10. Frame something you have been meaning to frame11. Draw the dream you had last night12. Create a font type for your name13. Create a business card14. Check out an art book at the library15. Break something. (You have to destroy in order to create!)16. Make a collage17. Support the local arts scene by going to a local festival, music event, art show, play, museum exhibit, etc.18. Make a card for someone you love19. Make an inspiration board (moodboard) for a future project20. Draw some chalk art on the sidewalk21. Make origami22. Finger paint23. Illustrate a song that inspires you24. Add an art blog's RSS feed to your reader25. Draw the best part of today26. Send a friend a link to your favorite artist's work27. Create an artists workspace in your home28. Close your eyes and draw for five minutes29. Draw yourself as a cartoon30. Take your camera with you on a walk and document the experienceJoin me?