Monday, February 15, 2010

All Consumed!

What the heck have I been doing for the past 4 months? Good question! Not nearly enough art. On top of working 5 days a week, I've been volunteering 1 day a week for the Raptor Free Flight Program at the The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as a bird handler. I love the birds, dearly! I have learned so much and have a new love and deep respect for raptors. I have been getting some amazing photo reference as well - Yes I will be drawing a lot of birds in the near future!!

The Raptor Free Fight Program has , a Ferruginous Hawk, 2 Barn owls, a Great Horned Owl, a Grey Hawk, a Prairie Falcon, and a whole family of Harris Hawks, as well as 2 Chihuahuan Ravens, and a Greater Roadrunner. I volunteer all day on Fridays from 8:00am to 2:30pm. There are about 4-5 volunteers per day and we feed and handle the birds, clean and do odd jobs, help with training and help put on the demonstration twice a day. I've made some great friends who I'm sure I will keep for a life time, and it is honestly the best day of the week for me. They asked me to do an illustration for the t-shirts this season and I was honored, and more than happy to. I couldn't decide between a hawk and an owl, so I did both. Then they couldn't decide which one to print, so they did both! I did them in pen and ink, which was a first for me. I loved doing them and I may do more with pen and ink at some point. It was much much faster than pencil. They wanted me to show a connection between the handlers and the birds so I thought it only fitting to show the bird on a handlers glove. The shirts should be coming in this week and I'm very excited to see them!!

Ferruginous Hawk

Barn Owl

I got a wood burner quite some time ago and had never done anything with it. Because I was so broke this Christmas, I decided to make everyone something. For the girls I made wood burned pendants and for the guys I turned them into keychains. I had a blast making them and several people asked me to make them one. Of course I started playing around with other items and it has sort of taken on a life of its own. I am going to open an etsy shop soon with limited edition giclee prints of my drawings as well as some of the wood and leather burned accessories I've been making. My plan is to hopefully start selling things so I can cut back on my days at work. I would much rather be creating than working : ) Here a few of the items I have been burning!


Pendants wrapped with silver:

Belt buckles:

And last but not least, I've actually started a new drawing! It is just going to take some time to complete. I have several reference photos and plans for new drawings ready to go - I am working on a harris' hawk now, next will be a barn own, a horse and a coopers hawk, not necessarily in that order : ) I may actually do a work in progress on my next drawing and show a bit of my working process and how I plan out a drawing. Hopefully it won't be so long between posts for me, I was feeling a bit guilty for not posting in such a long time : (


Rydia Lavenia said...

Hi Jennie!
Love everything! The picture with you in the black leather jacket and the owl - hottie! hahaha!

I love my necklace and my Aunt can't stop talking about it. Every time someone says they like it I have to tell them, "You remember that cake decorator that use to be here a lot, blonde? Yeah? She MADE it!!" Then they freak and can't believe it...

Ok just checking up on you... we all miss you loads...

Lots of Love

Candace X. Moore said...

Jennie, I'm glad you are busy working, but I have to say, your incredible talent won't be fully realized until you have the time (and maybe the finances) to focus. You've got imagination and talent, a rare combination.

Love the wood-burning artwork. Up to your usual high standards.

Jennie Norris said...

Thanks Candace! Yes you are right, I need to find the time to focus. For some reason I am having a difficult time doing that right now - I have been fully focused and gotten lots of art done while working full time, but for some reason I can't seem to do that now. I hope it passes soon, I have a head full of art that I need to put on paper!

Rydia Lavenia said...

Hi Jennie! SO I saw Angie today and it made me miss you.

I have an idea for you... don't know if it would be up your alley....

I was talking to Tee and he LOVED my owl necklace you made me (We were laughing because I DID NOT wear it today and I always do! And Angie came and didn't see it) anyway he wondered if you did anything with an African theme. Maybe elephants, lions, zebras, flame trees of thika, giraffes and... you know that stuff. Tee thought you could sell that anywhere and people would be super into it. Like that book "Out of Africa" by Karen Blixen.

That's it!! hehe
Talk to ya Later!

Jennie Norris said...

I miss you guys too! I LOVE the African theme idea, I did do a zebra. I will definitely do some things like that, if I ever get back to it : (

Off the subject but it made me think of doing little tiki heads. How cute would those be!

Have an abundance of freelance coming in, so I really am "all consumed"!! After getting off work I'm coming home and working till 11:00 or 12:00 at night, then getting up and doing it all over again! yeah

Tell everyone I said Hi!!