Aug 28, 2009

Trying to catch up!

I am so sorry for being away a bit this week. I owe lots and lots of blog and flickr visits. I don't know what happened but things have just all of a sudden exploded for me this week, in a very, very, very good way. I have had more business this last week than ever before and it is a bit overwhelming. And the business is coming from all sorts of places, not just Etsy but in emails too. So, trading work with folks, except for what's already on my plate, will have to be put off a bit until I get caught up again. I love trading so I will pick it up again soon! I just need to empty my plate and start over. Ya know? I have several commission pieces to do and my Etsy is almost empty of originals (mostly prints now which I don't like).

I haven't gotten rid of the black and white borders yet. Still using them. And now I'm using the same body over and over. I used this body in Sweet Nayski and in Moon Rose below. I am going to do something a bit different with this piece. I am going to make several original versions of it, as close to the same as possible but some in other sizes. I have a few people waiting on work from me and I want to send them all this piece. I just truly like it for some reason. We'll see how this goes. I have two done so far. One is going to Tina Wright of {glue on my fingers} for a collaboration we planned several weeks ago. One is going into my Etsy now. I am making one smaller for a friend and one larger for partial payment for some images I recently acquired from a very talented designer.

Ponder Hill

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 8/28/09. All rights reserved. You may NOT copy, download, print, or use this image in any way without my permission.
This is a 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 collage using a face from, a body from, shoes scanned from a magazine, wings from, and crown and heart made from a 100 year old encyclopedia page. The background was made using two pieces, slightly altered digitally, purchased under a special licensing agreement with Lorie Davison at Studio Lorie at and a black and white border made from pieces from a collage sheet from The face, body, crown, wings, and heart were all hand colored. All pieces were hand trimmed after printing.

You may remember a piece that Heather of Creative Solace sent to me as a delightful surprise a few weeks ago. You can see it in this post. Well, I have been very slow in reciprocating a gift back but finally got this little piece in the mail to her yesterday. Shhhh. Don't tell her. It's a surprise too. You can see that I haven't quit using the black and white border and there's that body again!

Moon Rose

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 8/27/09. All rights reserved. You may NOT copy, download, print, or use this image in any way without my permission.

This is a 5 x 7 collage using a face and body from, shoes scanned from a magazine, crown made from a 100 year old encyclopedia pate, border made from a collage sheet by, butterfly used with a license from Butterfly Utopia, and roses used with a license from Jen Ulasiewicz. The background was made with a texture from flickr’s JoesSistah and various gimp brushes.

I got such a lovely award from one of my newer blog friends, Lawendula! (Don't you love that name?) You'll love her blog Woven Letters, too! It is gorgeous and one I am so glad to be getting to know. Thank you, Lawendula!

The rules of this MeMe award are to share 7 tidbits about myself and pass it on to 7 blog friends. So 7 things about me . . .

1. Many of you know I am afraid of buttons. I have a real phobia of them and can't touch them or look at them! I'm so weird.
2. I work in cycles and I work very intensely. I have such incredible focus and urges to be organized, that I can't move on to one thing until I've finished the first. The house could burn down around me and I would want to keep working on something before I escape, . . . or under normal circumstances . . . I would want to finish something before I eat, shower, sleep or visit blogs (for example, hint, hint). I can't help it - I was born this way.
3. I work about 18 hours a day on art or art related business about 6 days a week and I am ALWAYS behind.
4. I love fountain coke. Can't have enough of it. My husband knows I would much rather have him walk in the door with a giant frosty fountain coke than flowers any day of the week.
5. I have two teen age kids - a daughter about to turn 16 and a son that is 17. In three months they will both be driving and in two years they will both be in college and I dread it now! I used to think the worries would be less as my children got older, but they just get bigger and bigger and I just get grayer and grayer! Just ahead of art, my family is my whole life, my whole purpose, my whole world.
6. If I could trade any parts of my body that I don't like, I would get new pretty toes first, then a better bustline, then a smaller nose.
7. If I could have any talent I wanted and be successful at any profession, I would like to be able to sing and be a rock star. Okay, wait - that's kinda selfish if I'm getting to choose something . . . I would be a doctor and help people. No, wait, I would speak every language fluently and knock some sense into the folks in the world that need it. Oh, I don't know . . . . guess I should just stick to being me, ugly toes and all.

7 friends to pass the award on to . . . I cannot choose just 7 tonight. I am so behind in visiting and have over 130 that I like to visit regularly and many more to discover. And I think everyone should get an award for bravely putting themselves and their work out there. So this one's for all of you! If you're reading this, then you deserve an award, so post it proudly from me!

I got my returns from Marion at bockel24's zetti swap! How incredibly wonderful and beautiful they are! Delicious in every way! I got cards from Marion (blue one), Mandy of Mandy's Magical World of Art (red one), and Trudi of Two Dresses Studio (black and white one). And Trudi's smells so good! Oh, I wish you could see (and smell!) them in person!

Lastly, I wanted to show you the doll/altered art piece I bought from Suzan Buckner, but I can't seem to get a hold of a camera and get it done. So, I'm sending you a link to where you can see it. You can see it here.
While you're at Suzan's blog, you should see her post about the Slotin Folk Fest where she recently sold her work. Lots of incredible pictures!


Lawendula said...

Thanks Marsha for your kind words!

About 1. You mean the buttons, little things you shut your coat with or your trousers or whatever. How do you manage it in your daily life?
2. This is what I call a real artist! The house could burn down, but she’s working on...*smile*

PS Your new pics are beautiful, as always!

aliceinparis said...

Don't apologize. This is your blog, post when you want:) You have been the best kind of busy.Creative busy!
Congrats on all the work! Visit when you can and don't fret. There are so many things do do, places to see and visit and we only have a finite bit of time. Impossible to do it all and not get stressed.
Love your fabulous work!
Shelagh xo

Kim Mailhot said...

Hey girlfriend, enjoy the rush ! It is happening because you are so talented and your art is so genuine and different and beautifully you. One thing that came into mymind to tell you is to make sure you take a little time, even just a moment here or there, to fill yourself up as you are bravely putting all of those pieces of yourself out there. That way you can keep up with the great flow !
Sending you lots of creative juice to keep you going !
Big HUgs !

Terri Kahrs said...

WheW! I'm exhausted just reading this post, but SO happy for your full plate! Well deserved, My Dear Friend! You've been working your butt off for ages, and now everything is coming to fruition. We'll all be around! Take your time and enjoy the journey - even if it's on a roller coaster! LOL Love & Hugs, Terri xoxo

TheresainMS said...

Congrats sweet Marsha!! Glad to hear you are so busy with your art. I love these new pieces too. They're fantastic!!

bockel24 said...

Oh Marsha, I´m so glad to see that you received them and to read that you like them. Now that eight days have gone by, I´m worried about those returns that haven´t arrived yet.

sharon said...

So glad to hear your business is soaring and so happy for you!! Your generousity is coming back to you, and it is so well deserved!!
As always, your pics are amazing!!
Hugs to you!!

A - Zinnia Productions said...

Marsha! I like you, toes and all! You are such a bright spot in the world. Your creations are awesome. I love visiting your blog! oxoxox

yoborobo said...

I am so behind in everything it isn't funny, so I feel your insanity. :)

And WAAAAHOOOOOOOO!!!! on all the new sales. We all new you were gonna take off and fly to the moon with your art, and it's happening.

I'm so happy for you! Take me off your 'do-list' and have a fountain coke instead. :) I love them, too (only diet!hahaha!).

xoxoxox Pam

yoborobo said...

Uh, Marsha...make that "knew" and not "new" hahahaha. Lordie, I need to SLOW DOWN. :)

Tina(Taken over by her daughter, Nicole) said...

oh M! I can't wait to get Ponder in the mail! s-w-e-e-t!!! Hugs,t

Shannon Sawyer said...

Marsha I can't think of anyone who deserves to be busy with overwhelming art sales than you. After talking to you about it a few times now, I've come to understand that you've been working your tail off this past year to be a self sufficient artist and it's paying off.
I think it's so awesome and wonderful, I wish you all the success in the world. I do have one request however before you get to be too big? I would love to swap a couple ATCs with you when you get back to trading after the buyers calm down for awhile. Again, congrats on all your success. I was thinking the other day that Somerset Studio needs to do a featured article on you and your work. In fact, I'm going to e-mail Jenny Doh my thoughts on that. Talk to you soon.