Starting my 2014 year with working on designs for stationery notecards and gift tags
I have been silent for awhile, it has been three months this week that I was laid off from my graphic design job. You would think with all the extra hours, I would be posting blogs on a weekly basis. Those hours were spent catching up on rest, getting rid of stuff that clutters your house, your mind, and spending time with friends that were missed. Being a creative person, one needs to replenish the creative spirit. One of the ways I started doing this in the New Year was being around creative like minded people. When I was in Los Angeles I was so excited to attend a calligraphy workshop by the talented Lauren E. from Blue Eye Brown Eye. The workshop was held at one of my favorite blogger’s studio, DesignLoveFest in the downtown Art District. Bri’s upstairs studio is an a wonderful building full of creative artists that compliment each other. The space is called
The Unique Space
1275 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Neighborhoods: Arts District, Downtown
The Calligraphy Workshop
Last week I was one of many in a wave of layoffs. The day that I was laid off, I was still reeling from the sound of:
But life has a way of trying to put you right side up in times of strife. That afternoon I was getting out of my car to get groceries, a homeless person was standing in the parking lot, the day was cold and wintry. He was selling a newspaper called The Contributor.
The Contributor provides a livelihood to about 400 homeless people or formally homeless newspaper vendors. After selling their papers, over a third find housing. Many more of them find the strength to turn their lives in a new direction. The vendors buy each paper for $0.24 and sell them for $1 each + tips, keeping the profit.
I had a bundle of warm yellow winter gloves in the back seat of my car. I pulled a pair out and brought it over to the man selling his newspapers. He was so happy to have the gloves to keep his hands warm. He thanked me, and I told him that I had just lost my job that very morning. Immediately in an excited tone, he pointed to the Office Depot across the parking lot. “This is your lucky day, ma’am, Office Depot is now hiring extra help for the holiday season, you tell them that Jimmy sent you, and I am sure you can pick up some hours.”
Jimmy also worked there part time in addition to standing on corners all day to make money. My feeling of fear and sadness immediately turned into comfort with a smile to my face. Here was someone with so much less than myself, proud to give me a lead for a job and help me out.
Everyone always has an idiom for you, “when one door closes, another one opens” and “that was meant to be”. All of us make our own destiny, “make lemonade out of lemons”.
When you are feeling lost in life, giving to others brings you back up, puts a smile on your face, makes you feel a part of something bigger than yourself, and as well it makes you realize that your situation is not as bad as it seems. New friends are made. The next morning I went to Starbucks, and handed out some more gloves, and this time a cup of coffee to go along with it. Who knows… maybe I’ll make a job out of this!
Jimmy Cliff “You can get it if you really want it…”
P.O. Box 332023
Nashville, TN 37203
Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue du Président Wilson
75016 Paris, France
May 5 – June 5, 2013
Chanel: Livre d’Artistes is released in conjunction with the “N°5 Culture Chanel” exhibit at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Created by renowned book-maker Irma Boom, Chanel features 600 pages embossed with Boom’s original designs and quotes from Gabrielle Chanel in French. The monochromatic white pages provide the perfect backdrop for Boom to display her raised, braille-like patterns. Boom’s embossings play with the senses, capturing the essence of the Chanel N°5 fragrance through touch.
- Irma Boom (Dutch, born 1960)
- Attended AKI Art Academy in Enschede, and studied Graphic Design
- Founded her studio in Amesterdam in 1991
- Youngest ever, being honored with Gutenberg Prize in 2001 for outstanding achievement as a painter, composer and artist
- Has a permanent collection in the Museum of Art, New York City
I grew up in Hollywood, so most people when they think of cowboys, think of John Wayne, famous for his slow drawl and distinctive gravelly voice. He is most famous for his Western movies like “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Alamo” (1960), and “True Grit” (1969).
“Escondido Dale” watercolor by Eileen Tomson
I graduated from college with a BFA in Illustration, and one of my favorite illustrators, just happens to paint images of horses and cowboys. His name is Don Weller and he grew up in Pullman, Washington, his passion being horses and art.
Mr. Weller graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art. He moved to Los Angeles where he spent his time doing graphic design and illustration. His work appeared on record covers, posters, and magazine covers. Later in life, he ended up moving with his family to Oakley, Utah, where once again he came back to his love of horses. After I graduated college, I had a greeting card company named Jag Graphics, located in downtown San Diego. I received a framed present from an artist who knew that I admired Don Weller’s work. He received it at the San Diego Communicating Arts Group. It has made it through many moves from San Diego, to Seattle, Northern California, Los Angeles, and all the way to Nashville, TN. I must really be fond of this poster! Don Weller would be proud. Below are some of my favorite paintings that Mr. Weller did. I love the sense of humor in the work with the Marlboro man looking in shock at a cowgirl doing a yoga pose.
“Marlboro Man in Shock” by Don Weller
“Waitin and Watchin” by Don Weller
“Family Tradition” by Don Weller
“Next Loop” by Don Weller
The symbol of the Olympic games is composed of five interlocking rings,
- blue PMS 3005C
- yellow PMS 137C
- black PMS 426C
- green PMS 355C
- red PMS 192C
The design was originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, co-founder of the Olympic teams. The six colours, including the white background, reproduce all the colours that appeared on all the national flags that competed in the Olympics at that time
“The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”.
The emblem of the union was two interlaced rings (like the typical interlaced marriage rings) and originally the idea of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung for him, the ring symbolized continuity and the human being
The Olympic motto is: Hendiatris, which is Latin for “faster, higher and stronger
Repetition of Dog – eileen art
Street Art in Amsterdam