This past weekend I was invited to share my notecards with a very talented jewelry designer named Susan McVicker for a Spring Time Trunk Show at a special friend’s house. Our work really complimented each other!
I have not meant to be silent for so long, I thought when I got laid off from my job, I would have all the time to write my blog, instead I am creating artwork and trying tirelessly to market it! When you don’t get a paycheck, your life is so up and down trying to make ends meet! Do you ever just feel overwhelmed, spending so many hours at your desk just producing, producing, producing. The hours fly by, the weeks, the months. I feel remiss in saying that often I get in a funk when so many challenges are thrown at me. But then, I have to pull myself up, and as Cher would say in the movie “Moonstruck”,
Have you ever watched “Undercover Boss”? I cry at each show, many have health issues,
large families to support, and work so hard. Thankfully, and most importantly, I have my health, and a roof over my head!
Thank you to all that support me with your kindness and thumbs up. In the past 6 months, I feel so much gratitude for having the ability to be a creative person, I love being an artist! When I scroll through my photos on my computer, I have much to be proud of and need not be so hard on myself. Right now, I am most excited of my work with West Elm. They have been so supportive of my art, and stationery products! Here are some of the photos that I would like to share of my past Pop Up Valentine Event at West Elm. Whenever you feel frustrated with yourself, take a deep breath, say to yourself “snap out of it”, keep perservering in your goals, know that loved ones around you want the best for you- and…go for it! Much love, eileen
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
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
“Two Bicycles” art by eileen tomson
Kids on the Block/Stars Foundation is a non profit organization using puppetry and other teaching tools to promote understanding and acceptance of all children and adults regardless of their differences. Stars exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. My contribution to the charity auction, “Chairish the Kids” was a tricycle that I painted and designed like a garden.
The 13th annual Chair-ish the Kids Art Auction benefit features a live auction of one-of-a-kind chairs and chair-themed artwork, and a silent auction of additional artwork, gift packages and more. Proceeds support STARS Nashville program, Kids on the Block, which, through the use of puppets, educates students in Middle Tennessee about health and social concerns that affect their lives.
courtesy pressed word photo
“Truffles” watercolor+pastel pencil by eileen tomson
The French Laundry photos by eileen
GANACHE TRUFFLES~Thomas Keller French Laundry
This is Thomas Keller’s famous French Laundry dessert. The batter can be made up to 1 hour ahead and left at room temperature to be baked last minute. Or, make the batter well in advance, freeze it in the ramekins and put them straight into the oven when ready to bake. From the freezer, the baking time is 20 minutes.
Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Slowly stir until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a shallow glass dish and let it cool slightly, about 10 minutes, then place it in the freezer to chill for 1 hour.
Scoop out balls using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon and shape them so that they’re round. Chill until ready to use.
Fannie May’s Pear and Caramel Chocolate
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