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Hello everyone! I almost forgot this place existed...I'm so sorry about that! Unfortunately I've been too busy for painting, as I am now a mom to 9 month old boy/girl twins Elliot and Morgan.

I've been focusing my creativity on my somewhat new Etsy shop where I sell baby items that I've sewed. You can check it out at nerdybaby.etsy.com nerdybaby.etsy.com :)

I hope to someday be able to paint again, but I don't see that happening for a few more years. Miss you all!

PS. You can also sneak a peek at my twins at their website: elliotandmorgan.com www.elliotandmorgan.com
Just an update to say I have nothing to update you on. I just have been in a painting slump for the past year. Not sure why, but I don't see it ending any time soon. I know it will come back eventually, but until then........
  • Watching: twins vs blue jays
i've been extra productive lately.
-organizing photos (wow i have a lot)
-actually doing a lot of work and enjoying it (hmm)
-getting dressed everyday (haha)
-painting again (julieomg.deviantart.com)
-keeping the house fairly clean (yay)
-reorganized my office (easier to paint now)
-listening to more music (i've been so bad about this)

more goals:
-start doing wii fit again since i won't be able to go outside much
-buy animal crossing for wii but attempt to not waste my life away playing it
-keep painting as much as humanly possible
-revive nerdup.net and put as much nerdy stuff on it as i can
-think about starting a 101 in 1001 project like nicole
-actually find new bands worth listening to (can i count blake schwarzenbach's new band?! HOLY F)

let's see if i can keep this up through the entire winter!

upcoming plans, busy december:
-dec 5-7: chicago for work holiday party. yay free trip and seeing pals!
-dec 13: fargo for nephew ian's 3rd birthday. can't believe he's 3!
-dec 19-23: houston for jennifer's graduation and christmas with my mom!
-dec 24-26: grand rapids for christmas at the candy's!
just not in the mood to paint lately. by lately i mean since april. i apologize, and hope to be back in full effect someday.

do you miss me?

Tue Aug 26, 2008, 8:37 PM
do you miss me? i miss myself, sometimes. less than 18 days until i get married, then the honeymoon in mexico, and THEN i should have time to get back into painting. sorry about the absence...it only makes the heart grow fonder, right?

pictures to tide you over!

Mon Jun 16, 2008, 1:10 PM
still haven't been painting...but today i took some pictures of my cat tobey, our house and my garden... take a look at them on my flickr account here: www.flickr.com/photos/julieomg…

wonderful night

Tue Jun 3, 2008, 8:33 PM
as most of you who have read this journal know, i am a huge barack obama supporter. i just had to share that tonight i was able to attend his HISTORIC nomination clenching rally tonight in st paul minnesota and it was an amazing experience. i am very excited at the thought that a man such as barack obama has the possibility of becoming president of the united states, and uniting our country along with the rest of the world. i've never been in a room with 19,000 other like-minded people before in my life...it was perfect. yes we can.

may

Fri May 30, 2008, 3:41 PM
oops. not a single painting in may. sorry about that. things have been crazy and i haven't had time. i hope to paint more in june, but i am doubting i'll get the chance...

OBAMA!

Wed May 14, 2008, 4:11 PM


dequervain's tenosynovitis

Wed Apr 30, 2008, 8:11 AM
ouch.

that's what i have. it's an inflammation of the sheaths around the tendons in my wrist/thumb that make doing anything with my left hand nearly impossible. i'm right handed, so technically it won't affect my art that much (except that it sometimes acts up in my right hand). now i'm on some meds and have a wrist brace, so hopefully it'll start to feel better soon. only problem is that it will probably act up for the rest of my life! yay!

so i think i am going to stop thanking everyone who favs me me individually. i need to cut down on my computer time (typing too much is what messed up my wrist--unfortunately i am a web developer and can't avoid the computer at all for at least 8 hours a day) and this being pretty much REQUIRED to thank everyone individually thing has exhausted me. :) nobody needs to thank me either, just to be clear.

i AM thankful to every single person who ever even glances at my work. i just can't type it all the time. i try to look at everyone's work in due time..so that should serve as my thank you =)

also, i'm still too busy to paint....hopefully only another week or two of this...

thanks for not forgetting me!

ps. check out my friend :iconbldrdsh: BLDRDSH .....he is amazing

Bird Man with Prey by BLDRDSH Deep Cuts by BLDRDSH Julie OMG by BLDRDSH :thumb82573895:

  • Listening to: mates of state
  • Drinking: airforce nutrisoda ENERGIZE

too busy!

Fri Apr 18, 2008, 7:10 PM
i've been too busy for art lately. sorry!

i just had a near death experience--5 cans of cat food came tumbling out of a high cupboard onto my head. i managed to dodge them, but twisted my thumb in the meantime and scared the shit out of the cats as well.

spring is kinda here. it was 70 the other day. didn't reach 50 today, but should be 70 again on sunday!

that means i'll be suffering from maple pollen allergies in no time. can't wait. especially awesome since there is a maple tree right outside of my office/studio. achoo!

  • Eating: i might eat some corn pops in a bit.

productivity

Wed Mar 26, 2008, 2:06 PM
i've been trying to trick my brain into thinking it actually isn't winter anymore. some of you may be thinking "oh but julie, it ISN'T winter, it is officially spring!" clearly you don't live in minnesota. ok i admit--it's been hitting the upper 30's on a regular basis now...and occasionally makes it to 40! the sun has also been making more of an appearance lately and believe it or not, i'm starting to see more grass than snow. we had a brutal winter this year. not much snow (only something like 30" all season) but it was BITTERLY COLD! i don't know the actual stats, but there were only a handful of days that got anywhere near being tolerable.

anyway, this prolonged winter has made me quite lazy and grumpy and anxious. i just want to be able to open the windows, go for bike rides, and not have to wear a coat. not to mention the flowers--i am in love with spring blooms! i haven't been able to convince minnesota to switch over to spring mode yet, so i am trying to fool myself.

every morning when i wake up, i now get dressed (yes this is a big step, as i work from home and usually hang around in my pajamas for hours, if not the whole day...heh). then i make the bed(!!) and open all the curtains and blinds in the house. you'd be amazed at how big of a difference this makes in my disposition! it feels so much brighter in here, hence making me more energized.

i've also started to make it a point to tidy up little by little everyday. who knew that cleaning things up right away on a regular basis makes life easier? we used to let mail pile up on our coffee table, or dishes pile up in the sink...but now we take care of those right away and the house looks clean all the time! it's amazing. a couple more things i'm working on is scooping out the cat litter everyday (it's easy to ignore this as the box is down in the basement where i never go!) and sorting laundry into proper hampers every morning. then i can do a quick load of laundry (in our awesome high efficiency washer/dryer that we bought last year that actually make doing laundry kind of fun) as soon as the basket fills up instead of waiting until we have no clothes left and having to do laundry for an entire day.

this seems to be working. i have felt quite wonderful and energetic over the past week or so. steven is awesome for helping me out, too. i tell him to do things and he does them with only a little grumble! you can look at pictures of my clean house and stalk me at: www.flickr.com/photos/julieomg…

  • Listening to: low

sigh

Sun Mar 23, 2008, 2:08 PM
sigh. i am having a REALLY hard time finishing the commissioned pieces for my friend. first of all, planning a wedding is quite labor intensive, and i just never really feel like i have time to paint lately. also winter just keeps dragging on and on and on (welcome to minnesota) and i find it hard to be inspired when it's so dreary out. THIRDLY, i'm not completely thrilled with WHAT my friend wants. he wants these odd rectangles in each painting, and i feel like they just ruin everything. i'm also having a hard time making the 2nd and 3rd paintings "match" the first one. i am thinking i might have to just start all over and then add the rectangles in after the undercoat is completely dry. that might make the rectangles stand out even MORE though....and i'm not sure i want that. AND THEN today i ran out of the right colored inks and of course it's easter so i can't even go buy more! i am just really grumpy about this and had to vent. i also forgot to mention that i got ink in my hair.

  • Listening to: fruit bats

baby nephew!!

Mon Mar 10, 2008, 4:43 PM
my (soon-to-be) nephew charlie a couple hours after he was born =) and me after being awake since 4 am on 2 year old nephew henry duty..phew..babysitting a 2 year old is harder than my real job!



hmm this won't let me post youtube videos. so go to this link. it is very important.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqc…
  • Watching: snow
sorry for the lack of returned comments, new paintings, and overall action! things have been pretty hectic in my little corner of the world for the past couple months. i've been working my butt off and playing a lot of scrabble. steven and i also got engaged back in december so we're now planning the wedding which is set for september 13th of 2008. it's like its own full time job in itself.

oh yeah! and i also got a daily deviation on christmas eve for "end of the galaxy". i almost imploded when i logged in and had like 500 comments. exciting.

ALSO, i am still accepting donations for my friend who owes an insane amount of money for medical expenses incurred from being in the hospital without health insurance. he is doing fine now, thankfully, but he needs all the help he can get money wise.

in case you don't know what i'm talking about, you can go to my website at www.nerdup.net and read more and donate through paypal! all donations receive some form of my original artwork. that's all you need to hear right?

anyway, i'll try to get back into the art world soon...thanks for all of your continued support!
  • Watching: throwdown with bobby flay
  • Drinking: vitamin water xxx
So one of my best friends in the entire world (Jacob) is in the hospital because of a pulmonary embolism that moved into his lung. He is going to be alright, but the catch is that he doesn't have health insurance--so he's screwed! This whole thing has me pretty scared--Jacob is an amazing person and a huge inspiration to me and my creative side. Seeing him hurt is not my idea of fun.

This is where you come in. Being the holiday season and all, maybe some of you are in a giving mood and can afford to spare a few dollars to help Jacob out. I am posting a donation button where you can donate any amount of money through paypal. I will give all proceeds to Jacob.

In return for your generosity, I will be returning the favor in the following ways:

$5 donation - you automatically get my 2007 mix cd with original artwork

$15 donation - you will receive my 2007 mix cd AND an 8" x 8" silkscreen monoprint painting by yours truly

$25 donation - you will receive my 2007 mix cd AND a silkscreen monoprint AND an ink doodle "painting"

$50 donation - you will receive my 2007 mix cd AND an original painting, specifically painted for you--your color choices AND random bonus paintings/drawings

If you hit one of these marks, please remember to give me your address so I can mail you your goods.

Thank you for anything you are able to contribute, even if it is only $1.

FOR SOME REASON I CAN'T ADD THE PAYPAL DONATION BUTTON HERE, SO FOLLOW THIS LINK BELOW TO MY LIVEJOURNAL POST AND CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON THERE, THANKS!!!

DONATE THROUGH THIS LINK
man. i have been sick for a very long time. i had not quite recovered from my mystery virus when last weekend i came down with some kind of bacterial infection that gave me the world's worst sore throat and now i'm on antibiotics. i am finally feeling a little better, but still have absolutely no energy. hence...no new art.

the other day my good friend jacob and i were talking about inspiration. the creative type. i was talking to him about how i want to paint/draw/write more but that i can't think of subject matter anymore. i decided that the reason behind this is that i'm completely happy in my life right now. i have an amazing boyfriend and we have an amazing life together. so happy. when i was more depressed/confused/poor/etc i always had something to complain about and something to inspire great artwork. now that i'm happy i feel like my head is blank. of course i'd rather be happy than have more artistic ideas....but shouldn't there be some kind of medium?

i was also thinking about going back to pencil drawing..and just drawing everyday objects for no reason other than to get myself drawing realistically again. while my art is mostly abstract, i should point out that i actually have a great deal of technical drawing skill in me...and if i want to draw a pumpkin exactly how it looks, all i have to do is sit down and do it.....but the thing is i don't do that anymore. after i graduated college there were no assignments telling me i had to do that. now i'm on my own and i haven't REALLY drawn anything in a couple years. the last thing i really drew was this more than 3 years ago.

so, who's got some inspiration for me?
  • Drinking: kool aid
my mom just sent me a box full of some old stuffed animals and some really old sketchbooks. it was pretty hilarious to look through the sketchbooks. i scanned in two of the paintings i did when i was 14...which was 13 years ago. heh.

one


two

pretty awesome.

also i am still recovering from this stupid sickness. i want to paint but i just don't have the energy or ability to concentrate. soon my children, soon.
  • Listening to: RADIOHEAD IN RAINBOWS!!@#!
i am sick. it's not fun. all i want to do is sleep, but i can't really fall asleep.

also, remember when the bridge collapsed in minneapolis 2 months ago? believe it or not that has severely affected the rate at which i have been painting. you see, the art store i frequented was located on the other side of the bridge, and the easiest way for me to get there was to drive over the bridge that no longer exists. now i am too lazy to take the detours, so i haven't been able to buy new supplies as often.

such is life.

back to resting.