Thursday, November 5, 2015

Halloween, Pokemon Style!

I've been making my kids' Halloween costumes for about 6 years now.  I love it, (though I do wish I would stop waiting until the last minute to get started.)  Every year I say that this year's costumes are my favorite, and this year was no exception!  The boys picked their current favorite Pokemon characters (Eamon was Gallade and Finian was Charizard) and I set about turning them into wearable, fleece costumes.

It poured rain for the few days and hours leading up to Halloween night, but magically cleared up for trick or treating.  We met some friends for frozen yogurt, then headed over to our favorite spot and let the boys get some treats.  Came home just in time for the rain to start up again, put on a movie, and passed out treats to our neighborhood kids.  And the Chinese food delivery guy (who was pretty stoked.)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!


A "Halloweens Past" Post



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath
Acrylic on canvas.  20" x 24"

Copyright 2015, Jessie Keating

I finished this painting recently.  It took awhile, even though I've had the idea for months (what started as a game between my eight year-old and I: he described some scenes that I sketched in my sketchbook.  Sometimes that's the best inspiration!)

I actually hate deep water.  I'm terrified of fish, and drowning.  I have incredible motion sickness.  Once, we went on a seven day cruise to Mexico.  We woke up to the sirens blaring and announcements that our last port call wasn't happening since we were in a hurricane and the captain was rushing us out of danger.  So.  Not planning on any cruises anytime soon.  Someday maybe.  But for now, I'm content to paint my nightmares.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mermaid Tails x 3, and a Print!

Mermaid Tail
Acrylic on canvas.  4" x 4"

Copyright 2015, Jessie Keating

Mermaid Tail
Acrylic on canvas.  4" x 4"

Copyright 2015, Jessie Keating

Mermaid Tail
Acrylic on canvas.  4" x 4"

Copyright 2015, Jessie Keating

I finished three small paintings this week!  I absolutely LOVE mermaids, so these tails were super fun to paint!  I will probably make more in the future--they're a lot of fun!

They are in the shop, along with prints of The Kraken!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Through the Woods

One day my mom texted me, and then called--somewhat frantic, as she was out running her morning route along the river--and asked me if I could look something up.  She wanted to know if I would make her "the hood of her dreams."

And you guys, when your mama calls and asks you to make something that is that important to her, you just do it.  Consider that your life lesson for the day.

She sent me a package of some really soft, laceweight mink, which I paired with some Cascade Eco Wool.  I held them "double" and it came out somewhat mottled, in a pretty pattern.  While visiting Jes at his office one day, I stopped into So Much Yarn and pored through all their pretty buttons, ultimately deciding on the pewter flowers (and maybe some extras, you know, just in case...)

Unlike my usual style, I actually only spent about two months on this.  I didn't waffle between projects, and only worked on this (well, except for a small pair of fingerless mitts for an upcoming swap...)  I sent it to her last week and she has informed me that it is perfect.  So yay!  Just in time for Mother's Day, too!

In case anyone was wondering, I am the favorite daughter.

For this week.  HAHA!

Ravelry notes.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Finding Inner Peace

Buddha and Naga
Acrylic on canvas.  12" x 9"

Copyright 2015, Jessie Keating

Buddha.  He was a struggle.  He's gone through many phases and colors, and ultimately I've decided he's complete.  I find it funny that a figure that promotes inner peace has caused me so much inner turmoil and creative blockage.  Either way, this is a companion piece to Ganesha.  I'm excited to get him home so I can put them side by side!

I'm having a flare up of my Epstein-Barr Virus right now, which is either causing or exacerbated by my depression, as well as all the stress I've been under lately (it's not all roses around here, but I'm working through it and putting my faith in systems and advocating my heart out for my child.  Good thoughts would be so appreciated.)  So I'm surrounding myself with things I love, forcing myself through the motions.  I'm pulling out the brightest paints and fabrics, and playing cheerful music, taking peaceful walks, and eating healthy foods.  (Sometimes I want to give depression (and EBV) a big, fat, "F- You."  I suppose in a way--albeit a very peaceful way--I am.)

Also, tomorrow is The Semicolon Project's annual day to raise awareness for mental health issues, and as a suicide survivor I plan to wear my semicolon in support of anyone who needs it.