The Clock is Ticking…

I had meant to start blogging more. I really had. And then I started a project with a hard deadline and now I’m in it, people. Not only am I in it, but the clock is ticking quite loudly. I have a few weeks to go, and though I see light at the end of the tunnel, I’m not there yet.


So posting will have to wait. For now. And once I get through this project and the deadline has passed, I’ll pick up and fill you in on all the deets. But first, work continues. And then – I’m not gonna lie to you – I may need a 2-day nap.

Sewing Machine



This is a Hello Kitty sewing machine. I’ve been a little sewing machine myself lately. (See what I did there?) I’m working on a costume and I’m winging it like nobody’s business. And did I mention there’s a deadline? Well there is. Nothing like a ticking clock to make you bust a move.


I’ll share my costume in a few days. Honestly – I can hardly believe how well it’s going. It’s almost like I know what I’m doing!




And scene.


I have put the final touches on the commissioned painting I’ve been working on. And it’s lovely.


The process has been interesting, especially the deadline part. But I rose to the occasion and produced a work I like – a lot. Whether or not the painting’s to-be owners will appreciate it is another matter. But I refuse to fret over that right now. I’m just pleased as punch to have finished the project! Woo-hoo!




I’ve shared that I’m working on a commissioned painting right now and that there is a deadline. Because I didn’t just meet me, I was able to plan accordingly when taking on this project, giving myself enough time to actually finish the danged thang. As of right now, I’m not worried. My head may start to melt as the deadline draws near, mind you, but I’ll deal with that then.


Yesterday brought a new challenge my way: I was asked to participate in a local charity art show. Basically – I agreed to paint 2 very small pieces – 4 x 6 inches each – on art paper. The pieces are then displayed and sold for set prices, along with several hundred other works, the night of the big fundraiser. Ordinarily, this shindig goes down in November. But this year is different. It’s happening in September, so I – all by myself – agreed to meet a 4 September submission date . For 2 tiny paintings. By me. Slowpoke Mikki.


Now if you’re asking why I would agree to such a deadline, what with knowing myself and all, I’ll tell ya: I’m trying to say “Yes” more often to life. And when this incredibly lovely person asked me to contribute, I sort of felt like I needed to make myself available. Some of that is, like I said, saying “Yes.” Some of it is putting myself in a position that calls upon me to actually be an artist. No matter what you read and see in these missives, I am very conservative in life when it comes to tooting my own horn. Being part of this fundraiser will require me to own, well, me. And I can definitely stand to do a bit more of that.


So yesterday I worked on one of the small paintings and all it needs is a touch-up, once it’s dry. It’s darling. And it took less than 2 hours. I may not be as slowpoke-y as I think I am. Hmm…

New Work



Yesterday I got a specifically-sized canvas so that I can start a commission. It’s pretty exciting when someone trusts you enough to paint their favorite pocketbook. Or whatever. In truth, no one has ever asked me to paint a pocketbook, but now that I’ve thought of it, I think it would be wacky fun.


Anyhoo – I’ve been told this piece will be a surprise for someone’s birthday and there is a deadline. Other than casual bets with friends – based on my slowness – I’ve not worked with a deadline before. Even that is intriguing to me. Or maybe it’s the subject matter. I’m not sure. Whatever the reason, I’m very into the idea of this new work.


And for the record, it could very well happen that the person who commissioned this piece will not care for it. If that occurs, I will say to her what I’ve said to recipients of other personal works: if you decide you don’t want it (for any reason whatsoever), I get it back.


For the record part two – I’ve yet to be given back a painting. Word.




I’ve been working on a creative music project for a few weeks now, and I can finally see light at the end of the artistic tunnel. Ordinarily, I could take my sweet-ass time and finish when good and ready. But this particular project has a deadline – less than a week away – so there’s been no time to waste, sweet-ass or otherwise.


Deadlines aren’t evil. They can be daunting, sure, but for some of us (Me! Me! Me!), deadlines are necessary. Some deadlines incentivize us to earn money. Some keep us from feeling the shame of failure. Some spur us to do basic things like laundry and scrub the toilet, just so we have clean underpants and non-gross bathrooms. I don’t know about you, but I happen to be a fan of clean underpants and clean toilets. So “deadlines” for laundry and routine cleaning are okay in my book.


As for my creative project, I’ll update you on that front in a week or so. I’m still tweaking, but the tick-tock of the clock has done its job in pushing me toward the finish line. And making this particular deadline – which I’m sure to do – already feels like an accomplishment.