Saturday, December 5, 2009

Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa

We had a great day today at Craftstravaganzaa.   We were  worried about the weather, as a lot of rain and storms had been predicted.  Saturday dawned grey and overcast, but by 10 am the sun was shining and the sky was the prettiest shade of strong cyan.  It was a little cool and somewhat breezy, but we were all very relieved that it did not rain.

We had quite a turnout today, a lot of visitors and a lot of people buying.   The interest in buying  handmade and buying local is strong in Athens and that makes me happy.  Athens is a very creative community, and it makes me proud to see so many beautiful artistic things being offered.  Craftstravanganzaa is Athens' largest handmade market and I think the best.

I took over 300 photos today at the show and will work on getting them cropped, corrected, and published on the website as quickly as I can.  It will surely be several days, as that is  lot of work to do all those gallery pages.   I'll also post them on Flicker, and some on our Facebook fan page, so check them out.

Day two of Craftstravaganzaa is tomorrow, from noon until 5-ish.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Lovin' the cooler weather...

Loving this cooler weather we are having here in Athens. The  leaves are starting to show some real color now, the air is brisk at night and I can leave the windows open at night and enjoy the chill.  I find myself sitting outside a lot at night, staring into the clear black sky, filled with stars and a sliver of a crescent moon.   It is quiet where I live,  save for the rustling of the animals in the woods behind the house or the occasional pack of coyotes yelping to each other.

The neighboring subdivision development  that stalled and now sits empty has become home to more than one pack. I hear them yipping and yelping back and forth to each other at night.  It is a chilling sound.

I have been in the studio drawing for several days now. I have been working hard on drawing panels for a comic series/graphic novel. I've been working on the stories and character development for a while, but I have just begun to make the actual drawings. It is taking longer than I hoped it would, but I am proud of what I am producing.  I'll let you meet  my characters along the way if you are interested.

This illustration I call  - Full Cold Moon

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Holidays are just around the corner

Yes, it's true, don't shoot the messenger.   This year i'll be debuting my first line of sexxxy holiday greeting cards. I've been working oh so hard on the artwork, arranging the printing, packaging - so exciting to finally see one of my long list of dreams come true.   Keep watching, kids, I'll let you know how you can see them real soon.

on another note, my new website is nearing completion.  I hope to showcase a lot  more of my work, past and present and make available originals and prints for the collectors.  

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Wild Rumpus Halloween Spectacle -

October is probably my favorite month. The air is cooler and crisp, and somehow even smells a little fresher. The sky takes on the particularly vibrant shade of cyan, and the sun shines golden. October brings the Harvest Moon, probably the prettiest full moon of the year.

Then comes Halloween in Athens.

Athens is a writhing hotbed of creative energy, chock full of musicians, writers, artists and 30,000+ University of Georgia students who are drooling eager to taste all the frivolity and carnality that life can offer. Their seething spirits cannot help but erupt from the simmering cauldron of creativity every Halloween, transforming Athens from small southern college town to a raucous run through the street spook-tacular. Artists, musicians, townies and thousands of University of Georgia students take to the streets, in their sexiest, most outlandish and creative attire. The throngs take over the town, meeting, greeting, drinking and dancing long into the blackest night, until the first pink rays of dawn touch the sky and beckon all the monsters to seek shelter from the coming day.

This year we have a new event to look forward to. Local favorite musician Timi Conley has brought us the first ever Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade. Envisioned as a wild-in-the-street spectacle parading through the wicked streets of Athens, organizers are inviting those with a creative spirit and wicked sense of fun to come and join the party.

The parade will consist of groups of people organized as Brigades - groups of paraders with a common theme. At intervals the parade will stop and the various Brigades will perform their music, dance or whatever craziness they have conjured up. The Brigades already committed are listed on the Wild Rumpus website. People are invited to join an existing Brigade, or gather their friends and form their own.

If you are in the Athens area on All Hallows Eve, join the freaks and geeks on the west side (40watt area) around 10pm for the beginning of the first, but surely not the last, Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade and Spectacle.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

free online dreamweaver class starting RIGHT NOW. covering beginning CSS tonight.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Just got back from NYC. Went to a gallery opening in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. My girl Dana Jo had her first NYC gallery show. We travelled with 5 other friends and stayed in Williamsburg, near Bedford. I really like the place we stayed, and hope we can get the same apt next time.

We had a really great time, ran all over the city for four straight days. Met some interesting people, found some great clubs and the thrift stores were incredible.

We visited central park, dipped our toes in the fountain, watched a concert then exited near 59th. Walked past the Plaza hotel and saw the trailers and lights and crew working on a scene for the new Sex in the City 2 movie. We stuck around for a minute to see what the crowd was hangin' around for, but got bored and moved on.

Saturday my sis and I went to Battery park, then rode the ferry to Liberty Island. After that, caught the D train to Coney Island. Looks like it might have been awesome once, but is past it now. Could be a great bar crawl, but the bars close at 9 pm and THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS. Yes, you read right, beer galore and the public restroom is locked up at 6 pm. One bar was for customers only, but guess what, a private party with a $20 cover. No thanks. The next boardwalk bar had a restroom, but oh what fun - it is OUT OF ORDER. Finally a lonesome looking homeless guy laying on the boardwalk told us that there was a restroom down by the Wonder Wheel. Off we go. Ok, he was right, there IS a bathroom, it costs a quarter to get in, it is dirty and there's no tissue. Ok, emergency handled for now, so back down the boardwalk to find more beer. We land at a sandy beachy place called Beer Island. Nice folks here and t hey have portapotties out back. Lots of them. Wish I had known that before scrambling back down the block to the dark and dirty paytoilet.

Dana bought a bottle of sangria from beer island and we made our way back to the train station. She brought paper cups so we thought we'd h ave a little belt on the train home. Bad choice - we broke out the wine and cups, then noticed an off duty nypd on the car. oops. So, on the next stop we hopped off the car and ran back to the next one. Next stop, one more car back. Two cars back is far enough. Out comes the sangria and the cups and 2 minutes later we are toasting new york!! I'm sure we were quite a sight, laughing and taking pics and acting fools. We caught the attention of a young man on the train - his name was Isreal - Izzy. We shared our wine with him; he told us we looked like farmers. How did h e know we were from the south? right. He invited us to a big gallery party; we actually planned to go, but once we got back to our apartment plans quickly changed, several times. There were more invitations and things to see and do than we had time for. You know how it is.

Anyway, we flew to Atlanta on sunday, and drove back to Athens, GA. Traveling is great, but it is always sweet to come home and snuggle in your own bed.

I've been working on some new pinup style stuff, hope to debut it soon. friend me on facebook if you like, just search for cynthiapendley.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I love las vegas

ever since i went to vegas for work in sept 2008, i've not been able to get it out of my mind. I love the desert, the lights, the glamour, the excitement...and I love the vintage vegas style. I've studied the history of the area and collected a bunch of vintage photos. Vegas' past glitz and style have mesmerized me... I've been back twice on my own since then. I have two more trips in the planning stages - four nights over the new years eve holiday and four more nights in april for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly 13. my artwork in progress now reflects that obsession. I hope you find it as exciting as I do. I posted a very small sneak peak in my last post.

Friday, August 7, 2009

oh my head. today was the 2nd longest day at work ever. ever. we had a 6.30 am critique meeting. we got lots of things approved, so it was a productive morning.

I was glad to get to come home this afternoon.

I am working on a new drawing. I have some exciting ideas for it. Here's a little sneak preview.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

some of my girly drawings

thought I'd share some of my older drawings. This one is from a long time ago when I worked for a magazine. it was a cover illustration. It is an ink washing painting. it is intentionally contrasty because we had a crappy old dinosaur of a process camera to shoot with.

I believe she was miss detroit. Not sure now, it was a long time ago.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Just got back from Vegas...

my sister and I just got back from vegas. we went out there to celebrate our birthdays. we stayed at the luxor on the south strip. we played a little, lost a little, won a little, drank a little, shopped a little.

we rode the manhanttan express roller coaster at newyork newyork. it was scary fun. we went to freemont street and gambled in one of the old casinos. I think I like that area better than the strip. I've taken to collecting photos of vintage vegas now, have several posted on my facebook gallery. same name if you wanna go look.

I'll be back to vegas next april for viva 13.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

think I'll have fresh melon with cafe au lait (my version - strong coffee, splenda and 30% cream), sit on the porch and draw sexy girls.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My designs on Florists Review magazine.

I designed the planter that is featured on the cover of this month's Florists' Review Magazine.

This is my second product to make Florist's Review Magazine, but my first to make the cover shot.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I have to go to the SuperFloral show tomorrow. It is at the GA World Congress Center in Atlanta.  I've never been before, it changes cities every year and this is its first year in ATL. one billion sq ft of flowers and flower pots. oh yea, and toss in some balloons. Anagram, CTI, Betallic, bB - they'll all be there.  It'll be nice to visit with them and see their new stuff. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Good evening

well, here I go.  I don't really know what I am doing here. Bear with me, it'll get better, i promise.