Monday, February 16, 2015

Elephant upstairs

This is me. And another me. Because my husband can sleep through the war and volcano eruption, I struggle alone. Our neighbors have two three years old. And they go to sleep at whatever time they wish, happy children.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Welcome to Moscow, ID

If you think that hipsters live only in big cities think again. Here is your typical Moscow Coop dude. No, not that Moscow.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In the barn

My friends Kathy and Al brought me to Paradise Stables yesterday afternoon. Polo team keeps its horses their and the guys keep an eye on them while the kids are on Thanksgiving break. Now my sketchbook is covered with brown dust and my boots smell like a horse poo.

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Etsy shop is open for business

Aleutie is back on Etsy, this time fully digital. I am using Etsy's new instant download feature, witch removes all hustle dealing with mail for me and reduce the price for the customers.

How it works: after the checkout process, you'll be taken to a page with a link to instantly download the file you choose (no watermark on that file of course). You also will receive an email with your download link - so it won't go anyway. And even if something goes wrong you always can send me a message and I e-mail you your file right away.

I am going to add new items every day, monitoring the customer's interest. There are four sections in the store right now:

 "Cards and Invitations" holds files for - you guessed it - holiday cards and party invites. They are all .jpg files in high resolution, formatted to fit standard size cards that goes into standard size envelopes (5 by 7 or 5.5 square). Don't try to print it larger: you'll loose the sharpness

"Stickers and Labels" has files to print your own stickers that can go to canned preserves, notebooks etc. You ether print them on a regular paper and then glue onto whatever object you want to make extra special, or you can buy a special sticker paper and make real stickers on your home printer

"Digital illustrations" are mostly editorial illustrations designed to be used on Internet (and yes, now you can use my illustrations on your blog or web-site or social networking page). They are printable too, of course, and in very good resolution. You can make a poster with them, information brochures etc.

"Files for DIY prints" are big, high resolution .jpg illustrations that go on your wall. Download them, print and frame. I do believe that for many people now it will be easier and cheaper then paying for shipment, waiting for mail to arrive and worry if their print get all crumbled on the way. Let's see if I am right.

There is a long, but not too boring, Policy section that explained customer's licensing rights. I highly recommend reading it before downloading the files. In fact, you as a customer, have quite a lot of rights! You can make amazing things with my illustrations now. Just don't try to resell them and everything will be fine :)

Welcome to my new online shop, please don't hesitate to ask questions if anything need to be cleared. Hope it will be a success. Fingers crossed. Toes crossed. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Aleutie take two!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Live Drawing

Every week, on Thursday, at 5 PM I am going to that big chilly dark room at Fine Arts. Drawing a live nude keeps you on your toes. First year students and professors are equal here. No artistic bs, no freedom of self-expression. For these two hours you have to be a realist. You just have to - no matter what is your artistic credo. Feels like home.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hooray to coffee!

Did you know:

The Guinness-recognized oldest cat ever Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old, drank coffee every day. His he owner, Jake Perry, supported his cat's caffeine adiction, mostly because he was also the owner of the previous record holder, Grandpa Rex Allen. He was a coffe drinker as well and died at 34!

The northernmost land mass on Earth is called Coffee Club Island, or "Kaffeklubben Island" in Danish. This small island lying off the northern tip of Greenland and it's a part of Denmark. It was named after an informal "coffee club" of geographers that met regularly at the University of Copenhagen.

Originally coffee was not a beverage, but sort of an energy bar. Arabian tribes used to mix coffee berries with fat and form little energy balls.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on Earth. The first one is oil. It's also is the second most popular drink on Earth after water.

It would take between 80 and 100 cups of coffee for a lethal dose of caffeine for an average adult. If you think it's a lot, you would like to now that legend has it that Voltaire drunk 50 cups of coffee per day, that daredevil. So, drink up!