Saturday, April 11, 2015

Stress, My Enemy

In truth, I'm a huge introvert. I usually don't speak to other people unless asked a question.
I must be the biggest nerd on the planet too. I have spent most of the day researching how to be interesting on a blog or on videos because I completely have no idea.

Here's the sad part. I haven't learned much at all. Am I the only one who stresses all the time about what to write or how to present things online. This is the number one reason I don't post half the things I ought to show.

Work is the biggest part of my life, but I don't dare share what I actually do there or how I truly feel about it because then I might not have a job. : ) (graphic ad design) this is the work I speak of

I really want to show my artwork off to you as well, but being more into licensing items at the moment, until contracts are signed and items are on the shelves I can't show off my kick butt art until deals are final. I do have some contracts and I look forward to sharing items when they are released! Then I can have SOMETHING to post about.

Most days I work 8+ more hours at the graphic job, I then get home try to eat something fast, do 30 minutes of walking up and down the hallway, and then get to work on drawings and paintings to grow my licensing portfolio.
 *sigh* on top of that we are finally packing everything to move to Kansas. I have searched for a job for 2 years now, nothing in the area. When the house sells sometime this summer, I will have to commute to work one way around 120 miles because I can't quit where I work now until something is found there.

This stresses me out enormously. So I have been in panic mode trying to figure out how to make a work at home business. Stamps? Selling paintings? Starting my own ad graphic business? Please Lord the lottery. I think I have a better shot at YouTube fame than the lottery.

I think I have a new patch of gray hair from all the stress. People at work are starting to comment on the gray LOL.

This is my life at the moment. Thanks for giving me a place to rant.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Freebie Digital Stamp Test

Click on the image to bring up the full size.
Then right click to save it to your computer.
Print and have fun.

I would love to see what you make by sharing it on Facebook. If sharing, please give credit with either Valarie Wade 2015 or my website or mention of this blog.

By downloading you are not gaining copyright, copyright stays with me the artist. Also, if something should go wrong with the file, I am not held accountable for your computer. (just mentioning this, which would be far fetched but better safe than sorry.)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Halloween Cat Painting 2015

Created today March 8, 2015
Music is one of the free to use options on Youtube
Thanks you for taking the time to watch

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year, New Goals

This year just feels exciting. Welcome 2015!

I haven't been on the blog in about a months time because at a news paper, the Christmas season is extremely busy. That is what I do 40+ hours a week other than creating cute drawings and paintings. I work as one of the ad graphic designers at my local newspaper. I help bring real estate, car, auction, and all other ads in between to you (the locals) on a daily reading basis.

Anyway, I am announcing upfront on this blog that I am going to give my all during the next 3 to 4 months of creating a whole new image collection for the 2015 art licensing trade show. I want to try my best to produce a wide range of images, so I may be leaving the blog neglected for a bit. I only have so much time in a day left when I get off work after 5 or 6 at night.

Thank you in advance for understanding.

~ Val

Saturday, November 8, 2014


I sketched this piece out last night.
Watercolor paper, 9x12 with acrylics/watercolors/pencils
I tried to take a few more photos of the process, but I tend to mix colors and work pretty fast before they dry. That is the beauty and beast of acrylic paints. They are fast drying. As I make more of these on paper, I am learning different techniques and getting more used to the medium.

 And one picture to show you that I do have a helper. This time I decided to take a break because she was being pretty persistent.

 The title of this piece has changed three times today. Landing, the title of the blog post. Then light landing because of the reindeer landing on the light strand. The final title of this painting turned into Winter Magic.

This is the final picture. Thanks for stopping by.