Inside The Portrait Studio: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey

Tonight was a great night for the ladies in Hollywood, or as Amy Poehler put it, “only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people in television.”

While I may not big on Hollywood, I am big on these two funny ladies!!! My comic role models hosted the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, and they were armed with some side-splitting zingers: “When it comes to torture, I trust the woman who spent three years married to James Cameron,” and, “I have not seen someone so alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars” (to Anne Hathaway).

Many great wins and nominations for some seriously fierce ladies, with Lena Dunham taking home two Globes for Girls. “This award is for every woman who didn’t think there was a space for her. I found my space.”

Jodi Foster received the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, although her speech left a lot of people confused. Did she officially come out? Was it a retirement speech? Considering her plea for privacy, I guess we’re still left wondering. And it’s really none of our business anyway.

Kristen Wiig & Will Ferrell were absolutely hilarious! I really hope Amy & Tina come back to host again, but if they don’t I would love to see these two co-host in their place.

My only complaint of the night was not enough Amy & Tina; so much talent, so little joke time! But what they did get in was pure comedic genius: Damien Francisco in Dog PresidentDarcy St. Fudge starring as “a psychic who solves her own murder,” and “Hilary Clinton’s husband!” Sigh. In the meantime, I’ll just have to go back to my Parks & Recreation marathon, drawing portraits as I laugh…

I will leave you with Amy’s last crack as she was signing off for the night: “We’re going home with Jodie Foster! Goodnight!” 

Hello, 2013!

There are so many things this new year to look forward to and be thankful for; I started my new design job as a Graphic Designer & Project Manager for The Office of Katie Osborn. Katie and I met over 5 years ago working together at the Park Slope Food Co-op; I have also freelanced for her in the past, and we’ve gotten to know each other both as friend and colleague. She is growing her environmental design firm and I’m super excited to be part of her team! And speaking of the environment,  I can walk to work! This new schedule also allows me time to keep my illustration business running, as I have some really exciting projects on the horizon. But what would a New Years post be without my latest planner review?

My deepest, dorkiest love is for paper planners. Try as I might to go completely paperless, I always end up back with a pen in my hand. Maybe it’s the traditional artist in me that still loves the tactile feel of writing, drawing, and crossing things out. I sync Google Calendar with my smartphone, but I have surrendered to the fact that I can’t toss away the good old fashion to do lists just yet.

I have done my homework researching planners for many years but none of them seem to fit my personality type. I was recently introduced to Planner Pads and, finally, I had found my match. If you get easily distracted like I do, this planner is definitely for you! Planner Pad uses something called the “funnel system,” separated into 3 parts:

1. The top section is what I call the “mental dump.” I’m the kind of person who sits up at night, hamster spinning, coming up with new art projects and laboring over (probably neglected) regular routine maintenances. This section is where you freely jot down everything you would like to do, even if it’s not going to get done that week.

2. The middle section is where you start to delegate your projects and to-dos, dispersing them into more manageable parts.

3. The lower section is the most realisitc part, your actual appointments, meetings, and schedules; some of which may be pre-planned and out of your control. I will still use Google Calendar for appointments, but I look at this section as “how much time do I realistically have to get these things done?” As dorky as this all sounds, my personality type (spontaneous and headstrong) calls for such a structure.

Back at the office (below), Katie’s cat Bella welcomes me with some paper clips and relaxing purrs:

May 2013 bring you creativity, health and happiness; Happy New Year! xo, artsparrow

photography © 2013 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow)