Stiletto Heights

I am Jennifer Gordon- a mixed media collage artist and comic writer living in Columbus OH, with my fiance and love- Keith. I specialize in paintings, ACEOS, journals, art boxes and more. I am always available for commissions! Visit my etsy shop at:

Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Little OCD

so yesterday was comic book day, which thanks to Laura being here was really nice.

Though becasue things have been hectic and I have been a bit lazy I had not been painting, so last night though I was exhausted I stayed up until 2:00 to paint...

this is one of the reasons that I am really looking forward to being able to do art at normal hours of the day, fancy that...I will be able to sleep at night, that is when insomnia does not get the better of me.

SO during my spree of creativity last night I was able to finish a pendant I had started as well as make 2 art cards and two small collages I had started before.

I was feeling really pretty good about it all, trying to focus on the positive results that painting was bringing as opposed to concentrating on being tired. I really wanted to be able to have that creative time.

On the other hand I really wanted to have that time asleep next to Keith as well, but all that will come in time.

I made a lovely little emerald green collage called "Beautiful Frightening and Silent" and it amazingly sold soon after I listed it. It made the late night and early morning all worth while, as I knew I must have made someone feel a connection with my work.

When I finally dragged myself to bed last night I was totally spent, I realized that Keith was sound asleep and our covers were just "all wrong".

Please understand that I can be very free spirited at times, and at others I have an almost crippling case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder...the way I sleep is one of those things that I am all sorts of OCD about.

I need noise, not crazy noise, but the beautiful white noise of an air purifier, or a humidifier...I cannot sleep if there is music, tv, or especially...hillbillie neighbors doing anything it is that they do.....oh and I cannot sleep through the yapping of a teeny tiny small dog.

I cannot sleep if the alarm clock has not been set...BY ME, even on days off I still need the clock set, for fear that I would in turn, sleep forever.

Bed conditions must also be met, I must have more than one, no more than three pillows, they cannot be feathers...they cannot be too soft, nor too hard. I am like a non goldy goldilocks.

I also need ot have the blankets "right" meaning...I need equal amounts of sheets and need to have the comforter set so the light blue side is touching me, and the dark blue side it facing up, I also need to make sure that the tag is at the bottom...there can be no chance that the tag would touch me during the night, which would frighten me, and make me possibly think a spider was crawling on me.

I then need to have our Spiderman fleece blanket and then....Keith's grandma's special blanket.

Is that too much to ask? Possibly.

So needless to say, last night when I was so tired I went to sleep to find that the "puff" (that's the comforter to all those unaware of JennSpeak) was light blue side up, with the dark blue side down, where it could touch my skin.

Please understand, neither side feels any different at all, and I KNOW that any craziness about this is all in my head...but, it did not stop me from trying to pry the blaket up and off from Keith while he sweetly slept.

I did not want to wake him so it was very difficult as he had "papoosed" himself all in the puff, half way through the pulling and prying...I just gave up there was no way I could do it with out waking him up.

I did not fall asleep until much later, but at least I was able to set and reset the alarm a few times...that made me feel a little better.

The piece shown is one of the art cards I was able to do last night, it goes right along with the theme of "Obsession", as it was made with another image from Helmut Newton, which is my fashion photographer obsession of the moment, it also has Gia in it, and she is my dead supermodel obsession of the moment.

The card is called The Gia Kiss and it is available for sale in my etsy shop


Blogger said...

Okay, let me just say. You and I are twins. Exact twins when it comes to sleeping arrangements. Or should i call it, sleeping Psychosis?? For this very reason, I decided to have my "lovee" build me my own loftish space, mine very own bed, mine very own perfect sheets, comforter, pillow arrangement. I am 31 now, my sleep matters. No more I love him so much I need to sleep by him. NO. No more of that. I love my own room. It is awesome. Sorry if it is weird. But, I love it!!!! Yes, if the comforter is upside down it matters. Yes, the sounds matter, the lights, the dogs, the everything. It matters. Okay, I am going off.. But, I agree with you. :) Your art is lovely too...

12:09 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Who's down with OCD? AC.

7:15 AM  
Blogger stilettoheights said...

Vanessa- I think we might be twins too, FYI...I'm 31 too, or as I like to call it, the "new" 21...

y'know, whatever gets you through the night.

Aaron- I like you're little rap you just did, like Blondie in that crazy song...

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, I have this Gia ACEO! My lovely BF (studioAK) bought it for me on etsy for Christmas. I just love it! and wanted to tell you that. Your work is great and I have a strong Gia obsession.

1:23 PM  

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