Hi all! Just stopping in to say hello and share some new pieces. I made these for the Tigerprint Competition. It was a great assignment and hopefully a good way to get my name out there. Just sharing a little love this happy Friday.
So one of the most exciting parts of participating in the course Make Art That Sells Bootcamp, is that we get to take part in a gallery on Lilla Roger’s website. Talk about awesome publicity!!! I am so proud to be a part of this gallery. Go check out all the amazing cuckoo clocks from our assignment bootcamp here. I am on page three!!!
Finding space to be creative every day… It’s a priority to me. I find time. Minutes, hours, days. I am constantly being asked how I even find time to be creative, especially with three little girls. And yeah, I will admit that things have been an adjustment for me after Eva came along. And I will be honest, it has been somewhat of juggling act for me. There are days where I want to push my creative time out of the way to make room for other things like, oh taking a shower…
The funny thing is, I actually do take a shower every day. And I make dinner every day. And I pick my girls up from school. And I am creative. Every single day. Oh and I have even been trying to add some exercise back in there somewhere. It does feel like a juggling act on most days. But here are some things I do every week to make room for being creative:
1. I am only allowed to be creative during nap times, or do something that I can only do while little miss is sleeping. That means no showers, exercise, cooking, or cleaning. I keep my mind clear and push out all of those other things that desperately need to be done. And guess what? Most of the time all of those other things get done. Plus, I am a way more productive person if I get to be creative.
2. I do everything else with my baby girl. I shower, cook, do laundry, and exercise WITH Eva. And most of the time she doesn’t have a problem with it either. She has gotten used to it being a part of our routine.
3. I do all of my computer work and emails during nap times. I make a list of everything I want to get done in a week, this includes projects, collections and submissions to companies. I stay flexible within a week. If I have an off day, I give myself grace to let it go until the next day. So one week I might focus on fabric design, then next gift collections.
4. I do all sketching, or most, while the biscuit is playing and entertaining herself. She is pretty good at entertaining herself, so I find that one of the best times that I can give her attention while doing something else. She doesn’t seem to enjoy it when I am on my computer. But she has no problem when I have a pencil in my hand.
5. I try to do all prep work for dinner early in the week. I find that towards the end of the week I am usually exhausted and don’t want to cook anymore. This enables me to give my girls my full attention when they are out of school and I don’t feel like I am scrambling for dinner.
6. After the girls go to bed I sometimes sneak back to the studio. I am usually worthless after 6, but I have been trying to change that mindset. It’s amazing what you can get done if stop watching so much T.V. And sometimes I will continue sketching while watching T.V. Just depends on how I am feeling.
7. I use down time, driving around, picking the girls up or going to appointments to plan things out in my head. I think a lot about my projects ahead of time so that when I do have time, I get right to it.
I hope that if you are struggling to find time to be creative that this post helps you out. Here are a few peeks at my daily creative ritual today.
Well here it is… the project I have been working on for MATS Bootcamp. This is just one of the many projects I have been working on for the last week or so. I think I am finally ready to submit! Yay! Feels so good to be done. This project was a challenge to get the colors just right. Lilla gave us two different color palettes and it took me a long time to get them to a place where I really liked it. Colors make all the difference. I feel like I grew so much from this assignment. It’s one thing getting the colors right when you are painting… it’s a completely different skill to do it in design. By the way, I cannot believe I am using purple!!!!
Oh hi there. It’s been a long week or so working on lots of new projects. I had a moment this weekend where I had to drop everything and paint. My soul needed it. Nothing can replace the feel of paint sometimes. It helps me breathe. Keeps me sane. This was part of my daily creative ritual, and it involved paint, coffee and a little music.
Do you ever get a color palette in your head and you just can’t escape it? That is how this painting started. In fact, it all started here. I just couldn’t escape those colors. And purple is so not one of my colors… but blended into pinks and oranges. I just had to go there. I actually used nail polish in this painting. True story. Now I am really in trouble, going to go through all of my old nail polish. It’s still not finished, but I am loving it so far!!!
I think it’s very important to develop creative daily rituals. Something creative you do every day. And because right now I can’t always make into my studio to paint every single day, I can sit down with some paper and a pen and a cup of tea. I have a one year old now so I really have to get “creative” on how to fit creativity into my day. Then when I have a few moments later I can always scan my drawings onto the computer. Let’s face it, with children it’s often a challenge finding time for a shower let alone creative time. I want to make this a weekly feature on the blog, a little glimpse into my creative habits.
Today was a snow day, so as soon as nap time came around, I crawled back into my bed with a cup of tea and loose computer paper and a pen. Right now I am working on sketching out some loose ideas for Bootcamp. Ugh! Feeling the pressure of trying to get my ideas onto paper. Sometimes that is the worst!!! Wish me luck.
What do you do for your creative daily ritual?