I have really been drawn to digital collages the last few days. Maybe it’s because of the most recent issue of Digital Somerset Studio I have been pouring over? By the way I have an artist spotlight in the issue.
So you should check it out. But it just got me thinking about playing around in PS with photographs and paintings. And I just felt the need to experiment. Sometimes you just have to go where the muse carries you and trust that it will lead you where you are supposed to go. I really should be doing Christmas designs, and I will get back to that soon enough. Not to mention all the commission pieces I need to be working on… Sometimes it drives me crazy how quickly I can get distracted. But Somerset Digital Studio had some really interesting articles where artists are layering photographs on top of each other. It seriously got my little creative ideas flowing… Like seriously.
So it started with this bird digital collage. Which is just a whole bunch of pictures layered on top of each other, as well as my art, in differing layers of opacity. I really love the background in this one. It was so much fun!!!
So then I wanted to try a portrait and since I don’t have very many pictures of other people and I didn’t want to get into royalty problems, I just decided to take a selfie and turn that into my portrait. So here is the selfie before.
So this really was almost a cathartic experience for me. I am learning how to extend more kindness towards myself in all areas. I am doing a ton of trauma of therapy right now, and really digging into the lies that I have believed about myself because of the trauma that I have walked through. I have so much to celebrate as I slowly emerge out of this crazy season filled with anxiety and panic attacks. I am so proud of how far I have come!!! It really is amazing. I still have a ways to go, but this self portrait is almost a love letter to myself. It’s a picture of how I want to be and who I really am. I love it!!!
I spend my days surrounding myself with color. In fact, I think I might just be obsessed with color. Color has always been a mood lifter for me. And for some reason I always feel like it’s somehow telling a story. Story that surpasses words. So I thought I would just let some of my color story pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy! And please follow me on IG for more color story.
After this last season of my life, I have really been thinking about how I want to bless others with my business. I want my art to bring life to others. I want it to encourage and inspire and lift other people up. I want it to be a special gift. So I started thinking about making custom one word prints and originals for people to give away as gifts. I want these prints and originals to be meaningful to the recipient. You might not think about ordering one for yourself… But you might be looking to bless a special someone in your life. And I also wanted to keep it realistic as far as expenses go. I may end up raising the prices if I get super swamped, but for now I like keeping it in the affordable gift range of $25-$30. Which considering that these are custom made, is a generous offer.
So here is how it will work. Go to my Etsy store and select either a Custom Words of Life Original (5 x 7) or a Custom Words of Life Digital Print (8 x 10). Other sizes are of course available upon request, but prices will adjusted accordingly. Then select the word and color scheme. There are examples to give you an idea. I will then custom make your print or original, give you a peek and a chance to make very minor changes. If you request more than a few minor changes, I will adjust the price accordingly. Then I will gift wrap your print or original and send it off to the recipient with a little love not from you!!! Please expect about a week’s creating time.
AND to the exciting part. Because I love you all so very much, I thought I would offer a free download print. I want you all to know just how much you are Loved. I only ask that if you download the print from my website, that you would be willing to share this post with your friends. So go here, for your free download of this print Loved.
When I was a little girl, my father used to take me to work with him on occasion. He was an electrical engineer. I would absolutely love to sit at one of those big drafting desks and draw all over his old blueprints with highlighters. It made me feel important, like I had a very special job to do. Pure joy.
This last year has been one of really evaluating my life and trying to find the things that really bring me joy. They are mostly simple things. Creating beauty. Painting. Making my space pretty. Selling my art. Snuggling my girls. Spending time with my loves. Cooking. Enjoying my life.
But it’s one thing to know the things that bring you joy. It’s another thing to let yourself experience joy. Because of the trauma that I have walked through, I still have difficulty with allowing myself to enjoy my life. You know, waiting for the other shoe to drop thing? It’s so much easier to just sabotage joy so that you don’t have to deal with the disappointment. I know so many of you can relate to that feeling.
So I have been going there. To the place where I actually let myself experience joy. Changing a lot of those thought patterns is very hard. But gosh darn it, I deserve joy. I am amazing.
I have sort of retreated in a way. I am looking less and less at what other people are doing. You know how easy it is to get into that comparison thought process, especially when your community is a group of very talented artists. I am so grateful for such a large tribe of like minded artists. But sometimes you have to shut yourself off from all of that input on social media. I am going at my own pace. And even though it feels slow at times, I am going to follow what feels authentic to me. I am going to follow that which brings me joy.
One of my biggest joys is painting abstract paintings. They feel completely impractical as opposed to some of my other art. But I think that is exactly why I enjoy them so much. It’s about the process and expressing a part of my heart that can only be expressed with a mess of paint and texture and color.
It’s also one of my secret dreams to sell huge abstracts for thousands of dollars. Why not? So on a whim I decided to create some abstracts for Saatchi Art Online Gallery. I honestly don’t know if it will go anywhere, but it’s a step in the right direction. I feel a little shy sharing my account because the practical critic in me says, I will never sell anything. But I will never know if I don’t try…
So maybe, if you are on Pinterest you would help me out by pinning my paintings from my new Saatchi account? I would be so grateful. Check out my paintings here.
Hey ya’ll! I am over here. On Instagram. I’m there a lot. But today I am having a sale on these little original birdies. Little mini 5 x 7 originals. $40-$60. Plus shipping. So head on over to my account and follow me. The first person to comment with their email address, gets it. If you want one, head on over.
It’s been a while since I have announced intentions here on the blog. I am constantly setting goals, but I think there is power in proclaiming things publicly. I have been a little frustrated lately. In order to break into the art licensing business, you really have to develop quick thick skin. It’s tough sometimes. You submit a lot of your artwork. You put it out there. You wait. And most of the time you don’t even get a rejection email back. It can really be gut wrenching.
But recently I have been submitting consistently on Sundays. It’s my Submissions Sunday. I figure that all those art directors will be opening my emails first thing Monday mornings.
Then I kind of hold my breath and wait all Monday. Usually there isn’t even a reply. Sometimes, it’s we are not looking for that right now, but we really like your work. The best rejections are usually, keep sending your work. It can be super grueling emotionally.
Then sometimes you get a response of please send us jpgs and we will look at them at our meeting. Do you know that I have seriously talked to 5 companies about designing my own fabric? And still nothing. So even if they are interested, it’s not even a done deal then.
Anyways. You get the idea.
It’s really hard to stay in the process when you are a visionary/dreamer. At least it is for me. I always have these great big dreams and goals. And when I don’t see those things happening, it can be discouraging to say the least. But really you just have to keep making art. And keep submitting it.
But let’s get back to intentions. Once upon a time I set intentions on my blog and lo and behold I got my very first magazine article. Just by setting that intention. The editor emailed me soon after I published a blog post that it was my dream to have an article published in one of their magazines. And now years later, I have been published in many Stampington magazines.
I am not saying that it’s magical. But there is something to setting intentions.
I have really been thinking about my passion. What do I really really really want to do? What would be my dream gig? And when I think about that, I would love to develop a home decor line. I started painting because I wanted art for my wall. I love the home. I love surrounding myself with things of beauty. Pillows, lamps, wall art, mugs, plates, rugs and knick knacks. They all make my heart go pitter patter.
So there you go. I really want to design a home decor line. This week I set about creating some product mockups with a collection I just finished. At first it was difficult to envision. But then once I got into the groove, I couldn’t really stop. So here is my Forest and Fauna Home Decor Line.
Do you hear that Home Decor companies? I want to work with you. So feel free to come knocking on my door!
When I was five I remember standing in the fabric store mesmerized by all the colors of thread. It felt like a whole new world opened up to me. Seeing all those beautiful colors next to each other was just pure magic. So I did the most rational thing possible. Picked out my very favorite colors and stuck them deep into my pockets. Most five year olds shoplift candy or toys. But not me. I go for thread. I am hardcore. I don’t think we got far before my mom realized what I had done and I had to return them to the store.
So this week I decided I was going to make a pompom garland. My mom gave me her stash of yarn. But my heart was longing for some bright happy colors. So off I ventured to the fabric store, thinking I would only buy one or two new colors.
For the love of pompoms people, why has no one ever warned me about the yarn section at the fabric store? I was instantly five years old again. I wanted every single darn shade. I can’t even tell you how happy it made my little heart. Oh how I love color!
Now I never want to leave this happy little corner of my home.