My new website and blog are almost ready to share with you! Yay! My old website has gone away and there is just a little teaser there. I feel so lucky to have found Jo Klima of The Darling Tree to design my new site. The process has been so fun and quite honestly, so pleasurable for me. Jo is uber talented and has such a beautiful aesthetic that I felt totally comfortable handing the project over to her. It is a scary thing to hand over control of your look when your an artist and she has done a brilliant job.
The switch over is going to be bittersweet for me because my blog will be leaving Typepad for Wordpress. I have been such a fan of Typepad for the last five years and will be sad to say goodbye but, can't wait to share my new blog design with everyone.
These last couple of months have been jam packed with work for me, Surtex is right around the corner and I am feeling the pressure for sure and my freelance business has taken off, I feel so blessed. Everyday, I practice gratitude and look back on my life and the decisions I made to get me to this point, scary decisions that took me out of my comfort zone and made me grow as an artist and a person. I am grateful that I took those scary leaps... so grateful. What scary decisions stand between you and your dreams? What small sweet steps can you take to get you closer to living a life you love? It really is all about the small sweet steps because it gets the energy moving and the more you move forward the more the energy builds and start propelling you forward. That is how I have been living my life and it seems to be working!!!!
I hope to get back to blogging more, I have so much to share and feel an emptiness not being here. I have a couple more weeks of craziness to get through, I can't wait to be able to breathe again.
I spent my Saturday at a workshop by my friend Carol Maguire. We spent the day creating wonderful and meaningful boxes made from images, art and sentiment. It was such a nice break from my life, things have been crazy busy lately and I needed a break. It's funny how even my breaks have something to do with art. Here is the box I made.
Here are some of the beautiful creations by the other students. It was a magical day.
I love the work of Jessica Swift. I love getting her Treasuring blog updates in my email and am always amazed by all of the things she is doing. Jessica launched her first line of rain boots this year that she manufactured herself! She also manufactures and sells journals, coasters, prints, notebook, pillows.... the list goes on, on her e-commerce site. Jess is also a licensed artist with an impressive porfolio and list of licensing partners.
This excerpt is from her website: "I'm crazy-obsessed with color. And the way images speak and capture truths and feelings that words simply can't. I believe we are visual creatures, and we crave worlds filled with sights and images that make us feel joyful. I believe we are meant to do what we love, to feel joy. I'm blessed to be a full-time artist and graphic/surface pattern designer; I'm truly living a life that I love. "
Jessica is full of energy and inspiration, she is known for her vibrant colors and patterns and so much more! Check out her website and blog and be inspired too.
I am loving this necklace my friend Melissa Schulz made for me! It is double sided so it is like having two necklaces in one. Check out some of her other work here. Thanks Melissa, and yes, my head is in the clouds : )
I love working with graphic patterns. I started experimenting with painting this past year and a half, before that, the majority of my work was graphic. I loved working that way but, I always felt like it wasn't right, it needed more. It was too stiff so, I started seeking an alternative and found watercolors. When I was at Surtex in May, I was so inspired by the work of these talented ladies that I started to have the urge to play with graphic patterns again. There was a difference between there work and mine, theirs had more life to them and felt so alive. I think the problem was that I worked in Illustrator and was being too much of a perfectionist, my lines all had to be perfect. I liked having control over my perfect circles. So, after talking to Jessica Swift, I started to re-examine my graphic work and saw that beauty wasn't in the perfect lines it was in the unexpected marks. This is a lesson that I keep reminding myself of when working with the watercolors too. The tighter my work gets the less beauty you find. It's funny, releasing and surrender seem to be big lessons for me these days. Thanks, Jessica for helping me to find beauty in the unexpected marks.
I seem to be loving this color palette. I posted another graphic pattern two weeks ago and it was the same colors. I just realized it. I am channeling aqua, gray and yellow.
I am in Charlottesville, Virginia till Tuesday! My friend Carol and I are in Virginia for her art show, In Bloom, at the Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville. We will also be selling Carol's table linen's, purses, scarves, and pillows at Historic Garden Week. Carol and I have been friends for almost 20 years, we met while working at Little Souls, Inc, a handmade soft sculpture doll company. Carol and I have been through a lot together and have shared similar creative journeys. She is incredibly talented and one of my dearest friends. Check out her fine art website, product website and blog!
Kristian is an amazing designer and a huge source of inspiration to me. Her designs can be found on fabric, wallpaper, cards and so much more. With many impressive licensing deals under her belt she is an amazing force of beautiful energy! Check out her website, blog, and shop.