81 DAYS! From the day I tentatively contacted my real estate agent, to the day I finally had my studio set up in our amazing new home. I didn’t paint a single one of those days. It just reminds me that committing myself to painting daily was one of the best things I have ever done for myself, for ME. I was completely giddy emptying box after box of paints and brushes and tools. You can have a sneak peek here, but I’ll post the entire videos when it’s complete. I chose to jump in with a large piece for a very good reason. I’ll be thoroughly discussing why soon, when it all comes together.
I forced myself to get the whole setup arranged before I finally started on this big 36x48 canvas. Scroll through to see some of my setup! I also finally moved my mannequin into the space. Usually when I paint I have a second canvas hanging around that I clean my brushes on. Long ago I had the idea to use a mannequin and see what happens! I have great plans for her too! There is also original work by @saraschroederart, and my daughter @sydniemarcella (the needlepoint behind the mannequin), and a dear young friend who made the red smile face just for me @wendyworthit! And one of the best discoveries I made in the move was the first piece I ever made as an art student. The assignment was to replicate and old piece of advertising and make it applicable to current day. This William Bradley piece for Victor Bicycles was considered racy for its time. It still makes me happy to this day! I see all of its flaws now, but that’s OK! .
It feels GREAT to be back!
The first two personalised Christmas cards of the year! Getting prepared 👩🏻🎨 If you’d like Christmas cards making for friends and family members, get in touch ASAP 🥰
All my cards are hand painted, £5 each 💌
If ever there was a bookmark that went with a book, this would be it. What a happy accident, indeed!! I’m in a transitional period of life right now. My relationships with most of the people I’m closely connected to are shifting dynamics. I’m moving into a new house and having a new roommate for the first time in 5 years. I’m thinking about grad school. More often than not, it’s easier to fall into being afraid of the changes than it is to embrace them. It’s one thing to say it, but another to do it, right?
As someone who graduated with a film degree, I had hopes of moving back to LA, working in casting, and writing scripts on the side (if I had any extra time, that is). But God called me back to small town Indiana, and I questioned how I was supposed to be an artist if I had to do something entirely different to make ends meet. I spent a year being afraid to dip my toes back in the water of art, and I hated knowing I was avoiding it. Since starting to read this book, I realize how foolish it is to be afraid to create. Creating comes from not having it all together, and from constantly adjusting and growing and learning. It can’t be wrong!! In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been presented with a very unique opportunity to learn to work on my work as a writer. It’s gonna stretch me like no project before. I hope to share more about it down the road, but wanted to remind all my fellow creatives (and even those of you who may not consider yourselves creatives!!) - just do it. Seriously, there will never be a good time to make art, there will always be an excuse. Ignore that voice in your head telling you that you can’t. I think my bookmark speaks for itself. And please, read this book...that I was supposed to read freshman year of college...and yet God’s timing for me reading this book was just right! •