Friday, December 5, 2014

More Birthday fun!

Here is a little bit of what made my birthday so special this year! Lots of love and handmade goodness! The jewelry in the photos was all handmade by my mom, what beautiful gifts! Chad and I had a little fun painting pottery and then headed to Dushanbe teahouse for high tea! It was such a treat to be waited on with tea and champagne and a tower of savories and sweets! If you are local and have never tried it, I highly recommend it.

I recently came across this article, and when I read it my whole body responded with a resounding "yes"! My little world has begun feeling overwhelmed the last few years with too much stuff, unfinished projects and a desire for more ease. I often paint the words, "do more with less", but it's a hard mantra to follow. Reading this gives me a new framework for my life. "What would you do if your life was a blank slate? If it were an empty container with limited space, what would you put in it?" Something to ponder.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today, on my birthday, I thought I'd share this very special piece that I recently created. I have been looking at a lot of work by Alphonse Mucha and this journal page is born out of a combination of that and a visualization exercise that I recently did for the Nu Icon program. It was quite a process of unearthing this vision of myself which is a bit atypical for me. After bringing this image to light, I adore the organic, feminine, and Victorian representation of myself and my creativity.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Small Tribute to a Big Life

My small tribute to Robin Williams and all that he gave to the world. This is another instance where words fail me and creating pictures will have to do.

I am currently working on a series of watercolor sketches of the various TV shows in my life. So it was fitting to work on an illustration of The Crazy ones (at right) and Mork and Mindy this week. I am looking forward to sharing more of these as they progress.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Another Great Book!

Another great book from map creatrix Jill Berry! This is her second mapmaking book, and I say buy them both! They are loaded with great ideas for building your cartographic collection. I have a piece of mail art included on page 119. I am including that heart map here so that you can get a closer look!

No Excuses Journaling - The Book!

As you know, I am a huge fan of Gina Armfield's No Excuses Art Journaling method. This process really turned art making into a daily process for me, all the while capturing those fleeting moments and memories. I am honored to be a guest artist in this book, because it's so much more than eye candy! It really works and is so much fun. Take a look for yourself!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Gifts of Imperfection

Hello all! I am currently taking an ecourse with Brene Brown, based on her book, The Gifts of Imperfection. It's a great book, dealing with issues of vulnerability, why it is good and necessary for us, and all the things that get in the way of it. I myself never understood what vulnerability really meant, that it did not mean that you were weak in some way, but rather a way for connection and openness. Considering that I still struggle with creating walls, it is no wonder why this is important work for me.

The ecourse focuses on chapters of the book, while using art journaling to connect with them more deeply. The art assignments are geared towards the beginner, but I just do my thing with them. We created a "permission slip", and I created mine in a fun style (channelling Dana Tanamachi) with chalkboard/vintage style lettering. We also had to take a self portrait with the words "I am imperfect and I am enough" written on our hand. I admit, I spent too much time worrying about the photo, did I look good in it, and wondering if I had missed the point completely. From what I have heard, I am not the only one. The assignments may seem simple at first, but they still challenge and sometimes they come easy, other times I strain against them. So far this is a good class for me. Creatively light and manageable, but also allowing me to learn and be challenged.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sketching Fun

Here is a little sketch I did of my gallery wall during Open Studios. It was a fun way to record the culmination of all the prep and hard work and a great way to remember the event.