Man I Miss This

It’s 12:45am and I just got off my usual Friday night bartending shift.  Bill is asleep next to me so I sit in the dark to unwind.    I’m drinking a tequila, eating pita & humus, and looking at some of my favorite blogs. Man, this internet space, as exhausting as it can be, sure is inspiring.  This week has been one of those very long types….computer crashes, stomach flu  (luckily not me, but poor Bill), end of the semester projects piling up, injury flare up in my shoulder, messy house,  yada yada yada.   But, after it all, I am fortunate, happy, and grateful.    I have yoga to thank for calming my mind, and inspiring bloggers and artist who find the courage to share everything they are and believe in with the rest of the world.  Sometimes a really bad day can be turned around by a simple reminder to love yourself, it’s all that counts in the end, or a reminder that creativity is so very necessary and powerful, I cling to that now.  I miss blogging so much.  Tonight as I look at photographs, and  just sit and write, I realize how much I miss it.   School has brought so much growth into my life, and I’ve really pushed myself, but I miss the freedom to create with out requirements.  But, it is through this process, I for the first time  feel confident in myself as an artist and a creator.    Though this week left me feeling depleted at moments, it has also reminded me to be patient, and to appreciate every moment, even the ones that can really suck.  I’ve also begun to realize how much more honest I want to be in this space, because creativity and beauty comes from honesty and courage… and finding beauty in the less beautiful moments. I’ll be back here soon ( no more school project in 3 weeks!)  but till than here’s a few things I’ve been working on.

*each of these illustrations was completed using Adobe Illustrator by me. Each illustration was given as a school assignment with thematic direction and technical requirements.  

{a creepy dream illustrated}

{a creepy dream illustrated}

{self portrait with text}

{self-portrait with text}

{Day}

{Day}

{night}

{Night}

{abstract ocopus's garden}

{abstract octopus’ garden}

 

 

 

Namaste!

 

Casual Color

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{F21 t-shirt, levis cut-offs, Cira bandeau, Akinz sunglasses, Antonio Melani sandals, necklace gift from mom, zig-zag bangles thrifted, beaded bracelet made by my aunt, F21 earrings}

Being comfortable has been the name of the game lately.  It’s too hot, and uncharacteristically muggy for Colorado, to wear many layers.  I wore this out for an easy, evening bike ride on Sunday.  Before walking out the door I got a little scissor happy again and cut that big diamond in the back of my t-shirt.  I had seen a girl in Austin who’s over sized t-shirt had a triangle cut in the back, and I really liked the simple way it opened the back …so this inspired by that random girl in Austin.  I love being inspired by street style, and Austin was full of it.  I also purchased these sandals on my recent trip to Texas, and I must say, after searching for the perfect, versatile, nude, flat sandal for quite some time, I am very happy with my purchase.  They have become a summer staple for me.
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BE HAPPY

vibrant.blooms.vinesIt feels like summer is trying to push its way onto the front range! (what!? it was snowing two weeks ago!)  The past three days have been wonderfully sunny and warm.   The perfect kind of days for taking advantage by dusting off the ol’ bike and stretchin’ her legs, we are gonna spend a lot of time together this summer.   Summer months on the Front Range are pretty awesome, and if you find your self bored here, after the sun comes out to stay, it’s never for a lack of entertainment or adventure.  Soon every weekend will host a new festival, or a new concert series.  Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Fishing poles, tents, longboards, slack lines, etc, all are taken from their winter hibernation and put into daily action.  Patios will become the hotspot for any happy hour, and table spots in the sun will become coveted.    Steetmosphere  also kicks off in Old Town this Friday, so art will be back on the streets downtown once again.     Many students leave for vacation, but the rest of us stay and relish everything our city offers us by getting outside.  I love when the color comes back into this town, when it’s vibrancy really gets kicked up a notch.  It simply allows you to find happiness all around.  Hope you enjoy this little illustration that I made to bring a little more color into everyones day.

 

Joie de Vivre

FlowersBW.jpegI’ve been working more and more in Photoshop and Illustrator to edit my illustrations and designs…and I am loving it more and more.  This past week I was asked to design and print 50 cards, by my friend Rose. She wanted cards to send out on special occasions, Birthdays, and just to say hello.  We came up with three designs that she really loved.   All three share the message “joie de vivre”, which expresses the joy of living.  I like that message, so it was a pleasure designing cards to express that.  I created one design that could be sent out to a wide range of people in Rose’s life, keeping it vibrant, yet simple, and with hopes it’s a joy to look at (above design).   The other two below, were more specifically designed for her.  She requested a bulldog card, which was fun because I’ve been known for doodling dogs (I have a few wiener dog designs up my sleeve right now for my sisters wedding). The final card was a collaboration between Bill and I.  Rose had given me a wonderful photo of her and her pup kayaking together, a loved past time, and asked me to incorporate it because the photo had so much happiness in it.  I immediately thought how special it would be if Bill could draw the portrait of the two of them.  I am so thrilled with the final result.  I really love working with him, and it’s exciting explore what we can do together as artists.

This is also the first time I’ve had cards printed professionally (we went through kinkos and did the cutting and the fold ourselves), and I was pleased with how they turned out!

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Casey O’Connell: I’m in Love

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{it all fades}

I feel a little late to the party, but I just discover artist Casey O’Connell, and I’m in love.  Her paintings immediately grabbed me, and have been inspiring me since first looking through them.  The bold colors, and whimsical images are magical together.  I want every single one.  I even had a hard time deciding which ones to share, so head over to her website to see even more of her amazing work.  Her paintings have such unique perspectives, especially in her Underwater Studies.  I find it enchantingly charming to imagine the world from inside a fish bowl.  I also enjoy her amusing titles, cleverly suggesting the pieces source of inspiration and mood. I cannot pick a favorite.  Can you?

{top:: and...scene // the after party// bottom:: how I am not myself}

{top:: and…scene // the after party// bottom:: how I am not myself}

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{don’t be jealous Bill Murray // * notice the cat peering in bowl from above…Bill Murray?}

{panic attack // the gauntlet}

{panic attack // the gauntlet}

ps. check out her murals! what I wouldn’t do for a wall like that!

Bold & Bright

Nollie skirt, thrifted tank and purse, Minnetonka moccasins, Anne Taylor Loft sunglasses, necklace from friend’s yard sale box, Cira earrings}

Busy and hot  pretty much sum up the past few weeks.  July seems to be flying by, as time often does, but has been filled with a good balance of work and play.  We have managed to fit in some amazing home cooked meals (my newest obsession being homemade summer corn chowder with fresh jalapeños), a day lounging on the lake, evening golf games, and a night of dancing to celebrate a good friend’s birthday.  With our busy schedules bouncing us between long work days, and filled days off, trying to get the most out of summer, I have been living in easy pieces and shoes that I can move comfortably and quickly in .  I love these new Minnetonka moccasins, I could easily live in them.  The necklace I snagged while packing up a (very unsuccessful) yard sale me and two other girlfriends held. I really liked the candy colored beads in contrast to the natural wood beads, as well as the  chunky playful appeal.  It is just so easy to get away with bright colors in the summer, and I just can’t help myself but to be bright.  Hope everyone has a colorful and happy Monday.