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!

 

Homework, Fun?

School has been keeping me busy! I kinda forgot how quickly school can do that to you.  I have learned so much already in the past five weeks, and the projects we have been working on have taken me out of my comfort zone in some ways, forcing me to look at my own work from a new light.  I’ve learned new techniques, a few which I felt a little intimidated by at first, that ultimately will make all my Adobe Illustrator Drawing stronger, more interesting, and all around better works of art.  It’s fun being pushed a little bit in directions you wouldn’t think to push yourself with you art, and it feels wonderful to be challenged and growing as an artist.  I’ve also enjoyed how much more I find myself in my sketchbook, working on both ideas for class and for myself.  It’s a magical space for me.  In my Adobe Illustrator 1 class we have finished two projects to date, and completed online critiques of both projects.  I can honestly say I’ve never enjoyed homework so much, and for the first time a look forward to getting home to work on school projects.

Our first assignment was to create a still life, using only basic black and white lines or shapes, and only a basic line point was to be used (no brush stokes, .5 round tip only) The black and white still life also had to clearly represent 5 textures.  This project was a doozy of detailed line and pattern work, with very fine strokes, that left me cross-eyed a few times.  It really challenged me to push beyond my usual simple line drawings I have become so comfortable with in this program.  I had never before approached three-dimensional space or objects when drawing in Illustrator.  I appropriately drew art supplies. Print

This past week’s assignment was to illustrate an image from a children’s story or nursery rhyme.  You know I had fun with this one!  In this assignment we were to introduce brush stokes and transparencies into our illustration, and we worked in color, yay!  Prior to this project I used mostly fills (solid color inside lines) to color my illustrations, but after being taught how to make my own paint brush patterns to use within an illustration, a whole new world of color possibilities has opened up! I love color possibilities! And again, I was able to play with a more three-dimensional feel than I ever had before.
HeydiddleThanks for reading my nerdy school update.  Now I’m going to relish in the laziness of a snowy saturday, cozy at home.  Hope everyone is having a snuggly, relaxing weekend too.

 

Valentine’s

4valentinesblogI’ve always loved designing Valentine’s cards, there really are not many better subjects than love.  So these are this year’s designs, and while I actually had them designed in the first week of January, it took me until today to make them available on my Etsy shop.  I really  need to learn to get ahead of the holidays.  Wait….lets back up….Esty Shop? Yep that’s right!  While I was away from this space I did get some other things crossed off my To Do list,  one of those things being finally opening my Etsy store, Little Plum Design Shop.  Though I am still very new to the process of selling my products, and harbor some anxiety about the idea of shipping out products (post offices and mail can bring me unnecessary stress), I am thrilled to have finally opened shop so that I can begin sharing more of my work and paper goods.  It also gives me a new space to learn about graphic design and my art.  I struggle photographing my cards with the lighting we have available in our apartment, so creating better, and more consistent, natural light for my photographs is something I look forward to learning more about.  There is always so much to learn! It’s actually quite exciting! 

Today in yoga our mantra for class was, Today I am stronger than I was yesterday. In this moment I am stronger than I was in the moment before. With this breath I am stronger than I was  with the breath before.  During a very physically challenging class it helped to move my mind from the fatigue I felt in my limbs, powering me through moments when I struggled.  I carried this mantra with me off the matt, and realized it is true for many places in life.  On those day that I question my work, or learning a new skill becomes frustrating, I will tell myself those words, I am stronger today than I was yesterday, knowing that as I continue to learn more and more about blogging, graphic design, or just being a good, honest human being, I will be getting stronger, slowly perhaps, but surely.  

oh and go check Little Plum Design Shop on Etsy pretty please! hero.blog future.blog magic.blog endless.blog

No Matter the Weather

no.matterblogYesterday we expierienced a very impressive afternoon thunderstorm, which brought a downpour of rain.  Here it seems like such a treat to get a good storm that brings lots of rain.  We don’t get them enough, and I love summer storms, so I really appreciate them while they last.  I love that you can listen to them with the windows open, and smell them as rain wets warm concrete and earth.  Yesterday I got to enjoy the storm from my art desk with the big window in front of me open.  It was a very relaxing way to spend the hours before going into work for the evening.  Bill, however, was caught out in sheets of rain on the golf course, and came home soaked.  Weather in Colorado is such an adventure.  The forecast today calls for more afternoon thunderstorms.  I have my fingers crossed that we will, so I am headed out to take advantage of some sunshine.

(this simple illustration was inspired by the recent afternoon rain and by our boy, whom I miss so much everyday it still hurts a little. I miss having him loyally by my side, though it often feels like he’s still right by me…mixed medium project: watercolor, Photoshop, and Illustrator)

Life is Full of Adventure

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Just a little something I designed with Illustrator. The more I use that program the more I like it.

All of life’s adventures are a little better with someone along for the ride with you! I’m so happy tomorrow is Friday, this weekend is going to be beautiful.

Think Positively

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of positive thinking.  It plays such an important role in accomplishing goals and moving forward.   It’s also something I need to keep practicing more often…. so here’s to a more optimistic outlook! … Cheers!