Yoga Posters

I’m very excited to share these! For my final project in my Illustrator class I choose to illustrate 3 yoga posters.  It is wonderful to be able to combine two passions.  They are designed at 11×17 and I can’t wait to have them printed and hanging on our walls.

{Yoga Poses to Balance the Chakras}

{Yoga Poses to Balance the Chakras}

{Surya Namaskar :: Sun Salutation}

{Surya Namaskar :: Sun Salutation}

{Moon Salutation Sequence}

{Moon Salutation Sequence}

Thank you for stopping be my little space in the internet! Hope everyone is having a beautiful week and I’ll leave you with this little reminder from Buddha.

“A tree lives on its roots.  If you change the roots you change the tree.  Culture lives in human beings.  If you change the human heart, the culture will follow.”

-Namaste

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.

 

In the Pursuit of Dreams

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{created in Illustrator}

There are days I have wondered if perusing my dreams will only leave me frustrated and broke, but then I quickly remind myself that it was these feelings of self doubt and fear that lead me so far from happiness and success in my early twenties.  To grow as an individual I’ve had to relearn to trust my instincts, and to live more authentically.  In the past 6 months, with a little extra time left each day without blogging, I returned to my yoga practice.  Through it, I am finding the confidence to continue to pursue only the things that bring joy and love into my life, and those around me.  It is helping me open up, and trust myself as an artist and creative soul.  I’ve mentioned in past posts that finding balance in life and daily routine is very important to me. Returning to my yoga mat, with more commitment and passion than before, has created balance in my physical and mental body in a way I’ve never had before, therefor it has become a powerful tool for me in reaching my goals. I look forward to blogging more about this experience as it has become a necessary and wonderful part of my daily routine.  When you release fear and judgement from your thoughts, it’s amazing where you find yourself mentally and physically, and we must remind ourselves of this daily.  I’m off to pursue dreams today!

And I’m Back

Hi flower faceMan it’s been a  while since I’ve been here.  It’s been a pretty wonderful 6 months since I last posted, and time flies when you’re busy enjoying life.  It was good time off.  At the end of the summer I began to realize how many projects I had to finish for my little sister’s wedding in October, and because I didn’t want reveal any of the wedding details before the big day, I knew couldn’t share these project here on the blog.  So, I gave myself the space and the time to work on these projects whole heartedly.  I was able to really enjoy the process of helping my sister’s wedding be a bit more beautiful and unique.  And, on October 25th, in Austin, TX it all came together better than I could have hoped, I was one proud big sister.  After all the hours spent crafting, DIYing, and planning, the most rewarding gift was wonderful week filled with family and friends making amazing memories together.  And of course seeing my sister so happy and in love.

But the wedding was months ago now, so it cannot be solely held responsible for my break from this space.  I had been blogging for two years, and certain aspects were just beginning to feel forced for me.   Creative endeavors were focused around getting post finished and up to share.  I needed some time to reflect on what I wanted from this space, as I have evolved a great deal personally since beginning it.  The time I have taken off has allowed me to reevaluate why I love doing this, and explore new personal journeys.  I love the design, and graphic aspect of blogging.  I have been so inspired, and for the first time I believe ever, I know I found my passion and am ready to dedicate myself into making it a career. So, tomorrow, I have my first day of graphic design classes at the community college! I couldn’t’ be more excited, and I feel ready to learn so much more.  Blogging has been such a huge part of my journey towards this decision, I look forward to using this space to continue sharing what I’m learning.  It feels like a gift to be growing creatively.  It’s always been such a big part of who I am, but as I get older (yesterday I entered my last year before my 30) I am embracing it more and more, as it brings out my better quailities and makes me feel whole.

I am so happy to be writing this post, because in a way blogging can be like going to the gym, it’s hard to get back into the habit, and the first days are always the hardest, but once you find the routine, and break the dry spell, it feels oh so good.  For those of you who have hopefully missed me, I’m back! and thank you for all your support.  So here’ s to the next chapter, and many more adventures in blogging.

 

Watercolored Words

Sometimes it’s best said simply, with beautiful colors. I head back home today after a wonderful weekend with my mom and sister.  I am sad to say good-bye, but I leave feeling inspired and ready to get back to my art room and my two loves. See you soon Colorado.

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Father’s Day Card Downloads

Still need a card for Sunday? Below are two free downloads to help show your father how much you appreciate him, not just on Father’s Day, but everyday he’s been by your side, and will continue to be.  Hope everyone has wonderful weekend plans with family and loved ones.  I will miss my father very much this weekend, I’ll be thankful for Skype on Sunday.

:: click photo to download & print ::

:: click photo to download & print ::

 

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Personal Zen

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Currently I’ve been focused on practicing being more present. We can only live one day at a time, and I have to constantly remind myself of that.  This can be a challenge when so many things I am working towards require thinking about, and making plans for, the future.  But, for the first time since starting college, I find myself moving in a direction in which I am confident and motivated, with specific career goals in mind.  I have a passion for creating and imagining, and have found a space where my talents can best be put to use.  I am excited to continue working hard and educating myself, knowing it will lead me towards a purposeful and fulfilling career…it only took a decade of exploration, many mistakes, lots of lessons learned, and loving support to find myself here.  For me this means more than reaching for financial security or success.  Finding this direction has made me feel assured in who I want to be as I continue to grow, and is forcing me to ask myself what I truly have to offer others and myself.   The challenge I face now is learning to concentrate on the goals I set for myself, and moving forward with them.  Which is exciting and a little nerve racking for someone who spends too much time thinking about…EVERYTHING.   This is where being more present comes in really handy for me, because I tend to be more focused and productive when I stay in the moment.  Otherwise, my thoughts, my worries, my creativity, and my objectives, all pull me in too many directions.  Right now, as I begin this practice, I am setting daily intentions that ultimately work towards my big picture goals.  I believe in balance in every aspect of life, and this is another place in my life, and in my mind, where I must learn to find a balance.  With our lives in constant flux, we must reassess the areas in our life that need re-balancing, and adjust accordingly.   You know what they say: “Life is a balancing act”.

Good Night

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Our neighborhood is very lively (meaning loud) tonight.  We live right next to campus, so this time of year, as classes end, and graduation/summer celebrations begin, the streets get a bit noisy as the sun goes down.  Last night on my bike ride home I passed stumbling groups of drunk college students scattering from a house party.  Several of the guys were down to there boxer briefs…I was wearing a hoodie, a jacket, and a knit cap for my ride. The summer itch gets students extra rowdy.  I’m happy to be held up in the coziness off our newly rearranged room, and grateful that tonight we can sleep with the window open and enjoy the breeze. Tonight I am channeling good dreams.  Good-night all.

Working with Illustrator

I took my first Illustrator class this week and I have discovered that I love it!  I just needed to know what all the tools did! Oh Pen tool how initially perplexing you are, but how useful you have become. We got 20 inches of snow the past three days, which meant lots of time to spend working on getting familiar with the program.  Here are some of the designs I came up with. Lots more to come later!
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