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!

 

WaterColored Roses

flowertiles2I have always wanted to be able to paint beautiful flowers.  So, I’ve been practicing.  I painted these using my grandfather’s water colors that my mom recently sent me.  Water color is one of my favorite mediums.  I love the way color bleeds and and fades.  I love how delicately the paint layers.  It often reminds me of stained glass, and beautiful light.    After playing with the paints on paper, I transferred the images to my computer and messed around with them in Photoshop, making patterns and experimenting with layers.  I get so excited every time I discover new ways to play with mixed media/mediums. My mind is already swimming with ideas, and more visions of water colored flowers. flowerstile3organic2

Cinco de Mayo!

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Life has gotten stressful lately. I felt a little distant from this space last month for a multitude of reasons.  One being that I have been spending most of my computer time focusing on practicing in Illustrator and  Photoshop.  I am excited by what I have been learning, and I feel inspired as I see my work being transformed and polished through these new programs.  The past month I have realized whole new possibilities in design and creativity.  So while life has been more on the hectic side (this year has just been full of new challenges) I relish in having passion for art and creativity.  I am grateful for new ways to explore design.  Today will be spent trying to relax, photo editing, and making tacos at home.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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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April Showers Bring May Flowers

 

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It’s a new month! Man March flew by!  I am look forward to the weather warming up, but also hoping for lots of April showers so that we have a beautiful, green spring and summer here in Colorado.  Plus, we already have plans for our patio garden this year, and we will be hitting up our local nurseries again, soon as it warms up enough to take the plants outside (they are really ready for more sunlight!).  I love watching the earth come to life this time of year.

Today I am sharing a new wallpaper design that reflects my excitement for rain… as the saying goes April showers bring May flowers…  so a little art dedicated to positive thinking.

Happy 1st of April!

flowershowers:: click here to download Showers Equals Flowers wallpaper ::

 

Wallpapers

ScreenSaverLoveI designed some wallpapers for the Dress Your Tech contest on DesignLoveFest Blog this past week.   It’s fun having small projects that test and push me as a learn how to work in Photoshop and Illustrator, so I kinda went out of control designing a bunch.  Here are a few that I didn’t enter into the running, but I still really like and thought I’d share.  I find I really like having simple messages and colorful images set as my wall paper on both my laptop and my iPad, as daily reminders of the simple things that inspire me and make me happy. (I also think the design with champagne bottles would make a cute celebration/birthday/wedding card)

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Not All Business…Yet!

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I’ve been spending most of my free time this week working with Photoshop and Illustrator, and less time taking photos and drawing.  I kinda get sucked in as I’m learning these new programs…but man I love having a new creative outlet, and I just want to learn it all now.  I gave myself this little project yesterday.  What do you think of these business card ideas? I like the bottom two, with the intent of having them printed through a letterpress and given a colored edges (hot pink/aqua?) so that they still have a pop of color.   The goal is to be handing these out by May (I’ve set my Etsy Shop opening date for June 1st!) stay tuned.

{left : created in Illustrator right: created in Photoshop}

{left : created in Illustrator right: created in Photoshop}