Hooray! Officially announced and on, Puddle Jump's website. This is the second collaboration piece I've done with the other artists the prompt was "multicultural." Everyone has a different take so check out the FB (www.facebook.com/PuddleJumpCollective/) page for more beautiful art. Really feeling like I'm hitting my artistic stride so far this year. It's only been a month, but still.
Some personal news, my husband and I are moving to Western Montana in a month! He has work there, and I plan on attending school for graphic design. I'm ecstatic to be living in a bigger city and close to the mountains again!! "I want to see mountains again Gandalf! Mountains!"
Oh so cute! I've been wanting to get this little set done for a long time. Big lover of books so the subject matter was really inspiring to me. I didn't detail it quite as much as I normally would have, but it was meant to be more of a study in lighting. Working fast like this gives a better effect than over painting everything.
This new year is bringing about a sence of re-focusing and simplifying for me. As much as commission work was my bread and butter in 2017, I know that it isn't going to fulfill my ultimate goals. So I'm challenging myself this year to really create and go big. The publishing market is where I want to be, so that is where I will go.
Queue The Puddle Jump Collective. www.puddlejumpcollective.com/
This week I was very sick, but diligently working on a new portfolio piece, when a friend from SVS reached out to me to join this private artist's group. Upon looking into it it was the perfect step in the right direction. This is a group of amazing kid lit artists who are constantly collaborating, setting up challenges and encouraging each other to create more.
I'm already doing more and that time seems to expand when you have a sence of purpose. They are really spurring me into action, which is exactly what I needed to start this new year!
I've worked hard to branch out, to try new things and work for different people this year. It has really expanded my art skills, and my confidence to know I can do the work. Here is another example of something new for the brewery where I work.
Between this game table, window painting, face painting and everything from label to commissions I feel so blessed by all the people around me! I am ready to take on this next year and am full of hope and determination to dive even deeper to make art my life's work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
In the face of having a lot of work to do and demands on my time, Thanksgiving yesterday was a real treat. I gave myself over to just doing a little drawing with no pressure or commitments. It's times like that where I find my passion for what I do again, when I can make something just for myself.
I hope in whatever you do that you savor those moments because they keep us going. Happy holidays!
Let the creative work begin again! Things have worked out now that I only have one job and a much easier schedule to manage. So here is to freedom, the time to keep working on my art and a creative life!
Currently I am working two part time jobs, so my art work is at a stand still. But there are still ways I am able to do something creative, like homecoming! One was done at the brewery and the other at the coffee shop that I frequently visit. It's so different to work with real paint and get dirty hands. Glass is pretty forgiving with touch-ups though. :)
I am still planning on doing a portfolio piece this month so check back!!
I can't be more grateful for the children's ministry leader that I met here last year. She has been in need of a designer, even though she is an artist herself, but managing 90+ kids is a lot!! She was one of my first sources of income for my artwork outside of family and friends. I've learned so much and finally felt validated for my gifts.
Now I've been finding a place for my creativity in every acquaintance and part time job I have. Everything from promotional material to window design has started coming to me. I'm overwhelmed, yet so grateful. I love the work I do in all the forms it takes and I'm so happy that it can serve others.
Finally some new work! This is for a contest for the SCBWI Narrative Art Award, the prompt is "mystery." I'm working on adding color now and I'll have it done by next week.
In my personal life, it's been a busy summer. Lots of family, friends and two part time jobs peppered in between all the art commissions. Fall comes a little early here, and I'm looking forward to settling down into a cozy routine. Part of that, is a goal to produce a new portfolio piece every month. I've wanted to expand my style, be faster and start getting my work in front of the right people and this will help me accomplish those things. So check back in my gallery for new work!
Things I'll remember for next time:
-Close place for dumping water
-Always remember glitter! (I had a few come back begging for glitter.)
From Concepts to Color