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.)
Just a little warm up from this morning. I was struggling to learn how to draw a panther for a commission piece, and I felt like I had lost all of my skill! So I calmed down and went back to what I knew. This exercise helped me a lot today. My teachers are right, you always have to practice your basics.
The panther piece is now in my services gallery if you're curious!
I've been asked to design a mural for a large basement at the local church. Here is a first pass and we'll see if it will work in the space. Sharing this because this is what North East Montana is like. It has it's flat places and wide skies over the prairie. It isn't my dream home, but I've learned to take in the small beauties here and I hope that is reflected in this design.
From Concepts to Color