Sale Tomorrow AND Chihuly!!

Come on down: I’ll be selling prints (framed, unframed, and stretched canvases) tomorrow, November 22nd at my mom’s fantastic Jewelry Home Sale. We’ll be there from 10am-4pm, with coffee in the morning and bubbly in the afternoon.

Get some shopping done early and toast the holidays with us!

915 Steele St, Denver | 10am-4pm

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A few weeks ago, the family and I took a trip to Denver to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The Gardens are wonderful to wander through on their own, but the addition of Dale Chihuly’s whimsical glass forms was truly a treat.

I want my work to appear like it came from nature, so that if someone found it on a beach or in the forest, they might think it belonged there.

~ Chihuly

It makes my heart happy that there is an artist out there who spends his days playing (very successfully!) with these colored glass forms:

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The show runs through the end of the month so there’s still time if you want to go.

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And don’t forget, I’m donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”

We’re Having a Sale!

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Last week the kids were sick, and I lost my child care. This week, my nanny is sick and I’m short on workable hours again.

So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet…

If you’re in the Denver metro area next Saturday, November 22nd, I’ll be selling art prints at my mom’s annual jewelry open house.

My mom creates beautiful handcrafted jewelry, featuring bead and metal work. Check out her Etsy shop to see more.
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We’ll have hot coffee in the morning and bubbly in the afternoon. Come toast the holidays with us, and do a little early Christmas shopping while you’re at it.

Happy Halloween!

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Ok, I know I’m a day early–but I’m taking tomorrow off (volunteering at my daughter’s school in the morning and ending the day with a night out on the town, in costume, with my husband!?!).

Wishing you all a deliciously spooky All Hallow’s Eve.

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And don’t forget, 10% of anything you buy from my online store will be donated to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”

New Website!

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I’m so excited…

I present to you the new and improved KellyAngelovic.com. As of this week, we’re live. Yahoo!!! Web stuff is not my forte, so this feels like a major accomplishment.

Check it out!

I also signed my first fabric licensing deal this week with Robert Kaufman (fabric wholesaler and supplier). The first orders of ‘Ready to Cook’ will be available this April at a Jo-Ann Fabric near you.

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Celebrating How Far We Have Come

FallTreesThis was the view from my yoga mat yesterday afternoon. Spectacular!

Last week I celebrated a birthday, which always incites a bit of reflection .

As of late, I have felt a little…adrift. I have a few (exciting) licensing deals in the works, but they are still months away from launch. I know where I want to go–I just don’t know exactly how to get there.

Back when I was in school for graphic design, I remember sitting in class, listening to advice from seasoned designers, and feeling in awe (and rather intimidated). They had already achieved that coveted title ‘Graphic Designer.’

Fast forward a year. I finished school and took on my first real projects with real clients. But…working as a graphic designer didn’t feel like I thought it would (like I had arrived).

Too often, when we finally hit the mark, we have already re-calibrated where we want to go.

There will always be something new to aspire to. It’s human nature to reset the bar.

So this week, I want to recognize how far I have come in the last three years. I have only been illustrating since my daughter was born.

In just a few years, so many exciting things have happened–commissioned jobs, licensing deals, my first art show, making the semi-finals in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search, being featured in Uppercase’s Work/Life 3 illustration directory.

And my art has grown in leaps and bounds.

So instead of feeling discouraged about not quite being where I want to be with all of it, I am going to acknowledge and enjoy just how far I have come.

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And don’t forget, 10% of anything you buy from my online store will be donated to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”

 

Global Talent Search Winners Announced

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The Dalai Lama explains Mudita (Sanskrit) like this,

“If I am happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I’m happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy.”

Yesterday, Lilla Rogers announced the winners of her Global Talent Search. I am so excited for Tara Lilly (Grand Prize winner), and Rebecca Jones and Flora Waycott (both special Studio Award winners).

The final assignment was to create a line of home decor products. Here is Tara’s final submission:

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Isn’t it gorgeous! Check out Lilla’s blog to see the winning work from Rebecca and Flora.

I am so happy for the winners and can’t wait to see what they do in the coming year. Many congratulations to all three of you!

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Also, don’t forget I’m donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”

I Like To Ride My Bike

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Whether riding around town and towing my kids behind, or up in the hills on my road bike, I love to ride.

That feeling of freedom that you first experience as a kid–it never goes away.

What do you do to take care of yourself? I’d love to hear from you!

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Also, I’m donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”

It’s Snowing!

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4:00 am. Deep in dreamland but always listening with a mother’s ear, I hear the pitter patter of tiny feet.

“Mama?”

“Hi sweetie. What do you need? It’s very early, ” I mumble.

“Mama…did it snow?!” she asks, and I can hear the excitement in her voice. I tell her to go look out our window.

The ground is still bare, the grass still green. No snow.

“We’ll check again when it’s time to get up,” I tell her as I tuck her back into bed. She nods, smiling, and nestles under her covers.

The day before, we talked about how it might snow. We talked about making snow angels and building snowmen–her eyes lit up. We talked about eating snow (her favorite part), and skiing (my favorite part).

In the morning, we looked out the window again. No snow, but a cold, light rain was falling. Hazel stayed by the window, watching intently as I went to her room to pick out her clothes.

“Mama, mama!!!” she hollered, “Mama, look! It’s snowing!!!”

I came back into the room. Her small hands were pressed up against the glass. The rainy sleet had indeed turned into snow.

Seeing life through the eyes of a child is a wondrous thing. She stayed glued to the window as I helped her get dressed and brushed her hair. The “snowstorm” lasted for maybe 10-20 minutes. Nothing stuck–it was almost over before it even began. But it was one of the highlights of her day.

And that it made it one of the highlights of mine.

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Also, as you know, I have been donating 10% of my proceeds to a charitable organization for the last couple of months. I want to be able to make more of a difference, and have concluded that switching organizations each month just isn’t helping anyone enough. So I’m going to change things up. For the next few months, I want to focus on one charity. And we’ll see how that goes.

I will be donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”

Check ‘em out.

Both the End and the Beginning

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I am head over heals in love with this illustration. The composition. The emotion. And those colors. 

The image was created by Penelope Dullaghan. I am a huge fan of her work.

Entitled “A Liberal Allowance of Time” (Thoureau!), this piece was a response to her daughter starting kindergarten. You can read more about it on her blog. Prints are available for purchase here.

My daughter started school this week as well. Pre-School. Before I was a parent, I didn’t understand why this was such a big deal.

She will only be gone for three hours, four mornings a week. I will have enough time to unload the dishwasher and check my email. Then it will be time to pick her up.

But as I walked to my car after dropping her off, it felt…immense.

Bigger than her first tooth. Bigger than her first step. Or her first word. Excited that we have reached this milestone, and so proud–yet at the same yearning for the tiny baby that once fit in my arms.

As is the case with most of life’s transitions, it feels like both the end and the beginning. I’m just grateful to be along for the ride.

Artists Around the World Blog Hop

Last week, I was honored by Croatian artist and friend Antoana Oreški-Džafić, with an invitation to participate in a blog hop featuring artists from around the world. I am very flattered–and excited to join in on the fun!

Today, I will share some of Antoana’s gorgeous work, answer some questions about my own creative process, and I will introduce you to a couple of artists who truly inspire me, Jennifer Orkin Lewis and Nelleke Verhoeff.

International Inspiration

Antoana and I met in Assignment Bootcamp earlier this year. An incredibly talented illustrator, I love her lush colors and her great character design. The level of detail she adds to her pieces is truly inspiring.

Antoana created this Koala piece for Tigerprint’s Cute Character competition. I enjoy so much of her work, but this is one of my favorites. The color palette, those koalas, and what a sweet message! Wish her luck. The winners will be announced next month.

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This was Antoana’s Global Talent Search entry. The little girl riding on top of that fabulous elephant is my favorite part–oh my, that hair!!

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Antoana’s patterns are magical as well.

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Balancing work with family, Antoana is a dedicated mother of two. As I muddle through, trying to strike a balance between work and parenthood, I’m inspired by fellow mamas working as artists as well.

To see more of Antoana’s work, check out her website and her blog.


How I Work

Next up, a few questions about my creative process:

What are you working/writing on?

Right now, I’m building out a wall art collection for an exciting licensing deal that’s in the works. I’m finalizing another wall art deal (details coming soon!), and waiting to hear on a couple of other pending collections as well (eek–fingers crossed).

I’m also trying to make a decision about Surtex next spring, and whether to just walk, or to go for it and try to exhibit. Oh, and overhauling my website too. I tend to work best with a lot of irons in the fire.

How does your work differ from others in your genre?  

As many artists have said, this is a hard question to answer about yourself. If I were to sum up what I do, I would say my work is whimsical, layered, and sophisticated. Color is one of my very favorite things. And I enjoy creating depth and interest with a variety of textures.

How does your creative process work?

I love an assignment. Please don’t tell me I can do whatever I want, however I want–I will freeze like a deer in headlights.

When I do start a new project, I’m usually super charged up and excited. Lately, I have also been trying to set an intention at the outset–a kind of prayer to my cosmic muse–that the project will be successful. Then I begin to draw. Without thinking too much about where it’s all going, I fill pages of my sketchbook. Usually just pencil on paper. Then I go back and I look for what’s working (it’s a gut feeling). I scan those drawings and start to play with elements digitally.

At some point in the process, more often than not, I hit a wall. I get stuck. Nothing is working. My excitement morphs into anxiety. And it talks,‘You’re not good enough. What were you thinking? Why you?’ When this happens, I need to walk away.

One of the things about working while being at home with my daughter (3) and my son (8 months), is that I spend a lot of time thinking about different approaches, compositions, and solutions in my head. All this thinking time usually means when I actually sit down to work, I make real progress. Not always, but usually.

Once I have the composition dialed in, I start to play with color. Like I said, this is one of my very favorite steps. I adore color.

Happy with my palette, I take the whole thing into Photoshop and rebuild it, adding texture until I’m happy and the piece is finished.

Why do you create?

From an interview I did last year for Uppercase’s Work/Life 3 Illustration directory:

“When working on a project that I’m really excited about, I get this buzz…an electric current of excitement that lights me up from head to toe. I am an illustrator because it makes my soul sparkle.”

 


Two Artists You Should Know

Enough about me. Now I want share the work of two incredible artists who inspire me.

I met both of these women through Lilla Rogers’ classes (one of the best parts of class is connecting with a community of talented and supportive artists), and I am truly honored and excited to share their immense talent with you.

First up is the fabulous Jennifer Orkin Lewis, whose work was recently featured in Uppercase magazine.

Jennifer, who works under the studio name August Wren, maintains a 30-minute-a-day sketchbook practice. Below are some excerpts. I am inspired on a daily basis by her creations (check out her Facebook page to follow along).

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Jennifer is also one of the semi-finalists in this year’s Global Talent Search!! This was her Terrarium entry.

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I’m so excited to see what Jennifer creates for the second round.

For more of Jennifer’s work, check out her website and her blog .


Next, I present to you the lovely Nelleke Verhoeff. Creating work that is whimsical and fun, yet incredibly sophisticated, Nelleke works under the studio name Red Cheeks Factory, which (from her bio) “…stands for enthusiasm, but also for shyness and excitement.” What I adore most about her work is her loose style and her wonderful people.

“Puzzled,” available for purchase here.

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“Ma Cherie,” available for purchase here.

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Trio Umbrella available for purchase here.

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Her patterns are top-notch as well–and I love how she mocks them up.

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You can see more of Nelleke’s work on her website and blog, and in her online shop.

This has been so much fun! Thank you for following along. These women will be talking about their own creative process,’ and sharing a few artists who inspire them next week. I hope you’ll follow along.