The Secret to Happiness

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“I partly grew up on a ranch, and it reminds me of the days when we would ride far out afield on horses–it was funny because if you were on a horse alone, sometimes it could be a pain to get that horse to go. But if we had a bunch together, they were always champing at the bit to race each other–I loved their wild power and beauty. I get that same feeling here–of wild, chaotic momentum, drawing each other forward into the game.”

A lyrical analogy (made by Tanith Larking, Sweet Dreamy Designs) about Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells classes–and one of the driving reasons so many of us keep coming back for more.

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This week, I was awarded an honorable mention in Lilla’s alumni manifesto competition with my piece, “Follow Your Joy.” Yippee! You can see the (well deserved) winning piece (created by Shannon Newlin), as well as the three other pieces that garnered an honorable mention below.

I am honored and inspired to be included amid such talent.

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Shannon Newlin

 

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Tjarda Borsboom

 

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Kim Johnson

 

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Jane Newland

 

Unfettered Joy

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January’s Bootcamp assignment was to create a journal with an Edwardian brooch theme. For more jewel themed eye candy, the public gallery is now live–check it out!

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There are days, as I wash baby poop off my hands, or help my not-quite-four-year-old regain control after a body thrashing tantrum, when I long to be working more, parenting less. Enmeshed in day-to-day drudgery, I empty and load the dishwasher, again. I pick up their toys for the 10th time that day, and fold another load of laundry. I want to escape.

And then, ever-so-gently, I remind myself that I am on borrowed time.

I watch my one year old as he squeals with delight–he has discovered how to walk across the room pushing a stool. Noticing me, he rewards me with an ear-to-ear, heart melting grin.

Less than an hour later, my daughter does a spontaneous happy dance because I tell her she can wear her dress-up clothes to the grocery store.

How incredibly lucky am I to bear witness to such unfettered joy?

I hug them both, breathing them in and reminding myself how quickly they are changing. How little time, like this, we really have. I count my blessings. And my heart fills with gratitude, that in this moment, the work that I am doing is right here.

And it is the most important work of all.

 

 

 

What Do You Choose?

Described as retro art reminiscent of a mid-century modern world, I am so excited to announce that my abstract tea series is now available from Greenbox Art & Culture.

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Abstract Wall Art piece by Kelly Angelovic

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Garden Tea

This is my first licensed collection with GreenBox, and I am so excited to see where it will go.

What are YOU excited about today?

Our world is full of darkness. Fear. Anger. Stress. Pain. Heartache.

It’s also full of unbelievable beauty. Hope. Love. Joy. Light.

One of the first things I do in the morning is check-in with myself. I set my intention for the day–to see the beauty. The love. To find joy.

Pain is a part of the human experience–(seemingly) unavoidable. But sometimes, sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift, a willingness to see it differently–and everything changes.

How are you choosing today?

Are you looking for shadows or are you looking for the light?

The Magical Sea Collection, available now!!!

Hello dear ones. I have exciting news!!!

Announcing my Magical Sea Collection, available now on Oopsy Daisy (Fine Art for Kids). Whimsical wall art, perfect for an ocean or nautically themed kids’ bedroom or nursery.

I invite you to take a look….

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I created the first piece of this collection last year in Lilla Rogers Bootcamp and I am so excited to finally be able to share it with you. A growth chart will be available soon as well!

And to top it off, there are so many of my fellow Bootcamp and Make Art That Sells classmates with new work available as well. Take a look!

Miriam Bos

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Irene Chan

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Barbara Chotiner

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Harriet Mellor

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Shannon Newlin

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So proud of all you. Keep going–one foot in front of the other.

We are all meant to Shine.

 

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

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I just finished this commissioned piece for a client, who plans to gift a framed print to her adventure-seeking, world-traveling, sister-in-law.

My client is the kind you dream about–we discussed the project and she gave me parameters.

Then she let me fly.

At one point in our conversations, she laid it out for me like this: “Final thought–have fun with this and make it your own. Then it will be perfect.”

Swoon. What a way to kick off the new year!

Bootcamp has started again as well.

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Beginning this month, Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp runs through June. The pace is relaxed–one assignment per month–and it pushes me out of my comfort zone. Last year, I was able to turn a few of my projects into licensing deals (still in the works–I hope to share details soon!). There is also the ever-positive, uber-talented group of participating artists–an entire international community of my people!!

This week, we are sketching Edwardian brooches. I’m not sure where we’re headed, but my guess is pattern design. Yahoo!

 

The Sale was a Bust

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Holiday Pop Up Art Market

Last week, I was part of a festive, pop-up holiday art market downtown.

Denver was dressed to the nines in her holiday finery, ready to serve up eggnog and candy canes. The carolers were singing. The holiday lights were glittering in the night air.

The sale was a bust.

We had great traffic before the performances got under way (the gallery/coffee shop is located within the Denver Performing Arts Complex).

And then…nothing.

I met some lovely people–very talented artists doing a range of different things (a metal sculptor, a glass artisan, a woman who makes full sized, knitted dragons and travels around the country doing shows with Vogue (!), among other things). I had a glass of wine, and watched the people rushing to and fro.

And I sold two prints…to a fellow artist.

Downtown was packed. Parking was a bear. And I think that was part of the problem. There was too much going on downtown.

The Parade of Lights was happening, and it was also First Friday. A couple of friends made it out to support us (my talented mom and I), and they spent over an hour trying to get to the gallery. They live 10-15 minutes away.

I have done two sales this holiday season, the first was far more successful than last weekend–and I’ve learned a lot. I enjoyed getting ready, packaging up my prints and figuring out how to display everything. I enjoyed the pre-sale jitters–that excitement that bubbles up from a place deep down when you see your work, your heart, all on display…and you wonder if anyone will want what you make.

And now I have an inventory surplus of unframed/framed art prints. So get in touch if you’re in the market for some whimsical wall art (Kelly@KellyAngelovic.com)!

Onward.

Pop-Up Holiday Market December 5th!

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If you missed our sale last weekend (we had a blast!), not to worry. We (my mom and I, plus more than 20 other talented artists) will be participating in a pop-up holiday market. Yahoo!!

Next Friday (that’s December 5th), we will be in downtown Denver at the Backstage Coffee Art Gallery (located in the DPAC complex) peddling our wares at the “Deck the DPAC’s” pop up holiday market. Featuring metal work, ceramics and glass sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography, art prints and wearable art, this is a one night only event where you’re sure to find that lovely, unique gift.

5:30-10pm, Art Gallery at Backstage Coffee, 1000 14th St, Denver.

The event coincides Denver’s First Friday Art Walks, and the 40th Annual Parade of Lights–so the festive energy will be bubbling over. AND…the bar will be open so come out and say hello!

 

 

 

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.

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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.”