Drum roll please…ArtLicensingShow.com officially launches today! This virtual Art Licensing Show has been in the works for many months, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it! For those who don’t know, ArtLicensingShow.com is, “…is a permission based, virtual portal where artwork can be reviewed privately by Art Directors who are looking to commercially license artwork. Authorized Art Directors may request to see art from a wide assortment of participating Artists and Licensors and highlight favorite art pieces, all with a single login.” Cherish Flieder (internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator and designer) is the brains behind this revolutionary site. Join in the festivities and find out more on the ArtLicensingShow.com Red Carpet. Congrats Cherish!!
Last week, we took the kids to Phoenix. My parents are retired and they spend their winters playing in the Arizona sun.
They have three citrus trees in their backyard. Much to the delight of my daughter, we filled boxes with fresh picked oranges, lemons and grapefruit.
The bizarre shapes of desert cactus are fascinating. I loved strolling through the neighborhood and taking it all in (all the while praying that my adventurous 3 year old wouldn’t impale herself as she raced from plant to plant).
We swam. We soaked up the sun.
We relaxed (something I can’t say happens too often with a toddler and a pre-schooler underfoot). Thank you mom and dad!!
I’m happy to be back though–when I’m away from work for too long, I feel this pull, this longing to dive back in. To create–to PLAY.
I also had a bit of time to think. To move my business forward, I need to re-prioritize how I’m spending my working hours.
Holding this space to write feels really good–I enjoy having a blog. I will continue to share new work and progress as it unfolds. But there will be weeks where I need to spend my time elsewhere.
To those of you who read on a regular basis, I am so grateful. Bear with me through these growing pains.
This past month in Bootcamp, the assignment was to create wall art on a piece of wood (think antique plates). We were also encouraged to work traditionally, especially if that isn’t our typical approach.
There is a painter that lives in me, I’m sure of it. What began as a whisper has been getting louder, encouraging me to pick up a paintbrush. There are so many reasons why painting, at this point, doesn’t make any sense…
I don’t have a space where I can get messy. I don’t have anywhere to store canvases. Buying all the required supplies is expensive. Editing is more difficult–you can’t hit ‘undo.’I have no idea what I’m doing–I don’t even really know where to start.
And yet…there is this voice urging me to get my hands dirty. To mix colors by brush rather than onscreen.
For this assignment, I bought several pieces of balsa wood–six of them so that none would be too precious. I painted them brightly, then added white and gray until they had this lovely distressed look.
I created a design that I wanted to paint, and with graphite paper, transferred my sketch onto my canvas and went to work.
In my neuroses, I ended up creating both a digital and painted version, and…I don’t love either.
The teapot image above is what I ended up submitting to the Bootcamp public gallery (which is now live, check it out if you are so inclined–my submission is on page 2). I’m happy with how it turned out, but it feels like a bit of a cop-out. Created digitally, there is nothing about it that pushed me outside of my comfort zone.
The image below is the digital version of my first idea, followed by the (as yet, unfinished) painted version.
As is so often my approach (in more than just my art, ahem), I tried to control everything. Leaving little room for artistic play, I missed the whole point of painting.
So I will try again–sometime soon.
“This thoughtfully created course is a guide for aspiring authors and book-makers. It is filled with tools and inspiration designed to support the creation of a comprehensive book plan reflective of your values, priorities and ideals.”
If this resonates in your heart, class starts March 9. Come join us!!
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
Hello dear ones. I have exciting news!!!
I invite you to take a look….
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!
So proud of all you. Keep going–one foot in front of the other.
We are all meant to Shine.
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.
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!