How to Have More Fun

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This illustration was our last assignment in Lilla Roger’s Assignment Bootcamp. Class started back in January, and (as was my experience last year) it has been a fantastic way to push myself and work on projects that are outside of my comfort zone. This month’s assignment was to create an editorial illustration for an online article entitled “How To Succeed At Becoming A Digital Nomad.”  

With Bootcamp wrapping up, we are now in the thick of summer (with the 90 degree weather to prove it).

What does summer mean to you?

I think of hot lazy days, dripping popsicles, staying outside until dark--and having FUN!!

Lately, I’ve been inviting more fun into my life. My husband is always trying to make me laugh, and I have two little ones who base their entire existence on having a good time.

So this should be easy. Right?

But sometimes…every so often, I can be the tiniest, slightest bit…uptight. I can get myself all worked up about all that needs to get done  (which, by the way, isn’t ever possible–the list never ends, so let it go already), or looming deadlines, or climate change, or how many vegetables my kids actually ate today…and on and on.

My kids are the very best at this–having fun. They are my greatest teachers (in so many ways).

This week my son (1.5 years old) and I have been making fish faces at each other, and he laughs and giggles like it’s the greatest thing, EVER.

Then there’s my daughter, who does a happy dance right there on the spot, when I tell her her friend is coming over to play.

There is no shortage of pain in this world. The key is to keep laughing–to have fun through the hurt and the tears.

So when I’m having a rough day, or I get some news about a friend that breaks my heart, I take some deep cleansing breaths, and then I get down and play with my kids.

We draw with chalk on the sidewalk and we splash in puddles. Sometimes we have dance parties where we turn the music up really loud and we shimmy and shake–no one cares if anyone is watching. We are wild and free.

What are you doing this summer? Are you having enough fun?? I’d love to hear from you.

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I’ve shared my other Bootcamp projects from the past six months below (also lots of fun!!):

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Collection of plates featuring a floral pattern and sea creatures (a side note about this one–I want to work on this a bit more. I’m not completely happy with some of the elements and I think I can push this a bit more to create a collection that I REALLY dig). I’ll let you know how it turns out ;)

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Hand lettered poster design for the MATS Global Art Gathering that took place in the UK this summer.

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Funky kitchen wall art.

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Whimsical journal cover design.

Please contact me if you are interested in licensing any of the above artwork. I am also available for commissioned projects!

Getting Out of Your Own Way

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I’m so excited to share that my pattern ‘Cuckoo’ will soon available for purchase at a retail outlet near you!! Details to come. 

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Things have been quiet in this space lately. That hasn’t been the case in my studio by any means, but I’ve had some exciting things going on and have had to re-prioritize my studio/work time.

I  have missed meeting you all here though. I enjoy this process of sharing and recording my experience as I follow my heart.

My son is now almost a year and a half. My daughter turned four at the end of March. I’m working between 20 and 30 hours/week, and there is an ongoing conversation in my head, equal parts inspiration and guilt, about the time I spend away from my babies to chase my dream of being an artist.

When I stand back and I look at the big picture though, and I consider what I want them to believe is possible in this world, I’m proud to be doing what I love.

I have unbelievable amounts of respect for parents that stay home with their babies. It is, hands down, one of the most demanding (albeit rewarding) jobs there is. What I want my little ones to know though, is that it’s all a choice.

I want them to know that the universe is abundant. That almost anything is possible. That following a dream is not always the easiest path–but it is the one that will make them feel the most alive.

How they see and experience the world is a choice–and it’s all up to them.

What is it that’s holding you back from following your dreams? What small step could you take today, or even this week, to change course?

You only have one shot at this. Life. If you can get out of your own way, incredible things are possible.

ArtLicensingShow.com Launches Today!!!

Drum roll please…ArtLicensingShow.com officially launches today!  art-licensing-show-white-rectangle-ribbon-500 This virtual Art Licensing Show has been in the works for many months, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it! CuckooLicensingImage Kelly-Angelovic-ArtLicensingShowBanner 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!!

Growing Pains

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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.

 

I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

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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 doingI 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.

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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.

In the meantime, the amazing Christine Mason Miller has invited me to be a contributor in her upcoming e-course, The Conscious Booksmith.

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“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!!

 

 

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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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!