I Have a Big Announcement!

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Fall has come to Colorado. Each gust of wind brings a flurry of leaves to the ground. I’m (reluctantly) reorganizing my closet, sending summer dresses to the back, moving my sweaters so they’re front and center.

I also just celebrated a birthday, which alongside the changing season, always incites introspection. I’ve been thinking a lot about the next 5-10 years of my life. About passion. The pursuit of a joy filled life. I’ve recently (in the past six months or so) taken up a regular meditation practice again (something that had fallen by the wayside with the demanding onset of motherhood).

We live in a crazy, fast paced world. As the mother of two young children, as an artist, as a wife, there is very little time for quiet.

That’s where the answer are though–the whispers of your soul.

In the stillness.

I’ve been getting up 15 minutes earlier than the rest of my household to steal a few private moments with my breath, my soul and my God.

This practice, this space, helps me step outside of the repetitive minutiae of everyday life. To reconnect with myself. To lean into my intuition and find trust in my inner voice.

Amid this stillness, I found the courage to make a big decision. I have something to share with you–and I can hardly wait!! Just a couple more days…

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!

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

 

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!

 

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.”

The Next Round

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I am so grateful for this big, messy adventure that we all embark upon every day.

Last week, I got on a plane and flew to tropical paradise to spend the week with my  husband and a handful of my very favorite people. For eight days we played, leaving our two year old in the willing hands of generous family members back home in Colorado.

I still don’t know how to adequately thank the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who showed my daughter such a good time while we were away.

It was a tremendous gift.

My husband and I are like passing ships these days–he works long hours and when he’s not working, I am. We talk childcare and logistics, but have little time to connect like we did before kids.

Spending a whole week together? We barely knew what to do with ourselves!

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Hawaii did not disappoint. It was a lovely (mostly) lazy week spent reconnecting with my husband, basking in the glow of some of our nearest and dearest, and soaking up the warm tropical lushness that is Kauai.

Don’t be fooled though–it wasn’t all play. I did spend a good chunk of time with my sketchpad and laptop working on my entry for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search–do I still call it ‘work’ if I can’t sleep because I am so excited about what I am doing??

Deep breath…Submissions were due today!

The assignment was to design a tote bag with a naturalist Fall theme that might be sold at a farmer’s market. It was also recommended that we include people and some hand drawn type.

After many, many, many hours, a couple of panicky breakdowns, several internal pep talks, and the excavation of my heart and soul, the image above is what I came up with.

I still can’t believe that I am a semi-finalist in this competition.

Presented to a panel of esteemed judges (many of whom buy artwork for a living), the entries from all 50 semi-finalists will be showcased online from September 3-9. Five artists will move ahead into the final round.

And here is where I need all of you…a sixth ‘public choice’ artist will also move ahead. Dear readers, I would love your vote! Stay tuned for additional details..

No matter the outcome of this next round, I am over the moon that I made it this far. In so many ways, it has been an incredible experience. And I look forward to cheering on the talented six who make it through to the next round. Best of luck to all of my fellow semi-finalists!

I’m a Semi-Finalist!

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With shaky hands and a racing heart, I checked Lilla’s blog this first thing this morning. The list of semi-finalists for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search was up.

Again and again I counseled myself– the outcome doesn’t matter, I am proud of the piece that I submitted, there were 1500 entries, and the the level of talent was (is?) incredibly fierce.

What really matters is that I put my fears and insecurities aside and gave it my all.

And then I saw it. My name and my submission, second from the top of the list. Check it out.

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Of all of those incredible journal cover entries, mine was one of the top 50! I can still barely breath, and I’m pretty sure my feet haven’t touched the ground yet today.

This past week has included some disappointments–I am having an issue with one of my eyes, and yesterday, a line of wall art that I have been working on for Oopsy Daisy was rejected, including my lobster above.

So for today, I am going to celebrate and enjoy this moment.

 

A Tiny Secret

Baby #2 Announcement

I have my hands full this week playing catch-up after being out of town–so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

This December, our little family will be adding one more (apologies to those who have already seen this image of my daughter sharing our big news)!!!