New Website!

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It’s been a very long time since I last visited this space. I’ve missed you–and today, I’m so excited to share with you my recently overhauled website (woohoo!). Note: After this post, I will also no longer be using my wordpress blog (come follow along on my blog at KellyAngelovic.com).

For those of you who don’t know me very well, let me introduce myself. My most significant roles include mom (two little ages 6 and 3), artist, and wife (not necessarily in that order). Incomprehensive as it is, these titles do provide an accurate overview.

I’m approaching (next month) a birthday that marks both the end and the beginning of a decade. Birthdays always have me feeling a bit introspective, and this is a big one. My life isn’t just cupcakes and rainbows–we all have our demons and our lessons to learn here (and let’s be honest, being here can be pretty rough, especially for those of us with a sensitive constitution).

When I step back and survey the landscape of my reality though, I am filled, top to bottom, with gratitude.

Outside in the real world–that is a whole different story. We seem to be, as a country, somewhere… new, somewhere that I haven’t yet experienced (the anger, the fear, the intensity) and I’m uneasy about what’s lies ahead.

Our light outweighs our darkness though–I truly believe that. Looking into the joy-filled eyes of my 3 year old or listening to the infectious laughter of my 1st grader, I have a front row seat to all that is beautiful and good in humanity.

Love your people, even (especially) when you disagree, when the differences seem too high and wide to overcome. We need each other right now.

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I Have Amazing News!!

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I am doing-a-happy-dance, my feet aren’t really touching the ground kind of happy today…

It’s official!! I’m now represented by the wonderful Jennifer Nelson and her incredible agency, Jennifer Nelson Artists. You can see my gallery and read all about right here.

Not only is Jennifer an ace at what she does, but she is also incredibly warm, generous, and kind (as are the rest of her amazingly talented artists). OMG. Can you believe how talented they all are????

Several years ago, when I first fell head over heels with the art of image making, I decided to follow the whispers of my heart and soul. This is by no means an easy path, but it is certainly the most rewarding.

I am an illustrator because it makes my soul sparkle.

It lights me up. And I really believe the world would be a better place if there were more people following their light.

Listen to those quiet whispers deep down, urging you on your soul’s path. The world is truly an amazing place and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Rise and Shine

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What a weekend I’ve had! My heart and soul feel like they are about to burst–I am weary, but so inspired. I’m grateful for the for all the sweet souls I met, and for those who bravely stood and shared their stories stories at the inaugural Brave Girl Symposium.

I am also incredibly grateful for the successful launch of my new line of paper goods amid this wellspring of positive energy.

My online store is now officially open!!!

I know it all sounds a little…hearts and rainbows, this description of my time at the Symposium. I know that being away from the world in a “love bubble” (as the event has been described) seems….naive. Maybe even apathetic.

I am a bleeding heart liberal and a persistent idealist. I cry at just about everything. I am enchanted by rainbows, I believe in the universe (and magic!), and that love can save the world. I show this soft, vulnerable side to very few. To most, I present a happy, toned down version of myself, for fear of being accused of being too unrealistic or too sensitive in a world where the pain can be both devastating and indiscriminate.

Some truly horrific things happened in our country this week. What the world needs right now from all us us, is as much love, forgiveness and understanding as we can muster.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Choosing to keep our hearts open, even after they have been crushed, is more difficult and courageous than the alternative. Choosing to love those who are different isn’t easy…those with different politics, a different gender, a different race, a different sexual orientation, a different financial place. Choose this path anyway, I implore you.

Rise and shine. The world needs your light (now more than ever).

And if you are looking for ways to encourage others to love more and to share their light with the world, check out my new line of paper goods, available now!

The Brave Girls Club is doing some pretty amazing work in this arena as well 🙂

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.”

Our Newest Addition

I apologize for my absence, but we have had our hands full for the past few weeks…

Thatcher Harrison Angelovic made his way into the world on December 13, 2013 at 1:20 am. Weighing in at 7 lbs, 3 oz, and measuring 19.5 in, we are thrilled to now be a family of four!

When he was finally ready, he came quick–we only spent three hours in Labor & Delivery. And I made it through without the assistance of pain medication.

Feeling blessed beyond measure, we are all settling in and getting to know one another.

Below are some pics of Thatcher’s bike themed nursery. Hope you like it.

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The Most Important Job

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The images above are from my art show last month. Thanks again to everyone who came out!

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Though my due date is still a few weeks away, Baby #2 could make his debut any time over the next several weeks.

We have been very busy getting ready. Washing tiny clothes. Setting up the new nursery (pics to come soon!). Talking with my daughter about being a big sister and trying to help her understand (I don’t even think we really understand) what’s going to happen.

Her world is about to be rocked–I am open to suggestions on how to soften the blow.

My belly is HUGE. A thing of wonder, it defies gravity. Some women love to be pregnant. I am not one of them and I am almost to the point where cutting this baby out of my belly with a butter knife myself sounds like a rational idea.

Almost.

Professionally, I am winding down. I have one last project that I am trying to wrap up (I hope to show details soon!). Organizing and streamlining so that I can put things on hold for the next few months. I don’t know how much posting I will be able to do. Forgive me if I drop off the face of the planet–know that I will be back when I can.

Being a mom is the most important job that I have. We are so excited to meet the newest member of our family. Stay tuned…he could be here any day.

You Are Awesome.

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This week, I have my nose to the grindstone with a tight deadline for a fun packaging project…so I’m going to try to keep this one this short.

First, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out for my Art Shows! “Re-Imagination,” which has been up for two months, comes down this weekend. It was a lot of fun–and it meant so much to me to have such a strong showing of support.

You are awesome!

Even if you didn’t make it to my show–I still hold you in the very highest regard. You (yes you) are awesome, just for beinging you.

I have also been working on wall art for Baby A —who will be here in a matter of weeks!! We are doing a bike theme in the new nursery, and one of the walls will be adorned with the above illustration. I may still tweak it here and there but it’s just about finished.

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What do you think?

 

 

Hundred Year Flood

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The image above is of Four Mile Creek, just down the block from my house. The creekbed is dry 80% of the year. When it is running, it’s 2-3′ wide at most.

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It’s about 11pm and the rain just keeps coming. Emergency sirens are howling through the dark, warning all to get to higher ground. It is eerie and surreal.

“The 100 year flood, a weather event of biblical proportions”–that’s what they’re calling it.

And my husband keeps leaving.

He can’t help himself–he is off again to lend a helping hand where he can, while I stay home with the little one. For now, tonight, we are safe and dry. So many of our friends are not. I admire his altruistic spirit…

But I sure wish that he would come home.

 

 

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!

Stretch Yourself

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Last week, I posted about “Make Art That Sells,” an online course that I’m enrolled in. Over the next several weeks, the class will dive into 5 different market segments within the art and illustration industry.

Last week, we focused on the bolt fabric market. The assignment was to create a fabric pattern with a vintage kitchen theme, using mushrooms and casserole dishes along with any other imagery or icons we wanted to add. Creating coordinates (2-3 additional fabric ideas using the same color palette and related imagery) was highly encouraged.

Picture tea towels or fun retro aprons. Can you see it?

This was my first attempt at anything within the realm of fabric and I loved it! I can’t wait to do more.

This week, we are learning all about the Home Decor market- Bedding, Dinnerware, etc. I am bursting with excitement!

In taking this class, I hoped to find some direction, to stretch and push myself outside my comfort zone, and to learn more about what’s possible (creatively and financially–a family’s got to eat) in the world of illustration. Humbled and inspired by the level of talent involved, this class is doing just that. Stay tuned.