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…

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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.

 

 

 

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.”

It Makes my Soul Sparkle

Recently, I was featured in Work Life 3: the Uppercase directory of illustration. When the call for submissions came, I figured that, other than some potential ego bruising, I had nothing to lose.

And, what if….they said yes?

I almost fell out of my chair the day I got the email from Janine Vangool (creator/designer/editor/creative powerhouse) of Uppercase magazine, accepting my submission.

My feet didn’t touch the ground for days.

Based on their work and an interview for the publication, each selected artist received a different assignment for their featured illustration. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Take your comment, “illustration is my never-ending playground” as the starting point for your illustration. Show yourself keeping busy and having fun in the creative environment.”   – assigned to Cecilie  Ellefsen

“Using images and handlettering, illuminate your statement: “I’m still explaining what I do for a living.”   -assigned to Katy Dockrill

” Envision your own folklore or fairy tale and make a self-portrait in which elements of you (ie your hair, limbs, clothes, and/or body) depict the story.”   -assigned to Katie Skau

And my assignment, based on my answer to the question How and why did you become an illustrator or an artist?:

“Draw a portrait illustrating this: “I get this buzz…an electric current of excitement that lights me up from head to toe. I am an illustrator because it makes my soul sparkle.”

I knew I wanted to show my character in the air, with pure joy exploding from her head. So I started with some rough pencil sketches.

Work Life 3: Pencil Sketches

From here, I moved onto the computer and created several digital sketches. I often work in grayscale while I am figuring out the composition of an illustration because I get too sidetracked by the power of color.

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This is still very rough, but my “character” is beginning to take shape. I wanted to convey enthusiasm, joy, and the process of ideas incubating and hatching.

Drawing in my sketchpad or sitting in front of my laptop, I am usually working alone. This can be incredibly isolating. For this piece especially, I needed some feedback so I showed my sketches to a few trusted souls, including Janine. We decided that I needed to flesh the idea out a bit more, add more of “me” and my process as an illustrator.

As a side note, while creating this piece I found out I was pregnant with my second child. This was incredibly exciting but, as those of you familiar with the first trimester of pregnancy know, this is also when you are most likely to be sick. I will spare you the gory details, but for 3-4 months after I finished this illustration, it made me feel sick to even look at it because I felt so terrible while putting it together. Now in the third trimester my nausea has, for the most part, abated. And I can reflect on this project without feeling like I am going to lose my lunch.

I digress…

Incorporating the aforementioned art direction, I turned the eggs into light bulbs, and added my laptop, a sketchpad, and my collection of paintbrushes, pens and pencils. I also started to play with color–which is often my favorite step.

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I came up with two different color palettes. Looking at them now, I am still torn between which one I like better, though I chose the option on the left.

The final step was to take the whole thing into Photoshop to add texture and shading.

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True to the design aesthetic we have all come to expect from Uppercase, this publication is clearly a labor of love. The level of talent is both impressive and inspiring– and I am truly humbled to have been included.

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