The Results are In!

I didn’t make it through to the next round of Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search.

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The assignment was to design a pattern for a pair of sneakers for Antoinette, a fictional woman living in New York City. It was such a great assignment and there were some amazing interpretations.

The level of talent in the winner’s pool is definitely worth a peek–though there were a lot of unbelievable entries that didn’t make the cut as well.

When I decided to enter this contest, my goal was to end up with a piece that I was proud of. One that was 100% me.

I had so much fun making this, and I can’t wait to create a coordinating collection. Can you envision this design on tote bags, or funky purses? On note cards? Or maybe a pencil pouch or a throw pillow?

As an artist, everything I take in with my eyes influences my art.

Just as I am inspired by what I see though, the way I interpret that information is all me. Each and every one of us is blessed with our own unique creative voice.

Congratulations to the lucky 50 who made it to the semi-finals. Enjoy the ride…its a fun one! For the rest of us, keep at it–keep showing up. The world needs you.

I will leave you with the words of Howard Thurman, which have never been more true. 

“Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

What About Your Socks?

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It’s that time of year again. Lilla Rogers Studio’s Global Talent Search 2015 is about to begin! The prize is representation for two years with Lilla Rogers Studio, plus a slew of dream licensing deals right out of the gate.

Truth be told I wasn’t even going to enter this year, but I won a free spot with my Follow Your Joy alumni manifesto back in February, so….here we go!

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This year, leading up to the contest, Lilla is offering 5 (free) mini assignments–one per day, all this week. The official contest kicks off Friday, August 14. So if you’re interested in joining in the on the fun, check it out!

The first mini was all about socks, and what they reveal about current trends, fashion, colors and patterns. This is right up my alley–I have a drawer full of whimsical socks (my favorites are knee high rainbow striped toe socks)…and it’s rare that I wear the same sock on both feet.

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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.”

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Don't be afraid to stand in your own power and blossom

This past Tuesday, the semi-finalists in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search were announced.

My piece didn’t make the cut.

The assignment was to create a piece of wall art with a ‘Little Terrariums’ theme. And I was thrilled with what I came up with–I had so much fun!! Even though I didn’t make it through, what I created was 100% me and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

That’s not to say I’m not a little disappointed. Last year (to my amazement–I entered on a whim), I made it through to the next round. This was my submission (the assignment was to create a journal cover with a ‘Playground’ theme).

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So I knew it was possible…

There were 999 entries this year. You can see the list of semi-finalists here. And this year, they published everyone’s submissions–so you can peruse the entire gallery if you are so inclined. It’s an impressive collection, and I have no idea how Lilla and her team narrowed the field to the top 50 (what I would’ve given to have been a fly on the wall for those conversations).

Through Lilla’s MATS classes, I know a lot of the artists who made it through. And I am genuinely excited for them. I can’t wait to see what they create for the next round.

There were a lot of entries that I loved–pieces that would have made my top 50–that didn’t make the cut though.

That’s maybe the best and the worst of what I do, that art is inherently subjective.

In all honesty, I did host my own private pity party for a good part of the morning on Tuesday when the list of semi-finalists was announced. And then I got on my road bike and went for ride up a really big, steep hill. As always, this helped, immensely.

And then I picked myself up and dusted myself off. And I’m getting right back in that saddle. Giddyup.

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And don’t forget, this is the last week in August–for the rest of the month, 10% of what I sell will go to DAVA, a local organization that “… provides high-quality, after-school programming in the Aurora community and has become an anchor of free arts education for 900 urban kids (ages 3-17) annually. DAVA programs are designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to activate a new vision for community through the arts.”

 

The End of Bootcamp

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There is a wall in my entryway that has been empty since we moved in four years ago. It has always needed something, but until now, I hadn’t figured out what.

July was the final month for Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp. The assigned theme was favorite beverages, and we were told to create a piece of art that we would hang on our own walls.

Create for the sake of creating (without thinking about commercial appeal).

I started drawing coffee cups and wine glasses. Wine bottles and tea cups.

As so often happens in the midst of a project, I got stuck. Nothing felt right. I backed off. I shifted my perspective–and tried to think about the kind of art I’m drawn to.

Working with the intention to create something for that empty space in my entryway, everything began to flow.

The image below was my final Bootcamp submission. The image above ended up being my favorite of the three that I created (it wasn’t finished by the submission deadline).

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This isn’t my space (my empty wall is quite a bit smaller, and I haven’t hung them up yet), but this is how they would look, at full size (24″ x 30″) hanging on a wall together.

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Bootcamp started in February and it has been so much fun, especially with a new baby in the house (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–maintaining my creative outlet and keeping one foot in the working world makes me a better mama). Since I first took Make Art That Sells, Part A last June, I have evolved and learned so much.

If you are thinking about signing up for one of Lilla’s classes, don’t hesitate!! Though I would recommend taking the full blown MATS classes first (Bootcamp is like an extension, a way to maintain your momentum–it’s not nearly as intense, but not as juicy and full of information either).

Either way, do it!! You won’t be disappointed.

AND I have several licensing deals in the works (hopefully, fingers crossed!!) that have come from my MATS projects. I can’t spill the beans yet, but there are a lot of exciting things happening behind the scenes right now.

My other Bootcamp pieces:

Jello themed fabric pattern for the bolt fabric market

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Cuckoo clock themed cell phone case

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Editorial illustration for an article about meditation

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Wall art with a nautical theme

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So….what’s next?

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Lilla’s Global Talent Search!!

I entered last year on a whim and I made it to the semi-finals (which I still can’t believe)! After going back and forth (and back and forth) about entering again, I decided to throw my hat in the ring. I have nothing to lose, and if I win (oh my goodness, can you imagine?? I wouldn’t be able to scrape myself off the floor!!!), I would be represented by the fabulous Lilla Rogers Studio for two years, in addition to scoring an exciting list of licensing deals and other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

The excitement starts on August 5th, and the deadline for the first round is August 18th. So stayed tuned and wish me luck!

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And finally, July is almost over! For the remainder of the month, 10% of what I sell will go to The Art Students League of Denver, a local organization that focuses on providing opportunities for artists of all ages and abilities to study and work with regionally and nationally recognized working artists. From their website:

“ASLD is an inclusive and inspiring art community where members of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential.”

 

 

Drying Out

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An unfinished sneak peak of a larger illustration I am working on this week.

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We are soggy, but (I think) we are finally starting to dry. Last week, the skies spilled more rain than we typically see in a year.

Somehow, my house (despite being 200 feet away from a creek that swelled to fifty times its original size) didn’t flood. I feel blessed and grateful beyond words.

Most people that I know in town were not so lucky.

The devastation is heartbreaking. We have a long way to go before things return to normal. If you want to help:

  1. BoulderFloodRelief.org
  2. ImSalvationArmy.org Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “Colorado Floods.”
  3. ColoradoRedcross.org Call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  4. United Way Foothills Flood Relief Fund Established to respond to the effects of these storms. Organizers expect to use this fund for immediate relief as well as longer-term recovery in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

Before the deluge, I had a lot going on. This all seems like ancient history (and rather trivial given recent events), but I want to keep you updated.

The results were tallied for the final round of Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut.

For all of you who voted, I can’t say thank you enough! The outpouring of support from friends, family, and people I don’t even know was overwhelming.

Though disappointed, making it to the semi-finals was an unbelievable experience. I learned so much personally and professionally–and I earned some prime-time exposure.

It is all just as it should be.

The talented six who did make it to the final round, deserved to. I personally voted for three of the bags that made it into this next round and I can’t wait to see what happens next. If you’re interested, the big winner will be revealed on Lilla’s blog on October 3rd. Good luck finalists!

My art opening was also a complete success. Thank you to everyone who came out. And if you didn’t make it, you have another chance! The show runs through October 26th, and there will be another reception next month:

Artists’ Reception: Backstage Coffee Art Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 7:30-11:00 pm.
Come out and support me. I would love to see you!

 

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.