Crazy Late January Wrap Up

Hello! February so far has been crazy busy! I didn't want to skip my January wrap up so instead it's very late.

Besides politics in America, 2017 is off to a great start. I've been exploring and playing around more with collage and art journaling and it's really inspiring me. I'm working to be present and focus when I'm working on something that requires my full attention. Less multitasking! The boyfriend and I took an impromptu overnight trip to Holland, MI and I came back feeling so refreshed. While we were there I took the time to stop and look around me and really appreciate the beautiful things and the fun we were having. I'm happy with the balance I have in my life right now and feeling good leads me to create more. Take that, depression! 

Here's a look at the creative things I enjoyed in January:

Photo Round Up

Shawnimals at Rotofugi

Shawnimals at Rotofugi

Got a old drawer at an antique shop for $1 to hold miscellaneous collage papers. 

Got a old drawer at an antique shop for $1 to hold miscellaneous collage papers. 

Sketchbook page

Sketchbook page

Holland, MI

Holland, MI

Foggy day at Holland State Park on Lake Michigan

Foggy day at Holland State Park on Lake Michigan

Word of the Year + Desktop Wallpaper

All the time I hear about making a "word of the year" each year to sum up what you'd like to do or accomplish. I finally decided to choose a word this year and I landed on "Present". My mind wanders a lot, often thanks to anxiety, and I'd like to stay more present in the moment and in my life overall. I made a desktop wallpaper with a digital painting of mine if you'd like to download! Let's get this year off to a great start. 

Click image to download

Click image to download

December Wrap Up

Happy New Year! I am really enjoying writing these wrap up blogs, it’s a great way to reflect on what I’ve been up to creatively and enjoying in my life.

Here we are in 2017 and I am behind on getting my new online shop up and running. So it goes. The day job and real life...well, happen. I don’t want to say they get in the way because it’s all a part of a multi-faceted life. You know what I mean, right? Anyways, I am taking a look at my goals and working on ways to find the best balance that I can.

So, let’s look at December:

  • Started working on the Get Messy free intro to art journaling class

  • Discovered the How She Creates Podcast. I am loving it! The episodes often feature more than one guest and are a great round table discussion

  • The Reed’s Art & Craft fair was a blast! This was the second year I worked with Reed’s Local to put this event on

  • Worked on Katie Lee’s End of Year Awesome and it really put things into perspective for me. It’s so easy to focus on the negative and what I didn’t accomplish, but writing down what I was proud of doing this last year made me feel awesome.

  • I won a giveaway from Paper & Oats via Shailey & Katie’s podcast, I chose the Calendar & To Do List printable. Thanks ladies!

Art journal page, this sketchbook is almost full!

Art journal page, this sketchbook is almost full!

Images from the Reed's Art & Craft Fair

Working on Katie Lee's End of Year Awesome

Working on Katie Lee's End of Year Awesome

November Wrap Up

Happy December all! I am writing this as I watch the first snowfall of the season in Chicago. I am definitely missing the Vegas sunshine that I had while on Thanksgiving vacation! 

Here are the art and creative things I saw/did this month.

November Recap:

  • Saw a lot of great murals in Downtown Vegas. If you ever find yourself there make sure to check out the Arts District
  • Discovered the Art Supplies Posse podcast and I am so happy! I worked at an art store for a few years during college and I love talking about supplies. I found out about this podcast through Kathy Weller's instagram when she shared that she was on an interview on the podcast. 
  • Checked out the clothing line launch of Pintl + Keyt at the Greenheart Shop in Old Town. Such beautiful patterns and fabric! 
  • Attended the Day Job/Night Job/Art Job talk put on by Chicago Artist Resource. It was more geared towards artists who make most/all their money from their art, but I still enjoyed the discussion (I have a day job and do art on the side). 
  • Went to Alexee McNulty's art opening at Reed's Local in Avondale. She had beautiful abstracts and pop culture pieces as well as prints of her work for sale. I picked up a print as part of my Christmas shopping. 

Here are some photos from the month, enjoy!

Downtown Las Vegas mural

Downtown Las Vegas mural

Obey mural in Downtown Las Vegas

Obey mural in Downtown Las Vegas

How rad are these paintings by Alexee McNulty???

How rad are these paintings by Alexee McNulty???

Another great piece by Alexee McNulty

Another great piece by Alexee McNulty

Two paintings I am currently working on

Two paintings I am currently working on

 

 

 

 

October Wrap Up

I have been itching to share more here and decided to start with a monthly wrap up series where I take a look at creative items from the previous month. 

Let's take a look at October:

  • I have been inspired by Tara Swiger's podcast and decided to become a supporter on Patreon
  • A friend gave me some old books and papers that I can use for collage
  • Set goal to work more in abstract with paintings
  • Went to the Cornelia Arts Center open house
  • Studio/office is actually set up and usable 

Below are images from the month, enjoy! 

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Cornelia Arts Center

Cornelia Arts Center

Collage in my sketchbook

Collage in my sketchbook

Exploring abstract painting 

Exploring abstract painting 

Early stages in October of the office/studio set up

Early stages in October of the office/studio set up