March Wrap Up

We made it to Spring! Chicago didn't have it too bad this winter but I'm still looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor street festivals. Let's get right to the big news from March, I relaunched my online shop! If you haven't checked it out yet make sure to pop on over and note the free US domestic shipping (sweet!). If you've been meaning to decorate the walls of your home or office, original art is a great way to do that. And bonus if you're in Chicago you're supporting a local artist (contact me for local delivery options).

Here's the March creative wrap up:

Photo Round Up

I am so happy the new shop is open!

I am so happy the new shop is open!

My resketch kickstarter award

My resketch kickstarter award

A peek at a new (reworked) item coming soon to the shop

A peek at a new (reworked) item coming soon to the shop

 

 

Workspace Update!

Remember when I posted some sad photos of my studio/office back in September? I thought I would update with new photos of where I work. It's an organized chaos and still pretty messy, but it's a good set up for the small space I have. Renting means working with what you have, and I've adapted fairly well considering where I started (look at the very end of this post for that box nightmare)

L: I love these Ikea wall mount shelves!

R: I keep my favorite art (small) pieces that I have collected over the years above my desk for inspiration. 

L: The insanely full bookcase holds everything: sketchbooks, supplies, business cards...etc

R: Another desk view


Where this room started (Ack!)

Tonight's task, attempt to unpack a few office boxes.

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Katie Holland Art Online Shop Relaunch!

I am so happy to announce that after a hiatus, my online shop is back! I chose to move it to my own page here at KatieHolland.com. Make sure to check out the shop because there are two brand new paintings in there- Simplicity Considered #1 and #2

I wanted to share the inspiration for these paintings. I am a collector of various vintage ephemera and while looking through a drawer the other week I found the below sewing pattern packaging. I was immediately drawn to the women on the cover and was also stuck on two paintings that I had in progress and knew that this was what I needed to add. In my style, I worked with adding the outlines of the neck and head to the canvas in a dark grey acrylic paint with a liner brush. It now felt finished. As for the hexagons- one day while at my desk I thought that hexagons would make a great background pattern and I drew one on a post it and hung that above my desk. I kept it there a few weeks until I started these paintings. So satisfying to see ideas come together! I hope you enjoy the new work!

February Wrap Up

February was a month of balancing work-life-art and feeling pretty good about it. The day job has been busy but there was still time to make plans with friends and make art. It's not as perfect as I feel it could have been- I could have done a lot more with the art, but it feels good overall (and that matters!). The boyfriend and I went to Milwaukee for a long weekend of museums, eating, and drinking; another fun Midwest winter trip.

I haven't been doing so well with being present lately; my mind is all over the place and unless I'm painting I am having trouble focusing. I am working to block out more creative time and not let other things distract me. As I type this I have the whole evening ahead of me to create and work on whatever I need to catch up on. 

Here's the February wrap up:

Photo Round Up

100 Days of Discussion by Jennifer Synder 

100 Days of Discussion by Jennifer Synder 

Map Your Business by Tara Swiger

Map Your Business by Tara Swiger

Tyanna Buie (American, b. 1984) Incarnation, 2015 Assembled screenprint with collage and ink, charcoal, and mixed media on paper 150 × 133 1/2 in Milwaukee Art Museum

Tyanna Buie (American, b. 1984)
Incarnation, 2015
Assembled screenprint with collage and ink, charcoal, and mixed media on paper
150 × 133 1/2 in

Milwaukee Art Museum

Have a great March! 

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