Yes, I know… where have I been? Well, I’ve been here working behind the scenes, making new art and doing some hard soul searching.
I have been thinking a lot about my work this past year and have decided to follow my heart and create art that is more aligned to my true center, to who I really am. It’s a work in progress and I’m not going to bore you with all the heart wrenching details of why I was feeling disconnected from my art and feeling lost with my business and brand. Like I said, it’s a work in progress and I am refining and experimenting as I go. I just thought it was time to start sharing again here on my blog instead of waiting for everything to be perfect because I have finally learned that it is never perfect, right!? I’m not making huge changes, just toning things down a bit and adding back in some details that got lost along the way. Well, we can talk more about this as I continue to post new art.
As a way to kick things off, I am offering a new fine art print for purchase in my shop and on Etsy. They are printed on beautiful watercolor paper and look just like an original painting. The prints above are sold as a set, what do you think?
I have been having fun adding details to my flowers. I am trying to find the sweet spot between painting loosely and more refined. It can be tricky!
Years ago I worked for a company where I worked with my hands crafting, stitching, dying fabrics and creating handmade dolls. I also directed artisans to knit and crochet beautiful sweaters, pillows and throws for the dolls and additional products that we offered. I loved that part of my job and have always wanted to incorporate that into my business. So, I have been teaching myself to crochet! I don’t have plans of selling any of my creations but, thought it would add some dimension and added flavor to the world I am trying to create here. Plus, I just love buying yarn!!! These colors make me so happy.
Creating a brand that really speaks about who you are is a challenging task. And as an artist, I am many things!!! I am a painter, a crafter, a pattern and fabric designer, a photographer and writer. Most artists are! I want to tell a story with all of these things, a story of who I am at my core. As I create new art, I keep making little mood boards like this. Does it all go together, does it convey a certain feeling or tone, does it feel like me. If it doesn’t, I set it aside which is really, really hard for me. I love to share everything!
And of course, I have to share a picture of my baby. Luna is thriving in her new home, she is such a sweetie! Seriously, look at that face. She definitely has helped me get over the quiet of living alone. The house feels happy these days, we are doing really well and are excited about our future!
Lastly, I hope that you stick with me. I know I haven’t shown up much this past year and I know that I am taking a risk with changing things up but, I truly believe that magical things can happen when you follow your heart. That is my plan, I’m back and I am feeling stronger these days…. ahhhh it feels good.