Stephanie Ryan - Small Sweet Steps

February 27, 2015

New Collections

My new work has inspired me to start creating some collections again! This is a sampling of some of my new designs that I am experimenting with. I have been obsessed with gold for a while now and I love playing with the idea of pretty cards with gold foil! One can dream, can’t she?!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

February 25, 2015

Dreaming About Landscapes

I am mildly obsessed with landscapes these days. I am always surprised when they turn out. It is definitely something new for me. In my mind, I’ve just been practicing with them so, I’ve been using scraps of paper and my journal to experiment. You would also be surprised to know that some of them are tiny! 5 x 5″ tiny! The response to my landscapes has been heart warming and I have gotten a few sweet nudges to sell them too! I’m not sure I can sell the originals because of my poor planning when painting them but, I am going to sell prints of the ones already created! I hope to have them listed soon. It’s funny how taking a chance on trying something different can lead you down I road you never expected! Hope you are having a good week my friends.

February 23, 2015

Cultivating a Brand

As you know I have been reflecting a lot on my work this past year and doing some deep soul searching about who I am and how does that come through in my art. As a result of this I have been creating new art that is more aligned with the way I feel and see the world.  It’s funny, I find myself creating based on an inner knowing that I really have no words for. A sign that I am on the right path happened today when I noticed how nice my work is starting to fit together.


I didn’t plan any of this out, it just happened intuitively.

It is so important to have your work be an expression of who you are, it will keep you motivated and moving forward and the work will flow from a well that is so deep you will never get bored! It will also insure that the look of your brand will be very clear and focused.

I am in the process of re-branding with a new logo and supporting collateral. I love the process of working through who you are as a brand, it really opens your eyes up to a world of possibilities. In my previous post, I talked about Monica Lee’s Smart Creative Style e-course. I took this e-course when it first ran and it really helped me to fine tune my brand at the time and I am using the same techniques  plus, the guidance of my brand designer for the next evolution of my brand.

One of the tools I am using to help refine my look is Pinterest! Do you follow me on Pinterest???? You really should ;  )

Here is the board I created to help me translate what is in my heart into designing my art. Can you feel it? It’s really all about feeling, you know. It’s the trick to cultivating a brand that people respond to. If your work creates an emotional response to the viewer than you are on the right track!

Can’t wait to share more with you!!!

My friend Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women has a great e-course, Smart Creative Style starting on March 9th! If you are interested in discovering your style, what makes you uniquely you or want to create a strong brand presence for your business, I highly recommend this e-course! I took the course and it really helped me to refine my brand at the time. I am also incorporating what I learned in the e-course to my new look and re-branding of my business (more to come on that soon). Monica’s enthusiasm is infectious and she will guide you through this e-course with that beautiful energy. How can you say no to that? There is also a short segment where I talk about the importance of having a brand deck to convey your vision to manufacturers!


If you want to create a recognizable creative style that is uniquely yours, sign up for Smart Creative Style!

In this course you will…

Navigate trends, taste and your personal style.

Understand what “being a brand” really means.

What it means to “position yourself” in the marketplace.

Understand what it means to have a “point of difference.”

Set up the core values for your brand.

Grasp of the tone of your brand before you head out to market yourself.

Monica believes with a clear vision of your personal aesthetic , it is much easier to grasp who your intended customer is and to create a plan of action on how to market to them! The beauty of Smart Creative Style is that you leave this course with YOUR look not someone else’s.

Who is this course for?

1. For creative business owners and freelancers who need a fresh look, new perspective on their existing businesses.

2. For artists who want to define their aesthetic, synthesize their voice and vision.

3. Bloggers ready to set themselves apart with a look and style that is uniquely  their own.

4. Creatives who are ready to launch an idea, take themselves seriously and understand how to stand out in a crowded market place.

5.  Any creative entrepreneur ready to untangle social media, overcome fears and misunderstandings about being  themselves in an authentic manner.

Bonus! Facebook Community! You will get to share your journey and get encouragement from other fabulous women just like you!

Smart Creative Style

Here are the specifics!

It begins March 9th, 2015

When: Class begins March 9th and runs for 6 weeks

Where: It all happens at

Cost: $329

Smart Creative Style is a Creative Business 101 course that leads participants through a series of lessons and mood boards that help them unearth their own unique look and style. With visual imagery coming at us 24/7 it is all too easy  to water down who we really are. Businesses and brands need to have a distinct aesthetic voice and look to stand out now more than ever. This is a hands on 6-week game changing e-course for creative business owners to distinguish themselevs and tap into their originality.

For more info and to sign up visit here!

Remember to use this link when signing up, since I am a part of the e-course I am also an affiliate!


February 18, 2015

Newness and Wanting to Move On

I hope you are having a nice week.  I’ve been busy working on some deadlines and have been pretty stressed out over them. I think I am done though, phew. I need to switch my attention from my art to getting ready to put my house back on the market. I took a winter break and it was really nice not having to worry about strangers walking through my little sweet house but, it’s time to re-list it. Sigh, I hope it sells soon. I’m really ready to move on with my life. As nice as my little piece of heaven is, I need to let go of my life here. Hopefully, the right time will be soon!

Here are some things I’m working on.

This is a peek of a new piece in progress. Hoping to finish it up tonight…in bed ; )

A quick little landscape painting in my journal.




February 15, 2015

Things I love

I love muted pinks and peaches with black.

Untitled by Franco Kappl

I love the new moody floral photography that is trending right now.

Floral Photography by Hildemork

I love  the muted tones with pops of dark colors in this large scale floral bedding.

Meadow Dusk from Anthropologie

I love the texture and pattern as well as the matte almost chalky gouache colors created in the work of Michelle Morin.

California Winter by Michelle Morin


Sweet friend, thank you so much for spending time with me.


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