Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful time prepping and planning for the holidays.  As I was creating this image for my Christmas cards it crossed my mind that this would be a fun coloring page - so here it is!!  Click on the Link Below to Print and color.   Wishing you all a happy holiday!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT AND COLOR

Christmas Coloring Page

Happy Easter Everyone!!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Easter Sunday.  I spent the weekend trying out some natural egg dyes (not as successfully as I had hoped) but I still thing they are beautiful.  It's a learning process.  I tried: Spinach, Paprika, Jarred Beets & tea.  

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The eggs still look beautiful in these simple, natural colors and the egg wraps were so fun.  I think they turned out GREAT!!  

 

Happy Easter!!  :)

Happy Easter!

Easter is right around the corner and I've created some printable Easter Egg wraps for you to use.  I hope this adds to your enjoyment of the holiday!  (Pictures to follow of the wraps in action)  This weekend I'm going to have some fun with natural dyes - combined with my adorable Easter Egg wraps they should be fabulous!! Can't wait to post.  In the meantime I hope you enjoy these! 

1. print and cut along the dotted lines

2. wrap the sides around and tape together in the back

3. place egg in the wrap

4. ENJOY!

 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT AND CUT!!

Jumping in with both feet

I have begun this year with a sense of dedication and determination. I have a lot of things planned for myself and I wanted to get started on the right foot.  To begin things off I've decided to do a Sketch A Day for the next year.  365 sketches!  no excuses !  This is something that I've been interested in doing for some time now and the start of a new year felt like the best time to jump in and begin.  The holidays are always a huge distraction and this past year was no different.  It's always a challenge to get back into the swing of things after being away for so long, but I was determined to get over the hurdle of frustration as my hands and mind needed to learn once again how this works.  You go through those days of thinking that you should just give up because clearly if you can't even draw a simple sketch how will you ever make a career out of this, and obviously you don't have the skills or the talent.  You  begin to look around at all of the amazing illustration work that other professionals are doing and you tell yourself that you just don't have what it takes.  I put myself through several weeks of that torture until I decided to just shut up and work.  Probably the best advise I’ve ever given myself.  I'm learning to turn off the negativity in my mind and just be.  I decided that I would push through and just keep sketching and posting, no matter how I felt about the drawing.  The goal was to draw and post and move forward and not allow myself to get hung up on small things.

As I take on this challenge of 365 daily sketches I think about why I want to do this and what I hope to take away from it.   Here are my goals….

1.     CONFIDENCE.  Confidence that I can draw anything that comes to mind in order to allow ideas and creativity to flow rather than getting caught up in a place where my ideas are confined by my lack of ability.   When you are unable to put onto paper what you see in you mind you begin to pull back so much that the ideas have no room to grow and expand.  I want to get out of that rut and allow things to flow freely from mind to hand to paper. 

2.     LOOSEN UP.   This goes hand in hand with #1.  With practice I hope to unknowingly loosen up and begin to fall into a consistent style.  That a distinct personality might begin to show through.  To lose the stiff and overly controlled quality that I’m currently struggling with.

3.     ENJOYMENT.  To find enjoyment in creativity and art again that may have been lost in the process of trying too hard.  To take some of the pressure off and allow myself to enjoy, create and most of all - HAVE FUN! 

So I will look back at each week and see how things are changing and progressing and I look forward to sharing that journey with you.  I hope you enjoy and are maybe inspired to take on this challenge as well.

 

 

I began with with an idea of a squirrel but soon became frustrated with my failed attempts to get across what was in my head.  

At this point I decided that I would dedicate the next week or so to only drawing squirrels. I looked as some reference pictures and got back to work .....

I tried a few different styles and even looked at what other illustrators were doing and copied some of their shapes and styles (as seen above in the bottom right three faces) to see how their interpretations of this subject differed from mine.  It's great to look at something through different eyes.

Looking back over the last couple of weeks I already feel like a lot of improvement has been made and I'm starting to have fun with this.  Here's to another great week of drawing and creativity!

Promotional Mailers

Finally got my first set of promo mailers sent out.  This is just the first step, there is so much work still ahead, but I'm very happy to have reached this point.  I feel like this is such a huge personal achievement.  Now I begin preparation on the next batch to be sent out!  :)

 

Now I'm beginning to think about my next few pieces, and maybe my next post card …. ?


Delivery Day!

Postcards arrived today and I couldn't be happier. They are beautiful. These are just the first of many but an exciting start none the less.   

 

 

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Now time to buckle down and get the promo packets done. More picture to come!   

Back to Blogging …..

It's been a while since I've blogged, but I think it's time to get back to it.  New upgrades to my website include integrating my blog and making the switch from Blogger to Squarespace.  I want to Welcome everyone to my new blog - where I intend to keep up with posts and pictures on a weekly basis.  This year has had a great start so far.  I've come a long way with my digital work.  A lot of time has been one the last six months or so focusing on my work, and I'm proud to look back and see how far i've come.  I'm becoming more proficient and comfortable in Photoshop, but as anyone who works with Photoshop knows, there is always still so much to learn.  Thanks to all the wonderful, amazing and generous artists out there who take the time to post information and demos to help other out.  This has been invaluable to me.  

Some of my changes have included a clean diet to improve my overall health, mostly to increase my energy and brain clarity (and also some digestive problems, that as anyone who suffers with this know how much this can effect your life).  So far I've been on this cleanse for about a month  and i'm happy with the improvements.  This may very well be the most important thing I can and will do for myself and my future.  I already feel the difference and have increased energy to devote to my career pursuits and my passion for yoga.  I'll let you know how this goes as I continue on.  

Other improvements for me this year include increased confidence in my work and my comfortability with Photoshop (which I shared earlier).  This has led to me finally beginning the next step in my life and I am ready to approach potential clients.  I've completed my first promo postcard.  It's ordered and should arrive any day now.  I'm excited to send out my fist batch!!  I don't expect that this step will be easy but I'm ready to face it with positivity, excitement and determination.  I thought this would be a great post to begin my new blog.  So here it is!!  my new promo piece …...

I excited to start blogging again and to share my journey with you.  I hope you enjoy!