I think it’s about time I show you guys where I spend most of my time and make my art! It’s a humble space but it’s mine and it’s amazing.
The studio is really just the second bedroom of the place my husband and I are renting right now, off a busy street near a large university. Since we’re so close to a large school, we get to take advantage of this very affordable place as student housing. We also have a roommate that lives in the basement here and pays half of everything. It’s a great set-up and we’re so grateful to have it. Without such an inexpensive place to live, we wouldn’t have been able to afford me leaving my office job at the end of 2015 to pursue starting my own business. We love it here. Continue reading “STUDIO Tour | March 2017”→
February’s 24 Variation Project kind of happened randomly in the middle of the night. I was struggling to sleep and my tossing and turning was starting to bother my husband. So I decided to get up and paint.
I’m excited to announce my new theme for March! It’s called PHOTO to A B S T R A C T.
It’ll be a little different than what I’ve typically done. I’ve done a few abstracts in the past but have never felt very good about them. And whenever I see other artists making minimalist abstracts, I just die. I love them so much.
Why can’t I attempt to solve the mystery of abstract art?
Do y’all remember when I talked about goals in this blog post and I said my own New Year’s Resolution was to spend a little time each month making goals for only that month? Well it’s going pretty well. I’m 2 out of 3 months so far because I missed February haha. I use the excuse that I didn’t complete everything I wanted to in January so I just let those carry over to February. But I still should’ve taken ten minutes to evaluate what should’ve been carried over and what maybe could’ve been left behind.
I’ve gotten slightly obsessed with the idea of collaboration. I’ll probably write a whole blog post on it once I’ve organized my thoughts but bottom line, I think collaborating is the best way to move forward with most anything. We learn better, faster, and have more fun when we’re connecting with other people doing similar things. Even when we connect with people doing completely different things. There’s a special kind of creativity that comes out of combining thought processes, styles, and dreams with other people that just doesn’t happen when we’re on our own.
Warning: personal post. If you’re interested in what self-employment and chasing dreams is actually like, keep reading. Spoiler alert: it’s not nearly as glamorous as it sounds or looks on Instagram. But it’s still awesome.
So, this is hard. This thing I’m trying to do…whatever it’s called. Being an artist, starting a business, working for myself, being my own boss, chasing a dream, living my calling, enjoying life. It has many descriptors.
I feel like I cheated. On Saturday, I did a six hour project instead of a 12 hour project so that I didn’t have to get up so early AND so that I wouldn’t miss out on a fun birthday dinner. Those are good reasons right? Well the second one is at least.
First month of 2017 completed! I finished my S K Y series for January and completed my first 24 Variations Project. What is a 24 Variations Project? Well let me tell you!
First, some background.
Some time last year, I started getting excited about the idea of painting a million (not literally) little paintings of the same thing for the sake of practicing the same concept over and over. One of the things that holds me back from really honing in on a design or concept is my impatience to just get something made. And I thought that if I created a project around the concept of painting several times over a design that I had previously painted, it would give me a specific goal to work towards, aka finishing the project, and I would get practice practicing. Does that make sense? My impatience keeps me from really practicing something well to build my skills and I wanted to attack that and do something fun at the same time. Continue reading “24 Variations Project | Part January”→