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Live a Nourished Life

Behind the Artwork

The inspiration for many of my art creations comes from the time I spend reflecting on the world around me. There is no question this year has been filled with adjustments, changes, and much to reflect on. In many ways, the pandemic crippled lifestyles and turned the world upside down, making us stop and reevaluate life and how we live it.

Some of the Questions I Asked Myself

Over the last couple of years, I asked myself many questions. As I move to a different stage in my life, I find these questions surface more often. Why are certain things so important to me? What is important in life? Why? What is important to me right now/ten years from now? Am I safe and healthy? What are the best ways I can nourish all aspects of my life? There are many more questions, but I think you get the gist.

My Take Away

Slowing down, creating a spiritual rhythm, and nourishing my body and mind help me look at life in a much clearer light. With all the busy activity-based distractions stripped from my life (thanks to the pandemic), I can think and breathe. I find myself being more intentional in many areas.

A few years ago, I started on a journey of moving back to food basics (growing my food, eating whole foods, fermenting foods, growing microgreens), balanced exercise (okay, this one is a little harder – I’m trying), and taking care of all parts of my life. I guess you could say my mantra would be “live a nourished life – take care of yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.”

Change can be amazing, though not always easy. Most days, I am intentional about the choices I make, knowing they will be healthy, strong habits one day. I like these new changes; they feel wholesome. I know I am not there yet, wherever there may be, but I continue to move forward in my efforts to live a nourishing life.

Moving Forward

As fall approaches, I am excited to start crushing the goals I have set – small steps make these big goals attainable. I hope you join me on my adventure as I continue to grow as an artist. I will share my struggles along with my successes.

Till next time…

Be kind to yourself and stay safe.

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Learning and Growing with Grace

grace wins

This past year has been an amazing year for me as an artist. I have spent many hours – many, many hours – exploring, practicing and learning all the elements of surface pattern design. I have to admit, learning illustrator was a massive undertaking, but I am so glad that I jumped in with both feet and got it done. An entirely new world of creating is now at my fingertips. So exciting! I am slowly starting to piece the business elements with the artistic components. I have met numerous great designers along the way and am blown away by the grace and assistance they have extended to me – what a beautiful world.

The quote by Seneca, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings’ end”, sums up my pilgrimage in art. It is incredible to look back and see how every step along my way has helped lead me to where I am now.

This year I have also learned to be gracious with myself. If I don’t feel like I am good enough or things are not happening fast enough, I can’t flourish and grow. I know I am not alone when it comes to feelings of inadequacy. So many established pattern designers have relayed the same story to me. It is easier to extend grace to others than to yourself; however, I know I am worth it, and I can accomplish the goals I have set for myself.

I have included a design in this post, my screen saver, that incorporates elements from a couple of the patterns I am working on for a collection. I will also be making available clip art of some of the motifs. There are many designs to come, but also much work to be done as I continue to learn and grow in this business. I am up for the challenge and thrilled to see where this journey will lead.

This particular design incorporates the saying, grace wins. This saying holds special meaning for me on many levels, but that is a topic for another post. Till then my goal is to extend a little grace to my world around me. People have bad days and need a little grace.

Designs and Patterns will be posted in my Design Gallery.

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Hand Lettering-Learning, Practicing, Growing

Hand lettering is a beautiful art form which is easy to fall in love with. Its power has great impact on society.  Yes, fonts and lettering are functional, helping us communicate words, but there is so much more. Fonts can evoke emotions, tell stories, influence our mood or choices, and even trigger memories.

Here are a few examples of my hand lettering adventures:

Hand lettering

Hand lettering

 

 

Gaining skill in any new art form takes practice; muscle memory must be created to allow for lines to flow.  Remember the numerous pages of practice loops in elementary school when learning cursive writing?  Consequently, all that practice made for quick, beautiful letters which required very little thought in creating.

 

 

Hand lettering

Adobe Illustrator and Hand Lettering

Along with learning letter forms and styles of hand lettering, I decided to explore adobe illustrator.  I’ll be honest, it was the source of many headaches for me.  Determination builds strength!  I persevered, and even though I still have tons of learning to do it is getting easier.    …the headaches are less frequent.  

In this practice piece I incorporated hand lettering with illustrator.  It was fun playing with the different tools that illustrator has to offer.  Some days I felt like a kid in a candy store – too many choices.  How would I ever decide?

Hand lettering

Portrait drawing is an art form that I can completely lose myself in – hours feel like minutes.  Sometimes however, I have an innate desire to learn more and try new techniques, that is the case with lettering.  Follow my weekly progress on Instagram @eisycindy to see where my hand lettering journey takes me.

 

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