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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

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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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More Water Soluble Graphite

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Water-soluble graphite has quickly become a new favorite medium for me.  I like the richness that the graphite creates along with the freedom to add more layers and not end up with a shiny end result.  The diversity of this medium allows for quick, tight sketches like the kitten seen here, or can be utilized for loose, free-flowing sketches with a more painterly effect.  (I will post a loose sketch next week.)

Drawing detail does take some practice and experimentation.  If too much water is added to an area the graphite will bleed; I almost lost the cat’s eye on this sketch because my brush was too wet.  Drawing can be done dry, using water, or both; it all depends on what effect you want to create.

I also added an element of color to this sketch utilizing a great new drawing tool by ArtGraf.  ArtGraf produces water-soluble graphite along with pigmented water-soluble drawing mediums, most art stores and Amazon now sell this new art product from Portugal.  Here I worked with a very light wash of the pigment, however the same pigment can be used to create deep intense colors. 

 

 

Paper used:  Canson Mixed Media