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Monday, September 15, 2014

Right Now

I was inspired by Robyn over at robayre to do a "Right Now" post to get writing.

Anticipating- I have some great news that I can't quite share yet, but I'm looking forward to something new that I start in just under two weeks.
Buying- I've been trying to be good with my spending, but I ordered some new books the other day and have been eyeing a new coffee maker (there is a surprising lack of coffee shops in our neighborhood).
Creating- I currently have 4 paintings in progress, 3 wood panels and 1 canvas. 
Eating- Being very domestic and making lots of home cooked meals; tonight was maple glazed pork chops and yesterday was a cold chicken pasta salad. Yum!
Feeling- Positive. I've been going through some up and downs lately but am looking forward to the future and everything I have going on.
Listening- I didn't go to Riot Fest in Chicago this weekend but I've been listening to some of the bands that played (Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers are good to sing along to while cleaning).
Loving- Fall weather starting. I didn't used to love fall that much, but the longer I live in the Midwest, the more I enjoy it. Sweater weather!
Missing- The dog we adopted when I was in high school, Maggie, passed away today. Very sad but she had a long life. 
Procrastinating- Constantly! It's been so hard to be motivated. Maybe I could check Tumblr before I start painting, then soon enough I'm on Pinterest too. 
Reading- Currently reading This is How You Die. So far I'm enjoying it and it's a great follow up to Machine of Death
Seeing- Saw the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute. Fantastic! He did some pretty creepy stuff.
WatchingI've been watching WAY too many crime shows on TV, I seriously need an intervention. 
Wanting- Fall clothes and kitchen gadgets like a crock pot so we can get even more cozy at home this winter. Very domestic!

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start.

Revolution Craft Show


I'm so excited to announce that I'll be a vendor at the next Revolution Brewing Craft fair! I'll have paintings and collages for sale. What is better than grabbing a fresh off the line beer and shopping local and handmade goods?

Facebook event here

Hope to see you there! I'll be posting some sneak peeks of my new works here, so make sure to check back.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Abstraction

I've been playing around with abstract more and more and enjoying the results. Here's a recent piece I finally got around to photographing (life has been busy per usual).



Other news: I finally got a new laptop, my old Mac kicked the bucket and wasn't worth trying to fix. I switched back to PC and got a Toshiba touch screen laptop that I have been very happy with! It has an amazing painting app that I have been using to work on some abstract layout ideas.

We went to Wisconsin twice recently, once for a Milwaukee day trip and then to La Crosse for a wedding. We had a blast and I always love getting out of the city for a few days.

Alrighty, more updates soon! TTYL.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Reminders

Lately I've been needing to really remind myself what makes me happy. Sometimes it's too easy to get lost inside your head and lose track of the simple things! I was just looking at my goodreads info and forgot I had 'liked' some quotes that are so simple, yet so powerful.


There are some other great designs I've stumbled across recently that I really love and wanted to share




Happy Monday everyone! Let's get some shit done this week, huh?


Friday, August 15, 2014

Cozy


I don't know how I JUST discovered Polyvore, but I am loving it! It was 63 degrees when I woke up today (odd for Chicago) and it felt a bit like like fall, which inspired me to put this together. I've always loved summer the most, but I'm starting to actually look forward to fall now.


Cozy


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Peek at the New Studio!

Hey all! So I still have some organizing to do, but I am mostly settled in to the studio/office in our 2nd bedroom. Awhile back I had started to look in to separate studio space somewhere so I could spread out a bit more, but it was hard to justify the cost as I still work full time and was afraid I wouldn't have enough time to work there to make it worth it. So I decided to stay working at home as I have been doing since graduating college. Working at home is nice and it makes me happy since it's easy to take breaks for coffee, tea, dinner, laundry; all that domestic stuff. 

Here are some pictures of the space (whatever not pictured is a bit messy!)

So happy I found room for my easel!


Started to decorate the walls this weekend. The photos on the left are by Scott, the framed collage is by my friend Sarah, the square print of fabric is from an Art-O-Mat and the PBR piece was a gift from when our friends went to Portland.


Current workspace/mess.


Studio buddy. Cleo likes to hang out when I'm in there.


Print by Ashley G, various photobooth pictures with dear friends, and a vintage Florida travel map.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Currently Reading


My birthday, Pitchfork, company in town this week/weekend, work....needless to say, I haven't been in the studio making anything recently. I have been reading a bunch though! I've also been thinking a lot about the future and where I want my life/art to go. Lots and lots of thinking right now, probably to a fault.

Currently Reading:

I'm almost done with Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (aka the Jealous Curator). I always love to read about other artists and how they work and are inspired. I want to try pretty much all the creative prompts too.
 

This is a HUGE inspiration to me right now. Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists is a personal look in to the lives of artists and how they make a living. So many have kept day jobs over the years to support their art, and some are lucky enough to do art full time. Since I work alone mostly and don't have a lot of close artist friends, I enjoy reading about the lives of everyone in this book.
 

I don't know how I haven't read this before, but I just started this last night and it's amazing (of course).