Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Goals Wrap Up

Alright, so on April 3rd I set some goals for myself for the month, let's see how I did! 

Back to the basics: I wanted to practice more observationl sketching and life drawing and I only did one sketch, BUT I did get some professional head/body shots taken by Scott Nealon of OTK Photography so I can use those as reference for sketching/painting. I plan to do this in the next month to sharpen some skills that don't get used too often. 

Get new pieces ready to hang: I got my three newest pieces ready to hang, good thing because I sold one of my arrow pieces this weekend! 

Work out ideas more: I've been doing a TON of collaging and generally just working in my sketchbook more to work out ideas for new pieces. Doing so lead to 5 new washi tape collage paintings. I've also started a new series that I want to propose a solo gallery show to for a few places. I feel this is something I've been working towards for awhile and this is the time and the work to push forward with. 

Make Make Make: I'm very happy with the overall amount of time I've spent in the studio and things I've gotten done! I'm trying to stay in the zone and keep up the good pace. Last week I was distracted by jury duty for two days (I was exhausted for some reason) and this upcoming Friday I have dental surgery; but I'm trying to not beat myself up and let myself have downtime when I need it to keep a good mental balance. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New! Washi Tape Collages on Canvas

These aren't in the Etsy shop yet, I'm actually thinking about putting the shop on vacation for awhile. Please email me if interested! All are 3"x3" and only $15 each. My email is heartless (dot) arts (at) gmail (dot) com 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sneak Peek

Here's a super sneak peek at a new series I'm working on. If you follow me on instagram you saw this already! Check me out there for all kinds of updates from the studio and random bits from my life. My profile is private so please request to follow me! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013


I have this hanging across from my work desk so I can see every time I'm working. A few things I've been given, I've made, and found over the years


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bits and Pieces

It's a gloomy Wednesday here in Chicago and we're still waiting for Spring to finally start. I'm fighting allergies and yet another cold and haven't worked on any art stuff since Friday and I'm getting a bit antsy. This weekend I was going to work on a lot of projects but I spent it in bed with cold medicine, OJ, and Netflix (finally finished Weeds!). I'm feeling less achy finally but still have this lingering tiredness and stuffy nose. 

I've been working on some collages to get the ideas rolling and this morning had an AHA! moment and thought of a brand new series to do and honestly, I can't believe I hadn't thought of it before. I've been debating what medium to use and I'm leaning towards fabric. It's crypic for now but I'll post the pieces once I get the idea fully worked out and start making. 

For now, here's some collages on paper I did last week. It's pages from my 1950's How you Look and Dress book on top of wallpaper samples. It's simple but I like the effect of the cut out faces with the color and pattern showing through.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

BIG Sale!

Giant sale in the Etsy shop! Help me raise some money for dental surgery that I'm having May 3rd. The surgery is over $3,000 to start the tooth implant and I already have some money saved but it won't cover everything. Use the coupon code TOOFFAIRY at checkout for 40% off EVERYTHING through Sunday April 14th. Extended through Monday April 15th!

Thank you so much for reading this, please pass this on, every little bit helps!  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Visiting Big City Bumpkin at Flat Iron First Friday

Vanessa and I have been blog/internet friends for a little while now and finally met in person this past Friday at the First Friday at the Flat Iron building in Wicker Park. I checked out her beautiful jewelry and we got to chat for a bit. If you're ever in the area make sure to stop in, she's in studio #215. I'm so very jealous of her space and hope to have a live/work space of my own someday as well! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April Goals

I know it's a few days into April but I wanted to share some goals I have in mind for the month art wise. 

Back to the basics: I want to do some observational sketching, especially of people, these skills get rusty when I don't use them for awhile. 

Get new pieces ready to hang: I don't have any shows scheduled at the moment but it's so easy to forget to put hanging hardware on a piece and then when it's time to show I'm doing everything at once to prepare. Trying to save myself the trouble down the road! 

Work out ideas more: I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about my art when I'm outside the studio and by the time I actually get to work I'm dying to get started and often don't have a specific vision, just more the idea, and just start to put paint on the canvas and see where things go. There's nothing wrong with this, some of my favorite pieces have started this way but I want to switch up how I work. I want to have a ton of sketches and collages to work from so when the time comes when I can start working on a new piece and I'll know I have the basic layout/design good to go and can play around a bit more with materials and technique. 

Make Make Make: I've been slow in getting things done lately and need to pick up the pace! If I find Netflix to be a distraction I need to put on music and just zone out to focus. 

I already started to work on some new collages tonight and have a few ideas brewing for a new series. Exciting! 


From the Chicago Ave bridge

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Advertise on Heartless Arts!

I know have a nifty sponsor/advertise section on the blog (notice the new layout, eh? eh?). I don't get huge traffic so the prices are cheap while I try to make more if a name for  myself in the blog community (is that what you call it?). There is also an option for doing a FREE blog swap. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quark Magazine Interview

I'm very honored to be one of the first interviews over at the new Quark Magazine. Check out the interview I did, I had a blast chatting with one of the founders, Ryan Stemple, about my work.