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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Revolution Tomorrow!

I'm very excited! I'll post about it when the fair is over and share all the goodness.






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).


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Apartment Gallery Wall

Wow I haven't updated much about the apartment! We're basically settled in, just a few smalls things here and there to do still to get organized. The small things add up for sure though! I wanted to share a photo of the gallery wall in our living room above the sofa. I hung it with no level or measuring tape and it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.


We combined our art as well as a few posters Scott got at Comic Con for the new place and it instantly felt like home. We still have plenty of art and photos to hang in the 2nd bedroom still, it's taking awhile for that room to come together. And yes, that is a Jurassic Park pillow that I got Scott for his birthday. We can have a grown up place but still have fun things. 

I really am enjoying nesting and working in the studio again. On that note, back to work!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vegan Vortex- A Local Handmade Market in Chicago


Saturday June 28th
9am-5pm
The Charnel House
3421 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago.
Facebook event


Pastries, coffee, handmade goods and art...what else do you need to enjoy a lovely Saturday in Logan Square?

I am happy to be a vendor at the Vegan Vortex market this weekend! Ana sells handmade goods at her bakery and the market events she was holding there were packed, so she moved the market to a bigger space down the street!

I will have drawings and collages on vintage book paper along with tiny paintings and some stationary. If you've been wanting some affordable art for your home, now is the time to shop!


I will be cash only FYI.

Here's a peek at what I'm working on:



 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Life Lately via Instagram


Ok so this miiiiight be a bit lazy, but it's the best way to sun up what I've been up to lately. So here are some shots from my instagram!

1. Trekked out to Ikea yesterday to get some more odds and ends for the apartment, which is coming together slowly. This shot of our studio/office makes me so happy! It's a great space for us to work on various projects (and extra storage).

2. Ikea haul!

3. Taking a break at Ikea in one of the office set ups, Scott is on the phone wishing his Dad a happy Father's Day

4. More Ikea (I love that place so much).

5. A picture of my Dad and I in Vegas for Father's Day. I wish I lived closer to him!

6. Went to lunch at the Pork Shoppe, which is dangerously close to our apartment.

7. Checked an old man dive bar in our hood and fell in love with it. 

8. Beers at the Revolution Tap Room

9. Made a dino terrarium from Maker's Kit

10. The bus stop by our place is always littered with trash.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Moved In!

Hey all! The move happened on Wednesday and it was super fast and smooth (I 100% recommend EMS Movers in Chicago). It's tough trying to get everything unpacked since it's a small place, but we're making progress. I took some time off work and am back today and it's so hard because I just want to be at the new place right now!

Yes that is a dresser in the living room. We, well... mostly I, have a lot of stuff. We'll have a storage unit eventually, but they're re-doing the basement so we have to wait till it's done. I love that huge window!


My new roommate Cleo. She is Scott's cat and I was a bit worried she wouldn't like me but last night she followed me around the apartment and cuddled with me in bed. So going well! Ignore those curtains in the bedroom, those were some just to have up, but we're getting less um, abrasively colorful ones soon.


Took this while taking a packing break yesterday. I love the light in the new place. At my last apartment my bedroom window didn't get much light since there was another building right next to ours. This is by far the nicest place I've lived since I've been on my own. I am so in love with this place and so happy we found it!

Have a great weekend! There will be more pictures as we get settled. 



 

Friday, May 2, 2014

May!

Packing is not fun. Especially when you have a lot of stuff.


So May is quite the busy month for me. We were looking for an apartment June 1st and ended up getting a place May 15th. Now I have to get lots done sooner than I thought! Booking movers, having a yard sale (moving in to a smaller place), going out of town for a wedding, finding a sublet for my current place....whew. I am making good progress on packing though so that's helping the stress levels! I am hoping the weather holds out Sunday and we have a great yard sale. It will be nice to get in to our new place soon though, I can't wait to leave roommate life behind and live with my boyfriend. Next week is our 3 year anniversary too! Kind of funny to say that since we did have a few break ups but we don't count those since we were in close touch the whole time we were broken up anyways. 

This got real personal, huh? Well, I do enjoy reading blogs that talk about creative endeavors as well as personal lives so that's what I want to write about as well. 

Wish me luck with the move! I will be packing up my studio soon so I won't be working on any new work till I'm settled, BUT I will have some new work on display at Cole's Bar in Chicago located at 2338 N. Milwaukee starting Sunday May 18th.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Studio Sale!


Moving is the worst! We haven't found a new place yet but we're getting close! The 'we' is my boyfriend and I (dun dun dun, the big move in together is happening). Anyways, I would love to sell a ton of stuff before the move June 1st. Make me an offer on anything... seriously. Check out KatieHolland.com and my past blog posts here to check out my work. There's a contact page on my site and my email is listed above in the flier. 

Thanks for looking! Treat yo' self to some new art. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Art of Lisa Congdon

I've been REALLY into Lisa Congdon's art since I discovered her a few months ago via Instagram. Her work is bold, colorful, and evokes a playful and thought provoking mindset. 

This Lets Make Art print reminds me a bit when I first started taking intro design class at UCF, and gathering all the basic supplies to get going on various projects. 



 I'm also very drawn to her abstract work. From her Instagram it seems she works on multiple paintings at once and you can see a similar thought/theme between all the paintings but they are still very unique. It's a very cohesive series, which I need to take inspiration from as I've always had trouble with moving on to new pieces and ideas too fast.

Happy Friday! I wanted to share an artist I've been enjoying lately and hope you check her out. 

All photos taken from:


Monday, April 7, 2014

A New Week

Hey you guys. Mondays, amiright?!? So anyways, 2 or so weeks ago I lamented about my artist block and decided to keep writing about it to help myself through it and it really did help! It helped to know I was accountable and needed to show I was working on something. I don't have a TON of followers here but I wanted to show I was working through the block. I think I got past it since I've been working steadily on drawings and collages since I last posted. I am planning on re-opening an online store for my work and will continue to apply to shows in the midst of apartment hunting and other various life events happening. Not sure when I'll have the shop open but sooner rather than later would be preferred of course. I still want art to be my only job but it's not realistic right now and not sure it ever will be? I'm a bit too realistic for my own good sometimes and it's no fun. 

I hope that didn't end this post of a negative note! Here's a photo of my cramped work table from Saturday night. I chugged some coffee and got a lot of little things that I had been meaning to do done. 




Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend/ Busting that Artist Block

Some snaps from the weekend! I think I'm working through the artist block pretty well and have almost gotten rid of it (for now).

A friend of mine is moving to Portland and can only take so much with on such a big move. I am sad to see her go but she's been so sweet and hooked me up with some supplies! 


I found these great circle/scalloped beige paper bits at Jo-Anns and am playing around with decorating them for stationary and collaging.


Current painting in progress. 




Friday, March 28, 2014

Not so Secret Project?

I can't exactly update what I worked on last night (Trying to do daily updates to help my artist block if you're just joining) since I'm working out some possible ideas for hosting a workshop at a local Logan Square business. But yes I did work in my studio! I'm slowly getting back in the routine of getting in there on a regular basis.

So I guess it's just a super fast and boring update today. Tonight I plan on celebrating Friday by drinking wine with a friend so no studio time but I hope to update some fun art stuff over the weekend.

I found this on Pinterest and it really put why I make art in to perspective for me. I tend to lose focus VERY easily and fall in to a sort of existential crisis.



Happy weekend! My fingers are crossed for a weather warm up here in Chicago!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Night Sketching

Just a little bit of sketching while catching up on Broad City tonight. I've been thinking a lot about patterns and doilies and started to draw out some bits that I've had in my head recently. After my boyfriend went to work at 9pm I almost wanted to just read the rest of the night but I pushed myself to do at least a little drawing first since I'm pushing through this artist block. Working on things little by little is perfect for me right now, I don't feel a ton of pressure to make something perfect in one night. I think because I don't do art full time that I feel I need to make, make, make and I am disappointed when I work at a slow pace; but I am realizing that is just right for me at the moment and there is nothing wrong with that.  



Documenting Artist Block

Writing and posting here has really been helping me so I decided to document getting through this current round of artist block. I will try to post every day, but let's see how long that lasts! Hopefully I get back in to a good groove of things soon and am no longer worrying about feeling stuck. 

So tonight I worked on a painting that I have such a specific vision for but I can't translate it on to canvas quite yet. I'm pushing forward layer by layer to make it come together. I need to stop being such a control freak and just go with the flow!


I originally thought I would do a darker background with a white outline of this woman but that wasn't looking quite right so I am changing the line work to charcoal to pop a bit more. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Artist Block Follow Up

Turns out that writing out some of my fears and frustrations with my recent artist block helped me get a little motivated last night. I only did a little bit of drawing but it felt good to get in the studio! I've really been enjoying doing these drawings on vintage etiquette book paper and want to keep doing them (I have so many books). I was still fighting some fatigue last night so this was all I worked on. One day at a time!





Monday, March 24, 2014

Artist Block

I’m stuck and I don’t know why. Well, I know a few factors, but I can’t understand the fear I have of making things lately. Not everything I do will be perfect, I understand that completely but I cannot for the life of me get over it right now. I’ll get home from work and be ready to work on a few things I’ve been mulling over and I just can’t make myself do it. I can’t go in the studio and even sit down at my work desk. I know it doesn’t help that I’ve been sick a lot this winter (Chicago weather is brutal this year). Every month at least I have a sinus infection, allergy issues, general cold; which leads to resting up a lot and that often leads to depression for me. It’s a vicious cycle where I just want to lay in bed and time seems to move so slow. Laundry piles up, garbage cans overflows. A lot of wondering what the hell I’m doing with my life if I’m just working my day job and not doing the things I enjoy in my spare time. I start to feel withdrawn from social interactions, and when I finally do see my friends I am afraid they will be upset that I haven’t been hanging out much (they never say anything, I just worry I will disappoint them). Worry never solved anything, yet I do it everyday. 

Maybe I just need to be more mindful to create a space that I feel comfortable in and can meditate on the good things in my life. And I need to do this instead of just saying I should do this. I have been making sure to put myself first as to take care of myself mentally and I think it’s been a huge benefit to my well being. I can feel ok! I can be happy!



Oddly enough, writing this out and knowing I’m sharing on my blog makes me feel better. I know I’m not the only one out there who feels like this and it’s nice to know I’m not alone.



Been spending a lot of time here lately. Good thing my bed is cozy.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Logansquarist Feature

As many of you may already know from my Facebook or Twitter, The Logansquarist featured me and my goofy face in their "Know Your Neighbors" feature. I love the Logansquarist and find a lot of interesting stories about the hood I live in through there. If you're in Chicago make sure to check the site out. Or even if you're not, there are lots of interesting articles on there! 



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Displaying Paper Works

I've been playing around with how to display the drawings I do on vintage book paper in something other than a traditional frame and I am liking how this came out. I mounted the paper on a cradled wood panel and added lace to the border. It's very basic since I left the wood natural, which I like because it doesn't take away from the book page itself. Definitely something I am going to give some thought for the series I am working on at the moment. What do you think? Leave me a comment!



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Currently in the Studio


I've been doing a lot of drawing and painting on vintage book pages and now I'm trying to figure out how to frame/display them and started experimenting with a few options. I got some cradled wood panels and attached the book page with light glue and then used mod podge to seal a lace border around the edge and I think it's a good option! Since this photo I've trimmed the edges of the lace and used some more mod podge to seal the edges. 



More vintage book pages to possibly work with at some point



I've been experimenting with abstract more and more lately. Very, very beginning stages of a painting. 



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hairitics 10th Anniversary Party

My Vegan Valentine at Paper Moon this past weekend was the cutest event and I am happy to say I will continue to have my handmade stationary and jewelry there on consignment. You can check out their last minute Valentine's sale this Thursday as well!They are located in Logan Square at 3523 W. Fullerton.

Next up is the Hairitics 10th anniversary party this Saturday from 6-10pm at 2340 N. Milwaukee Ave featuring the art of Nick Fisher, Tanner Young, and myself. It's in Logan Square and will be quite a party! 




Here's a peek at two new pieces that will be  on display at Hairitics.