Comfort Zone

An artist cannot live in a box, they must get out and be in the world meaning be "seen" in the world.  Though for some of us it's not so easy, my happy place is alone in the studio creating.  There are few other times that I am totally in the moment and often in the "zone" and I absolutely love this part of my life.  But the "be seen" part is a stretch for me so I'm trying to get out there more by being in galleries and doing pop up shows here and there.  But I know I need to step it up!  So a few weeks ago I went to NYC to visit a bunch of design shows as I'm thinking of doing one.   

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Doing a show would not only (hopefully) help my business but force me out of my comfort zone which I think would be a good thing... as I'm biting my nails.  First and foremost is preparing for a specific design show and getting accepted.  So I'm setting goals for myself as I have about a year of preparation if I do get accepted.   I know that year will go fast and I'm looking forward to these new challenges.  Right now I'm thinking about what I need to focus on and what designs I want and should have in my collection in order to have a balanced portfolio to show.  

Flat Iron building, NYC

Flat Iron building, NYC

Inspiring NYC!

Inspiring NYC!

When I worked at tag I always dreaded designing for the holiday season because it is so limiting with color and icons. Working in the business for over two decades and coming up with new fun Christmas icons every single year is challenging.  Needless to say, since freelancing I design and paint what I more or less like so doing Christmas icons was not high on my list!  Therefore I need to think about including this type of work in my new collection.  

Snow Globe dish towel set, printed icons with a woven.  

Snow Globe dish towel set, printed icons with a woven.  

Printed dish towel set.

Printed dish towel set.

I will keep you posted as I progress and learn from this new venture.  Meanwhile the garden needs weeding so till next time- peace and happy holidays ho ho ho.  

 

Spring has Finally Sprung!

Temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and the garden is slowly coming to life.  Flowers are blooming, first the crocuses and grape hyacinth then jonquils and forsythia, now the magnolias are in full bloom not to mention the redbuds and colorful tulips popping up everywhere! 

                             Jonquils- painted from my backyard and redbud in background

                             Jonquils- painted from my backyard and redbud in background

                                               Magnolias from my neighbors yard

                                               Magnolias from my neighbors yard

The smell of spring is a marvelous thing.  The smell of dirt and rain mixed with the scent of flowers after a long winter is intoxicating.  Even Buttercup, who's usually not as sensitive to smells notices how sweetly odiferous the spring air is.  It's no Hawaii but when the greens start coming in and colorful flowers start sprouting, well everything feels more vibrant than it actually is.  Visually everything is intensified after a long colorless winter and that is so exciting to us northerners.  Earth is waking up after it's long slumber, mother nature is rejuvenating herself and so am I.

    Spring Green watercolor piece inspired by the emergence of all the greens coming to life.

    Spring Green watercolor piece inspired by the emergence of all the greens coming to life.

Just before this time of year I get antsy and seem to always hit that creative wall, basically, I get in a rut, finding it difficult to stay creative.  That being said, the bright sunlight and colors are an inspiration for me.  Part of the creative process is rejuvenating oneself in order to see things in a new way, in a new light so to speak.  Vacations to new or exotic places always do the trick but one doesn't have to take a trip to re-inspire oneself.  Just looking at something in a new way can also jump-start the creative process and a new season certainly helps that process.  

      This piece is about "life" springing back to "life" as butterflies migrate to follow the sun

      This piece is about "life" springing back to "life" as butterflies migrate to follow the sun

I've also learned over the years of making art that when I am in a slump, that's okay.  I don't panic, I let it go because I know it always comes back and makes me a stronger artist.  Like getting caught in the undertow, if you struggle and fight it, well, it could kill you but if you just ride it out you end up eventually with your head above the water.  

I leave you with a little video about following the sun...