Throwback Thursday to my high school (overtly Picasso-inspired) “self portrait” that my parents humored and framed. I can assure you I looked nothing like that in high school! Haha. Then there’s my self-portrait oil painting I created in art school, where I was super excited about how I had painted the illuminated side of my face and stopped before ever painting the other side of my face because I was pretty sure I was going to mess up what I already thought looked pretty goo...d. Haha! (It’s the art school equivalent of that sketchbook page where you’ve drawn one really nice eye on a face and you’ve strategically placed flowing hair covering the other side of the face so it looks like you meant to only draw one eye! Haha!) Behind those, a painting that shows what my pent up creativity looked like before I went to art school and learned how to edit! I had so many colors and patterns and textures in me, and rather than pick and choose, I just put them all on that canvas. I used ALL the colors and patterns and went totally wild! I just thought I’d share this because it amused me greatly as I was packing up my things, and I thought you might get a kick out of it, too!
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Happy Thursday, lovelies! Here’s a throwback Thursday post of a previous throwback Thursday post! (How meta!) This is a video of me paging through a completed watercolor journal as the sun was shining brightly in my striped studio. I’m excited to be back in my striped studio soon! Hope you have a great day, and take the time to do something that makes you happy!
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Natural light is fading, and because I have already packed my desk lamp, I’m going to have to stop for the day. I just thought I’d share a quick snapshot of the ceremony location and the lettering which will be on a string, but currently look like they are floating, saying (in Norwegian) “We are getting married!” The groom-to-be proposed with cut out letters on a string, so I decided to carry that into the invitations and the thank you notes, too. The wreath of flowers will be for place cards. Hope you have had a good day so far, lovelies!
I am liking this little floral border, so I thought I’d share a closeup with you. Also, rosehips are so cute so I couldn’t resist putting in that pop of red. I think I just need to add a couple details (like seeds on the strawberries...) and then this little border might be done. So far I’m liking how the flowers are pairing with the portrait, too. It is going to work well, I think. I’m going to reward myself with a treat at a coffee shop for lunch and then I’ll be back to work to get much more done!
Happy Monday, lovelies! And Happy MLK Jr. day to anyone who is celebrating! It is a rainy grey day here in Eugene, but with the little bit of daylight remaining, I thought I’d try to make some progress on this wedding invitation commission. Here’s where I’m at. I will make a major push this week to get this commission wrapped up before another big move. Yup, that’s right. My husband and I have decided to move back to Minneapolis. We’ve loved the beauty of Oregon, the friends ...we’ve made, and the lovely nature at our fingertips here, and we will miss it, but we miss being close to our community of friends and family in Minnesota. Minneapolis is what feels like home to us, so we’re packing up all of our things (just four months after moving here) and we’ll be moving with our cat, Eyja, across the country to MN starting this upcoming weekend. I really detest moving, but I’m excited to get this big move over with and be in one place and settle in for a good long while. I hope you are having a magic Monday, and take the time to do something that makes you happy. I’m going to pack some boxes and tidy up, and though that isn’t a creative or cozy activity, it does make me happy to feel prepared and ready for the week ahead of me. And I can always play some good tunes while I’m working and sip some warm tea. Yes, that is what I’ll do! Have a good one, lovelies!
Happy Sunday, lovelies! Here in Eugene it is foggy and grey, so I am wearing yellow and painting yellow to brighten up my morning. I’m @wanderinggoatcoffee sipping an almond milk chai, after devouring some biscuits and gravy, and I’m happy to do a little morning painting before tackling my other tasks for the day. I hope you have a lovely day, and take the time to do something that makes you happy!
Happy Friday, lovelies! I’m painting some stems onto the bluebell flowers, so I thought I’d snap a photo and share my little steps of progress with you. This part is easier for me than the portrait part, so I’m able to relax and enjoy it. I’m still not sure how all these flowers will come together, but I’m confident that I will figure it out as I go. Wishing you confidence as you tackle whatever you need to do today, too.
Tiny people, big flowers: Part 1. Haha! I’m enjoying the way this piece plays with scale, actually, and I think the flowers might be able to be a bit more stylized than the portrait and still work together well. Each time I paint a flower, I’m going to paint a bunch more of that flower on other pages for a floral border and place cards and thank you notes, too. It’ll feel slow at first, but then, when I’m finished painting flowers, all of them will be done! And painting flowers is much more relaxing for me. I’ll keep sharing my process with you today, and I hope to make a lot of progress. Thank you for being there and following along. You are wonderful! I hope you have a lovely day and take the time to do something that makes you happy!
Hello, lovelies! Happy Thursday! Thank you for all of your supportive comments yesterday! I said I was going to start painting yesterday, in part because I hoped it would be a self-fulfilling prophecy... that by simply stating that I was going to do it, I would be able to. Alas, yesterday I paced and sat and stared at the page for a good hour while listening to music, trying to motivate and pump myself up, but I was not ready to launch. Today, though, I was finally able to st...art painting. But not until I fixed the faces of the transferred sketch with a pencil so I felt like they finally looked like the people they’ll need to look like. I knew I could have started on flowers first, but then their likenesses would have been looming over me, so I decided to tackle them first. Each decision in the beginning feels like it has so much weight. I spend much more time thinking about how I will do something and planning my next move than I spend actively painting. Now that the part of this commission that I feared the most is nearing completion and I am happy with the direction their little family portrait is headed, I’m going to switch gears and work on the wildflower border. I am so curious to see what these flowers will look like next to the illustrated people, and how realistic vs. stylized I decide to go... We’ll see...
I have, over the years, come up with my own technique for transferring sketches. There are so many different ways to do this, but I thought I’d share my way in case it is helpful to you. After printing out the final sketch at the size I want, I trace my artwork in a soft graphite on the back of that print. A light table would be helpful, but a window works well, too. That is what I used today. I changed up a few details after tracing, but if the sketch had been exactly the wa...y I wanted it to be, I would have proceeded without making changes. Then, I place the graphite-drawing-side down onto the paper I want the sketch transferred onto (often securing it on at least one side with an easily removable painters tape) and draw and/or rub the printed side. If I want fine detail, I like pressing gently with a mechanical pencil tip without any graphite in it. To see how well it is transferring, I lift it up at one end and peek. Then, when I like how it looks, I take away the printed sketch and can erase and tidy up the transferred sketch to my liking. Hope you found this interesting and helpful!
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Happy Wednesday, lovelies! This morning I cleaned off my desk and, after starting a load of laundry (because working from home means juggling tasks, too 🤹♀️), I’m now finally getting to work on a wedding invitation for dear family friends in Norway. I sketched in pencil at the final size, but I printed it out a bit bigger to transfer and paint the final artwork. I’m always nervous before starting to transfer my sketches and paint, but I’m sharing this step as much for myself... as to show you that nervousness is part of the process, and starting is always a little scary. It gets easier with practice, but for me at least, I have these little doubts that creep into my head and say, “Well, you’ve somehow gotten this far, but you won’t be able to pull this one off. You won’t be able to do this.” I have to prove to myself that these little doubts are wrong so I can shrug them off and keep working. Many of you have seen how I typically work in my watercolor journal, where I make things up as I go without sketching or planning. For commissions and some illustration projects for clients, sketching and planning is a necessary step, so now you’ll get to see what that process looks like. Here goes...
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