Saturday, February 28, 2015

Going with my Gut

I started this years sketchbook with the grand plan to use a much bigger 
sketchbook. 9x11".  I thought it would give me the chance to experiment 
with new techniques and I would have to loosen up more to fit a painting 
in more space in 30 minutes. It did do those things.. But I felt stressed and 
that isn't the point of this project at all. After a month and a half I finally gave 
myself permission to go back to a smaller book, 5x8". 

I could have increased my time limit, it is my project after all. But I have 
lots of other work,  paid work, other personal projects, getting ready for 
Surtex, living my life. It's hard to admit I can't handle what I set out to do 
but life is about making the compromises that make me happy. I am so 
much happier painting the sketchbook at this size. I can do larger paintings 
at other times. 
My moral is to go with your gut and do what makes you happy!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Make Art That Sells Bootcamp redux

I'm participating in MATS Bootcamp again,I really like the pace of it, One new
design in 3 weeks for 6 months. The assignment this month was Edwardian
Brooches. I veered a bit from the subject but I chose to paint an Edwardian circus
with a highly decorated elephant, wearing the brooches and the spectators
watching. It started because I was dying to paint a tiger! I'm not sure this is the best
solution for a journal cover but I really like the painting... You can see the entire gallery
from lots of talented artists here.

I'm starting a newsletter.. I'm not great at updating the blog all the time so if you are
interested in signing up for updates to whats going on at Augustwren you
can sign up here or on the top right of my blog is a form...I'll only be sending it 1-2x
per month I think, so you won't be inundated I promise. Maybe if something amazing
comes up though...!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Patternbank Feature

I'm excited to share that I've been featured on the Patternbank blog!!
A friend forwarded it to me, I would never have known!!
See the feature here.
Here are 2 that they have on the post....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


It was so much fun to read about the book I illustrated last summer on
HuffPost today. Audrey Shulman @sittinginbarswithcake writes about her adventures
of a year of baking cakes and bringing them to bars to get a boyfriend. 
Her writing is much better than mine so read it here, It's fun. Its way cooler than just
a regular cookbook as some friends have mentioned! I can show the cover and it's
on Amazon for preorder, due out April 7th. I can't wait to show the 75 other 
interior illustrations! It's super colorful, pretty and cool.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Awesome News!!

I'm unbelievably happy and excited to be represented by Jennifer Nelson Artists
starting today!! She is wonderful, we spent the day in NYC on Thursday visiting
Printsource and having a long lunch getting to know each other. I feel so lucky
to have been chosen by this smart, creative, caring person to be included in her 
new agency! I love the other artists in the group, Monika Forsberg, 
Victoria Johnson, Lauren Lowen and Bee Brown. We have a great synergy and 
friendship. I'm so looking forward to the future. I'm dreaming of the amazing 
things to come!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Into the Woods

It was COLD outside today..,I was thinking about all those animals with beautiful fur keeping then warm, how I need to bundle up and go out there and take a long hike , clear my head, think about things. There's lots going on to be revealed soon, all Amazing things on the horizon! I can't wait to share! Off tomorrow to check out Printsource. I'll have a little report on Thursday. Take care!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Here's to Good Health

I was struck with another killer migraine today... I start feeling sorry for myself but really I'm so lucky that most days I can make art and live my life. It reminds me to take as much joy in those days that I can.
I heard a story on This American Life today about a blind man who lives as if he can see. It was inspiring. So many people overcome so many extreme obstacles in their lives. I can do it too.