Monday, March 23, 2015

Surtex Prep

Hello! I'm going to be showing at Surtex this year for the first
time after walking it and being a buyer for years. Well, It's a whole
new ballgame. I'll be showing this year with my new collective
Cloverly which we formed this summer. It consists of the fabulous
Monika Forsberg, Lyndy Hants and Kristen Balouch. We are from all
over the place, NY, London and Melbourne Australia so just finding
a time to talk and coordinate is not an easy feat. But it's slowly coming
There is the major portion of having a large and beautiful body of work.
Then we have to design banners, the booth, the blurb book, the online flyer.
If I have time I want to make a look book and promotional stuff. It can feel
overwhelming at moments but as Annie Lamott says just take it "Bird by Bird"
Above is a little sneak preview of one of my banners.
More updates to come.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lettering Practice

Lettering is something I really love to do but I haven't practiced
enough to feel super confident yet. My plan is to do a few pieces
a week for a while so I can really find my ground with it.
This was inspired by my son Sam's birthday, He's 21 now and I really
have been think al ot about him.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Today's Thoughts

I've had a hard time coming back here to write my blog.
I admit that as much as I love to paint and draw and create art, 
writing scares me. I never know what to say, I think I'll say it 
wrong and be uncomfortable. So starting now I'm going to plan 
to come and show something a few times per week. 
There may not be too many words but there will be something.
Today will be a list of what's on my mind right now..

I'm starting to play more with hand lettering which is an area 
that intimidates me a bit. 

This little guy of mine is turning 21 on Monday. I'm happy and teary at the same time.
He's in Italy for the semester so I won't see him until mid May when we meet him in Spain!

I finally got an advance copy of Sitting in Bars with Cake. It's incredible
to hold it as a finished book. Its due out on April 7th. For Real!

That's it for today, be back in a few days!!

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....