Two exciting/encouraging/fun things have happened since I last posted. 1) I got a job teaching after school drawing classes with Young Rembrandts. This week was my first week teaching with them, and I had a lot of fun. 2) I was accepted to be apart of Artistic Portland. This is an artist co-op, so I will have a physical space to sell my artwork and as well as a diverse community of artists to be apart of. Starting in February I will have some originals, prints, and note cards available for sale in the Artistic Portland shop. I hope to expand into other products too, using my drawings as a starting place. I will also be working in the shop one day a week. I'm super excited! Once I have things set up, expect pictures.
I'm just about finished with my mermaid.
And I'm also working on a bigger, top-secret project.
In other news....
Another finished piece. And this one was fun and quick. The original is 5x7.
The big pebbles are painted with watercolor and the little ones are black Micron pen.
I've recently started trying out other avenues to sell my art, other than just Society6. Society6 is awesome, but I hear it's good not to have all my eggs in one basket, in case that basket changes ownership or goes bankrupt or changes their terms or any other number of things that a basket could do. So you can now also find my art on Red Bubble and Boom Boom Prints. Something they all have in common is they all sell art prints, but they also are each unique. For instance, Red Bubble offers stickers, travel mugs, and other special things.
Boom Boom Prints is focused on the nursery/baby market, so they have more things like bibs, maternity shirts, onsies and such.
So that's all pretty fun.
As was hiking up Hamilton Mountain yesterday.
We are trying to go on one big hike a week, while we have the time.
Love it. It is not too often that you need sunglasses this time of year up here, but yesterday we were blessed.
I'm happy to say I've finished my Brown Around piece.
Here are some progress pictures.. (you can click to make bigger and scroll through)
In unrelated news, Ryan and I went on our first long hike yesterday since moving up here to the Upper Left, USA. We conquered Dog Mountain, in the majestic Columbia River Gorge.
It was so fun and we can't wait to do more!
Here is the 2nd print Ryan got me for Christmas. A beautiful watercolor fox by Sorcha Moon.
Minted has a fabric design challenge going on. I've submitted two designs, and so if you already have a minted account you should go and vote for my designs by clicking on the heart (or you can create an account, though I know that can be hassle). If I am one of the winners, my designs will be available for purchase on fabric. (click on the image to be able to vote for it on minted)
The other design contest I mentioned awhile back ends this week, so hopefully I have some good news about that soon.
It's the new year and I do have some resolutions. I'm sharing them with you so that I actually stick to them! The first one is inspired by my mom, because she is really good at it---When I think something nice about someone, I am going to say it (when it's appropriate). That could be as simple as complimenting a strangers choice of footwear (I like those boots) or telling a friend how much they mean to me. The last one will be harder for me I think..
Another resolution is to eat cleaner--as in less processed, sugary, starchy foods. When we got back from our home Christmas visit, we did a little detox diet for a few days--no sugar, alcohol, gluten, and only minimally processed foods (i.e. avoiding things that come out of a box). So we made a lot of smoothies (this one has become a new favorite dessert), ate a lot of whole foods (aka fresh fruits and veggies), things like that. Now I'm not going to totally cut out processed, sugary stuff, but at least not keep a lot of it in the house. For instance, I used to always turn to chips for a quick snack, now I reach for nuts/fruit. I used to have toast with Nutella for breakfast, now I'm enjoying granola with yogurt and honey (I made the yogurt in my crock pot!). Pinterest has been a big help :)
I leave you with this: one of the prints Ryan gave me for Christmas. We have the tradition of getting each other art prints for Christmas, to grow our art collection (originals are too expensive, so signed prints are a good alternative).
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