I hope yours is lovely so far.
I'll be spending most of my day today at Artistic Portland. I'm still thrilled to have a home there for my art. It's an inspiring place to spend all day in.
Wandering around and looking at all the lovely hand made things.
Like I mentioned before, I want to get better at lettering. This week I practiced some faux-calligraphy (using this tutorial).
Making art out of scripture is a good way for me to meditate on the words, so that is also something I want to do more of. Plus I finished that drawing in one day which is a mega-bonus--it usually takes me at least a week to complete a drawing.
ONE more lovely thing I want to share. I've already mentioned the art Ryan gave me for Christmas, but I haven't shared what I gave him (we love art in this house.) I found this artist by browsing on Etsy. Her name is Julie Filipenko and she based in Tel Aviv, Israel. I gave Ryan prints of these two artworks.
We love both of them. Its a great tradition, getting each other art for Christmas. Except we might soon run out of wall space..
Letters and hair
I'm not really too confident with lettering, which is something I want to change. First step was to make a PInterest board about it of course... then I tackled one of my favorite quotes.
I feel ok about the results, not terrible, not astounding. I'm going to keep at it and do more letting projects in the future. In the meantime I've started drawing one of my favorite things..a steaming cup of coffee.
So stay tuned for that.
I've also been working on a bigger top-secret project. Here's a sneak-peak of me working on it in my "studio."
Yep, I'm watching Angel. And you probably definitely can't tell, but I got my hair trimmed for the first time in years today. So it's all healthy-like now.
so many pretty things to look at
One of my favorite hobbies aside from making art is looking at/promoting others' art.
Society6 has a new(ish) function where you can curate your own little collections. It's a fun reason to browse through artwork. For instance I have a "Hair" collection (two pieces from it below).
A "Feathers" collection.
And a "Matters of the Heart" collection.
So fun. Can I get paid to do this?
And of course looking at all this spectacular art makes me want to keep creating myself. The latest, a warm color doodle...
Yes, very imprecise and hand-drawn looking, but that's how I like it (I tell myself). Now available on Society6.
Before I go any further, you should know there is free shipping on Society6 right now through this promotional link.
I've been playing around with my mermaid drawing. I added some pretty colors in Photoshop.
I really dig it! And it looks cool when you make the drawing disappear.
And it looks cool in a frame on your wall.
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