Monday, March 31, 2014

Tulips

My parents were here this past weekend for one final visit with Tyler and me before we move out of New York City. We had a good time despite the rain. We ate lots of good food, talked wedding talk, did lots of walking, more food, and saw a movie (The Grand Budapest Hotel, I liked it!). My parents also took a car load of our stuff back up to Syracuse with them. So we've started the moving process! It feels a bit strange, but good. This coming weekend we are doing the biggest part of our move. We rented a uhaul and we are going to bring as much as we can. We'll be in Brooklyn until the end of April so we'll be living minimally for the last several weeks!

I made some more mini collages this morning. I'm loving the 2.5in x 3.5in size! These all say "thank you" as I want to turn them into a thank you card set.





Tyler came home from the store this evening with beautiful pink tulips for me (and some wine!). He's really the sweetest guy. I love him and I love tulips.
Now we are enjoying a relaxing evening at home. I'm going to do some blog hopping and check in over at Creative Every Day.

Have a wonderful evening! xo

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring?

Spring? It must be on it's way. It has to be. The temperature didn't feel like it AT ALL today, it was cold and very windy. But when I got home from work this evening the sun was shining in the studio and that is a sign, despite the cold weather, that Spring is coming.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Big changes big transitions

Well, I've got news to share. This announcement has been a long time coming, these plans a long time in the making. Tyler and I are moving out of New York City in just over a month! We are headed north to Syracuse, my hometown, to begin a new adventure there.

I've lived in New York City for just under 6 years and it is time to part ways. It's been an amazing place to be and I will miss it. Two very significant things happened to me while living in New York. The first is that I realized that I am an artist while living here. And the second is that I met the man who I will love for the rest of my life. I will forever be grateful to this city for helping me find art and find Tyler. Now we are ready for a slower pace of living, more space, and to be closer to family.


It took us a while to decide upon living in Syracuse but once we made the decision it felt really good. A lot of my family is still in Syracuse- my parents, several of my brothers, and all of my nieces and nephews. I also have many good friends there. Tyler is also close with my family and friends. We felt, especially since we are starting our married life in October, that the place we move to needs to include a supportive and loving community of family and friends.

However, we are going to take some time for ourselves before jumping into life and job searching in the Salt City. We have decided to spend the month of May at my parent's cabin and use that time as a sort of creative retreat. We both have a lot of creative projects that we want to work on and having a solid chunk of time and space to do that is a total dream come true. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS! We have been planning over the last several months so we can make this happen and it looks like we are good to go. We will then spend some time in June traveling, visiting Tyler's family in Minnesota, attending a wedding, and going to a shower being held for us. Sometime in July we'll make it back to Syracuse and start searching for jobs. It's going to be quite the spring and summer!

There are so many good things going on and, even though they are good, they are overwhelming. We are packing and cleaning, saying goodbye to New York City and all of our friends here, picking caterers, dealing with the landlord, leaving our jobs, scheduling dress fittings, renting a uhaul, getting in doctor's appointments before we (possibly) don't have health insurance, organizing the rehearsal dinner, figuring out what we want to put on our wedding registry (shoot me), etc. And we are both still working hard to keep up our creative practices. There is so much. I'm not complaining though. Because I truly am grateful for all of this- for New York, for Syracuse, for wedding planning, for a chance to take some time to ourselves, for all of our friends and family.

I know the next month is going to be full of emotions, a full range of emotions. There will be highs and lows and good days and bad. But it will all be worth it. We are ready to take the next big step in our lives and we are doing it! We have done the work and taken the small steps to get here and we are moving forward. I'm very proud of us and excited for our adventure.

I'm also proud and excited to share the newest items up in my Etsy shop. Note cards and prints! Please check them out.

Shared to Creative Every Day.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

New Etsy Shop Items

My note cards came in and I am so happy with how they look! The colors are just right and the paper feels great. The texture of my original collages really comes through on these cards. I am selling them in my Etsy shop. A set of 5 different note cards with envelopes is only $12! I hope people like these as much as I do. If you are looking for cute, sweet, and unique looking note cards please check them out.




Happy Paint Party Friday everyone! Have a wonderful weekend!

xo

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Inside a Process

From tiny painted triangles to wonky embroidered pinwheel:




 Happy Spring! xo


Monday, March 17, 2014

Settling Back In

Tyler and I returned home from Florida yesterday afternoon. We had a wonderful week visiting with family and the weather was great. Hopefully, the memory of the warmth and sun holds us over until Spring arrives here in the north east!

As I mentioned last week, I got my first order of prints from iprintfromhome. They did such a nice job and I'm so happy with them. The prints are now up in my Etsy shop. There are three different prints of three different sizes with three different prices.

"yellow leaves" is 4in x 6in and is $15
"you are my favorite person" is 5in x 7in and is $20
"home" is 12in x 9in and is $30

I finished a couple of other new collages that I'm having made into prints as well, "you have the courage" and "let's hold hands". I'll get the originals into my Etsy shop soon too.


 I'm also turning some of these images into note cards as I think they will lend themselves nicely to that format. What do you think? I hope everyone is having a creative day, especially those of you over at Creative Every Day!

xo

Friday, March 14, 2014

Finding Some Time

I've been busy enjoying the lovely weather in Florida this week but I have found a bit of time to make a few quick collages. Happy Paint Party Friday everyone!





Monday, March 10, 2014

Paper Love


 I am participating in the Paper Love Blog Hop hosted by Do What You Love. Here is my response as to why I love paper:

Why do I love paper? I don’t know if I’ve ever fully considered this question. And I don’t know if I can answer if fully either. I’ll give it my best shot.

I am a collage artist. I love that I can manipulate paper to create art. I paint it, rip it, cut it, glue it, stitch on it. I use paper to express myself creatively.

In my work I mostly use my own painted papers for both background and foreground. I use a variety of paper types- drawing paper, canvas paper, paper towels (a current favorite), watercolor paper, card stock, cardboard. And a variety of paints- acrylics, watercolors, gouache. I also like to journal right on top of my papers (writing in reverse/mirror writing scribbles!) with pencil and colored pencils. Gesso is a favorite to add to paper as well. The paper becomes a place where my emotions and thoughts pour out in a stream of consciousness manner. Both the writing and the painting are an expression of this stream of consciousness. I get it all out on the paper- the important and the mundane, the happy and the sad, the hopeful and the frustrating. So, the paper acts as a diary, a record keeper, a listener, a therapists couch. Paper does a lot of very important things for me! These papers tend to be my backgrounds.

There are other papers that I don’t write on but only paint on. This is a process of simply letting my intuition and mood choose colors and letting my senses enjoy the act of applying them to the paper. These are the papers that I cut and rip to adhere to my backgrounds.

I then begin the collage process of cutting or ripping small pieces, both are such satisfying acts! Lots of circle emerge, sometimes squares or rectangles, sometimes unnameable shapes. I then move them around my backgrounds until it feels right then I glue them down. (Side note- it is interesting to me that a lot of my choices in art making are based upon feeling and not on thoughts, does that make sense?)

Sometimes things come together nicely and I like the collage I just made. Other times I don’t like the piece as much. Of course it’s wonderful to have a piece that I love but if I don’t that’s ok too. Even if the end product isn’t enjoyable for me the process still was. And that is what I love the most, the process. I’ve come to understand that my process is very therapeutic for me, as it is for many artists. And I wouldn’t be able to have this therapeutic and joyful experience if it wasn’t for PAPER! So that is why I love paper.

**As I’m typing this I’m on an airplane flying from Brooklyn, NY to Naples, FL. Tyler and I are lucky enough to be going on a week’s vacation to visit family. Late last night as we were packing I realized that I hadn’t put together a travel art bag (something I always do for trips). I hurriedly threw a bunch of my painted papers, a glue stick, some colored pencils, tape, needles, thread and a small collage book into a plastic bag. Even though I am escaping the brutal winter to enjoy the beaches of Florida there is no way I am going a whole week without some of my papers!


Participant list
Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here. [In your post please link 'here' to http://www.paperphilia.co.uk/paperlove ]


 Also shared to Creative Every Day

Friday, March 7, 2014

So Happy! (sometimes it's the little things)

You guys, today I received my order of prints from i print from home and they look fabulous! I'm so happy! I ordered a small number of prints because I wasn't sure how they would turn out, but I will definitely be ordering more prints from them soon. I had prints made of three different images "yellow leaves", "you are my favorite person", and "home":


I won't be able to get them into my Etsy shop until next week- Tyler and I are leaving for a week's vacation to Florida on Sunday morning (Hallelujah!). I'll get them up in the shop once I get back. But really, I'm just so happy with how they look.

Oh! I also got my order of business cards from MOO. They look good but are a bit darker than I thought they would be. Oh well, they still look good.

 I hope you all are having a good day, especially those of you coming from Paint Party Friday! I'll write next from sunny Florida!

xo

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

I entered the the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap hosted by the inspirational and creative site Do What You Love. Such a fun idea. I love to stitch and, until recently, have included stitches in almost all of my artwork. This swap gave me a chance to get back into it a bit! I realize that incorporating embroidery into my artwork allows me to meditate on the collage or painting that I just created. I often paint and collage swiftly, intuitively, colorfully- letting whatever is in my head or heart spill out. Adding embroidery, even just a little bit, then allows me to slow down, think about what I made, what I was thinking and feeling, and get into a rhythm that calms me.

I had a great time making this postcard for my swap partner and I hope to get into making more embroidered pieces again. Especially my pinwheel pieces! Thanks for a fun swap Do What You Love!


materials used: paints (acrylics and watercolors), papers, pencil, colored pencil, glitter, embroidery thread

Monday, March 3, 2014

Overwhelmed but Ok

I'm not sure if this post will have a cohesive narrative or feel. I'm not sure because I feel overwhelmed lately- scattered, worried, excited, tired. There is so much going on.

Tyler and I are continuing to plan our wedding and it is going smoothly. There are a lot of decisions to make and we are making them, one by one, checking them off the list. My mom has been very helpful with figuring out the catering and we are getting close to making a decision about that.

I am continuing to work (and play) hard at my art, I'm making a lot and feel like I'm in a good flow. I'm sharing what I'm making- blogging, Instagram, Etsy, Creative Every Day, Paint Party Friday, Facebook. I've submitted my work to a couple of publications and I've sent in applications for art fairs and grants. I'm putting myself out there and it feels good, yet vulnerable!

We are also in the midst of getting ready for some other big changes, which I'm not quite ready to elaborate on just yet. They are good changes but big ones, so there are all sorts of emotions happening over here! Excitement, anxiety, fear, joy, desire, happiness, sadness- it's a roller coaster. For so long it felt like not much was changing in my life, or at least it was small and slow change. Now, there are many changes taking place and it's happening fast. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm ok.

I want to share what I worked on over the weekend. I'm glad I carved out some studio time as that forces me to be in the moment and also makes me happy. Here are some pictures of several different pieces, most of them showing stages of my process:









I'm going to give myself a break today. I'm going to relax and do what I feel like doing, and not worry about the To Do list. So, that means I'm most likely headed into the studio :)

Have a wonderful day xo