Guess what else I got in the mail? Stickers! Tiny, adorable and super high quality square stickers. Love love love them. But I don't know exactly what I plan to do with them... I might save them for art shows, or should I come up with some new creative idea?
I finally went ahead and downloaded I'd Rather Be In The Studio. I am taking it in slowly and purposefully and hope that it is just the kick I need to make things happen.
The first step is to define success, and you know, I have to wonder if a million other people are also reading this book because I've been thinking an awful lot about defining success lately. If you had one big unrealistic expectation, what would it be?
Me, I like to keep it simple. What seemed like unrealistic wishes to me a few years ago quickly became reality! I never thought I'd be a homeowner or a driver and now I'm BOTH! It makes me wonder what other dreams could come true?
What is my art business dream?
Oh ummm let's see.
I will feel successful when...
When I can make at least $800/month through my business! It's small potatoes, but at that point it could replace my day job entirely and I could be my own boss. Awesome.
I dream of having a tiny art studio in a cozy area with lots of foot traffic! I would open the doors and have little parties with visitors!
I'd love to have at least one solo exhibition, even if it was just once, even in just a local gallery. That would blow my mind. Of course, I'd love if it resulted in lots of visitors and some sales!
Just thinking about it gives me such a boost that I could go on and on and come up with bigger and bigger wishes!
If you could have everything you've ever wanted, what would it be?
On a day where nothing is satisfying, I know I can just open up my art journal and randomly doodle on its pages. Even if I don't appreciate these doodles now, eventually it will be covered up with scrawling words... it will become something new and different and alive.
This is a closer look at Unfit Creature of the Night.
When I was dripping the paint outwards from the night sky, I used paper towel to soak up any puddles. To my surprise, it left an interesting pattern onto the painting! Looks kind of neat!
Yesterday I wanted to post a photo of all the cupcakes I'd been slaving over for the past couple of weeks, but wouldn't you know it - I didn't bring a camera. D'oh!
So instead, here's Unfit with a layer of colour.
Second layer with splashes off of the side...
Then finished it off with some charcoal and ink details. Tiny but cute.
As an artist, I don't actually do a lot of planning. The impression I get is that ideas need to be hatched out a million ways, sketched until they are just perfect before they can be properly used.
Ehhhhh I don't really do that. I probably go about as far as a composition sketch. Or I might practice something a few times if it looks difficult.
Instead I just make smaller paintings. Less pressure! :D
This week has been terrible for sleep, so not a lot has happened this week. Sorry about that.
This is the last art journal that I will be making for a while. I really like this one! I'd love to see it filled with drawings, papers, photos, memories... whatever!
Seems to be wedding cake fever around here! Can one make a text-collage wedding cake in real life? I don't know. I bet there is an edible pattern sheet that can do this. It would look really neat!
I've been busy the last couple of days trying to cover ground on this faux wedding cake I agreed to make, so today I decided to post the journal flip I'd been putting off for way too long.
I wanted to make different kinds of videos, but it's difficult without proper equipment (like... maybe a camera that takes sound would be nice!). This journal flip was just never going to get done if I waited for ideal circumstances so I quickly filmed this and put it together.
I am sooo tired! It was so hot even under the tent, that once the sun started poking in from the side I thought I was going to spontaneously combust! The day went nicely, but it seemed that everyone was too afraid to touch anything! Oh well.
While I was waiting for something, I decided to make another mini painting from an old sketch. This one is called "Whirly Curls".
Adding a layer of colour immediately made the pen ink run. Oops! But that's okay.
I guess she is going to have red hair, too!
Fix up the inky lines and we're done.
I've been hella busy this week; the blueberry art show is one day away and I am completely flipping out over my undetermined set up! eep! They only just sent out an email with actual useful information that I can use but alas, it is too late. I am self conscious about our DIY wooden display easel and the fact that my art is just too small to look normal on one, heh.
I'm getting the idea that other artists who didn't make it in time will be looking and judging, saying, I could have made better use of that space! Yeah.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?