Starting Over

This year has been one for starting over, and it’s been in the best possible way. Having left a decade long relationship at the start of the year, I had to take some time to heal, reevaluate and find new inspirations. It’s been a refreshing break to say the least, I haven’t felt so loved and so inspired in my entire life.

My art has taken a more bold turn. I’m inspired by more abstract and simple designs that are impactful and moving. My signature whimsicality is still there, it’s just a bit more thoughtful and pared down in some of my painted pieces. Traveling has infused my process by slowing it down a bit, however with the holidays coming up, this will probably temporarily change!

I’ll be at the Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Christmas Market at T-Mobile Park in Seattle December 3rd-8th. I’ll be selling fresh art prints, stickers, scarves, coloring books and some new paintings (smaller ones, great for presents) from my sweet little booth. Be sure to stop by if you will be in the area!

Also, my Girl With the Crown site has been updated, and I’ve added some new stickers, and the new Drops Collection, featuring my Drops pattern in various colorways! I’ll be adding new products steadily over the next few weeks, including dresses and, yes, beanbag chairs!

I’m so, so incredibly excited for what is to come. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. It’s greatly appreciated and means more than you know!

~Marjorie

Perspective

Balanced Calm
“Balanced Calm” acrylic painting on canvas by Marjorie Henderson

2019 has been off to an insane start. Everything is new, fresh, and ripe with opportunities. I have a new career as a visual designer with an amazing garden center, and the freedom is refreshing. There is so much creativity bubbling there, and so many like minded artists and creatives to work with and get to know. My new schedule will hopefully lend itself to more time spent on my art after hours. I’ve already felt the inspirational pull to throw some things together, which hasn’t happened in quite some time. I think springtime does that. The flowering cherry trees are blossoming and more trees are showing new growth, so it’s an optimistic time.

I had the opportunity to have a small art show in January, and the painting shown in this post was something I created before the show. I ended up starting a whole series of paintings large and small, but with a similar, ethereal theme. This experience in January, however, was the most unique one I have had to date. I have shown my art in various venues-restaurants, cafes, a bookstore, a few boutiques, some small co-op galleries. This particular venue, I was told, was a small, empty place close to many of the popular galleries the general public frequents for the First Thursday art walk in Portland.

The gentleman who approached me about having my art there was enthusiastic and genuinely interested. When I arrived in the afternoon to hang my art, the space had been taken over by random furniture, bookshelves with books and Xbox games, random pictures, a microwave on a sticky table, and a flimsy cable that was supposed to be “an art gallery type hanging system” that was basically a clothesline. I was so incredibly disappointed. The man who wanted my art there came in and started gutting the place, and we barely cleared the space in time for opening. He had to hang sheets to cover some furniture. Barely anyone stopped in. I had some wonderful support from friends and coworkers, but this was by far the worst art show I’ve ever experienced.

Yes, I checked the place out before saying yes. It was empty. Sometimes people are desperate to get traffic into their business and use artists as a way to do so. Other times, people want the prestige of saying they hosted an art show. This time, unfortunately, was the latter and it was not supportive of me as the artist in any way. So often, artists are given opportunities because it’s exposure, but is it the right kind of exposure? Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s always good. I hope another desperate artist doesn’t have the same experience I did.

~Marjorie

Oh hi, it’s you, November.

Gnome gift wrap by Marjorie Henderson.

Gah. It’s already November. I’m sure you’ve heard that several times already today, but seriously, I feel like I was just setting my goals for the year.

Speaking of goals, one of my goals was to create a catalog to present to local businesses to show off my art on stationery, scarves, and prints in the hopes that they’d be able to fit my style into their aesthetic. I finally had a catalog printed up a few months ago, and have successfully created collections for gift wrap, cards, and scarves. Much of these items are in the final stages of being prepped (packaging, labels, etc.) and they will be available on this site!

As an entrepreneur, my personal branding, product assortment, and way of selling as changed over time. I have taken the time to update my website and will soon be able to offer my art directly through this site, not just through a link that takes you to my Etsy shop. I still plan on keeping my Etsy shop, especially since I have an established customer base there, but I have found that it can be confusing to customers who expect to only visit one website and have it be a one stop shop for all things related to you and your business. Etsy is an amazing platform for artists, creatives, and the like, and I still highly encourage fellow artists who are just starting out to get their creations out there and on that platform because it is so user friendly.

Above, I have shared an image of the gnome gift wrap I have designed for the Christmas season. There will be boxed cards as well that are similar. Are there any themes or specific types of holiday stationery and wrap that you look for but have a hard time finding? Let me know in the comments below! I love getting feedback.

~*Marjorie

Current Series

I have been working on a new series of paintings that explores balance and joy in an abstract way. Painting emotion is so abstract and can’t always be fully explained in the title of the piece. There is also that underlying overthinking that happens where I worry about deviating from my past work, knowing that growth and change is good but where do I start? I start now by blocking out the questioning thoughts and the what if’s by simply doing and having faith. That being said, I have ideas pouring out of my imagination so fast since I let go and stopped worrying. Having my sketchbook with me has been imperative, and it makes me wish I stopped caring about what other people and critics may think a lot sooner.

-Marjorie

Art Studio Nesting

Art Studio Wall
Marjorie Henderson’s art studio wall

After painting my art studio walls the most perfect shade of gray (Portland Twilight), I have finally been inspired to fill up one of the walls with various photos, paintings, drawings and memorabilia. I am quite happy with how it turned out!

~Marjorie

Fresh Prints

I’ve been working on inking up some of my linocut carvings over the past few weeks, so here they are! I’ve always loved the traditional pear/teardrop shape and felt the need to riff off of that a little bit more.

~Marjorie

I’m a Creative

 

Flower Trails
“Flower Trails”-20″x20″ acrylic painting on canvas by Marjorie Henderson. $300

I feel like the traditional title of Artist COULD be all encompassing, but it isn’t. When I tell others that I am an artist, I am asked what medium I work in. I work in many mediums, I cannot choose just one! So when I state, “Well, I mainly work with acrylics on canvas, but I also am a print maker, drawer, hand letterer, jewelry maker, and sometimes photographer,” I am occasionally told that I need to choose one. Being an artist does not mean limiting my talents or creative flow. The title of Creative seems to be more encompassing, and can include “designs” that others may find to be more under the umbrella of “art.” Do any of my fellow artists/designers and other multi-hyphenates struggle with this?

Enjoying all of your favorite mediums and crafts contributes to the entire creation process, no matter what it is. Photography can inspire various ways of seeing compositions and lighting. Jewelry making can spark fresh color combinations in ways that are less permanent than experimenting in other mediums like painting and drawings. Painting can also inspire more abstract thinking in the construction of jewelry, as well as crossover ideas for drawings, printmaking and pattern design. The list goes on. This is not to say that those who work in a singular medium experience stagnancy in their creative flow and output, nor does it say that having a hand in many aspects of art creates a lack of progress and mastery in a particular field. I am only attempting to explain what I experience as a multi-passionate creative.

To all of my fellow creatives out there-keep doing what you love!

~Marjorie