They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I have to agree, particularly when it comes from children and your art! I received an email back in December from a teacher in England. Clare Watts teaches a year 3 class, which consists of 7-8 year olds, at St. Wilfrid’s School in Burgess Hill, England. She had come across my painting entitled “Jurassic” while doing some research for a class study on the Stone Age. While the Jurassic area came prior to the Stone Age, she still found the painting inspiring enough to use it as an educational tool for her class.
For reference, here is my painting:
I was so touched that she wanted to share what the class created! She sent pictures of what the kids created using my painting as a starting point. Here is what they created:
Is that not the most awesome thing ever?! Knowing that the piece which I created had an influence in a child’s education is so humbling and heartwarming. This is even more motivation to keep creating beautiful images that will hopefully keep inspiring people.
Thank you Clare Watts and your awesome class! They did an amazing job, and thank you for keeping art in the classroom!
Having an idea jet off in a completely different direction than when you started is slightly frightening but mostly exciting! This is precisely what happened when I began to revamp my second Etsy shop. I had planned on separating some of my drawings, turn them into some sweet designs (Patterns? A logo? Who knows?) and maybe print them on cards or notepads. I had stationery in mind, and home goods for the far away future. I ended up making a u-turn–I started a new e-commerce website from scratch and created an entire brand around a set of designs!
The new website is Girl With a Crown. My first collection is entitled Girls, and is, very simply, a sweet little collection featuring my drawings of girls with various personalities. This collection has zipper pouches, a tote, various mugs and T-shirt’s in many color ways! I’m just beyond excited to launch this and have it grow in a very organic way. I can’t believe I got this far working on my days off from my full time job and after work, and it’s thrilling to do right before the holidays.
Thank you to all of my friends, family, and loyal followers and supporters. Your support means the world to me and without your encouragement throughout the years, I know I couldn’t have come this far without it.
Continuing my journey in pattern design, I’ve been applying my patterns and drawings to various products to see how they work. I’ve found that the Printed Village platform has been great in challenging my designs and an excellent tool in being able to place designs on products in an easy to use program to see how the item looks with various patterns in differing scales. I’ve started with backpacks and lunch boxes for back to school, one of my favorite times of the year (I’m special, I know, ha!) and while it’s a small start, it’s definitely a start! I’m so excited to share this with everyone.
I have an art festival coming up in a week (!!!) and my list of things to get done is still mountainous! Having been in a full time job for a little while now, I rarely have free time after work to create new pieces and work on planning my booth. I’ve made time here and there but the time I have after work is definitely less with this new schedule. I’m so thankful for this though, since it provides the funds necessary to make my booth what I need it to be and to get all of the supplies I need to create new art!
Having said all of this, I have been entirely too hard on myself. I chastise myself when I don’t think I have enough to work to show. I criticize my style, thinking I need to change and bend to the whims of what people want in their art. I need to learn to accept that I am in whatever I create, and that if people don’t like my style or what I convey, then they can buy someone else’s art. My art is by no means controversial or shocking in any way, but comparing my art to other art out there is like comparing my body to someone else’s. It’s not going to be the same, not everyone is going to like it, and I need to accept that and love it. And I do. It’s still hard, but I’m working on it everyday like I work on loving myself. I need to take time for self care and not feel guilty about not becoming the prolific artist I think I “should” be.
I have two days off coming up to work on painting and prepping. I may sneak some Netflix in there to clear my head or go for a good hike, and that’s okay. Artists, stop beating yourself up, whether it’s about how much art you pump out or the style of art, or even if you think you need to do art everyday. If it works for you, great. If not, just let it go. It’ll be easier to create! 🙂
Here is a fresh selection of summer jewelry I’ve recently made. You can find my jewelry at Sequel Apparel in Portland, Oregon. If there is something here you are interested in please email me! Enjoy!
It’s crazy that it is already almost the end of March! I have been busy working during the day and working on my art when I am at home. I have had a few extra days off and while I would love more hours, I’m loving the time off at home to work on my art business!
After reading a few articles regarding the death of brick and mortar stores, I am still not convinced that physical shops will go away completely. Even millennials that have been accustomed to online shopping earlier than their Generation X counterparts still enjoy that personal connection of going into a store, choosing something, holding something, and purchasing it from a human being. I have only garnered this from my daily interactions at my retail day job, and have no “official” studies to go off of other than my own observations. I thoroughly enjoy that personal connection to a favorite boutique or gallery. Art in particular is such a personal choice, and I truly believe that independent business owners that have that dream of having a brick and mortar will succeed if they are able to stand out as a unique and inviting business, using the ways of social media to their benefit.
That being said, retail spaces still need to be affordable. I have been on the hunt for a small retail space and it has been difficult to come by in a price range that I would feel confident affording every month, especially when I am just starting out. The search continues! Even if I cannot afford a space on a permanent basis, I’d love to have a small, weekend space or booth somewhere. It would be a great way to meet new customers and show my art in various areas other than online.
I rediscovered a perfectly sized sketchbook when I was cleaning up this week and started drawing again. This spring has been slow to start but with the new season my brain has been refreshed and the ideas are flowing again. Maybe I’ll get into a retail space this year, maybe I won’t. Either way, I’ll be plugging away at putting ideas to paper and canvas.