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.
I started a new job which is way more creative than my previous position. This will hopefully set a precedent for more productive afternoons since I am off at noon everyday! Hopefully my schedule stays that way.
Prints have continued to sell at Artistic Portland, which is super exciting! My “Jurassic” print seems to be quite popular, along with my “Violet Trio” trees print. I am still working on getting a leather jewelry collection going for the gallery before the holidays. It’s interesting and exciting to see how sales have ramped up for the gallery since their move from north Portland to being in downtown Portland. The gallery brings more art and handmade goods to SW Taylor, and the atmosphere is inviting.
Does anyone else have issues being in a creative rut? I seem to be getting into them more and more. I have found that switching up the craft helps, so if I am trying to paint and nothing is working I resort to jewelry, which has been inspiring in the pattern making realm in regards to color harmony. However, I then abandon the painting for a while before returning to it with fresh eyes. I am hoping my new schedule helps me focus.
In the meantime, here are some necklace pieces I have put together when I was attempting pattern designs for fabric!
I have been working a bit with vintage lucite beads, which are present in the bottom left piece, as well as resin, present in the top left piece with a glass bead. I love mixing different materials that I don’t always find in your typical jewelry, such as glass and stone. I love them all, but I have really enjoyed the quality and weight of vintage lucite, along with the funky shapes that I have found.
I’ll be working on creating a cohesive collection of textile prints inspired by some of these shapes that I have found, more to come on the textile front!
I’m so excited to have my paintings on display and prints for sale at Artistic Portland! It’s a co-op gallery with a bunch of great local artists, it is a definite must see with an array of different talents on display, from traditional painting to jewelry, felted arts, mixed media and many more than I can list.
So I’ve been working on my social media marketing, and admittedly, I have improved a great deal! At first I wasn’t a fan of hashtags, but now I realize the power of them when used appropriately. I have gained new followers both on Twitter and my Instagram accounts from many corners of the world, and I have seen even more artists and the varying styles that are out in the art universe. There are some crazy talented peeps out there, particularly in the handwriting and typography fields. I have always had a soft spot for graffiti and anything done in that energetic, meaningful style, and I love seeing it in various applications!
I’m currently working on a larger scale painting than what I am used to. It’s not a standard size, but I love where I have gone with it. I’m almost done, I think I have a bit of detail work to do on my clouds and the highlighting, but other than that I’m really quite happy with it. I was inspired by more graphic, clean artists that use bold colors and crisp lines, specifically from an older, simpler era in advertising. Also inspiring was the sunset I saw about a week ago. There were these beautifully long rays of sunlight that filtered through the clouds with delicacy. The photo I posted on Instagram did not do it justice, but it’s still pretty nonetheless! I wanted a more bold look, and this is what I have done so far…
It’s been a hot one in Portland, hopefully everyone is staying cool this summer!