2018 is well upon us-- I'm so ready for more sun, warmer days (and nights. who likes having to plug their car in? Anyone?) and less cold-related knuckle pain.
Winter bitterness aside, I've been keeping myself busy with projects. I made the leap to being a full-time artist a little while ago, and the response has been fantastic. Between wrapping up a logo for Pagesculptor Studios and a handful of commissions, it's been a good month.
Here's my January roundup!
I've been determined to draw every day-- nothing in particular, but scribbling something while I drink my morning coffee. I've come up with some fun ideas to carry on with, and it's my favorite way to ease into the day.
I have a handful of paintings in process right now that I hope to finish up soon. I'm doing some paintings of the all-seeing bats I like to sketch, a painting of my snake Mango, and some skulls. I'm looking for moody effects, and thinking about all the things I love about creating Oddities collection displays. A little mysterious, a little like a museum display. A sense of adventure and wonder, like finding an old trunk full of wonderful things out of the past.
To that end, I went to the local museum for my January date with my partner. We saw a ton of inspiring critters-- including a polar bear skull, and a jarred bat. I've always loved museums, and my current paintings are like a continuation of the mini museums I would set up in my bedroom as a kid. If you have a chance to go to the Museum of the North, I suggest it-- especially if you can go to an open house! Free date? Cupcakes included? Heck'n yes!
Like I said before, I got to work on a handful of commissions this month. Rachael of Pagesculptor Studios did her finished logo design based on my sketches, and I think it's just perfect for her! I was challenged by Alyssa and Tabbitha to take on floral motifs, and I think I'm getting better at it. And, thanks to Alyssa, I now know about poodle moths-- gorgeous critters!
Scottie's spooky ghost drawing and this re-make commission of the Little Brown Bat made me giggle-- is it Halloween yet?
I tried a little experiment this month, which you can read about here. Trading art for food sounded a little crazy when I first thought of it, but my community pulled through, and I met some fantastic Fairbanksans. All of these pieces found their way to new homes, including a commission of a clients’ dog celebrating their favorite sports team.
And finally, I’m traversing the murky waters of fanart, and working towards a group show. My poor boyfriend was so disappointed to hear that I was planning on using glitter! We’re still recovering from the glitzy holiday decorations we put up at my cousin’s house… I've been selling small Star Wars drawings to raise funds for some of the big canvases I'm painting for the show. If you'd like one, comment bellow, send me an email, or reach out through social media!
It’s been a good start to the year. 2018 is all glittery and full of promise, and all those ooey-gooey things. Speaking of ooey-gooey, I’ve got to go come up with some cool creative thing to do with my sweetheart next month....
Until next time!