So if you read this post you know that I recently had a little awakening that opened my eyes to some limitations I’d been needlessly been placing on myself in my work. After realizing this I couldn’t wait to get into the studio to push past those limits and see what I could do. I played the “what if” game… What if I tried this? What if I didn’t do this same line work for this piece? What if I experimented with that? In other words, I played more.
Part of that playing yielded this new print – a whole new arena in prints for me: typographic. I hand-lettered this and thought… oh yes! I’d surely hang this in my house. And heck, some other people might too. Let’s not overthink this and just launch it. (A hard thing because I have an honorary doctorate in overthinking…)
Long story short — I’m really excited to share this new print with you! This is my first lettering print (but hopefully one of many!). It’s 11×17 (fits standard frames to make it easy) and available in blue, yellow or pink. You choose at checkout. :)
I love that this print could be for your sweetheart, or it would look great in a kid’s room, too!
I hope you like it! You can see a bigger pic and get one for yourself here.
A few weeks ago I was approached about a huge new project. I was one of a handful of artists they were talking to, and the client wanted to see a rough sketch of what I would do with the assignment. I experimented with some different ideas and ended up pitching something a little different for me: a more freeform, semi-abstract idea that I was so excited about. In fact, I was so stoked that I went beyond the rough sketch they’d asked for and did a finished piece.
I made it to the final round of candidates – top 3. Then I waited while they decided. A few days later I learned that they went with a different direction, and I’d lost the job.
I’m not usually one to hang on to things… I don’t cling to much of anything (either outcomes or objects), and I take the concept of detachment pretty seriously (read my article in CA for proof). It’s served me well. And as much as I thought I didn’t care either way if I got this job, I was bummed. I wanted it.
So I moped for a few days. And then I realized that this pitch had freed up my thinking for other projects. It fractured something in my work that I didn’t even know was there –a box I’d put myself in. Parameters.
Then I ran across the quote above and thought: YES. It goes on. I’d forgotten that for just a second. And I’m glad I’ve been given this opportunity to see where I’d been stuck.
My kiddo is on fall break right now and thought up some big plans for us. One of the things she wanted to tackle was some decorations for Halloween. Paper cats being the first priority. We got out some construction paper, scissors and a white crayon and went to town. A fun and quick project.