Bless this Mess

Bless this Mess

My kitchen is never clean.  I’m thankful for that!  Over the past few days, I have made an entire collection based on my messy kitchen.  I’ll share more of it over the next few weeks.  This was the main piece: I framed it and set it on my counter. Right now it’s available as a wood-mounted print in my etsy shop.  Hopefully someday it can be...

Giveaway!

Fall is my favorite time of year!  I just ordered some journal / sketchbooks with my “hello” bird artwork on them, and I love how they turned out!  I might consider selling these in the future!  But for now, I’m giving one away to one lucky winner.  I’m also giving away a mini 4×5 tag with my new “Fall In Love” artwork to one lucky winner.  To enter, comment on this post, or on my Instagram post with the same picture.  I’ll draw a winner tomorrow, October 2nd, 2014!  Good...
What’s Up?

What’s Up?

After finding out that I did not make it to the final round of Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search, I was honestly bummed.  I never expected to make it to the top 50.  But I did.  Then I got my hopes up that I might make it to the top 6 as well.  At the same time, I was trying to prepare myself for inevitable disappointment. I thought I was ready for the bad news.  But there’s not really a good way to not be disappointed about something so BIG that could have been career-changing.  I didn’t feel like creating ANYTHING for a lot of days after that.  I wasn’t depressed or anything, and really, I got over not being picked in a matter of one day.  But I still felt burnt out on everything.  There was so much anticipation about which 6 artists would be chosen, and so much hype, and then it was instantly over. It meant that I had to go back to my piles and piles of signs that had been patiently waiting for me to finish and ship out all over Michigan.  Not that I don’t love what I’m doing.  It just felt old and stale.  It made me wonder if my art was really very good at all… or if people just placed orders simply because it’s made in Michigan and not in China. So I didn’t create anything at all for quite a few days.  I rearranged my living room, put up Fall decorations, boiled some apple peels with cinnamon to make the house smell good.  I went to bed early… It was...
Morning Coffee in the Fall

Morning Coffee in the Fall

This time of year, I’m thankful to have a free hour in the morning after my kids hop on the bus, before I have to start getting ready for the day.  Lately, I’ve been having a cup of coffee and painting, doodling, or drawing something.  It’s pretty much the only time I get to create new art.  Here’s what I made in honor of the first week of Fall, my favorite time of year!   This art print is available in my etsy shop or at shopwhatitis.com.  It’s an 8×10 art print mounted to wood, and can hang from a keyhole slot drilled in the back, or it can stand alone on a...
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