It is that time of year again to look back on another year gone and review our goals for the coming year. It is a great time of reminiscing and just wondering where in the world the days went… The best part is to look back and see how much you’ve grown! Some people do new year’s resolutions, some people don’t, some people have a year of contemplation of a particular word, again some people don’t. I really haven’t subscribed to any of these things. I feel, that if you want something to change, it should be more than just a year’s effort, it should be daily. So again, I am not doing resolutions this year, instead, I am starting today, yesterday even. Discipline… habit… daily goals… Me! The great thing is when I look back, I can already see myself being prodded in this very direction. I can see myself being shaped and reformed, and it’s good! So hopefully this isn’t really so much of a change as further development. Progression into my passion. Reviewing my year allows me to see this pattern clearly. I have been floundering around, trying to find a purpose for what I do. I have decided that it’s not WHAT I do. It’s HOW I do it. You can do this for yourself, too. I’ll show you my process in my next post! to be continued…
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Hi Dear Readers, Wow, life has been busy for me. What about you? Do you just get overwhelmed with family stuff during the holidays, too? Thankfully I have still been able to work on my art during this time, but its mostly been digital stuff at my other blog Drawings and Illustrations. I have been throwing my digital art up on that site, because I really felt that my digital art didn’t really belong on this site. But I have decided that it does. This is a part of me, this is my brand and I play with digital stuff, too. I will be honest and tell you that part of the reason it’s on that site is that my digital art is not yet where I want it to be. BUT I also decided that that doesn’t matter. Sometimes its a good thing to have your community alongside you as you try to learn something different. So, yes, it isn’t what I’d like it to be, but its getting there. Most importantly though, I am loving working digitally and I am having a blast! (It is a lot easier for me at this time with a small kiddo to not have the full blown paint mess to clean up, etc…)I have also finished those commissions (more soon) that I was working on that had also been taking up my traditional painting time … in other words, I am planning to move forward with both painting styles still, and I will hopefully have time for it again at least until Christmas! p.s. please let me know what you think about my decision? Is it ok to have traditional craft/painting, digital illlustration and childrens art all in one place? I mean it is all very much me and my passion and I’d love for it to all be in one spot. Is it too much though?
I participated in Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. I think the best part was getting lovely new art in the mail. Who doesn’t love personal snail mail? One of the interesting things about the swap is that the artists involved are so varied in their interests. It’s also great to know that 5 other people out there somewhere have received my art (and hopefully loved it as much as I loved making it)! My Card: Here are the the others, as I received them: By Marilyn By Valerie “No Parking” by Marji By Julie Phillips called “A Company of Egrets” By Karen By Kat You can visit all of them through this: Best part about this whole thing is being able to share some love to fellow art entrepeneurs! My blog is a do-follow blog, which if you don’t know, essentially means that any links I add get you some umph with google. Most blogs are default no-follow blogs (as far as I know blogger is notorious for this). But you can adjust your web code to share the love too!
I realize that I have spent most of my posts discussing writing and not much time has been spent on my artwork and other creations. I expect that balance to tip the other way. I have been spending more and more time on my art than writing. I have taken some other’s advice and decided to take the writing bit slow. While I would like to be a published author one day, art brings me immediate satisfaction and happiness. Plus, while it takes more materials and time especially with cleanup, I find it much easier to pick up and put down. Writing takes me a dedicated chunk to really get into it and get chugging. Right now with my wee one, I really only have smaller chunks of time to set aside. I realize that this probably doesn’t make sense but that is how it is working for me right now. Which brings me to my current exploits. I have always been a heavy body acrylic painter and have just recently picked up some liquid acrylics. I thought they would be too similar to watercolors to be worth investing in as I already have watercolor tubes. BUT I made the plunge because everyone who is anyone (just kidding but seriously a lot of people) mentions using them at one point or another. I wanted to see what the fuss was about and hey, a girl needs to splurge every once in a while. Some do it on shoes, I like art supplies. Just ask my hubby! I am incredibly impressed with their coverage. I just put a couple drops on my canvas and easily covered an 5×7 area with a little help from water. The color itself is still incredibly vibrant but more product is needed to saturate the space better. Granted that’s not what I was going for, so it worked perfectly. (If you are looking at the photo, the coverage is applied purposefully like that and not product quality issue.) They also are much easier to clean off my brushes, though they stain my hands a lot more easily. What do you think of Golden Liquid Acrylics? <3 Kate P.S. Yes, I like pink too if you haven’t noticed. Though I do have major plans to revamp my apron so it isn’t so plain. I’ll definitely show it off once I decide exactly what I want to do with it! What do you think? White bleach pen or some green and brown leaf stamps?
As I have mentioned before, I aim to share on this blog whatever I discover in whatever area I am currently researching. Inspired by some house guests we are soon to have, I decided to put up some artwork in our house. That meant that I had to make said art. I wanted to share with you what I have been up to, but I have been too lazy to get out my nice camera and then upload to the one computer and transfer to the other and then onto the site. I wanted something easier, and today I found it. My iphone. Well technically I didn’t find the phone but some free camera apps. (And there are lots of others I’m sure and many many many you can purchase). Phonto – Adding fonts Filter Mania – Lots of filter options Pixlromatic – Some fun lighting effects Picture Effect Magic – More fun effects I took a picture of my computer to just test it out and tried each of the apps. Now, normally I wouldn’t use all of them, but I was just playing. You can hardly even see the original subject. That’s ok, you really aren’t missing much. What I did: Go to “Camera”. Take picture. Open whatever app (short for application installed on your phone from Itunes). Select open picture from app and select “camera roll” and select picture. Play with effects. Save. (It saves every separate version in your “Camera Roll”). You can also save directly to a program like “Instagram” from some of the apps. I opened the “WordPress” app (because that is what my blog host is). Created a new post, added photo from “Camera Roll”. Saved draft. Opened draft on my computer, because I can’t type very well on my phone. That’s it. Yes, that may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t especially because I always have my phone with me. I don’t always have my computer or luxury camera handy. I can always edit and play around with the pictures while I have a few minutes waiting for something else, doctors appointments, etc…. I obviously won’t always use my phone, sometimes you really need better pictures or really need to use something like Photoshop. But for a quick image, I’m in love. What camera apps do you use? <heart> Kate P.S. In case you are curious, here are the process shots following each app trial, using another app called “Dyptic Frames” for the collage effect.
Following up on some previous posts, I’m noticing another pattern. Sometimes I don’t write very long posts, but I like the way they look on the screen. Simple. Short. Clean. Less is more. Quality over quantity. etc… This may not be how it is forever, I think if I have something to share that’s long, or if I someday, one day, feel like being long-winded, I will. However, for now, I notice that I am breaking another rule. “Blog posts should be 350-500 words.” Psh. Double Psh. That’s all! Snicker, snicker. <heart> Kate