I wish I could just do art all the time and not worry about bills or even food, but there comes a time as an artist where you have to ask yourself what you really want. Do you want money? Or do you want to make art? Ideally the two should go hand in hand, but life doesn’t always make that easy. My life’s goal is to make money doing art, so that I can live a comfortable life while doing what I am passionate about.
As a step towards those goals I have collected a bunch of Original Art that I have created throughout the years and priced them out.
I’ve posted them all in my shop on this site
and not yet on my Etsy page.
I want to try and sell locally first, for convenience, and then I’ll post on Etsy later down the road.
I’m lucky to have spent this summer traveling and getting inspired by the beautiful world we live in, my art production has slowed down a bit though, but I do have a couple exciting projects that I’m working on! Right now I’m working on illustrating a couple different books! One in particular is a children’s book I’ve written myself, the illustrations aren’t finished yet but I’m posting a sneak peak of my main character Kiki Anna Ballou.
More to come! The book should be finished in about a month!
I completely let my self go at this with no plan, I was just feeling ambitiously creative.
I grabbed some of my most favorite colors of paint and went to town.
Each stroke was a hint of what the final piece would be, and I had no idea.
But this is what happened, and I had lots of fun. I don’t know what it means or what it could potentially symbolize, but that’s for you guys to figure out. Art is so personal, each piece could mean something completely different to each viewer. To me, this one means I had a fun couple days messing around with it, this weird blue droopy owl, and that’s just fine.
There is a certain calm that overwhelms me under the moonlight.
I feel calm, peaceful and secure.
In the mountains, with the struggles of real life behind me
and, for just a moment, I can think clearly and my problems aren’t so big anymore.
I have grown up so much under Mr. Moon, he knows my secrets, my hopes and my dreams.
I feel a similar peace when I paint. It is unlike drawing, or sculpting or designing.
With painting I go to a place where things move a little slower,
where my mistakes are easily adjusted to, or accepted and enhanced, and my strengths are vivid and apparent.
I am in full control of what happens, stoke by stroke.
It’s an adventure where I do not know of the outcome.
And when it is all finished, I have created something that didn’t exist before I took the time to create it.
I don’t always love what I have created in an artistic appreciative way,
but I love it in a way that is personal to me, because a piece of my soul is in it,
a piece of time that was traded to experience the creation of it.
Thanks for reading this sappy post, I’m just a sappy person, what can I say?
I got several new copic markers for christmas ❤️ did some drawings on 5″x5″ illustration board. I love letting go and trusting my instincts in art. To let my creativity flow through my fingers and create some new. More and more I am becoming more confident as an artist because of the joy it brings me to create. I love art.
I made it through most of my first INKtober but not 100%! Next year though 🙂
I have been busy on a variety of other projects that I will be posting soon!
Its always a challenge for me to stay focused on one of my personal projects at a time. My brain is constantly going on a million ideas at once.
I currently am working on a sticker design for my awesome niece to have on her surf board. I am just running into a couple issues on making the graphic because of my scanner, so I will have to take another route!
I also have a commissioned art piece for a good friend of mine. I am painting/drawing a map of the world with her favorite travel quote on it. I have ideas but because I am limited to 8″x 10″ the details of the world are giving me small amounts of anxiety. Hah, but I love challenges.
And next after that I have a young man with some tattoo ideas he would like me to sketch out for him! Roots on his feet and trees and other natural elements in other places. Totally my style and am very excited to come up with those designs.
All these projects are in competition with my homework which I would much rather put aside for later. All but my art class which is always fun for me.
I am currently working on a Haiku Illustration for that class, So that will be posted soon as well.
Sometimes it feels good to just organize my thoughts in writing. It seems a lot less overwhelming when I can read it in order like that 🙂