HANDS on …

wedding vow artI shared one of these pieces (left) on social media some time ago, but hadn’t shared it here on my blog. I have also since created another piece (right). Both of these were commissioned by an old co-worker from my Architecture firm days. I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t sure how to do this. However, I knew I COULD do it. So, I said yes. Eek. And then I thought about it a whole lot, like a lot a lot; and fear made me ignore it at times; and then motivation set back in, and I played around with different lettering and techniques. It took me 3 or 4 tries to fit all the words I needed inside one heart. That’s a lot of calligraphy practice! See, there’s good in everything. I truly enjoyed the process from start to finish, even in those WTF moments ;)

I thought I had it down pat so the 2nd piece should go so much faster … and then my creative brain stepped in and decided that it needed to be in a completely different font. Which basically changed everything that I learned from doing the first piece. I went with it though … call it intuition (this just feels right) or boredom (not wanting to make the same thing again) or challenge (keep it easy for myself. now, that’s just silly). A bit of all of them, I presume. Whatever it was, it led to a very lovely piece of art for another lovely couple.

And I got to create. With my hands. Those handy hands that continue to make cool shit. Team work – heart, soul, hands, brain, energy – connection between me and those that I create for.

We are all connected in one way or another.

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letter FLOW …

Remember I said I’d share some of my mad fauxlligraphy skillz with you, well here’s a little sample. These were name tags I made for a work event. I was so grateful to be asked to do them and soooo enjoyed the entire creative process! It’s usually more enjoyable when they look this bad ass ;)

Need some cool lettering done? Holla.

so many nibs, so little time …

I just spent at least a half hour cleaning these beauties. Nooooow, it’s time to use them to make more beautiful things! As you can see, these are old school. How cool is the packaging, riiiight? They were my dad’s from back in the day, hence his name written multiple times with multiple nibs. So many nibs to choose from. I’ll start simple and small at first. Those huge nibs do get me excited though … wow, that sounded naughty ;)

As I was cleaning these, I was exploring the intricacy of these rather small objects and how they operate. Of course, I asked the question how did someone figure out how to make a nib work?! You dip this metal object in ink and it holds the ink in a tiny hole that allows it to flow consistently at each stroke. Say whaaaaa?!? Like how did you figure that out Mr. Calligraphy man?!? You are my hero.

Well, I’m off to go write a bunch of potentially meaningful words now with these fascinating pieces of art … actually, I’m going to just write each letter of the alphabet 50 times. Not quite as fun, but practice makes perfect so they say :)

I DIP you dip we dip …

My first stab at using a dip calligraphy pen (not all that beautiful … yet). I’ve used calligraphy markers and calligraphy pens with an ink cartridge … dipping feels different. As in it feels more artistic and more flowy and more real and more like something I can’t put into words. Script-writing is a beautiful art form that is sadly being eliminated from children’s education (so I’ve heard). Please teach your children script and lettering. I hadn’t thought of it so much as a form of artistic expression until I got a calligraphy marker in my hands a little over a year ago. And something I never knew I had was released. Oh, and I don’t think I’ve even shared my mad fauxlligraphy skillz on my blog yet. Damn, what have I been waiting for?! Ok, I’ll share soon. Promise.

HI my name is …

My first stab at fauxlligraphy. Took this class on Skillshare to try my hand at a new lettering technique. And loved it. I’m gonna keep practicing and playing around with it. So fun and flowyyyyy!!!!!

Side note: As I was putting the finishing touches on this beauty, the song “Feelin’ Good” by Nina Simone came on Pandora…the words go a l’il something like this: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day … [plus a bunch more words that don’t really apply to this post] …” Pretty cool, eh? I’ll have to add that to my “dawn” playlist (a random ass mix of songs with the word/name d[D]awn in it. Let me know if you hear any to add to it!

Have yourself a fun and flowy day!!! :)

the beatles said IT best …

Do I really even need to say anything about this?

 

No, but I will anyway ;)

A lesson in life and love … LET. IT. BE. These words came to mind when I drew this last September. These are words I need to remind myself of often (hence why I’m posting them today). I am always working working working on health, on school, on relationships, on goals, on being active, on feeling good about myself, even relaxing seems like work for me sometimes (seriously! sad face). Often, the less effort you put into something, the more reward you receive. Less work = more joy. Shit, that sounds nice. Now, how do I do that ?!?? Well, my awareness has definitely grown in this area, so I’m headed in the right direction …

Take a moment today to just let it (whatever “it” is for you) be. Smile. Breathe. Meditate. Gaze at the sky. Drink a beer. Do you. Or should I say BE you.  :)

ART for the week …

Some of you may remember my blog post with the 2016 planner I bought to organize my life. Well, I did end up buying a bigger planner (thank goodness!), so the cute small one has been turned into a sketchbook … as you can see here. So, this was my “schedule” from last week … and yes, I did actually draw/write on the week of March 7-13. I wanted to post one every week on the actual week, but the pens leak through the paper so it’s going to have to be every other week. Or who gives a shit what week I draw on cause you can’t see it anyway and it’s just a cool idea YAY! ;)

doesn’t LEAP year just sound JOYOUS ?

Another Omega creation that I’m kind of in love (or should I say “joy”) with. Hope you find joy in looking at it too :)

Happy Year of Leaps! OMG, frogs leap … leap frog … bet you didn’t see that coming …

my CREATIVE REBIRTH story (with pictures) …

So how’s about I share my whole creative rebirth story with you?! First off, I mentioned that I lived at a retreat center for 2 months (read that story here for those of you who may not be in the loop). As you know this is where the official rebirth took place. I’m making this sound so serious, like some spirit came down and magically turned me into a creative being again (immaculate creativity, say whaaat?!) … well, Omega is a pretty spiritual place so maybe that’s EXACTLY what happened!

For a bunch of months before quitting my job, I was having a lot of pain in my wrists and hands. I know you’re thinking carpal tunnel, oh NO! Exactly … NO, that wasn’t what was happening here. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I could feel it was something more, something deeper and more intense. It would get really bad at work and I’d have to shake out my hands a lot or get up and walk around. The feeling made me super anxious and uncomfortable throughout my entire body. I get this same feeling when I’m on mobile devices for too long and it makes me want to scream sometimes. Yeah, that’s my cue to Put. It. Down.

From my life coach, I learned that your arms and hands are directly connected to your heart. And at Omega, this kept coming up for me in the first few weeks. My heart was kinda shut down, so it was really starting to make sense why my hands hurt so bad when I did things that did not follow my true heart’s passion. This is when it also started clicking for me that doing something creative with my hands would make my heart feel good and help to open it up. So there’s this reciprocal action: I work on opening my heart … I will be more creative. I work on being more creative … my heart opens up. Well, this sounded like a beautiful plan! Win win!

Of course, Omega got this concept like forever ago, hence why they have art classes and an amazing “Art Hut” (it literally is a little hut for art) for all the staff to utilize!!! Picture a small building where every wall is covered in arts and crafts supplies from floor to ceiling, everything from beads to markers to magazines to paint to feathers to fabric to coloring books to googly eyes (yes, I said googly eyes) and, shit, I couldn’t even remember it all if I tried. And tools such as sewing machine, easels, hammers, paper cutter, etc etc etc. If you could only have seen my face as I entered this small heavenly space, my eyes opened real wide, my jaw dropped and my heart started racing (see, that’s why the word heart has the word art in it. Duhhh.). It was the most amazing sight ever. I instantly realized that I need one of these spaces in my future.

Once I came down from my artgasm, I had no clue what to make! So, I started with learning how to knit. My grandma had taught me to crochet when I was little, but I had never knit before. The gal that oversaw the art hut taught me how to do just that. To be honest, I didn’t like it that much and was quite frustrated at first. I stuck with it though as I knew it could get easier, and it did. However, it still never really felt right for me so I haven’t continued knitting since I left Omega. Maybe another time in my life, I’ll pick it up again.

I then took a class on calligraphy. I’ve always loved hand-writing, so this was perfect for me. And, it truly was perfection. I learned techniques and fun ways to use calligraphy markers.

I became pretty obsessed with calligraphy markers and returned to the art hut to draw and write with them fairly regularly. I made bookmarks for friends and doodled my heart out.

I also took a bamboo brush ink class. It was very free flowing, and I actually let loose a little bit. Remember, I come from a design background of producing very detailed, technical drawings, and being loose wasn’t necessarily my thing. The extra fun part about this class was that my friend Sara was visiting me for the weekend and she got to enjoy the class with me! Then, we went to my friend Stacey’s African dance class afterward. Speaking of not being loose … I’m not much of a dancer, but her class was super fun regardless of whether or not I actually got it ;). Artsy day for us gals.

I made this book …

I made this cool paper booklet out of one sheet of scrapbook paper. That’s right, ONE sheet …

Now, let me tell you about Mr. Alan Leon. Alan was the artist-in-residence for most of the time that I was at Omega. He taught the art classes and had wonderful creative energy and talent. I attribute a lot of my creative rebirth to his presence. The importance of creativity in my life really hit me at his calligraphy class. I LOVED it, like seriously LOVED it. So, he brought this new art form to my attention (new to me, of course!) and it was something I thoroughly enjoyed and was naturally good at. Go me! Alan is an inspiration in art and life :)

I hope to be as inspirational in just being me. This blog is one avenue and I know many more will be uncovered as I continue my journey. Thanks to all of you for coming along for the ride!

Live. Love. Create. 

give. receive. BE OPEN to …

love valentines post

I drew this a while ago, but this day of LOVE seems the most appropriate time to share it :)

Have a LOVE-filled day today and always !!!