#12monthsofpaint

A month ago, I came a cross a fun art challenge on instagram called #12monthsofpaint. Each month has a theme. March is GREEN. I painted with my daughter’s Crayola paints because the set has the most fabulous greens, no mixing required. I didn’t allow myself to sketch this owl first, which was fun and freeing.

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Last month, the theme was portraits. I approached that loosely, pretending that animals could have portraits, too.

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This last Super Girl was created for a friend battling cancer. I hope she gives her strength.

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Mommy Daughter collaboration

My grandpa used to draw funny cartoon faces from my sister’s and I to color. It’s one of my favorite memories from childhood, and it’s made even sweeter now that I can pass it on to my daughter. We collaborated on these two pictures t cheer up a friend who lost her father and a goodbye present for her preschool teacher. It’s been a great way to find time to draw and involve a 2 1/2 year old!

 

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draw then draw

Sometimes…well maybe all times…the hardest part about starting a new creative project is decided WHAT to do. At least this is true for me with illustration. I think it stems from years of being a corporate artist forced to think about art in terms of “right” and “wrong.” What “will sell” and what “won’t sell.” Sure these thoughts are valid and totally true, but they can also stymy the creative mind. It’s been two years since I left my twelve year long career as an artist/manager with a children’s apparel company to be a full time mommy. Creativity is stirring, illustratively & writerly. This year, I hope to carve out more time for myself to pursue art and writing. To make making art easier on myself, I put a bunch of themes into a hat, yes a real hat, and each day I’ll draw a theme and create based on it. Portfolio will be built, creativity sparked¬†and honed, and hopefully before too long, I’ll be making art that sells.

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