It has been a busy week! But I still got my 7 drawings done. :)
Six weeks have come and gone and I feel like I'm getting into a groove. I really look forward to my drawing time every day. I've been trying to do portraits/people everyday this month. So far, so good. My 8-year-old son's portrait has been the biggest challenge. I've discovered it's hard to draw boys! I'll have to try to draw him again...maybe.
We did get our new assignment for MATS bootcamp so I will have to write a post on that soon. See you next Creative Week!
I was honored to be nominated for a Liebster Award by Jennifer from Made to Nurture. It's a fun way to discover other blogs with less than 200 followers (like myself) and have new people read your blog, too! I was excited to participate. My requirements were to tell 11 random facts about myself, answer Jennifer's 11 questions, and nominate 11 other new (or small-less than 200 followers) blogs to do the same. :)
11 Random Facts About ME
- I have a super short attention span for music. Most usually just annoys me.
- I memorize and can recall most commercial jingles (even though I don’t like music). I don’t do it on purpose.
- I once rode the tram in the Detroit airport with Kevin Bacon. I was too freaked out to say anything to him, though. I was surprised I had that reaction around a celebrity.
- I started out in college as a pre-med major (then switched to art in my 2nd year).
- I kind of wished I’d trained to be a medical illustrator.
- I don’t like any dark colored pop (soda) - coke, pepsi, root beer, etc. = yuck.
- My husband and I went to school together from 5th-10th grade. He left to go to a different school and I didn’t see him for 15 years even though we lived in the same small town. Then, we were matched on eHarmony…and the rest is history!
- I’m a true introvert in that I need alone time to recharge. Being around people definitely zaps my energy. I also rarely feel the need to leave my house. Ha ha.
- I have visited England, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Japan (only in the airport on a layover), Mexico and Canada. I would love to travel to France and Turkey someday!
- My favorite color is gray.
- I have 3 kids ages 11, 8 and 3.
Jennifer's Questions for Me
1) What is your passion in life?
Other than faith and family, it's definitely art. I read about art, think about art and do art as often as I can!
2) How did you choose your blog name?
I knew I wanted to create an art blog, but I also thought about it as "drawing myself out" so it became drawingsarah.
3) Why did you start your blog?
I wanted to make art on a more consistent basis and I figured a blog would help keep me accountable.
4) How do you organize your blogging schedule?
My goal has always been to draw and paint everyday but I try to blog once a week. So I really don't have a schedule even though I know I should.
5) If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
This feels shallow and I'll probably think of someone more meaningful after I publish this post, but I'd love to meet the actress, Kate Winslet.
6) What do you hope to accomplish in 2015?
I really hope to open an etsy shop and make a sale!
7) Name three characteristics that best describe yourself.
Creative, Loyal, Sassy (to close friends)
8) What is your dream job?
9) Who do you admire the most?
Rather than choosing one person, I'm going to say I admire those most who have integrity, who are the same behind closed doors as they are in public.
10) Favourite song of all time
*See Random Things about Me #1 - ha ha. Anyway, probably Yesterday by The Beatles.
11) Favourite quote
"I hope you live a life you're proud of." – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Blogs I Nominate (Go check them out!)
11 Questions for My Nominees to Answer
- When did you first know you had a talent for art?
- What is your favorite medium?
- Do you ever fear the blank page? How do you overcome that fear?
- What is a goal for 2015?
- What is the most challenging thing about the art you make?
- Describe a typical day. Do you keep a schedule?
- What inspires you most?
- Coffee or tea? What is your favorite drink?
- What is the best art advice/tip you've ever received?
- Are you a self-taught artist or did you go to art school? Where? For self-taught, did you read books, take online classes, etc?
- What is your favorite social media? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Any others?
Ladies, I can't wait to read your answers to these questions! I checked out all the blogs and there is so much beautiful work to drool over!
Thanks again, Jennifer, for nominating me. This was fun!
I can't believe another week has come and gone. For the month of February, I'm thinking of doing all portraits. I'll probably mix it up with different styles and medium and there might be a reason I picked the shortest month of the year. Ha ha! And now that January is over, I'll have to always look at the drawing the day before to figure out the #/365. :)
A couple weeks ago, people participating in the Make Art That Sells bootcamp, were emailed a sort-of bonus project – a manifesto competition. Create an art manifesto based on what you've learned from the Make Art That Sells courses. Having only taken one course, and only in the first month of that, I immediately thought I didn't have time for it. I was busy with work and finishing up January's assignment, too. But once work calmed down and the assignment was turned in, I started to think about it. I got inspired and, of course, it turned out exactly the opposite of what I had originally pictured in my head. Isn't that always how it goes?
It's different for me with the dark background and hand lettering but I think I love it. What do you think? Do you have a manifesto, mantra or just a word that you are trying to live by this year?
We also got our February mini assignment today so I'll be back with a post on that soon!
Seven more days of painting and drawing. The funny thing, to me, is that it's getting easier everyday. Well, easier to ignore that fear of the blank page.
It's open! I was so excited to see what all the other artists had submitted and there is some gorgeous work! Take a look here.
I ended up on page 10! They're not in alphabetical order so I think they are probably in the order they were submitted. Guess it pays to get done and submitted early. That's a goal of mine for next month.
After not looking at it for a couple days, am I in love with my design? Not so much. I like it but it's very clean and looks very digital to me, if that makes sense. I prefer art that looks more hand drawn or maybe it just needed better execution on the computer. Or maybe it was the colors. I didn't have time to deviate much from my original idea so I probably would've tried other things. That's ok, though. Thankful for the learning experience and motivation to keep creating.
I wrote about joining Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Bootcamp here. Well, I completed and submitted the first assignment yesterday – an Edwardian theme journal cover. The private facebook group has about 700 members and it is an amazing artistic community where people shared their art and got feedback. A public gallery will be open tomorrow and I can't wait to see everyone's finished work.
I thought I'd share some more sketches and then my final design.
And the final design...
I'm excited for next month's project and also glad to take a week off! :)
I made it...21 days of daily painting/drawing. Has a good habit been formed? Stay tuned. :)
Last year, I probably read more books than I had in the previous ten years combined! I always thought I wasn't much of a reader, was too slow or just didn't have the time. Well, last year I didn't have more time but I decided to try to read more and to also try fiction. I had usually read non-fiction and most of the time just couldn't finish. I would feel bad if I couldn't get into a book and gave up reading it. Then I felt like I shouldn't start a new book until I finished the boring one.
I discovered I needed stories that sucked me in pretty quickly...and then I couldn't put it down. I even tried some YA.
Here's what I read: (Disclaimer: some I'd recommend and some I wouldn't.)
- The Art Forger by BA Shapiro
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
- Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
On my hopeful list for this year is the next two books in the Divergent Series (Insurgent and Allegiant), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, The Vacationers by Emma Straub, It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell and to finish reading How to Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon and Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon. We shall see how I do this year.
What books do you like to read? What is your favorite genre? Do you have any must read suggestions?
I made it through another week of doing a daily painting or drawing. There were a couple days that I had to finish up a drawing on the following day but I did DRAW EVERY DAY! And that is the goal. Woo hoo!
Yep, I'm a nerd. ;) I love learning and I especially love learning about art and how to improve my art. That's why I take classes as often as I can. My husband jokes that we need a line in the budget called "Sarah's Classes." Oops. I really try not to spend too much and find classes that give the most bang for the buck. On black Friday, I decided to buy the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp class (since it was on sale) by Lilla Rogers. You can read a little more about Lilla Rogers here but, in short, she is this amazingly successful art agent that I've only heard good things about!
The 6-month class consists of a "mini" that you get on the first Monday of each month. This assignment is designed to be fun and get you warmed up and the creativity flowing. On the 2nd Monday of the month we get our final assignment that turns our initial sketches into a finished piece (perhaps ready to sell!) due by the 3rd week of the month. Then we also get a special piece of advice on life, art, or business, too.
What I'm finding the most valuable about this class so far (and I'm only a week in) is the community! We have a private facebook group full of artists both new and returning to do another round of bootcamp. These artists are so inspiring and encouraging, like nothing I've experienced since art school!
Now for the mini: this month was "Edwardian Brooches." I had no idea what that meant. Ha ha. Guess I slept through class the day that period was covered in art history. Did some quick wiki searching and it's the time period from about 1900-1914. If I remember correctly, you can see a lot of Edwardian eye candy in the movie Titantic. It coincides with and is influenced by the belle époque and art nouveau periods, as well. It was marked by designs that were delicate and feminine with lots of diamonds and symmetry.
Here are some of my very initial sketches. A little embarrassing posting these in their super early stage but here I go anyway. I have more time today and this weekend to sketch so guess what I'll be doing?!
I can't wait to get into these even more. You know what I'll be doing this weekend. What will you be doing? :)
I want to get in the habit of creating every day, whether it be painting or drawing. I was inspired by August Wren and Crystal Moody's #yearofcreativehabits. It's not exactly a New Year's Resolution but I did decide January 1 was a good day to start. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen all of these but I'm going to post all of them once a week. :) I don't have a theme or plan as yet but maybe one will evolve. Stay tuned. :)
I'm not sure what it is but I am very excited about this year! I have a renewed desire to make art again and know what direction I want to take this blog in (hint: more art). I've taken a couple of classes in the last few months that have inspired me, too. It's just all good. I'm not one to make resolutions (I am still working on my 36 in 36 list) but there is something about the new year that feels like a fresh start.
One of the classes that I took is another Skillshare class by PaperFashion. This one is called Telling a Story Through Fashion Illustration. You can take a look at my project here. I gathered some inspiration images and my favorite was this Oscar de la Renta gown and this lovely staircase.
Here is the finished piece:
We are having a rainy and quiet Christmas here. I don't really mind, though. It just makes me want to stay in and bake and maybe paint or draw a bit.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry and peaceful Christmas!
Besides me? Well, then you're going to need some unique tags to go with them. Download, print, cut and attach to your thoughtful gift for a nice finished look.
Download this freebie here. Merry Christmas!
My son's school was having a craft show and they needed some school families to participate. I had the idea of selling little plants (thanks to Grammy who can actually grow plants) and I thought some holiday cards to go with them would be nice. I decided a theme of wreaths would be fun. Here are a few that I painted:
The craft fair was kind of a bust as we only sold a few plants and a few cards. :( But the good news is I am going to list some of the cards in my (currently unopened) etsy shop! Gotta start somewhere, right?
Using naptime to make a festive mess today.
My husband and I are celebrating our 5 year anniversary today! He has spent this week spoiling me with 5 days of presents. It's been so fun and he is so thoughtful. I'm not sure how I got so lucky with him but I feel really blessed. He makes me want to be a better person and, at the same time, I feel so loved and so secure with him. I'm sure you get it...I think he's pretty great. :)
Below are the five days of presents (the man did good!), plus a picture of the card I painted for him:
A while back I won (yippee!) a business coaching call with Le Papier Studio. I wasn't sure if I should even enter the contest since I don't have a creative business yet.
I've been following the lovely Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio for a while now. I love her charming silhouettes, fine art prints and jewelry. Plus I went to college with her husband, so it's fun to see their growing family on her blog and instagram. I really love her story, too. She's a mom. She wanted to be home with her babies, help support her family and do something she loved and was passionate about. A story I could relate to.
I took a page of notes while we were talking and I thought I'd share some of my biggest takeaways. The painting above was inspired by one of the points that really stayed with me. Vana said, "Give yourself permission to start!" That is huge. I think sometimes we want everything to perfect first: the perfect idea, the perfect blog post, the perfect website, the perfect timing. Nothing is perfect and you have to JUST START!
Other points of great advice were:
- Don't think about the money. Do something you love and are passionate about.
- But still have a goal. How much money do you want or need to bring in?
- Figure out your strengths and develop them. What can you do that no one else can?
- Have an online presence.
- The "about" on your website or blog is important!
- Be the expert and inspire people. Offer valuable content on your blog.
- And, get into the mindset that "I'm starting an etsy shop (for me)."
I had some questions for Vana about Etsy, since that is where she started and still has a shop there today. I asked her how many listings to start with? Fill the page, about 20. And if there were any resources out there to help with Etsy? She recommended the Etsy Blog and Etsy Seller's Handbook.
It was amazing to have the opportunity to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable blogger, business owner, etsy seller, working mom and all around lovely person! :) I soaked up every bit I could from our conversation.
Now, everyone out there, including me, whether it's a business idea, clearing out clutter, exercising, etc., let's follow Vana's advice and . . . JUST START!