Edit. Edit. Edit.

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Geeky Girl, Video

For the first time in a long time, this past weekend I messed around with video editing.  I forgot how much that takes out of you, well me.  I majored in photojournalism and minored in digital media in college.  One of the courses I took was digital video art.  This movie is called “One” and the assignment was to convey a mood/emotion.  We also weren’t allowed to use color.

I think it’s safe to say that video art is my least favorite.  Meaning that when I go to an art museum and see that little TV installation in the corner with flashing lights and an audio track playing, I don’t quite get it.  I’m more into paintings, sculptures, everything else.

So when we completed assignments for the class, those assignments were more on the abstract side.  I loved using Final Cut Pro, I had fun putting storyboards together and I was happy with my final projects.

I was editing a video of me painting this weekend but since I am using iMovie ’08 (super old I know), I can’t find a way to speed up the video.  No one wants to see me paint for 30 minutes….so….yea.

I’m working on it though.  I would love to share.

♥ Fun Fact - This was completed in college, early when Raul and I were just dating.  He is the mystery man shaking around in the box.  One of the signs he was a keeper.  True love. ♥

Girl Crush – Kate Spade.

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Geeky Girl, Organization

Kate Spade Rose Agenda 2014

In my ongoing quest for getting everything in order, I bought an agenda.  A real, tangible, velvety separators, college ruled and beautiful script filled rose Kate Spade 2014 planner.  It took me a good 20 minutes before I could write in it.  I was frozen just like I am with sketchbooks.

So so pretty.  I have resolved to have one spot for all of my plans, to dos, thoughts, “mind flies”, etc and this is it.  I tried the digital thing and it only took me so far but I can already tell that this planner routine looks promising.  Before I made the plunge I researched how to even use one and I found this excellent article which was originally about kids using planners but then there was a link that gave some back story/help so us adults can get familiar with the idea first.

Man, it is just so pretty.  My girlie side is showing.

Juice Crazy.

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Home, Process, Recipes

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I’ve been bitten by the juice bug again and have been enjoying every drop.  Instead of my usual green lemonade recipe, this time I used the following:

  • 1 blood orange
  • half of a lemon (peeled since the lemon wasn’t organic)
  • a bit of ginger
  • 2 fuji apples (cored)
  • 3-4 peeled carrots

Delish!  If you have any juicer recipes you love, please share.  We have been planning out our meals every week and now we don’t throw out food as much.  Little changes here and there are making quite the difference.

In sketching news, I haven’t had a chance to work on my “Do What You Love. Love What You Do” print.  I do want to get back to it though, soon.  In the meantime I have been painting and took a trip to the art store with my little Babycakes.  They opened up three Trader Joe’s here, finally, so after checking out one and going shopping (love their frozen meatballs), we went to Meiningers.

My friend Tracy suggested soft press watercolor paper a long time ago so I picked that up (Fabriano), some Princeton and DaVinci watercolor brushes, a portable pop up water cup and some lead refills (HB for sketching and 4H for drawing on watercolor paper).  Not too bad of a budget buster, I can get so lost in art stores.  They are my happy place.

Thanks for stopping by.

Chirp.

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Etsy, Illustrations, Parenthood, Process

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I had an epiphany this weekend.  Since I’ve been “out of the game” or at least feeling like it for so long, I didn’t know how to get back in the saddle.  I love my baby girl SO much and I feel guilty even uttering any negative words that can come off as excuses for the brakes being pushed pretty hard on my illustration life.  Back in the day I had time to let my mind drift, sketch and let that sketch turn into something.  In the back of my mind that has still been there but growing, falling over and getting back up again in this new chapter called motherhood has taken first place.  Rightfully so but there are other art mamas (you inspire me!) that are doing both and then some so I can do it too.

My epiphany was that I had to change my art process.  Completely.  There aren’t enough hours in the day and I am the only piece of the puzzle that can change.  So I got back in my saddle aka desk chair and got to work.  A couple weeks ago baby girl took a 3 hour nap so I was able to completely ditch my old watercolor palette, wash it out and refill it.  There were paints I had squeezed into the corners of my palette and they were bleeding into my paint puddles, my watercolors were rock hard and crusty (a huge no-no).  So once I reloaded it and used it for the first time, it felt so great.  This is how watercolor is supposed to act.  Free flowing and unpredictable.

This little guy appeared and I hope many more appear to join him.

Chirp watercolor print available in my shop.

Lovey Dubby Lettering.

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Illustrations, Process, Type

Every room in the house is now officially organized so that has freed me up to do more of what I love.  Art.  Yahoo!  I have been working on a hand lettering Skillshare class by Mary Kate McDevitt for awhile now.  This project consists of lettering  a short phrase so I chose, “Do what you love.  Love what you do.”

Short and sweet.  Here is some of my progress so far from brainstorming to layout.

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I played around with different styles for the word Love.

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Then some different compositions of the words themselves.

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I liked this look the best and tightened up the sketch using my light box.

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Then I tried to ink it but my bristol paper wasn’t working.  The ink was bleeding everywhere so I upgraded to some Strathmore Drawing paper and I did a little test, success!  I think I’ll have time to ink this again this weekend.

I love where this is going and my admiration only grows for artists who have this skill.  It is not easy, but practice makes better right?