September Washes

Help, I'm being buried by to do lists.

Some are fun and some  are just pure productivity so we don't get overwhelmed in this little household of ours.  Let's talk about summer now that it's over.  One of our dreams came true for a family vacation to Disneyland.  Baby girl was overjoyed and in awe of everything.  So was I, not gonna lie.  It was pretty much two big kids and one toddler on this trip, Mickey ears and all.  Right after the trip I had a birthday, one more cycle around the sun.  I'm self reflecting so much more now and although I've almost always used my old self as a gauge for improving, now it is in overdrive.  Anything I can change to make things better (organizing, painting, time management etc) I'm making the effort to make that change.

I am completely obsessed with YouTube and my latest obsession is Lipstick With Some Sunshine.  She reminds me so much of my cousin Tiffany, my first beauty guru.  She showed me my first foundation which I rushed to get a Prescriptives Tint.  Remember them?  Are they even still in business?  Need to look that up.  Now LWSS is the business, I love her aesthetic, style and just full on makeup curation.  Love.

Crushin' - Susan Rubin

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Now that I think about it, the DAM exhibit last weekend was just okay for me.  I was expecting more work by the headlining artists but there was one Frida piece, one Van Gogh piece, etc.  When my Mom and I arrived, we got there a little early and looked around. In the artist's studio area there are big blank pads of paper ready for you to draw with whatever they have available to you.  They also have artists create right there and people are encouraged to come by and watch them work.  We saw the the most beautiful colored pencil botanical illustrations and we were both in awe of the artist, Susan Rubin.  One of the pieces was an illustration of a type of bean and then in the lower corner there was an actual seed packet with the same illustration.  We both thought the artist reproduced the vintage packaging illustration into her own.  We were corrected by one of the workers who said that this is the artist who drew the illustration for the packaging.  The larger version was the original.

The bonus was that Susan would be in the studio early in the day so we would get to see her work.  We did head over there when we were done with the exhibit and to watch her work was a treat.  She uses colored pencils on mylar and the effect is gorgeous.  She enjoys looking through her layers of colored pencil just like I like looking through my layers of watercolor.  So meticulous and soothing.  She told us about her process and how she teaches botanical illustration as well.  I had no idea that profession was so small with about 1,000 botanical illustration artists in the country.  When you consider there are probably 3,000 dentists in Colorado alone, that put into perspective how small that subset is.

Such an unexpected treat!