March Meet the Maker – March 11

March Meet the Maker – March 11

Still catching up… March 11th of #marchmeetthemaker is “product range.” Here’s a timely one, a little side product range that I work on sporadically. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I collect little broken porcelain figurines, unique little containers and any other random thing I think I can display an air plant in! They aren’t what I’d consider part of my art or design portfolio – just a fun little side project. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I mostly sell them locally in Paducah at @ravenandmothllc and at in-person events, but sometimes someone sees one I post and I can ship...
March 10th March Meet the Maker

March 10th March Meet the Maker

March 10th of #marchmeetthemaker is “Authentic space.” I posted some beautiful images of my neat and organized studio and office a few days ago, but it stays like that for about 10 minutes. I’m really really messy. I never put things back where they belong. I pile things on every horizontal surface. I’m surrounded by crap all the time! I have a really great workspace that is hardly ever usable because every horizontal surface is covered with crap! Send help! And yes, that’s a dead squirrel in a ziploc bag. Don’t you have one of those in your...
March Meet the Maker – March 9th

March Meet the Maker – March 9th

Still catching up… March 9th of #marchmeetthemaker is “Rough/Mock up” and I’m going to talk more about the design side here instead of the art.⁠ Here’s an example of a recent logo I completed. ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying is a beautiful home in San Antonio that cares for three guests who need space and care at the end of their lives. They have used several different versions of a logo over the last few years with the image of a tree of life or tree of contemplative practices (the last three images). The concept is great for their mission, but needed a bit of tweaking. I was approached to update the logo and expand their branding to feel more like the space and connect more to their mission.⁠⠀ I added a house shape and a simplified tree drawing to make a logo that is more easily reproduced and identifiable. The trunk of the tree starting off wider at the bottom and narrowing to a vanishing point as it goes up represents the journey the guests are embarking on. The color blue for the logo and the other brand colors are taken from the original painting that the old logo was based on. The color is also found throughout the house and even on their coffee mugs. The colors represent calm, strength, tranquility, peace, healing…⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Sometimes I do a gazillion sketches on paper to work out ideas. Sometimes I skip the paper sketches and go straight to designing in Illustrator, but this represents the process of the majority of projects. One strong concept and several variations in...
March Meet The Maker Days 7 and 8

March Meet The Maker Days 7 and 8

Still catching up with #marchmeetthemaker… I considered scrapping it since I’m so far behind, but I like to finish what I start! So…Days 7 and 8 prompts for #marchmeetthemaker are “You” and “Love to make” — I’m combining them in an effort to catch up and because what I want to tell about myself includes what I love to make. You often hear how artists are so right-brained – creative, free-spirited, not technical, not good at math. Obviously this is a stereotype — but I often find it to be true when talking to other artists. I’m not like that. I’d say I’m pretty evenly balanced between left and right brain, creative and technical, art and math. I never considered a career path other being an artist when I was growing up. But I also was very into math and was in the math honor society in high school. I took a class in 10th grade that taught me how to write programs to solve math problems. I may, in fact, be the only art major in the history of the world to have taken calculus as an elective in college. So, although I studied fine art in college and grad school, I got a job doing graphic design and illustration and then I accidentally ended up with a career in web design. I truly love both sides – creative/technical, right-brain/left-brain. I’ve found that the design and technical side of things has seeped into my art and my drawings are very precise, detailed and highly designed. I love doing these drawings and it satisfies one side of my brain...
March 6th was about reducing waste.

March 6th was about reducing waste.

March 6th #meetthemaker was about reducing waste. I was in a great workshop over the weekend with @katethompsonartist at @ephemerapaducah, so I’m still catching up on posting.⁠⠀ ️⁠
There are two main things that I do that help reduce waste in my art practice. Last year for this prompt I wrote about how I do most of my drawing on my iPad these days, which definitely saves paper and ink.⁠⠀ ️⁠
The other thing I do that limits waste is collect and use vintage and used items in my studio and in my work. I collect old wooden boxes, hangers and clipboards to display my work in my studio, my home and at shows. I store art supplies in old boxes and drawers. I collect old papers and fabric to use in my artwork.⠀ ️⁠⠀ The first image in my post is a piece in progress that I made in the workshop and is mostly old papers and fabrics.⠀ ️⁠⠀ Sadly, I’m quite guilty of ordering things online and I know that creates a lot of waste through packaging and production of new items, but I hope that the use of old items counteracts that a...
A couple days behind again…

A couple days behind again…

A couple days behind again since I’m taking an art workshop this weekend!⁠⠀ ⁠⁠⠀ March 5th’s #MarchMeetTheMaker prompt is “Close up” so here’s a closeup of a bee drawing I finished late the other night. This little guy is another example of me trying to make a quick simple drawing and get so caught up in every little detail that It takes forever! I love drawing these detailed drawings, but sometimes I just want to do a quick simple one. I may be a little obsessive. ⁠⠀ ⁠
The flowers and insects I’ve been drawing are all done on the iPad in Procreate. I think that’s part of the reason I’m getting so detailed… it’s so easy to zoom waaaaaay in and do little tiny details. If I were drawing it on paper, my eyes and hands wouldn’t be able to get so close!⠀ ⁠⠀ Swipe to see the full bee on a white background and a black...
Yesterday’s prompt was Branding

Yesterday’s prompt was Branding

Yesterday’s #MarchMeetTheMaker prompt was Branding, but since I did March 1-3 on the 4th, I’m doing the 4th on the 5th and you can’t stop me! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ So, the prompt for the 5th is Branding. I’m going to interpret it a bit differently and not talk about the branding of my art business. You can see my logo versions here, but I also do branding for clients. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Branding is much more than just a logo – although a logo is what most people think of when they think branding. I won’t go into a lesson on branding here, however, I’ll just show off some of my favorite logos I’ve designed for both my own businesses and clients over the years. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Need a logo for your business? Shoot me a message and let’s chat about...
1 Story + 2 Hands at Work + 3 Time

1 Story + 2 Hands at Work + 3 Time

I’m a little late for the start of #MarchMeetTheMaker this year, so I’m going to try to catch up! Here are three posts in one! ⁠ I told my origin story last year at this time, so here’s my current story. I currently work full time (for myself) doing web design, branding and other various graphic design work. I’m also working nearly full time on my art. ⁠ I’m constantly struggling to balance the two and feeling like I’m neglecting one side of my business (or even one side of myself). Lately, I’ve been working on a project in my web design business that is a huge undertaking while also trying to do new things with my art and illustration. While it’s definitely possible to work on both at the same time, it’s really hard to grow both and feel like I’m getting traction on either. ⁠ Although I really love both sides of my business, I’ve decided to focus on the one that is most meaningful to me and work on growing the art side. I will still do the branding and web design but put the big project on the back burner for now. I want to focus on getting licensing deals and creating digital products with my art to sell online. ⁠ I’m 52 and feel like I’m just beginning to really focus on how I can make art a career. I feel pressure to finally take it seriously and not just do it on the side. I quit a fairly high paying prestigious job and moved from Atlanta to Paducah so I could focus on...