Monday, January 31, 2011

Goal Setting

I've been working on goal setting since after Christmas. I'm way behind due to several deadlines and a child who's been getting a biweekly fever, it's been quite a challenge. I really felt that I needed to do more than just write a list of goals. I needed to carefully and intentionally develop those goals to really be able to internalize them. My word for 2011 is Intention. Everything I do this year is being held up to that word. My hope is to create more focus and intention around my business and my life.

I've had the book, The Creative Entrepeneur by Lisa Sonora Beam, for about a year now without doing more than flipping through the beautiful pages. Now I'm working my way through. I bought a moleskin in which to create my very own intentional business plan. Collaging and painting it is taking longer than I like, but I have been following the writing prompts in the book. I'll add them into the book later. I also signed up for a local creative business group that is holding monthly meetings to work together on this same book. My goal is to have a beautiful business plan that I can refer to. It's also become a great way to create without preplanning. I just glue whatever paper is nearby, then slap some paint on it. I'm not getting hung up on how it 'should' look. It's pure fun!

I also purchased the Goddess Guidebook and I'm loving it! I'm really not the new age, goddessy type, but this ebook rocks! It's really gotten me thinking. You can see a couple of pages peaking out of that adorable file folder that I just had to buy. Big dreams and plans deserve a pretty folder, don't you think?

How are you setting your goals this year?

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Illustration & Collage — A sneak preview

I just finished a collage portrait which will be a Valentine's present my client will be giving. She was a dream client who provided a lot of memorabilia that I was able to add in, giving it a high degree of personalization. I hope it's a hit.

Here's a sneak preview of a project I'll be finishing up today. It's a combo of color pencil and digital painting. I'm really liking this combination!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sketchbook Project — Finale

It was a big relief to finally get this project completed and mailed out. 

Unfortunately, I forgot to scan the cover. Seriously. It was a collaged bird with the title in a speech bubble. You would have loved it, trust me. Here I sit, red in the face. I can't believe I forgot. Sheesh.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sketchbook Project — Collage Dots & more

I'm posting the last bits of my Sketchbook in two posts. Below is one of two collages I did. My collage technique is kind of a stream of conciousness type. I just glue down whatever strikes my fancy at the time and repeat the process with paint. It's the polar opposite from my illustration work. I named this one 'Dots' —clever, huh?

What do mice dream of? Cheese, of course.

Day in the Life: Our backyard got skunked.

Towards the end it got harder to come up with what to draw, so I broke out Drawing Lab for some inspiration. Here's some continuous line drawings. Fun, but yikes!

Another Drawing Lab exercise, draw like Dr. Seuss. This was so fun! I used a nifty brush pen I got from my friend Tracy.

Next up, the cover and the last spread.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Illustration Friday - Chicken

I think I'm starting to love painting in Photoshop. I wanted a new avatar in honor of Jannie Ho's Chicken week on Illustration Friday, but this guy needed a new background and foreground. I spent a few moments in Photoshop and voila! Only the chicken is in color pencil.

Here's the original I pulled this lady out from. I'll be updating it soon.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sketchbook Project —A Collage

In between all of my nursing efforts this week, I've been busy filling my sketchbook. Since collage has been such an important part of my life this past year, I knew I had to include it. I've painted one collage in the actual book, but this one I created on a separate piece of watercolor paper. I plan to glue it onto one of the pages. The problem is I love it so much that I want to keep it.

I saw the above quote on someone's blog (so sorry I forgot whose). It's the Oregon state motto, apparently. It holds so much meaning for me this year as I try to grow my business.  This morning I read a blog post by Kelly Rae Roberts that goes along with this quote. It seems I'm being given signposts lately (from Oregon). I want to lighten my husband's load financially, so growth is very important.

I've been trying to come up with a word for this year. Last year's was 'Simplicity'. I didn't achieve that in quite the way I was expecting, but I did find myself letting go of a lot of things that weren't so important. I'm wishing housekeeping wasn't one of them, though;-) This year, the word isn't coming to me so easily, but I think it's going to be 'ACTION'. I'll let that sit for awhile and see how it feels.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sketchbook Project —Ties, Houses, and What not

With family members dropping like flies with the flu, I'm nursing and sketching as fast as I can.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sketchbook Project —Do Alligators Surf?

I, for one, would love to see an alligator surfing…from a distance, that is.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sketchbook Project —Lost Sock Conundrum

The pattern of lost socks and a bad pun "Needler in a Haystack". Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

More Sketchbook Project & PJs Galore

 My sketches are going back to doodles at this point. I don't mind. For this entire project, I've just drawn what I felt like at the time. I'm just enjoying the simple act of putting pencil to paper. My goal is to continue this practice after this project is complete.

Everyone got pajamas for Christmas except for my husband. He didn't want any, go figure. I was able to use my mom's serger, until the blades came loose. I then had to set up shop in my bedroom on a tv tray. It took a couple of late nights, but I did it! 

Here's my youngest sporting his latest do—the Faux Hawk. I had to make his top twice because the pattern sizing was way off. He'd still like this to be longer, but I'm done for now. You can see a little bit of my psychedelic pjs behind his chair. I love these!!! I never want to take the off. They're the warmest clothes I own.

It's almost impossible to get my boys to model clothes at this point. I had to sneak this shot. A mama does what she has to to get the job done. After I made them, I realized that they look a little bit like Star Trek Next Generation. I swear that was an accident ;-)

Even the dog got pajamas. He's always shivering so he needed some! Here he is in his Toy Story bean bag chair over the heating vent. He's been there all morning. Tough life.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Whole Shebang & some sketches

I'm really excited that Kelly Rae Roberts is offering here ebook for a special one day only price of $89 (regularly $140)!! I had wanted to take her class when she taught it last year, but couldn't fit it in. Luckily, she later offered it as an ebook, so I bought it and read it last summer. I'm always interested in how successful people became successful and this book delivered on that. My goal is to implement more of her suggestions this year. 

If you've been thinking about buying it, today is the day! Click the button on the left to order. (This is an affiliate link).

Here are a couple more Sketchbook pages. I feel like I'm running out of steam with this lately, but it has meant so much to me creatively. My sketching has improved with this regular practice. 

It's been fun to treat this space as a finished product. Instead of freezing me up, it's had the opposite effect. I haven't sketched like this in ages! Most of my sketches in the past have been created for the sole purpose of filling my portfolio or completing a job. This has been just for fun with the bonus of feeding my portfolio.
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