In these fleeting moments l become compelled to capture the beauty I see. The world around me slows down. I focus on the vision of what it feels like to be inspired in the moment. In a single thought I instantly become the creator within. Ideas flashing through my mind as I decide the best way to capture it.It doesn’t always come to me that way. Inspiration strikes me when I see patterns and textures, or vivid color combinations…when I watch how the light dances around and how beautiful a moment can be. All of this completely encapsulated in the variety of floral patterns and colors with the perfect combination of streamimg sunlight. The shapes of light and dark compose a beautifully arranged image. Can I capture a mood? Can I create something that perfectly portrays this exact moment in a way that others will also feel it? How close can I come?In sharing these moments I think to myself, “If it’s beautiful to me and it’s my ‘ordinary’, I wonder what it looks like to someone who doesn’t see it everyday.” One of my greatest joys is to inspire you, to brighten you, to possibly compel you to also share your ‘ordinary’. In the process I hope to learn a bit more about what it is to be an artist and alot more about what it is to be a good human. We create to share and connect. And connecting with you is truly what happiness is all about!Live for today, share for today, and love for today! You only get this one chance to be you! Until next time, peace out ya’ll! ✌😘
Once again life moves more quickly than I can possibly anticipate. This last month our lives have been filled with even more love in the most beautiful of ways. Miss Amelia Ruth was born on April 13th at 10:35am. She has stolen all of our heart and our bed…and our sleep! Lol! But, we wouldn’t have it any other way! She is a wonderfully calm baby. Her beautiful face and all her charm already has us wrapped around her little finger. A little southern belle in the making!
As a parent you always wonder how you could possibly love anymore than you already do. Having another child come into your life instantly grows your heart. You create a space nothing and no one else will ever be able to fill, dedicated specially to this tiny little human that you created.
Sidenote: she’s a month old and I’m still holding her up like Rafiki in Lion King saying “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba Sithi uhm ingonyama”! Amazed I made something soooo beautiful three times over!!! #brushmyshouldersoff
Now on an art note: Art, ArT, and more ART!
I have completed more work since January than I have the two previous years combined! I have some exciting commissions lined up as well. I’ve had so many requests for prints of the bourbon series art that I’ve been printing and shipping them all over! I’m definitely spreading the whisky love! Never underestimate the power of alcohol to bring people together, especially during quarantine! 😉
Since we are on the subject of quarantine…..my two older children have adapted to this life change in very different ways. Asher has become very emotional in the later days of distance learning. Kindergarten is such an important year socially for children and the disruption has been hard on him. He is a such a smart kid. He learns very quickly and loves school….but he is not so keen on online class. He misses his classmates and teacher so much. Some days he just starts crying for no reason. I hold him and tell him he’s doing a great job. He still does his best to wake up every morning with a smile on his face, regardless of how redundant our days have become. He’s begun planning for the next day every night. Right before bedtime he lines out what we wants to accomplish. He started doing this on his own and it’s keeping him excited and positive when he wakes up each morning. He tells me most days “I can’t wait until this Corona Virus is over and I can hang out with my friends.” I feel you son….I feel you.
He just had his 6th birthday and my husband and I completely spoiled him. We got him everything on his list and met every want he had…plus some! We don’t normally do this…actually we’ve never done it. We try really hard to not over spoil them to ensure they don’t act entitled.
We are raising them to be respectful in all aspects of life…but, sometimes they just need to feel over the moon, especially during this time. We don’t know how this pandemic will ultimately impact our lives, changing the way we see the world and ourselves. Every little joy is emphasized and family is as important as ever.
As for Abby Rain, she is taking it a bit better. Her caring nature and instincts to make others comfortable has blossomed. Having a new sister has given Abby the opportunity to shine. I am so very proud of her dedication and hardwork. She is such a kind beautiful person. I am finding myself lean on her everyday for all the little things I need help with, which in the end adds up to the biggest thing- being a family and having each others back. Josh and I could not be more proud of the both of them and how they are adapting and handling this chaos.
Looking ahead and trying to anticipate what the future holds becomes more and more uncertain but, what I do know is being quarantined has brought our little family closer together. We have learned how to make moments special and fun in creative ways that we may not have ever thought of before. Taking our minds off all the negative at least for a small while.
Of course, there are days that I am extremely short and irritable, days I can’t handle being home every single second, and days I break down like Ash and cry just because. But, ultimately I am so grateful we are healthy. I’m grateful my small business, as well as my husband’s, has not halted to a stand still like so many others around the world. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity our children have in distance learning. We are seeing the truly wonderful way we can connect through the internet. If we didn’t have technology this quarantine would be a entire different experience. It has kept me somewhat sane the last couple months.
As we adapt to our new norm I find that my creativity has been my saving grace. It keeps me mind grounded and reminds me that I can always turn a negative to a positive. It’s all in how you look at things.
So much going on the the world of Art Goals 2020! I have finished the Old Fitzgerald bottle, a replacment Blanton’s, a Pappy Van Winkle drawing, as well as a Colonel E.H. Taylor piece!!! Due to the popularity of these drawings I have 3 commissions and sold 2 more of the drawings completed from the series! I’ll have to draw replacements for the series and continue with getting the 6th of 10 bottles started.
I have had so many inquires for prints that I’m working to get some made of each bottle drawing! They will be available for sale soon! I want to make sure the quality and size will be exactly what I want before making them available for purchase.
I have been overwhelmed with the interest and love that has been sent my way with this project! I’ve been chatting it up with people all over the world about whiskey and art! I’m prepping up artwork to be shipped out to man caves and bars across the country! I love that I can share my passion for others to enjoy!I’ve been staying on track with the art I’m creating and my goals for what I want to accomplish!
On another very exciting note I have an art reception for my larger scale work on display at Visit Bentonville located in downtown Bentonville for February 26th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Please feel free to send me a pm, email, or call for details on that if you would like to attend! Hope to see you there!!!!
I couldn’t thank everyone enough for the love and support! Keeping this momentum going will prove to be the best year so far for me as an artist! #bossbabe #artgoals2020
It has been a very productive week! I’m a bit late on my post this week because…well life. Lol! But, I have completed the Jack Daniel’s and Blanton’s drawings! As I was finishing them I thought adding some gold would be awesome! I tested it before completely going for it and loved the way it looked! So, I am adding it to all of the drawing of the series. The Blanton’s has already been sold and now a second one must be made for the series!
I have started the third drawing as well. Old Fitzgerald Whiskey is the bottle for this coming week. I am currently working on the second version of this drawing right now. The first one was too small for my liking so, I scraped it and drew it larger. It is coming along nicely! I should finish it up before the end of the week and begin a second Blanton’s to keep in the series this weekend.
I am planning to display the series after finishing them as a collection and making prints to sell for anyone interested. Staying busy busy to finish these drawings and begin the next! Going into February on track for completing the series as scheduled!
Fall with me. Fall in love with today. This moment. Fall into the absolute truth that it is a blessing. Fall in love with your own damn heart. With the way you love yourself and the kindness you find when you discover just how much love you deserve. Fall away from the insecurities that haunt your past so they may not follow your future.
Fall for your lover like it’s the first time you saw them. The first hug, when his arms wrapped around you make you feel safe for the first time in your life. Sink into that space and appreciate just how it makes you feel. How incredibly vulnerable and open you are to love. How that love can make the fall less fearful.
Stay sensitive to the joys of youth you should always be in touch with. Fall for all the dreams you’ve dared to believe and the ideas that make you special. Never stop falling for the way your imagination creates. Letting go of any internal dialog that holds you back makes creating so beautiful and fulfilling. Fall with me and be ready for change. What are you waiting for? What holds you back? Falling brings uncertainty and the twinge of fear for the unknown but, ohhh how exciting it is to be free.
Not everything went according to plan last week but, that’s usually how life goes! I was so busy with helping Josh on the food truck (they had a massive week of events and moving around), working on organizing an art opening, along with weekend plans, and being mom I had to squeeze in the first whiskey bottle drawing whenever I could. Which, seems to be at night when my mind can quiet down and I can focus.
First drawing up is Jack Daniels. This particular bottle is the Sinatra Select Edition and was made to honor Old Blue Eyes. Jack Daniels was a favorite whiskey of his and he was buried with a bottle next to him. This one is displayed in its box along with a few other Jack Daniels bottles surrounding it. It is sitting on a barrel bought from the distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee. In front of the bottle is an exclusive Tennessee Squire wooden display accompanied with a shot glass…basically a Jack Daniels shrine!! This drawing has been a bit daunting due to all the script and filigree in tiny white lines.
Because of my increasingly growing pregnant belly and pain in every muscle in my back, the want of doing a time lapse video of the drawing did not happen. I set in a big comfy chair in my living room or in bed while drawing, not exactly the best place to set up a camera! Lol! Although I did take a few photos and must say the drawing is coming along beautifully! I am happy with what I have on paper so far. I did decide to make all the drawings 11×14 keeping them a manageable size to complete within a weeks time and it has resulted in needing very VERY small detailed lettering.
Pencil being the medium I want to stick with I am able to get finer lines as opposed to the lines I could achieve with charcoal. I have also ordered a fine white sharpie pen that I am waiting to come in the mail. It will assist in helping me finish up those really small letters. Hopefully it is a good pen and will be a perfect contrast to the graphite. If not I will have to come up with a plan B. As I wait for the pen to come in I will start on number 2 in the series.
Blanton’s Whiskey will be the next drawing to embark on! I’m getting such a good response from everyone about this project and it really helps in keeping me exicted and motivated! So, thank you everyone for the encouraging words and wonderful feedback! Can’t wait to see how this next one turns out!
I hope y’all are still sticking to your new year’s resolutions and keeping creative juices flowing! On top of finishing the Jack Daniels drawing, hopefully I will have an update on the art opening in downtown Bentonville I’ve been working on by the end of this week as well!! Exciting things are happening and it is a much needed distraction to a few emotional set backs I’ve been dealing with lately. Pregnancy hormones don’t help my mood but, staying positive and busy does! Here’s to delightful distractions and staying on track with goals! Onwards and upwards!
Title image credited: Frank saluting his audience with Jack. Photo from the The Telegraph.
Weeks end and I have finished Sam! He is submitted to the Walmart Project to be considered for the mural in a local store! Fingers crossed that my art gets to live there soon! It always seems to take me a bit when I go back to a unfinished drawing. Once I shook out the cobwebs I was able to immerse myself back into it.
I also had the chance to get the reference photos for my 10 Whiskies series this weekend. Below are the photos I have narrowed it down to. I will begin with the first one on Monday and hope to complete each one within a weeks time. I’ll be doing time lapse videos as well to show my process with this project! Some of these bottles are going to test my skills for sure but, I’m always up for a good challenge! 😉
The way I look at creating art is just like the precision in geometry. It’s all just perfect measurements and shades of color. Compartmentalize each shape and focus on precision then the rest is cake! A drawing can be daunting for me if I look at it any other way. If shapes and colors are arranged perfectly you can draw anything you want.
It’s not about drawing what your minds thinks a object looks like. It’s how the light plays with the shapes and what you are actually seeing with your eyes.
What you see may not be the perfect shape of a bottle but, the reflections and background all effect how 3 dimensional an object looks on a 2 dimensional surface. Draw what you see not what you think! Anyway, enough of my infinite wisdom..lol! I will keep y’all posted on my progress this next week and hopefully have a great video to share!
Happy 2020 y’all!!! I am beginning this year busier than ever! I love being busy. It keeps me super motivated to do more and accomplish all my goals! I’ve decided that this year I am going to create much MUCH more art!! I wrote up a list of projects and ideas I’ve been wanting to do forever. I have a tendency to procrastinate in literally every aspect of my life. Excuses like “I don’t have time….and I’m just too tired….” will deter me no longer! I am my own worst enemy sometimes but, this year I am deciding to be fearless. Stop self doubting and start using positivity to propel my creativity.
2020 Art Goals!
*Dead Celebrities -The Face of Depression
*Work on completing all unfinished works
*The Gold Project
I will divulge more details about each project as I go. It’s not a long list but, it’s ALOT of work and plenty to keep me going all year! I will probably work on several at a time to keep from getting burnt out on one particular subject matter.
First project on the agenda is a series of 10 charcoal whiskey bottle drawings. I’ve been wanting to do it for ages and now is the time! I’ve done a few as commission pieces in the past and get asked about them often. I thought it would be the perfect way to start my 2020 art journey. I’ll post and share the progress on how it is going so, y’all can follow along if ya like!
A dear friend of mine has a wonderful collection of whiskies that he is willing to let me photograph. Which, will be perfect for reference!! I also think I would benefit greatly by tasting them but, pregnancy is telling me otherwise…😒😁
So, now I am looking into which bottles I want to draw and learning a bit of history on each as well. The history is what fascinates me and I know it will keep me interested in the project.
Here’s to a year and pushing myself harder to be more creatively productive! What is a goal you have for 2020?! I hope it involves creating more happiness in your life. When you’re happy it can’t help but seep into others! Spread the happiness, spread the creativity and let’s make it a wonderful year together!!
Perspective is nothing if not life changing, a fundamental shift in the train of thought that you base your values on. As I get older I am embracing new perspective more and more. I crave it. I want my mind changed. I want to grow. I want to understand more and see the world through eyes that are not mine.
I feel that there is a rising up of new thinking that creates more inclusivity within society. People are not afraid to stand up. The time is always ‘now’ for the forward thinkers. The people that say, “If I’m not the voice then there is no voice. If I don’t make change for the future thinkers of the world then we will never change.”
I want to be part of change. I want to say I made a difference to a better world. A world where more people are letting other perspectives influence their thoughts and actions. Having the openness to not being right all the time. Believing that there is always a way of doing something that has never been thought of.
Supporting those that are brave, especially if what they represent is a perspective that eyes have never seen, is all about opening your heart to others. Vulnerability is always seen as a bad thing. A thing that makes someone weak but, vulnerability is what changes the world. It’s that one person standing up to say “I think, feel, or want things to be different and here’s why. Let’s find ways together to make it so.”
These brave people and those who support them are my heroes. It simply starts with listening. Truly listen to what others have to say. So what do ya say, wanna change the world today?!
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Walk beside me; and be my friend.” -Albert Camus
We haven’t always been this way. We have seen both sides of the path we promised to walk together. Many times I’ve searched for your hand knowing you needed mine more. Struggling to understand how to be there for you when I barely managed to be there for myself.
I’ve realized that in this journey we have vowed to take together there are three parts. The us part, the me part, and the you part. We are not always on the us part. We have our own journeys to take as we navigate life.
We promise to always be strong and always be the “perfect” support. Life doesn’t go that way. Love rarely knows what to do in the times that we don’t seem to walk the path hand in hand.
Slowly with time, I’ve learned to not fret when we aren’t in sync. To have patience and always tell you how I feel. I’ve learned that being on a pedestal is so very lonely. When you step up to hold my hand it’s the best feeling in the world. We always find our pace again. I grab your hand and we are us. You are my best friend and I love you so very much ❤