a little note…

28 Mar

A big overdue hello to you, my lovely readers. I apologize: I’ve let my blog simmer quietly on the back burner for far too long. Admittedly, a part-time job takes me away from the studio more often than I would like it to, and when I do indeed find time, more pressing creative duties are forced to be the bigger priority (like shipping Etsy orders or completing paid commissions with deadlines). I intend to remedy this, especially when spring hits and my muse re-awakens. I really miss you guys!

Things to look forward to: new drawings and mixed media works created for an upcoming exhibit, a new product launch in the NMF shop come summer, sharing some snaps of newly sent snail mail, trying out some fun DIY projects, and also baking/cooking some shareable recipes. Feel free to also comment on this post with ideas about you’d like to see from the NMF blog in the future. Until then, PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED for an exciting post that I’ll be sharing this week: I will need YOUR HELP in order to make a dream come true!

something snowy

16 Dec

Untitled-4Earlier this year, I was drawing two feathered friends for a wonderful client, who is also a very close family friend. Now that these pieces are safely with her, I wanted to share them. She had commissioned me to create “a snowy owl with dreamy eyes” for her to gift to a friend who has been especially helpful to her in the past year. image1 image3 image5In many previous conversations over dinners and glasses of wine, we had talked about her getting an owl drawing of her own, so while creating the owl that she would gift away, I also sneakily sketched an owl to gift especially to her. image6 Untitled-3 image9I have been looking forward to sharing these two beauties with you guys here on the blog; since there has been barely any snow this winter so far, it seemed extra fitting to share something snowy. Do you like them? As always, if you are interested in commissioning me for a drawing, send me an e-mail with your ideas to naturesmyfriend@gmail.com

halloween DIY

31 Oct

Since I am not a big “party-er,” and because I eat more candy than I should on every other day of the year, Halloween is never something I am freaking out about… However, I must admit that I do love the “against-the-norm” qualities of the holiday, and am always happy to encourage people to be more creative, more uninhibited, and all in all more childlike in their everyday lives, so Halloween is a great excuse to do so.  A couple Halloweens ago, I went all out and made myself a costume that was absolutely perfect, considering my obsession with mail art at the time. Since then I’ve gone as a bottle of Sriracha Sauce and also Spielberg’s E.T.. This year however, I didn’t feel like pouring hours into a costume, but of course I still wanted to exercise my creativity. Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 8.14.46 PMA fantastic art and design website, Colossal, featured a genius designer by the name of Stephen Wintercroft who has created the most fantastic “build-it-yourself” masks. They are perfect considering today’s trends with animals, geometric pattern, and faceted design. With his genius ideas dangled in front of my face in almost every Etsy newsletter leading up to this holiday, and with the end of the week quickly approaching, I decided to join the hundreds of DIY halloweeners who had also purchased his designs, and picked out a creepy classic: the skull. If you have somewhere to be this weekend to celebrate, but have yet to figure out something to wear, these are a great idea!

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