Earlier 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. In 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. I 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. A 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!
Last month I had the immense privileged of traveling to the North West Territories for a week to participate in an artist’s symposium. Aurora Arts Society graciously invited me to be a part of their week-long creative event known as Art’s Week. I instructed a simple workshop on altered books, gave a little artist’s talk about my practice and how to set up your own shop on Etsy, and was also part of a panel of talented artists and business people who spoke about marketing yourself and your work. Rubbing elbows with “my people” and spending a week fully immersed in creative activity was such a well needed burst of wind in my sails. Spending a lot of time with one of my dearest friends, Marcus, from my BFA days at ACAD, was the true highlight though. It was so wonderful to see his daily life first hand, meet the wonderful folks he calls friends, and see why the North has stolen his heart. Driving through the forests in Kyle’s Jeep, searching for roadkill to use in Marc’s practice, digging around for treasures at the dump, and watching the aurora dance in the night sky were some of the best parts of my adventure. I felt truly blessed to have seen the North amidst a change in season; the landscape was absolutely alive with color. I am incredibly grateful to have been presented with such an amazing artistic opportunity, not to mention the trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much to Aurora Arts Society, Marcus Jackson, and all of the Northerners who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting!