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the ‘cat’alyst

17 Jun

My instagram followers will know that a several weeks ago the most gorgeous tortoise shell cat wandered onto my property. Despite leaving for work and other errands she continued to stay. Diligent research over the first week proved that she was no one’s pet, so being an animal lover (and as a person who is learning to accept fate) it was clear she needed to be with me. She is a true gourmand with the food, took incredibly to the litter box, and just needed a bit of stimulation when meowing at windows (probably wanting to hunt birds… or calling to the gents; spaying this week!) She was the (pardon the pun) catalyst for some big changes and I can’t wait to share them all with you. The biggest and best news ever is that we found the most incredible new home for us all, and it includes an absolutely adorable studio space for NMF! More to come soon; until then, here’s a few snaps of my kitty (yet to be named!?) Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.54 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.41 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.27 AM

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fighting the creative block

29 May

Hello friends! I’ve been wanting to talk with you about that age old issue that so many of us have experienced: “creative block” or “writer’s block.” It can be difficult, especially when working in an artistic field, to consistently come up with fabulous new ideas all the time.  With some personal struggles earlier this year, I got hit hard with a creative block… as with most things, time was definitely helpful, but the other catalyst that encouraged me to get out of the rut was observing the work and drive of other artists. When one of my favorite art blog writers, Danielle Krysa of the jealous curator, mentioned her upcoming book release, appropriately titled Creative Block: Get Unstuck. Discover New Ideas, I knew I had to pre-order a copy. creativeblock1-2Krysa interviews 50 successful and well known artists (Wayne White, Kate Bingaman-Burt, and Justin Richel, to name a few of my favorites). Each feature includes a dynamic little bio, several images of the artist’s work, questions about their practice, suggestions on how they personally cope with creative blocks, and finally a “Creative Unblock Project” designed specifically by that artist. I am about two thirds of the way through the book, and for the most part I am enjoying the read. In terms of actually doing the “unblocks,” there are some projects that just don’t speak to me, and that’s okay, while others do hold some potential that I hope to harness on a rainy studio day. creativeblock1-1Ironically when I read Cassandra Smith‘s interview, her suggestion for unblocking was already something that I had naturally explored on my own. “Make a little sculpture using a found object. Find something at a thrift store, wacky junk store, anywhere! An object about as big as your hand is probably the best size to start with. Transform the heck out of it! Paint on it, glue things to it, cut it apart. Use the object’s color or shape to inspire you.” creativeblock1-3Do you remember this little post about the golden fawn? If not have a read! I will be sharing more fun things from this book with you in the future, to help inspire both myself, and perhaps you, out of an artistic rut.

 

frida: boss lady

20 May

Frida Kahlo and Pet HawkMost know of Frida Kahlo. If not because of her beautiful artwork, then for her fantastical, creative and bigger-than-life persona.  I stumbled on this particular photograph of her recently, and it came to me at an appropriate time when a lesson needed to be learned; we often forget to recognize the importance of being ourselves and owning it… for that, Frida was a boss. Thanks for the reminder to constantly hone our own individual awesomeness, Frida! Below are some of my favorite creations of hers, because apart from making me want to celebrate my uniqueness, she also really makes me want to paint.kahlo_self40Self-Portrait – 1940 – Oil on canvas kahlo_waterWhat the Water Gave Me – 1938 – Oil on canvas kahlo_deerThe Little Deer – 1946 – Oil on Masonite

*side note* my grandmother’s name is Frieda (and although spelt differently) she is no less of a boss lady herself…