Back in January when I jumped on my painting kick, I became a little obsessed searching online for artists whose work I found inspiring. One of the artists I discovered and immediately obsessed over was Holly Sharpe. While her work is bold and vibrant there is also a delicate, ethereal touch to it that I simply love.
Needless to say, I couldn’t resist buying some of Holly’s work to brighten up my walls. I picked up Lost and Sublime. Both are available in various print sizes but I went with the greeting card option as I had quite a few empty 5×7 frames laying around in need of use. They fit perfectly and look so stunning framed.
I’m quite sure I’ll add one or two more pieces over time. I’m already eyeing up Daze but with so many to love, along with the new work Holly has been adding to her shop, it’s tough to decide what to get next. Ahh… decisions, decisions.
Tell me, what’s your favourite piece from Holly’s shop? Don’t you just love her work? I do.
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Artwork copyright Holly Sharpe.
Spring is finally just around the corner and it can’t come soon enough for me! Judging from my Twitter feed, it seems I’m not the only one completely ready. Winter took it’s toll on me in more ways than one and I’m in need of a season full of blossoming trees and flowers, green grass, warmer days and everything else Spring presents us. What about you?
In order to enter the season on a positive note, I decided to put myself together a list outlining everything I want to have completed (or incorporated into my daily/weekly routine) come Spring. Some of this shit has been on my to-do list for far too long and it’s starting to weigh heavily on my shoulders. Time to reduce some weight over here friends!
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive by any means and many of them are pretty simple as you can see, However, they always seem to fall to the wayside when I get swept up in other stuff or slip into procrastination mode. So, I’m simply outlining some things that eat away at me on a regular basis and need to wipe off my plate once and for all. Now, with further ado, here’s my list. I’ve already got a head start of some. Bonus!
- Design + launch my work with me page
- Redesign and update my about me page
- Finish designing all client/project related documents
Client Information Form
- Start blogging regularly (min. 3 days a week to start)
File away (or discard) all personal paperwork.
- Finish painting baseboards/doors
- Hang TV in bedroom
- Hang shelf in bedroom
- Clear out 2nd bathroom (right now it’s a storage room)
- Work out regularly (min. 3 days a week to start)
- Start meal planning weekly again
- Fill empty frames currently on walls
Rearrange kitchen cabinets
- Replace outlets where needed
Are you in the same boat? Got shit weighing you down that needs to be done? If so, I invite you to join me on this Work + Life Spring Clean. Simply grab yourself a quiet moment and create your own list of things you want completed before Spring. Feel free to write your list in the comments or if you share it on your blog too, leave me the link so I can hop over and cheer you on!
In general, I don’t mind the Winter months. Throughout this time of the year, I fully welcome the chance to hibernate and enjoy all the comfort a warm home brings. Add to this lots of beautiful snowfalls and I’m pretty much in heaven. However, let’s face it, Winter can suck the life out of you too and feel incredibly long. I’m definitely feeling the latter as of late.
Over the past week, the temperatures have been dropping quite drastically. Even though I’ve been living in Canada for over 15 years now, this still comes as a bit of shock to my system each year. The last few days have been around -20 to -30 and it’s not going up much any time soon. As you can imagine, being outside isn’t much fun at all. Trips outdoors have been pretty short and only done when necessary.
As a result, a mixture of the Winter blahs and cabin fever has set in and my creativity, motivation and general mood has taken a bit of a dive. When you feel stuck at home (or stuck in general I suppose), it’s easy to get locked inside your own head isn’t it? Often a dangerous place to be if you ask me. You doubt yourself. You question everything. You feel isolated. Everything just feels “meh”. You know the drill. Admittedly, I can feel this way any time throughout the year but it always tends to feel slightly worse during the Winter don’t you think?
Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom. These feelings are coming in waves and I’m just trying to ride them out. One thing I’ve been doing to make things (and myself) feel more cheerful around here is buying plants. I already had quite a few but this week I picked up a snake, jade and goldfish plant to add to the collection. The hit of green is refreshing and a much needed reminder that Spring isn’t too far away.
What about you? Suffering from a case of Winter blahs? Cabin fever? If so, what tricks do you have up your sleeve to snap yourself out of it?
Remember that challenge I set myself last week to just paint? Well, this weekend I finally took those paints out of their hiding spot and I did just that. I painted. All weekend. I couldn’t stop! And when I had to for errands, household chores, sleep and such, I was disappointed because all I wanted to do was paint! Who would of thought?
In the beginning I had some nervous anxiety but I just shut it out and before long those feelings of “I can’t do this” disappeared and I was totally immersed in the process. No overthinking. No criticizing myself. No seeking perfection. I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed I became in short period of time and the sense of pride I found in each little painting no matter how simple they were.
It’s safe to say that I am completely hooked. Beyond the obvious creative release, I also found it really therapeutic. Usually I’m thinking about way too much at any given time, but not while painting. My mind was completely quiet and just focused on what I was doing. Such a refreshing change!
Of course, I have a lot to learn. I’m not formally trained in anyway and I don’t understand all the “rules” of art but I’ll get there. I’m in no rush. For now I’m just happy to be painting. To be doing something creative beyond my computer. It’s exactly what I needed to feed the part of me that wants to constantly create but doesn’t want to be chained to a computer day in and day out. The best part of all though? I’m not so intimidated by those little tubes of paint anymore.
Although I’ll definitely keep posting my progress here, if you’d like to follow along on a more regular basis, make sure you hop on my Instagram and Facebook accounts as I’ll be sharing more often over there.
My advice to you? If there’s something you’re intimidated by or think you can’t do, just try. Please. You might be pleasantly surprised by yourself.
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about my career. Specifically what areas of design I’d love to explore this coming year. One of those fields is most definitely package design. I haven’t had the opportunity (yet!) to flex my design chops in this area but the thought of it really gets me excited.
When I used to have a small product line, having something tangible in my hands that I had designed was such an awesome feeling. Then when people actually bought and used the product was obviously the cherry on the top of my designer cake. I want that feeling again and more cherries on my cake! So yes, clearly if anyone wants to create a product line and hire me to design the packaging (or redesign what you currently have), my door is wide open! Do it. Do it now! ;)
Anyways, this morning I went on a bit of a pinning frenzy saving package designs that I think are top notch and inspire me. Aren’t they all gorgeous? You can see the rest of what I found on my packaging board over on Pinterest.
What about you? Any particular fields you’d love to explore in your career that you haven’t had a chance to yet? Oh, and if you have some awesome packaging designs you love, share them with me. I have a board to fill up!
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