The extra hours of dark get to me every winter. This year I'm taking a different approach & trying to find the beauty in the extra hours of night. I got a new book about the stars and some lovely smelling mineral baths. The pantry has been stocked with special teas. The fire place is flickering nightly & an orange blossom candle sits on my night stand to remind me that things will bloom again!
I don't do a shout out for every month but October I'm fond of you.
You're still warm, the sky swirls with falling leaves, & there's a playfulness to you. A time when kids & adults can play dress up with the reward of candy. Things can get a little scary but hopefully, not too frightening. (you never know anymore)
Here's a piece that I've been working on in a program called Painter.
Years ago I used it on a regular basis. As my projects required more layers & a more universal software I eventually found my way to Photoshop. I've missed all the textures & brush that Painter has to offer & I recently got the updated program. (So crashing is less of an issue now- which is always a huge YAY!)
Did you see it? The Solar Eclipse was at high visibility in Kansas City. We joined my son's 4th grade class & watched from a baseball field. The excitement & energy of kids added to the fun of this astrological phenomenon. Until next time! (which is in 2024)
A few of my buttons, I ended up designing 12 for a fun assortment to choose from.
A floral print giveaway for special clients.
Sometimes the booth got busy & I totally forgot about this.
Whew, I won't lie the amount of work that goes into preparing for Surtex is immense. From updating your collection, being your own art director & editor, sending out some promotion, making banners, updating business cards, creating fun little branded giveaways & getting all that to New York-it's A LOT. All that said it's always a great feeling of accomplishment once it's done & you're standing behind the booth.
I had a good show. It's always important to me to stand behind my work & see what the response is like. People will let you know what's working & what's not. (not always verbally, you can tell by body language or a look) That keeps my eyes open & evolving which is essential as an artist.
Knowing and understanding your market is important.
I'm always blown away by how many super talented people there are in the industry and how kind and supportive most of them are. We're all putting our hearts, dreams & days behind what we do.
And while it's not always easy it's a beautiful way to walk through life. (doing what you love)