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So I know I've told you guys about my career change of late. But I wanted to wait and make sure I had permission to post some photos.
This is Brogan.
He is three-and-a-half years old and in this picture he was showing me how he can roll his tongue. He likes baby carrots with hummus, turtles, Batman, going to the zoo, playing soccer, pancakes, watching bugs and wearing his Spiderman rain-boots every day he can get away with it (regardless of weather conditions). We spend our mornings when he's not at school out on the town climbing all over things, throwing rocks or balls, jumping and running around (during which he always manages to get very very sweaty, he is such a boy). He takes great interest in what my house looks like and what my sister's dog looks like and he is a ridiculously observant kid and a big question asker.
This is Anya.
She is five years old and in this photo she is very very excited because we were browsing the Disney store and we had at that moment come to the princess section. Anya likes popcorn, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, feeding horses, drawing, the colour pink, and carrying Pencil around unnecessarily as often as I will let her. She is such a sweet little girl, we have sketchbook time together every afternoon where we will haul out all our drawing supplies and spend an hour drawing, eating a special snack and talking. She just lost her first tooth a few weeks ago and that was the subject of much focus.
I took these pictures on a day when we were outside relishing the lack of rain.
When we go for walks Anya loves to hold Pencil's leash.
Brogan loves to walk along throwing handfulls of rocks, sticks and leaves into the water.
I love that I get to spend every day hanging out with these lovely kids.
I finally made it downtown this week to take some pictures of my stuff. It might be a bit of an overkill but if you read my blog I assume you're interested.
This is one of my best inventions ever. I knew I was going to need something to put my cards in so I could hang them on the wall next to my art but I couldn't find anything that even came close to what I needed so I had to get a bit creative. I cut apart a cardboard jewelry box and then painted it gold. Then I mounted it with wire to this lovely frame, glued it back together and voila!
I needed it to be extra cute so I added the little paper boat watercolor drawings and a 'take one' speech bubble to the front. The business cards have paper boat drawings on them too so there's continuity.
I am way too proud of this invention. Seriously, I may just hang it on my wall at home.
And now for the art. Everything was hand drawn, woven, glued and watercoloured by me. The frames are all vintage thrift store numbers given new life by a coat of white spray paint.
So there you have it. A look for all of you who are not in Seattle and are thus unable to frequent the lovely downtown Anthropologie.
Yeah, sorry about that. It's been a busy month. I started a new job, left an old one, visited friends, painted, drew like crazy and hung a new exhibit at Anthropologie. I haven't taken any on-the-wall photos of the show yet but here are a few scanned images of some of the un-framed pieces.
All of the pieces in the show are framed in vintage ornate thrifted frames that I spray painted white. Here's a few pre-hanging photos of all the pieces taking up all my space (note the newly painted chalkboard table).
I got very little sleep in the days leading up to the show and as a result came down with a wicked cold that I am only just recovering from. Is that a good enough excuse for my absence?
I'm in the middle of a job transition at the moment. It's been fairly stressful but the lovely weather this week has afforded me some perspective. More on that later and on to the latest news. I am going to have a little show this May at the downtown Seattle Anthropologie!
They have this grand staircase that they allow people to display art on monthly and after an interview with the Display Coordinator, the month of May has been bestowed upon me. As such, I will be spending more time drawing and less time reading for the next while. 'Cannery Row' will have to wait, (although I am reading a parenting book that the new family I am working for requested. A single girl reading parenting books? Very weird). I am planning on continuing with the architectural stuff I've been experimenting with in my sketchbook. All freehand, no rulers or sketching with pencil this time around, just watercolor and art marker and 9 hours or so. Pencil just walked over a drawing I've spent about 5 hours on with wet feet, smudging and ruining it entirely. Agh, restart, kill the dog.
I am a 27 year old Artist, Illustrator & Teacher living in Seattle. This blog is my way of sharing what is going on in my little world of arting and crafting. Thanks for poking around and I would love it if you left a note or comment. It seems to validate my writing somehow, ha.