Farewell Downton Abbey

  The final season of Downton just ended and it was so satisfying. I’m a sucker for happy endings. 
  
I’m also a sucker for inspiration. The show was packed full of it. Rich colors, patterns, and style.

  
I have been watercoloring everything that has inspired me.

  
   
 
Some things never go out of style. 

No longer a side hustle. 

These past couple of weeks have brought on big changes to our family. After homeschooling for 4 years, we have made the decision to put them in public school. 

  
This has brought on many firsts for us. First time in middle school. First time riding the bus. And for me, the first time that I get to dedicate proper office hours to my creative biz. 

The first week was spent tidying up the studio and missing my girlies. It’s not as easy as it sounds to all of a sudden have time dedicated for your craft. What to focus on? What to do first? 

Luckily, I started a marketing course called Get Clients Now through the Design Trust. This is a perfect time to start it because it gives you a list of things to do and that’s what I really needed during this time of transition.
  
It’s going well and I feel accomplished at the end of the day. It’s been a nice balance of producing new art and admin upkeep. And yes, the course does stress the importance of rewarding yourself! 

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no.4


I spent Christmas break in the studio experimenting and playing and getting messy- it was the best.

The next section of Unfurling focuses on backgrounds. This is where my hoarding comes in handy. I have tons of paper ephemera waiting to be used for just the right project. I loved decoupaging the pieces on, covering them with paint, and then uncovering them again! It’s all about the layers.

They are so beautiful on their own but add so much to a piece as the starting point.

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no. 3

I am loving Christmas break and in the studio pretty much all day everyday. It feels so good just to experiment and play without a destination for the end piece.



Still practicing my portraits. Much better than the last. I need a tabletop easel. The perspective is so different sketching and painting while the work is flat on the table than when you look at it upright.


Painting my hubs was my best attempt, yet. One thing I wish the book would elaborate on is blending and brushes to use. Round, flat, big, small…

The next few pages are on backgrounds, the fun and free stage!

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no.2

I’ve been taking advantage of Christmas break to play in the studio. It’s been fun practicing sketching and shading. It not only exercises your hands but your eyes! Amazing how we draw what we want to see instead of what is actually there.

Today I started the portrait painting. I used a picture of my Mia and ended up with this rough sketch.



Believe me, I thought it was ugly, too! A good tip that is in the book is to keep going when it seems unsalvagable. It’s all about the layers!!

 While it doesn’t at all resemble my Mia (maybe 50 years later), I am pleasantly surprised at how much better it turned out than I thought it would. Not my forte but I love pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Gotta have the courage to push past the ugly!