Thursday, July 25, 2013

shaping up

I've been playing around with a lot of shapes in pleasant pastel colors for a personal project, and some of the initial doodles I did were too cute not to slap some eyeballs on and animate in photoshop. Hey kids: you too can go to art school and take one animation class and retain NONE OF IT, and then 5 years later figure out how to animate in photoshop and go do your own thing!

These little buddies work perfectly with my summer playlist, which I made last year but keep adding to whenever I find something that fits my ideal summer dreams: friends in the car, driving to the beach with the windows down and no plans other than eating snacks and reading trashy magazines.

Friday, July 19, 2013

clothes line

I finally said it out loud a week ago and haven't been able to stop thinking about it: I'm in a fashion rut. It seems redonk - my closet is definitely as full as it can get (small apartment), and it's full of pieces I really like. But something's not right, there's a disturbance in the force. My tastes are changing or I'm getting bored with what I have. Summer is certainly tricky in Minnesota, since most of the year I'm hoarding and wearing cold weather clothing, and then July rolls around and HELLO 90 degree weather! (Everyone who lives in a hotter state is probably laughing bitterly at me for complaining about this)

It would be nice if I could just run out and drop boom boom dollars on new clothing, but currently I'm trying to keep my extraneous spending at a minimum. Freelance life, baby. I'M ROLLING IN THE UNSTEADY AND UNTRUSTWORTHY DOLLARS. Maybe that's a good thing, though, because now I have time to plan. Have you ever felt like you need a total closet revamp? What do you do, because (real talk) I feel like sitting on the ground and crying until someone fixes it for me. And here's the thing: it's just clothing, and I have what I need. So I'm trying to remember that through all this frustration.

I've been paying extra attention to the ladies that make it onto my outfit inspiration board: what is it that draws me to their style? Bryan pointed out the other day that I seem to be the happiest (and look the best) in outfits with simple but interesting pieces that fit well, and that's what I'm seeing on these ladies:

fashion is a playground / lucy laucht (at least I've already got a hat like this!)

I'll let you know, dearest bloggie, if I ever remedy this very non-emergency issue... but in the meantime, who wants to give me a makeover? Preferably while we listen to the entire Clueless soundtrack.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

petal pusher

A T T E N T I O N ! Are you a recently married person/celebrating a wedding anniversary/looking for a belated wedding gift/just like paintings of flowers? Well my friend, I have just the thing for you!

As of now I'm taking commissions to do illustrated portraits of your wedding bouquet! The world of freelance is a fun but prickly place, and I'm looking into any avenue that will allow me to keep making art but also, you know, provide myself sustenance and shelter. I think it's pretty clear by now that I love love love drawing flowers and plants of all kinds, and I've been getting back into watercolor on the regular, so this was the clear next step.

Some details, if you're interested in one for yourself or some newlyweds that you know and like:

-The painting will be 9x9 inches, perfectly sized for this simple frame from Ikea
-This is not a print, you'll get the original watercolor painting!
-Pricing will range on the complexity of your chosen bouquet, starting at $100. 
-Shipping within the U.S. is included, if you're international we'll work something out. (And if you're in the Twin Cities I'd be happy to do a drop off at a local coffee shop!)
-I am by no means a student of realism, so this will be a stylized painting. See below for details.
-The process will take about two weeks to complete (before shipping), unless you'd like to approve a sketch, in which case I can't quite estimate the timing.
-Paypal is my preferred method of payment, and unfortunately I won't be able to offer refunds.

If you're super into this idea, here's what I'll need from you:

-Photos of the bouquet from different angles. 
-If you'd like, the exact wording for you & your partner's name and the date of your wedding.
-An initial e-mail from you so we can talk pricing and my schedule.

As a warm up for this project the lovely Maggie volunteered to be my first customer. Guys, Maggie is seriously the sweetest and most adorable person ever. Here are some more photos from when we installed it in her (also sweet and adorable) apartment:

 Here's an example of the "stylization" I'm talking about - a photo from Maggie's wedding day (by the great Gene Pease) vs. a scan of the painting itself. Also watercolor is a serious pain to scan - does anyone have any tips? 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

summer lovin'

This post of summer photos (film & iphone-made) is brought to you by the following:

-This song, on repeat
-as many fancy salads as I have time for (1, 2, 3, 4!)
-multiple viewings of Dazed & Confused 
-learning how to do a french fishtail.


cabin 2013 grill check french fish braid cabin 2013  


R1-06089-009Acabin 2013