Monday, May 6, 2013

Pink Daydreams

These are from last week when I was experimenting with some india ink I found in my studio. It was great, messy, fun! It's freeing to make a huge mess and not worry about the consequences or if it's going to look "right." I think these would be amazing if they were printed on fabric and made into scarves or even a dress. On another note, it's finally sunny and beautiful outside! The birds are chirping, the grass is greener, and the air smells so good! I may go sit on the porch and draw! 

♥ Em

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Doing stuff feels good!

A painting in progress.

Some mini paintings, a self portrait in my studio, and sketches for tote bag designs.

Today has been a good day. No, it's been a great day. Mr. Kinsella and I woke up early and went out for breakfast.  This does not happen very often, the going out for breakfast nor the getting up early. We're talking 6:30am on a day off, guys! Anyhow, I dropped him off at work and I headed home and have been working in my studio ever since. Sketching, painting, taking self portraits with my iphone (for artistic purposes only, of course) has all been happening. It feels so good to just do stuff. Ya know? To quit thinking about it, over analyzing it, and fearing it and just doing it makes life so much better. I am recording this so that tomorrow when I get home from work and feel like being a lump on the couch I will remember what it feels like to be productive and stop watching Weeds on Netflix. I'm almost done with Season 8, so I will have to find something to do with my life anyway. I think I might be getting Downton Abbey in the mail though. Crap. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The image above says it all. Everyday I have to remind myself of this. Making art, creating things, using my imagination are all I know. I feel as though it is my purpose on earth to do these things, so why does it have to be so hard somedays? When I get in a slump though I can usually talk myself out of it and remind myself that I have to continue to work hard (probably actually a lot harder than I am), and to never give up on my dreams. Sounds a bit cheesy, but sometimes a little of that is necessary when it comes to staying determined and believing in yourself.  The illustration above that I painted was inspired by this little article I found on Miranda July. She's the coolest. It's pretty inspiring, you should read it :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


these were all painted with gouache on recycled cardboard

Sunday I spent about six hours painting and drawing. I wasn't really in the mood, but it was my day off that I had set aside to do this, so I made myself do it. In six hours I managed to start six different projects, and finish nothing. And I didn't really like any of them. Seriously, this is so frustrating. I finally had a day to myself and I was uninspired and didn't know what I was doing. When these days happen, it can be so hard to keep believing in myself and my big, crazy dreams of working full-time as an artists/illustrator. I really wish I had a mentor to give me encouragement and also constructive critiquing of my work. I miss that about school sometimes. I really have been drawing something mostly everyday, but sometimes they are just sketchbook doodles that I don't really feel like sharing. Above are a couple of the things I started on Sunday. Works in progress.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

More Drawings...

[Day 3] Little flowing plants and stripes...probably will expand more on this in a painting.
[Day 4] I was reading an article in Nylon about Emma Watson on my lunch break. Going to see
The Perks of Being a Wallflower on Friday! I LOVE that book.
[Day 5] Some model in Nylon, Naomi Preizler.

So far for my drawing a day I've done pretty well, but I did miss one day. Like, the day after I announced I was doing this. Haha. Oh well, luckily, I began again the following day. A great way for me to get some drawing done is to do it over my lunch break at work. They are no masterpieces, but it's fun to see what I can create in a few minutes. Also, on Sunday, I decided I am going to be an illustrator. I love drawing, so why not do it for a living? I still want to focus on creating my own art, but it would be cool to have different clients to work with. It is still something I need to research and figure out how to do. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Today is the Day

That's it. I have decided to quit being a slacker. Today I will begin one of my autumn goals: to draw something everyday, even if it is a stick person or a bunch of circles on a post-it. Drawing is something I enjoy and want to excel at, so why do I not do it everyday? Good question. Laziness? Fear? Excuses? My pets are always jumping in my face and wanting attention and they are too cute to not give it to? All of the above are likely reasons. I also want to actually post whatever bit of drawing I do everyday on the blog. That part might be a bit trickier because it requires turning on my scanner and using it...I think I can do this though! I must. Lately, I feel so antsy to do something creative. My mind is constantly thinking about creative endeavors, I'm always looking at wildly imaginative things on the Interweb, I talk about doing and making and drawing and painting, so why don't I, like, pick up a pencil and draw a picture?! Seriously! Sometimes I really frustrate myself. Ya know what I mean? Well, after all of this build up, here is my first drawing (not, like, ever, just for this series). 

Monday, July 30, 2012

a handmade life

While doing mindless work at my day job, I was day dreaming about the life I want. Don't get me wrong, I like my life right now, but I do have goals and hopes and dreams. Lately I have been working extra hard on my Etsy shop, creating, promoting, facebooking, blogging, all that fun stuff, and it makes me realize how much I love and want to support handmade, local, and things that were made with love and care. I would love to buy everything from Etsy or local shops, knowing that my money is going to someone who is working hard to realize their own dream.
It is great to finally know exactly what I want to do in have a path, a purpose, a reason. Creating art and crafts is of top priority right now because I love it and it inspires and fulfills me. I sent out one of my first packages today to a customer and it was so much fun to write a thank you note, add in a surprise gift, and package it thoughtfully. If my career could be sending out handmade presents to people for the rest of my life, I would be very happy.

1) color story for a painting 2) paint palette 3) painting in my shop, "Plant Love"