Saturday, August 16, 2014

Catching up on projects and chopping off (even more of) my hair!

I have had these four lovely art doll faeries in limbo for the last several months. With the move of my studio and my life being a bit off kilter for a bit, many of my projects having just been waiting for me to finish them! So finally….some new faeries were born and are up for adoption. Meet my new friends…

Chandra…the Moon Faerie

Plum…the Faerie of Understanding

Tullia…the Faerie of Meditation

Wren…the Earth Faerie

You can find all four now in my Etsy Shoppe!

I have also listed some little wooden boxes. These were a bestseller at Gypsies. A great little box to tuck money in for a graduation or birthday gift, for a tooth faerie box, to keep tiny treasures safe…
or just for small gift giving.

They come in many different colors featuring a variety of my illustrations.

and I got a new do! A little shorter than I planned…but I am loving it. Easy and super cool!
This is is me and one of my BFF's, Ellie, enjoying some vegan soft serve last weekend.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

call of the crow...

Now that my studio is all back together and I love it so much…I have been squeezing in time here and there. We are all home during the summer…so sometimes getting into the studio is not always easy. Also, we have been taking on many projects in the house that we have been putting off. It feels great to check things off our "to-do" list and to finally get some things in order. I am also one of those artists that works better when not surrounded by chaos…it's strange but I feel calmer and more creative when my home is somewhat in order.

We took a trip to Barnes and Noble today to see if the Autumn edition of ARTful Blogging was out and indeed it was…front and center! I have had my copy for a while now so I was surprised when I teared up…I guess I am pretty proud of this accomplishment (and I know you guys are oh so tired of hearing about it! LOL) I will never forget this moment…

(after chopping 16 inches of my hair and donating it…its in a weird transition stage...hence the reason I am hiding behind the magazine…LOL!)

Now on to what I have been creating….

After the closing of Gyspies…I did mourn a bit and was in a dark place for a while, but I was also experiencing a re-birth. That is where "Call of the Crow" comes from. Crows can symbolize death…and I had a lot of crows cawing at me for the last couple of weeks. It's funny…as soon as I was settled back in my home studio and my mood lifted...they left. This is a bit of a self portrait…I have found my smile since then.

And this lovely illustration, "Amongst the Mushrooms", was a piece that kind of just came out while drawing. I missed my little faeries…and she seems perfectly content to me. 
(but she also make me want my bangs back!:))

Monday, July 28, 2014

All settled in....

As you know...I have been in the process of moving my studio back into my home over the last couple of weeks. It has been bitter sweet but I am so happy to be all unpacked and settled back into my new, old work space (teehee). After a little break I will be ready to take on photographing multitudes of pieces that will soon be listed in my Etsy Shop....this will take some time but I am excited about diving in! I think I am happier with my studio than I have ever been!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pure joy.....

The latest issue of Artful Blogging is out for those that pre-ordered.....and I am thrilled beyond words! It is a stunning issue and I am over the moon to be included among such talent! I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts on the issue. <3

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What a journey...

You never really know what each day will bring. I have learned so much over the last year as my mother-in-law and I decided to take on the adventure of owning a small business. We had so many wonderful times and made so many amazing friends, but after much soul searching we came to decision that it was just not for us. There were many things that led to the decision but when all was said and done it was just not the path we were meant to take. I spent way too much time focusing on the retail side of things that I just could not put my heart into my art like I wanted. So, we are closing Gypsies at the end of this month and then my new journey begins. My studio is back home where I can venture into it whenever inspiration is a comforting feeling knowing that I have everything I need just a few steps away. At first I felt as though the closing of our shop was a failure but I know we could have kept going and most likely made a go of it but it just didn't feel right. So as that part of my life comes to an end I feel that I am on the cusp on something wonderful. I look forward to sharing that journey with you...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Our visit to Virginia is coming to an end...

Had a short visit with my family...heading back to New Jersey tomorrow with high hopes for the future. It has been a rough road the last month or two but I am feeling optimistic that everything will fall into place. 

Here is the progress of the mermaid I started on the trip down. So far just pencil as I have only worked on her a few minutes here and there. She is a little sad I think....but i think she is feeling hopeful as well. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Drawing in the car....

With all of my focus being on the shop lately I haven't had as much time to work on my illustrations. I am hoping our little mini vacay to Virginia I can remedy that! :)

Here is the beginning of a new mermaid...