Fall 2017 Floral

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So this is a bit different! This painting started out as a quick sketch that sat on my desk for a week. I just had to finish it, though, because I had a plan for it. Kind of. I knew I wanted to make it fall related, and include a fall floral print, but that is the extent of my planning.

When I create art, it usually comes from a modge-podge of ideas and inspiration. This piece is no different.

Maybe if I share some of those ideas, it might spark creativity in others, too! I so appreciate looking back at other illustrators’ blog posts or Instagram pictures to study and learn from their creative processes and inspiration. It is so interesting!

Note: Hope everyone is doing well! We’ve been experiencing the ash and smoke from the Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge. It makes everything grey and dirty feeling! I can’t wait to see blue sky again. Actually, regular clouds would be welcome too 🙂

 

It’s almost summer!

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It’s me again. I’ve been MIA lately…I’ve been ruminating a lot 🙂

But back to the subject at hand…in the PNW, we’re getting pretty excited to see sunshine in our weather forecast, especially since we’ve had the second rainiest season since 1999! You could say we want to break out our sunbathing gear and add some color to our pasty-white legs!

This lovely lady modeling the swimsuit is inspired by me *blushes*.

I’m being serious. I ordered the top from LimeRicki (and I got it on discount! Score!) and it arrived today! Now I am waiting patiently for the bottoms to come.

For a while, I’ve been debating on whether I should invest in a new swimsuit, and lo and behold, I finally broke down and bought one. I’m going to California in two weeks and you have to have a cute swimsuit if you’re going to be in the sun 24/7! California…haven’t been there before, but I’m looking forward to it! Beaches, sunshine, palm trees, etc. Senior trip goals, if you ask me!

Anyway, back to swimsuits.

I’m just an average girl, with an average body (let’s face it…I could stand to lose a few). But I’m trying to tell myself that it doesn’t matter what type of body I have; what matters is what is inside. That is one hard piece of advice to take.

Especially when swimsuit season rolls around.

I can get so caught up in wanting the perfect body, but what for, I ask? So I can look sexy in a swimsuit? So I can be more physically attractive? If the answer is yes, then I don’t think that is such a good thing.

Yes, I do want to appear decent (okay vanity, a little bit more than “decent”) but when it comes to being attractive, it is good personality and character that makes one attractive. And I want people to like me because of my nature. I don’t want my relationships to be based off of superficial and material things.

Capiche? 🙂

That’s a lot of rambling; I apologize if you got a little foggy-brained!

2017

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2017 seems to be off to a good start! Having a Monday off work really sets it off with a bang for me 🙂

I did not make any new year’s resolutions. They never work for me. I think I need a slow transition into any change. If I try to ban myself from some *not so good* parts of my lifestyle (candy, hello?), I end up failing, then I feel kind of depressed by my lack of will power. Stupid.

Baby steps, right?

One thing I’d love to start fresh with is being more organized. My filing system here at home is a nightmare. I have so many illustrations lying around that need to be put away. I did come up with several ideas, but I still haven’t executed any of them. Ugh 😉

Okay I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. I have several good things going for me right now. Good job + good art supplies + free time + good friends + lots of inspiration + lots of ideas.

Now, about those ideas…I need to start writing them down! They escape way too easily.

Good luck to y’all on your new year’s resolutions! I admire you for your motivation.

Best,

Caroline

Happy New Year!

 

 

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Well folks, 2016 is almost over! This year has been filled with so much!

Starting in February, I launched Illustration Avenue. I can say I’ve learned quite a bit from the first few months. In those *early* days (okay, it wasn’t that long ago), I didn’t even have my own computer or scanner to share my work. I remember using the computer labs at school to edit low-resolution pictures from my phone. Ugh, it was such a pain! I’m thankful for my equipment now!

Another discovery: good-quality watercolor paint. I have never regretted switching my Reeves paints for Winsor & Newton. The colors are so much more vibrant.

Sharing work more often has definitely increased traffic to the blog, as well as not feeling so bashful about telling people about my website. That being said, it is something that is still hard to do.

I learned I love to communicate with other bloggers. Knowing how much I love feedback, I love to give it as well. Thank you for all of the advice!

2016 has had many changes in my day-to-day life as well! In January, I had just quit my job as a server at a senior living place. I was totally okay with being jobless for a while, but I did kindly get a job offer, which I accepted with ease. The job I have now fits so well with my schedule and I’m very content there.

I’ve learned a lot of life lessons too! Meeting new friends has definitely expanded my horizons and loosened my death grip I had on my comfort zone.

Going to Alaska in July was a trip I’ll never forget! (The experience of being charged by a moose tends to stick in your mind.) It is so beautiful there with the glaciers and endless scenery to feast your eyes on 🙂

The most important lesson that seems to stick with me is how much you need your family. Of all of the memories I have of 2016, they all are connected to family in some way. It is a good thing family sticks through thick and thin. My family gives me so much love and support….where would I be without them?

Best wishes to you in the coming year!