Floral Bunch – Rifle Paper Co Inspired – Flower Series No. 9

A friend of mine is getting married, and that is always a good excuse to paint some cards! These florals are largely based on some of Anna Bond’s (Rifle Paper Co) illustrations. Anna’s work is so whimsical and refreshing. Her combination of her simple, childlike illustrations and grown-up stationery goods makes for an interesting product!

P.S.

I received a comment on my Magnolias post from Jmnowak on how I don’t have to justify my tastes. Good advice! I’m forever trying to explain myself, and frankly, it can be exhausting. She also mentioned painting white flowers on a darker background, and while these flowers are not white, I think it’s a step in that direction! 

 

 

Fall is Here!

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It’s finally fall! In some ways, I think this is everyone’s favorite season (although I’ve never been able to pick a favorite!). The cold, crisp weather, autumn decor, and all-around coziness make it a special time.

This weekend I’m in Kalispell. It is beautiful here! The smoke from the fires is gone and the air feels so clean. There is a light dusting of snow on the mountains and the trees are turning burnt orange and red. (This is another place that sounds so appealing to move to. But I’m pretty grounded back home!)

This season is when the arts and crafts start up again! After a good summer, I’m so excited to start indoor projects again.

My list for this fall:

  • Make a calendar
  • Sew a dress
  • Organize/paint room (halfway done!)
  • Make Christmas cards (maybe sell in a bazaar)
  • Decorate room with fall decor

And don’t forget the fall treats! My list of food to bake this year:

Any tips for other fall activities?

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 🙂

 

Healthy Dose of Thought

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Sometimes starting a blog post is a very hard thing to do. It might take five minutes for me to write the first sentence. And sometimes the first sentence is all I get.

I’m not much of a writer. My brain is filled up with thoughts, ideas, feelings, insecurities, and a whole bunch of nonsense. I can scarcely filter out what I want to say. It’s hard to communicate the inner workings of my brain in a way that people can understand.

Anyone else feel that way?

With anything I do, my inner critic is up to the challenge to discount any talent I may have. I’ve been feeling that a lot lately. (And, just to clarify, I’m not saying this to fish for compliments/praise/etc. I’m just rambling, like I do a lot!) I need to stop having such high expectations for myself. I constantly compare myself to others and (like the quote above) it kills my inspiration and drive to do anything.

I was listening to Kendyll Hillegas talk about self-doubt and she perfectly summed up what I was feeling (with a bit of paraphrasing): comparison is the death of creativity.

When I do look at other artists’ work, I often feel very inspired and motivated to create work that is amazing like theirs, but when I don’t create a masterpiece, the vicious cycle of comparison begins.

In hindsight, the comparison isn’t relevant, because my style of drawing is so different, and even my experience is so limited. It’s like comparing apples and oranges.

So if you take anything away from this rambling, I’d say to be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break from the constant pressures of social media, perfectionism, and your inner critic.

Hope this helped you out! I know it made me feel better 🙂