Art is a gift that should be given and shared! This Christmas season, I have decided to send original pieces of art (in the form of cards) out. I have been working pretty hard on a fresh batch, and I am loving what’s coming out! If you’re a lucky one, you’ll get a card in the mail this season ^_^
Although I totally love drawing and painting, small-scale collaged pieces are pieces I go nuts over. I was once really into the artist trading cards. I made about 30 of them, all collaged, and to this day they are still some of my favorite compositions/art pieces. So, I will spend the rest of the week finishing up and the cards, writing and sending them off to their new recipients. I hope the artwork is liked enough to frame and keep…let’s hope.
My friends and family have also suggested that I turn my art into postcards! What a fun idea! So, in the new year, I’ll take my drawings and transform them into actual free art (art with wings that fly across the globe.) A lot of my favorite modern artists are making their pieces into fun and kitschy kinds of merchandise, so I kinda wanna follow in their footsteps and do the same.
One of those favorite artists is Sara M. Lyons! http://saramlyons.tumblr.com/
She’s too cool! My sister bought me a “whatever forever “ bag last year, and I absolutely loved it. I have been following her on Instagram and other social media sites (hi, I’m a stalker) and I totally love the way she markets herself and her stuff. She calls herself “a professional weirdo” but, I think she’s professionally rad.
She makes a lot of super cute nail decals (another thing my sister got me for x-mas) and, she turned her illustrations into postcards and buttons… so ya, I’m totally inspired to do the same.
Her art is super quirky and cool. I think everyone should definitely check her out and/or at least follow her on Instagram @saramlyons . She inspires me and kinda reminds me to not take things so seriously. Life is meant to be lived….
And I guess, I don’t know, maybe because I reside in nowheres-vill Oahu where coolness is bought not born, it’s hard to imagine that miss Lyons’ is an actual person, and not some television character, but …ya, 2014, thanks to the internet (lol) it’s true…cool people do exist in this world.
And here’s the “and more…” you’ve all been waiting for.
So, starting next week I’m going back to the “bump-and-grind” of working for the man…. This time off from work has been lovely. The space away from people has allowed my heart and mind to heal, and I feel like I’m ready to be a person again, and so I earlier this week I was offered a position as the Admin Assistant to the Director of Early Childhood Education at a Hawaiian Preschool, and I couldn’t say no.
I’m not going to lie, a BIG part of me is sad that I won’t be able to stay home and/or go to the studio to do my artwork, but another part of me is excited for a new chapter in my life. I know this seems pretty nerdy, but I’m excited to pay off my student loans and credit card bills. I want to get all of that behind me, and be able to *really* save money to travel and (again) invest in myself—I could maybe even start applying again for masters programs and/or getting my education degree, who knows?
But, a small secret : I’ve always had dreams of opening my own traveling art school. I have even worked on a rough draft of a business plan, but never had the means or connections in making it into a reality. I feel like the time at this non-profit organization will propel me in the right direction for positive /professional growth. So…8:30am, Monday morning I’ll be back at it again…
Wish me luck…