I know I am not the best at updating my blog. I seriously average 2 posts a year. Not cool, I know.
So here is my mid-year update.
I have been slower than normal with all of the craziness that has been going on. I had nothing going on during the lock down. Then I had more work than I could handle, and now I have no work again. It has been a crazy ride for me that has really given me the opportunity to reflect on my life.
Art has always been a major part of my life, in whatever form I was currently practicing. While not being able to go out and paint, I have been painting in my studio again, and have re-discovered my birth art.
Over a 2 month journey, I have decided to become a DONA certified Doula. I have not felt this level of excitement and inspiration in a long time. Connecting with women and mothers is actually my favorite part of painting nurseries, and I am excited and honored to dive more into that part of myself.
As my role as a Doula develops, I see my art business start to focus more on nursery murals, and my canvas art really start to dive deep into birth. I am excited to see how this morphs and changes over the years.
I hope that things are going well for everyone out there. Thank you for being my people. <3
Full disclosure, I have written and re-written this post about 5 times. No matter how many times I write it, I feel like I am being overly “YAY IT’S THE NEW YEAR LET’S TALK ABOUT OUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR!!!”
So at the risk of seeming annoying, LET’S TALK ABOUT OUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR!!!
New Year, New You?
The beginning of the year is a time many people set drastic New Year’s Resolutions. New Year, New You! Right? Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but the New Year does not bring a clean slate with it. You are still the same person, influenced by the same lifetime of choices and experience as you were at the end of 2019. What the New Year, New You mantra does not account for is acceptance of the person that you are. You do not need to be a New You. Even if you want something in your life to be different, it starts with accepting who you are, right now, in this moment.
Start with acknowledging the progress you have made in your journey right now. What did you get done this last year? What progress did you make? Any accomplishments to celebrate? Did you dream a little bigger? Did you quit a toxic job or relationship? Did you take steps towards creating your dream? Did you choose to let past anger go? Did you forgive someone? How about yourself? Did you chose love over hate? Did you take a trip? Share a cup of coffee with a loved one? Whatever happened this year that was positive, take a moment to reflect on it and celebrate it.
Harness Potential Energy
Though the New Year does not bring a clean slate, what it does bring is the opportunity to harness the potential energy that is stored in the world around you right now. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, right now is Winter. Energy is currently being stored all around you, waiting for the right time to start the process of new life all around us. Now is the time to get clear on your direction for the year. Now is the time to state what you want this year to bring. Now is the time to make an action plan to make that happen. By getting clear now, you will be ready to harness the energy of spring as it comes upon us.
What do you want to create this year? What do you want to be celebrating on your list of accomplishments next year? This year for me is about accountability, consistency, flexibility, and understanding. I will get more art in different venues. I will be more involved in the art community and my local community as well. I will continue to provide for my family through my art and teaching. I will continue my path of self-growth, healing, and expansion. I will continue to educate myself on children and how to best communicate with them.
I am so excited to be here in 2020. Let’s make some ART!
Isn’t that always our excuse? Why didn’t you get this done (read: update your website and blog more often)? Well, I was busy…
So here’s the truth, I HAVE been busy, but that is no excuse to not keep up on sharing what I have been busy DOING!
This summer I spent almost a month painting the sides of a workshop in Windsor, CO, which was thankfully about 10 minutes from my house. There was a section above a covered patio roof that hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit by about 10 am. Super hot, but super fun to paint! I had a blast!
I also had the pleasure of painting at Quality Choice Dispensaries in Colorado Springs for 4/20! This piece is fluorescent, so it lights up under black lights which looks SO COOL. I was able to bring my sister, Faith, with me to work on this, which was so much fun! In true April in Colorado fashion, we had to overcome getting snowed out, white out conditions driving home once during the day and once at night, getting rained out, and sun so direct and hot we both had some amazing sunburns. #coloradoweather #youknowwhatImean
I have also registered by business officially, am now fully insured, and even have my sales tax license! You know what that means? Canvas art is now officially for SALE! You will be seeing posts announcing shows and galleries soon, so keep an eye out! If you are interested in any of my pieces, please fill out a contact form or message me via email or social media and I will get back to you shortly!
Other projects this summer have included:
Horse and Cowboy– Castle Rock Funeral and Cremation Services- Castle Rock, Colorado
This was a panel mural that was a recreation of a long standing piece marking this funeral home.
PetDine tails- PetDine- Fort Collins, Colorado
I did a couple of pieces here in the entryway and lounge area in the main office for PetDine, a pet treat manufacturer.
Indian Landmarks– Serene Indian Cuisine- Denver, Colorado
This piece was created on a cinder block wall that was REALLY HARD TO MAKE STRAIGHT LINES ON. It’s a good thing I didn’t have to do anything straight or involving a rich cultural architectural design heavy on symmetry or this project would have been SUPER difficult and taken three times as long as I thought it would….*shifty eyes*
Friends– MidiCi DTC- Denver, Colorado
This piece was a whirlwind project created from first meeting to finish in about 16 hours. I was able to bring both of my sisters to this project, which was a total blessing due to the many setbacks including having to buy a brand new computer! But thankfully, we somehow pulled through and I love the result!
So there it is…the summer in one really freaking long blog post…I would like to promise that I will be better about updates…and that is my goal…but the truth of the matter is I am a working artist with 3 young children…so we shall see!
If you or anyone you know may be interested in having some custom art created in their space, please reach out to me! I would love to set up a free design consult to see if I can be of service!
Well, as you can see if you look back on my last post, I have been back working since November of last year, and I haven’t written a post since then.
I guess that is the first lesson. I need to be more diligent about writing posts so everyone can stay up to date on what is happening!
Because, to be honest, SO much is happening.
I have taken on my sister as my apprentice.
I created my second piece at the Denver Aquarium.
I have been busy with murals, booking almost every weekend at this point.
Oh, and WE MOVED!
That’s right! I am not longer based out of Aurora. We have moved to our “raise our kids home” in Johnstown, Colorado!
We absolutely LOVE it here and are so excited for this next chapter in our lives.
So now that we are all officially caught up, this is the part where I make a promise to be better about updating my blog as projects happen, but I might not honestly do that, so I suggest, for the most recent and fairly regular updates, follow me on Instagram @myartiststouch
So as some of you know, I took some time off to have my third baby, Owen Alexander. He was born July 13th, and was 9 lbs. 2 oz. and 21.5 inches long! My biggest child by far. It has been an adventure trying to find our new normal and adjusting to life playing zone parenting with my husband. Life had kind of settled down a bit and just this past month I have decided I am ready to get back to work!
Already since my return I have been super busy! So let’s start at the beginning with the updates. I was able to complete a mural project I have been working on for almost a year for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. This project was very exciting to see actually go on the wall as I had been talking design and planning for so long!
I also participated in my first art showcase a couple of weeks ago, Ovation presented by RAW. It was held at the Church nightclub downtown. It was CRAZY to get ready for, but I learned so much and feel so much more prepared and excited to participate in my next one!
We have also decided that it is time to move and have started packing our home. Our home, though full of love, is tight on space. We have no idea where we are going to end up, but we want to be ready when the right place shows up. Luck favors the prepared!
Told you it was a lot! Thank you everyone for sticking with me during my break, and now that I am back I am so excited to be making new connections and transforming space once again!
I had the honor this weekend to work on a beautiful project for some really cool people in Cherry Creek North. Signet is an artisan jewelry and home products shop that will be opening early March, 2018. They commissioned me to create this mural outside of their store off of 3rd and Fillmore because it blends perfectly with their high emphasis of the value of non-production art.
There is nothing more meaningful or beautiful than a piece of art that is one-of-a-kind. You can feel all of the creative energy the artist poured into the piece. It speaks to you in a way that production art just cannot compete with. You can fall in love with it, and it can love you back.
This is what they are about, and I loved creating a piece that was for them. So many people stopped to see the mural and talk about it just in the two short days I was there. It was an awesome experience as most of my work up to this point has been done inside and I have been for the most part alone while I worked. This was a refreshing difference, and I LOVED it!
So here’s to this amazing project and to the amazing people I got to meet while I worked on it!
This last week I was honored to be able to create a piece at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, CO. A previous mural had been water damaged and the drywall underneath had to be removed and replaced. I came in after hours and painted while beautiful sharks swam behind me!
This was extra special for me because my grandmother, who passed on in January of this year, absolutely LOVED the Aquarium. We have been there many times together and being there again allowed me to visit with her memories in a special way.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to create a piece of art, in memory of my grandmother, in a place so fondly remembered.
Thank you so much! And to my grandmother, wherever she may be, this one’s for you!