Hello art lovers!
This Saturday, from 11-5pm is Go West Craft Fest :D (cue Emperor's New Groove moon walk dance..whoot!) It is a beautiful day in West Philly at the Woodlands filled with artists and community members. There are local vendors with handmade goods, art pieces, cards, soaps, clothing, essential oils, hand spun pottery... simply loads of amazing things and amazing people.
It's one of my favorite events of the year because of the amount of artists and community members it brings together and it's set IN THE WOODS :D!! There are also a handful of local performers who will be providing music and entertainment throughout the day. (Last year, there was a traveling trapeze act that brought a whole set up to do trapeze in the park! It was amazing!) I will also be stepping away from my booth at 2pm to perform a set. It's going to be a great time!
Peer Artist Workshop! If you are looking for some hands on art this weekend, a friend and artistic peer- Laura Sallade- is hosting her first watercolor workshop this Saturday from 2-4pm! It will be held in her beautiful, creativity inspiring studio- all materials, a piece you create, a print of Laura's work, plus pie & tea included for just $40! Take a look at her Instagram for a sneak peak! Learn more here: www.laurasallade.com
Please invite any friends who might be interested to both these amazing events and we'll see you Saturday! (There are two beautiful flyers below to share).
Happy Hump Day!
*Above is a piece from my new collection titled "Reef" now on it's way to it's new home in Austin, TX! In love with its playfulness and vibrancy. I'm collecting inspiring images of nature for this collection. Please send any my way if you'd like to see what they inspire!
When I first started painting, I had never taken an art class or even drawn much. I wasn't one of those kids who drew up drawing and painting. Art for me has been a new development. Something I'm still getting used to.
It all started with my musical beyondmate David Colon. When we sang together, our harmonies just wrapped you up and held you close. It was like a third voice. Just completely enveloping and powerful. We recorded a live set from a show we played in San Francisco where a bunch of friends came to support. It was a magical night. We decided to use this recording for our first live album together.
I wanted a watercolor portrait of me and David as the album cover to capture the nuances of our harmonies, our connection with natural elements such as water and to convey the passion and power behind our music. I asked a few friends who were artists to paint it for me but of course, they were very busy with lots of projects (we were in school at the time). So I thought, well, I might as well give it a shot, at least until they have time to get to it. Once I started playing with watercolors, I fell in love. Just any mark on a page with watercolor looks amazing haha. I fell in love with the details, the textures, the nuances and the aliveness that comes with watercolor. They are different from other mediums because they move on their own. The water creates it's own painting inside (and sometimes outside) of your brush marks. In learning to paint, I realized that:
1. i wasn't "ready" at all in the traditional sense to paint a portrait. I had never studied art or attempted it much growing up.
2. i was really in love with the idea of having a watercolor portrait for the album cover.
3. i didn't let either of those reason stop me from trying.
Here's how it turned out:
After making this, I felt encouraged to keep painting. This was hard and took a lot of patience, but it was also extremely rewarding to do the thing that I had really wanted to do.
In approaching new things, I sometimes find myself discrediting my ability- that I am not ready, or skilled enough, or talented enough, or pretty much you name it, ______ enough. This list goes on.
I am working on overcoming these often absolutely pointless concerns by worrying less about the end goal and just doing. Seeing what happens! The worst that could happen in my case is I would totally fail and never show anyone except my roommate at the time Brooke who saw it all. Haha. And she was extremely supportive the whole time and still is! Through trying, I realized that I am capable of doing stuff I've never done before. Once I started, I fell in love with the process and cared less about the end result because I was learning so much in the meantime.
Had I never started, I would never have learned how to actually do the thing I wanted to do.
Instead of simply planning for the right conditions or an immeasurable level of readiness, I am working on saying, "today's the day."
In celebration of today being the day to start something you been really wanting to do, I am giving away the above pictured Salt & Sage album with every online order! Not only is it my first album cover but the CD is a live recording of a show David & I played in San Francisco with powerful vocal harmonies (just thinking about them gives me chills), all original songs and amazing atmosphere including banter form the stage. It feels like you are there :) We have each grown a lot since releasing this- and learned a lot about recording in the meantime haha- but it's a wonderful memento of where we began as a group and where I began as a watercolor artist.
It is also the last day of my Spring sale for 25% OFF all online pieces (in my SHOP or on Instagram). Enter thankthewinter at checkout to receive 25% OFF your order and for today, Friday, April 13th a free copy of my first watercolor portrait and album with Salt & Sage!
Thank you for all your love and support throughout this journey and I am excited to continuing growing together!
Hello friends and family!Hope this finds you enjoying a cozy evening with loved ones and good food.
I am busy in creative mode right now, but wanted to send a quick hello to say that:
1 ~ I am working on a new single to be released this summer!
:D I'm SUPER excited to share what Lee and I have been working on in the studio. (also, stay tuned for some upcoming shows)!
2 ~ I've been digesting so much new info about artistic business through a podcast I've been into called @goaldigger. Sooooo much good info- phew! I am excited to incorporate what I'm learning into my process, making more time for creating art!
3 ~ THANK YOU for all the love and support I have received for my show at Calm Waters Coffee Roasters in Bristol, PA! Many people have sent shout outs and posted pictures of my art up on Instagram. You are amazing!
As a THANK YOU, I am extending my 25% OFF Spring Sale through Friday, April 13th! Enter the code: thankthewinter at checkout. See which pieces resonate with you in the SHOP!
Thank you for all your words, pictures, replies, likes, comments, joining in workshops, support and love. It is so fun to learn and grow with you.