New Year's Resolutions - 2017

I distilled my intentions for 2017 down to this: Survive. Progress*. Enjoy.

There are some concrete goals under each of those headings, and I'll be setting weekly, monthly, and seasonal goals throughout the year, but after 2016, I figured out that I have a pretty good idea of my desired direction and don't need to make resolutions to figure that out (at least not this year).

I still like the idea of using the new calendar year to clarify my intentions and explore new tools to keep me moving forward.

 This quote is something I'll be thinking of as I set my goals:

There is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but, unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person. 
 ~Rumer Godden


 *In the sense of "moving forward".

Digital Collaged Web Graphics for Waveform LLC

I was really happy to have the opportunity to design a new logo and some web graphics for one of my favorite design clients, Waveform LLC. The graphics needed to express the idea of waves, growth, precision, measurement, and the human touch. Waveform does comprehensive online brand creation and management. I really enjoy working for them.

Going With The Wind

Reading Love Letters Written On The Wind
Remember my collage a day project, back in August? It really took on a life of its own, in a way that I'd never even dreamed it could. Digital collage has become my primary creative work, and I want to chase it all the way down the rabbit hole to wonderland.

A couple of months ago, I was looking at my collage above, Crowgirls. This phrase floated through my head: "Even crowgirls get the blues." And like a cosmic smack upside the head, I knew that this was what I'd been looking for: a new identity for my creative work. A second wind to lift my sails and take me off on a new journey. You can read more about that day here.

Crowgirl Studio is my new baby. The response has been amazing. My digitally collaged illustrations are available as prints and cards, and I even put together a calendar for 2015. I hope you'll join me over at the new blog or Tumblr or Pinterest.

I may pop in here, once in a while, to share some thoughts or photos or art/craftwork, but my energies are going into Crowgirl, and I would really love it if you came along for the ride. See you there!

Feeding The Shadow

Feeding the Shadow Within
I am really pleased with my recent work. Collage is a visual language I've always wanted to learn - to do something similar to favorite artists like Nick Bantock or Anahata Katkin. It's complex, beautiful, and hard to do harmoniously. I'm feeling my way into it one piece at a time, learning to use my own creative voice as I remix images from the past and present to make something new.

One of the really lovely things about all the work I've been doing lately is that I now have enough of a body of work that I can get something of a wild hair and go off on a whim and apply to a juried website like InPrint.

InPrint is a juried membership print-on-demand website, and I applied and got in. It's really cool in a lot of ways, because they do more to promote their artists than similar sites and artists get to keep a significantly larger percentage of their sales. While I'm going to be keeping my Society6 shop going (they do greetings cards and phone cases), I'm just a bit overjoyed to be able to share my InPrint store for fine art prints of my work.

Feeding the Shadow Within is available as a print.

Mixed Media Fall

Her Autumn Journey
As we (fingers AND toes crossed) move towards fall, I'm working mostly with digital collage. I love the flexibility of the medium – not to mention how forgiving it is! I can make mistakes without losing anything. Nothing is permanent. It makes me happy to share my work on my Tumblr and here.

How Raven Stole The Sun
A couple of weeks ago, I asked friends to inspire me to create digital collages by offering me a basic idea for a visual story, a single word, or a link to an image to work with. Working my way through the list actually gives me some structure, and that makes it easier to get going on new pieces.

Maid, Mare and Moon
I found myself with an interesting little mental hurdle. For a while, I was fretting, just a little, over what I thought the friends who made suggestions expected to see vs. what I wanted to create from the various ideas. Creating for someone else, vs. creating for myself/the sake of creation.

She Has Turned The Page
For example, this piece was sparked from the idea of "a secret forest grove deep inside an abandoned factory building." This is what I ended up doing with the idea. In the end, I decided that the ideas were meant to serve as springboards and that what I did with them was strictly up to me.