So you might be wondering what I’ve been up to for the past 10 days. Well, first, I spent the weekend at the beach. The Monday after the beach, I decided to apply to a public arts project. I came across a call for artists to submit a series of horizontal, Seattle-centered 2D art. Seattle is going to choose 2-6 pieces from up to 8 artists to print on 5’x10′ panels that will hang on a construction fence in downtown Seattle for one year.
I decided this would be the perfect incentive for me to finally do the urban landscapes of Seattle’s port! Great idea right? Here’s the catch. The deadline for this application is June 21st. That meant just two weeks to do an entire series of paintings.
The first week, I took photos of the port area of Seattle and cleaned my house. No painting. Now we are in the second week. I have started 4 of the paintings, but have yet to use any paint….and I’m already exhausted. 😦
A few months ago, I bumped into my friend Ryan who had actually hired me at my previous job four years ago. I had just been laid off and was catching up with him and telling him how I was going to take some time to focus on painting. Ryan got really excited and said right then that he wanted me to paint a portrait of his wife Sarah (who also worked with us) and their new baby who had yet to be born (Sarah was about 7 months pregnant at the time.). He was so adamant that this would happen and said that he wanted to do anything he could to help me succeed. I was so touched that this former boss of mine was so supportive of me and my art.
…and sure enough, baby Zoe was born in March and I heard from Ryan just a few weeks later. I went to their house about a month ago and sketched the new mommy with her beautiful baby girl. It was really sweet and Sarah did such a good job keeping Zoe comforted while I was drawing. I’m so pleased with how it came out and hope I get to do more mother/child paintings in the future!
Last Sunday I had my very first kids art party! My good friend Jen loves art and is one of my biggest cheerleaders. She’s always brainstorming to come up with business ideas for me and ways to market them and who to market to. She’s a mom and knows that moms are always looking for new, fun, fresh party ideas. Hence, the Kids Art Party was born…
The first Kids Art Party was thrown at Jen’s awesome beach house for the 2010 graduation class of Interlake Preschool. That’s right, I was hired to throw a painting party for 8 five-year-olds proudly graduating to Kindergarten next year. Enter my mother who spent her entire life as an art teacher. I couldn’t have done it without her advice and support. In fact, she was invited to the party and jumped in when I needed help!
This was also a great opportunity to paint kids faces for the first time. It turned out to be the perfect complement to the art project. The face painting got the kids excited and got their imaginations ignited so they were all ready to paint on their own!
I think a key to my success as an artist will be to integrate creativity into all aspects of my life, including my workouts! When I was at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival a few weeks ago, I met a friend of a friend who happened to be an aerialist performer. I started gushing to her about how cool I thought aerial arts were, especially the silks and how I could only dream of being strong enough and fit enough to do it myself. She told me that I should take an aerial yoga class that her friend was offering. She assured me that anyone could do it, no matter what age, size or fitness level….
Well, I was totally excited to try it, but super nervous. Despite the reassurance that anyone could do it, this video makes it look so intimidating: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUDKTzbqfDM.
Yesterday, I went to an introductory class and sure enough, I could do it! And I loved it and I can’t wait to go again! Next time, I’ll try to get a photo of me hanging upside down in one of the poses. So fun!
I had a great time face painting at the 40th birthday fiesta last night. I made some new friends, plenty of tips and painted lots of beautiful faces!
I’m not going to make it to Petpalooza today. I got the opportunity to face paint at a 40th “fiesta” birthday party and it has taken priority for the day. I had big dreams of getting to both Petpalooza and the fiesta, but just wasn’t able to fit in the hour drive to and from Petpalooza before the party.
I did however make up a little brochure for pet portraits and in lieu of Petpalooza, I’ll be hitting up all the popular organic pet food stores, pet clothing boutiques and doggie day spas in Seattle this week!
Here is a pic of the pet portrait brochure and some fun facepainting practice photos from last night.
It’s that time of the month again! Burlesque drawing day at Dr. Sketchy’s! Our model today was Tamara the Trapeze Lady with her fun-colored tights and her perfect long legs. Much to my dismay, she wasn’t able to pose for us in her trapeze due to limitations of the facility. Sad for me because I’ve always loved aerial arts and acrobatics and was so looking forward to the flying poses. I seriously spent every recess in elementary school in my own little world climbing the bars and teaching myself flips.
Nonetheless, the Trapeze Lady was still a pleasure to draw on the ground reclining in her chair. Now I’ll just have reason to go to the Pink Door to see her perform!