The St. Louis Park Art Fair went amazing! I truly couldn’t have wished for a better experience. It exceeded every expectation and even hope I had. I am so, so grateful to have been able to participate and meet and talk with so many wonderful artists and visitors. =)
This was the first time I’d ever been to the Outdoor Recreation Center and it was really cool to see it in person. It’s an interesting space, and kinda perfect for an art fair.
And I got my first official booth photo, too, which I am so happy about!
I probably won’t use pro panels again, though. Moving and transporting them… hurts. And I have bruises all over my arms and legs as a result, lol. Last night when I got home, I literally passed out on my couch I was so tired. I think in the future I may invest in a mesh wall tent or something that is lightweight and small enough that I will not have to use a U-Haul and risk being squashed. They did do a wonderful job though of keeping my things safe from the wind and my god, when they’re put together, they make for quite a sturdy structure.
Now, I’m back to the grind, working on drawing. I would love to have my current drawing done by the end of the month. I suppose I will see if I can manage this! If not, no worries.
Here’s my progress so far. (It’s still a bit a mess!)
Well I’ll see ya!
So yesterday I decided to take all the furniture out of my living room and set up a “rough draft” of my art fair display in there. Will say it was some sweaty work and today I am so, so sore and tired… But I am happy to have done it because now I have a good idea of what framed works I want to show and in what manner. Here are some photos of the set up!
That last photo is two projects I made while in college, ha. The first is my senior thesis, which is a handmade box containing “a week’s worth of dreams.” In the box, there’s seven handmade artist books, each representing one day of the week, and each artist book consists of an illustration of a dream an original character had that day. The second project is a handmade zine (first version was an artist book, but I’ve since made it into a zine) consisting of 8 sad girls in sad situations.
I really hope with time I can get back into making artist books and zines. I really miss that.
I also want to learn how to sew better and make little plush dolls and creatures. I am thinking maybe I can start working on that in the winter time when I’ll be stuck inside due to the cold?
For now, I’m just drawing away! My coyote drawing is coming along and I’m aiming to have it done by mid-September.
Okay, well that’s all so I’m gonna go and leave here this pretty and comforting song for anyone to enjoy in the meantime,
Things have been insanely GO GO GO lately, and I apologize for my lack of updates. I am going to do my best here to get this blog up to speed with what all’s been going on.
First off, a couple weeks ago, I took part in an art fair called “Bi+ Fair”, which was organized by the Bisexual Organizing Project, an organization I’ve been casually following for a couple years now. They sent out an email last spring about whether any bi+ artists would be interested in taking part in a DIY art fair and, as a bi+ artist myself, of course I said yes! =)
Sadly, I forgot to take any pictures while at the fair, but I do have a picture of my table set up, which I took in my art studio the night before.
While at the fair, I was able to talk with the other artists there. Going by my memory, I believe there were around 6 or 7 other artists. Unfortunately, I did not grab the business cards of all these artists, which I regret, but I will share the work of a couple whose names I remembered!
Below is a piece by Casper Warren. I actually bought a print of this piece and am very excited to soon have it on my wall. =)
I also really enjoyed the work of Ayshia Yaeger. I’m wishing I could have snapped some photos of their work while at the event because, not having an Instagram myself, I don’t have access to images of the work they had displayed! However, after doing some Google detective work, I did find one image that gives a glimpse into their artistic style. Please click their name above to see more of their work via Instagram!
Since the Bi+ Art Fair, I’ve just been toiling away at tasks relating to the St. Louis Park Art Fair. Especially, I have been figuring out how to move Pro Panels around without killing myself and destroying all the objects in my apartment, which has been fun, haha. This actually reminds me… last night I had a dream I had just arrived to the St. Louis Park Art Fair to set my booth up, only to realize I had forgotten the Pro Panels! It was basically a, “oh my god, you’re running LATE and you forgot THIS” kind of panic dream. I guess I must be nervous on some unconcious, well now conscious, level.
Alright, I think that’s all I’m going to share for now.
Hey, things have been alright. I’m busy, but in a way that has been highly enjoyable. I’ve spent nearly every day this last week working nonstop on things I want to display and sell at the art fair in September. I’m thinking my main focus for that fair will be art prints, original artwork, zines, and artist books. I already have some things stocked up from previous art shows and fairs to use, but I’m hoping to expand on those things and include some artwork I’ve long had stuffed in various boxes, sketchbooks, and portfolios. Many of these poor little drawings have not seen the light of day in years and I’ve taken it upon myself to bring them back into the world. I matted and packaged a bunch of them today and it makes me so happy to see them all spruced up and shiny new.
Here’s a couple photos of some those drawings while I was in the middle of getting them ready…
And here are a couple of some drawings all packaged and ready to go!
That may be all I have to share. I haven’t done too much else lately. The smoke from the Canadian wildfires that is currently lingering over my home state has put me in a quarantine-like state. My lungs have made it quite clear to me that they hate this smoke, and that I need to stay inside. Otherwise, I will pay. And in some sense I have already paid, having thought yesterday I could get away with a trip to the grocery store and with running my window a/c unit while I slept. Yeah, nope. Lungs were not happy about that.
Okay well I’ll write again later.
Hello. I’m all done with this drawing now. It’s drawing #7 of what’s going to be a large amount of drawings (don’t know the exact number yet) for the Taiga Series. I’m feeling pretty tired from working on it, ha. Like I kinda feel like I just got run over by a truck. As much as I enjoyed working on this, I am happy to be moving on to the next thing.
On September 11th I’m going to be taking part in the St. Louis Park Art Fair and I’m so excited! It’s been a long time since I’ve been in an art fair. The amount of things I need to do to prepare for it I’m finding is overwhelming, but I like that. After a year of quarantining and nothingness, it’s refreshing to have a massive to do list. I will do my best to update here more often as a way to hold myself accountable with my progress! I want to be sure I get everything done.
A few weeks ago, I visited the studio and art business of a local artist here in the Twin Cities whose work I’ve always admired, Heather Renaux (https://www.heatherrenaux.com). All I can say is the visit left me incredibly inspired. It also left me with this clarity I have been searching for all the last year, like, I left realizing I knew what I wanted to do with my art. I want to have an art business! Like really have one, not half-have-one, like I have over the years. Getting a glimpse into Heather’s art practice was like getting a glimpse into how I could one day make a full-time living from my art, if I could manage it that is… I’m definitely ready to try. I feel like I’ve been treading water for years, not really knowing how to apply my art to the real world. But now here’s something that’s giving me all the feels and motivation. Maybe this is it!
Finally got the whole composition filled in. I’m still in the early stages of this, though, as one might be able to discern due to how underworked the values are. While there will be a lot of hard whites and blacks in this piece, there certainly won’t be this much. Or at least that is my plan. I guess you never know what curve balls a drawing has in store for you until you’re in the thick of it.
I can’t wait until I get done! I sketched out my next piece for the Taiga Series and it’s going to be a coyote! I really, really want to work on the coyote, so I admit I’m feeling a bit in a rush to get this one done!
Life has felt strange lately. I think it’s because of how transitionary everything is right now. I walk into the grocery store and suddenly I see visible faces alongside masked faces. I drive through downtown during rush hour and find myself in a grid lock because… I’m now no longer one of few people who commutes to work. I see crowds on the TV, in person, I see people out and about. There’s more energy. But also confusion, like… what?
And then there’s just my own self. My own body. I feel like I’m in some kind of transition, too, like I’m trying to acclimate to my post-pandemic self. Maybe I feel like I’m some kind of in-between person. Like there was Pre-pandemic Me, and then there was Pandemic Me, and now here’s Post-pandemic Me, and I don’t really understand her yet. Like she sometimes thinks she can go right back to being Pre-pandemic Me, but then she remembers that Pandemic Me came along and changed her in ways that are permanent. Pre-pandemic Me is somebody she can only have remnants of, not all of, and Pandemic Me is somebody she must accept and invite in, even if that person scares her on some level, because that person was sick a lot. How to integrate the experiences of the last year and a half? How to navigate now? How to just be okay with where I’m at, and where I’m going?
I’m hoping this all gets a little easier with time, both personally and societally. Much of it will depend on the nature of the pandemic here. Will things get bad again? Or will there be steady improvement?
Anyway, that is all I’ve got.
Here’s a progress shot of where I’m at with my next drawing. (It’s cropped – it’s bigger than what is visible here.) I’m not too far, but farther than I thought I would be, as I’ve been somewhat distracted as of late.
Outside has been an inferno. I’ve spent the last two weeks avoiding the outside as much as possible, preferring instead to spend whole days after work beside my beloved window a/c units. These little guys are seriously heros. The places in my apartment that don’t have a window a/c unit? Have been 90 degrees at some points… AKA, not very inhabitable, at least for someone like me. I don’t handle the heat well.
I’d probably be farther along with this drawing if I wasn’t also currently infatuated with sound and trying to make sound art that doesn’t sound bad. It’s been taking a lot of time to learn this art language. Every time I think I’ve got something that’s maybe medicore, I learn something new about sound and music and realize I need to rework what I have and essentially start over. I am amazed by how much new information I have absorbed and how much left there is to absorb. It’ll likely be years before I can get to a point where I can effectively work with sound. And that’s only if I stay dedicated.
Anyway, I’ll be back soon!
Well it’s all done. The crying highland cow. I didn’t get done with this as quickly as I hoped, but that’s alright. Sometimes things take longer than expected. Sometimes things are more complicated than expected. Sometimes the creative journey is filled with mountains, not just fields. Either way, it’s all still fun.
Like really fun.
I’ve been feeling more creative lately. I’ve been playing around in artistic mediums I haven’t ever worked in before. It’s made me feel young, like I’m learning how to make art for the first time. It’s made me remember when I was a teenager and how creating visual art was new to me, how drawing and painting felt like an endless, joyous expanse of exploration and discovery. It’s so fun to be able to feel like this again.
I’ll be starting another lynx drawing this week. Hopefully I will have some progress shots to share soon! =)
Well I’m still working on my commission piece. It’s coming along very slowly. Maybe I can finish it in the next 2 weeks. I am certainly going to aspire to that.
Spring is here and, with that, a desire to go outside. So I have been doing a lot of that lately: going outside. I think this is impacting my ability to finish this piece in a timely manner. I also acquired a record player from a friend of mine who is moving. It’s an old record player and I wouldn’t say by any means its sound quality is great, but it works good enough and has inspired me to start building a record collection, something I’ve been wanting to do since the dawn of time. Yesteday, I ventured out and sought out my first official records for the collection. It was so much fun!
Since I had my second vaccine appointment yesterday, I went with records that are good for listening to while laying lifeless and sore on the couch. These were my choices:
Two artists who are without a doubt beautiful, old souls and extraordinarily talented at what they do. On the left is Weyes Blood’s “Titantic Rising” and on the right is Adrianne Lenker’s “abysskiss.”
Take a listen if you like!!
Okay, that is all I have. Hopefully by my next update I will be done with my commission!
Here’s a progress shot of the commission drawing I am working on. I’m just beginning to make sense of the color scheme. It’s going to have predominately blue hues with purple, yellow, pink, and green hues scattered throughout, I’m thinking.
Crossing my fingers nothing goes wrong. Unfortunately, if something does, I’ll have to start over because I can’t erase colored pencil!
This is a picture of my cat, Marcel, which I took today. It just hit me he is going to be 10 months old next month… Already all grown up. I can tell pandemic time has messed with my brain because it seems like just yesterday I brought him home at the ripe age of 8 weeks. It’s unbelievable to me how much time has passed, as well as all the events that happened within that period of time. Here I am today, walking around and healthy and soon to end my isolation. Didn’t really think that’d be the case months ago.
Hopefully I can get the commission drawing done in the next 1-2 weeks. I wasn’t too productive earlier this week, but have thankfully found some much needed momentum in recent days!