FOR THE LONGEST TIME I have wanted to dive into making box art after seeing a show of Joseph Cornell's Box art work in New York during college days. His biography is very interesting. His house is actually not too far from where I grew up in Flushing Queens during my teenage years. So this was super fun to do!! I reproduced the watercolor owl I did and played with some mixmedia in the back ground. Then placed in shadow box.. I've listed these on my etsy shop! Check it out!
I am thrilled to be embarking on a new journey of making fun tutorial videos that will hopefully inspire everyone that is interested in making things. From crafters, advanced level mix media artists, beginner levels. Anyone that wish to create a unique piece of work for themselves or with a child together. The point is not to make art like me but rather get inspired and see what you can do on your own given the context of the videos as a guide. Mindy Lacefield will be my guest artist in this part one series. She is demonstrating a beautiful art tag making process. I will be launching part two of the lunar theme project with yoga & meditation. And if you sign up now with part one art tutorial now, part 2 yoga and meditation class is free! I kept this launch separate so that you can have a choice and not feel so pressured to do it all. The point is to have fun. Little beginnings are certainly the best.
I hope everyone is having a great labor day weekend! Not sure what happened though the day the contest started. I was in a wedding in Montreal, Canada. Honestly its been a very busy and joan of arc lead kinda of marathon these last few years. At this point. I'm just happy I'm making a living with what I love to do but also understand that the illusion and euphoric starts of any art career has long faded. Though I'm working on retaining the magical part of creating that is the essence of it all. To be in that space, you just got to draw something everyday. No matter how bad it looks or how you feel. You keep going!! haha.
Being in the top 50 for this contest is certainly a huge surprise! There were so many entries!! I don't have any expectations I always believe in challenging yourself and having fun. So thats the attitude I took on. I'm happy I did it. Because I have a sneaker fetish and this was perfect assignment. Here is some pictures of the process. I set up the studio with flowers I got from the market that day and just played with the art and sketching in sketchbooks to painting some florals and just went with it. I really love the floral patterns that are trending on shoes to sneakers and leggings these days so I went with that. The cat came to me in a dream with butterfly wings. I wanted to experiment with black and white florals so I played with it. In the end the complete collection was designed in illustrator with a few coordinates. Then arranged onto the shoe. The shoe layout, I wanted it to layout like how I would buy it online. It was very simple. I didn't really think too much. My plan B was if I did not get in I would just turn this into fabric on spoonflower or add into my portfolio. This was such a sweet gift I'm so thankful. I really needed this push right now after summer has ended. Pushing through goals is one thing though reaching some is seriously cherry on top! Happiness comes from discipline for sure..
My Ellie ;-)
Really excited about They Draw & Cook Site! While working on this project I was thinking about my old blog that I retired and saved. It was all recipes and daily life stuff. Excited now that this could also turn into a fun awakening of that blog and possibly a book. Before I talk too much about it this atleast it is a good start. Problem is I get hungry!! Life is good. Draw and Cook!! ;-)