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I love showing my work. It really gives me a positive feeling to share what I love to do with others. But you know what feels even better? Sharing that feeling with other artists! I mean, I have helped to set up shows before but this was the first time my name was officially listed curating a show.
I mean, I'm not in Austin anymore- I am back now.
I gotta say, it was another great trip. Willie Nelson was amazing, as was Sturgill Simpson...the barbecue and tacos were delicious...the honky-tonks were fun...the art was EVERYWHERE...oh, and it was fun visiting out NC/NY friend Scott and his kitty Surfer Girl, too!
All in all, it was a great trip...and yup, I made art every day I was there!
(Here is a link to a post about last year's trip to Austin, there are tons of mural pics- and we still didn't see them all!)
...and of COURSE I worked on my daily art while I was in Austin!
I planned my materials for this month knowing that I would be taking this trip- and also considering a visit from John's sister...a glass fusing workshop with my students...teaching a week of Fashion Camp...an Art Hive event...annnnnd an AP Workshop. Let's just say it's gonna be kinda hectic- so I planned on using the graphitone pencils, watercolors and ink based on portability.
What I guess I forgot was DRY TIME- yikes! I reckon I could grab a hair dryer to speed up the process- but not while traveling. So I had to start my pieces earlier in the day, even if it was in small spurts to allow for my dry time. For example, it might take me a few minutes to lightly sketch out the image and then do the first layer of graphitone on the face- but then I would go back in with 1-2 more layers to build up value, each layer having to dry. Same with the watercolor. So working a little here and there has been my saving grace so far.
...oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister, Morgan!! Love you!
Butterflies are a reoccurring theme in my work since...well, since forever. I was thinking, 'hey, I should write up an intro- you know, give some background on why I keep using butterflies in my work.'
Turns out- I already did! #win
I took a bit of time back in 2016 to give some proper background and I feel that it still fits- so for once in my life I am going to make it easier on myself and say, hey- please visit that link (above) for more background info!
In the meantime, here is my most recent series dedicated to butterflies- my #ButterflyBellaJLG series from July 2016. I really loved how this series turned out so I am so excited about revisiting it...and you know, I am just excited to get back to my big eyed ladies- it's been a minute!
What will be new for this round? I'm not sure. I can already see from the first two gals that I am making an effort to give some kind of background, even if it's just some light, textured watercolor. I thought about maybe doing some mixed media elements later in the series...gonna leave it open-ended and see what takes flight!
Here are my first two Bellas;
Well, I finished up my June 2018 series focusing on handbags and shoes. I ended up completing 41 pieces total in this series, and I never gave it a separate name- it falls under #DrawnToFashionJLG so that it will show up with my other fashion illustrations.
Here is the whole month at a glance;
I had planned on picking back up where I left off with that last year, going right back into the paper cut/drawing/watercolor combos where I left off- this time introducing some alcohol ink backgrounds and playing with embossing. I actually already bought the stuff for the new media...but I don't know.
I keep thinking about butterflies.
So I guess I will play around tonight and see what I come up with. I'm feeling kinda indecisive, but I do feel like it will between the two themes- papercuts or butterflies, and I feel like whichever one I don't choose I will use for August.
But ya never know.
In the meantime, here are links to my previous July themes, just for fun!
July 2012,focus on mandalas/gold/sparkle
July 2013, focus on summer/accessories
July 2014, focus on makeup
July 2015,focus on surfaces (did some sewing!)
..at this point I finally started using hastags to help locate my work if searched on Instagram;
July 2016, #ButterflyBellasJLG
July 2017, #PapercutsJLG
This show was last minute for me- I happened to stop by and check on my AP girls that are working with Joyce over at Flamingo Clay Gallery earlier in the week and she asked me if I had some mermaids for the show.
Do I have mermaids?! You already know!
So I prepped some mermaids and took them over to the gallery and added the opening to my Friday night plans.
Here are the mermaids that I put in the show;
While we were that far out west, we decided to head on over to Nashville...and I finally got to meet the fabulous Cassie Stephens- and deliver her some copies of the lastest Art Hive Magazine,
'cause she's in it! (I would know, I did the interview!)
Meeting Cassie in person...kinda wasn't a thing because it was like I was meeting up with an old friend, which confused both of our husbands when they found out this was our first time meeting in person- they thought we have known each other for years! Ha, we sure fooled them!
In honor of Cassie's DIY recently retired crayon shoes, I decided to honor her design skills in my daily art- and I sketched those shoes as my daily art and gave'em to her. (she already has them up in her classroom art gallery- I feel so honored, that is my second piece!)
While in Nashville, John and I decided to take an impromptu trip to Louisville, because...well, just because. Oh, and Justin came with us #RoadTrip
This was by far the best 'temporary studio' set up of my entire trip.
John booked a great room overlooking the river and I basically took over one of the big ol' windows.
And that is basically it. Summer, man- I love it.
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG