But first... before I start speaking...er...typing...about my new monthly series...I just gotta get this off my chest.
I had a good, no a GREAT year in 2014. Many great things happened for me as an artist...but one thing that I am not excited or proud about...I only created one fashion illustration in 2014.
Yeah, just one.
Now, if you have ever been on my blog or seen my posts on social media in past years then you would know that fashion illustration is a side passion for me. Like...I love it. My weekend routine for 2012 and 2013 almost always included a trip to the beach followed with 2-4 hours of sketching time at Barnes and Noble, usually on Sundays. I would grab a stack of fashion magazines, get my coffee, place my paper and drawing/painting materials on those tiny tables (seriously, kinda small for makin' art, people!)...and I would just pour over those images...then recreate them in various media, with my own lil' take on the images.
Well in 2014...I just got out of the habit. I don't know if it was partly due to where we were living, it was a 20 minute drive to B&N vs being able to walk before, but I just didn't take the time to work on this side passion. Thinking back on it, I know that some of my time (I am talking a couple of hundred hours at least!) creating a wedding gown from past issues of Art Hive Magazine...so I did do some fashion-related work of sorts and I will comfort myself with that.
When I was thinking of what I wanted to do for my first series in 2015 this 'failure' on my part wasn't far from my mind. (Don't worry, I am just really, really tough on myself) I knew that I wanted to start with something related to fashion, just to go ahead and tackle what I feel was a low point for me in 2014. But wait- there's more. All this year...I have been setting the stage for something else I love to be a part of my creative process...my love for accessories...jewelry...and heck, even organization. All year I have been tagging posts of my various accessorized outings with #MissMatchyMatchy. I even launched a brand new blog dedicated to my obsession with the sparkle life,
Here's my thought process for this series. I am going to spend a month hanging out with Miss Matchy Matchy (and Trinket, her cat!) Each piece will be inspired by jewelry/accessories from my own collection. I will be linking the new blog to this blog....cross referencing in social media...it promises to be chaos...but hey, it will be well-coordinated chaos!
So...ummm...here she is- Miss Matchy Matchy...and her little cat, Trinket.
And just in case you were wondering....Miss Matchy Matchy is me...and any other gal, guy or feline that appreciates jewels...thought-out color combinations and textures...and the sheer joy or over-organization bordering on OCPD. Yeah, this is for you, ya sparkly soul!
Now keep in mind that I am still figuring out how I want to link all this together...but if you are interested in finding out more about this crazy necklace and how in the world I wore it (seriously, I know it is a little over the top!) Please check out the related blog post;
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