Color Schemes · Prattling · Visual Art

Relaxing art work

Working in theatre and event services I always kind of thrive under stress and pressure. Problem solving in a pinch is one of my favorites and swooping in and saving the day is kind of a nice feeling. This week had a LOT of things going on for a big university event and even more things go wrong providing plenty of challenges. Physically, that gets demanding even if you like those situations. (And to be clear I don’t like it when things go wrong but I like to think I’m pretty good at problem solving when it does.)

To alleviate some of the mental and physical fatigue I like to have a piece of artwork to work on when I need a few minutes of not thinking about work. I love writing but it’s easier for work thoughts to sneak in.

So without further adieu here is my piece of artwork for this hectic week.

The lighting isn’t the greatest but hopefully the colors come through. They are my favorite colors and we’re very soothing to work with. Just what I needed!

I love the text of the wood that shows through and the mixture of media was a lot of fun.

I’ve titled this The Rain Tree.

Enjoy and have a restful, restorative productive weekend!

I’m cleaning my house!

Personal Opinion

No such thing…

There should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure. If you like some piece of music/tv show/celebrity no matter how corny or trite own it and go with it–if it makes you happy that’s all that matters!

I have interests that range from science geek (physics and entomology rock!) to sci fi nerd and include many obscure music genres/old movies/comic books in between. If you don’t like them, that’s cool. We can still be friends. Doesn’t matter to me. And I hope it doesn’t matter to you. My hope is that as I raise my daughters I can teach them this. Like what you are going to like. Be a nerd if that’s what others need to call you to make themselves feel better. Be a geek, a dork whatever–just be kind and compassionate and like what makes you happy.

Listen to your own voice your own soul, too many people listen to the noise of the world, instead of themselves. #livepurposefullynow #powerofpositivity #positivewords  #inspirationalquote  #quotes

Bullet Journal · Goals!

New Bullet Journal Layout!

In an attempt to keep my wandering attention span focused on every day content here at The Tavern I am trying a different sort of lay out–more fun and whimsical for when I’m stuck on what to blog about.

Last year I tried a spreadsheet style schedule and that is just too rigid. Some days I just don’t want to write about Batman, or spinach or whatever so I am hoping this will allow me more freedom which in turn will help keep me interested in working on this every day!

What sort of tracking/planning tools do you use to keep up with content for your blog? I am always up for trying new things and would love to hear what works for you!



Goals! · Inspiration

I don’t know who Abraham is…

… but I like what he has to say!

I would even take this a step further and say don’t just create a vision in your mind but write it down. Even if this vision changes as you work on it writing things down makes them more concrete–plus you can have the satisfaction of marking things off a list which is ALWAYS my favorite thing to do!

Every strike through is a small step of progress towards my goal!




Color Schemes · Inspiration · Prattling

Color Inspiration: misty morning

It is a rainy misty morning today and I wanted to share some color schemes that always come to mind on these sort of days. Cool, mysterious, dark, melancholy, misty, morose, glittering–are all words that come to mind in the rain. These colors soothe. These colors make me think of magic and tall mountains that need scaling to fulfill a quest–of deep forests where tendrils of fog wrap around ancient trunks.

ZJ Colour Palette 301 #colourpalette #colourinspiration
The vibrant teal offsets the grays and hints at the pop of springtime that comes with the rain. New life is growing nourished by the drops. 



Sea Fare - Cool, calm color palette from Better Homes & Gardens (August 2014).
The colors of fog and mist that wrap through the trees in the drizzle. 


karen margolis, 8 layers of maps + watercolor


The hint of purple in the violets and crocus peaking their heads up drinking in the water. Spring is creeping in drop by drop as the rain falls.


Goals! · Visual Art

India inks and new art projects!

Hello all!

So I have some exciting news to share, but first I want to share how excited I am about some new art supplies I’ve gotten!

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I saw these on Amazon, and my first thought was “Wow, I love the font on these packages!” Second thought was “OOh, I bet these are more saturated than watercolors so I can use them without totally wrinkling the paper!”

That being said I added them to my Christmas wishlist, and voila–in-laws were amazing and got them for me! Alas, life was busy, and remained busy until last week when I finally took a moment to say, “By golly, I’m going to get my inks out, organize them and see what they look like on paper!” And that is just what I did, and they are beautiful and gorgeously saturated colors. I haven’t worked yet with layering but I hope to soon!

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NOW, for the exciting new art project: I’m am going to start designing and producing small quantities of stationery!  As much as I love using and hoarding stationery it just makes sense–I also think my quirky colorful style will lend itself to this, so we will see!

I am taking it slow and really researching how I want to go about this and create an actual business plan before I just jump into making art. Right now I have a name: Lunarkat Paper Co. and a vague idea on what I want the logo to look like! Haha! I’ll obviously update more once I have some really concrete things in place!