Inspiration · Photography

Urban exploration in rust red…

I get an hour break for lunch most days and usually that is spent frenetically trying to work on one creative project or another. However, as the temperature warms up and the weather gets nicer I am increasingly drawn away from my notebooks and paints and outside to explore.

I grew up in the woods surrounded by nature. Cities are fascinating to me–the intersection between urban development and nature especially. I do not want to live in a big city by any means but urban exploring is one of my favorite past times! I am not a world class photographer but occasionally I capture something interesting. This was a run down industrial area around a newly made city park. I popped on some Max Richter and felt a little like I was walking through an indie film as I snapped pictures on this beautiful spring day!

Enjoy!

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Color Schemes · Inspiration

Happy Little Colors

One of my favorite things about painting is the paper I use underneath–it is just full of happy colorful accidents. This paper was after I was watercoloring coffee filters to make paper flowers.

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to make yet with this paper but it will be be fun! Perhaps something spring related–the warmth and mixture of the colors makes me think of all the flowers popping up!

Happy Monday–and Happy April!

Bob Ross Happy Accidents Quote - Awesome Quotes About Life

 

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!

Visual Art

I believe in doodles

I have a hard time paying attention at meetings unless my hand is moving. I’ve known this about myself since middle school. It’s why all my biology and history notes were surrounded by swirls and lines.

I think doing one thing can help you expand your mind in other ways. For me it helps me focus on the words being spoken.

Color Schemes · Inspiration

Color Scheme for this week…

This week is busy at work as well as at home so I want some rich invigorating colors to keep me energized. Obviously, this sort of thing is personal and subjective to each person but deep dark colors help me feel bold and powerful–and of course purple is my power color. Set against the deep blue it makes me feel like taking on the world!

The food looks yummy too! Food and Wine is my FAVORITE magazine for food photography–gorgeous stuff!

I hope you all have a splendid week!

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Ricotta and Roasted Grape Crostini 
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.

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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!