Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Typically when I take on a new project, the first thing I do is research. After 25+ years in this business I have quite an extensive portfolio, so I typically start there. It's always fun to look back at what I have created along the way.

There are images that I totally forgot about, others that make me say "Wow, I did that"? and then some that make me cringe and say "What was I thinking"?

Recently I took on a project geared to children, which I have to say is one of my favorite kinds of projects. It is always a nice challenge to create something for a child that appeals to the adult that is purchasing the item.

While I can't share the new art, I can share some of the images that I came across in some of my older portfolios. As with all projects, each one required a different style depending on the client. They know how to keep me on my toes!


Childrens art

Children's illustration
These Fairies were done for wall art. They are made of printed and painted paper, fabric, stitching and buttons. Although they were created years ago, they remain two of my favorite pieces. I still have the originals and keep thinking that I need to frame them.
I believe that they are still available as prints at AllPosters.

Children's Illustration

Children's Illustration

These two were created for a calendar I did for Lang. Both were based on my own childhood memories. (You can read more about that on an older blog post if you are interested). Both images were made from cut paper.

Children's Illustration

And then sometimes I get asked for line drawings. I loved doing these because the line drawings were what got me into licensing in the first place. These images were done for onesies.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Story Behind the Art - Joey Heiberg

The Story Behind the Art - Joey Heiberg

Hello and welcome to the ninth installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art or collection created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

This month I am happy to introduce you to Joey Heiberg the mother of dollymamas by joey. Joey and I were introduced via e-mail through our mutual friend Ronnie and it was love at first email (at least for me). Although we haven't yet officially met in person; I am almost certain that we were separated at birth.
I loved reading her story and I think it's one that many can relate to.
Enjoy your trip to Joey World!
Dolly mamas

The story of my art…oh where or where to begin!  My dad said I came out of my mom holding a crayon chasing boys. That pretty much sums it up!

I started making money (with my art, not boys) about 18 years ago when I created the dollymamas.  It was a lazy accident with a pencil and margin of the newspaper that was near by.  I was never trained and was clueless at what I was doing. ..but it worked.  Google wasn’t around so I had nothing to compare myself to and that was good by me!

Dolly Mamas

I manufactured my mamas for years until I was asked to license these ladies.  Boy did life hit the happy fan!  I made lots of money and companies flew me all over the country for artist signings.  I was wined and dined.  There weren’t many of us and I was at the top when it came to making fun of women!  Years of living in the most colorful and dysfunctional family came in handy! 

Dolly mamas

In my fantasy head (thank you black and white movies), everything always work out in the end, sometimes even in a half hour. . . thank you Brady Bunch!
dolly mamas

The economy crashed and my world as I knew it started getting smaller.  The Stationary Show was half the size; the companies I made millions for went under.  The licensing industry had changed, the world had changed, and everyone was blogging, twittering and facebooking.  I could barely figure out how to turn on my computer! Years ago you would create a piece and sent it off to the manufacturing fairies, a year later, Waa Laa. . . your product was in the store and checks showed up at your door.  Now if you can’t design the product, create the packaging and make a manufacturing template for China you won’t have a job. So I learned Photoshop.  Pretty impressive huh?  I know, for a girl who doesn’t know how to tweet or twitter or whatever they call it.  Here’s the thing. . . I know what I know from experience, hard work and a ridiculous amount of mistakes.  I also know that sitting here complaining about what isn’t and what used to be is starting to create havoc inside my 50ish year old brain!  I have enough to deal with just trying to remember my name!  So as I write this, it occurred to me that the dollymamas were the first part of my so-called grown up life (my alter ego) now because they are all the things I have become (chin hair, droopy boobs, misplaced brain).  It’s time I bring out the new me, not sure what it is. . .but I’m thinking it will be pre-pubescent – As I like to call it . . The Barbie years, when my biggest problem was getting a pimple!  Oh, I still get them, I just can’t see them!  So there you go . . .my artist life in a nutshell. . . makes you want to become a lawyer!
You can see more of Joey's work on her website.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Getting Out of Funkytown and Learning New Things

Musically, Funkytown is a great place to be. Creatively and professionally? not so much

Recently I found myself in the Capitol of Funkytown, I may have even been the mayor for a few months. Things just weren't going well and it was a chore to come into the studio and get to work. I had spent a good amount of time and energy on a couple of projects that didn't pan out financially and I was struggling with some pretty harsh inner voices. 

In a nutshell; I was creatively miserable. 

I made the decision that if I was going to create art for other people and not make any money then I might as well create art just for myself and not make any money. Funny how when you say something like that to yourself, everything changes.
With drama and flourish I announced to the universe "That's it, I am done with licensing" and then I said "Well what are you going to do?" 

There is a lot of talk out there about doing what you love and following your passion. It all sounds nice  but what if you don't know what that is, or rather, what if you THINK you don't know what that is? 

I have long been a follower of Beth Kempton's "Do What You Love for Life" blog. I knew Beth from a  Kelly Rae Roberts e-class and liked her writing style as well as her insightfulness. One morning while wallowing in my misery, an email came through from Beth offering a class called "Do What You Love". Clearly the universe was listening, either that or Beth has really great hearing.
Although I am a person who holds on to my money with a vice like strength (it comes from my grandmother), I asked myself "Am I worth investing in?" I couldn't exactly say no, and I took the plunge.

I am so happy that I did. It changed my perspective on everything, it allowed me to see things that I hadn't seen before and it made me realize that I am in control of this creative ship. It also made me realize that I am doing what I love, it just needed a little tweaking.
In other words, it was a game changer.

Being so impressed with the class, how it was presented and organized and the tools and reference material; I signed up for another of Beth's classes. This one is called "The E-Course Creation Masterclass" and I can't wait to start it. 

I have no idea if I want to create an E-Course but the moral of this story is that you absolutely have to keep learning and challenging yourself creatively and intellectually.
And more can escape Funkytown

and you are welcome for that Funkytown link.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Story Behind the Art-Kathleen Taylor

The Story Behind the Art-Kathleen Taylor

Hello and welcome to the eighth installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art or collection created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

This month's guest is Kathleen Taylor. I have known Kathleen for so long that I can't remember how we met. My best guess is that it was at an art fair where one or both of us had a booth. 
I have always been a fan of her work and have enjoyed watching it develop over the years.
Recently Kathleen posted images from her Envelope Project on Facebook and I knew that it would make a great Story Behind the Art

(If you are in Atlanta the weekend of April 8, 9 and 10, Kathleen will be in booth #137 at The Atlanta Dogwood Festival.)

Introducing Kathleen Taylor and the Envelope Project 


Paula Joerling

The Envelope Project began with a recent estate sale find.
I found a $3.00 basket brimming with vintage postage stamps and cancelled envelopes. The envelopes told touching stories of connection between soldiers and sweethearts at home, relatives and distant family, best friends.

Paula Joerling

I am an artist and collector of all things vintage. I began to draw images and words on the envelopes, incorporating the original stamps and markings.

Paula Joerling

Creating art out of these ordinary papers gave me a way to preserve a dying form of communication in this digital age. The letter writers, their stories and words are given new life through the art. I wanted to bring attention to the power and beauty of words on paper.

Paula Joerling

Most of my adult life I’ve been fortunate to be a working artist. Today I create mixed media art that I sell through my website, galleries, art shows. My images are licensed to gift and needlework manufacturers.

Paula Joerling

Follow the links to learn more about Kathleen and her work.


Kathleen Taylor Studio on Facebook

Instagram- Painted Pieces