Friday, September 28, 2012

In the Studio



Studio over view-hello.....is anyone there?

It seems as though Chad (my studio mate) and I are constantly re-arranging the studio to suit our needs.
Currently we both work so much at the computer that we are trying to come up with ways to make use of the space. So far a dance club is the most popular choice.

All of our books and research material are also a topic of discussion. It seems that everything is just a click of the mouse away. It's interesting to me how little I use the physical material around me and rely instead on the computer. And although Pinterest has almost taken away the need for "style" boards, I still like thumbtacking things to the wall. I just do less and less of it.

What about you? Do you notice that you work differently? If you are an illustrator do you still paint everything or are you mainly on the computer? It is something that I resisted for awhile but now I find that I enjoy the combination of painting and technology. It enables me to do more and to be more creative which is something that I never thought I would say. I am curious to hear your thoughts and hope that you will take the time to share.

Where I sit and paint the bits and pieces that go into the computer.


 Looking towards Chad's desk.


 Chad and I in the studio.



 My loyal friends.


xop

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap 2012

The card I sent.


 This is the third year I've participated in the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap and, once again, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This years theme was "Discover".

Beth Nichols from Do What You Love  does a great job of organizing this event and if you've never participated you really should give it a go the next time the opportunity comes up.
With 250+ participants, this was the biggest swap to date.

My card was crafted from paper and all hand stitched. The idea was that you had to discover the bits and pieces in the card. The card was sent across the pond to Pam Hetherington of Hortensia Designs and she, in turn, sent me one.
Pam's card included images of her garden with some lovely hand stitching on the front. The words "Discover My Garden" were written on the back.  

To see this years winners, view more cards or to sign up for the next event click here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lucky Me




On Friday a package arrived. Although I was expecting it, I had no idea what was inside. When I opened it I found that it contained 7 pairs of beautifully wrapped vintage shoes from my friends Eric Cortina and David. Pretty great you say? Well it gets better. They all seem to have been used at Warner Brothers Studio. Tom seemed a little confused by the whole thing but fortunately my studio mate Chad was here and we were squealing with delight.  We immediately launched into who may have worn them and in what movies they may have appeared. 
They are all tiny (sizes 3 up to a whopping 6.5), beautiful and as far as Chad and I are concerned, packed full of history.


Two pair in satin.

Love the worn toes on these.

 I am drooling.....I wish this pair was my size.

Even the labels are beautiful.


I am totally inspired to re-do the bedroom to suit these lovelies and to start working on a new shoe collection for licensing. At this point I am not sure which one will come first. 

 Thanks Eric and David! xop

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ya-Ya Ladies Letter Club


Here's a follow up to last week's post, Foreign Correspondence

As I mentioned after seeing our posts and letters, several other women wanted in on the action so Alex Mitchell , the one who started all of this in the first place, got us organized via Facebook.

I will post the letters that I make and receive but only after the recipient gets theirs. I don't want to ruin the surprise after all.

I have boxes of vintage paper and I like to start by sewing it together. The use of envelopes inspired pockets and that became the running theme. 

This is my letter to Janet O'Rourke. She called and told me that she received it and that it would be on it's way back shortly. If I'm not mistaken, glitter was mentioned. Hmmmmmmm.

Enjoy!


 The "front" of the letter. I wanted to leave a place for her to do her thing.



The "back" of the letter. You can see where there's a folded doily in a pocket. I also included some vintage wampum.



Another view of the back with the doily pulled out and open.


As soon as I receive Janet's I will post photos. Two of the other letters that I made are on their way to Spain and the third is headed to France. Photos will be posted as soon as I know they arrived so stay tuned!



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Foreign Correspondence



 The first letter is dated 11/13/11 so I guess that's when this all started. Alex Mitchell, a friend from Spain, suggested that we do a little project together. We decided to send some creative letters back and forth. I sent one to her then she added some artistic touches and sent it back to me along with a letter that she started. When I received the two letters I sent them back to her after writing, drawing and stitching on it. She got to keep the one that I started and added more va-va-voom to the one she started and returned it to me. It arrived yesterday and I am so excited to have it hanging in my studio. I have named mine "Our Lady of the Letters".

We had such a great time doing this, there were no rules and no deadlines. My only regret is that I forgot to take photos of my letter to Alex after she worked on it. I just dove right in and painted away.

After posting a couple of photos on Facebook a few other creative women decided to get in on the fun and now there are 5 of us sending letters all over the world.

I better get started!

Original letter "To Alex from Paula". I sent it to Alex and she added to it.






Final letter "To Alex from Paula". I started the letter and sent it to Alex. She added her touches
(no photo, drat) and returned it to me. I added the final embellishments and sent it back to her to keep.


Details from "To Alex from Paula"





Original letter "To Paula from Alex". Alex created this and sent it to me.


I added my touches and returned it to her.


The final letter "To Paula from Alex" that I get to keep-hooray. She has been christenes "Our Lady of the Letters"


 Details "From Alex to Paula" aka "Our Lady of the Letters".



If you thought this was fun take a look at Alex's Exquisite Doodle posts on The Zeek Galleries Art in Communication blog. She made several artist's some fun boxes with a film scroll that we got to doodle on. Mine was "Onion Rain"and you can see it here.


Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

10/10/10 Project-Me!

Well today is the last day of the 10/10/10 Project; "10 Women, 10 Businesses, 10 Questions" (Actually, in this case it was the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts). For the past 8 days, I featured an amazing artist and creative spirit who started and built their business from the bottom up. Each artist answered the question . . . 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

Since today is the last day, it is time for me to post my answer. Each of the artists involved have posted answers to the other 7 questions so be sure to visit their blogs as well. I have provided links to their blogs after the answer each day. I hope you enjoyed reading as much as we had fun answering. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!



Etsy Hand Made: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaJoerlingStudio

Years in Business: I have been a freelance artist in one form or another for 30 years. I have been a freelance illustrator for about 8 years.

A little info: I am a freelance illustrator living in Atlanta Georgia. My designs are primarily used for the gift and tabletop industry. Typically, I work in watercolor and collage and enjoy incorporating fabric, stitched paper and found objects in my art.
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Question 6

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

The licensing part, I have an agent for that. I don’t have the time or energy to send images to manufacturers, read contracts or wheel and deal.  I would rather be in the studio painting.

Current Projects

“Currently I am working on a series of collage pieces that will make their way to my etsy handmade shop.”


10/10/10 Participants





Friday, June 22, 2012

10/10/10 Project-Dani Keith


Coming in on the home stretch of the 10/10/10 Project; "10 Women, 10 Businesses, 10 Questions" (Actually, in this case it is the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts). Each day, for the next 8 or so days, I will be featuring an amazing artist,  and creative spirit who has started and built their business from the bottom up. Each artist will answer the question . . . 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

and on the last day of our project, I will share MY answer for the above question with you. Each of the artists involved will be posting answers to the other 7 questions so be sure to visit their blogs as well. I will provide links to their blogs after the answer each day. Have fun!

Today's answer is from Dani Keith.



artist name: dani keith

business name: {dani keith designs}
years in business: 2

blog: http://danikeithdesigns.com/blog
shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/danikeith
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danikeithdesign
twitter: danikeithartist

brief bio:
maker of pretty things. grower of dreams. catalyst for creativity.

dani keith has been creating for a lifetime. in the spring of 2010 she was set up on a blind date with metalsmithing, and she says it was instant, true and deep love at first fusing! {dk} is constantly evolving, and dani is genuinely excited to see where each turn takes her.

artist statement: "I find the beauty in the simple geometry of shape and transform metal into a story that the wearer wants to be apart of"

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?  

I, like most creative entrepreneurs wanted to do everything myself, its part control and part plucky drive and while everyone, EVERYONE who is successful will tell you to delegate your weaker links to the professionals to free up your time for your strengths you still think…ahh I can handle it…well lucky for me that my other half is fluent in all things technical, so I have handed my website work to him…it is a small safety net, I know that while the hubs does all of the tech work I still have complete creative control.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

10/10/10 Project-Phyllis Dobbs


Today is day 5 of the 10/10/10 Project; "10 Women, 10 Businesses, 10 Questions" (Actually, in this case it is the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts). Each day, for the next 8 or so days, I will be featuring an amazing artist,  and creative spirit who has started and built their business from the bottom up. Each artist will answer the question . . . 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

and on the last day of our project, I will share MY answer for the above question with you. Each of the artists involved will be posting answers to the other 7 questions so be sure to visit their blogs as well. I will provide links to their blogs after the answer each day. Have fun!

Introducing the multi talented Phyllis Dobbs.....................



Phyllis Dobbs

Business Name - Phyllis Dobbs Art & Design
Started business as - Lucky Duck Designs

Blog 

Years in business - I started my business 28 years ago.

Brief Bio -
As an artist, I create art for licensing on products in the textile, gift and home goods industry. In textiles, I have designed fabric collections for 7 years. I also focus on designing quilt and sewing patterns and have written a new built book “Asymmetrical Quilts”.


 What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

In my business I work on deadlines and priorities. So things that don’t fit high on the priority scale at the moment get pushed back. This usually includes working on new ideas that I brainstormed and want to try out as well as technical things like upgrading software, computers and devices. I do love technology, but have to work it in.



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

10/10/10 Project-Shari Sherman


Today is the halfway mark of the 10/10/10 Project; "10 Women, 10 Businesses, 10 Questions" (Actually, in this case it is the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts). Each day, for the next 8 or so days, I will be featuring an amazing artist,  and creative spirit who has started and built their business from the bottom up. Each artist will answer the question . . . 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

and on the last day of our project, I will share MY answer for the above question with you. Each of the artists involved will be posting answers to the other 7 questions so be sure to visit their blogs as well. I will provide links to their blogs after the answer each day. Have fun!

Introducing the enchanting and colorful, Shari Sherman




Shari Sherman
Name of Business:  Hula Dog Designs by Shari Sherman
Social Media Links:

Years in Business:  Hula Dog Designs by Shari Sherman, was started in 2010.  Prior to that, I created art as Island Girl Studio, LLC since 2004. 

Brief Bio: 
I make Happy Art for Happy People!  I love that thrill of getting an idea and making it come to life.  I love bright colors (especially turquoise!), strong simple lines, and adding words of inspiration to my art.  I like mixed-media because it is limitless, but painting will always be my first love.  My subject matter frequently includes dogs, books, and anything related to the ocean/beach, because that is what I LOVE.  People often smile when they see my art, and I feel like I am doing my part in making the world a happier place! 


QUESTION 6: What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

Although I still do 1 or 2 shows a year, I have essentially put doing outside art festivals on hold, so I can concentrate on the online side of my business more. Art festivals really helped me to become BRAVE about my art, not to mention all the wonderful people I met along the way. There is a camaraderie there, and you can really develop a sense of belonging in the art community. BUT, they are a LOT of work, physical work, and I think I got kinda burned out on it. So, I decided to cut way back on that side and focus more on internet opportunities and the prospects of getting into the world of licensing. 

Shari is currently working on a book project called, The Inklings.  For more information on this and other fun stuff, like her page,  Hula Dog Designs on Facebookor check out her blog, Dashboard Hula.



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

10/10/10 Project-Valerie Weller


Welcome to day 3 of the 10/10/10 Project; "10 Women, 10 Businesses, 10 Questions" (Actually, in this case it is the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts). Each day, for the next 8 or so days, I will be featuring an amazing artist,  and creative spirit who has started and built their business from the bottom up. Each artist will answer the question . . . 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

and on the last day of our project, I will share MY answer for the above question with you. Each of the artists involved will be posting answers to the other 7 questions so be sure to visit their blogs as well. I will provide links to their blogs after the answer each day. Have fun!

Introducing the fabulous Valerie Weller........




BUSINESS INFO:
www.valerieweller.com (launching soon)

BIO:
Valerie Weller considers herself an art creator, a lover of color, and a seeker…. She has spent most of her life as a graphic designer with a fine art background, yet in the past few years, has been transitioning into developing & creating her own body of work. Her dream is to create, paint, and share her process full time. 

Passionate about color, Valerie works in watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media. She holds a BA degree in art with a minor in education. After a solid thirty years of running a successful freelance graphic design business, she is now transitioning to create "part two" of her artistic life, in the world of painting. Currently she is developing various works of art in the mixed media category. From small to large paintings in an organic, intuitive style, to art journaling in watercolor, & mixed media, her work continues to express her passion for color and expressive, organic forms.

Valerie shows her work at boutiques, art shows as well as online through her etsy shop, website, and blog. She is working on an e-course/video series in watercolor, based on the wonderful response to her art journaling pages. Valerie loves to connect with people and works to inspire other's to believe in their own gifts. Her hope is to connect through her art, to cultivate and nurture the development of each person's individual "art spirit". 

CURRENT PROJECTS:
www.valerieweller.com (projected launch- July)
and an online watercolor e-course (in-process-stay tuned to blog posts for launch date)
SHOWS:


30 years in the business of art and graphic design

6-What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently? 

As of now, I am wearing all hats, since I am in the development stages of building my "art business". I suppose after the business grows more, the time will come to streamline the process, wherein I will need to delegate to an assistant. Confession: of all the daily business tasks necessary, shipping is the one I would love to hand off first. Packing, shipping, labeling and post office are not my cup of tea. I tend to spend more time packing with love and making things look good, that I end up losing time in the day, unnecessarily. I know that once I can afford to delegate business chores,(not limited to just shipping) there would be a lot more painting and development happening.





Monday, June 18, 2012

10/10/10 Project-Stephanie Guimond


Welcome to day 2 of the 10/10/10 Project; "10 Women, 10 Businesses, 10 Questions" (Actually, in this case it is the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts). Each day, for the next 8 or so days, I will be featuring an amazing artist,  and creative spirit who has started and built their business from the bottom up. Each artist will answer the question . . . 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

and on the last day of our project, I will share MY answer for the above question with you. Each of the artists involved will be posting answers to the other 7 questions so be sure to visit their blogs as well. I will provide links to their blogs after the answer each day. Have fun!

Presenting the talented and lovely 
Stephanie Guimond.



Name of business: Stephanie Guimond - Artist, visionary, avid left-brainer

Social media links:
blog: http://www.creativelivingexperiment.com/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/strawbalestudio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieGuimond.Artist.Visionary.LeftBrainer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/s_guimond
Artist profile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTUIcky8uOU

Years in business: less than 1

Bio:
I'm Stephanie Guimond, artist, visionary and avid left-brainer. I paint, I dream big and I love spreadsheets.

In 2008 I picked up a paint brush for the first time since kindergarten and haven't put it down since. My art, like myself, varies in style and personality from the vintage girly to the unexplainable abstract. The most common theme is visibly the feminine, but I'm always exploring...

Working with materials like acrylics, paper, pastels and ink, I'm drawn to an intuitive and fluid approach to painting where images appear organically before being polished into a finished product. Because of this intuitive nature, pieces are heavily influenced by what I'm living the week, the day or the moment they are created. They reflect a personal story that in an odd way infuses them with a universal quality.

I share my home with hubby and Cassie, our Golden Retriever. I left my 9-5 job last fall to try something different, and spend most of my days working in my guest bedroom turned office/studio creating art and other paid work that supports the life I want to create overall.

I am grateful for the opportunity.


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Question: What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

Answer:
In addition to deliberately putting many ideas on hold (specific workshops & services, art shows), I've put some of the administrative parts of my business like filing and record keeping on hold while I work on developing new offerings and expanding my business platform. I'm fully aware that I can only do this for so long before it comes back to haunt me.

I intend to get help setting up a system for records and accounting - I want to work with someone who knows what they're doing to avoid major headaches come tax time. I could do the research myself, but it would take me a looooonnnnng time to figure it out because I'm just. not. that. into it. I've already spoken to someone about it last month, may this very post be my reminder to follow through!

Current projects: a new Website, growing my business with a new left-brain offering called Get Clear, Get Moving (coming soon!), learning to balance it all in my own way



Friday, June 15, 2012

10/10/10 Project Robin Norgren

Today kicks off the start of the 10/10/10 Project; "10 Women, 10 Businesses, 10 Questions" (Actually, in this case it is the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts). Each day, for the next 8 or so days, I will be featuring an amazing artist,  and creative spirit who has started and built their business from the bottom up. Each artist will answer the question . . . 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

and on the last day of our project, I will share MY answer for the above question with you. Each of the artists involved will be posting answers to the other 7 questions so be sure to visit their blogs as well. I will provide links to their blogs after the answer each day. Have fun!

Presenting the multi talented and beautiful Robin Norgren-the brilliant mind who conceived this project. Many thanks Robin!




Robin Norgren
Name of business: Robin Norgren Studios
Social media links:
Years in business: 4 years
Brief Bio:
 I strive to live life to the fullest.  No matter what.  I have grown into myself through my love for Jesus and HIS LOVE FOR ME. Art, motherhood, business, creativity and yoga are the cherished vehicles for this deepening.   Life can beFULL, JUICY, MEANINGFUL, PURPOSE FILLED, LOVELY.  I want to help you come to your fullest life.  I create workbooks, ecourses and workshops that chronicle my change and growth and offer you ways to find out what YOUR FULLEST life will be. 
What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?
Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Digg, Stumble Upon, Delicious, Flickr, Pinterest, Google+ and so so many other "connecting" sites.   Does anyone else see how ridiculous it is to think that you can be "authentic" on each AND EVERY one of these sites?  I admit that for a while I would either spend half the day on these sites or use some sort of "sprinkling" method to make sure I get "exposure."  But who are we kidding?  If WE ARE ALL doing that, are we really connecting with anybody?
So I have scaled WAY BACK on my engagement.  I love to blog, so I blog. I connect with interesting people on Twitter so I engage there as well.  Lately I am addicted to YOUTUBE (I know! I am a late adopter) so I have fun over there as well.  But with any engagement – yes EVEN ON Pinterest and Facebook - I am sharing and spreading the word on things I love and align with how I view life and want I want to emulate in the world.  If that means I will never be a success as far as selling a bunch of "my stuff"… well after four years I guess I am good with that.  I do not believe that will be the result though.  I believe that one day I will find those people who find what I am saying or doing as valuable to their lives.
Robin Norgren is currently completing her life coaching certification and would LOVE to offer you a FREE 15 minute mini session – sign up for her mailing list here: http://www.robinnorgrenstudios.blogspot.com/p/life-coaching.html



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Inquiring Minds Want to Know....

Ever wanted to know how a freelance or self employed artist made it work? Well here's your chance.
Friday is the start of the 10/10/10 Project put together by Robin Norgren. 10 Women running 10 different Businesses will answer 10 Questions about the how, why and what of their creative endeavors.
(Actually, in this case it is the 8/8/8/ Project, a couple of people had schedule conflicts).

Starting Friday and for the following 8 weekdays  I will feature a different artist who will answer the question..... 

What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

There will be links to the other artists blogs where a different question will be answered.
For more information and a list of session one and two participants click the photo below.


Thanks and check back Friday!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Little Paper Dresses


After preparing new work for Surtex, the licensing show in New York, I decided to switch gears and play for a week or two. My sister's birthday was coming up and I decided to make a special card for her. I have to say that one of the things I enjoy most is making handmade cards. 
It can be anything that I want it to be and I don't have to think if it would be the right colors or style for licensing. 
I really liked how it turned out so I decided to make some larger ones for my Etsy shop. 
If you don't already know, I make sculptural paper shoes, handbags and dresses and I wanted to offer something a bit more affordable for people who love those.


I thought you might like to see the process.

 First I make a pattern of the dress I want to make and select the prints and paper that I want to use.




Then I make lots of little embellishments. I am a bit addicted to making little paper flowers.






I paint and cut out any little accessories that I need.





The embellishments get matched up with their dress partner. I like to be sure that everything is going as planned.
After making several backgrounds I put it all together and add painted details. As you can see I have changed a few things from the original card. At 8.5" x 11", these are also larger than the card.




 "Garden Dress"SOLD



I am hoping to offer prints and cards in the near future.

Which one is your favorite? I would love to know.


Thanks for looking.
xop












Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Creative Weekend





The last time my talented friends Lori Siebert and Robin Davis were in Atlanta we swore we would get together at Lori's sometime in the spring and make stuff. Well we actually did it a couple of weekends ago.

Although we had a little something that we worked on as a group; each of us also had something specific that we wanted to work on individually. What it boiled down to was that we were playing and it was pretty great.

Robin had just taken an online class using inks and stamping and she was eager to explore that. Lori wanted to make backgrounds and I wanted to make a shadow box using some of the flowers I made for the Stitched tutorial that I put together. I also made a corsage for my mother-in-laws birthday.

We had an amazing time and can't wait to do it again. We have vowed to try and do this every 6 months and I really hope that we do.

Lori and Robin hard at work.


Lori's beautiful light filled studio.


 Naturally, wine was involved.



 Robin's mini canvas.


My shadow box.


 Shadow box close up.


Birthday corsage-this would also be great for Mother's Day!


If you would like more information about making the flowers I used in the shadow box you can hop over to the Stitched site. You get 20+ classes for $89.

Click here for more information about my class.

Click here to see all of the classes and to register.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Paper Pieces

"Madame Dean"

Although I made these several months ago for the New York Gift show, I am just now getting around to posting them. Where does the time go? In my case it all went to creating new collections of illustrations in preparation for Surtex, a licensing show. But that's another story....

After making paper dresses and shoes did any of you doubt that the handbag was going to be next? Like the shoes and dresses these were quite challenging but I really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of it all.

They started with a paper pattern that needed to be revised about 8000 times, selecting the paper and embellishments, lots of cutting and pasting and finally making the stands.

Since the shoes and dresses all have girls names (so far) I decided to let the men get in on the action and named these after some very special fellas in my life.

Adding the peek to the inside of the handbag came about a little bit by accident, but it's my favorite thing. Perhaps the contents will be next on the drawing (or cutting) board.

Hope you enjoy looking-I sure had fun creating!

xop

PS If you would like to take an online class that includes paper flower making among other wonderful things, click here for information.



"Madame Dean" detail


"Ernie"





"Cha Cha"



"Brian"




"Maria"


"Polly"


"Wallace"


"Betty"