The View from my Phone: Week 37

Posted on September 18, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

From top to bottom and left to right:

  • a box of craft supplies for my niece designed to secure my spot as the cool aunt
  • Marshall doing his usual effortlessly handsome thing
  • all dressed up for a 20s theme birthday party, complete with faux bob!
  • a fall wreath for my door -- tutorial coming very soon on the blog
  • the first couple layers on one of my paintings
  • Marshall approves of the new (used) dining room chairs we got

Gettin' Schooled

Posted on September 11, 2012 and tagged Personal, Art & Photography with comments

I am beyond excited to finally have my own workspace. Before we moved into this house, I mostly worked at the kitchen table and on the couch. It was fine when I motivated to get things done, but when my work didn't come easily it was very frustrating. It got hard to distinguish between casually checking Twitter on the couch and ok-it's-time-to-get-shit-done. Even in the short time we've been here, I've noticed a huge difference. When I want to work I go into my office and get it done, when I don't want to work I'm not in my office. Seems so simple when you say it like that!

So now that I have all this space, I want to start painting big. I've dreamed so long of having an easel in the corner, so the other day when I saw that an art store in the area had easels on sale for 60% off, you better believe I ran out and grabbed one.

Around the same time, I heard about a new e-course called Re:Connect that Mati McDonough is running with a whole bunch of other talented people. The course is about getting your creativity unstuck and features tons of amazing guest contributors. It didn't take me long to sign up since I had such a great time taking Get Your Paint On.

Image via Willo Toons

I also noticed that one of the guest contributors was Flora Bowley. I've been a fan of her colourful, layered work for quite some and when I saw that she has an e-course too, I instantly clicked the sign-up button. I love her style so much and I've often wondered what exactly goes into all those layers. The two courses overlap, so I'm sure I'll be kept busy over the next 5-6 weeks, but I'm really looking forward to both of them. I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Image via Flora Bowley

The View from my Phone: Week 36

Posted on September 10, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

From top to bottom and left to right:

  • my new easel all set up for the e-course I'm taking (more on that tomorrow)
  • lovely sky on an evening walk
  • purdy pink flower
  • the view from my office, love seeing trees instead of another apartment building
  • my painting supplies just waiting for me
  • this is my fave print and the first to go up on the walls (still needs a frame!)

The View from my Phone: Weeks 34 & 35

Posted on September 5, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Oh man, I don't think I've been so far behind on blog posts in my life! The days just seem to fly by lately and I'm working my butt off every day but nothing seems to get done! We are lo-ving the new house though. The kitties are too. We've never had this much space before. My office unfortunately still looks like it was hit by a tornado. I guess blog posts will have to be brought to you via the couch for now.

And now, it is with much shame and blog embarrrassment (emblogersment? blogbarassment?) that I present to you this week's photos and last week's photos. Now I'm all caught up! Stayed tuned for some chair re-upholstery goodness and some free stuff. See? I still love you.

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