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Happy New Year and 2019 Free Printable Calendar


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I’m a little in shock it’s already 2019, aren’t you? This past year was so fast! To usher in the new year, I made a free calendar to get things started! You can download my free 2019 calendar to print on your own if that’s your thing.

Overall, the best thing I did in 2018 (besides move into my own apt in Ditmas Park!) was practice and practice and practice art. I’m at this point where I look back at things I’ve done and I’m ready to completely redo them, to keep learning, like I’ve hit a new plateau with my skills. I also sold prints and a custom commission via my Etsy store which was a great first time accomplishment. I’m working on that gratitude for things I’ve learned and for myself everyday, especially when it comes to improving a skill like painting.

On a similar note, for the past five days I’ve had all of my social media logged off on my computer and my phone. As I’m writing this, I haven’t checked Instagram in what feels like the longest time. There is nothing wrong with Instagram and social media in general, but I think I have to reset my use of them in 2019 simply because I’m losing time to focus on other things.

So, here’s to 2019 spent in my lovely apartment, full of art, and more time spent doing things away from my phone with people and animals and places. I hope to see you!

My 2018 in Favorites 

Trip: Montreal in early December in the snow and cold.
Movie: Roma
TheaterNassim  
Book: My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh  
EatenHoneycomb ice cream is the best flavor I never knew I loved.  
New York moment: A summer day when we went to four boroughs in one day. If only we had hit up Staten Island, too.  
Music: Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer  
Podcast: I’ve kind of stopped listening to new podcasts, so long live Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
Art
Of course Hilma af Klint  
Thing I learned: How to make a kid lit dummy book. How to print and sell some art.
Thing I boughtBryr Clogs! Long time lurker first time buyer.  
Thing I cooked: Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Happy New Year!



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Summer Vegetables Free Pattern

I'm in the middle of moving all of my possessions but I'm not letting that stop my constant art school of life approach to learning always.

I've been having a lot of fun making patterns recently, using old sketches, work doodles, and even things I've found on random pieces of paper. This one of summer vegetables I made from an unfinished sketch at least three years old. I'm loving my new color palate here.

Download the free summer vegetable pattern, too.

 

 

Free Watermelon Desktop Background for July

New York City is experiencing a heat wave this week that I've taken off from work to putz around both at home in Massachusetts and in the emptied out city. It's meant a lot of moving from subway car to subway car until I find the actually cold one, as well as a deep appreciation rain today.

For July forth, I didn't do much in the way of celebratory, besides margaritas for dinner and watching the distant Jersey City fireworks from the 79th street pier. But I'm fully in support of doing nothing for holidays. 

I don't think I've taken enough time to appreciate a staycation in New York, especially in the summer. Right now I'm nursing a bad burn from a day trip yesterday to Sandy Hook beach, watching the World Cup, and making art in my air conditioned apartment. Later I think I'll venture out, maybe buy some watermelon, and get my nails done. I love a lazy, summer life in New York City (even if for just a few days.)

Download a free watermelon desktop wallpaper for July.

Free Cats Desktop Wallpaper for June

Happy June!

I want to illustrate a full children's book dummy about a New York City bodega cat this summer. So here's a wallpaper I made with my sketchbook studies I've done for the project. Repeat patterns are a great way to keep me occupied and slowly chipping away at the goal while binge watching an  TV show.

Download the cat desktop wallpaper.

Free Lemon Desktop Wallpaper for May

Happy Almost Summer! I'm wearing a great vintage dress today that I thought I'd have to wait until the actual summer to wear because it's going to be in the 80s.  I also made a thrifted (Poshmark, you devil you!) purchase of bright yellow saltwater sandals that kind of match this months free wallpaper. Now I'm thinking I need them in gold, too?

In honor of that summer feeling, download my lemons wallpaper repeat pattern for your desktop.

I'd gladly take a trip to Cinque Terre Italy right now, to eat a slice of lemon olive oil cake.