My goal for 2019 is print and sell more of my own stuff on Etsy. So here’s my first effort! The best part is I sized this to fit a ready to hang frame you can find on Amazon or at Ikea. The paper is 11 x 14 and the image fits an 8.5 x 11 display.
I’ve been spending more time painting from pictures I’ve taken, or ones I find, of the weird and wonderful people of New York City. Here I was inspired by those fabulous ladies of upper Manhattan. Never change old ladies wearing expensive jewelry and who have more square footage than I’ll ever live in. I give you more points if you also have a tiny dog in a bag.
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.
Book: My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh
Eaten: Honeycomb 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 bought: Bryr Clogs! Long time lurker first time buyer.
Thing I cooked: Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Happy New Year!
For this year’s Inktober, I drew a series of wild things in New York City, from fish in Chinatown markets to lavender on Governor’s Island to parakeets that reside in Southern Brooklyn. What I really liked about this year’s challenge was that I told myself I could only use one box of Blick Brush markers and a single black pen. Restricting color made me more resourceful in needing to use texture, layered colors, and black pen brush strokes with fast drawing techniques to give the impression of what I wanted. I also enjoyed forcing myself to draw something with color every day. I don’t feel the same about each drawing, some were made quit fast or at coffee shops even while on vacation, but a few I really love now. I see them each as a beginning of a larger idea just maybe.
I’m now gearing up to work on a portfolio for 10 to 12 images for the SCBWI New York Conference in February. I’m pretty nervous! But I found a lot of inspiration from this Inktober challenge for that. I’m thinking I might want to do a lot of New York City wildlife scenes for my portfolio, maybe turtles in Central Park or raccoons sneaking into trash cans.