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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Sunday Vibes

My Sunday vibes this wintry day are:

Listening to electro pop of The Stars on There is No Love in Fluorescent Love 

Thinking about making a cold soba noodle salad for the week

Drawing and coloring with Blick brush markers (above illustration.) They're more affordable than Copic markers but just as great.

Reading The History of Wolves and Call me By Your Name.

Exploring Woodside, Queens on a wintry afternoon trip.

 

Hello from Japan

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I'm in Kyoto right now with just a few more days left before we fly back. I've seen and eaten so many great things while in Japan, I can't wait to write it all down in a trip guide blog post and to start sketching things I've been keeping visual notes on. I think a series of my sketchbook will be called What I Ate at Japanese 711. Surprise, everything is red bean flavored!