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Rise and Shine
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What a weekend I've had! My heart and soul feel like they are about to burst--I am weary, but so inspired. I'm grateful for the for all the sweet souls I met, and for those who bravely stood and shared their stories stories at the inaugural Brave Girl Symposium.

I am also incredibly grateful for the successful launch of my new line of paper goods amid this wellspring of positive energy.

My online store is now officially open!!!

I know it all sounds a little...hearts and rainbows, this description of my time at the Symposium. I know that being away from the world in a "love bubble" (as the event has been described) seems....naive. Maybe even apathetic.

I am a bleeding heart liberal and a persistent idealist. I cry at just about everything. I am enchanted by rainbows, I believe in the universe (and magic!), and that love can save the world. I show this soft, vulnerable side to very few. To most, I present a happy, toned down version of myself, for fear of being accused of being too unrealistic or too sensitive in a world where the pain can be both devastating and indiscriminate.

Some truly horrific things happened in our country this week. What the world needs right now from all us us, is as much love, forgiveness and understanding as we can muster.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Choosing to keep our hearts open, even after they have been crushed, is more difficult and courageous than the alternative. Choosing to love those who are different isn't easy...those with different politics, a different gender, a different race, a different sexual orientation, a different financial place. Choose this path anyway, I implore you.

Rise and shine. The world needs your light (now more than ever).

And if you are looking for ways to encourage others to love more and to share their light with the world, check out my new line of paper goods, available now!

The Brave Girls Club is doing some pretty amazing work in this arena as well :)

 
How to Have More Fun

Digitla Nomad Illustration_Kelly Angelovic This illustration was our last assignment in Lilla Roger's Assignment Bootcamp. Class started back in January, and (as was my experience last year) it has been a fantastic way to push myself and work on projects that are outside of my comfort zone. This month's assignment was to create an editorial illustration for an online article entitled "How To Succeed At Becoming A Digital Nomad."  

With Bootcamp wrapping up, we are now in the thick of summer (with the 90 degree weather to prove it).

What does summer mean to you?

I think of hot lazy days, dripping popsicles, staying outside until dark--and having FUN!!

Lately, I've been inviting more fun into my life. My husband is always trying to make me laugh, and I have two little ones who base their entire existence on having a good time.

So this should be easy. Right?

But sometimes...every so often, I can be the tiniest, slightest bit...uptight. I can get myself all worked up about all that needs to get done  (which, by the way, isn't ever possible--the list never ends, so let it go already), or looming deadlines, or climate change, or how many vegetables my kids actually ate today...and on and on.

My kids are the very best at this--having fun. They are my greatest teachers (in so many ways).

This week my son (1.5 years old) and I have been making fish faces at each other, and he laughs and giggles like it's the greatest thing, EVER.

Then there's my daughter, who does a happy dance right there on the spot, when I tell her her friend is coming over to play.

There is no shortage of pain in this world. The key is to keep laughing--to have fun through the hurt and the tears.

So when I'm having a rough day, or I get some news about a friend that breaks my heart, I take some deep cleansing breaths, and then I get down and play with my kids.

We draw with chalk on the sidewalk and we splash in puddles. Sometimes we have dance parties where we turn the music up really loud and we shimmy and shake--no one cares if anyone is watching. We are wild and free.

What are you doing this summer? Are you having enough fun?? I'd love to hear from you.

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I've shared my other Bootcamp projects from the past six months below (also lots of fun!!):

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Collection of plates featuring a floral pattern and sea creatures (a side note about this one--I want to work on this a bit more. I'm not completely happy with some of the elements and I think I can push this a bit more to create a collection that I REALLY dig). I'll let you know how it turns out ;)

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Hand lettered poster design for the MATS Global Art Gathering that took place in the UK this summer.

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Funky kitchen wall art.

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Whimsical journal cover design.

Please contact me if you are interested in licensing any of the above artwork. I am also available for commissioned projects!

Sale Tomorrow AND Chihuly!!

Come on down: I'll be selling prints (framed, unframed, and stretched canvases) tomorrow, November 22nd at my mom's fantastic Jewelry Home Sale. We'll be there from 10am-4pm, with coffee in the morning and bubbly in the afternoon. Get some shopping done early and toast the holidays with us!

915 Steele St, Denver | 10am-4pm

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A few weeks ago, the family and I took a trip to Denver to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The Gardens are wonderful to wander through on their own, but the addition of Dale Chihuly's whimsical glass forms was truly a treat.

I want my work to appear like it came from nature, so that if someone found it on a beach or in the forest, they might think it belonged there.

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It makes my heart happy that there is an artist out there who spends his days playing (very successfully!) with these colored glass forms:

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The show runs through the end of the month so there's still time if you want to go.

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And don't forget, I’m donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”