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Celebrating How Far We Have Come

FallTreesThis was the view from my yoga mat yesterday afternoon. Spectacular! Last week I celebrated a birthday, which always incites a bit of reflection .

As of late, I have felt a little...adrift. I have a few (exciting) licensing deals in the works, but they are still months away from launch. I know where I want to go--I just don't know exactly how to get there.

Back when I was in school for graphic design, I remember sitting in class, listening to advice from seasoned designers, and feeling in awe (and rather intimidated). They had already achieved that coveted title 'Graphic Designer.'

Fast forward a year. I finished school and took on my first real projects with real clients. But...working as a graphic designer didn't feel like I thought it would (like I had arrived).

Too often, when we finally hit the mark, we have already re-calibrated where we want to go.

There will always be something new to aspire to. It's human nature to reset the bar.

So this week, I want to recognize how far I have come in the last three years. I have only been illustrating since my daughter was born.

In just a few years, so many exciting things have happened--commissioned jobs, licensing deals, my first art show, making the semi-finals in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search, being featured in Uppercase's Work/Life 3 illustration directory.

And my art has grown in leaps and bounds.

So instead of feeling discouraged about not quite being where I want to be with all of it, I am going to acknowledge and enjoy just how far I have come.

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And don't forget, 10% of anything you buy from my online store will be donated 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.”

 

The Year Ahead

FAllColors2013 Color is one of my very favorite things. And this time of year doesn't disappoint.

My daughter goes to daycare two mornings a week and weather permitting, I usually ride my bike, pulling her in her trailer to "school." This morning on my way home, I had to pull over and take the picture above. The leaves looked like they were lit from within, and with Boulder's famed Flatirons in the background...Wow.

I celebrated a birthday this week. 36 years old. It was pretty low key as birthdays go (especially when I think back to my early 20s), but for this year, it was just right.

I (usually) enjoy the introspection that birthdays bring. Thoughts on where I am. And where do I want to be inevitably weave their way into my everyday routine.

The year ahead will be very full with a new baby. Part of me is, quite honestly, terrified. I know how much work new babies are. And between the sleep deprivation and a whirling dervish two-year-old to keep up with, I have no idea how we are all going to keep our heads on straight. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't be more excited to be adding a fourth to our little family. But I have to keep reminding myself to stop and take deep breaths, that it's all going to be fine. That people have been doing this for thousands and thousands of years.

The best thing I got for my birthday this year was a new bedroom.

My very talented, hard-working husband has put in some serious overtime in the past week to convert my loft office/studio into a new nursery.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had so much fun decorating her bedroom:

Hazel's Nursery

This time around, we are doing a bike theme. I have been playing with color palettes, and wall decor ideas and I'm getting close. As it all comes together, I will post pics so stay tuned.

AND... if you are going to be out and about in Denver this Saturday, I'm having an art show!

Artists’ Reception: Backstage Coffee Art Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 7:30-11:00 pm.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served and the bar will be open so come on down!

 

 

 

I'm having an Art Show!

Canning Pattern Lately I find myself longing for cooler nights, boots and sweaters, and the deligthful colors of Fall. This pattern collection was inspired by the elements and icons from my GTS tote bag submission.

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I am having a gallery show!

Entitled Re-Imagine Nation, and featuring (from the press release) "... delightfully rendered illustrative artworks by Benjamin Wright Coleman, Kelly Angelovic, Mike Geiger and John D. Schultz, poetry recited by Hannah Haddadi and Haven Grey, and live music performed by Josh Meyers, Re-Imagine Nation melds the kindred spirits of visual art, music and the written word.

What would you choose to accomplish if you could re-create your world, a vision of your own making? Re-Imagine Nation will inspire this journey of exploration."

On display September 3 through October 26, there will be two artists' receptions:

Opening Reception: Backstage Coffee Art Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Friday, September 6, 2013 (First Friday) | 7:30-11:00 pm

Artists' Reception: Backstage Coffee Art Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 7:30-11:00 pm. This reception will also benefit the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children's Hospital.

Mark your calendars! I would love to see you at either event!

The gallery is located at Backstage Coffee in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, across from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and within walking distance from the Convention Center light rail station.