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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!!):

Ocean Garden Dinnerware Collection_Kelly Angelovic

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 ;)

Global Art Gathering_Kelly Angelovic

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.

Jewel Themed Fancy Feathers Journal Cover Kelly Angelovic

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!

Grow

Don't be afraid to stand in your own power and blossom

This past Tuesday, the semi-finalists in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search were announced.

My piece didn't make the cut.

The assignment was to create a piece of wall art with a 'Little Terrariums' theme. And I was thrilled with what I came up with--I had so much fun!! Even though I didn't make it through, what I created was 100% me and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

That's not to say I'm not a little disappointed. Last year (to my amazement--I entered on a whim), I made it through to the next round. This was my submission (the assignment was to create a journal cover with a 'Playground' theme).

Let's Play

So I knew it was possible...

There were 999 entries this year. You can see the list of semi-finalists here. And this year, they published everyone's submissions--so you can peruse the entire gallery if you are so inclined. It's an impressive collection, and I have no idea how Lilla and her team narrowed the field to the top 50 (what I would've given to have been a fly on the wall for those conversations).

Through Lilla's MATS classes, I know a lot of the artists who made it through. And I am genuinely excited for them. I can't wait to see what they create for the next round.

There were a lot of entries that I loved--pieces that would have made my top 50--that didn't make the cut though.

That's maybe the best and the worst of what I do, that art is inherently subjective.

In all honesty, I did host my own private pity party for a good part of the morning on Tuesday when the list of semi-finalists was announced. And then I got on my road bike and went for ride up a really big, steep hill. As always, this helped, immensely.

And then I picked myself up and dusted myself off. And I'm getting right back in that saddle. Giddyup.

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And don’t forget, this is the last week in August--for the rest of the month, 10% of what I sell will go to DAVA, a local organization that “… provides high-quality, after-school programming in the Aurora community and has become an anchor of free arts education for 900 urban kids (ages 3-17) annually. DAVA programs are designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to activate a new vision for community through the arts.”

 

A Global Talent Search

Global Talent Search Entry Part of taking Lilla Roger's class was automatic enrollment in a Global Talent Search. The winner will score a slew of licensing deals (a home decor line, a fabric line, a scrapbooking license to name a few), PLUS two years of representation by Lilla Rogers Studio.

Global Talent Search

Wow.

It would be unbelievable to win.

There are three rounds to the competition. The first assignment was to create a 5"x7" journal cover with a vintage playground theme that  somehow included the word "Journal".

The image above is what I came up with.

Entries were due this week, and 50 semi-finalists will be chosen by Lilla Rogers and her team by August 1. At that point, the talented 50 move forward in the competition with another assignment. Their work will be posted in an online gallery and presented to an esteemed panel of judges from companies such as Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, Paperchase, Real Simple Magazine, Demdaco, Oopsy Daisy, and more. From there, the list will be whittled down to six finalists who will advance with another assignment. Lilla herself will choose the final winner.

It's a long shot.

I have seen some of the entries--the level of talent involved is amazing. Humbling. And that's just from my fellow classmates. The competition was open to the public--there are probably thousands who entered.

I do know this though:

I definitely won't win if I don't put myself out there and try.

So stay tuned. I would be absolutely over the moon just to make the top 50 and get my name and my work in front of that impressive list of judges.

In other news, I'm hard at work at a new line for Oopsy Daisy. And...I am having a gallery show in downtown Denver this fall. Yahoo!! Details to come.