Kelly Angelovic Illustration
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I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

Kelly_Angelovic_February This past month in Bootcamp, the assignment was to create wall art on a piece of wood (think antique plates). We were also encouraged to work traditionally, especially if that isn't our typical approach.

There is a painter that lives in me, I'm sure of it. What began as a whisper has been getting louder, encouraging me to pick up a paintbrush. There are so many reasons why painting, at this point, doesn't make any sense...

I don't have a space where I can get messy. I don't have anywhere to store canvases. Buying all the required supplies is expensive. Editing is more difficult--you can't hit 'undo.'I have no idea what I'm doing--I don't even really know where to start.

And yet...there is this voice urging me to get my hands dirty. To mix colors by brush rather than onscreen.

For this assignment, I bought several pieces of balsa wood--six of them so that none would be too precious. I painted them brightly, then added white and gray until they had this lovely distressed look.

I created a design that I wanted to paint, and with graphite paper, transferred my sketch onto my canvas and went to work.

In my neuroses, I ended up creating both a digital and painted version, and...I don't love either.

The teapot image above is what I ended up submitting to the Bootcamp public gallery (which is now live, check it out if you are so inclined--my submission is on page 2). I'm happy with how it turned out, but it feels like a bit of a cop-out. Created digitally, there is nothing about it that pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

The image below is the digital version of my first idea, followed by the (as yet, unfinished) painted version.



As is so often my approach (in more than just my art, ahem), I tried to control everything. Leaving little room for artistic play, I missed the whole point of painting.

So I will try again--sometime soon.

In the meantime, the amazing Christine Mason Miller has invited me to be a contributor in her upcoming e-course, The Conscious Booksmith.

The ConsciousBooksmith

"This thoughtfully created course is a guide for aspiring authors and book-makers. It is filled with tools and inspiration designed to support the creation of a comprehensive book plan reflective of your values, priorities and ideals."

If this resonates in your heart, class starts March 9. Come join us!!



Back At It

Brandywine Crab AppleTree The blooms above are from my parents' Brandywine Crab Apple tree. Aren't they amazing? I really do love this time of year. Hope. Possibility. Rebirth. And flowers!


Albeit crazy and ever-changing we have found a rhythm, my little family of four. Thatcher is four and a half months old. Hazel just celebrated her third birthday. I don't think it's possible to understand how full life will be with children until you have them.

Blessedly, chaotically, magically, maddeningly full.

There are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done. The dust bunnies in particular are experiencing unprecedented gains (if you happen to pop by for a visit, please don't look too close). And I have yet to figure out how to cook anything for dinner that takes longer than 15 minutes to prepare...

And yet here I am, trying to do more. As we settle into our new normal, I am slowly getting back to work. I have taken on some client projects and am actively submitting my work in the hopes of drumming up some new licensing deals. I have given my little blog a (small) facelift, and I have updated my online store. Check it out!

Please note that stretched canvas prints are also available. Contact me for pricing and information if interested!

To celebrate getting back into my professional groove, I am having a sale. Use the Promo Code: BackToWork for 20% off your next order (offer good through this Sunday, May 4)!!! Here are a couple of the prints I added:

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Enjoy The Ride

Some other amazing things that are in the works:

The ever-inspiring Christine Mason Miller is offering a new e-course: The Conscious Booksmith: A Mindful Approach to Creating Your Book.

"Do you have a book in your heart that just needs to be written and brought to life? Then this is the course for you."

And Liz Kalloch, with Stefanie Renee, is creating an exciting new print magazine entitled Mabel--Making a Living, Creating a Life. From their website:

"Mabel is a print magazine that is here to tell real stories about making a living and creating a life.  At Mabel, we’ll be talking about the different ways we support ourselves in the world—stories from entrepreneurs, artists and small biz owners about how they’ve gotten where they are—it’s not always pretty, it’s not always tidy, but it’s always beautifully real . . .  please join us!"

Lovely, exciting, and inspiring. I love to see artists spread their wings and fly.