Exploration – it’s the thing that drives me to paint every day. So I find it kind of funny that my work is done best when spending hours cozied up in the home!
Snuggled up at the bay window with a cup of coffee, I start my mornings by diving into a painting. By the time the sun has warmed up my room and the coffee has grown cold, I open up the window and breath in some fresh air. I grab a bowl of breakfast – usually Greek yogurt smothered in cinnamon and something fruity and nutty – and hop back to work.
I definitely don’t paint as much as I would like to, but it is this routine that keeps me up to practice and developing my ability to express myself as a painter. Here I remind myself, exploring is wonderful, but self-exploration has great value, and can be done anywhere!
My first gif!
I took a few months vacation from the internet, although I can’t say it was exactly by choice…
This summer went by crazily fast, and I got pretty wrapped up in the madness. Kevin and I moved twice in a month (tales of which I will be recounting very soon, in illustrative format!) and I secured an extra job which I am SO excited about, figure-modeling for an established painter in San Francisco. And finally, I had to make an terribly heart-wrenching visit home to Florida to attend the funeral of my beloved Grandmother. Like I said, a whirlwind – a lot of ups and downs, but Grandma’s passing has put a lot of things into perspective, and I have never felt stronger about pursuing a career as a painter.
Grandma and Papa
I parted ways with my family, leaving behind a quick pen and pencil sketch of one of my favorite pictures of my Grandparents. My Grandma was a such a beautiful woman, so full of love and so perfectly pragmatic! And damn, was she sharp – what a wit!
I have been playing around a lot on photoshop and Kevin’s Wacom Tablet, and learning a bit of coding recently. I am excited to keep updating my progress of experimentation with digital media! I have always been a more hands-on type of person, and I like to get a little dirty when I’m making, but this small-space living has gotten me interested in working with something a little more compact. Tune in later for more!
I hope everyone is doing well, and love you all!