Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Even though I'm taking more time to pursue my art, I have to admit... I do love my full time job as a designer. I work with some truly amazing people...they are my home away from home. One of the best things about my job and working in the art department is that my coworkers are super creative and LOVE to have fun. We dress up every year for Halloween. A while back, I found some scrap elements to download online - here are some pages I put together from last year when we dressed up like 'Alice in Wonderland' and had a Mad Tea Party. I was Alice...and...I think you can figure out the rest:

So much fun!

I'm a total 'list' person. So here is my list for the next few weeks since I am done with the art show!
1) First and foremost, beat this darn cold.
2) Clean my house!
3) Finally start to put together scrapbooks of my latest trips to NYC, Naples and Marco Island.
4) Sand and repaint my craft table that I got for a STEAL on craigslist!
5) Get to Crate & Barrel, Marshalls and Ikea
6) Find and hang curtains for my living room.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gallery Night

The Gathering Room Gallery Night proved to be one truly successful event! My month of creating, preparing and lack of sleep was well worth the effort. The restaurant's lot was so over-packed, many had to find street parking. I'm happy to see that the postcards did their job!

I also owe a huge 'thank you' to the Waterford Post, the local paper, that did an article on the event and interviewed me and my mom about the art show. There was a steady flow of people from the time we opened the doors until about 9:30pm. For a first time art show, I'd say we did a great job. But being so busy, I hardly had time to photograph, let alone get any pictures of me or my friends or the other artists! Thanks to my amazing friend Stephanie who took some of these pictures. As soon as I get more in, I will be sure to post them as well.

On a side note, I worked myself a little too hard & ended up... *sniffle* *cough* *sneeze* making myself pretty sick. For as much work as an artist gives, she must give back to herself. So where does that leave my elegant journey?

Right at the beginning! While I do feel the need to step away from my art for a bit and get well, rest assured my journey has just begun. There are many great things to follow like my favorite art books, transforming my studio into a workable space and exciting give-aways to name a few.

Again, thank you to all my friends and family that came to support us!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thank You Soooo Much!

A special friend reminded me that I once told her it was the people in life who dreamed big that didn't let brick walls stand in their way. If you'd have asked me a month ago, I would have never imagined that I'd have Elegant Journey up and running OR that I'd be participating in an art show.

I've spent the last couple of nights (and many lunch hours) matting, framing, packaging cards and stretching canvas... getting those 'last minute' details finished for the show. Seeing everything together is a true, full-circle moment.

It's been incredibly exciting hearing from people all around the world. So far, 16 different countries have visited Elegant Journey and I hope that number continues to grow. I hope you know how encouraging it is to hear from you and I absolutely LOVE getting comments and emails from you all. It makes me want to continue dreaming and take the necessary steps to further my art and open a shop.

This will be my last post until after the show. Again thank you so much for your tremendous support! I'm excited to show you pictures of the gallery night, especially for those of you who can't make it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

25 Limited Edition Prints

In my previous post, I talked about the custom, nature-oriented art I did for my family's restaurant. The pieces were specifically designed for their business and I had no intentions of offering them for sale... but now I get to tell you the most *exciting part!

It's with great pleasure that I announce these pieces of art have now been recreated - specially printed, stretched and signed just for YOU! Because of the high demand, I decided to create 25 limited edition prints. These lovelies are 28"x28"x2" and are identical to the pieces hanging in the restaurant. 5 of each of the following are up for grabs: The Corn Field, The Water Lilies, The Street Sign, The Barn and The Boat.

4 have already been sold so if you're interested in purchasing or pricing please email me or come visit me at The Gathering Room Gallery Night where there will be one full set available for sale. All others will be made to order. Hope to see you there!

Oh, I almost forgot! Elegant Journey has been nominated for a 2008 "Love That Site!" award from Divine Caroline! If you get a chance, click the icon to the right on the sidebar to go vote!
Nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2008 and winners will be announced in early December.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Itty Bitty Artist, Really Big Art

*Giggle* So those of you who know me personally know I'm pretty much miniature-sized. I stand a whole 5' 1/2". But when huge open spaces need big original art designed to fit their space... it's fun to think on a whole different scale.

Above is just one of the many pieces I created for The Cruise Neighborhood Bar and Restaurant - a business my family started in Tichigan, WI. They wanted something that would really impact their customers and set the mood & atmosphere when people first entered the doors. So after discussing many options, I decided to do a series of stretched canvas art featuring all 'nature-like' things from around the area. The piece in the photo above represents the blue herons that are often seen around Lake Tichigan.

'Blue Heron' has 5 smaller 'sister' pieces - and since they were first put up over a year ago, they've received more attention than I'd ever imagined.

With that little tidbit, I have a *very special* announcement that I will be making in the next couple of days. ;) So for those of you planning on coming to The Gathering Room Gallery Night on October 25th (and yes, even those who can't make it), perk up your little ears my dears, there's exciting news to follow....

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

They're Here!

I love getting packages in the mail. I was super excited to come home after work and find these little lovelies sitting at my doorstep:

I decided to design some business cards promoting Elegant Journey. Instead of a 'traditional' business card where it just lists the normal 'mumble jumble', I'm hoping to lead people and engage them more with the little stories about my journey here on the blog. I mean, I know that emails and phone numbers are important, but people are so much more than a piece of paper -- they have stories to share and personalities behind their cards. So I'll hand them out at the art show, and hopefully... they'll follow me as I continue to work towards opening my shop online.

If you happen to pick one up at the show and stop by the blog...leave me a note! It's always so encouraging to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Polka Dots & Aprons...

two of my very favorite things. By the time I am done putting together my studio, I may have adopted a small collection from Below is my love:

I wore her while making my cards for the show. She's got perfect pockets that I can stuff full of buttons and scissors and ribbon so I don't put something down and spend 15 minutes searching and saying to myself....'now where did I put that (fill in the blank)'?! What are some of the things that you can't work without?

Yesterday I also got my card packaging materials in the mail. I'm happy to announce each will be wrapped with love :) Back to work.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More Sneak Peaks!

Well, it's officially 'official'. The postcards advertising for the art show came early last week. Didn't they turn out fabulous?! I am very pleased.

Today was by far one of the nicest weather days we've had in a while - it was like summer! I worked in my studio all day long with the windows open and the breeze coming in. I had a few things to finish up and ran to get some prints made for the show as well. If anyone has some printers they recommend, please let me know! I've also decided to keep only one of the birds in the show from a new series that I started. I had envisioned 4 all together, but these are a special project I'm putting off to the side for now...

I know alot of you are curious about what my new house and studio looks like. But since I've been so busy preparing for the show, I haven't had much time to put the place together. Just yesterday, after being here for 3 months, I finally found a couch that fit up my stairs! So in the mean time, I thought I'd show you what my outside balcony looks like. The giant tree in my front yard turned bright yellow and its leaves were raining down all day.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Oh Soooo Busy

The show is in 17 days and counting. Tonight I ordered my business cards, all of my packaging supplies and found the cutest way to display the cards. All baby steps I suppose,... but I hope it will lead me to open my very own shop on in the near future. This weekend I'll be back to working on my shoe series - so check back to see my updated progress. :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Creative Block

Yesterday, I went to my local farmer's market and picked up these little guys. Yeah,... and... um, I guess it was also a way for me to procrastinate from continuing a bird series I started. I'm kinda stuck and I can't figure out which way I want to take it. Maybe I'll just save them for another show instead. At any rate, it's definitely an "I can't draw what's in my head" day.

This one below is my 'fave'.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I {Heart} Red Heels

Saturdays are my 'drink-coffee-create-fun-stuff-in-my-studio' days - and that usually means that YOU get sneak peeks of my work in progress.

Enjoy! I'm back to work.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Goodbye Lovely Summer...

Happy Fall to all. Some favorite pictures from this summer of my favorite pink sneakers! With the end of summer comes pie baking in my polka-dotted apron, pumpkin carving, fall decorating & *lots and *lots of studio time. Can't wait!

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