About two years ago, on a family vacation to Rosemary Beach, I was looking for some "escape reading" and stumbled upon Jessica Swift's ebook. My husband and I call this particular vacation "the vacation from hell", as the entire family came down with the stomach bug and it rained the entire vacation. Let me be clear, we LOVE Rosemary Beach and look forward to another vacation but just not under these circumstances.
Jessica Swift's message is inspiring. The openness she shares about her journey of being an artist and surface designer is refreshing.
I'm currently taking an online class from Make It In Design. I started with Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity, where I will learn to make repeat patterns. (In a former life, I was a graphic designer before I was an art and preschool teacher and with this prior knowledge of Illustrator and Photoshop I skipped Module 1.) I'm already amazed at what I'm learning. This weeks focus is on trends and for me personally the color research I'm doing is incredibly fascinating.
These photos are my daily doodles, from week one. (Did I say I'm a bit behind. Really love this - work at your own pace thing.) Thankfully, I have three months to complete the five week course.
I really believe the experiences we have in life, wether personal or within our industry, mold our work and can make us better. I'm truly excited to see how this course impacts my work (especially my abstract work.)
This doesn't mean I'm not painting. To be honest, the inspiration I've gained so far has already sparked all sorts of color ideas for future paintings. I look forward to sharing this experience with you in the coming weeks.
Sharing the process of a painterly approach to art, wallcoverings, and textiles.