I'm excited to announce that I've just added lots of new goodies to my Etsy shop for Spring! I've created a new series of characters I'm calling "Seasonal Distemper" to share with you! And you can see all the new originals, stickers & postcards I've made here.
Thank goodness Spring is finally here! I'm not originally from the Midwest so the fact that it snows EVERY YEAR is still a little weird. And what's even weirder is the effect winter can have on one's sense of well being. I was starting to think there was something seriously wrong with me because I usually enjoy other people's company. Then suddenly all I wanted to do was hide from the entire world. Preferably under lots of warm blankets with fuzzy socks, and hot cocoa.
Winter was particularly harsh this year. Long stretches of cloudy, subarctic temperatures were making normally congenial people, myself included, sullen and listless. The words "Polar Vortex" kept popping up all winter long usually accompanying -45 degree temperatures (that's with wind chill). For my friends in warmer climes, that's like "afraid you'll lose tender parts like noses, fingers, or toes in 60 seconds or less" kinda cold! It grates on the soul, and it's easy to believe the world will remain frozen forever. Which isn't true of course, but it still felt that way. This is where Seasonal Distemper comes in.
I knew I needed an outlet for the funk I was in until Spring came to the rescue. Ignoring it wasn't helping, and my moping was only adding to the collective general malaise. I needed to put a face on what I was going through. And I'd like to give my friend, Marie, credit for helping come up with the name, Seasonal Distemper. It inspired the idea to make little people to feel grumpy for me. By the time I got to the third character, my grumpy little people were looking less grumpy, and I was feeling much better, too. A big thank you also to everyone who helped me play with ideas in the initial planning stages! You inspire me!
There are four characters so far in the series:
Miss Anne Thrope, Belle I. Gerent, Ameila Ration and Ambi Valent.
Each name is a play on words. And gives personality to individual "states of being" leading up to Spring.
I love writing to friends so I made postcards. And the enthusiasm of children is a powerful force for sticker-making! So I made stickers, too. You can find them in the new "Stickers & Postcards" section in my Etsy shop Here.
Working on this series was a lot of fun, once I really got into the creative process, and I feel like I've learned a lot. I want to do more design projects in the future. No solid plans yet, but I'm sure I'll be starting more design related projects later in the year. Thank you for spending this time with me! I hope you're out enjoying some sunshine where ever this finds you! And to all who endured the wintery wastes with me, we made it!! Now let's all forget it ever happened ;)
Best Wishes Always,
And in Gallery news!
Gamut Gallery in MPLS has chosen my drawing "Steve Thinks He's an Octopus" for the The Lost Art show curated by Scott Seekins. You can read all about the show at Gamut's website here.
Additional Events during the show:
Glam Slam 8: Sat. 4/19/14 // 5:30-9PM Clothing Swap/Dress-up/Photo Shoot
Exhibit Finale: Thurs. 4/24/14 // 7-10PM
MINNEAPOLIS – Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00-11:00 p.m. is the opening reception for “The Lost Art;” the exhibit runs through April 26. There was a time when hand-drawing was paramount to communicating ideas, before literacy was common-place. Today artists have limitless reasons and ways to create. While the intention behind contemporary art is often purely aesthetic, Gamut Gallery challenges 20 artists to make a statement in the old style. Each piece communicates a message and brings light to an issue that is important to the artist and society at large. The Lost Art will be the most controversial exhibit at Gamut Gallery to date, addressing topics such as transgender sexuality, the food system, technology and racism.