June Recap

Oh June. We have not been friends this year.

June has been trying. There's been plenty of private issues and creative blocks to boot. Somehow I feel like I'm coming out on top though. As this month ends and July begins, I think I'm coming to an understanding with myself and what I need to do. I can't stop dreaming about places I've never seen, and things I've yet to do, and it's inspiring. I'm going to power through and throw myself into July completely. June has been trying, but what's a balanced year without it's rough patches?


Since I began to regularly post my artwork on my blog, I've combined my abstract paintings and my illustrations into one post. One could argue that they're all illustrations, but for the sake of my own opinion and how I feel about my own work, I think I'm going to start separating them. I love my illustrations, and they're really fun to create, but there's something very cathartic about just taking paint to paper and seeing what happens. This is what I do when I'm stressed or upset, or even when I'm having a creative block illustration wise. In a dream future (hopefully not too far off), I'll be able to have a space to spend time creating large scale paintings, much, much larger than these. It's a comforting process and something that let's me (metaphorically) step back and remember other aspects of art that I love so much. It gets difficult to remember the love sometimes. Though I'm very lucky and fortunate that I get to spend my time creating, and even though I stubbornly told teachers and extended family members that I would do the "starving artist thing" (it's something I've stuck to my entire life), it get to be a bit much sometimes. But what would I do without art? What would I be without it?

Six Months In

Note: loud noises and flashing lights

This video is honestly a train wreck. A happy for me, maybe not so much for you, train wreck. I mentioned in the recap post that May was very good to me. Here's proof. Some of it's horrible quality, but the memories are the most important. May gave me so much happiness, and June evened me right out. Not that it hasn't had it's happy moments. It's jut been much more mundane and filled with personal issues, so I don't have as much interesting footage. As I've been saying, these are little moments that I've found peace in, whether it appears interesting to others or not. That being said, I do want these to be somewhat enjoyable for you too. I'm working on it, but I'm not the best in the film gang (and neither is my camera). I'm better with photos, but I'm still trying my damnedest. 

May had some trouble too though. The floods. May doesn't get off completely free.

Some moments: botanical garden (I, II), festival

Doodle Every Day

The days from this set have all been full, and they've gone so fast! I might have mentioned before (but maybe not) that I'm trying to work through some paper I had lying around. I'm on the last little bit that I forgot about, and it's a weird color when I scan it. It's also not fit for watercolors. I'm not sure how to work through the wrinkles until it's gone, so bear with me. I can't justify wasting paper. On the bright side, today is Kieryn's Birthday. She's 20! That's amazing! Happy Birthday!



Illustration Friday: Small

This week's topic was small, and it was the first week in awhile where I didn't have an immediate plan. I was a little stumped, but I ended up with a really simple idea to start on. However, when I began to draw out the illustration, it turned into this instead. It's a dollhouse, the person in the illustration is literally motioning towards the subject and saying "It's a dollhouse." The dollhouse is small. I've been messing around with my technique again, and though I'm still a little apprehensive about how this turned out, I don't completely hate it, and that's an accomplishment to me. It was meant to be messy and fun, and the process was both. 

Kind Of Outrageous Bag Wishlist

I recently came into a hand-me-down Coach bag (not mad about it), so I don't really need a new bag, but they're so fun to look at. They're so expensive too. The prices of the ChloĆ© and Saint Laurent bags make even the Tory Burch seem like a bargain. A girl can dream. Though I may try sometimes, I can never seem to pull myself away from large black bags. They're very important, though a statement clutch would be nice every once in awhile. However, I need something big enough to fit a sketchbook and DSLR most of the time. Priorities.

Set Illustrations

 Back To // Bad

More Polyvore set illustrations! I'm having way too much fun with these. They're not seasonally appropriate, but that's not much of a surprise, is it? I'm impatiently waiting for coat season (always). Are you guys liking these? I'm already thinking about doing more, so I hope so. I can see little details I'd like to change, but I'm enjoying illustrating such nice pieces on my own characters. You can check out each set linked below each illustration, and you can see more sets here.

Isabel Marant Boots

I've seen photos of these boots floating around, and I haven't had much of an opinion on them until recently. I'm really obsessing over them. The suede makes me feel like this is a few months too soon, but I'm in love, and you can't stop love. Imagine the possibilities. September 23 can not come sooner.


Hello Monday. I don't have a lot planned for you blog-wise today.

I think today will be dedicated to crossing out as much of this week's to-do list as I can, and browsing for film. I can't remember if I mentioned before, but I recently came into possession of my grandfather's old camera from Germany, and I've been dying to use it. I don't have film for it though, and I'm not sure where to go to get film developed anymore. I've got some research to do. I've also got another film camera from the same grandparents that I'm rationing off the film for (I might use the rest over this summer), and another I've got to find a specific battery for. I'd really like to incorporate my film photos here, so we'll see if we can make that happen some time this year.

Other than that, everything else will be boring Monday routine things. I've got to wash my bedding. How interesting for you.

Resort 2016 Favorites

I honestly wasn't planning on doing this post, but why not? I do posts for the main massive fashion month, so I might as well do this too. Honestly, I've never focused on/payed attention to Resort Week like I have this year. More than a few shows have sparked my interest. It's been fun, because there's no set weather type. These could be pieces for cold places or tropical getaways. It's all over the place, I love it. Bold prints and bright colors are blowing up, and though they're not something I'd personally go for, I can respect the art of it. And the pajama set look? All about it. I've strayed from the "bohemian"/70's trend (it never lasts) regarding my own style choices, and I'm gone back to my well loved personal staples, and just in time it seems. Here's what I've been daydreaming about:

Photo(s) Credit to Style.com

Doodle Every Day

And we're back! This batch of illustrations went much smoother than the last. There wasn't as much negativity around, and I'm feeling more comfortable drawing cute little things. I have to mention that the first illustration is meant to be myself a year ago, but it looks like I've drawn my grandmother. I've done that a few times lately, and it's freaking me out. Not in a bad way necessarily, but even in my own illustrations, I look like my grandmother and it's weird? Sure. New glasses are the highlight of this week though, I won't even lie.


You guys, this week's post is so short! I have no idea how that happened. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy what I've gathered for you!

Enjoy your weekend!

Illustration Friday: Vacation

This one is simple, but I mean well. Most of the "Vacation" submissions I've seen involve a hot beach somewhere. Though the idea of being near the ocean always sounds ideal, I was thinking of something different. Right now I'd just really love to escape somewhere cold and wooded (and quiet). That sounds so ideal. It's been too warm here for months already, and I'm not one for excessive heat. I'm not sure how that works when I've only lived in hot places my entire life, but I digress. I want to go somewhere cold. I follow Charlavail on Instagram, and Colorado looks nice. 

cold asap seriously

Let Me Gush About My Dogs




I've mentioned them in various posts and illustrations, but I feel like I haven't posted photos of them in ages. These guys are my favorite.

Also, I looked through the last two years of photos to find perfect options for this post, and that was the best way to spend an hour. My dogs are the best and I want to chop off my hair.

Really Simple "Clay" Recipe

I first experimented homemade ornaments as a child. It was my mother's idea (of course), and I remember my brother and I having a lot of fun with it. She made the dough and brought out Christmas shaped cookies cutters and paint for decorating. That was an interesting tree. Some of the ornaments may still be in the attic somewhere. They aren't the prettiest things, but it's the memory that counts. 

Fast forward over a decade. Last Christmas was my first back home since high school. While I was gone, my parents had splurged on a small tree to go in my little space. I had the idea to make my own ornaments instead of finding nice ones. It was a pretty fun little project, and when I had the idea to make necklaces this year, I thought back to said ornaments. 

This dough works for many things, really, and it's really easy to make and mold. I used the first recipe I found and tweaked it a bit. 

You'll need:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups warm water

Mix all your ingredients in a bowl until they form a dough. Use your hands to make sure everything is mixed completely. Roll the dough out and mold whatever you'd like. If you're making beads or ornaments, don't forget the holes! Stick them on a cookie sheet (I'd recommend with parchment paper), and bake for roughly two hours (you be the judge, but baking longer seems to make them retain their shape pretty well) at 325 F (165 C).

When you're done, paint them if you'd like (acrylic works fine), and let them dry completely before finishing with a clear spray varnish. Let the varnish dry completely. And a pro tip: if you have pets, keep these away from them until they're finished, maybe even after. They seem to think you've made them actual edible cookies. 

Illustration Every Hour: June 11, 2015

Thursday was a (busy) day that began like any other, but ended pretty badly I'm afraid. I don't know if it's obvious in the illustrations, though you know now anyway. Luckily, the immediate issue that night has been resolved, so I'm not as shaken up as before. It's a bit personal, I'm sure you understand.

All in all though, it was a decently productive day, and I'm much happier with this set of illustrations than the last "Illustration Every Hour" set I did last month. I also only finished (maybe) half of the editing I mentioned in the last hour. I guess I'll be working on that today? Get it together Amber.

I hope you enjoyed these. It's the third time I've done this, and I'm still liking it. I think it's a learning process, like everything else in life.

Doodle Every Day

This week has been hectic, so a few of these don't have an actual concept. I'm still pretty pleased with them all though. I think I'm becoming comfortable with my "style." I think that's a good thing. Maybe, maybe not. I think I do enough other things to be comfortable with it right now. I'm okay with it. Yes.


Have a nice weekend!

Illustration Friday: Airborne

I guess this is pretty obvious. The theme was airborne, and I went with the classic "girl falling through the sky" gimmick. It's nearly Alice in Wonderland, but with a sky and not underground. It's like sky diving without a parachute. Don't do it. Tent dresses won't realistically work as parachutes. 

Set Illustrations

I've mentioned my Polyvore account before, and some of you may have even found this blog through one of my sets. If you don't know, it's a really great way to look for clothes and expand your personal style. A few days ago I decided to doodle out a few outfits from sets I've recently made. This does temporarily placate me when all I want to do is revamp my entire wardrobe. 

Making art beats everything else I guess.


I haven't done one of these in awhile, wow. Well hello again, let's talk. Here's what I've been up to.

Reading: I've found some nice new blogs to read, and I've been working through my copy of The Annotated Brothers Grimm for fun.

Watching: I've been watching really weird movies, and a few period ones as well (the usual). This week I started watching the current season of Game of Thrones. I put it off because it frustrates me, and low and behold. I can't talk about it.

Doing: I'm busier than ever with this whole thing, and I'm so happy with where things are going. I'm doing illustrations every day, and I've been using my camera more often again (I guess that stalled for a couple months?). I've got a new camera as well, so I've been researching it and hunting for supplies for all my cameras on Amazon. Amazon has become my best friend. I get it now.

Loving: I might have access to a pool this weekend. I've also found a place nearby to get decent paper since I last did a post like this. That's pretty important. Also all the flowers are blooming consistently.

What have you been up to lately?

Eyeing Swimwear

I haven't purchased a swimsuit since I was a child. So I suppose I've never purchased one. I did not purchase a swimsuit as a child. I haven't owned one as a child. There. Anyway, I was too emo for swimming as a teenager, and last year I just borrowed one all summer. This year, I'd rather not. I've been casually browsing for the last month or so in preparation, and I've become fairly fond of one pieces. They're classic, and I wouldn't have to put sunscreen on my stomach. I'm saving money in a way. This is what I've found, though let's be real, I'm not paying $100 (or more) for a swimsuit. Nope. It's pretty easy to find swimwear knockoffs anyway.

Art Update

I'm loving this set of illustrations. Most of these are from nights I really enjoyed over the last few weeks. I think they somehow flow well together. I'm still stuck on doodling home decor, as you can see. I watched the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre last month, and though I still prefer the Masterpiece Theater adaptation, I was obsessed with the costumes in this one. I wanted to draw them all. I still might. Actually...

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