June Recap

If these photos look melancholy again, it's completely unintentional. June was honestly a fog, but not necessarily in a negative way. I've just had more things to occupy my time, and more things on my mind, and I blinked, and the month was over. Not a bad thing. We're another month closer to Fall. 

I wound up sitting in front of a fan a few nights ago when the air conditioner wasn't working; painting and watching Breakfast at Tiffany's (for the first time, mind you, and I thought it was wonderful, if you can cut out the unnecessary blatant racism), and though I hadn't worked on any paintings/illustrations at all that week, I roughly began five (!!!), and I felt so accomplished. I've no idea where the sudden inspiration came from, but I'll take it, and I'll be glad to end June on a high note. Thanks June.

I also watched "Bells Are Ringing," with Dean Martin, and it's a good one. Watch it sometime. Sounds like it could be a Christmas film, but it isn't.

Three More Pages From The Copic Book

Where has the time gone? I've lost track of it lately (and I'll stop saying that in posts this week immediately), so I've only got these three pages to share, but I do love these illustrations. I'm still not sick of the color, which is relieving, and I'm not stumped for ideas. I'm so in love with this project. It's also given me plenty of still moments to reflect on things that I'll elaborate on when I have more time (okay, really, now I'm done). 

The June Garden & A Ramble About Texas

June is passing by so quickly, and most of the month has been set in suspense. Suspense in the best way mind you, but I've been very uneasy. Plants are a safe space for me, which is something teenage Amber would never have understood. I can spend an hour every evening trimming and pulling and watering, and it's constant. As long as I keep them alive, they're there. Hell, I keep these plants healthier than I keep myself, but it's worth it, because the time I spend tending to these plants is something that I use as a break. I'm not working or panicking, I'm just being. 

They photograph pretty well too. It's only natural that I pay homage to the June foliage. It's resilient and vibrant, despite the suffocating Texas Summer heat, which is something I will never be, but can admire. My neighborhood is finally looking established and homey, and this little country town is so green. 

My mother was telling me about seeing someone comment about a lack of foliage (groups of trees to be specific) in Texas, and I had to laugh. I never understood how climatically diverse this state was as a child, but it's so diverse. I was born in West Texas, and though I don't remember it as much anymore, I have passed through it on road trips, and it's so dry. The area I'm in now is full of rolling hills and clusters of trees, and if you go further east, the towns are so lush and full of wooded areas and massive trees in backyards. I've never been to the coast or further south, but I'll knock the former off my list within the next month or so, and I'm curious.

This probably seems like an overkill, but I'm still blown away sometimes by how much I love the area I live in. Every time I go to another nearby small town, the drive is lovely, and when I go further away, the drive back into town is a dream. When I moved back home, I thought the over-romanticized feelings about my hometown would go away after awhile, but it's been over two years now, and I'm just as pleased. I really don't know where I'll go from here. 

I think I'm using my hometown as a comfort blanket. At least I've got these plants.

Trying The Cold Shoulder Thing With A Bra

The cold shoulder trend has been everywhere for awhile now, and I'd started to sound like a broken record with my "No, I can't even try it, I have to have a bra on no matter what," whining, until I finally broke and decided to try it out with a bra on anyway. It obviously doesn't have the same exact effect, because my shoulders aren't completely bare, but it was a fun experiment nonetheless. This piece isn't even mine though, it's my mother's, naturally, because I take from her closet all the time. She's much taller than me, and wears this as a tunic-type top, but we agreed that I'd probably get away with wearing this as a dress. Only just. Whoops. Ah, well. You win some, you lose some. 

Staying Inspired In The Same Environment

Sometimes inspiration is hard to come by, especially when you're usually confined to a one mile radius. I've found that it really helps to collect small bits and pieces that spark feelings, be it bottles, newspaper clippings, or catalogs. I've got all three just in my reach. Okay, so that might make me sound like an alcoholic? I've done a post before about recycling wine bottles to keep flowers, etc in. I've apparently got a few too many, and I've been told it looks problematic. Oh well. They're in my space. Other details could include colors and textures, and even lighting. 

I've also found that if I just submit to my night owl habits, the inspiration floods in after midnight. I've really romanticized the atmosphere in my space at night, but it's like magic, and if it works, it works. Now, this obviously isn't something that would work for everyone, but the atmosphere is my main point. If there's a specific part of the day that you find yourself most inspired by, clear your schedule and create away. Your inspiration, like your work, is whatever you want it to be. How you interpret and romanticize your surroundings is completely up to you. 

Hat Decor

So, yesterday was a mouthful, huh? Let's cool it on that front for awhile.

The idea for this post came about a few weeks ago, when my attention was brought to a hat with a scarf being sold at a ridiculous amount more than a hat without. So, naturally I decided to prove the extra money wasn't necessary by taking the belt from my dress and wrapping it around the hat I already hat. Ta-da! It works. I don't know how much I'll wear this black felt hat in the dead of Summer, but when Fall finally comes around again, I'll definitely be experimenting with different scarves and wraps. Why didn't I think of this sooner? 

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