I painted a leaf for the first time since October today with this humpback whale and I love it so much 🍁🐋 Like so many of us, I’ve just felt heartbroken lately thinking about the sheer amount of problems facing the natural world and how hopeless it all seems while also wanting to turn that feeling into something constructive. I’m still not totally sure how I’m going to do that but for now I’ll send some goodwill to accounts working hard to help our planet. Since this is an ocean-themed painting, I’ll tag a couple of relevant accounts below - (I unfortunately don’t know too many but would be happy to add more!) If it speaks to you, please give them a follow and support what they’re doing - and if you know of other accounts doing good work for the underwater worlds, please let me know! Have a lovely Sunday, folks 💙
still over here trying to organize my office - i feel like it’s going sooo slowly but i’m purging lots and leaving no paper unturned as i go, plus rearranging and cleaning the rest of my apartment as space gets freed up in other rooms... it’s a process! a loooong process. anyone else in the habit of making an even bigger mess first by tearing apart or dumping open every single corner/box/basket/file/drawer while they’re cleaning?! 🤦🏼♀️ i’m calling january my ‘deep clean’ month, and february will be the ‘deep freeze’ where i can hide from winter by cozying up to paint ☺️ i’ll be posting some of last years pieces i haven’t highlighted yet (like this happy little desert) until then ☀️
Embroidery has been a part of my practice of creating for years now. I have played with thread as a way to embellish watercolor paintings, but also as another form of mark making altogether. I love embroidery’s long history and how by engaging in the same tedious, hand crafted process I feel connected somehow to something bigger than me, to a tradition.
Hand stitching is most often used now in my work as a means of binding and securing, mounting large paper pieces onto raw stretched canvas. I enjoy finishing the work in this different way, leaving an object behind that’s quite tactile in nature. I do also love a clean mat and frame. I worked in a frame shop for awhile, learning from skilled craftsmen and deeply appreciate that process. But there’s something different about these works to me, and I love displaying them in a non traditional manner.
As I near the completion of a larger piece, I will share the process of mounting the painting with stitching by hand.
Working on mugs this week. I’m gonna shoot for a shop update on February 1, at noon. Sign up for an email reminder if you’d like to be notified the day prior.
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Here’s a reminder for you today 💙⠀
Change your thoughts & you’ll change your world - Norman Vincent Peale⠀
What do you think of this quote? Can you change your world if you change your thoughts? My take: You most definitely can! Try it. Can you change you perspective or at least open up to a different way of looking at the situation? Maybe you’re missing some information? Have you ever thought about that? Your thoughts can propel you forward or hold you back.
Comment below. Would love to get your take. Tag a loved one 👯♀️👯
Art by yours truly. From my soon to be published book: Painting Your Path 🎨 ⠀
I’m super, SUPER close to finishing this blanket, YAY! 🎉it’s embarrassingly years in the making, I keep picking it up and then forgetting about it, please tell me I’m not the only one that gets distracted easily from a project? I’ve been stashing away for what seems like forever ago ONE ball of sadly discontinued @paintboxyarns neon pink, which @thepolkadotgiraffe kindly sent my way so I can add a Pom Pom boarder to the blanket because this blanket obviously needs more colour! here’s hoping I have enough 🤞🏻 Happy Tuesday Everyone 💖💖
Mac Miller was one of the most inspiring artists around. If you haven't listened to his final album, I highly recommend! Thanks for all you brought to the table Mac, you won't be forgotten!! 🥀🤍
Now, let me say something here...I've made a lot of excuses over the years when it comes to making art. "I don't have the right tools...I don't have the time...etc." I'm really trying to take away these limitations. Learn & be grateful for what I got. This was made on the #windowssurface using their sketch app. I'm hoping to save up for a iPad and apple pencil. But I love the way he turned out!! #digitalsketch#draw#art#illustration#macmiller#digitalpainting#portraits#createeveryday#makesomethingeveryday#frommysketchbook
Life is so easy if you just leave it alone. ⛺️ Those are the words of Paula Ruth W. She said this to me on Sunday evening. Perfection! Wise, special one. .
I meet her often in my tiny town. Joyous spirit, beautifully dressed. With another friend, we took her home that night, in a car, so she wouldn’t walk the three plus miles uphill, in the dark in freezing weather. Her home was still a treck up through the woods from where we dropped her off. Apparently it’s a beautiful tent, decorated with care and functionally layered in colorful wool and silks as she’s dressed for keeping warm. This is an older woman. I think she’s older than me* and yet again, she might just be my age. Huge smile on her face. Though I’ve seen her cry too. I myself have been crying a lot these last few days. For nothing really. As life is huge. And yet, valid reasons. Big reasons indeed. It feels so damm good to cry, and process and let go and transform, and receive life as it is. This beautiful life in all of its colors. And yesterday “home” was threatened for me again. Ironically as I’m taking on the #MyHouseIsIncompleteSeries project again and as I reflect on Paola Ruth. I had just gathered my materials for that project and prepared the FARmHouseRetreat table which had just been initiated into the making surface for this winter when I received what was overwhelming news about home. And now I float and yet I’m grounded. Swimming in the vulnerability that it is to have home, and heartbroken too, I pause and trust that all will be okay. .
Youthful courageous *Paola is in her 70s
So thankful for the support and sharing!!! #Repost@annclarkcookiecutters with @get_repost
My kind of bouquet!!! Thank you @improvcookiecompany for letting us share!! #annclarkcookiecutters #madeintheusa #Madeinvermont
#decoratedcookies #customcookies #royalicingcookies
#sugarcookiesofinstagram #Edibleart #playingwithdough
Hello @sketchbkproject excited to start my Volume 16 sketchbook! Here's to my 2020 goal of creating regularly#sketchbookproject #createeveryday#createwithlove eagerly looking forward to starting with this! pic.twitter.com/oQG4W9Jvnn
A peek inside my journal from August 2, 2019:
If your muses are eluding you, and you desperately want to be captivated by its inspired influence, then surround yourself with a community that loves and supports you, journal regularly, immerse yourself in culture, and wander often. Also, create something every single day. Even if it's shit. Create something. ✨
That's juicy, and considering the biggest lie I tell myself on a daily basis is that I don't need to write things down when I will absolutely forget them, I'm glad I wrote that down since I've been feeling the same way recently.
Putting pen to paper is one of my Top 3 favorite things to do when I'm in my feels, along with making cuddle puddles with my pup and husband and screlting a.k.a scream belting.
@DiveThru_ is the only journaling app that journals the old school way so you slowwwww down and focus on the feels and sensations you experience while writing.
I love being a #DiveThruAmbassador because living in a world where we are constantly put under a microscope, it's a beautiful thing to have a completely safe, nonjudgemental place to explore all the colors of my inner wilderness.
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Back at it 🎨✨
Had a special project under the works for a while now, and after a great discovery & conception period, a freshly primed, 6’x3’ is ready to be created today! 🤍 #contemporary_art#veronicabaxterart