Congratulations to @jeffreyluqueart and @colorful.exposure for winning my cameo necklace raffle!! DM me where you would like me to mail your winnings, and I’ll get them to you ASAP!! Also, thank you to everyone who entered. You did not go unnoticed and I appreciate everyone’s support of my work! P.S. please excuse my face, I’d just gotten back from a 12 mile bike ride. . . P.P.S. I’m now accepting 2018 commissions
Just a few more hours left to enter the raffle and win a free necklace! I’ll announce the winners tomorrow! … Each cameo displays a premium print from one of my watercolor paintings. To enter the raffle for one of these necklaces follow my Instagram or Facebook page (@adventuresinlilyland), tag a friend you think would like my work, and note which pendant you would want to win. Simple as that!
Just 24 hours left to enter the raffle for my monthly giveaway! I’ll pull two names and announce the winners on Saturday!
Each cameo displays a premium print from one of my watercolor paintings. In order to enter the raffle for one of these necklaces (each comes with a velvet ribbon), please follow either my Instagram or Facebook page (@adventuresinlilyland), tag a friend you think would like my work, and note which pendant you would want to win. Simple as that!
Hokay party people! You have T-minus 48 hours to enter the raffle for my monthly giveaway! I’ll pull two names on Saturday afternoon and announce the winners on my Instagram and Facebook page.
In order to enter the raffle for one of these 1″ pendant necklaces (each comes with a velvet ribbon), please be sure to follow either my Instagram or Facebook page (@adventuresinlilyland for both), tag a friend you think would like one of these necklaces, and note which pendant you would want to win. Simple as that!
If I pull your name I’ll just need a mailing address, and then one of these lovelies will be yours! Can’t wait to see who wins!!
Several years ago I received a comment about my work that really stuck with me. Mainly because it reminded me of those back-handed compliments Old Hollywood stars, and genteel southern ladies are notorious for making. The only difference is, this was made by the head of my University’s Art Department. She was also an instructor I had nearly every semester, was my student advisor, and had a pretty good idea of my work.
‘Oh, Lily, you just always want things to be so pretty, don’t you…’
Maybe this was meant to be taken light-heartedly, but those words have been stuck in the back of my mind with the intolerable tenacity of body glitter after a music festival. You’re tired, hung over, and just want to move on….but
ITS STILL THERE
In my case, niggling away in the back of my head every time I look at a piece of my artwork. The reason I bring this up, is because as I was looking at a painting I made this week, I thought of this comment for the first time in a while.
As someone who tries to stay positive, despite dealing with depression and anxiety, this was a comment that irked me for a long time. I saw my art as an escape from my troubles. Even today, I still strive for my work to be ‘pretty,’ because I find satisfaction and comfort in something bright and uplifting, rather than spiraling down a dark hole.
I am in no way discounting artists or individuals who feel differently, but I felt there had been a line drawn in the sand, and I was standing on the wrong side. That statement, to me, meant – if your work is ‘pretty,’ it’s shallow. Art can not be meaningful, and ‘pretty’ at the same time.
Obviously this is untrue, the world is filled with beautiful artwork, and the artists who have worked to create it by pouring their heart into what they do. Besides, beauty is relative. I for one, think my cats are WAY cuter than any baby, but that is neither here nor there.
Long story short, you do you boo. Embrace what you make, find inspiration from others, but don’t be confined by the parameters of someone else.
I wouldn’t typically do this… I mean grand gestures, flash dance mobs, and airing my dirty laundry in public isn’t really my go to move, but in this situation I feel it’s necessary. I know our relationship is new, but I really see this going somewhere…so I want to be honest.
You’re my side piece.
Not only that, but your the side piece, to my side hustle. Actually it’s my passion…but things got all twisted up between my love of creating, and a need to eat and have a roof over my head.
So now I’m here…with you. The side piece, to my side hustle…
I know, I haven’t been the most consistent person with my time, but I’m just, you know, figuring some things out right now. Like mailchimp, society 6, instagram, and etsy; not to mention creating new work! Don’t forget, I’m doing it for us. Hang in there!
What I’m saying is, this is my pinky swear. I promise to post once a week, every Friday unless I am on vacation, in a sugar induced coma, or facing the zombie apocalypse.
Every Friday I’ll have updates on new work, my progress with laying the foundation for my creative adventure, and any awesome resources I come across along the way. I’m also hoping to include some fun process videos, product promotions, and even a couple tutorials.
For my first step toward consistency, I wanted to include the first printable I ever made, a weekly scheduler. You can get it for FREE by using the code ‘weekly’ to unlock the PDF. I still use this every week at my full-time job to keep track of all my daily to-do’s. It also works great as a template for anyone into bullet journaling!
I had some dental work last week and have been on a mainly liquid diet since. I can tell you, there is much more tomato soup than champagne and I’m not appreciating it one bit. I can also tell you, when your dentist tells you to not eat ‘crunchy’ food, you should not eat cole slaw, EVEN if it’s the Fourth of July.
But really, back to the tough art stuff. I’ve noticed, making things, wanting to create more, and share ideas, and try new stuff; all of that’s a walk in the park. What’s hard is what to do when your living room is filled with all of the little bits of soul that you’ve smushed, and drawn, and glued, and twisted to make these physical things, that you know need to leave. Like, NOW. I’m ready!
just some older pieces
my current work space
Sifting through the mounds of information out there is hard. Doing stuff you don’t know how to do is hard (i.e. computer stuff, brought to you by: hard). Even figuring out where to start, that’s hard!I just looked at the top of my browser, and do you know how many tabs I have open? 19!!! And they ALL have something to do with ‘what to do next.’
8 flower crowns for a June birthday
Wine glass holder for an April Birthday girl
Before this, I’ve always made art for people as gifts. I even pushed money away. I LOVE sharing my art with friends, and finding clients through word of mouth, but I know that if I want to make this my thing, I need to figure out the other side of just making. So, while I am trying to figure out the ‘business’ side…here are
3 things I’ve learned this week, that I’m 97% sure are totally true.
1. Doing 5 projects at once means you will get 0 projects done on time.
I am notorious for this, and it’s obviously something I am still working on, don’t judge! (see: now 21 open tabs)
2. Presentation, yes even that instagram photo FUCKING MATTERS.
No one wants to see your dirty socks behind that amazing painting you just did. Also, take advantage of the brightness and contrast levels to really show that baby off. You shed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears over that piece! Your work deserves to shine!
3. If your friends offer you help, take it.
I am using friends in a very broad way. Real friends, mom friends, internet friends, imaginary friends, furry friends. They want to hang your work? Brag to their mom friends and give out your email? Provide you a tutorial, provide a bomb ass idea, work as a free furry model? Great, awesome, cool, done. Now sit still and eat your treats.
P.S. Don’t forget about the 25% off code I provided for my first printable in my last post! Also, I totally forgot to give a big shoutout to an artists I follow regularly, who also provides awesome tutorials and advice. Like this one on Printables I used! So go check out MichelleHickeyDesigns and be inspired to make things happen!
To everyone in the US, I hope you enjoyed the day with lots of friends, fireworks, and fun (see what I did there?). If you’re not in the US, then I hope you still enjoyed your day, most likely minus the fireworks and red, white, and blue.
Also, don’t hate me for being late to the social media bombardment of patriotic splendor…your welcome.
I’ve been working a lot on preparing prints of my work. You may have seen one of them, “Sundays are for Snoozing,” on my instagram, and I’m excited to be offering 8×10 prints in my etsy shop soon! Maybe even a printable? Let me know what you think!
In the meantime, for those of you who enjoy peace, love, and messy buns…
I’d love to share a printable version of another piece of work, inspired by something I strongly support!
AAAND just because you are oh so special, you can get a 25% discount when you use the coupon code: support1776
It’s my first printable that I have put in my shop…actually I think it’s the only thing in my shop since I decided to purge my old listings and start completely fresh.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get your honest feedback, good and bad.
Like a lot of artists I have a love/hate relationship with critiques on my work (my work is like, straight from my soul man), but I’m starting at the ground level and can’t get better without a little help from my…internet friends, right?!