Archive for the ‘ART’ Category
Hello! I hope you had a lovely, lovely weekend. 3 Day weekends are bliss. This weekend, my husband took the kids out of the house on a fun Daddy trip so that I could play major catch up on work & art. Like I mentioned before, we’ve always played tag team at home, and since this year so far has been a bit different than most, I have weeks and weeks of art making to catch up on (books, fabric, portraits….and much more!) So this weekend was a welcomed guest. But the kids are coming home in 10 minutes and I’ve better go put the icecream away. Hee Hee.
So, at the beginning of the year, I made the goal to draw every day. Or at least as often as I could. It’s so theraputic for me. It’s what I love. It’s how I think. But like anything, it takes setting aside time. I try to have a sketchbook out when I’m with the kids, but it usually gets overthrown by their drawings. Which, of course, I love seeing monsters and dinosaurs in my sketchbook. But I need time to refine my skills daily. It’s how I come up with ideas. Ideas don’t just HAPPEN. They come when I’m putting pencil to paper. I have to be actively getting things out of my head for anything good to ever come.
How about you? How do you make time to do those things that truly make you feel like YOU? It’s seriously something that takes conscious working out. But so worth it.
We have 2 days left until school is OVER! I can’t wait. I really love summer time with the kids home. Summer period.
PS: I will be posting daily sketches to INSTAGRAM, but I’ll be sure to upload batches of them at a time here on the blog from time to time. Instagram is a mother’s helper! So easy to keep up with you all. Are you doing #365drawings? There are a lot of you on instagram now. Hope to see more of you! xoxo
I’ve been thinking a lot. Like I’m sure you have too.
I’m a mother. I spend most of my time vigilantly watching over my kids. It’s my calling. My life. Everything I do, I am thinking of them and their safety, growth, happiness. Just like you do.
And when booms go off, my mother-heart gets on high alert for the moment, and then sad. Affected by the darkness that can so easily permeate. Torn for the families affected directly. Worried, only like a mother can.
But last night, as I lay trying to sleep, I kept reminding myself of the incredible duty I have to shine brighter. Overwhelm the darkness. Make a lasting mark. Vigilantly shine out the yucky stuff. It’s not going to get any better unless I keep shining.
This passage came to mind, and I felt so much better knowing that it’s up to me. I can make a difference.
This is a FREE DOWNLOAD for you today!
I needed it, and I thought you might too.
Shine a little brighter, and it will make all the difference.
Just a final shout out for a great chance to stock up on some new Sarah Jane yummies in the shop! I love having a good sale, but they don’t come around all that often.
And just as a side note, did you know that I offer flat rate shipping of $6 (for both domestic and international) and FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $100? I don’t think I’ve done a very good job of mentioning that here. But I’ve tried to make it really comfortable for all my friends over seas…and for all you who like to order in bulk.
Thanks for all your lovely support as well! I’ve loved hearing your responses to the new collection, and your warm and inspiring emails!
Sale ends tonight, April 10th at midnight Mountain Daylight Time (2 hours behind NYC time if that helps!)
With my new fabric collection coming out this month, I’ve been bursting to show you JUST a hint of what it’s all about.
This new art collection (as well as the fabric) is paying homage to one of the favorite phrases I love to hear around my house–“Let’s pretend…..”
What I love about this collection is that it’s not matchy-matchy and there are so many ways to use them. Some are quite loose and playful, which is how children really play. The colors are meant to work with the new fabric collection (squee!!) that will launch later this month, but the images are just a small part of what the collection offers. I can’t wait to show you!
This print I think is my favorite. It’s rooted in my love for this Picasso painting that I grew up with in my bedroom as a child. It always made me so happy, and so thoughtful at the same time. Funny how childhood influences become such a part of the work that I do.
So, there you have it! EIGHT new prints to start off the Spring season! And the best part?
We’re having a SALE 25% off the entire shop, now through Wednesday! Horray!
It’s been so long it seems since I’ve restocked the studio with some new art for children. It feels good!
If you like this new collection, share on Pinterest (just hover over each image to PIN) share on Facebook or Instagram or wherever you hang out to let your friends know what you are looking at. But make sure to tell them about the sale code as well! That’s what friends are for, right?
Have fun and enjoy! xoxo
Do you feel it?
Do you love the changing of the season?
Ohmygoshohmygosh. I’m raising my hand super high.
I’m so ready to shed off winter for good. And I’m starting to see and feel color again. I like winter. I really do. Especially here when there is lots of white snow, and we get winter light warming us in the library, and the winter animals that come out….But I’m kinda-sorta-officially done.
Give me flowers and give me color.
This illustration came to my head this week, and I had to put it on paper.
I’m still in the throws of catch up mode here at home. On all fronts: making books and making my laundry room (closet) look like it wasn’t attacked by some alien explosion. But I’ve snuck in rearranging furniture, planning out new plants to put in the yard, and thinking about new art for the walls. And stitching and eating fresh greens…..
And stocking up on more band-aides and ice packs again cause little knees and feet aren’t used to all this excitement.
I’m starting to feel like me again:)
This print is available here in the shop.
PS: I almost forgot to mention! Today is big birthday for my darling, amazingly efficient assistent Ann who runs the shop. She really deserves a big high 5 for everything she does. We’ve had a lot of hiccups this year with some transitions happening behind the scenes, and I couldn’t run this machine without her. Say Happy Birthday! And Cha-cha-cha:)
Hugs and kisses for spring!
Hello Monday! Hello to-do lists, and getting back in gear after the weekend. Hello jumping in full force before I’m ready. Hello Laundry I didn’t do over the weekend.
This is my thought today. And my 5 minute warm-up before working (did I tell you I’m working on another book right now?)
And I’m skipping ahead because I’m not posting every.single.drawing-a-day.
Taking a moment to be grateful for the little things.
I’m actually drawing every day this year! This project has been great for me. I actually can’t show you a lot of what I’m drawing though. Mostly cause it’s top secret:) But I am hitting pencil to paper, which is a big deal. Mostly cause kids and house and life demands so much.
These two are totally different: one was made 3 years ago, and I just brought it back to life, and the other, inspired by some designs I saw in the Mini Boden catalog this month (it’s a good one this time…well, as always I guess.)
I know a lot of you have taken on the #365Drawings project. Would any of you like to do a link party? I’m not really sure how to do that, but pipe up and I’d love to keep you in touch with all the other artists who have joined in.
Another warm-up for work today. I just let myself draw whatever comes to mind. I thought of feet and sand and swings. Sometimes I just long for those days of sitting on the swing and aimlessly making pictures in the dirt.
I’m super excited to show you more stuff in the coming days….I’ve got so much up my sleeve that’s starting to come to the surface. Did I tell you I’ve got a fabric line coming out super soon? And lots of other fun details.