My sister recently told me about this #100daysproject in Instagram. Being in a place of wild transition (I'm about to begin a new dayjob) my drawing practice could use a nudge and a hashtag, so I'm jumping in. I'm including all my creative and spiritual practices in my 100 days, since honestly I'm not one of those artists that believes one MUST draw every day (though it helps). I take more of an ecosystem approach, believing that *everything* I do throughout the day is connected to my artistry/ creativity, which you will see if you follow along in my Instagram posts. Want to see what I'm up to? Come visit me over there! And thanks!
The long-awaited Buckman Art Show & Sell has finally come to pass here in Portland. This year I worked on the poster for the show, so it felt like a very special year... and long anticipation! I was back east around the holidays dealing with my dad's surgery and recovery, I half didn't expect to come back to Portland. But the Buckman show floating out there in March was a magnet and a goal, and I'm happy to have been there this year supporting community, Arts education and immersion, creativity in learning, and keeping the arts alive in Portland.
I used to do craft fairs as my old Etsy shop and persona: ouou.etsy.com. In fact, I had ouou cards at this show now that my awesome letterpress gal pal Emily is printing my old designs! Even some prints! But this was the first Clover Brown appearance. Paintings, prints, cards and my new enclosure cards were on display.
I didn't get great photos, my apologies. In all my excitement of being there, I could barely sit in one place for very long! Here you can see (cartoony) ouou letterpress cards and my newer watercolor work.
On the second day I was feeling jazzy and enthusiastic, so I ran to Kinkos in the morning and printed out some coloring pages for the kiddos to take home with them...
I will try and include these as giveaways in my Etsy shop on occasion, it was fun to have them!
I hope I get more opportunities to do more posters, this one was great. Added bonus that it came with a craft fair, and a whole mess of values I believe in! It's bittersweet to have it end, but at the same time this was a big step for Clover Brown.
I learned many lessons by going back into the craft fair scene with my illustrator self. I met many awesome people, and was delighted to see friends and neighbors too! My nephews, of course, helped to make the whole weekend fantastic, as did my family. I came a long way, through a lot of pain in this family, to get to the show this year. And my heart shines in pride, gratitude, love and appreciation for a dream achieved.
Hola! I'm excited to report I have moved my shop over to Etsy to see how things shake out over there for a while! I love Big Cartel, my previous shop platform, but I was missing being among artists and creatives. I think 2016 is going to be about finding my communities, nestling into my tribes at a deeper level- and walking my shop over to Etsy reflects that.
I am also going to be increasing my offerings of original art in the shop, and some new ways of enjoying Post art subscriptions. If you have an Etsy account, like to make or like to spend time there, I would love to see you! Stop by the shop or leave me a comment here and say hello. Yay art!
Here's the link: www.etsy.com/shop/FantasticLily
Months before having the idea to launch Post, I had been sending handmade postcards to my nephews. What began as an exercise to make small, quick artwork became a connecting tether, a golden cord as I moved from one sublet to the next in Portland's rental upheaval. Neighborhood to neighborhood I made mail. After asking for and receiving birthday cards this year instead of the (now) typical Facebook archive of wall comments, I updated my address book. My canvas stayed much the same but my characters, themes, colors and messengers multiplied. My budget in stamps is serious business.
When I have outgoing mail these days I scan and take photos of the treats I make for friends and family. But on special occasions I also hop over to Kinkos and treat myself to a few old school photocopies. I love making "clip art" out of my drawings. I love shrinking, expanding, and playing with these little visions. I sit around at night and enjoy the zen practice of cutting out paper. Have you ever read Molly Bang's book Picture This, where she uses cut paper shapes to explain how pictures come to express emotions? It's like that. Pure delight in play.