Hey there,

I've been painting like a nut the past few weeks trying to create some new art prints to add to the shop. But I've come out on the other side with some pieces added at last! You can shop here, on Etsy or to see them on on pillow cushions and iPhone cases, check them out on Society6. I have to say, I'm a bit sad to emerge again to the reality of handling a business again. It was so wonderful to be in my studio, worrying and thinking about nothing except painting! Which also explains why I have not been updating this little blog of mine...

It was a bit crazy in my studio for a while, coming up with new paintings is a somewhat unpredictable process for me. Sometimes, the idea comes immediately and I grab a brush and there it is, like magic as it appears on paper. Most of the time though, it's a lot of painting and repainting, re-composing and repainting again to get the right feeling. I've been looking at a lot of botanical illustrations for the new florals that I've added to the shop. Botanical drawings are so beautiful to look at, yet they always feel a bit- still. So in creating some with watercolor, I'm hoping it will bring more life and energy to the flowers. The abstract pieces feel like I've only begun to tap into some of these ideas with patterns and hexagons, so I have a feeling many more geometric paintings will be in the near future! My favorite of the new ones so far is the one titled Ocean Waves in Blue and Green. There's a feeling of grace but also energy as I imagine these waves crashing onto shore. It has the right balance of repetition and realism that it hovers in this in-between world where a lot of my works live. 

Well, it's the beginning to a new year and I'm jumping with joy in my head as I imagine the new projects I am planning for my business this year. Always a bit scary to take a risk and embark on a new challenge, right? At least, that's how I always feel as I incessantly fret about the details...But when I think back about all the new challenges I took on this past year, I'm reassured that where I am today with my design studio is light years away from what I imagined at the beginning of the last. In the end, it always somehow works out and fall into place when it is supposed to, yeah? Let's hope so!

Till next time,


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