Sometimes I step back from my work and am overcome with the realization that 6 year old Erin would have loved what I do today.
And now, just like 6 year old Erin, I need a nap and a juice.
Hey there, and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty fantastically relaxing, but as a result also fell pretty short of productive. So here I am, trying to get a running start at a very busy week to come!
Here are some fun tidbits from the ‘net this last week:
Because I’ve already mentioned how much I love Zooey Deschanel, I’ll just go ahead and share this and let you imagine my glee at this whole exchange:
“Land of the books.” I just died.
Add this to the fact that I’ve now had two people in the last month tell me my style reminds me of “that funny ukelele girl” and I’m pretty much in heaven.
Here’s to quirky girls with bangs and glasses!
One of my favorite things about this was the progression from:
1. Realize that nobody cares, and if they do, you shouldn’t care that they care.
to turning it on its head to:
2. Some rulebreakers will break rule number one. Occasionally, people in your life will defy the odds and actually care about you.
and then, as if that weren’t enough:
3. Spend your life with the rulebreakers. Marry them. Befriend them. Work with them.
I know there are a thousand reasons that I may get stressed or a little gloomy. We all do- life is hard sometimes. It’s too easy to get caught up in your own issues and lose sight of what is real.
When I step back and am able to think about it with greater perspective, I am just so grateful. I’m lucky! Lucky for the friends who make me laugh until my ribs hurt. Lucky for the family that is quick to pull me into a big bear hug. Lucky for my coworkers and clients who support me and give me judgement-free reign to challenge myself creatively. Lucky for the guy who notices an eyelash on my nose and then grossly wipes it off after licking his thumb. And lucky for this little budding community I’ve found online- you all have added so much to my life over the years!
I guess I just feel lucky to have so many rulebreakers in my life. Thank you.
Today’s watercolor was the result of something I had been planning for a while! I wanted to play with a map of Portland for a gallery of images I’m working on.
I’m happy with these results! I might try it again in another color pallet, or for another map. Maybe one of Oregon? We’ll see!
The basic process is outlined below- I applied a wax resistance and base coat of color, then started playing around with splatter techniques. At first, I made a huge mess. Then I realized I should put it on some old paper bags to protect my poor floor. Voila! Done.