remnant: the November pattern of the month

From the minute I decided to turn my paintings into textiles, I was hooked! There’s something so incredible about seeing something you created as a flat surface turned into a living, breathing, moving fabric. I just want to keep designing and designing!

But I also don’t want a million yards of fabric filling up my studio. (Ok, that might not totally be true. I would LOVE to have that much fabric. But I only have so much space.)

So I’ve decided that each month I’m going to do a limited edition design. One pattern that is available on scarves and pillows in limited quantities only for that month.

November’s design is based on my painting, Remnant. I love the colors and the texture in this painting and I love them even more now that I’ve turned it into a textile.

Available now in my online shop as an infinity scarf, a gorgeous 100% silk scarf, and a 16″ x 20″ throw pillow.

But don’t wait, because this pattern is only available until November 30th!

PS. Want to be inspired by the colors and textures in this pattern? Check out the November Pattern of the Month mood board on Pinterest!

new textile designs

Since I’ve started painting, a number of friends told me they could see my paintings as textiles.

It’s not a stretch. I’ve always been inspired and influenced by textiles, surface design, and fashion. My graduate thesis, despite being made in metal, was all about textiles, and I even designed all the repeat patterns I used in my wire sculpture.

And the truth was, I could see my paintings as textiles as well.

But I resisted. Even though I know a decent amount about textile design, I wasn’t sure I was ready for a line that needed some degree of outsourcing. (In this case, the textile printing.)

And my experiments with hand painting textiles over the summer didn’t go so well.

So when Amber mentioned turning my paintings into textiles a few weeks ago, I resisted again.

And then, last week, I couldn’t resist any longer.

I was sitting in Starbucks, reading about creativity, when it suddenly became clear.

I had to go home and design fabric.

Right now.

And so I did.

And since then, I’ve been digitizing paintings, creating repeats, and ordering fabric, with the goal of getting my first prototypes done before Crafty Bastards.

I received my first fabric samples this week and promptly made my first products:

scarves!

Why scarves? you may wonder. Because a metal necklace can’t keep you warm. (And you know I’m always cold.) Plus, a scarf is really just a big, fabric necklace!

I’m definitely still in the experimental stage when it comes to fabrics and designs, but I’m planning on debuting several scarf designs, plus pillows and maybe even some bags, at Crafty Bastards next Saturday!

If you’re in the DC area, be sure and stop by. I’ll be there Saturday the 28th in booth 71!

Can’t make it to Crafty Bastards? Make sure you sign up for the mailing list (in the sidebar) to know when my new designs launch online!

across the universe

I went to college in the early 2000s, when it was totally cool to make mix CDs. (This was between the eras of mix tapes and iPod playlists.)

Most of my mix CDs were labeled simply with the date I created them. A record not of any theme, but of my likes at a brief moment of time.

I remember one such CD, dated April 2002, the month my grandfather died. It was a yellow CD, and in my head, that was what I called it. “The Yellow CD.” As if it were a real album.

In this case, yellow was the color of my sadness, and the songs reflected my grief as I processed my first real experience of the death of a loved one.

Creating mix CDs was a habit my mother and I shared. Music was always important to her, and to us growing up, but once she learned to work a CD burner, music became a powerful tool for expression. Mix CDs were used to commemorate milestones, express an opinion, or share her feelings with someone.

A few months after my mom’s death, I pulled out many of the mix CDs she had made me, opened a beer, and sat on the floor of our guest room, crying and laughing my way through these precious gifts from my mother.

Music has this incredible power to transport us back to another time and place.

I was sitting in a Starbucks the other day when “Across the Universe” started to play. Suddenly, I was transported back to my college apartment, lying on my bed, listening to The Yellow CD in the weeks following my grandfather’s death.

I could see that yellow CD, as brilliantly as if it had jumped off the yellow page (don’t you love synchronicity) that was open in the book I was reading.

But as I listened to that song, I was also transported forward. I could see a painting so clearly in my mind. Yellow as the color of my grief. A whole universe of emotion, contained on one canvas.

And so I went home and started to paint:

“Across the Universe”
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 24″

Small Paintings

Small paintings are fun!

They’re fun to make – they let me test out a lot of ideas quickly or let me play with extra paint when I’m working on something larger.

Small paintings are also fun to display. They are great for small spaces, easy to prop in a corner or on a shelf, and can add a much needed pop of color. They’re also fun to group together or mix with other art.

I’ve got a lot of small paintings in my studio right now, but I’d rather they were on display in your home.

That’s why I decided to have a little sale. Now through Sunday, take 30% off any of my small paintings.

Use code SEPTEMBERSMALLS at checkout.

piles of paintings

I’ve been painting up a storm this past month and the paintings are starting to pile up! I’m so much closer to my goal of 100 paintings then is reflected here on the blog or in my shop.

Summer is my creative peak, and I’d much rather be getting my hands dirty then editing images on my computer.

I’m a little sad that its August already. August is always a tricky month for me. I want to be taking advantage of the warm weather and last of the long days, but I’ve got so many travel commitments that pull me away from the studio.

I’ll be trying to use those times away to recharge and energize (translation: lots of reading at the lake and lots of museums in New York) so that I can carry my summer momentum into September!

As usual, I’ll be sharing lots of my adventures and explorations over on Instagram, so even when things are quiet here, you can find me there!

continuing the series: paintings 43 – 46

Here are three more little paintings I started when I was working on painting in series. They didn’t quite get done with the group, but they’re all done now.

“The Neighbors”
Acrylic on canvas
12″ x 12″
Available in my online shop.

“Sidewalk”
Acrylic on canvas
12″ x 12″
Available in my online shop.

“Hiding Behind”
Acrylic on canvas
12″ x 12″
Available in my online shop.

And here’s another painting that I started at the beach and finally finished.

“Florence”
Acrylic on canvas
18″ x 24″
Available in my online shop.

I’ve got a lot of paintings in the works right now. Some just aren’t coming together the way I’d like, and others are part of my next attempt at painting in series. I’m working on trying to find a balance between planning and play when I paint, but more on that later!

learning to work in series: paintings 33 – 42

Note: I’m on a mission to create 100 paintings in 2013. You can view all the paintings here!

Whenever I share my painting process on Instagram, I always use the hashtag #paintplay. Because that’s what I’ve been doing, letting myself play. Which has been pretty incredible, but on occasion, very frustrating. I’ll get a result I love in one painting, and the next feels like a big hot mess.

So I’ve challenged myself to try and break my own process down and work a little more in series. Now, it occurs to me that when most people work in series, they might work on one or two or maybe even three or four pieces at one time, but they probably don’t try to tackle more than that. But not me. I decided that the best way to work in series was to work on TEN paintings at once!

When you add that to the approximately half dozen other paintings I had going, that’s a lot of paintings at once!

For my first attempt at a series, I did keep it small. All the the paintings are 12″ x 12″. But it was still a lot to juggle!

One of the things I’ve been trying to figure out is how to develop a cohesive body of paintings without getting too repetitive. It’s an interesting balance, the need to play and the need to have a strong voice. I guess we’ll have to see where it goes…

On a positive note, banging out ten new paintings gets me that much closer to my goal of 100! It makes me feel so much more on track to be at 40+ paintings, considering we’re at the halfway point of 2013.

Paintings, from left to right, top to bottom: At This Moment, Facing East, Escape Plan, Bumper Cars, Tumbleweeds, Junebug, The Secret Cavern, Motivated, If Everyone, Time to Spare

All paintings are acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 12″, and available in my online shop! (Use code PAINTPLAY for free shipping from now until July 4th!)

Light + Dark: Paintings 30 – 32

Note: I’m on a mission to create 100 paintings in 2013. You can view all the paintings here!

“In the Mist”
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 24″

Available in my online shop.

“The Morning Garden”
Acrylic on canvas
12″ x 12″

Available in my online shop.

“Talk to Me”
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 24″

Available in my online shop.

Use discount code PAINTPLAY for free shipping on all my paintings from now until July 4!