Cards of July
This July I have started a daily card painting challenge - a card a day. Here are some photos for the first 10 days! These are all hand-painted originals. I've had some people ask if I will make prints of some of the cards. The answer is 'hopefully' ... more details to follow.
Trying something new!
ExI've been trying something new these days .... digital illustration and surface pattern design. What is surface pattern design? Here is an explanation
"Surface pattern design is artwork that I create specifically to be applied as surface decoration. This could include patterns, illustrations, hand-lettering, and artwork in all sorts of styles, as long as they're made to enhance the appearance or functionality of a product" From http://blog.cottonandflax.com/2019/06/what-is-surface-pattern-design/
Here are a couple examples of my work thus far...
"Fat is not a Bad Word"...
I'm participating in an online course called "Leverage your Art" through Stacie Bloomfield. This weeks assignment was to create some a word illustration. Here's my end result. I'm pretty proud! Here is my commentary that goes with the art....
What would it be like to live in a culture that didn’t fear fatness?
How do you feel when you hear the word “fat”?
While the term “fat” is often considered an insult or a bad word – this is a cultural interpretation. The term “fat” can also be used as a neutral descriptor – just like words such as tall, short, brown hair, etc. There is a growing movement of activists and scholars who are reclaiming the word “fat” in an attempt to strip it of it’s negative stereotypes. As a registered dietitian who lives in a larger body, I firmly believe that the word “fat” is NOT a bad word. I know and have seen the harm caused to people in larger bodies due to weight stigma and discrimination. In truth, our worth as individuals in not determined by our body size. All bodies, including fat bodies, deserve respect, accessibility, and justice.
Want to learn more?
I highly recommend Virgie Tovar’s TED talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZnsamRfxtY) and her book “You have the right to remain fat” (https://www.feministpress.org/…/you-have-the-right-to-remai…)
Find out why I had to pursue a career as a dietitian to figure out I wanted to be an artist: