The other day, I got a new Etsy sale notification...and I've made a few Etsy sales (more this year than ever before!), but it's always exciting, isn't it? Your Etsy app on your phone comes up with an alert, or you get an email saying you made a sale. Honestly, I was high on it for most of the day, not gonna lie.
You know the feeling, right, Etsy sellers?
Well...what if I told you that you could experience MORE of that feeling? More sales, more income, and therefore more art-making?
So, what have I been up to lately? Well, right now, doing a dance of joy and also freaking out, because I got into the Devour Culinary Classic as a live painter!
Why does this freak me out? Well, because it's in Phoenix, and I live in Tucson, about two hours' drive away (one and a half if you leave really early in the morning). And really, in order to do the festival, I would have to spend the night in Phoenix.
And I have a two-and-a-half-year-old. And I haven't spent the night away from him since he came home from the hospital. Cue the mom guilt!
During January, I did an art challenge. I decided on a list of prompts and posted it to Instagram for accountability and to invite others to join (although it seems few did, but that's okay, that wasn't the point). And then...I arted!
It was an exciting challenge. Last year I did a watercolor challenge throughout February, which was created by another artist on Instagram, and that was cool, which is why I decided to do one this year. Since you're doing a piece every other day, it forces you to think fast, and to not be too precious with it. It's not going to be a masterpiece, and that's fine.
I figured that since I was dashing off quick pieces and experimenting a bit, doing things outside my comfort zone (like a landscape, which I always find hard!), that I would try a whole new medium. So I picked up some gouache!
I had tried gouache during my teen years, when an art teacher recommended I try it, but he ended up being a major league a-hole, so maybe that soured me on gouache for a while. Whatever the case, I hadn't touched it in 10+ years, so I was coming at it as a gouache newbie.
This was the first one I did...the prompt was "jewels". Fun thing about an art challenge you create yourself: you can make up prompts you really want to do! I'm into rocks, interesting gemstones, fossils, and things like that. I low-key have been for a big chunk of my life, but when I started back into working as a social media marketer five years ago, I kept getting jewelry-related clients, and in working for them I learned a lot about stones. The reference for this was a photo of turquoise cabochons I took for a client's online shop.
The next day...MOTHS!
This prompt was "insects." I've always thought moths were cool (and also kinda disgusting, but fascinating), and there are some really weird species of moths. Like the rosy maple, which is what I'm painting here. I didn't finish this painting on the day that the prompt was due, but it will be finished! There are three rosy maple moths in this painting, and I may make it into a pattern and use it on Society6. Moth duffle bag, anyone? Moth leggings?
The pros of gouache:
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