I’ve been asked many times what a normal day of work is like for me. It’s something most artist’s get asked, because people are naturally curious.
Most days this is what my desk looks like…
It’s the only place that I allow myself to get messy, make a ton of mistakes and hopefully make some good paintings every once in a while. Paint drips have dried on my desk and I don’t try to clean it up. I feel like a kid when I’m being creative. It transports me back to going to art class in 3rd or 4th grade. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve painted, the thrill of creating never gets old. I particularly love to paint in the morning. Somehow the world seems more quiet and I feel a sense of excitement by a blank piece of paper and a few reference photos. (Thank you pinterest….hahha)
And the other huge part of my job consists of emailing, working out licensing deals and freelance jobs, contracts, phone calls, and packing/shipping orders. Customer service has become a huge part of running my online shop. I’m grateful for the jobs I’ve had in the past where I learned how important customer service is.
I’ve certainly had a lot of learning experiences and trial/errors since I started out. I just took it day by day. Lesson by lesson. I’ve had successes and failures. And every little thing that encourages me and excites me-I relish. I sometimes think the little things in life can often be the ones that bring profound pleasure and satisfaction to us. I can’t even explain how happy I was with my 1st sale on Etsy.
The one thing I cannot live without in my studio is…music. (Or chocolate or caffeine) Music is one of my biggest inspirations. I listen to all kinds of music. And it can help me get into a mood that I want to reflect in a piece I am painting.
Some of my favorites include: Charlotte Gainsborough, Cat Power, Led Zeppelin, The Shins, Badly Drawn Boy, DJ Shadow, My Morning Jacket, Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, The Strokes, Radiohead, and Fleet Foxes. Some of my paintings are titles of songs or a play on lyrics I’ve heard. Sometimes I don’t even know what to name a painting, so I’ll look to see what song is playing on my Pandora & name it that. (One of my paintings titled Different Day is an example of that).
I hoped you enjoyed a little peak into my studio and daily life.