Checking In

Hey guys. How’s your week going? Mine has been pretty uneventful and relaxing so far. Juuuustt the way I like it. I’ve been able to do some work on the nursery, cook a healthy dinner, and get lots of reading in. The digital detox is going well. I definitely haven’t been super strict, but I’ve mostly stayed off my phone and haven’t been on Instagram at all (except for like 30 seconds on Monday?). And you know…it’s been kind of awesome. I feel like that brain space has been so needed. I also feel like when I’m not checking it at all, I really couldn’t care less about what people are doing (sorry, friends). I mean, I care. But I’m not comparing, or wondering anything, or feeling like I’m not doing enough…and that has been pretty great. I’m more focused on my life, the present, and what the people in front of me need. I’m hoping to continue beyond this week.

Last weekend I was able to get the nursery wall painted. It turned out better than I thought it would and only took a couple of hours. I’m so happy with it. I also got some shelves up on the wall and got a new rug for the room. Yesterday, we put together a crib. It’s all starting to feel a little more real; which is both exciting and terrifying. Here’s the nursery wall ❤

I hope the rest of the week treats you all well. Brent and I are taking a half day on Friday and heading out to a 10 acre ranch in a small town south of Austin. We’re going to stay in a trailer/camper and then hike around on Saturday. I’m looking forward to getting away, even just for the night. 🙂

p.s. Top image is a drawing I did a while back, it’s currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

creative doings

i’ve been trying to draw and paint more lately. i seemed to have had a slump for a few years where i barely even picked up a pencil to sketch. but that slump is coming to an end. i’ve had a lot of fun messing around and would like to eventually open up a print shop on etsy. i’ll need to keep practicing until i come up with something print worthy.

if you follow me on instagram, you’ve most likely seen all this already. but i thought i’d post it all here, too.


^^ sharpies above and below^^



^^ watercolor and metallic bronze sharpie ^^


^^ graphite ^^


^^ watercolor ^^


^^ colored pencil and ink ^^


^^ graphite ^^

i think my strong suit is definitely sketching/drawing with pencil. but it’s been really good to play with color and experiment outside of my comfort zone.



turquoise and gold: 14/26 – 19/26

i. will. finish. this. project…

i’m ready to move on to different things..which is good, that was really the whole point of committing to this turquoise and gold project in the first place – to inspire more creativity. creativity begets creativity, right? so, i’m ready..ready to paint with a wider variety of colors and explore different mediums. ready to start drawing again. i’m also ready to start devoting more time to one larger piece – i consider these exercises..they only take me between 2-5 minutes to complete usually.

i know that none of these little paintings are anything special – but it’s been really good for me to start small. sometimes by setting limits you help yourself get outside of them – i’ve had so many creative ideas that fall outside of the turquoise and gold boundaries…and i can’t wait to work on them.

at some point this year i will finish all 26 that i initially intended to do. only 7 more to go.

select any image to see a gallery view.

p.s. the eye painting was inspired by a print i saw somewhere. not sure of the source or i’d link!

turquoise and gold: 9/26 – 13/26

as promised, here is another batch of paintings. i’m officially half way!

i think these are my favorite so far. forcing myself to do so many paintings with such a limited color palette has been a good way to discover what styles i like and enjoy. i’m definitely liking the organic and loose style best.

today was beautiful, 75 and sunny. perfect day to have off work. hope you’re savoring your weekend as much as i am. xox.

click on any image to view in gallery mode. (do it! it’s a much better view)

turquoise and gold: 5/26 – 8/26

i spent some more time painting last week. this batch isn’t my favorite…but when you’re creating 26 of anything you’re bound to like some more than others. the next batch is much more organic looking – and i’m preferring that at the moment. but it’s fun to experiment and try a bolder approach. the solid gold one was a mess up – i didn’t like the original painting so i painted over the whole thing in gold…but then i kind of liked how that looked with the old showing through a bit. so i left it. it’s been really nice to have a reason to sit down and paint – even if it’s a made up reason.

work has been killing me lately. i’ve been feeling unfulfilled and bored – so it’s really nice to have a creative outlet. i’m hoping to wrap up this series by next week, and then i’ll be on to the next. i don’t think i’ll be doing 26 of every project – it’s overkill, haha. i started to get bored thinking about posting them one at a time so that’s why i’m going to post them in batches from here on out.

i’m thinking of making some throw pillows for my next project – a woman gifted me her sewing machine and i’ve been meaning to figure out how to work it. i’m also thinking of doing a series of letters – letters to authors, historical figures, heroes, family i’ve never met, etc. i think it could be interesting…but maybe just to me. we’ll see.

have a wonderful friday and a safe weekend. i have plans for breakfast with a friend tomorrow, but nothing else on the calendar – and i’m veerrrry happy to have a slow weekend. i’ll post another set of paintings tomorrow. xox.

click on a painting to see a gallery view.

learn more about this series here, and the overall project here.

turquoise and gold: 3/26

today has been a good day. sundays seem to be everyone’s favorite.

sunday summary: slept in. made breakfast…which included waffles, eggs, bacon, and coffee. read for awhile on the couch in the sun. took a long shower. had family over for lunch – which included two nieces and a nephew, kids make me laugh. took a walk through the woods behind our apartment. played some music. got ice cream at lick and ordered a waffle cone with one scoop of cardamom pear and another of caramel salt lick (lick is incredible, if you visit austin you should check it out). took a little nap on the couch and in a bit i’ll eat some dinner and watch football, because i’m a wisconsin girl and i love the packers just as every wisconsinite should..and does.

i hope your weekend was relaxing and rejuvenating. i’ll be making more paintings this week. i’ve been keeping/making a list in my phone of ideas for future series. it’s fun to brainstorm. if you have any ideas/suggestions feel free to let me know in the comments.

here is painting 3 of 26. you can see the scanned image and the natural light image show very different colors. i’m kind of into that though. two takes.

3.26 original

3.26 natural light

turquoise and gold: 2/26

here is the second painting of the series.

i didn’t like the way the colors transferred on the scan so i included another picture with natural light – the gold is only fun when you can actually tell it’s gold. hah. i’ll probably continue to post multiple pictures. i’m not sure who i’m going to send this one to – i’ve been really into triangles and geometric shapes…i know that’s kind of a fad right now, but i don’t see my affinity for these things fading with the fad. there’s something simple and lasting about it.

happy weekend!

2.26 edited

2.26 natural light

turquoise and gold: 1/26

i’m ready to share my first project/brainchild/series! i will be creating 26 miniature paintings (each on a 3×5 notecard) with only two colors: turquoise and gold. See why i chose 26 here. i haven’t painted in years – so it felt really good to break out the paints and brushes, put on a record, and zone out. i don’t claim to be a great artist – i’m doing this solely because it’s enjoyable to me and i think it will be fun to write about, record, and archive. i’ve been in a bit of a slump (see this post) and when this idea came to me i was really eager to get started…it was inspired by another blogger’s yearly creative endeavors, and i’m excited to see where it takes me. mostly, i’m excited to feel like a creative person again.

i figured that by making 26 of these paintings i could turn out at least one or two that i really like. i’m sure there will be a lot of duds, but that’s ok! it’s not really about the product as much as the process. i’m also planning on sending these out as letters/postcards to friends and family. the one i’m posting today reminds me of my sister, karissa. i’ll be writing her a little note, numbering it 1/26, and sending it off to california at some point. i like the idea of sending them out into the world…

i won’t always write this much for each painting in the series (you’re welcome) – but i wanted to give some background on the project – about what i’m doing and why. i’m sure there will be a learning curve – i’m using a cheap scanner to get these online and, like i said, i haven’t painted in years. but i think it’s always best to just jump in and get started. things will never be perfect.

so without further ado – here is painting 1 of 26.

blue and gold 1.26(click image to enlarge)