I recently finished this larger piece, 30×24, called Ornithology. I used a variety of earth-tone hues for the background, and each square has its own bird-themed illustration or pattern, which was painstakingly cut out of damages or discarded vintage books. This is a unique and quirky piece that is sure to get attention in whichever space it’s hung. This piece is for sale; please inquire if interested.
It’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything, but I had some major life events happen this year! All winter long my husband and I were busy preparing for the arrival of our first child, along with searching for a new apartment. By May 1st, we had almost everything packed up from our tiny apartment in Weedsport, NY and began moving boxes into the new apartment 1.5 hours away. We decided to relocate to the Rochester area to be closer to his job, which means I had to start looking for a new job as well. Needless to say, it was a hectic and stressful few months.
All the stress related to packing and moving while nine months pregnant was worth it, because in the end we got to hold our beautiful baby girl, and nothing else really mattered. It felt like a fresh start for our new little family.
Windsor “Winnie” Leigh, born May 27
Photos by Jessica LK Photography
While on maternity leave, I was blessed to meet Wendy, a fellow artist from the Rochester area who came across my moon abstract painting and asked if I could create something similar for her home. It was just the push I needed to get back into my art. This isn’t the best picture (it was taken with my phone), but I was pleased with the final result. I think it is even better than the original:
She sent me a picture of it hanging up in her home:
After maternity leave, I went back to work. Thankfully, I was able to find a wonderful job with perfect hours, but it’s been a challenge trying to balance work, marriage and baby. I leave at 9am, get home at 3 and kiss my husband goodbye as he leaves for work, feed/cuddle/play with Winnie, try to get some chores done around the house, maybe go for a walk with the stroller, and then I have an hour to myself before heading to bed. I’m trying to fit in some creative time for myself, but at the end of the day I’m usually just exhausted and end up watching something on netflix.
Recently I decided to try the Better Lettering Course online. Hand lettering is fun, creative, and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. I just started a week ago, and already I feel more inspired an eager to create something. Plus, the course comes with a 30-day challenge that encourages you to develop a daily habit of practicing the art of hand lettering. It also has a community on instagram (#betterletteringcourse), which fosters connection with other artists. I’ll be posting some of my hand lettering sketches soon!
I fell in love with this piece! It was an experiment that worked out. For the background, I used old book pages and a mix of pale umber and gold acrylic paint for texture. The design is made of illustrations from various vintage books. This would be a fun “i spy” piece to hang in a children’s room. Can you spy the dinosaur??
Usually when I make a collage, I already know who I am making it for. This was a fun project I did with no particular person in mind, but I knew that I wanted to do something a little geeky and masculine. I ended up gifting it to a friend for her little boy’s room. Glad it found a good home!
9×13 collage on canvas, 2014