Hello again! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write a proper post, but here we are again with another month in review. I’d like to blame it on February being the shortest month, but the truth is I’ve just been insanely busy!
This month I’ve been super busy working towards my personal goals that I set out in the new year, including making a TON of art and working on developing my professional skill set with some online classes.
I mentioned in my January review that I was gearing up to have a table at my very first art fair, and I’m happy to say that it went really well! The week leading up to the fair was probably the most stressed I’ve ever been, and I worked a lot of late nights to prep extra pieces so my table could look nice and full.
In retrospect, I probably didn’t need to run myself as ragged as I did, but I’m in the middle of drafting up a whole post about that experience and my takeaways that should be up in the next few days.
After the fair I was so excited to have some down time and relax, but of course that is the exact time I got the flu, so I slept for 3 days straight instead. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What can you do?
Once I came back to life I hit the job search hard, and have started taking some online courses through Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning platform that offers tons of digital classes in almost any topic you could be interested in. I’m currently taking one to sharpen my skills with the aspects of Illustrator I shied away from when in design school (*ahem* PEN TOOL), and to give me fresh inspiration for personal design projects.
Books I Read
I was hoping to read more this month, but considering my first week consisted of me hunched over my desk painting, and the second week consisted of me sleeping off influenza, I think I did pretty well!
Mary B by Katherine J Chen ⭐️⭐️/5
-deep sigh- Oh, what to say about “Mary B”? I was first attracted to it because of it’s beautiful cover, and then when I found out that it’s a Pride and Prejudice spin off about everyone’s favorite goth sister Mary Bennet, I had to have it. I’m sad to say however that this book is a complete flop.
The main entertainment I got from this book was laughing at the insanely out of character dialogue and plot points throughout the book, and the shock at just how much the author seems to hate every Bennet sister except the precious Miss Mary. I gave it two stars because it’s a fun junk read – think if “The Room” was a book and also fanfiction of your favorite novel.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I got this book the same time as Mary B and immediately reached for it as soon as I read the last sentence of the book above. It proved to be an excellent palette cleanser, with a story that is completely unique and a cast of morally grey characters that make for good discussion with friends.
I will say there was a point about halfway though the story where I knew exactly how everything would end, but I don’t think that ruined the book for me. It more loosened up the mystery element and let me focus on the characters and their thought processes.
Art I Made
This month was much more art-focused than reading or writing focused, and I’m fine with that! For such a short month, I managed to make a pretty impressive amount of paintings and weavings, and for that I’m proud.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that I was able to make and sell my own original work for the first time ever, and it has given me a lot of confidence to continue exploring my artistic instincts. Most of the art I made this month were paintings with gouache and up cycled materials, like pages from a book about Greek art or vintage prints I found in local thrift stores.
I also made some original paintings, which I enjoyed but am still trying to find my footing with. Sometimes ultimate freedom can be paralyzing!
My parents visited this month and brought up my old watercolor set as well as a pack of really nice colored pencils as well, so I’m really excited to try some mixed media work with those in March. I’ve been obsessed with Sara Schroede on Instagram and her project Old Book Revivalists that I am most definitely going to have to try in the next few weeks! I even have the PERFECT book to use that has been sitting on my studio desk for ages, so I can’t wait to get going!
February was an absolutely crazy month for me, and I have some stuff in the works right now that is gonna make March even better! I can’t wait to continue to share this all with you, and thank you as always for your support. Happy March!
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