Make Art that Sells – Week One Round-Up

June 09, 2013

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This marks the end of the first week of the Make Art that Sells course that I am taking with Lilla Rogers and Beth Kempton. It was also the last week of school for my kids and I am writing this post from my hotel room in Paris (with a view of the top of the Eiffel Tower out my window). So needless to say I am exhausted but giddy with excitement of the coming weeks and months.

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This weeks project was designing a pattern for bolt fabrics using vintage mushrooms and Pyrex casserole dishes. I enjoyed every minute of the design and creation process and have filled pages and pages of a sketchbook with mushrooms, pyrex dishes and possible patterns that I can use as I move forward.

My takeaways:

  • keep sketching and making art.
  • carve out time in your schedule to create and map out your projects with their due dates
  • learn illustrator and get better at photoshop. (I limited myself here due to the fact that I only know a small portion of both programs and have taught myself everything I know in each)
  • do not ever compare yourself with other artists and designers. You are where you are and it is right where you should be.

What I loved about this week:

  • sketching
  • designing
  • researching and color work
  • painting
  • slowing down to appreciate the process

What I would like more of in regards to the week:

  • time (this was a really busy week with a lot to juggle, I will continue on my sketches and my patterns and create more with the themes)
  • space in my studio (I am outgrowing my studio and I need more space to work)
  • defining my style (I know I love color and pattern and I want to explore more work with my sketching)

Overall this weeks experience was a huge learning process filled with lots of excitement and I know I am beginning to do what I love because I am excited every moment I sit down to create!

 

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