The Messenger

My dad is a professor at San Antonio College. He teaches an Anatomy & Physiology course as well as a Biology course. On the first day of class he introduces himself to his students by describing his family and when he talks about me he shares images of my art.

One of his students emailed me a while back and asked if I would make her a painting for her father for Father's Day. She asked for an eagle. When I asked why, she described her father fondly explaining how he is an immeasurable source of strength for her, that he is a fierce but peaceful man. I thought an eagle was a very fitting visual metaphor for how she saw her father.

I think this makes for a perfect 4th of July post!

Below are some photos of the process and the details of the final piece. You can see the final piece in my gallery here and prints are available here on my Etsy shop.

Valentine’s Day 2014

I know this is a tad on the late side, forgive me, but Happy Valentine’s Day! I love the idea of a day that reminds us to tell the people we care most about that we love them are are lucky to have them in our lives. Plus it is great to support hard working artisans by purchasing their paper goods to share with our loved ones. 

I really enjoyed buying cards this year and drawing on the envelopes, take a peek at what I did to them. I am hoping there aren’t any postmen out there angry with me!

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Below are some of the cards I bought. I found a lot of them through a lovely little blog called Oh So Beautiful Paper, check ‘em out.

In order, left to right:
1. Rifle Paper Co.
2. Dude and Chick
3. Mōglea
4. Fugu Fugu Press
5. Rifle Paper Co.

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Calendar Journal

Wit and Whistle is one of my all time favorite blogs. I love everything about Amanda Wright’s site. She is definitely full of wit, you can see it in her paper goods and the writing in her blog. Her blog is full of wonderful posts, including this DIY Calendar Journal that she reinvented from a Design*Sponge idea. When I saw it I knew I needed to make one of my own!

DIY Calendar Journal by Chloé Yingst | chloedraws.com

The idea is very simple, for everyday of the year you have a card stamped (or hand written) with the date. Everyday you write down one short thing you did that day. Once you reach the end of the year you start over. This is the third year I’ve been keeping up with it and it is getting more and more satisfying to read what I did that day in the past. I think I have room to get 10 years on each card! I keep it on my night stand and (almost) every night I write down one thing. Sometimes what I write is really exciting, like the day I bought my first car. Other days it can be quite boring.

There are many ways to display your cards. Wit and Whistle used a vintage recipe box and Design*Sponge used a fruit box. I found a little bamboo box at the container store. Then I spent an evening stamping each card with the date and creating dividers for each month. My box wasn’t quite deep enough for 365 cards, so I used the back and the front. I really enjoy this journal, it is easy to keep up with and can be very rewarding.

As a side note, the pen in the photo is my favorite pen! I learned about it from Swiss Miss.

Resolutions

At the end of November I made a list of end of the year resolutions. Unfortunately the holidays crept up faster than I thought and, well, you get the picture. I may not have reached any of my goals, but take a look at the progress I did make below:

1. Create 5 more blog posts this year, thats about 1 a week
I completed 2 of the 5 I was shooting for. In total I created 13 posts last year. I’m hoping I can beat that by quite a few this year!

2. Finish the sketch I started about my trip to NYC
It is about half way done!

3. Make good progress on my T-Rex commission
An illustration job popped up after I made these resolutions and took away the time I had to work on this commission, but I’ll get it done early this year!

4. Create a Twitter list of Austin art galleries to follow
I have a good start to this one, but (again) it’s not quite finished.

5. Draw for at least 15 minutes everyday
I was originally hoping for 40 little drawings, one drawing a day. But, like all of my other end of the year resolutions, I didn’t quite make that. I did draw about half of those days. I’m glad I made this resolution even if I didn’t reach it, it helped motivate me to work on a daily sketching routine.

6. Start a drawing of a Golden-Cheeked Warbler
See number 3.

I may have screwed this one up a little, but making the goals helped me focus my creative energies, even if I can’t officially cross any of them off the list. Perhaps I will continue the tradition of end of the year resolutions near November of this year!

Here are some of my 15 minute sketches from #5 (some were completed in 2 sessions).

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