How's been November for you? ✨❄️
I sincerely hope it's been great. Does it snow where you live? •
Snow can be really UGH, you know, because it's cold and all. It makes me want to stay in bed all day long 😅 But snow can also be magical. It's pretty most of the time and it allows us to ice skate outside. ❄️⛸
Sorry for the weird short caption 🙃 I'm just so tired. But please tell me how November's been for you!
🇬🇧 In a cold season, on saturday the first #snow of the new winter falled, the thoughts of a warm crackling #fire is amazing.
🇩🇪 Zur kalten Jahreszeit - am Samstag sind hier die ersten Schneeflocken des neuen Winters gefallen - helfen oft Gedanken an ein warmes prasselndes #Feuer .
"My life will finally start when I finish school."
Or when I am married, am a mom, or when I finally have my own business. •
Sounds familiar? I have this feeling that my life hasn't started yet, that I'm just working towards starting my life. I feel like I'll be happier when THIS or THAT happens.
And I am tired of this feeling. So I am choosing, right now, to push it away. I am choosing to feel happy because, even though there are so many of my dreams that have not come true yet (double tap if you're a big dreamer too 🙋🏻♀️), I love my life right now. I have a boyfriend, a family and a cat that I love and that love me; I have finally completed a school degree and I am proud of myself; I get to be inspired everyday by people like you on Instagram; I work in a cafe and I love it (most of the time 😉) - I get to meet great people and interact with colleagues I like very much; and I could go on and on and on. My life started when I was born, when my mom gave birth to me (thanks Mom ✨). I'm in my life right now, and so are you. •
What are three things that make you feel grateful to be alive, to live your life at this very moment?
I used to be adament about keeping track of my money by rounding up and then subtracting... And then not checking my accounts for a few days.
That moment of horror when I finally looked is part of the reason I now love book keeping so much. It's not so much a really positive feeling, but the absence of scaring myself really well every few days when my money basically disappeared 😱😅👻
I feel like I have spent the last few weeks experimenting and it's so nice to come out of it feeling like a slightly better designer. I don't think it's anything to write home about, you know? But being able to notice when you've learned something, or feel slightly more confident posting something, feels GOOD.
And in this never-ending journey called life... and art, those little wins should be recognized.
Can we... Can we not?
I swear 1 in 4 cars in San Antonio are texting and driving and it's terrifying. I'm like... "this person is driving crazy..." and I pass them and they aren't even bothering to look at the road. It's terrifying. Let's not do it.
Experimenting with these brushes. Letting expectations go so you can create for the sake of creating is so freeing. And it's the only way I actually began posting to Instagram and creating work.
I try not to delete old work or work that I am not or wasn't proud of... It's part of the process and I like that to be visible. It's like tearing pages from a sketchbook... It may feel good to have a perfectly beautiful sketchbook, but the messy pages mean you are learning and trying new things- it's important. So, if you were looking for a sign or wanted a reminder: it's okay to have messy work. It's okay to learn. So keep on playing, ya'll. It's the magic to this creative work we do.
I'm enjoying this season of growth in my work. Playing around with this distorted house and exploring new brushes was a lot of fun in this piece.
Is easy to get pressured into doing what has worked in the past, or doing what is expected of you... But as an artist, it's so important to let the expectations go and just play. A few of those didn't turn out well and they'll never see the light of day, but others, I'm surprisingly fond of. I plan on making this serious into a pattern to be licensed for wrapping paper or even little table cloths.
I have a lot of candy corn illos to share... And as I was drawing them I decided to lean all the way into the Halloween, spooky vibes with a #ScaryThingsSeries . Here's the first installment of IRL scary things.
Oh. Also, I've been loving the bundle pack of @retrosupply brushes. This was created with Toner Hell, Tarot Brushes and the Mega Chalk Pack ❤️ Thanks @prspctv_cllctv for the head's up on the deal and the discount code. Definitely made it too good to pass up.
I got really thrilled when it cooled off and started thinking it was actually fall and that Halloween was right adound the corner... I was pretty wrong since it's now super hot again in Texas.
So here are some candy corn Halloween monsters. More to come!
"You're a professional mess" Grant says. Which is funny, because that's what my sisters say, too 😂😂😂 I've been really excited about lettering a series of Grant quotes for while. He's the funniest man I know and can make me laugh even when I'm grumpy or frustrated. So, keep your eyes peeled for more funny things.
Let your toes be freeeeeeeee.
A few months ago when I was getting ready for Vegas, I rushed to paint my toe nails and as I grabbed the bottle of nail polish the thought, "oh my gosh... I have to make my TOES pretty, too" crossed my mind. And the absolute ludicrous fact that we paint our toe nails hasn't left my mind. It feels so Hunger-Games-esqe and odd to me now.
So, you will often see me without nail polish on. I love the colors and vibrant self-expression it allows, but unless I'm treating myself to a bi-annual pedicure (I love foot massages) I'll be struttin the breathable toe nail style 😂💅 Anyone else go polish-free most of the time? Where my people at!💁👻
This was quite an illustration ride. I went a few different directions with it, quit and walked away a few times, but finally came back and so glad I did. I guess in this process there are a few big lessons that I've learned in my career.
1. If you want something, learn to rest and not to quit. We can find any and every excuse, and we can also let those define us. My career took a huge turn when I finally allowed myself the freedom to try hard... Even if it meant there may be massive failure. (which is pretty much reflects the process of the piece).
2. "seek friendship, not followers". This has been so revolutionary and really lends itself to my first point. If you want to succeed in your business you must try hard. Followers are easy. Friendships are hard. They aren't necessarily difficult, but they do take time, work and love. There is a dedication to them that is so beautiful and rewarding and I am SO glad I can say I have some AMAZING friendships that have come from Instagram and my work. This community is absolutely incredible and you want to know the cherry on top? My friendships have pushed my career forward in such cool and unimaginable ways. They have allowed me to work with these friends and there is seriously nothing better than that.
So if you want to know my big career lesson... Care. Care in the best, most passionate, most time consuming ways. Try hard. Live hard. Even if you fail, the journey will be beautiful and you can end your days with some awesome people to love and surround you. #goodtypeTuesday
I have been so thrilled to dabble in event branding. Doing @egcollaborations event design has seriously been a dream come true. I will be at Grilled Cheese Fest doing silk screen Tshirts on location and officially launching my line of merchandise (like block printed tea towels) stickers and prints.
It's ALSO EGCollaborations 3rd birthday today and the first day that tickets have opened up to the public. They're going to go really fast, so if you want to attend, snatch yours up quick! Can't wait to see you all and announce a completely custom event t-shirt!
Nancy Wake was such an amazing women. She opposed Nazism after visiting Vianna and Berlin, four years later, got married a wealthy French industrialist and in 1940 Germany invaded France. Her and her husband joined the resistance as a courier, smuggling food, refugees and messages to other underground groups. Because of her husband's job, she was able to travel inconspicuously and obtained false papers to stay in the occupied area of France, later she bought an ambulance and helped thousands of prisoners and allied soldiers to escape.
The Gestapo nicknamed her the "White Mouse" opening her mail and tapping her phone. She became the Gestapo's most wanted and had 5 million franc on her head. When trying to escape she got caught, was interrogated for four days and tricked her captors into releasing her. She became one of the 39 women and 430 men who were part of the British Special Operations Executive. She learned silent killing, codes and radio operations, and night parachuting.
One of her missions included night parachuting into France, locate and organize resistance fighters, establish ammunition caches from night drops and arrange wireless communication with England. She led guerilla warfare strikes on Germans to weaken them before the allied troop invasion of D-day.
There are so many other fascinating things about her, and I highly recommend reading about her on your own. It's so interesting to me that Congress recently voted to allow women to fight in combat roles, but if you look at history, women have been stepping up and taking on female soldier role for a long time. We are capable, we are strong.
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a self taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school. She contributed to early Mexican literature as well as the Spanish Golden Age. Some of her plays contain Nahuatl, Hispano-African and Spanish dialects. Sor Juana was encouraged to write religious work after joining a nunnery, however, her pieces often contained secular, philosophical ideas.
Her work 'Hombres necios' [foolish men] criticizes men's illogical behavior when they comdemn women. She wrote of women's ingenuity and bravery, and also of men's hypocrisy and misogyny... Which led her to be admonisher by a Bishop who forced her to sell her books (she had the largest collection of books in the New World) and do charitable works for the poor. She died a year later after contracting the plague.
This is my #notablewomencoloringbook that will be available to download and print (for free) and will eventually be a full coloring book you can purchase. Also, I included a post from 2.5 years ago when I first began creating my 'Notable Women' book. It's a long time in the making and I'm so excited to share it with you!
Maria Tallchief was a remarkable ballerina who danced with Balanchine who founded the New York City Ballet and Tallchief became the first principal ballerina. She became the first American to dance in Moscow, and had a notable career transforming obscure ballets into some of our current classics.
I love me some clean, freshly brushed teeth. I'm a weirdo and love floosing and also can't wait to ink this on some flexi glass for our guest bathroom ❤️ I'm currently in Florida but will be sending out a newsletter with all of these printables that you can either hang or color in. If you haven't subscribed yet and you want these badboys sign up in the link in my profile!
Grant and I never did first dates. Our first dates were video chatting for HOURS days on end.
We did however do first vacations. Our first kiss was at the baggage claim in SFO and we took 7 day vacations to run around California.. This was taken on one of those. We had an old SLR camera and as I doodled and painted he'd snap photos. We got this chalkboard in Monterey together and I was so excited to draw on it before a dinner party (that may or may not have resulted in Grant literally running to the store to get pie crust because I couldn't work the flour)
I have always loved our road trips, normal days and adventures. Thank you Grant for being my favorite human.
Fresh sheets. Freshly shaved legs. Yaaaaaas.
Which is kind of ironic that they are some of my favorite things because I hate laundry and shaving is so boring so it hardly happens.
Also, I'm on my way to a Bachelorette party in Florida to celebrate one of my favorite ladies- @egcollaborations. Heck yes to the weekend and for a fun, relaxing few days to chill with awesome women.
This was taken on a rare vacation I had while I was in the Coast Guard. I went down to visit my family in San Diego and stopped in Malibu to hang out with climbers that I met YEARS ago in Kentucky. My memories are deliciously jumbled- the inky night with warm buzzing streetlights as we skated to another friends house. Late night chatting with Grant, sleeping on the living room floor in a partitioned off section of a living room, going dancing, biking down to the beach to play on all the equipment, and a delicious breakfast before I headed south again. It was the trip Grant told me he was falling for me, it was the trip he helped my little sister with math over Facetime, and a brilliant glimpse of what civilian life can be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am SO extremely grateful that I have taken the roads I have traveled. Even with the twists, turns and potholes. The adventures, the dirtbag life, the military all led me to working on my own and showing how much I enjoy my 'work' and gives me drive everyday to do this. To make the sacrifices for this profession I chose. Here is your reminder that if you want to be on your own you CAN. It's a massive amount of hard work, of second-guessing yourself, of insecurity (financial and personal), a mind-blowing amount of personal accountability. But if you want it- you got it. Go do the scary things and work like you are the best in the world.
Who else loves changing their sheets? It's probably one of my favorite days. We just got new laundry detergent so our sheets also have a new scent and I just love curling up into bed with freshly laundered linens.
You may have heard that I'm a notorious plant killer, but I'm trying to change my ways. I really love plants and I love homes that are alive and green.
Also, plant update on Maude and Claude: they're doing great!
So, I have mentioned this in passing a few times on here. I don't like to lament on it because it's only partly my story, but it's been a big part of my/our life for the past few years. While we were living in Juneau, Alaska, my husband was on a deployment to Antarctica and had an accident (the rest of that is his story to share) He got transferred to San Antonio and we've been here ever since. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Life can be crazy guys. Sometimes. shit hits the fan and it's so entirely unexpected. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This topic brings up so many thoughts for me. The ridiculous things people say (I have learned that no matter what hard situation you are in a lot of people just don't know how to react). And the random acts of kindness that kept my world together for that next year. I’m beyond grateful for the community we have and the outpouring of love that has occurred. Friends and family had made that dark time bearable, even enjoyable. Offering their ear, playing games, road-tripping with us, sending cool packages, spontaneously visiting us and just being such a lovely, solid support system.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, for this introductory series, and my favorite things- here's a little mix of both. Life story- and one of my most favorite humans- Grant!
Motivation in a Mug.
My sister got me a mug that has that printed on the side and it's so perfect. I don't know if I told you, but the black and white, inky drawings are going to be painted onto plexiglass to decorate the guest bathroom. I will upload them into a series that will be released on my email newsletter- so if you want to print them off for yourself- sign up! I got you covered :)
This is kind of perfect since I went climbing last night for the first time since life got crazy. (aka. Crazy travel).
One of the most magical times in my life was when I was a climbing dirt bag. Living in a tent, making pizzas, climbing and being outside all day, the misty mornings, wandering around the campground with dreary eyes before you sit down, sip hot coffee and make your plans for the day. Friends and strangers around and all of the card games, campfires and community mornings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I connected with so many talented artists. So many passionate and kind people. It's something I look back on fondly. And I can't wait to get back into climbing shape (my popped pulley tendon willing). Photo taken by Eric Cox on a staff climbing trip to the New. ❤️
If you have followed me for any amount of time, you know how much I love this dog and his sass. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He has been such a sweet companion and has been the best pup and taken all of our changes like a champ. He was born in Seattle, moved to Alaska, and drove cross country with me to Texas. He takes road trips like a champ and gets SO excited when you mention his best friend's (dog and human alike). He knows all kinds of tricks but the crowd pleaser is when he 'whispers'. He's the biggest cuddle bug and I just love him so much. #anaussienamedares
I lived in Juneau for a year and absolutely loved it. I wasn't sure how I would feel about Alaska- but where we were was a temperate rainforest and the most majestic place I have ever lived. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Doing beautiful, scary grand things in my life has been utterly terrifying and equally rewarding. Have big adventures, my friends. It's so worthwhile.
It's #fridayintroductions and the perfect day to kick off my new series. For the next week or two I will be going back to my roots, posting tons of doodle art, angsty scribblings and old photos of me with snippets of the rougher edges. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I realized I have hidden myself away behind a nicely curated feed. Although I post stories and write pretty raw in my captions, there has been things that I still don't share. It's a mix of not wanting to be THAT vulnerable, not wanting to 'profit' off of hard times or use any of my life's situations in a way that brings me attention. (Because it's a fine line and a super hard one to walk. I always am slightly skeptical of people publishing trials, it can feel like Munchausen or Munchausen by proxy [this is something I'm not proud of, I hate being skeptical of people's intentions... but I definitely am... but for the sake of being real- here goes nothing]). In this period of my life I feel happy, well and at peace, so know that I am not doing this for sympathy, but to create a dialogue over real-life triumphs, failures and mess.