Hey, friends. I'd like to apologize for being a little out of touch these days.
Short of having a show at a holiday bazaar (more on that later), I can't say that I've been doing anything extraordinary, meaningful, heroic, or even creative. I've actually been hibernating in the safety and comfort of my little home, focusing the energy I have on my massage clients, and binging on Netflix and mindless games on my phone (I'm not proud). The political news, the NODAPL fiasco, and really, reflecting on the events of 2016 in general have gotten me out of sorts slightly. I think it's a good sign, though. It means I care, right?
Getting back to the show I just mentioned, it went really well. I'm beyond pleased with the atta-girl's I received regarding my books. The books! Who knew? All this time I've been focusing most of my energy on the art side of things, when really, the books are what people are digging. I guess it makes sense, really. They DO something besides hang out on one's wall. They're great gifts that go with any decor. And they're the best of two art worlds, pictures and words. So, I've been thinking about books and what that means for my creative future.
If you know me at all, you know that I'm passionate about healing this world we live in. I feel like we're pretty broken. Luckily, my day job as a massage therapist, allows me to work in a very healing way. But what about my art? How can I promote positive change with my art, or rather, my books? As you may know, I've created a Pay it Forward portion to my website. Periodically, I'll be donating profits to different organizations that draw at my heart strings. This is all well and good, but how do I carry the healing even further? How do I spread awareness, support, unity, fairness, and all the things that are so important to me...?
I learned a lot at the show regarding my two books, The Sea People, and The Almost Rhyming Hipster Critter Alphabet Book. The first thing I learned was, people were definitely drawn to the artwork. My use of bold colors, and my style were something people enjoyed. They really appreciated the message of The Sea People, but ultimately, preferred the humor of the Hipster Critters. This is all great information!
So, dear reader, I'm putting down the phone. I'm turning off the tv. And, I'm getting back to work! My goal is to create at least three books in 2017. These books MUST have humor, be visually appealing, AND promote positive change. I've already begun working on the first one (more details another time).
If you have any ideas for potential projects, messages, or subject matter, PLEASE, let me know! I'd love to hear from you. xo
Big love, you guys!