Stay Golden Pony Boy

About a month ago, I went home and took photos for my sister's baby announcement. Tucker's mischievous as always and little Bear's growing up so fast!

A 50th Anniversary

As someone who generally shies away from drawing and painting figures, this was a new challenge for me. A friend of mine commissioned me to paint her parents' old wedding photograph for their 50th anniversary, and I'm super stoked by how it turned out!

Hum Studios

According to the County Clerk, Hum Studios is now officially official! What started as a casual challenge to stretch my imagination turned into a small business venture. I'm hoping to continue to diversify the products I offer and expand to even more shops in 2017. I love having the opportunity to foster relationships with buyers online and shop owners around Texas and Oklahoma. So far, Hum Studios has a presence in:

Norman, OK - STASH

Oklahoma City, OK - Blue 7

Austin, TX - Parts & Labour

& most recently Tyler, TX - 903 Handmade

 

 

I'm certainly excited to see where I can take this! Below are the links to Hum Studios' Etsy store & Instagram feed:

30 Days of Watercolor Challenge

Last February, freelancing at home at all hours of the day or night, constantly staring at a computer screen, I was growing pretty tired of the routine of pixel-pushing. I wanted to challenge myself to think differently, off the screen on a more physical medium. With that, I gave myself a 30-day challenge, posting to Instagram every day to keep myself accountable.

 

I faced several obstacles along the way:

self-doubt: "Why am I doing this again?" "Do I suck?" "Do my friends hate me for posting everyday for a month?" "Of all the things I could paint on God's good earth, why am I painting a fish?"

time: even though my schedule was flexible due to my freelancing jobs, painting one piece everyday for a month was a lot more difficult than I thought. 

diversity of subject matter: I'll admit, I lean towards landscape scenes and the ocean definitely has a hold over me, but I attempted to challenge myself with other content as much as possible. 

acceptance of imperfection: as a graphic designer, improvement is always a possibility and is as simple as a Command-Z hot key; but as an artist, one wrong, permanent brush stroke and you either start over or accept the movement for what it is.

 

At the end of the challenge, since there was so much interest in the project from friends and family, I ended up scanning and reproducing all 30 pieces at a local print shop and selling almost all my originals plus several of my reproductions. This challenge set in motion my new business, Hum Studios; allowed me to connect with other artists on Instagram, both near and far; and also established itself as a seemingly never-ending passion project.

 

 

Feel free to check out the rest of the project on my personal Instagram, searching with the tag #30daysofwatercolorchallenge

2016 Wrapped Up

Wow, it's sure been a crazy year! I started working at Harris Media, a mid-sized digital firm whose clients consist primarily of political candidates and advocacy groups. I continue to freelance and remain on retainer on a smaller scale to the Hamlin Home Team and Sola Salons Austin. And I also started my own business, Hum Studios (which I go into further detail in a separate post). More to come soon!