Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday. It’s been so many years since she’s gone now. Yet, she never fails to enter my mind with a memory or make me laugh from one. I was speaking to a cousin of mine recently that feels just the same about her. We both wish she was still here with us to laugh. We miss her.
Whenever I decide to do a little tribute piece for her, purple hues often find their way in as they were here favorite. There’s a tendency that I also stick some sort of flowers in there as well since they remind me of her.
Roses have always been symbolic to me. Some give them as gifts. We see them at weddings; funerals.
I’m sharing an older, more simple design today that some of you may have already seen if you follow any of my “Daydreams” accounts on social media.
I share this in memory of my late father, for Father’s Day. & Also for my Uncle Pat, who passed away in January. My great uncle was another one of the amazing father figures I’ve been blessed with in this life.
I miss them both terribly, but they’ve made me realize just how lucky I am to still have some special men in my life that hold the title of “father” in more way than one.
This weekend I got a chance to catch up with some family and friends & a family member happened to remind me spring is around the corner. I’ve also been working on some floral patterns & spring designs for that reason. This is one of the early concepts for one of them. I plan on making this one into some sort of tiled pattern.
I’ve been messing around with tiles again this weekend for the upcoming summer season. The focus for this time of year seems to be a lot of florals and underwater or beach designs. There has been some talks of future projects on a much larger scale, but my physical health still isn’t quite cooperating. One day I feel somewhat back where I was before this all began, other days, I feel like I’m inches from death.
It’s been a rough week to say the least. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this particular design yet, unless someone requests it. If they do I’ll come back, make improvements, and clean this up a bit more. For now I’m just trying to take it easy until I can get back on the road to optimal health. If there’s one thing I’ve learned going through this, it’s that people abandon you when you’re sick and you find out who your true friends are.
I’m still in good spirits, though. I owe that to the wonderful people that still are in my life. They’ve opened doors to many new possibilities. All I have to do now is walk through them. After years of getting my foot slammed in those doors, it’s a welcome change.
There’s an unmistakably strong sense of things turning upward for the first time in aeons.
This weekend as I sent out my folders to my list of clients we did a little dance between stress and happiness. Friday night I went out like a light after a week’s worth of the nuttiness that can be a work week. Saturday morning awakening to some of the sweetest words ever made my day over and then some. Into the night my hands worked away at florals and the closing of some other projects. There is so much in store for this February. Even though there is still quite a bit of negative going on in the world, your love shines through it all.
This design was inspired by paintings done with loved ones throughout childhood. It will act as sort of a logo mascot as well as a template for my February into spring custom design collections.
What driving force gets you moving? Has someone made your Sunday yet today? Better yet, have you made someone’s Sunday today? 🙂
If there’s one theme that’s been consistent diving into this new year it’s been that my friends continue to be my largest support system. One of my closest friends and I were sending texts back and forth while I set up the next few months worth of designs. I’ve got some very large projects launching, releasing, and being revealed collectively soon. He proceeded to push me every step of the way & kept encouraging me that my artwork is worthy of great heights.
In rough and trying times, along with the general busy chaos that is my generation’s adult lives I’m so damn grateful to have friends like that who grab me by the shoulders and say “You’re doing a great job! So frigin’ relax!”
You are my lifeline, friends. Keep inspiring people with your ability to love.
This weekend in between jobs I had a series of fantastic, otherworldly dreams that all ended up in my artwork. I’m still quite busy until February but thank you all for the kind messages and well wishes through social media. So many of you friends are my little beacons of hope, much like this surreal piece represented in my strange dreams.
During my time to work this weekend I drifted off to sleep while planning the next day’s projects. I wrote down a lovely vision I had of a waterfall in a surreal setting during the beginning of a dream had later that night. That dream later turned into one of the most terrifying nightmares I’ve had in a long, long time. When I woke up the next day, I’ve never appreciated life more.
When I sat down to try and recreate that waterfall, for the first time in a while, my hands just couldn’t find their way. Maybe the thought of that bad dream clogged my mind. Perhaps it’s due to the fact I just haven’t been physically well lately. Whatever the case, this little surreal design was like art therapy for me in the meantime and it helped more than words can express.