WoooooHooooies!!!! I am celebrating Friday's launch of new products featuring my artwork in my online shop SO... I am giving away this adorable pillow. The drawing occurs on Thursday, March 14 at 8pm EST. Enter below!
I am often asked about my art. Here are the questions (and the answers) that I get asked over and over again...
Where do you draw the inspiration for your work?
There are so many ways in which I draw inspiration for my art. I might notice something while on a walk, or want to capture the magic of a vacation, or I hear a phrase that speaks to me. My inspiration comes from my everyday life and experiences.
However, I am inspired most when I see good in the world. In today’s day and age, it is so easy to get sucked into negative energy and that can be draining. So, I purposely look for and find positivity, then use those moments to guide my work.
What message do you hope to convey in your artwork?
The mission of my art is to bring “a little bit of happy into the world one piece at a time”. I truly believe that optimism can have positive and powerful impact on everyone’s life. And, I hope that my creations add some goodness into the world. The way I figure it, is that if someone smiles because they saw something that I created, then I have done my job.
To convey this message, my artwork is filled with bright colors, whimsy, playfulness and optimism. My art has been described as “joyful”, “soulful” and “smile-making”.
What is your medium/How do you create your art?
Most of my artwork is paper collage. I use a wide variety of papers – maps, books, ledgers, graph paper, magazines, newspapers, the inside of business envelopes, blue prints, postage stamps, postcards, etc. I even make some of my own textured and patterned paper with acrylics, colored pencils, or other mediums and digitally. Recently I have been using scraps of wood for the base of my artwork and therefore, much of my materials are recycled or repurposed.
Cut or torn paper is used to create my images. I like to refer to it as “painting with paper, scissors, and glue”. All of it, including the letters, are cut by hand.
Do you have an art background?
I did not go to school for art. In fact, through much of my life, I didn’t think that I had much artistic talent at all. It wasn’t until I was in my early 40s in 2011 (I randomly took a fun online class called the 30-day Do the Doodle Challenge) that I even begin to explore my love for creating art. Since that time, I have been on a journey of discovering my artistic talents. I have been creating art, fulltime since 2017.
Originally, I began creating artwork for myself – because when I made time to be creative, I found that I was a happier person. In 2012 the first real artistic endeavor that I took on was to illustrate a picture book, Moments Meant to Savor, that I wrote. The book was published in 2013 and through that process, I realized how much I loved creating art, and I decided to pursue it more seriously. Since then, I have done commission work, including a large project for a “Discovery Hall” in an elementary school, licensed my designs to an art and wine business, participated in art shows, and most recently held my first solo art show with artwork from a year-long, One a Week Art Challenge.
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Pinch me! I am THRILLED! For a long time I have wanted to get my artwork on some products and I am finally doing it!
Mark you calendar... March 15, 2019 is the day!
Pieces of my art will be featured on pillows, mugs, phone cases, tote bags, journals, and available on in my store.
This is just a sampling of what *might* be available (I am still working out the details). But, if you have a special request about a particular piece of artwork on a particular product, I want to know!
Please make your suggestion in the comments below!
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For all the pieces of artwork that I have completed, there are always pieces and parts that don't make the cut (pun intended). There are petals and flowers, circles and swirls, leaves, sunshines, letter and words and a myriad of other cut shapes - most of which I keep - just in case... I never know when I might be inspired by the rejected snippets.
What do you see in these rejects? Help me find inspiration!
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Many people are curious about how I became and artist - especially when they learned that I did not study art in college. So today, I thought I would share with you my story...
In 2011 (I was 41 years) on a whim I took an online 30-day Do the Doodle Challenge class I thought it would be a simple and fun thing to do. I mean, who doesn't love to doodle!??!!
So I doodled, religiously, for 30 days.
After the 30 days, I continued to doodle. 60 days... 90 days...
And then, something unexpected happened... I started to like my doodles!
So... I dared to consider illustrating my children's book that I had written previously but had stash away ...thinking that I was crazy to even consider publishing it.
For a year+, I illustrated my book... and during that time realized how much I loved creating art! So I kept "arting".
That is how doodling led to me becoming an artist!
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At my Art Show, last Friday, I gave a talk and shared lessons I learned from a year of creating at least one piece of original artwork each week. Here is my talk (approx. 15 mintues):
Thank you for listening!
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I am overwhelmed with joy, happiness, and gratitude! Friday night was amazing and I am still feeling the love!
The building was packed with lots of friends - new and old - and I was thrilled to share all the pieces of art from my One a Week Art Challenge with you!
As I mentioned above, I will be updating my shop soon, but if there is something you want to get now, or if you have any questions please, email me.
Also, if you purchased anything, I would LOVE to get an email with a picture of it hanging in your home (if you're so inclined to share it with me)!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
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Since I announced that I was hosting my first Solo Art Show (on February 8, 2019 from 6-9pm at 600 N. Rocky River Drive, Berea, Ohio) I have been asked many questions about the show.
Here are my answers to the most frequently asked questions:
I’ve never been to a solo art show, what should I expect?
All art shows are unique, so I can’t speak for other shows, but let me tell you about my show.
Doors will open at 6pm and we will do pre-sales for those folks who have their eye on a particular original. Around 6:30pm I will do a short chat about my art, lessons that I learned, and the One a Week Art Challenge. And then the rest of the night is an open-house-type celebration. It is my hope that you have a fun time!
What is this “One a Week Art Challenge” and why did you do it?
At the end of 2017, I decided to challenge myself to create a piece a week for the entire year. I wanted to do this for a variety of reasons… to improve my arting skills, to create a larger “body of work”, and be more efficient in the creative process.
But mostly, I wanted to make creativity a priority. I had come to the realization, years before, that when I took the time to be creative, I was a happier person. For me, there is undoubtedly a direct correlation between creating and feeling good. But, life seemed to often get in the way of me finding that time. So for 2018, I decided to intentionally to be a happier me and so I committed to the One a Week Challenge.
The “One a Week Art Challenge” was what I decided to call 2018 - is not an official “thing” (like #100dayproject) but maybe it should be!
I want a particular original piece of artwork, can I buy it now or reserve it?
Unfortunately, I am not able to sell before 6pm on February 8. BUT If you have your eye on a particular original, here are two options:
Sign up on the "One a Week Art Challenge Original Request" form to receive a call the night of the Art Show to be able to purchase an original artwork. The form is available on my website under "ART SHOW" tab.
Other than the original pieces of artwork will you have other items for sale?
Yes, I will have PRINTS of not only the art I created during my One a Week Art Challenge but also other pieces. There will also be GREETING CARDS, JOURNALS, my BOOK, Moments Meant to Savor and INSPIRE BLOCKS.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in! This event is casual. I am not quite sure what I am wearing, yet (I need to get on that!)…but I know for sure it will NOT be formal! As my mother-in-law likes to say, I plan to be “casual not carless”.
Is there going to be food?
Yeppers! There will be a variety of nibbles, plus beer, wine and bottled water.
How much are the originals?
The originals range in price from $40 to $220. To see the prices, sizes, and images of each piece, check out the gallery on my website. Prints and other items are $30 and under.
What is your medium?
All of the pieces for the One a Week Art Challenge created on 1.5" thick blocks of wood are ready to hang (no framing needed). The blocks are painted with acrylics and the art is paper collage. Everything (YES, including the letters) is hand-cut or torn and adhered. Imagine painting with paper, scissors, and glue.
Is Art what you do full time?
My life is filled with being a mom, a wife, and an artist. In March of 2017, I left my job to pursue my art. It has been an amazing journey thus far and I am curious to see where my art takes me.
I hope that answered some of your questions. If you have others feel free to ask in the comments below!
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Through out 2018 I took on the challenge of creating at least 1 piece of artwork each week. This challenge taught me some unexpected lessons. One such lesson is that Happiness is not only a choice, but a practice too.
In many ways, 2018 was a difficult year for me. The current state of our country filled with conflict and division, the blurriness of fact and truth, and the seemingly loss of the importance of integrity and ethics, makes it hard to remain optimistic. On top of that, my husband and I dealt with a couple of situations in which we were lied to and disappointed by people we trusted and thought were friends.
So, many times throughout 2018 I seriously questioned a core belief of mine - the belief that, generally, people are good and that they are each doing the best that they can.
I was beginning to lose faith in humanity.
And that SUCKS!
Often, I felt incredibly contrary and not in harmony with the mission of my art (which is to bring a little bit of HAPPY into the world one piece at at time). Sometimes, I wondered if I was being hypocritical to be creating happy, optimistic art, when I wondered if the worst of humanity was winning.
But THANK GOD, I had my "One a Week Art Challenge" and that commitment to create something HAPPY every 7 days!
I found that practice of creating something optimistic and positive kept me from falling into the negativity trap. I have dealt with depression in the past - and I can easily imagine how I could have gone to that place again - if I didn't have to actively seek goodness for inspiration.
That's when I realized...It isn't just about CHOOSING HAPPINESS, but it is about actively PRACTICING and seeking HAPPINESS.
That is why "Do More Happy" is is one of my favorite pieces that I created during this challenge!
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P.S. You're invited to my One a Week Art Challenge Art Show on February 8, 2019 from 6-9pm in Berea, Ohio. Click Here for more info!
WooHoooies! I am so thrilled!
Throughout 2018 I committed to create a new piece of artwork each and every week. At times, I wasn't sure if I would make it through the year, but I did it! And, BONUS - I learned SOOO much!
Check out all of my creations in chronological order.
Currently, I am gearing up for my FIRST SOLO ART SHOW on February 8, 2019!!!!!
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Hi! I am Kim and I think that we all have a choice. We can either see the world as a terrible, awful, scary place, or as a wondrous, magical, happy one.