Goodbye June, plans for July

And just like that half of 2017 is gone.

Things are moving at a steady pace, first half of the year was pretty busy for me and I feel like I learned a lot.

June was interesting and I felt overwhelmed most of the time, but overall it was productive.

Let’s take a quick look at the final 5 days of June artwork and talk a bit about plans for July:

  1. Pastel ((See all on instagram under #greenrainartpastels ): 

I did three paintings, one for an instagram marathon, funny thing about this one is that the majority of people who drew for the challenge used their pastel pencils and I went at it with my regular Terry Ludwig sticks, thus the lack of precision I suppose, but I am happy with it anyways.

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and two just to practice, the pears were an absolute delight to draw because I felt completely relaxed and just played with all the colors and strokes.

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The hobbit hole I drew today, listening to Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings soundtrack for the mood. It was fun for sure.

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Plans for July:

I have a class with Tony Allain coming up on July 10. I am very excited and very nervous. It will be my very first workshop and a 7 hour affair at that. Since I am completely self-taught when it comes to pastels, I am nervous about tons of simple things I might not know (for instance I only found out this week I was attaching my paper wrong to the board). I hope people are friendly, worried I will look like an idiot and screw up everything. But I am sure it will be fun and I am looking forward to learn all the new things.

I am hoping to read Dawn Emerson’s “Pastel Innovations” book, I already started it and there are many thoughts and techniques to ponder.

I hope to paint a lot, especially outside.

2) Make Art That Sells (my MATS adventures can be seen on instagram under the tag #greenrainartmats):

This week I completed an assignment for MATS A unit on Gift industry. I drew a couple more collections for the mini assignment:

shoes

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and sea collection

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My assignment piece ended up being none of my mini images, we were instructed to go crazy with colors and I did just that. I am very drawn to folk motifs and embroidery of Easter Europe, thus my Matryoshka ladies in the garden. This illustration is available on multiple products in my Redbubble and Society6 shops.

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Plans for July:

I still have one more assignment to go from MATS Bootcamp. Lilla Rogers promised it to be a fun one, I am so looking forward to it. I feel I learned so much from the class already, tremendous progress. I am going to tackle Home Decor unit in MATS A in preparation for an upcoming Live Home Decor MATS class which starts in August.

I am hoping to read Spoonflower handbook and finally get my designs there. I also need to get new stuff up on Etsy shop and start preparing 2018 calendar which I hope to release to a wider audience this time.

3) I only did one #greenrainartembroidery  this week 😦 It was one of my weakest links this month and I miss it terribly, hoping to step up my game next month

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Other plans:

I am all ready to celebrate  World Watercolor Month with daily watercolor exercises.

I will continue drawing for Sketchflashmob #greenrainartfromlife

I will definitely continue with 52 weeks illustration challenge #greenrainart52w

I will try to make collages and paper cuttings whenever I can. I was terrible with 100 days challenge this year. But then again, I do art daily most of the time anyway and it’s not like I need to motivate myself with this. I just feel bad I failed my color theory studies again.

 

Illustrated Journal continues as usual (See all on instagram under #greenrainartij )  and will continue in July

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As you can see, my plate is pretty full. I am hoping I can be liberated by these projects and will try to cultivate free spirited approach (like I did with pears this week) of having the most fun while drawing.

Here’s to a gorgeous July for all!

Love,

Anya

As always, please find me on Instagram,  FacebookPinterest and Etsy

 

 

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