texas

Lately +

Hola everyone, apologizes for being MIA lately. We recently moved from Galveston to Austin and I'm slowly getting back into my normal schedule. But here's a quick little update:

^^ One of the last sunsets from our loft in Galveston.

^^ Packing things up in Galveston.

^^ Unpacking things in Austin.

^^ Pretty rainbow reflections from my window.

^^ New prints of Floral Anatomy Ribcage will be in the shop this week <3

Thats all I can think of now. Oh, I gave my website a little facelift. Wanted it a little cleaner and easier to navigate.

Have a lovely week!

Lately +

I've officially been living in Texas for 2 years now! Well, 2 years and 2 days if I'm being exact. It's weird being an outsider and moving to a new place and talking with the "natives", hearing about all the cool places in Texas that I never knew about. And here I grew up the next state over and had never heard of "hill country", Buc-ee's, or realized that Big Bend was near the border, or that west Texas is all desert. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that. But yeah, I underestimated the vastness of this state and hope to do some exploring of those said embarrassing things I didn't realize. ALSO! Fun story…the first day I moved here I went grocery shopping at Kroger (also a Texas thing), and if you're familiar with Kroger, you get savings with a Kroger card. Most of the items here are discounted with a Kroger card, and while I was picking out strawberries, a woman around my age came up to me and said "I just moved here from Oklahoma this week and have no idea what this Kroger Plus card is, is that something I need to look into?" and I just smiled and laughed because she was in the exact same position as me, and just moved from the same state…her Tulsa, me OKC. Is this a lame story? I don't know, I kind of like it. It stuck for some reason.

Anyway, I'm writing this post while I'm on hold with the Texas Comptroller (super fun I'm telling you). But moving on, this week has been mostly prep work for future paintings: one large painting of a galaxy girl and several small paintings of just little things I fancy (black butterflies, victorian homes, crystals, etc). I'm also thinking about buying this because it looks super interesting and I'd love to know more about that entire mystical area.

^^ Even when I clean things up my desk is and will always be messy. But that's fine because I kind of like it this way. I'm one of those people who finds things easier in messes, oddly enough. Hey, it works. 

^^ A commission from a few weeks ago. 

^^ Some recent Instagram pics: packing prints to ship off to retailers, drawing a little piece in honor of my 2 year anniversary of being a Texan, finishing touch ups on Luna, and finding the prettiest pink houses in Galveston. 

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^^ I mentioned here that I sent off a few pieces to be in a show in Seattle. The theme is Summer Moon, and all pieces are small. Totally up my alley. The show is at Twilight Gallery and goes till the 28th. If you're in the area, take a look!

^^ For my doughnut lovers, I have "Happiness is a Sprinkle Doughnut" prints (5x5 and 8x8) in the shop. :)

Now I'm off to order more business cards and hopefully get some more painting in. Have a lovely weekend! 

Studio Summers

It gets really hot in Galveston. Hot, like your own sweat is cooking you, hot. But one thing I love about summers here is the evening light I get in the studio. My windows face northwest, and summers are the only time I can see the sunset as well as get direct light. 

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^^ Pretty views from my window. 

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^^ These sunsets though (insert heart eyes emoji). 

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^^ Carina is also very fond of sunsets. ;)

Have a good week! 

Floral Cemetery

The other day we decided to check out the May flowers over at Old City Cemetery. It was on my list of things to do in Galveston before we move (we missed it last year!). Every spring this graveyard blooms with pretty yellow flowers and I just love the way it looks against the washed out white & grey tombstones. We were walking through trying to find the oldest tombstone, which I think was 1860. I'm sure there's older ones in there. Have to say though, we were a little distracted by a couple taking raunchy photos ON TOP on people's tombstones. People are weird.

It's a pretty lovely cemetery. There's old tombstones, new ones, cracked ones, ornate mausoleums, and simple gravestones. There's a few with interesting stories (and some with secret stories I suppose). 

Museum Visit

So last weekend we took a little trip to Houston for the day and I finally got to check out the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. So ecstatic, I've wanted to see this place for so long. Plus we got in free since it was the first of the month (thanks Bank of America). 

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^^This place is huge. Literally. We walked around for hours and I think we still missed a ton of stuff (I've been going through the MFAH hashtag on Instagram and I'm seeing amazing things I completely missed). Fun fact: I have a minor in Art History so every time I go to a museum I like to test my skills on remembering things. I'm pretty rusty, but some things were familiar and then I go on spouting all the random facts I know about the artist, etc. But like I said…rusty. I kept all my art history books from university, and being at the museum made me really want to go back and reread those babies. Also, the museum had gorgeous Indian and Japanese sections with old sculptures, jewelry, pottery. I'm so intrigued, and I want to incorporate parts of those cultures with future pieces. 

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^^I might have squealed when I saw this piece. I've been in love with this painting for years and had no idea it was in Houston! Ah, life is funny.

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^^I saw my first Van Gogh. I SAW MY FIRST VAN GOGH. Completely surreal moment. His work is something you truly have to see in person because that TEXTURE IS AMAZING. See it!? It's so thick and buttery. I love it. 

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^^Yay for old paintings of insects, animals, and weird things. <3

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^^I saw this couple and I couldn't help but snap a photo. :)

Oh, there was also this James Turrell light tunnel that was so awesome, I just wanted to run up and down it (but the male employee was eyeing me funny). If you have a chance, you should check this museum out. I'm actually kind of surprised at all the amazing art that can be found in Texas (Dallas and Fort Worth have some beauties). But anyway, it's been raining all week and I've been working on my secret project. Photos soon! Have a lovely week!