I haven't been this excited to share something with you in awhile. If you recall, I picked up studying Edgar Degas as a personal hobby this past summer and some of you have been following along for the journey. You voted on the name for this series which turned out to be “Beyond The Canvas,” a name my younger sister came up with. This series is just where we share what we learn about him, and later, other artists. Thank you for being excited with me!! This post is also about ripples.. the kind that spread if you drop a pebble into water. These ripples are about all the things, the good things, that happen when you commit yourself to your craft.
I began studying Edgar Degas simply for fun, because I liked a lot of his paintings. But there's also something I read in a book which you can see in my "Beyond the Canvas" highlight on Instagram. For my final for the fall semester, we got to choose what we created, as long as we used knowledge we learned throughout the semester and could explain why our choice was “artistically sound.” So I chose to recreate a portion of a Degas painting on a 24x36 canvas. I wanted to grow in my knowledge of him as an artist by studying one of his actual paintings. I picked "Two Dancers" from 1890 (included below) because this is one of the dancers that always caught my eye when I looked through his stuff. I love her pose, the colors he used to make her and the confidence she portrays. I also chose this one because when you look at the full painting, to the right of the dancers there is something I couldn't quite figure out. This space that seems unresolved to me. My inspiration was to give the ballerina a new home on a background I imagined which included references to Degas.
“When it comes to art, it’s important not to hide the madness.” – Atticus Poetry
My madness is that I'm a perfectionist and many times I don't do things because I don't feel ready.
I’ve sat in front of my to-do list a bunch of times the last month ready to get back to work. But taking a break for as long as I did discouraged me from actually beginning. I’d start “organizing” my to-do list and by the time I was done, I was drained. I was overwhelmed by the number of things I felt I had to do before drawing again. (yup, it makes no sense to me now that I’ve written it down.) Even though the break felt sooooo good, getting back in the swing of things is hard. After switching non-stop between school-business-day job since late 2016 (getting ready to open our Etsy shop), it was long overdue.
I also wanted to make sure I had a flexible plan to follow for my business, and one I could be consistent with. I care deeply about this and that means I have to make time to work on development and be strategic in the way I do things, to keep growing and avoid becoming stagnant. The balance of creative me-time & business time has definitely been a struggle for me. Turning a hobby into a business has forced me to work more on my time management skills and learn how to handle the stress that comes with it. A lot of what I do I’ve learned on the fly but implementing those things has been difficult over the course of the past two years in business. (!!! more on that later)
Yesterday, sitting at my desk and getting to work was seamless. I don’t know what was missing before; maybe I wasn’t in the right headspace or it just wasn’t time yet, I'm not sure. Today I read about the "1-3-5 rule" for being more productive, so I'm going to try that this week. This tactic narrows your to-do list down to nine daily items, (1 big thing, 3 medium things, 5 small things) and is flexible in case "stuff comes up." I’ve put together a small plan for the rest of June and hopefully everything else falls into place.
I look forward to connecting with you again,
In January, instead of a New Year's resolution, I set a goal to feature 1-2 artists a month on my Instagram account. This was in an effort to get to know, promote and grow the artist community I love so much.
This community that at its best, creates some of the most inspired work I have ever laid eyes on. Our wish is to feature artists in all creative capacities and at any stage in their careers.
We buy their art to support them and share that art with you in hopes that you'll love them and want to support them too, like you support Pinales Illustrated. We are so thankful to each and everyone of you who do.
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I don't know about you but it feels like the month of October was a dream because it went by so quickly. However, we love new months because we are able to share new artists with you. A couple weeks ago we stopped by a pop up event where different brands and designers shared their work. We received styling tips and made new friends and among them was the great sister-friend-designer duo of TAMRIS. They created this beautiful wrap dress worn here by Marisol. We both fell in love with the bold color block design on this dress and had to purchase it at the pop up shop. TAMRIS uses hand-picked exotic fabrics which enhances their mission to promote alternative fashion and we could not be more proud to support them. Their styles are perfect for adding pops of color & unique patterns to your wardrobe for fall! You can shop at www.tamris.com or by browsing their Instagram feed @tamris_. Hope you enjoy these images of Marisol in the dress we purchased and some from the pop up event.
Click read more below for previous features.
Welcoming 2018 with an exciting and encouraging thing that happened for Pinales Illustrated!
I was interviewed by Printed Mint as part of their #GirlBoss Interview Series. Read a preview of it below and click the link that follows for the full interview.
Nana has received her prize! I am so thrilled to show you how her case turned out.
Below you'll see photos of all the steps we took to create her case and at the end you'll have a chance to get your own!
Fall fashion and fall outfits are all the craze right now.
I can't get on Pinterest without pinning a few (or more) outfits that totally grab my attention. I quickly begin to take mental notes for how I want to dress this season. I've illustrated a few of the most coveted looks for fall, here is the first blog for the first outfit. I've also added links where you can find my artwork and the items that inspired me. Stay tuned for more. xxx
"If you see something beautiful in a girl or a woman,
Yesterday October, 11, 2017 I posted a video to Instagram with the quote above and pictures of illustrations I've created. Here is my connection to this particular quote and my connection to the Day of the Girl.
My first giveaway was in March when I opened my Etsy shop and I think it's about time for another! Fall products have arrived in my shop and more are still to come. So as a new season sneaks up on us here are the rules for this giveaway.
The only rule for this giveaway is...
1. sign up for my newsletter! that's it :)
For those of you who haven't been following my journey for long, I am relatively new to the Etsy scene. And very new to selling my work at all. I opened my shop in March, after months of preparation and fear took up my time.
I create illustrations and paintings, using both a traditional and digital approach, and color them with either Copic Markers, Winsor & Newton ProMarkers, and a variety of paints. My favorites are watercolors, from either Redwood Willow, Winsor & Newton or Japanese brand, Kuretake Gansai Tambi.
It isn't difficult to open a shop. But I wanted it to be perfect so I tried very hard to make sure that it was. With just the right amount of products, great product descriptions and a beautiful cover image, among other things.
My name is Gaby. I am the founder of Pinales Illustrated, where my sister and I share our art in various forms with the world.