Well, spring - if not summer - has sprung!
I feel like I've been sprinting ever since returning from my Parisian vacation which has left little time for a blog post here or there. We've had a ton of kids sporting activities, my work life is wildly busy, the garden is growing...and there's only so much time in a week or a day.
Despite all this, I've been painting, drawing and sketching A LOT. Which is great - and some running has been squeezed in at lunch time when I can.
After my trip to Paris I was lucky enough to head to San Francisco for a fantastic urban parks conference. It was brilliant fun and I a learned a ton.
And visited some amazing places along the way.
Of course, there was also some awesome drawing time found during workshops and lectures.
I really got into my sketchbook and used just a couple of colors to create images - black, brown and orange.
Oh my word, it was so much fun. I can't wait to do something with these...the possibilities seem endless - but I think I'll maybe start with some cards.
And then I've been plugging away on a very large commission I received over Spring Break.
Our dear pediatrician asked me to do all the artwork for her new family therapy clinic - Thrive Behavioral Health here in Eugene. Needless to say I am so honored to do this work - and so excited!
I'm trying out some new sizes and new ideas - and have a lot of work ahead of me.
The new clinic space will open on July 1 and the idea is to have bright beautiful artwork up throughout the waiting and working spaces when their office remodel is complete.
This is such a wonderful commission. And it matches my values in so many ways. To be able to provide art and beauty in a space created for healing and positive child development - what a privilege, really.
There's a little collection building...
And I'm steadily working away on these trying to finish a piece a week....or something.
And then there are some joyous little side-projects that have distracted me here and there.
But it's all part of a collective and continuous process of exploration, inspiration, and creation.
And I really feel like I'm SHINING. Which, of course, is the word of the year that I keep coming back to. It's in all parts of my life, even when I'm not feeling my shiniest.
Here's to some more sunshine mixed with some fruitful rain over the next few weeks. Hopefully I'll be back in this space sooner than later with more to share. Cheers!