Happy March!! We're officially in the third month of 2018 already. This is absolutely wild! But I am unbelievably excited because it's the first of the month and you know what that means... Hi.
Okay, so, I got a new tattoo. And... It's kind of big? It's on my upper leg and it's a super, super cute. It's based on my three cats, my love for the universe and crystals. It hurt so bad but my tattoo artist Michelle Wanhala killed it and it came out purrrfect.
A few days into my tattoo healing I was set to jet off to New York City with Adobe for their Start with Stock program. With my tattoo wrapped in plastic saran wrap and cozy sweats, I packed my luggage and grabbed a cab to the airport, meanwhile it's snowing crazy style. My flight gets pushed back but, of course, like any proper travel etiquette, we are already on the plane and wait two hours on the tarmac to lift off. I channel my inner cozy, pop my Airpods in, press play on my rain noise and meditation concoction in my Relax Melodies app and before I know it I've landed in The Big Apple. It was raining cats and dogs, so they say, but not enough for me to pass up on oysters and Prosecco at Mermaid Oyster Bar with my wonderful friend Krystal. Oysters were perfect, by the way. I ended the night with watching a win from the Eagles. Not bad, Not bad.
If you've missed my previous posts explaining what the Start with Stock program with Adobe is, it's about a year long partnership I have with Adobe Stock where each month I have a theme, or a task to complete creatively that involves anything Adobe Stock. They invited 13 very talented artists from all over the world to New York who do a range of different mediums to meet each other and get inspired by the Adobe Stock department at their offices. They had a film crew shooting everything we did, I imagine it will come out soon and I'll definitely share it when it's released. We'll all be meeting up again at Adobe MAX in LA in October, too.
I've been using stocks all of my life from when I was a little kid, so this type of project for me is a perfect fit from but meeting all the people who put the program together and knowing how supportive they are in allowing us to be our best creative selves makes it that much better. My favorite thing about our trip was when we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but not your average everyday experience, we went to an EMPTY MET. It was so beautiful on every level. I wish I could've spent a week in there. Immediately after, we went to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. We had a tour guide who at the end of the tour left a much bigger impression on me than the actual art. It was seriously awesome. My new friend Aundre also shot some sick pics of me.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kevin Coval and Tara Mahadevan of The Cornerstone Podcast at the WGN Studio in the Tribune Tower. We had amazing conversations about mental health, advice for artists and pretty much everything else under the sun. You can listen here. I've actually had a few interviews drop this month. I also sat down with Ear2GroundTV for a short feature that will help tremendously if your attention span is like mine. A few months back I visited New York with Adobe Creative Cloud to shoot their latest #MakeItCC Episode. Enjoy!
The funny thing I run into with these newsletters each month is that there's always something in the works that I can't quite tell you about yet. This month is no different LOL! This is very different for me but it's absolutely amazing and I know you're going to be so excited. Soon though, soon!
Oh, oh, oh I almost forgot. Chrissy Teigen followed me on Instagram!!!!! I nearly died. She is seriously one of my favorite people. She's so funny, so real, so dope. Knowing someone like her enjoys my art just makes my heart so full. Real recognize real, so they say. ;)
Until then my amazingly wonderful peoples, be sure to keep your imagination alive.
Happy March wonderful people! We're back in action this time showing you how I made my latest Adobe project. I also end the tutorial with a Q&A from some people who asked me questions on Instagram and Twitter. Thank you so much for all the continuous love! I am so happy you all are loving these. Please leave me a comment with any questions or concerns. As always, keep your imagination alive. Follow me on Twitter to catch my next print giveaway.
Up popped a text from my mom that read "This looks like your twin!" with an attached screenshot of a photo of my friend Hailey. That wouldn't be the first time someone's said we looked alike, whether it was our waiter or a passerby, it was inevitable that we were long lost sisters. Luckily for more reasons than our common cell arrangement- she's a total badass.
In our short friendship not only have I learned that Hailey is a phenomenal artist, but she hosts candle making classes and plays soccer unbelievably well, among a plethora of other beautiful character traits. I'm looking forward to seeing what Hailey conquers this year. Check out more of Hailey's work here.
What are five words that best describe you?
*Just going with the flow*
What’s it like being a woman in the art world?
Being a woman in any field of work is always interesting. You have to quickly learn how to demand respect from both men and women. But I think being a woman also has its advantages. Since most of my subjects are also women, I think my work feels more personal.
What’s your dream project?
Small scale dream, I would really love to create a mural somewhere in the city. I’ve never done one so that’d be a big accomplishment for me.
Best advice you’ve learned in life?
Be open to criticism but always follow your instincts. Nobody else sees your ideas the way you do in your head. If I never experimented on my own thoughts, I would have never found my own style.
health is wealth
I'm sure you've heard of the concept of working smart, not hard. I believe it coincides with the Law of Least Effort, something I've come upon thanks to a friend on Twitter. The Law of Least Effort contains three important components in making your life a lot less difficult and I'm absolutely a fan.
The first component is acceptance. It's as simple as it sounds, you make a commitment to accept the way things are without struggling against them. When we push back against the culmination of thousands of moments that lead to this one moment, it makes life that much more difficult. The decision to purposely struggle when you could easily accept the moment is when you reach true acceptance, but this isn't to be confused with not hoping for better in the future. The difference is acceptance in the current moment- in the now.
The second component is responsibility. Responsibility starts when you realize that no one is in charge of you but you. When you feel an emotion, whether it's anger or frustration, you have to remember that it's you who is reacting to your own feelings. You have to accept responsibility for your life. It mentions that responsibility means you have the ability to respond to something the best way you can at that very moment. Confront each moment from a perspective of a student. Every experience we have has a valuable takeaway.
The third component is defenselessness. You come to the point where you don't waste energy convincing others of your point of view. Apparently people spend 90% of their time defending their beliefs to people who will never change. So basically, being defensive, not taking responsibility by blaming others, and not allowing the world to work the way it needs to will make your life miserable. The Law of Least Effort allows you to sit back and relax while truly becoming a happier person.