End of Summer

Wow, it's been far too long. Here's hoping you're having a delightful summer. Mine has certainly flown by, and I'm still trying to collect myself and dive into the season that is generally most productive for me: Autumn.

There's a reason you haven't heard from me in a while. I've spent the past few months settling into a new job as a textile designer for Connecting Threads, a quilting brand in Vancouver, WA. After freelancing full time for over two years, I felt I needed a little more financial stability. It's a tricky thing, navigating the "day job" and maintaining my illustration practice as well. While the pressure is off to nail down the next paycheck, my window of time to create work is significantly narrower. Whether this is coincidence or not, I've also been in a bit of a creative rut, lacking motivation to make things and disliking most of what I did manage to eek out. In the years that I've consciously cultivated my art practice, the "rut" is not a new experience; but it never gets easier. Thankfully I seem to be coming out the other side, or I would probably not be writing you this newsletter.

I do have one very exciting announcement: I've signed a contract for my first full-length picture book!! I'll be sharing more in the coming months, but for now I have to keep it mostly under my hat. The next six months will be a lot of storyboarding, designing characters, and creating final art for the book. I'm so excited to share it with you when it's finished!

It's cloudy and chilly outside the window as I write this, a little hint of the end of summer and a promise of deliciously frosty mornings, turning leaves and evenings by the fire. To those of you who are saying "whoa, hold up, it's still August!" I'm including some very summery illustrations I did for a travel company recently. You're right, the hot season isn't quite over yet. I'll enjoy this down time a little while longer.