The Making of a Calendar

My 2018 calendar is now available for purchase on Etsy! It may seem like a small thing, but making this calendar has been a goal of mine for a few years. Each year, I see other illustrators post their calendars for sale online and I think “I should do that too!” All I need is 12 illustrations, I can pull that together in a couple weeks. Easy peasy.

And then one of my little people needs help on the potty or I realize it’s 5 p.m., the vultures kids are circling and I haven’t made dinner, or I’m 100 weeks pregnant and can’t keep my eyes open or something, something, SOMETHING. So each year I resolve that next year I’ll do it for sure.

Last year I was blessed with a job as a virtual assistant for a photographer in north Florida. It was the perfect job at the perfect time. But after I had Lizzy, I couldn’t keep track of my own schedule let alone someone else’s. I didn’t know what day of the week it was and couldn’t keep my eyes open. I decided to let that job go which left me time to paint.

So in May, I realized I could actually do this. I could put together enough paintings to make a calendar. I gave myself a goal of finishing the pieces by August – and I did!  Even if it’s not a huge success and I don’t make millions (although, if you’d like to buy one, you can do so here: The point is that I finished it.

I think I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but I never studied the craft because I didn’t think I’d be able to make a living from it. When I had Trey, I quit my job as a public relations consultant. I didn’t miss the work but I missed producing something. So, I have taken this time in my motherhood to explore art – and it’s been a journey!

I’ve dabbled in acrylic abstract mainly because I think it looks easy – but it’s not.

I am fairly certain Olivia the Pig is actually a series of books based on my life. We understand each other.

I tried oils and now I’m using watercolors and Copic markers. Figure drawing has been a mystery to me, but I finally decided it was the kind of art I wanted to pursue. This kind of art doesn’t come naturally to me. Maybe it’s how other artists feel when they start out too, I really don’t know. But I like it and even though I know my art isn’t perfect, I also know that I’ve come a long way.

My 2018 calendar features fashion and flowers to beautify your office or living space for the coming year. It is 11 x 17 with a hanging wire and comes with free shipping. You can purchase my calendar on Etsy for 20% off with code 20OFF until October 14.


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