I’ve spent the past few years making books. My calendar is full of book deadlines. It’s become somewhat of a joke among my close friends “How many books are you working on right now?” My answer is usually four (with a few in waiting). As I approach the release of my next book, What Will My Story Be, my fourth pandemic release, I realized the work has become quite lonely. I know this feeling isn’t unique. Without in person book launches, conferences or connecting with readers, making books is difficult. Many of my books take years to make and releasing them has felt like baking a deflated soufflé.
As I was languishing in my pity party (fully recognizing there are larger problems in the world) it dawned on me that it’s been over 2 years since I’ve made personal art. I’m always drawing on deadline. Books, freelance, or promotional art fills my days. The dissonance I feel is due to the pandemic but also this absence of art for art’s sake. So I decided that a couple times a week I will allow myself to create without purpose. Some I will share and some I will keep for myself.
The above is an hour quick draw. I didn’t know what would come of it. I was thinking about current events and feeling surrounded by storms. And reminding myself that there’s still beauty and love. There’s still a path forward.
I hope you’re all weathering your storms and finding love in these tumultuous times.
To celebrate and honor Mother’s day this year I am auctioning original ink drawings on Instagram. The auction will benefit Break the Cycle, which is the only national non-profit working exclusively on preventing dating abuse and promoting healthy relationships.
Starting bid $40 (includes domestic shipping).
Auction ends each day at midnight. Thank you for your support.
It’s hard on everyone.
We’re still in the thick of it and hoping the weekend will help us reset. I hope you have a good one!
Our happy place, 14×18, matted print
Open to US only.
Each item will be signed and can be customized with names.
Bid by commenting on this post. No limits on number of times a person can bid.
Auction will end at 12 midnight, pacific time the day of the post.
I will email the winner with a paypal request, once paid I will ship to address provided.
All funds will be donated to RAICES.
Starting big $40
YAY! I can finally share the new logo and mark for Everyday Love. Years ago when I began Everyday Love I drew lots of giraffes. A few fans lovingly called me “the giraffe lady” and I embraced it. I quickly made a giraffe logo.
I spent some time making time lapse videos of my ink drawings yesterday. It was super fun!
Meanwhile our last sale of the year ends soon! Take 15% off with the code CYWEEK18 in our shop ends Sunday!
I hope you have a great weekend!
happy, happy diwali everyone!