I’m in this strange and wonderful place where I’ve got a whirlwind of ideas spinning around me and I want to try all of them at once, but I also want to slow wa a a a a yyyy down and savour the joy that has come from giving myself permission to pursue art and pour my passion into making things that I hope will (a) reflect the glorious beauty of the Creator and His creation and (b) make others happy!
I’ve decided that, rather than try to build up my art business haphazardly before I really know what I’m doing, I’m going to take the time this year to learn more about art, develop new skills, hone my craft, and really get to know how the business side of things works. I’m hoping to finish the two courses I started in 2021 (Leverage Your Art with Stacie Bloomfield, and Pattern Design Academy with Anne Lafollette) but first I’m working on two other mini-courses in the Make Art That Sells series (by art agent Lilla Rogers). I’m currently enrolled in a portfolio “bootcamp” and just today started on a class that teaches about getting your art on home decor items.
In the meantime, I’ve been binge-watching HGTV Canada home reno shows (I love the Canadian ones because I find there’s less drama and more design / construction information) and starting to feel more courageous about getting artsy in my own home. I’ve lived here for over five years and have played it a bit safe until recently. Now I’m pulling out tubes of paint that were stored away for ages, and fabric, and adding little touches of colour and playfulness here and there, all the while scribbling down bigger ideas in a notebook to start tackling once the weather warms up and I can open windows while painting.
I’ll still be making and selling personalized bookmarks, greeting cards, and some other illustrated products (visit my shop to see what I’m offering) but, at this point, I’m not quite ready to turn Buttercup Design Studio into a brand. It’ll come. It’ll come! In the meantime, I’ll try to post regular updates with pics of what I’m working on. You can also catch some snapshots on my Instagram feed (or at the right side of this page). Thanks for following!