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Working on some commission pieces this week. Above is what my palette has been looking like lately.

Reading The Girl You Left Behind at any free moment I have.

Love this illustration (#6) of Frida Kahlo!

Thought this was a great article on balancing motherhood and creativity.

This soup is amazing!!  As soon as the temperature dropped I ran to the store to buy all the ingredients!

I am so in the mood to decorate my whole entire house and I’m completely in love with everything in this image.

Find anything good this week? Please do share!

Art Pop Up Shop Tips

Last weekend I was given an awesome opportunity to be apart of a pop up shop hosted by the oh so talented Paige Morse.

This was the first time I had ever publicly displayed my work. In other words, I had NO idea what I was doing. But when Paige asks you to be apart of something you say YES.IMG_2351popup1 I kept envisioning making a collage out of my work so I was happy to find out that I would have wall space that I could hang my canvases on.  I used Command adhesive hooks to hang the canvases and frames.   The hooks worked pretty well but due to the hot weather I did have some fall down towards the evening.  But all in all I would recommend using the hooks.IMG_2440popup6

Above is the completed set up after some of my art sold during the preview the night before.  Not in love with how I priced the art (washi-tape and sharpie) but I ran out of time and that’s the best that I could do.  I hope to improve on that in the future. Please share your method for price tags and art if you have one!

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I was really happy with my little e-mail sign up area, completed with business cards, pen, and Paige Morse candle.

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I really wanted to have a better designed chalk info board but once again time was not there.  It did its job though. PS- Hide your ugly stuff i.e. flip flops and ugly towel in basket better. 😉

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My favorite part of the pop up shop; having Emerson around to see her momma do what she loves.

Tips for selling your art at a pop up shop, festival, etc…

  1. Allow plenty of time to figure out your collage arrangement/ booth setup. I was able to set up the day before and that was great. I was able to walk in the day of the shop ready to go.
  2. Bring tons of adhesive hooks (the kind that doesn’t damage the walls) you can always take back what you don’t need. Don’t forget to bring scotch tape, scissors, masking tape.   You’re bound to need them for something.
  3. Set up an e-mail sign up sheet to keep people up-to-date on sales and new releases (newsletter).
  4. Have lots of business cards!
  5. Have a way to package your items for customers.  I brought a roll of white craft paper and tape for my larger prints (rolled them).  I brought cardboard pieces to but behind smaller prints and then wrapped with the craft paper. Then I basically wrapped my canvases as presents.
  6. Put all of your social media info somewhere for everyone to see.
  7. Use square! So easy! Just make sure you have the little adapter for your phone. I ordered mine here on amazon. $10 bucks!
  8. Bring some bottled water and gum/ mints. 😉

 

 

 

The W Part 2

To say it has been a crazy past few weeks is an understatement. This post is coming way later than planned.

Wanted to share a few more pictures from the hotel we stayed in while visiting Paris.

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Oh W Paris, you are so pretty.

Favorite Things

Here are a few of my favorite things too good not to share.

Organize your notebooks like this. So smart.

These 10 small biz tips for working smarter not harder are great!

How did I just find out about this artist yesterday??

You had me at basil! Such beautiful photos and the popsicles look amazing!

I found the perfect book for your coffee table or guest room at our hotel in Paris last week.

Find anything good this week? Do tell!

Have a great weekend!

Update

Hello hello!! I’m still here I promise! I’m just painting. A lot.

I have some fun things in the works-

1. A new website!

2. Paintings for my shop are in progress!

Yay! Lots of good things happening! Stay tuned!

xo

Ashlee

My Grand Plans

Hey guys! I’m finally starting to emerge from my studio.  Ever since this post went viral last month, I’ve been painting non-stop!

I’ve also had a lot of time to think and know what my plans are now.

I want to be an artist. There, I said it.

I think I wrestled with the idea of even chasing this dream because I didn’t think I was worthy of pursuing art. My thoughts have changed on this and if this is truly what I want to do, why not just do it? My gut is telling me to go for it.

I’m going to stop taking commissions for a little while so that I can focus on some paintings that I’ve had in my head for awhile. I also want to take the time to stock my shop with paintings and prints.

As far as the creative challenge goes, I know what I want to do. I didn’t expect for it to be so evident this early on but it is what it is. I’m not going to stop trying new creative things but right now all my mind can think about is drawing and painting and like I said earlier, I just have to go with my gut on this.

Oh and I haven’t forgot about my love for interiors! I hope to sprinkle some interior design/styling into the mix as well.

Excited to see what the future holds!

Glass Case of Emotion: A Creative Dilemma

If you’ve been following me on instagram you know that painting has taken over April (I should be weaving). This isn’t something I planned and I’m a little at a loss of what to do.

To be honest, I LOVE painting. I’ve always loved to paint but always pushed those feelings to the side because I thought you had to be a “real” artist to paint. I guess my former definition of an artist is someone who went to art school, learned from some wise professors/artists, and could kill art history on jeopardy.

When I selected painting as my creative area of study in January I thought I would enjoy it, be done on January 31st, and move on to the next creative area. However, after January I could not stop thinking about painting. I even had to sneak in some painting time in February and March just to help the urge.

In March I started feeling that painting would be apart of whatever business adventure I decided to launch in the next year.  But I kept on with my creative challenge and didn’t think much about it. A few weeks ago someone asked me if I would paint something for them and I said sure! I posted a picture of the painting on instagram and facebook and mentioned that it was my first commissioned piece. After that another painting request came. Then another, and now  I have 6 more commissioned pieces to work on that will keep me busy until June.

I had the expectations of carrying on with my creative challenge through the year and I did not expect to have things figured out (or figured out for me) so soon in the game.

I love painting but I also love interior design. I would love to mesh these two together. I would love to help decorate people’s homes, I would love to help style offices/ businesses, and window displays. I would also absolutely love to make and sell art.

My question is, do I give up this creative challenge and go ahead and start planning for the business I want? I was so excited for my creative challenge and thrilled that I was actually sticking to it. I would be bummed to give it up but is there a point to keep going when I know what I want? Or am I just calling things too soon?

I would love your thoughts about what I should do! PLEASE feel free to dish out some advice.

Leave me a comment or send me an email at ashleecreates@gmail.com.

xoxo- ash

My One Little Word: CHOOSE

I discovered the One Little Word exercise not too long ago and decided that I would pick a word to help guide me through 2015.

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My word for 2015 is CHOOSE.

I can CHOOSE to look at what’s holding me back or I can choose to find ways to move forward.

I can CHOOSE to do the things that make me happy.

I can CHOOSE a bad attitude or a good one.

It’s all up to me.

And when I start all of this choosing I’m going to stick with my initial instincts. No over analyzing (this is going to be tough for me).

This is going to be my little mantra for the year:

When you choose joy, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good, and when you do good, it reminds others of what joy feels like. And it just might inspire them to do the same.  Found on-                                             homegrownhospitality.typepad

Here’s to 2015! Let’s begin.