We were lucky enough to have Kelsey Garitty Riley as our September Artist Interview! She was also our book club artist for “The Glass Castle”, and we absolutely love what she came up with! If you haven’t seen it, make sure to check out the printable here. That being said, Kelsey grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her art career. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and now resides in New York. We’ve taken a peek inside her studio and asked her a few questions to better understand her process and thoughts as an illustrator. We hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look into her creative wonderland!
March is National Women’s History month and to celebrate the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has launched their #5WomenArtists campaign. Every day they’ll feature 5 women artists while encouraging us to post our own photos. As you might imagine, I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE! I love it so much that I’m going to join in every day by posting a picture of some of my favorite women artists. Feel free to join in too! Read on →
Can we all agree that chocolate is the universal love language? It is the standby gift for Valentine’s Day, your mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the expected apology gift, the way to soothe a broken heart, etc. Sometimes it’s the only proper way to end the day! The way to my heart is chocolate, and my husband will attest to this. I am a firm believer that we all deserve to indulge a little in life. Life is too short to not enjoy every moment, and lots of those moments should include chocolate!
I’m sure most of you are familiar with DOVE® Chocolate. It is a delight. In addition to delicious chocolate, DOVE understands the importance of living a full life. I am still so surprised at how often women feel like they cannot or should not accomplish their dreams or fulfill their aspirations. I love DOVE’s mission of encouraging women to make their hopes and dreams a top priority in addition to their responsibilities because I believe it brings a fulfilling life to you and to those around you. That’s why I was thrilled to partner with DOVE’s #ChoosePleasure campaign, where they encourage you not to just make the choice, but to get up and DO something about it!
One of the ways their company illustrates this campaign is through their PROMISES. The PROMISES are those delectable little chocolates with the inspirational phrase written on the inside of the wrapper. We were so thrilled to be given the opportunity to come up with an art piece for one of DOVE’s PROMISES. The one we chose is (drumroll…): What are you waiting for?
The longer the coloring book craze continues, the prettier the coloring books get! I have found a few floral stunners that I’d love to share with you today! Of course, I couldn’t help but throw in our own ;). They’d be perfect for some summer traveling down time. Enjoy!
One of my personal New Year’s resolutions was to practice basic creative fundamentals: drawing, painting, etc. I have totally failed to do so on a regular basis in the past and I think of where I could be if I had (just like the piano. Gah! Why are moms always right when they drill practicing into your brains?!). With our limited time, sometimes “practicing” is just as easy as drawing one thing a day. Just one thing! So, I was thrilled to partner with Creativebug to kick myself into gear where artist Pam Garrison is leading a drawing challenge for the month of March called 31 Things to Draw. Tune in every day for a daily prompt teaching us one thing to draw. To keep ourselves accountable, she encourages us to use the hashtag #CBDrawADay where we can post our drawings. They did a drawing challenge for the month of January and you can see all 21,000 images of people practicing. It’s super inspiring!
I’ll be doing the challenge right alongside you. Find out more about the challenge below!