Ohh Deer Competition!

Hello there lovelies!  I caught wind of another Ohh Deer competition today and jumped on the opportunity!  Ohh Deer is such a fun company full of unique artists and I'd love to be added to their lineup!  

So will you help me out?  To win the competition I need a combination of social shares (twitter, instagram, pinterest and facebook) and actual sales of the shirts!

So if you are a little strapped for cash then please know I appreciate your social media contribution just as much as an actual sale!  However if you've been eyeing one of these designs then get it on a shirt while you can!  I think I'll be getting the octopus for myself for sure!  

The competition goes through April 28th, but don't procrastinate for too long or you might just forget altogether and miss your chance!

My own worst critic

I'm having one of those days... the one where I both love and hate my artwork.  Artwork is a growing process.  Because most of us see artists works in the height of their career, it over shadows the years they struggled.  Not the struggle of getting known, seen or selling, but the years of struggling to perfect their art.  Artists are notoriously critical of their artwork.  Which is something I have known for years as an artist, but I've never had such fast periods of growth which triggered these critical times unexpectedly.  This last year and a half of teaching myself how to draw, I've seen incredible leaps and bounds in my abilities in short periods of time.  Which is great, but then that critical voice pops up.  It's hard to love the older work as much as the newer work when your technical or aesthetic abilities have improved.  I think that's why most of the time when you ask a creative what their favorite work is it tends to be the most recent.  We are constantly pushing ourselves to evolve creatively.  

Butterfly pattern by Kaitlin Goodey


This beautiful issue of improving was never much of an issue until I began building my licensing portfolio.  On a weekly, if not daily, basis I am pushing myself to do things I have never done before!  Lets be fully honest here... patterns!  I've had the last year to push myself with drawing, but now I'm making those drawings into patterns and that is a WHOLE NEW task for me.  First off I spend hours agonizing over laying out one pattern.  Arranging and rearranging until I'm comfortable with pleasing spacing and interesting arrangements.  Then I have to repeat that process for the next pattern.  In the collections I build I aim for 3-4 patterns, which depending on hows things fall into place, takes me 1-3 days to create.  Recently I finished 7 collections that I made patterns for and felt good about.  Patterns were knew to me and I knew there was room to grow in my pattern making ability, but I was happy where I was at so I published the work.  However now that I am almost done with two more collections my pattern making skills have grown.  I finished a few patterns and said "wow I would wear that on a dress" which is wonderful till I reflect on my older patterns.  I find it hard to put out my older work and say "look how wonderful it is" when I know I can now do better and yet I don't have time to go back and fix the older work.  I have to keep moving forward with new work and new patterns.

carrot chevron by Kaitlin Goodey


In one of my photography classes in college I remember my teacher telling us how Richard Avedon a famous fashion photographer was unhappy with one of his most famous images.  Its kind of funny to me that most of world just sees the image and gushes of its beauty and yet when he sees it, he remarks on the flaws.

Photo by Richard Avedon of Dovima with Elephants.  Check out an article by the Smithsonian about his response to this image.

Photo by Richard Avedon of Dovima with Elephants.  Check out an article by the Smithsonian about his response to this image.

I'm not saying I hate my old work and I definitely don't want to come across as a downer.  However I do believe in sharing real moments of my life.  It's not all unicorns chasing butterflies under rainbows around here.  I do love my life and I love my silly artist issues but I think its important to pull back the curtain and show the reality of my life sometimes.  In this lovely blogging internet age we have a tendency to only show the cleaned up, refined and happy versions ourselves.  Lets promise to be real here though ok?  Lets embrace that today I'm having a rough day but tomorrow will be better!

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Silly Sea - Cultivate Art Collective

Hello and welcome to the Cultivate Art Collective’s Sea Art Blog Hop!  Our Blog Hop is a collaboration of 10 diverse artists from the collective who will be exhibiting together at Surtex, May 18- 20, 2014.  For our very first Blog Hop we chose a “Sea” theme to be interpreted, re-imagined and beautifully designed by each artist to showcase their unique vision and creative talents.

After you have checked out my Silly Sea Art please keep the Blog Hop Hopping and scroll down to the bottom of the post to find links to the other 9 fabulous artists!

The moment I finished this pattern I wanted to get it printed and made into a rockin dress!

The moment I finished this pattern I wanted to get it printed and made into a rockin dress!

Welcome to my Silly Sea

Welcome to my Silly Sea

Why not add a little bubble to your polka dots?

Why not add a little bubble to your polka dots?

Lets do a little Dolphin watching out on the sea!

Lets do a little Dolphin watching out on the sea!

The gang is all together!  This is my brand new Silly Sea Collection!

The gang is all together!  This is my brand new Silly Sea Collection!

I hope you enjoyed my Silly Sea collection as much as I loved drawing it!  I'd love to go snorkeling with these guys any day!

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Now you can check out the other Cultivate Art Collective members unique take on the Sea theme!

RiztyDesign

Diane Hunt Studio

Margaret Applin Designs

Tatyana Starikova

jami darwin

Robo Roku

Aileen Tu Design

Rachelle Panagarry