Art & Design, Business, Uncategorized

The vision for 2020

I like setting goals for my business.  I set really lofty goals and try to hit my targets, but when I'm setting those goals I forget that life is often busy and my business goals will undoubtedly take a back seat to the really important things like family.  That's okay, though because goals are a… Continue reading The vision for 2020

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My December organizational binge

I work a full time job in an entirely different industry from the art world.  That leaves me scrambling to create content for Instagram, get my portfolio updated (and post the updates to my artist website sandandchi.com)  Once all of that is done, I have to finish collections, design new elements, make new patterns...and the… Continue reading My December organizational binge

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Beautifully organized chaos

I love symmetry and balance.  I have a gallery wall in my living room with a collection of nautical art that has circles, squares, rectangles, and ovals all perfectly balanced with a large picture in the center.  It looks a little like this: I spent hours measuring odd shaped pictures and hunting through my collection… Continue reading Beautifully organized chaos

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Making art my second career

I've had a successful career in another field for over 20 years. When things got stressful or discouraging I sought solace in the same place again and again - my art studio. Painting, drawing, and designing have carried me through some of the worst times in my life and have also given me some of… Continue reading Making art my second career

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My biggest summer project: the studio/office redo!

For many years now, my entire house has been used as my art studio. I would paint watercolor florals at my kitchen table because the light was good. I would set my easel up in the living room and paint with the front door open so I had the light streaming in and no glare… Continue reading My biggest summer project: the studio/office redo!

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Changing it up by choosing new colors

I typically design with rich, saturated colors. I like bright and deep colors that really pop, but there are some design elements that seem to lend themselves to a more neutral color palette - and honestly, I think most people shy away from lots of color in their homes. As an artist, I am drawn… Continue reading Changing it up by choosing new colors

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There’s no such thing as vacation…

I am not complaining at all...the truth is I look forward to a week long vacation so I can get things done.  Things that need to be done for my business as well as things I love to do for the enjoyment of them.  Vacation gives me time to organize my business, clean up my… Continue reading There’s no such thing as vacation…

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The accidental deletion of my entire store…

I've been a designer for nearly 10 years.  You'd think that after all that time there would be an organized procedure for uploading my designs for sale.  I was faithfully working on developing one last summer.  My office has a chart outlining the "post-production process" for my new collections so I finally felt like I… Continue reading The accidental deletion of my entire store…