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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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Narrowing the focus of my art & design business

It's been one whole year since I started designing patterns in an organized way - in other words, actually running my hobby as a business. I've been designing for years now, but I made a shift last year to exclusively designing patterns (instead of producing paintings and illustrations as canvas works). Truthfully, it has become… Continue reading Narrowing the focus of my art & design business

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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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And now for something completely different…

 I aim for a consistent look in my portfolio - I even hope to one day have a style that is instantly recognizable as my own, but clearly I am not there yet.  As I look at the screen shot above from my artist website, I think my vibe is similar.  I aim to have… Continue reading And now for something completely different…

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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…