As some of you may know from previous posts in the past year I have struggled with my artwork because of an unhealthy relationship I was in. The relationship I was in before this current one was super damaging to my creative side. My ex was slightly controlling, always upset about anything and everything, needing more attention than I could give, got upset when I wanted to make more pieces for not only myself but for my fans, and of course, tried to blame everything that was going wrong on me. It was a huge amount of stress and it made my artwork suffer and when I got out of the relationship I slowed down on my creativity and it spiraled. I had a hard time really committing to my pieces and whenever I would make one piece I would stop because I didn't want to overdo it and make my pieces suffer if I wasn't going to give it my best for every piece.
It's been over a year and I finally am coming back into my artwork. My creativity is finally where it needs to be. I feel good when I make art and I finally feel like I'm on the right track with it. I found a medium that I am happy with and I am finally taking the plunge to commit to my artwork more and more.
Yesterday I spent two hours making nine brand new pieces. Yes, you read that right. 9 new pieces. I swear it was the best I have felt in so long and I feel like there was a piece of me that finally came back to the surface. I've been feeling more confident, I'm taking care of myself again, I'm more positive than ever and I feel like I can finally move onward in not only my mental health but my physical health. That last relationship really ate at me and even though I've faced some hardships in this new relationship we're still doing a lot better than before. Things are looking up and I love feeling the way I do.
So without further ado, here are 3 out of 9 pieces that I made yesterday. They aren't for sale yet because I have to put the epoxy on them but when they are dry they will be ready to rock and roll and go to new homes. I'm so excited that my artwork is taking this turn. It's the direction that I was so hopeful for and I'm ready to start making more art at a consistent pace.
Part 2 update on the van
In case you guys didn't know I have named my van Gimli and of course if you don't know what that name is from...well shame on you. Its from the class Lord of the Rings trilogy and Gimli was always one of my all time favorite characters from the movies, not only because he was a classic but also because of his ability to be hilarious about his own race. While I was on the road I noticed that the van was having trouble going up mountain ranges and would start to share his voice on how much he detested the journey and all I could think of was the classic scene where they are tracking Mary and Pippin and Gimli makes a statement about how dwarfs were sprinters. From then on the name was stuck like glue.
So Gimli is finally going to be getting the floor installed this weekend. I'm super excited. I have the old insulation out, bought new insulation, got all the bolts and screws out of the floor and i'm ready to finally make the proper cuts andget this floor done. Once that is done I will be working towards the bedframe so that I can finally put the van to use. The fun part will be getting pallets to make that happen. I know that I can just call stores and get the pallets from them but its always weird trying to ask stores to keep the pallets they recieve
So far the progress has been amazing and I am so grateful for this experience. Iv'e never done anything like this before and I really wanted to make sure I did it correctly since I will more than likely be traveling in this van closer to full time when we move out west. Its the go to way of transportation and I couldn't be more thrilled to finally be this close to my dreams.
of course with all of this work means I will also be posting a video soon of what I have been doing. I'm excited to get to work on that and to post it for you all to see. I appreciate each and every one of you for following my journey as I made my way towards my goal. Its been a long journey and it is far from over but I am so stoked to see what is coming.
In the past few days, I have finally gotten a move on the van. In honesty, I wasn't sure what to think when I got things moving but now that I have done some work I'm feeling more motivated to get this done. I first went ahead and got the seat out which is for sale by the way. If I can't sell it in a week it's going to get trashed so keep that in mind. If you want something comfortable, in wonderful condition, and power then it is the seat for you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get information on where it is and so on. It really is worth the buy.
Once the seat was out I went ahead and took off the side panels that were holding the carpet down and got to work. Now I have never pilled up the carpet before so for me, it was a first-time deal. I was excited and ready to get this moving so I went to the back and started to pull. I immediately realized that it wasn't as easy as I thought. I pulled and barely anything came up. For a few minutes I tried to pull up the carpet in the back and it was a struggle. So I went to one of the sides and started there and immediately the carpet started to come off the floor. Pulling, tearing, and giving all I had I managed to get the carpet up in most spots. Of course, there are one of two areas that I will have to take a box cutter and cut the edges because of accessibility but that's totally ok.
Today I'm hoping to go get the supplies I need to start putting the new floor in. First is the prep and from there we get to cutting and placing boards in. It's just one of the many steps for the van itself. Slowly but surely I'm finally getting to work on this project. It's been waiting for a while and it's going to be so nice to finally have something to put some work and love into.
Long time no see everybody! I am so sorry for my recent absence from posting. It has been a crazy few months into the new year and I have been trying to get settled into my new job, running, climbing, and just making sure the day to day chores are done.
As of right now, I am working as much as I can for my new position, and while I Have breaks I am currently training for a half marathon in Yellowstone national park which I still can't believe I am even thinking about doing. The last one I did was, what I thought, my one and only half I would do in my lifetime but it seems that there are a number of friends of mine that are going to go to this race so I jumped in on the bandwagon. It's exciting, nerve-wracking, and just crazy. Of course, jumping in the way I did means that I am a little late to the training but he, that's how life tends to be.
While I am doing those two life events I am also working on the van. I took out some bolts in the floor and got rid of the broken blinds that I had. Next is getting some pallets and making a bed frame for the bed and taking out the back seat so that I can get that part finished along with ripping out the carpet and putting down the floorboards. It's a big job but it needs to be completed and soon. Right now I have a stack of flooring in the living room of where we live and I know it cannot stay there forever. While I am making those minor changes and slowly picking apart the van I am also videoing this progress so that you guys can see it as I continue to convert it over.
AND of course on top of everything I am making new art pieces when possible. I have two pieces that are STILL drying (already have buyers) and should be ready to go to their new homes soon. Along with them drying I am going to be going to the store here to get some new supplies at the end of the week so that next week I can have a fresh set of canvases for you all to choose from. This new chapter in my art is super exciting and I feel like I finally have figured out what I want for my art pieces and for future buyers.
So stay tuned for all the new exciting news coming your way.
I have one final piece already dried and ready to ship out to its new home. It is down below and ready for a new home.
There are two new pieces finally up for sale. They are down below. If you are interested purchase them now.
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