It is close to ninety degrees today in Nashville and close to the same inside my attic apartment, which has me sweaty & a bit irritated. However: I'm dealing with it by buying bright happy flowers and trying a recipe for tomato, black bean & corn salad. Oh, and also by looking at the forecast for next week which, so far, looks significantly cooler. #tomatored
✨I did my best✨ (Left image) Expectation vs (right image) Outcome .
So kiddo asked me to fold this elaborate origami Batwing plane. I spent almost an hour pain-staking my way through the 5 pages of elaborate fold directions. I gave up and restarted 4 times. The paper began to tear with my endless attempts at angles and crease lines. Yes, I actually cried and developed a physical headache from it. .
I failed. .
I did my best. .
I put myself in the arena and gave it a solid go. I succeeded at living. At overcoming. At totally sucking and trying again and sucking more and trying more and sucking further and then completing the task with a form of an airplane even though it wasn't the expectation. Although I felt like incinerating the damned thing! .
So what's the big deal? It's a f*cking paper airplane? .
It IS a big deal. .
It's the muscles we develop in all the small moments in life that give us the tools and the ability to show up in those big moments where 1 percent can make all the difference of making it or not. 1 % in focus. 1% in self control. 1 % in the ability to push through a little further. 1 % to set that ego aside. And so forth... .
So do your best. And then do your best again. And again. And again. And again. And again. .
Be as deliberate with the small insignificant moments as you are with the obvious large ones. .
Own each moment. Own your life. ❤️, your crazy cat and grit expert - Tamara
@hollyyoung77 x @tthomasarts = collaboration thanks to their #cotfaphonedate . How cool is that?! Run over to Tiffany Thomas and Holly Young's accounts to enter their giveaway this weekend to win the vase that they created together. We could not be more thrilled about this cool project! What a great example of us coming up with a half-baked idea and then you guys totally turning it into something all your own! #Carveouttimeforart
Indulge me why don't you, I want to talk a bit about last year's project #100daysofhieroglyphs . After I finished I really wanted to use the motifs to create a cohesive pattern collection, and specifically I was hoping to create a line for fabric. But I knew I had to change the feel of the series because even though I loved that project I knew the colors and textures needed to be tweaked in order to make it into something that I would actually want wear or sew with. Yesterday I made a large batch of monoprints to cut up, and when I started using my hieroglyph blocks I felt a little magic happening. The tone-on-tone and textures were exactly what I'd always envisioned, and feel both are more 'me' and Egyptian-feeling actually. So all this to say I'm really excited to come back to this and build a real collection here! #monoprint#patternplay#printandpattern
Number 9-12/100 in #the100dayproject are a gang of Teacup Owls! If you've been to my website recently, you likely recognize them. 😊
I must say I'm really enjoying this challenge, even though I'm behind! It's so good to get the push to practice often without making such a big deal of it. 🎨
Yes or no? Please help me develop this idea! I've spent some time thinking of a new way to use Liberty cord so it ties on the front of the wrist with a decorative silver little bird, which can be personalised. What do you think? Yay or Nay? I'll pick a random response to receive one with the Liberty fabric of their choice and customised so please share. Thanks for your time ⭐️
Abstract work takes a totally different approach... so far, so obvious, but I've only just worked out WHY that's having such an impact on the way I use sketchbooks and the way the paintings develop. Want to hear more? It will be in the studio newsletter going out later this weekend (link in bio) and may get as far as a blog post!
It's been a month since the shop idea was born. A month of brainstorming, designing, creating, calculating, photographing, and constantly wondering if any of it is good enough. But this is just the beginning! Because good things take time ✨
I really love a candid shot of the bridesmaids with their bouquets. The gathering before the ceremony is such an intimate grouping of a couples' favorite people supporting them and celebrating with them, and I love just getting glimpses of these shared moments.