My day starts with about an hour long at-home strength training program and 30-60 minutes of running.
I’ve organized what I need to focus on in my practice the night before, with a checklist of 3-5 things that need to be completed to move my artistry forward. I will generally take meetings and calls in the morning, with painting in the afternoon and evenings.
I listen to music and Youtube! My favorite thing to do is actually have Scary/Horror Gameplay playing in the background from some of my favorites such as Markiplier, Poiised, and The Outer Middle Show. I know, it might be weird, but I’ve created most of my works while pausing and taking moments to scream/jump from a jumpscare I’ve just seen out of the side of my eye. When it comes to music I listen to almost everything. Recently, my favorite artists and music has been Marc Rebillet, the “Get Turnt” playlist, the “Lo-Fi Beats”, Tobe Nwigwe, DaBaby, Childish Gambino Radio, and so much more.
My materials are in a chaotic organized fashion. I have my materials all placed in their separate places, but chaotically placed. For instance, all my paintings are in one space, but all over the place, which is kind of not optimal when I’m looking for a specific color. So I’ll organize them by color at the beginning of the day, but by the end of a studio session my paints are back to being everywhere.
Once I’m done with painting, I’ll post my finished works to Instagram. Some you’ll see more prominently are my 4x6” paintings. I’ll post them for sale on my Instagram and Facebook. If someone is interested in purchasing the piece, generally within the first 30 minutes of posting, I’ll create a custom listing on my Squarespace website and send them the link for purchase. I’ll then take some time to authenticate the piece, which involves writing down the time it took for me to paint the piece (with timestamps), date, and sign the piece. I leave my mark on the piece with a painted fingerprint. Then I’ll ship the piece with a handwritten note to my collector.
When I have prints purchased from my online boutique, I’ll package prints and originals for shipment. Each package comes with a personalized handwritten note - some talk about the weather depending on where the collector is from (such as a recent collector from Texas that was impacted by the snowstorm and power outages), or if it’s a local collector I’ll tell them my favorite PDX framers, or if we had a conversation on IG or FB I’ll bring that up. I work to have a building friendship with my collectors and supporters by being personal, transparent, and vulnerable. Aside from beautiful work, supporters and collectors also purchase work by the meaning of my work and what I’m working for and towards in my life. I love that I’m able to be authentic with my supporters.
After I am done with my studio session for the day, I’ll wait for my husband to get out of class (currently he is working towards his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) and make dinner. We have the same meal every night (we generally eat one meal a day due to our schedules) of rice, beans, protein, cheese, some veggies, and salsa/sourcream.