I’ve been a little quiet over here. I have SO MUCH going inside my head but some hasn’t really seemed like the right stuff to blog about. That may change, but right now, lots of emotional, unresolved feelings swirling around. There is a post draft that poured out with a ton of tears but I need to feel a little stronger to go back to that one.
Behind the scenes stuff IS happening..
I’ve been painting up a storm and working through that pile of great reclaimed wood scraps I got from a friend. It was a nice, not too windy day the other day so I took advantage of the sun to get outside and seal and add hangers to a bunch ff painted pieces. As you can see, my supervisor was sleeping on the job.
In addition, I tackled a couple of BIG To Do items from my list that I just haven’t had time to do. My main VA client is away on a trip, leaving me some “me” time so I FINALLY ordered a stamp and BUSINESS cards! I feel so legit, and they shipped today! Yay! You’ll have to get one to see the back.. ha ha!!
OK, short and sweet, but back to work!! I need to photograph some signs!!
You guys… its been insane here. In a good way but still insane. I need an assistant to me being an assistant. LOL I have been sneaking in some painting though.. My friend Kay of Bravo Wood Creations (find her on Facebook) lets me dig through all their scraps so last week I got a big trash bag full of reclaimed wood bits and pieces. Hubby was sweet and pulled all the rusty nails from them over the weekend so I could just do the fun part and paint! Here’s a little sneaky peek.
These are stacked on the coffee table in our family room which is where I currently am working because I still don’t have a dedicated space but we did order my studio! I’ll post on that soon!!
What would YOU like to see on a sign??
Welcome to Brush & Barnwood.. my brand new blog. While the blog is new, I am certainly not new to blogging. I blogged under Bluhm Studios for years, and years, and last year revived my old(ish) blog Short Attention Span Studios when things started to point the direction that I needed to be writing again. Somehow it never really felt like the right fit and I couldn’t get comfortable there. My life was definitely on a new path and with a new year, I decided to just create a new space to better represent where I am now.
Why Brush & Barnwood? Brush represents my lettering journey. Hand lettering is something I have been interested in for some time but it wasn’t until I lost my Mom rather unexpectedly to cancer (f*$# cancer) that I took the plunge. Amid my grief, I found I needed something to kick start my muse because I couldn’t face my studio and I wasn’t doing anything creative, which made me even more depressed. I decided to sign up for a class from Amanda Arneill in early 2016 and committed myself to practicing and learning. I kept that commitment to myself and lettered nearly EVERY DAY for a year. I did drills upon drills, practiced my lines, my loops, my swashes and extenders and descenders and more. It WAS NOT a natural thing for me, it did NOT come easily, but I kept on because focusing on learning to letter kept me NOT focused on not having my Mom.
As time progressed, I ventured to new mediums.. felt pens, chalk pens and a love affair with water colors that consumed me for months. We moved into a new home ) I’m getting to the barnwood) mid 2017 and again my muse decided to take a break. That was until a friend decided she needed a a bunch of hand lettered signs for her daughter’s wedding. She delivered the boards and after staring at them for a few days I took a deep breath and dove in.
That started me lettering pretty much anything that wasn’t nailed down…
…and thus the Barnwood… we were fortunate to be able to purchase and move to our dream property last year; A 5-acre ranch on the outskirts of town where we could have our horses, open space and fresh air complete with a barn! Studio coming soon!!
So this blog, I hope, will continue with my new life as a mini rancher, horse owner, lover of rustic things, DIYer and hand letterer. Stay tuned…