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New Feature—Studio Saturday

Happy Saturday, ya’ll! Today I thought I would begin a new feature on my blog called Studio Saturdays. In these posts I will highlight:

  • Inspiration for the week

  • What’s on my easel

  • What music is on my playlist as I create

  • What my favorite materials are that I’ve been working with

Let’s kick it off!


Lately, I’ve been really drawn to themes of strength and grit. A few months ago I was listening to Carrie Underwood’s “Champion” and I kept thinking about those star moments in our lives. You know the ones where we finally reach that milestone we’ve been moving towards after grueling challenges and small wins. It’s that moment where we are achieving everything we’ve been working toward, and we feel like we are on top of the world. More importantly, though, for me has been wanting to capture the struggle and perseverance; the path that leads us to those moments.

I think about all of those memes or times when people talk about how what we post on social media doesn’t capture all of the ups and downs of our everyday lives. It’s these ups and downs that make us who we are, that allow us to reach that moment on our journey that we’ve been craving. I’ve been really inspired by that kind of strength and determination, and have been trying to find a way to incorporate it into my work.

What’s on my easel

I’ve been wrapping up my spring collection with some oils and varnishing those that are finished. They are floral abstracts and are meant to inspire positivity and a flowing freedom. I can’t wait to show them.

Additionally, I’ve been spending a lot of time planning out my summer collection.

What’s on my playlist

Highlight’s recent album, DAYDREAM. For those who don’t know me, I’m OBSESSED with this K-Pop group. I am what you would call a “light” (the name for their fanbase).

No matter where I am or what mood I’m in, their music always fits the bill. Their choreography is also so inspiring—clean, crisp, and always on point. They are the perfect boy band to me.

If you want to learn more about them (they formerly went by the band name Beast), you can click here!

Favorite materials

Acrylics and frisket. I’ve been really trying to push my limits with acrylics and discover some new techniques and lewks. Acrylics are the most freeing to me because they dry so quickly and they are so versatile. I’ve been experimenting some layering techniques with it by using frisket and masking glue.

That’s about it. What did you think? Did you like this new type of post? Let me know! Drop me a comment!

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