Current City: Chicago, IL What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up? At one point I wanted to be a writer (and attempted my first “coming of age” novel when I was in the 4th grade — it had a lot a stuff about boys, boobs/bras, and periods). I also wanted to be a … Continue reading Q&A with Lanie Brewster Quinn
In 2016, I decided I needed to be more intentional with my creative process, but had a hard time knowing how to start. Enter Crystal Moody, and her Year of Creative Habits. It's a guided program to help artists of all media set goals and work toward them in a 365-day span. Crystal checks in … Continue reading Q&A with Crystal Moody
Michelle Houghton is one of those gals that's good for the soul. After some one-on-one time with her, I guarantee you'll feel like you can conquer the world, be an expert succulent grower, and paint until you faint. She makes it look easy, but is honest about the hard work and determination it takes to … Continue reading Q&A with Michelle
Near or far, here are some opportunities that might be up your alley if you are looking to push yourself creatively, desire accountability, or want to finally dive in feet first. For Artists of All Media All Over the World (Crafters, Knitters, Drawers, Painters, Quilters, Photographers, Writers!): Queen City Art Swap Artist Trading Card Registration … Continue reading Creative Opportunities in June
Having a booth at ArtsFest was a great learning experience, a lot of fun, and totally exhausting (I'm hoping to get down my thoughts about it soon!). There's a reason I chose to focus on art over the last few years, and it's because my body gets tired very easily. Working full steam for months … Continue reading Working Hard, or Hardly Working?
A couple of years ago, I started The Queen City Art Swap , where artists of all skill level and media are given a theme and a deadline, and an address to send their original work to. Artists and makers from all over the world (but mostly Missouri) have participated, and it's been a great kickstarter … Continue reading Mail Bag!
"The Big Show" at the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport's Sky Gallery was literally my biggest artistic opportunity to date. A handful of local artists were selected to display a piece with at least one side measuring 48 inches, in a medium of their choice. The curator of the show decided to pair my painting with two … Continue reading The Big Show
In trying to simplify my life, strangely enough, one of the most complicated elements out there is finding the perfect planner. I am very particular, and am generally an UnCalendar.Com gal, but in my current life stage, it's a bit too involved. I need something simple, and even though I love the $100 leather-bound goodies … Continue reading Calendar Girl
Queen City Art Swap is a community group based in Springfield, Missouri. Our goal is to bring artists of all levels and media together in an quarterly art swaps and meet-ups. My sister and I decided to organize an art swap in 417-land and beyond. She participates in quilting swaps, and since I'm not a … Continue reading Queen City Art Swap
When I was in middle school, I entered an art contest, where I designed a stamp for the United States Postal Service with the theme "Earth Day." I painted a picture of a girl polishing a globe and wrote underneath, "Keep Your Planet Clean." I sent it in the mail, patted myself on the back, … Continue reading Gotta Have Moxie