“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…” ~ Mary Oliver
Yesterday’s play at end of day as the light was quickly fading.
Original Ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel/ ShellArtistree LLC Shellrummel.com
I have found the world’s smallest paint brush. It barely holds enough paint for one fine lined brushstroke at a time, which makes the process of painting very slow and quiet, almost meditative. Which means I can concentrate on my breathing. Which, if you are me… is a very good thing. I am learning… ~
Original watercolor ©Michelle Rummel
When you’re in the midst of the moment, working on the specific details of a project, it’s easy to sometimes lose sight of the overall impact of your work in a larger way. I was reminded of that when looking back to compile this year-in-review montage.
Throughout the course of the year, my studio worked with over 10 different Licensees on various product lines and collections. We signed new contracts, designed multiple bedding and bath collections for both Spring and Fall Markets in NYC, designed two new quilting fabric collections, created storyboards for stationery, tabletop and wall art presentations, traveled to New York City for Market weeks and the Surtex trade show as well as attended the Atlanta Gift Show. In between all that, I somehow found time to paint several new collections of artwork, all of which are now being considered and/or developed for 2014 product lines.
In the moment, it’s pure joy…I love the process from beginning to end and I value the fact that my day is always different. Looking back at this collective, I am so proud of what we accomplished and I feel energized to see my brand and business growing so beautifully.
Also worth mentioning, is that the artwork I create and then post here on this blog is yet another facet of my life. Those works are so often just for me, personally and deeply inspired and born from an inherent need to create. I acknowledge that carving out personal painting time is vital to my wellbeing and I have been so pleased with the body of work that quietly unfolded over the past year. It is truly a pleasure to share all of this with you, my professional and personal artistic pursuits, and as always, I am grateful to have your company on this journey ~
Somewhere out beyond the blue where salty sea meets sky…
And… a late addition to the post;)
A Twitter Haiku, that floated my way by my twitter friend, Robert Moore, @medialabrat. Ok, truth is I put him on the spot but I think he liked it;)
Fifty shades of grey
deflect attention from my
color filled center :)
Original Watercolor and Ink ~ ©Michelle Rummel