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Color Palette #177 :: Halloween Pumpkins

halloween pumpkins palette

Hey friends, how are you? Happy Halloween!

It’s been a long, crazy, busy six weeks for me. The good news is that the surgeries I mentioned over a month ago went perfectly, and physical therapy is well underway. Health-wise, everyone’s good, which is fantastic. I had a quiet, friend-filled birthday. And the wedding I was in also went off perfectly, with the bride as gorgeous as she should be and the reception a truly fabulous party (the food was divine – I’ll be dreaming of that risotto for years).

The not-so-good news is that I’m exhausted. As you can tell, I still haven’t made my way back to my digital life, at least not fully. I’m taking that part a little easy, because I need to. I’m also bummed that I haven’t the energy to dress up and make plans for my favorite holiday, but it is what it is.

I will say that I’ve had time to think a bit about some things over the last few weeks. Mostly, what my goals are here and what I’m hoping to do in the future. The things that don’t mesh will get a nice retirement, and leave space for new things.

One thing that will definitely be retired is my An Artist’s Guide to Pricing ebook. If you’ve had your eye on it, grab it now. It’ll be unavailable at the end of November 2013.

With thousands of downloads since I launched (and then revised) it, I hope that it’s helped artists price their work. But like all good things, it’s time to let it go.

More changes will be happening, and I’ll share those when I have those details finalized. Until then, how have you been?


A personal update

I don’t usually get too personal on here; that’s by design and choice. Some people can easily and readily share every detail of their lives, and that’s awesome, but that’s something my introvert personality shies away from. Still, I’m going to break through that wall a little today to explain that I’m about to be pretty absent around here for the next few weeks.

Right now, I’m waiting at the hospital for a family member to finish the first of two knee replacement surgeries. It’s an elective thing, we’ve known about it for a while, and we all feel confident about the outcome(s). Today’s the first surgery, the second’s on Friday.

Once released from the hospital, I’ll be helping out with the recovery. That’s exactly what I want to be doing, and I’m grateful I have the kind of job that allows for that. But that also means I won’t be around here too often because I’m focused on my family.

So, bear with me, friends, for the next month plus. I’ll be back when I can, okay?


Color Palette #176 :: Peekaboo

peekaboo palette

It’s been a crazy busy week over here, how about for you?

I finished my newest calendar (seriously, these are so fun to make), and I love how each month’s color scheme came together. This one has a striped design, and you can see it here or in my new Etsy shop.

That right, I’m back on Etsy, and let me tell you, in the few years I’ve been off of it as a seller, it’s a whole different beast. For real, everything’s changed, and for the most part, I like the changes. Especially the ability to sell instant downloads, just like I do here. So fantastic.

But the one thing I’m not super crazy about is the limitations on file size for digital files. I originally designed my Stripes Calendar to be a full sheet calendar that you can pop into an 8.5×11 or 8×10 inch frame and call it a day. Bigger is better, right? Yeah, no. When that PDF ended up being ginormous, it was back to the drawing board, so my Stripes Calendar is the same final size as my Color Wheel Calendar – 5×7 inches.

Still, I love it. Stripes are just happy to me. But you tell me – how big do you like your calendars?

Right now, I’m looking at my Etsy shop as a second one for me, so not everything I sell will find its way to that shop (again, because of the whole file size issue). But I thought for those who feel more comfortable purchasing through Etsy, now they can.

And I’m still exploring this new Etsy – anyone have good tips or tools to share?



Color Challenge Reveal!

color challenge

Today’s the day for the Color Challenge Reveal!

When I issued this challenge, it was to celebrate the launch of my book Understanding Color. I’m excited to share that with you color lovers out there, and I’m excited the ladies below took me up on my challenge! I kept you waiting an extra day, so with no further adieu, and in no particular order, here are the entries with the color palette they worked from next to it:

vicki potter - palette 1

vicki potter - palette 2

libby heasman - palette 4

jen purple - palette 4

jen purple - palette 6

maureen chin - palette 2

erin prais-hintz - palette 1

erin prais-hintz - palette 2

erin prais-hintz - palette 3

erin prais-hintz - palette 6

sarajo wentling - palette 1

emma todd - palette 6

cindy hogan - palette 5

michelle caballero - palette 1

Aren’t these designs lovely? I’m really impressed with what the ladies did with a simple color palette! Be sure to stop by their blogs and shops, and give them a little love for all of their hard work. Here’s a quick list:

Vicki: Orion Designs Shop | Orion Designs Blog

Libby: Crimson Pear Shop | Current Observations Blog

Maureen: Maureen Chin Website

Jen: Purple Fish Studio Blog

Erin: Tesori Trovati Shop | Treasures Found Blog

Sarajo: Sj Designs Jewelry Shop | Sj Designs Jewelry Blog

Emma: A Polymer Penchant ShopA Polymer Penchant Blog

Cindy: Cindy’s Pinterest | Cindy’s Facebook

Michelle: The Cabby Crafter Blog


And now, for the winner of a print copy of Understanding Color and three palette prints, please congratulate:

color challenge winner

Congrats, Jen! I’ll be in touch with you about your prize!

And if you ran out of time to complete your entry, or your entry was lost in the technical glitch wasteland, don’t fret. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll pull a name Monday morning for a second giveaway – this time, it’ll be a digital copy of Understanding Color. 

Thanks to all the entrants who played along!