As my punny little graphic above declares: I’ve got some exciting news regarding the future of my work.
In an effort to better organize my presence online, I’m splitting what I create into two brands. This will allow me to do everything I feel compelled to do, but with a more organized/cohesive portfolio. Here’s a basic breakdown of the changes going forward;
Fin and Feather Art:: All of my wildlife/nature work, commercial illustration and design will live here. Nothing will change with the shop info, or ordering ability.
E.H.Sherman Art :: This will be the new home for all of my abstract watercolors. I am head-over-heels in love with the process of creating these pieces and am so thrilled for them to finally have a place to be seen together. This comes complete with a new abstract-centric blog and tumblr account for insights into this portion of the studio. Head over to the new site and check it out!
I crave organization, and I think this will be the best way to keep my work in portfolios that make sense.
But, that means the chaos of dealing with two distinct brands. Multiple shops for each brand, different email lists, different creative opportunities… I’m hoping to be able to manage it all myself, but I may be in the market for a few interns (or an IV of coffee) here shortly.
Thanks for sticking with me thus far, and here’s to the future!
It’s a little bit chilly today in Miami, probably a result of all of the wind/rain last night. I tried to go for my usual Friday night run and actually had to turn around, was pretty sure I’d be blown physically off my feet in mid-sprint.
So for today, I decided to actually wear a sweater (what a strange, foreign thing) and work outside.
I’m so excited to announce that I’m launching my abstract watercolor print shop on Great.ly!
If you haven’t been over to the site yet, I encourage you to check it out. It’s a neat way to connect makers and curators, all for the benefit of the shopper. It is organized into sets of boutiques curated by Great.ly approved tastemakers, who bring their individual style and aesthetics to the shop. Think of those nifty little indie shops, nestled in the heart of cities – the ones that only stock vintage trinkets and handmade beauties. Now imagine you can access them at your desk, no plane ticket required. That’s Great.ly.
I’m really excited to see how it pans out, as it is quite a bit different from the usual online shopping experience. I have a lot of a faith behind the Great.ly team though (The Jealous Curator is one of my favorite people in existence), and if anyone can spice up the world of shopping online – it’s totally them.
So if you get a chance, check out the site – see if you can find me
I’ve had an 18 x 24 sheet of watercolor board staring at me from the corner of my studio for weeks now. I set it up on my easel so I would pass by it coming and going, hoping that one day inspiration would strike.
Saturday morning, finally, I walked by and thought ‘pebbles. Wet pebbles.’
Overjoyed to finally have an idea for this gorgeous piece of board, I set up on my table with a doughnut and coffee and got to work.
And that was my weekend.
Hope you all have lovely weekends as well – onto the new week!
A murmuration is the name given to the display of avian acrobatics of swirling starlings (and other species of birds) and it is truly a spectacular sight to behold. The birds dash and dive, undulating in strange twisting unisons that form a nearly complete black cloud of teeny birdy bodies. Anytime I’m able to see the occurrence, I just stand mesmerized as the flock travels across the sky, the cloud constantly shape-shifting and reforming — it’s a pretty cool thing to watch.
After seeing a few over the weekend (that time of year, maybe?) I decided to paint a few of the patterns while they were still fresh in my mind.
I’m pretty in love with how they ended up drying. Hopefully tomorrow I see a few more
Happy Monday folks! Hope you all had excellent weekends!
My weekend seemed to be devoted to the more adult side of life — revolving around taxes, laundry and picking out new floor tiles. No complaints here though, it was all necessary and some of it a good bit of fun. We’re still dealing with some flood damage from back in November, so I am all about with getting the discolored carpet ripped up and replaced with shiny new (flood resistant) tile.
In addition to these pursuits, I was also able to finally color check a run of brand new prints made from my recent abstract watercolors. They passed with flying colors (pun completely intended) so I am super happy to announce that I will be taking preorders for the first 20 prints of each painting! Each work measures 8.5 x 11 inches and is printed on gorgeous, heavy weight fine art paper using archival quality ink.
For all pre-orders I’ll also be reducing the cost from $25.00 per print, to $20 until the first run sells out.
1.) The letter corresponding to print (see below) that you would like to order.
2.) The quantity of each print you would like to order.
3.) The address of where the print should be sent to.
I will confirm availability and will send a paypal invoice back to the email. Payment must be made within 24 hours of the invoice being sent. Once I’ve received payment, the print will ship within the next 2 business days.
Feel free to contact me with any questions on the offer, or for any additional images of the prints
How to make sure that my energy is distributed as healthily as possible : Between my art practice, commissions, freelance and personal projects, as well as my seriously wonderful husband, our fantastic friends and family, and my own mental well being.
If I have time left over, maybe I’ll get to the dishes.
Making sure to budget time efficiently has always been a bit of stumbling block for me, as I can quickly find myself 6 hours into a painting when I would swear only 2 went by. Alarms, are a utterly fantastic invention.
One of the aspects of my life that has helped to keep me organized, keep me balanced, is my yoga practice. Three times a week usually out at Bayfront park in Miami (or at a nearby studio) has been a source of incredible insight and a wealth of personal growth. Beyond the blocking-off of two hours and the schedule crunch that creates, the poses, the breathing, the reflection has developed an inner voice I did not know I possessed.
After a particularly refreshing class this Saturday, I came home and immediately started to paint. I had a slip of an idea as I walked back from the park in my post-yoga haze and wanted to make sure to get it onto paper before ate breakfast and showered.
Three stones, each bleeding into each other, supporting each other.
I titled it ‘Balance’ and it now sits above my keyboard. It serves as a reminder to myself to honor what is truly important and let a natural balance pervade.
What about you? Do you have any tactics or tricks to keep your schedule/life in check? Leave them below, or send me a tweet!
Perhaps it’s because I stayed up too late reading last night (4 am, whoops), but this morning was a rougher wake-up than usual. 3 cups of coffee later, I was still dragging. Rather than work on my current painting with a fuzzed brain, I decided to make a few watercolor washes and just play around until I felt a bit more alive.
I really loved how the pigment ended up drying, one of the reason I adore watercolors. The extra edges that weren’t planned, the spontaneous blooming, the blips of paint that flicked off the end of the brush — it all makes me so happy.
Energized and creatively infused, I went back to the garden painting
Hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a very lovely weekend!