season of change

October 04, 2013 14 Comments

 

This morning I woke up feeling like I'd been set free. This may or may not be because I finally summoned the courage to quit my Equinox membership. Saving future child's college education fund in the process. But, more importantly, I felt free artistically. I've been feeling trapped and anxious about my career and my art for a few months now. Like I've lost touch with why I illustrate the way that I do. Commission work keeps flooding in, keeping me busy and focused on making progress, but blocking out my personal creativity almost entirely. This little voice in my head has been whispering to me to try something different, but another voice snapped right back that I might not be good at something different. This voice battle has been tormenting me all summer. But this morning, finally, the adventurous voice won out and something felt different.

I took a different route to work, stopped in a brand new coffee shop and when I got to the studio, I sat down and sketched this pencil drawing. It was very liberating! And even more liberating to post it here, baring my crude portraiture skills for you to see, realizing I don't have anything to lose by changing pace once in a while.

Which leads me to another change I want to share.

  

The LASH WEAVE.

It has changed my life. Have you all ever tried it? I mean, it is the primary reason why I had to quit my gym membership (you have to pay for each lash in gold bars) But, so worth it.

I lay on a table for two hours, TWO HOURS, think how many commissions I could have gotten done in that time... and when I sat up, my eyelash professional had affixed hundreds of perfectly placed individual lash bouquets into my natural eyelash line making me the most radiant version of myself I have ever known.

If you're considering an adventure in beauty enhancement, I wholeheartedly endorse the lash weave... as well as taking a different route to work one in a while. It's a new season, full of possibility, both for my eyelashes and for the art I want to make.

Posted in art, illustration, Inslee, Inslee By Design, lash weave, portraiture, The Sketch Book


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14 Responses
Carly A. Heitlinger
Carly A. Heitlinger

July 25, 2014

I LOVE THIS PORTRAIT!!!! :)

diane {a spot of whimsy}
diane {a spot of whimsy}

July 25, 2014

oh my – it is absolutely gorgeous!

Steph Fowler
Steph Fowler

July 25, 2014

Hilarious – and the portrait is beyond gorgeous. And congrats on quitting the gym – soul suckers, aren’t they? By the end of it paying membership was more just paying to check other people out from the treadmill…

Katrina
Katrina

July 25, 2014

I love this, and to be honest, it was great to hear that you are going through the very thing that I am struggling with! Though a little bit the opposite—I’ve always been super realistic and now I want to break free a little bit and go crazy! haha

It’s always nice to know that you can still “do it”

Jackie {York Avenue}
Jackie {York Avenue}

July 25, 2014

Well, you tried something new and guess what-you’re great at it! Not surprising at all. That is GORGEOUS! I would love to see more of those types of drawings from you, in addition to your regular stuff. Your art is just amazing, it makes me so happy to look at my Inslee calendar every day!

Karin
Karin

July 25, 2014

This is stunning! Good for you, mix it up every once in a while! Two hours this process takes? Holy moly. That is dedication. I hope you don’t have to keep your eyes open the whole time! How long do they stay on? How often do you have to go for upkeep? I’m so intrigued!

Crystal
Crystal

July 25, 2014

Beautiful…who is it? I’m definitely hiring you for sketching purposes in the future. You sketches are works of art….

Bekah
Bekah

July 25, 2014

That is one gorgeous sketch. Love the discriminantly added color.

Marcela
Marcela

July 25, 2014

Lovely

Marissa
Marissa

July 25, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Blair
Blair

July 25, 2014

amazing sketch

Michelle Baron
Michelle Baron

July 25, 2014

These are absolutely stunning! I’m so glad you showed them to us. I also wanted to let you know that as a fellow artist I struggle with the exact same thoughts. I find you so inspiring!

Annie
Annie

July 25, 2014

AMAZING sketch!!!Greetings from Bulgaria

amy
amy

July 25, 2014

So Beautiful!

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