Thank a Cop

I love using my art to inspire and celebrate others, so this week I created my own version of the Police Memorial logo to honor and remember officers.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Until next week,
Pam

Tears Of A Cop


I have been where you fear to be.
I have seen what you fear to see.
I have done what you fear to do.
All these things I've done for you.

I am the one you lean upon.
The one you cast your scorn upon.
The one you bring your troubles to,
All these people I've been for you.

The one you ask to stand apart.
The one you feel should have no heart.
The one you call the officer in blue.
But I am human, just like you.

And through the years I've come to see
That I am not what you ask of me.
So take this badge and take this gun.
Will you take it?
Will anyone?

And when you watch a person die,
And hear a battered baby cry.
Then so you think that you can be
All those things you ask of me?

10 Questions with Wonderful Illustrator Ohn Mar Win



CLICK HERE to visit Ohn Mar Win's website

I am so inspired by the work of other artists and I wanted to share one that has taken a medium that was relatively new to them and created a complete brand.

Ohn Mar Win is a UK based illustrator who creates beautiful, fluid water color illustrations. Her color palettes are inspired and her details are fresh and lively. She has a giving spirit and shares her process through classes on Skillshare and work-in-progress videos on Instagram.

Enjoy learning a little about Ohn Mar Win!

10 Questions

Work:

1. Do you work in any other mediums other than water-colour?
Yes I work in pen and ink, brush pen, and I use PS and Ai on a IMac

2. How do you choose and organize your subject matter? 
More my sketch a day I tend to just pick a subject on that day - perhaps I saw a flower or a palette of colours I liked so wanted to explore them further. I don’t really have a plan most days!

3. Where is your favorite place to do creative research? Online? In person?
I do both. Sometimes I’ll take a photograph of something whilst on a walk or shopping and bring it out when needed.

4. Do you have a favorite piece of art or one that you are more proud of?
Oh gosh I really like a lot of my foodie illustrations but I like some of the sketches where I mix up the mediums

5. Who or what inspires you creatively?
Mostly everyday things or seasonal flowers can be turned into lovely patterns. And I like seeing the art at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition

Personal:

1. What was your favorite toy or item as a child?
I did have a small tin paint set which I treasured and lots of Roald Dahl books

2. What is your favorite movie?
Either Breakfast at Tiffany's or Bladerunner

3. What is your favorite food to eat?
I could eat Sushi everyday

4. Do you have other creative outlets?
I really like watching films and would love to write a screenplay one day

5. Do you have any personal advice for other artists that may be new or unsure about sharing their creative talents?
I’d say just make lots of art, don’t be afraid of making a mistake or a mess as we are all learning. That's why I paint everyday - I’m still learning and developing myself. Soon you’ll se what you are attracted to and then make more art with that in mind


IG @ohn_mar_win

It's official!

CLICK HERE to visit the Artworks! Licensing website

Hello everyone,

I'm so happy to share that last week I signed with an art licensing agent and I am now represented by Carol White of Artworks! Licensing.


I am looking forward to this next creative phase and having the opportunity to create a lot of new work. 

It has been an interesting path getting to this point and I am working on a series of blog posts sharing my journey in art licensing, including learning the business, networking, creating art suited to licensing and ultimately finding an agent.

Stay tuned!

Until next week,
Pam

Photo Storage Organization and Back Up


At last check I had 14,448 pictures on my iPhone.

To say I am a photo junkie would be an understatement. Add that to the huge, layered Photoshop files I have of my artwork and you might see why I need convenient, safe, reliable photo storage and back up options.

For a long time, I chose to ignore the whole topic of photo back up. It just seemed so overwhelming, cumbersome and confusing so, if I didn't think about the threat of loosing everything it wouldn't happen, right? Seriously, that was my thinking. Crazy, I know.

Truth is, there was always this low level of stress every time I went to turn my computer on…what if it didn't startup this time? Then I saw a well established artist post on social media that her computer crashed and she lost everything…EVERYTHING.

That was my wake up call to take my head out of the sand and figure out a system for myself. (more reliable than my occasional back up to an external hard drive)

Now, I am by no means an expert and I am sure there are more steps I could be taking BUT I know I am doing more than I was before…so that's progress.

Below I will share what I do but I recently saw this tip for flash drive storage and I thought it was really simple and clever. 

CLICK HERE to visit the Driven by Decor Website
How do you save, store and protect your photos?

Until next week,
Pam

Dropbox
I expanded my storage size for my Dropbox account for a small fee and now work directly from that. It's so convenient to be able to store my pictures and documents in the same files and to be able to access them on all of my devices. I find it very easy to manage my content in Dropbox and I have downloaded their applications to my computer so it is included in my regular backup.

Backblaze
This is a remote backup service that works automatically in the background for an annual fee. Once you do the initial back up, it will continue to back up on a regular basis. Just a note that depending on how much content you have, the initial back up can take a LONG time…like days or weeks. You can still work on your computer and it just keeps running in the background. They send status emails on a regular basis.

External Hard Drive
I'm not as good with keeping up on this but I do have one and have saved a lot of work and photos to it. I only have one but I know others have several and keep them in different locations. They are pretty affordable now for HUGE storage amounts so it definitely makes sense to add this to your back up arsenal. Mine is a called "My Passport Ultra" by Western Digital and it comes in different size options.

Why Do I Blog?

Last week I didn't write a blog post.

I sometimes question why I write a blog but then I think about all of the useful information I have received from other people's blogs, even years after they have written them. I have always been generous with sharing information and having a blog helps me to do that.

Not long ago, I was doing research on pitching gift book ideas to publishers and came across this article by Ben Hunt. It didn't have a publish date but just said it was from "a couple of years ago".

It was the exact information I was looking for and I was so glad HE had a blog! 

That is why I blog.
To help others.

Check out his super interesting article about finding your "why". It can apply to so many things and really helped me take some big steps forward with my creative business.

Until next week,
Pam

Pic Collage - So Many Apps, So Little Time!

with distressed wood background
with sand background

I realized I needed a quick way to resize and add text to my product and art pictures that I share on social media. I also needed to be able to do this on the run,  without having to go into Photoshop.

I did a little research on photo editing apps and found one called Pic Collage.

I played around with the free option for a while and liked it so much, I upgraded to the paid version.

I have to say that it has been indispensable in helping me quickly convert my images into content for social media, my blog, newsletter and my website.

You can create collages "freestyle", with grids or by using their templates. You can add text, stickers, backgrounds…it's very versatile and simple to use.

Here are some of my favorite features:

  1. You can switch easily from portrait to square with one click, making it great for creating Instagram posts.

  1. You can use their pre-formatted grid templates or toss and layer your pictures freestyle. There is a lot of flexibility.

  1. You can add a colored border to each photo, flip images, rotate, bring to top, etc. They also have shaped templates that can create a square, circle or triangle border around your image.

  1. You can add text with or without a background, change fonts and font size.

  1. There are stickers (both paid and free) that can be resized and rotated, including generic and holiday themes.

  1. There are a huge amount of backgrounds available (both solid colors and patterns) and you can search custom titles like "yellow glitter" or " dark, distressed wood". I think that the backgrounds give my product images a professional, styled look.

  1. The images can be saved to your camera roll and can be edited in the app at a later date, as it saves all of your previous collages in the app.

Below, you can see some of my completed images using Pic Collage.

Do you have a photo editing app that you like?

Until next week,
Pam

showing a collection

creating an inspirational graphic with my art

showing art on a light wood background

showing a collection on a distressed wood background

showing the four seasons of Rhode Island

showing a sample of Mother's Day cards
with green glitter background

10 Questions with Accessory Designer and Artist Rommy de Bommy


I am so inspired by the work of other artists and I wanted to share one that really makes me smile. 

Rommy de Bommy is a super clever, talented artist that creates magical purses and accessories with a fun food theme. Every one is more realistic, more colorful and more whimsical than the last. Also, in my opinion, she has mastered the art of expressing her true self through her branding. 

Enjoy learning a little about Rommy!

10 Questions

Work:

1. How do you style your product photos...wardrobe, location and image backgrounds? Do you have tips to share or a certain format you follow?

Well I actually have a huge closet with tons of rainbow colors. So there is basically always something hanging in there which matches my designs. I know how to combine colors with each other. And besides that I always say: 'Everything is possible, as long as you wear it confidently'. I live in Rotterdam, a huge city based in the Netherlands. There is a lot of grey and white tones everywhere. Which will bring my colorful clothing and designs more alive.

2. Your branding is so strong and cohesive. I think that is what so many artists and crafters have a hard time with. What are your tips for narrowing in on your brand style and carrying that through all aspects of your business?

I actually wasn't part of the plan. I just happened this way. I guess you can say it's my personal style which has a strong connection to everything I make. The most important thing is to make sure you're outstanding and quite unique instead of the same as other designers. You have to think strongly about your unique selling point (USP). But as I said earlier, It wasn't a plan. The whole branding is just me and the thing I love to do the most. 

3. What is your favorite part of having your creative business and why?

For sure my favorite thing is the fact that I'm making cakes and other food purses all day in my studio. How cool is that!? And the way people around the world are dying for my food purses! They are saving money to buy one of them someday. 

4. Do you have a favorite creation or one that you are more proud of?

Yes! Probably all of my cake purses are my favorite purses!

5. Who or what inspires you creatively?

Pastry chefs on Instagram are a huge inspiration

Personal:

1. What was your favorite toy or item as a child?

Barbies!!

2. What is your favorite movie?

Into the Wild

3. What is your favorite food to eat?

Croissants, all day, everywhere... Love them!

4. Do you have other creative outlets?

I'm working on a skirt collection right now. All inspired by food of course. 

5. Do you have any personal advice for other artists that may be new or unsure about sharing their creative talents?

Two important things: Just do it! And dare it! Dare to do something and do not be afraid to fail. Being unique and starting something new which isn't on the market yet will give you more chances to stand out and reach the top.

See more of Rommy's work or snag your own creation! Would you go for dinner or dessert?

They are working on a update of her official site, so in the intirum you can visit her Etsy webshop:

She does special custom orders as well. Customers can send her an email through etsy or rommydebommy@gmail.com