Tag Archives: Artistic Process

Fresh Off the Presses!

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We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, and I hope that your own celebrations were full of joy and peace!

It’s time to return to work, and I’m happy to say that I finally added to my Etsy shop inventory.

I have a new collection of wearable hand drawn original illustrations (here are just a few):

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I also posted a new card design:

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Last night, I finished another illustration. The phrase “Fear Not” is one that I’ve been thinking of for awhile, but it wasn’t until watching my son’s Christmas play that I realized the way in which I wanted to frame it:

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You can see pictures of the creation process in my instagram account: http://instagram.com/thefreerangeartisan

I’d love for you to stop by my shop to check out my fun and colorful pieces – let me know if I can put together something special just for you and yours!

Cheers!

Alexis

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One More… and Then Some

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Ready for my Quincy customers!

I really enjoyed my time in Quincy. Before we moved, I was responsible for monthly art and craft sales. These events were great fun because of the amazing people involved. Many of those people were part of the sale on the 6th, and it felt very good to be a part of that community again. Thank you to those who stopped by to see our creations and support local artisans! This Saturday will bring the last art and craft sale of the season for me, and I’m looking forward to it as well.

I’m also looking forward to taking time to focus on some new projects that are stirring within after Saturday’s event.

Being the Free Range person that I am, I’d like to spend more time working with felt… and soap. My soaps are made using plant based ingredients with added tea tree oil. The roving comes from very happy sheep who live in Moab, Utah.

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Felted Soap: Almost ready for packaging!

I also want to spend time illustrating new prints…

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There’s a new project I started yesterday. I’m rather excited about it, so here’s a sneak peak:

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My son is busy with exciting projects of his own, and I want to be sure to make time to support his pursuits as well. I’m looking forward to drawing side by side in our upstairs studio over his winter break. For now, I’m embracing the time I have to myself. It’s amazing how quickly hours can fly by!

May your days be full of joy and color!

Creatively Yours,

Alexis

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In Thanks

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Days and weeks are flying by! I have been devoting my time to several different projects, volunteering at my son’s school, and nurturing relationships. I’m going to take tomorrow and Friday to let my to do lists go, and practice gratitude for the good that is.

Next week will be full of preparations for a holiday sale in Quincy, Illinois that will take place on December 6. I’m looking forward to spending time with very dear friends and am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the event. The weekend after that will bring another art and craft sale in Jefferson City, Missouri, and I’m looking forward to that one as well. Let me know if you’re in either of those areas and I’ll give you the details!

I also hope to collect more stories for my newest venture: #WithMyClothesOn. You can learn more about that at: withmyclotheson.wordpress.com

Follow me on instagram (instagram.com/thefreerangeartisan) to see how the sale preparations progress!

Creatively and Gratefully Yours,

Free Range Al

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See something you like on my blog that is not in my shop? Click “contact the shop owner” and we can easily arrange a custom order.

Breathing

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Katy Trail Sky photographed by the Free Range Artisan

Katy Trail Sky
photographed by the Free Range Artisan

This marks the season in which I’ll be focusing on developing my craft as a writer and as an artist. The final weekly market was last Saturday, and I have no major events that require preparation except for a talk I’m going to give on October 26 at a very special place in Illinois.

Next week, I’m going to see what classes are being offered by our local gallery, call a nearby college to sign up for drum lessons, post new pieces on my Etsy shop, and begin writing my talk. For now, however, I’m going to let myself breathe – to take my time in organizing my studio while listening to music that lifts my soul and programs that invigorate my mind, to browse through books for inspiration, and to just do things because they serve me, not because I have to… until it’s time to pick my son up from school, of course. 🙂

What about you? How do you make sure you take time to really breathe so that you feel restored and ready for a new season?

Peaceful Thoughts to You,

Free Range Al

Fun with Cards

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I’ve been having so much fun designing cards today, I wanted to share some of my work with you:

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Love On! Inspired by my son’s Rainbow Toast Day at school.

Did you make cards as a child? I always did – I don’t think I bought a card from a store until I was in college, and that would rarely take place. Those handmade cards had “ARTMART” drawn on the back. Now, my line is “Free Range Artisan”, but I’m grateful that I still experience great delight in making something for someone very special.

My favorite moments at markets take place when someone says, “Oh, this is perfect for _____.” I love knowing where my pieces are going and LOVE it when people return to tell me how gifts were received. It feels particularly special when someone chooses a card, because written correspondence means a great deal to me.

I have several boxes full of cards from special people in my life: cards of celebration, of support, of thanks… They record the important and special moments in my life while bringing back wonderful memories. Electronic communication has its place, but I hope cards and snail mail remain.

Mail On!

– Free Range Al

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

See something you like on my blog that isn’t in my store? The “contact the shop owner” option makes it possible to arrange a custom order.