Nasty Women of the North

Welcome to my first blog post! This will be a place where I will update all of you on recent projects, give you tips and tricks for lettering and calligraphy, post my most used supplies, and post about other various art related topics. With that being said, my first blog post will be dedicated to my favorite project so far, the Nasty Women of the North show.

This was the most fun I have ever had on a piece, and the most hype I have ever gotten on a project from the people who saw it. This piece was for a show called Nasty Women of the North, and it was held at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, NY. All of the works in this show were donated by the artists and sold for under $100, and to top it off 100% of the proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood! 

Before starting this, I was a bit nervous considering I have never done a painting that expanded beyond the borders of an average sized canvas. The only information I got before starting was the size of the wall, and the name of the show. The rest of it was left up to me and my process.

The first thing I did was opened up my sketchbook and quickly sketched all of the layout ideas that I had. I probably sketched out about 7 or so, and then narrowed it down to the final sketch. After I picked it, I brought the image into my iPad onto the Procreate app. I will have another post later on about Procreate but all you need to know for now is that it is the best app available for drawing on your iPad! So once I brought it into that app I made it into a proportionally correct drawing of what I wanted to be on the wall, disregarding color:

triangle and poppy nasty women


Once that was all set, I had all of the prep work done. Well, that is besides getting all the paints, laser levels, brushes, yard sticks, rulers, ladder etc etc etc. The whole painting took me about 3 hours start to finish, but with my headphones in jamming to old Taylor Swift, it went relatively quickly.

I have never completed a project that I was this proud of. The fact that I could do what I love, market myself in this way, and contribute to an organization that is very meaningful to me, made this the perfect project. The next morning when I woke up I saw it all over Instagram; a feeling best captured by the saying, "Mama, I made it." Ever since I painted that wall I have been itching to get back out there and paint as many walls as I can get my hands on. I have another gallery show coming up in the beginning of December and I plan on doing a few murals there and possibly selling prints of them. If anyone has a wall that is a little too blank for their liking, or has a small business that is just begging for a mural, shoot me an email and I would love to help!

I was also lucky enough to be able to capture the whole 3 hours into a 2 minute time lapse -- check it out!