It seems that the whole world is in love with everything "vintage" these days. This is a term we use when something is not quite an antique,(100 years or older) but it is still cool and old, or retro-looking. The term Vintage is sometimes used in conjunction with a year when pertaining to wines or cars...but I am talking about our fascination with objects and art that meets Dictionary.com's definition, "representing the high quality of a past time, of lasting interest and importance, venerable classic."
In my world, vintage maps make my heart go pitter-patter! I have recently begun to scan and "restore" vintage maps for use in art. I love the fact that as the world changes, maps must get updated. Each one represents a snapshot of the world a that particular moment. This must be frustrating for cartographers. My maps can be found in my Zazzle shop "Mapology" and in my Society6 shop. Click the picture to open that site.
Finding Paris Together
Personally, I am enjoying the latest trend of Vintage-look photography. I purchased a calendar for 2013 (one of the best ways to obtain a collection of works from an artist or photographer) from Rachel Burbee AKA Vintage Skies. I love the current trend of mixing inspirational quotes with vintage-look photography. The result is beautiful and serene. I also admire Rachel's photography of vintage items such as, "Retro Love."
Another photographer/designer who I adore is Katy McDonald. Her collection on Society6, "Art by CMcdonald," is totally young and fashion forward, yet gives a nod to the past in a most incredible way. Her Vintage Vinyl collection is truly inspired. I also adore her "Seneca Uno" shot of a vintage camera.
Ann B. Fine Art Photography also has some wonderful images with a vintage feel. Her images of Paris are absolutely fantastic. They really bring you to Paris with all its magic and romance!
I Left My Heart in Paris
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour down Vintage lane...here are some links to the artist's shops....or you can just click the pictures to go directly to their sites....
A college art professor once said, “Money comes and goes, but time spent is gone forever.” This thought resonates with me years later as I struggle to squeeze everything in to my busy days. Although I do not claim to be an expert on time management, I am often surprised by what I am able to accomplish. As a working mother of three whose husband is usually out-of-town, I have to carefully structure my day to fit my art business in. It is a little difficult to “structure” creativity, but I have found some methods that help me to be focused and productive in my art most days of the week.
1) Tools - I have found that certain tools help me to manage my time better. I consider my smart phone indispensable. I use my phone to take advantage of time spent waiting in line, sitting in the car waiting for kids, or on my breaks at work. I can quickly scan emails for anything important and delete any that I do not want to read. I can view my facebook notifications, scan society6 and even see if there were sales on my other sites like spoonflower or Zazzle. While I am at home, I use the ipad when I cannot sit at the computer. This gives me more in-between time to promoted others work on Society6 and manage facebook. My camera on my phone is always ready to nab anything that inspires me. I keep a regular sketchbook and some lined paper with me most of the time also. When I have these tools to resort to, I do not have time wasted.
2) Less of this/more of that- I spent twenty years in corporate jobs. One thing I learned as a supervisor is that people often fill in time with unimportant tasks. It is very easy to get stuck doing things like cleaning our desk drawers when we do not know what we “should” be doing instead. I challenge you to make a list of things that you want to do, or want to do more of (you can do this every week) Next, make a list of things that you can do less of in order to make time for the things you want to do. I do not recommend cutting out laundry completely, or skipping work…Most people can carve out a little more time each day to do what they love. The key is planning.
3) Get up early – Benjamin Franklin was right, ”Early to bed, early to rise….” I get up an hour early each day so that I can spend one hour working on my art business. I spend that time creating new products on zazzle, working in photoshop and promoting items for myself and others on pinterest, Society6, and Wanelo. I am very careful with this time. I get my coffee and get right to work at the computer, only pausing to get the cat’s tail away from my touchscreen. This time is tremendously satisfying to me. I can go to work with the knowledge that I have given my business a little boost for the day.
4) Designs that do double duty – lately I have been endeavoring to design pieces that can work as prints, cell phone covers, cards, and repeating fabrics for patterns. This useful piece of information was picked up from watching other artists using numerous sites at the same time. This little extra step in planning allowed me to use my collage “Butterflying the Caribbean” for a print, a cell phone cover, and a fabric pattern. The design works well on greeting cards and has more uses on Zazzle than I have thought of yet.
5) Avoid T.V. and other time wasters - I really do not watch much T.V. I am not saying we do not need time to relax, but I do not have the patience for sitcoms, most of the news is bad and if I see one more reality show, I’ll puke! There are plenty of online time wasters too. Facebook users be careful. I do not read everything in my newsfeed. I do not play games…I am a recovering Happy Island junky. I try very hard not to get too wrapped up in pinterest…but I do consider it marketing and research…really it is =)
6) Get creative anytime anywhere-I carry my sketchbook everywhere I go. I use it at baseball practices, swimming lessons, trips to the park, and while waiting in the car. A photographer friend of mine carries her camera everywhere she goes, and often brings her laptop along for editing in photoshop. I have even worked while sitting on the beach with my kids. I usually carry colored pencils too. Sounds crazy, but I have a huge tote bag that goes everywhere I go!
4) Schedule blocks of time for bigger projects or learning – I save my bigger painting projects for the weekends. This way I can fit a larger block of time without too many interruptions. I also do computer work that is more time consuming….like a blog post on the weekends too. I am still trying to figure out how to fit in that life-drawing class I want to take, but for now that will have to wait.
Like I said, I am no expert and I do not have all the answers, but I hope that you can utilize some of my time honored tips to help you make the most of your time to create. Art is my passion, I will always carve out moments for it. Have a great week!! “Tempus fugit”
Butterflying the Caribbean Fabric