Wednesday, March 04, 2009

In the pink























First pve design -Illustration for client, scroll down to notice the subtle changes in each sketch
One of the most fascinating parts of what I do as an artist are the amazing people that come to me not only as clients but as people who open my heart.  Before I had a web site I contemplated opening a shop locally and selling items that I make, craft, illustrate, paint but then I was lead to developing a web-site which opened my small world to a much larger audience.  It was shortly after my site had launched that I had a lull, and doubted my decision.  Wondering how people would find me, how would they come to me.  























Illustration, pve design, note the changes, no rug, less clutter, simpler
I knew that I needed to be nearby for my family as I had left a fashion designing career which took me to far flung places.  In my heart, I wanted to be home, with my children and be there for the many "firsts." It was not until much soul searching and writing down my intentions, did I notice that they began to take shape, and to blossom right before me, even when I was not fully aware of how it was all "aboutness."  I use this word to share with you to contemplate your own story, what are you about, what do you wish to be, where are you going and how will you arrive at your very own self "aboutness."  Often, letting go is part of our process, peeling away the layers, editing and clearing the clutter in our own head.  
It is my friends and loyal readers about you, and how you can see yourself "in the pink"- healthy, rosy and glowing in what ever you do.  It is important for each one of us to realize we have unique and special gifts.























Illustration, pve design, more paring down and honing in on the real person, less about the stuff and more focus on this lovely gal with a true "collars-up" energy.  
Before I began blogging, I would look, read and want to be a part of such an amazing group of positive energy.  With the encouragement of a few esteemed and graceful bloggers, and much contemplation, it was the revelation of my blog and the intent to design, create and to inspire an artful life.  For wherever you sit, or stand, each of us deserves to know that we are exactly where we need to be. 
Life is all about choice, about temptation, about uniqueness and to truly find your focus, you need to sit still and know that it is up to you to decide the details and feel yourself taking on a rosy glow.  Put yourself in this pretty pink chair and reflect, focus and tell me, are you "in the pink?" 
Illustration, pve design, focus is front and center on this stylishly chic gal and 2 cool cats~

30 comments:

heidi said...

Love them all!!! You totally captured the cat on her back! -xoh

Emily said...

Wonderful illustrations! I love seeing the progression of each picture.

Frau said...

I love them all too! Great post pve, today I'm feeling the pink in many ways, one I wore the brightest pink today, embracing Spring. Secondly spent alot of time on my bike today doing errands and it was cold but felt good to be outside, came home with pink cheeks. As Joyce says it was a golden day!

GrannySmithGreen said...

I really like where you are going. I think simplifying is one way to find "the pink". I've got to remove the clutter in many different aspects of my life in order to see the real silver lining all around. Every cloud has one, we just have to find it.

My Notting Hill said...

So interesting to see the progression of these. Love them all in their own way. I'm having a giveaway later today - be sure to stop by.

Kwana said...

I am a lot closer today than I was a few years ago. I'm becoming me on a journey to be where I want to be on my terms following the path that I believe God put in my heart. It has to be about me and not about the detours that the world tried to throw my way. Thanks for this wonderful post. Love the journey of the illistrations.

Karena said...

Oh the cats look like My Miss Belle! This was such a moving post. After the car accident and getting bruised and banged up pretty badly last week, I have been adding a rosy shimmery glow to my cheeks and also trying to feel that glow from the inside out.

littlebyrd said...

Wonderful ispiring post - Some days i'm there, others not but it is all good. Great advice you've given here and of course, beautiful illustrations!

Joyce said...

A wonderful post Patricia! It hit home to me trying to figure it out what I'm going to do when I grow up. EEKS... I have over the 1.5 yr cut down a lot of the running and narrowing it down that friends still call my cell before home. Pink is a pretty and happy color!

Tamstyles said...

You know I started a post last week on passion (lifes passion) and I didnt finish it..I posted a part one...after reading this post..I know I should do a part two..wow..I loved what you said..thanks for the inspiration today.

Arlene said...

I love every single one of these illustrations. It's interesting to see the evolution of the project, but each one has something unique and interesting to see.

allie in g'town said...

How fortuitous that the day I start to visit your blog is the day you post my beautiful illustrations! Thank you, again, Patricia for working with me and for all of your encouragement with my soon to debut blog. Even though it's all your talent I just can't help feeling so proud of my illustrations! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! XXOO

Rachel said...

It's so fun to see the drawing evolve! I love it.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I love that you are able to give your philosophy such a fitting and memorable name -- here's to "Aboutness!"

Debra said...

Not sure what happened to my last comment???
I did try to imagine myself in this chair comtemplating things.
I love your illustrations and your word 'aboutness'- almost like 'be'-letting go and letting it be. Letting the journey take us where we need to be.

Meade Design Group said...

The New Yorker needs to hire you to do their covers - I love your vibe and the sense of style in your work.

hmstrjam said...

love those animals! look at that cat !

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love these, Patricia. They look like pictures of Spring. The lady is even wearing my favourite summer outfit, all white with driving shoes!

It was a beautiful day here and I definitely felt in the pink, even though I was wearing green!

Albarosa Simonetti said...

Always loved pink, even when I am not "in the pink" it cheers me up.
Today I feel like a bud on a branch, soon to be a pink flower.Beautiful Post.

Colour Me Happy said...

Wow that is so stunning, I can hardly wait for mine!

London Calling said...

In the pink is where I strive to be. Charming illustrations each and every one. Thank you for the encouraging words- just what I needed to hear. Smiles,LC

Purple Flowers said...

I just found your blog for the first time. I love your illustrations and writing!

Renae said...

Beautiful Patricia! Great illustrations and commentary...we all make choices in our lives and hopefully to the better of our families, there is nothing more precious. I am glad you found your place, you are extremely gifted.

ArchitectDesign said...

they're all so great, how do you finally decide which is the 'best' to offer to the client?

pve design said...

Stefan,
It is part of the process, just as an Architect has to "tweak" the plans and provide many ideas prior to the final blueprints. I actually love the process, it makes it more unique. Sometimes I never even have to do more than one, but 3 illustrations, seems to nail it down and seal the deal. I understand it takes two to tango.
pve

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love seeing the evolution of the sketches, and reading about the evolution of you. :-) ...

jae said...

I love the illustrations. Very well written!

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Shannon Morris (Georgia College Curator) said...

I really like these Patricia.

Can't wait to se how Art Works turns out. Patient but excited ;-)