Monthly Archives: April 2017

Yes is the Answer (design)

In a burst of trying to get myself motivated and focused in a positive direction, I have been making some colorful “posters” in Photoshop.

Here is one of them: “Yes is the answer you’re looking for.”

And this design on an A-line dress, because feel-good feeling and fashion should go together!
Take a look, here, or click on the image to go to the Shop. ♥

Thanks for reading and supporting me!

Artist Spotlight: Hope Gangloff

Artist Spotlight: Hope Gangloff

I have decided to do an Artist Spotlight series, with the aim of introducing you to new artists and their works. I also intend to analyze and break down my reasons for liking the artist. What is it I’m drawn to? What part of me identifies with the artist? It is beyond, “I like this piece,” or “that is an incredible amount of work and talent.”

I’m not going to be highbrow and try to even begin to assume that I really know what I’m seeing when I’m looking at an artist’s work, or their intention—that is entirely their domain, and reason, and head space. But, I will say that I will break down in terms of how I feel, what pulls me toward the work, the artist, and what I feel I’m learning from the pull of experience.

I may even cycle through artists several times, and different artworks. I don’t want to this academic. I want to this to be self-discovery through others’ discovery. Just like a good poem leaves you learning about yourself, and then asking more questions, so does great art! ♥

Without further ado, here are in-studio images of Hope Gangloff to entice you. I highly recommend you view her completed works with time, space, and attention, here.


I love Hope Gangloff’s work. I’ve been entranced with her for several years now. There are many reasons for this: of course, her portraits, which are always what I’m drawn to, but there is more.

  1. The intimacy of her subjects, all being friends she knows well, and has spent time with
  2. Her color choices are pop-art bright and alive
  3. Her lines, loose, and young, with structure as needed
  4. Her inclusion of household objects: sometimes as setting, mood, commentary, or just for their shape
  5. Large format, which is eye-entrancing and pulls
  6. Subject matter: common life, friends, free time, and rest—small wonders of every day life, and enduring friendships
  7. The works’ overall tone: like a friend you could tell you life story to over a bottle of wine—kindness and tolerance exemplified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Up and Draw (design+motto)

Show Up and Draw (design+motto)

I’ve been meaning to write a more in-depth post for some time. My head space has been a bit scrambled, and I’ve been wading through a lot of current life sideline emotion and the more nebulous backlog of emotion from the history of abuse. Abuse sucks, plain and simple. It is a powerful force that for huge segments of my life has been a drain of resources, time, energy, focus, drive, even willingness to live. Never mind having to do more things in a day besides just existing. Existing was the hardest thing for me do—when the abuse was happening, when it was becoming known to me in my consciousness; as the veils and distances of time and space fell away in my healing, it made everything get closer. More personal. Harder to deny, impossible to run away from. I tried to hide physically, emotionally, mentally, and when I was all done exerting myself from that, the truth would sit there, unamused by my antics, and ever-patient, telling me this happened to you.

So, here is my new goal. This isn’t a healing-focused blog, as I’ve had them before and they have been very beneficial, but also enabled a lot of wallowing. I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in being, and in making space and saying Yes to what is left of me, and what is growing from this point forward.

This is my grounding tactic—my tether and my answer to loss, to shame, to new memories, to all manner of uncontrollable. This, I can control. I can come here. I can be here.

So, here’s my new motto, and life goal—

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I love you all, I hope you will continue on this creating journey with me—of fortifying self, and creative skills. ♥

Love, Penney

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