• Creative Thinking


    I am so thrilled to have my very first drawn illustration in the current issue of UPPERCASE Magazine! 

    I drew this on Thanksgiving, 2017. We decided to stay home and celebrate, just the three of us. I wanted my daughter to feel like that even though we weren't going anywhere, it was going to be a special day. So, I let her pick the drinks!

  • Pushing Forward

    I'm trying to remember this and to boldly learn new things without getting bogged down by self doubt. It's hard!

  • Plugging Away

    I'm trying to enjoy the quiet stillness of winter. We've had lots of snow (and snow days) and rain, which has made for long weeks of nasty weather. I'm drawing daily and I can see myself steadily improving. 

  • Winter

    above image—not winter

    Winter is not my favorite season. It's cold, it's dark, it's icy....but with those restrictions comes permission to quiet your mind, think, make. It's the season when I have the most time. My daughter is in preschool, and farmers' markets are few and far between. It allows me to focus on my art and on all the other little projects that I think about during the summer. This year I'm stretching and taking Make Art That Sells, an online course from art agent Lilla Rogers. So far, I feel out of my element, which I'm taking as a good sign. Growth comes in fits and starts, and it isn't always comfortable.

  • Upcoming Holiday Season

    I'm getting ready for the upcoming holiday season! I'll be at the Bennington Farmers' Market on the first and third Saturdays of Nov. and Dec., and I'll be at the Williamstown Berkshire Grown Markets on Nov. 19th and Dec. 17th. I'll have lots of lovely linen aprons and tea towels, and delicious edibles, perfect for gift giving or enjoying with your family and friends. See you soon!

  • Inktober Almost Finished!

    I challenged myself again this year to participate in Inktober. It's an Instagram challenge where you post something drawn or painted with ink every day of October. You can make it as limiting or free as you'd like, and there's even a prompt list if you prefer to follow that. I decided I would work on patterns as a continuation of my recent Sketchbook Skool class with Ohn Mar Win. (I also wanted to practice drawing/painting people, but I enjoyed and got wrapped up with the patterns!) You can head over to Instagram to see the whole month!

  • Honored

    This is an image of an artist book that I submitted to Uppercase Magazine, and here it is actually in the magazine!

  • Permission

    I've been playing with the idea of home for many years now. For a while, I tried to convey this in a nonliteral way, but lately all I want to draw are tiny houses! And they make me happy, so I've allowed myself to do so.

  • Radio Silence

    Well, I've been busy with life, baking, and painting. After a many year hiatus, I'm making stuff again! It feels great to play around with long-forgotten supplies and skills. Check out my instagram to see the latest.

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Artful Spaces

Today we have a guest post from danapop. I love her thoughts (and amazing photos) on artful spaces.

Artful Spaces

As a freelance writer, I spend the majority of my time at home, specifically, in my office. The space I’ve created in that office is calming and conducive to my work, in many ways.

At least, I thought. But, several months ago I started writing and working as a retail associate at Bella Cucina Artful Food in Atlanta. Since then, it really got me thinking about aesthetics and what they actually bring to your world … particularly how they translate into the work you produce.

The Bella Cucina brand is taking what appears to be a fairly simple cooking concept of jarred pestos and sauces, but taking it about ten steps further with gorgeous labels and packaging on classic shaped jars. Not to mention the goodness in the jar … all the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The end result seamlessly blends a flagship space into something that is beyond delicious in a jar. It’s beauty inside and out and taking food from something you inhale to something you cherish and use as a means of nourishment in more than one way.  That’s no easy task in today’s world of stressed-out-dinner-in-front-of-the-television families.

But, ultimately what it all comes down to is the Bella space. The beauty in that sacred place … the old farmhouse table, the nod to Atlanta with the hoopskirt inspired shades, married with Italian product and European design. The cleanness of the line in general gives it the proper backdrop for someone to be visionary.

So, working here, it makes me mindful of the space I create both on the page, and in my life. And it makes me seek more creative-types and notice more beauty within the simplicity of my surroundings.

–Dana Hazels Seith

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