Artful Spaces

  • Food + Drawing

    I don't know why it took me so long to start drawing food. I always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to combine my two interests somehow. In the last eight months, I've done lots of food drawings, beginning back in October with my Inktober recipes. I wanted to illustrate for someone other than myself, so I reached out to friends who have a coffee business. I'm working on a series of illustrations for different methods of brewing coffee. It's so much fun for me, and I find it satisfying to be working for "clients" other than myself.  

  • Chickens

    These chickens were modeled on my own chickens, Duck and Cluck. I took an online class from Anita Lehman through Carla Sonheim's website that was a very thoughtful look at composition. Sometimes it's nice to get back to basics and see how structure influences outcome. And, on a side note, it's been nice to have fresh eggs to eat and use in baked goods!

  • A New (Old) Way of Working

    I don't know why it took so long for me to go back to making collage and mixed media pieces. Maybe I didn't think they were "serious" enough, or I forgot how much fun it was for me to work this way, or maybe I just forgot how to do it. Recently, I found some fruit that I painted simply on canvas paper. I took out cheap, thin acrylics, poured green and yellow on top, and pushed the paint around the paper. After it dried, I tore out the fruit and saved them for a collage. That's where my playing around with fruit bowls began the other day. For a slight change of pace, I took a yellow piece of painted paper and turned it into a French press. I've mainly been using really smushy media, like a soft pencil, conte crayons, and Faber Castell gelatos. These collaged pieces really feel like me, and I'm loving all the color!

  • New Things!

    I'm test driving some new products at the market this Saturday. It's so much fun to play with color and shape on functional bags and totes. I like the simplicity of playing with fabric, paint, and potatoes. Yes, potatoes! That's what I used to make my stamps......and, they're compostable!

  • Stretching

    I decided to challenge myself with an online course, Explore Florals, taught by Victoria Johnson. It was three weeks of design briefs, each focusing on a different way to think about florals, with an accompanying palette. It was harder than I thought to get out of my own way of doing things and try something new. Just like life, I suppose.

  • 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.

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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