January 16th, 2017
I'm excited to be adding these adorable, fashionable illustrations to my licensing portfolio! The possibilities are limitless for these versatile illustrations. If you are looking for creative art for your website/blog, product, print ads, media advertisements, etc., faeDESIGN would love to speak with you and work with you to design THE BEST, EYE-CATCHING ART that will totally compliment your product/services and drive more customers to your business. Feel free to view our online portfolio as well as our easy to read licensing contract. We are here for any questions and concerns you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!
CEO & Designer of faeDESIGN
June 18th, 2016
Our new 'Weekend Totes are HOTT items right now! I'm so excited about how fast they're selling this summer and Blowing Up on Instagram! Best yet, our Summer Sizzle 25% off weekend sale is in full swing...Woohoo! SUBSCRIBE to faeDesign and receive an email discount code!!!
February 24th, 2016
So, I've been putting in some late nights and long weekends working on my licensing designs. I love painting and I also love creating graphic designs for products. It's a quandary! Learning how to prioritize projects while holding down a full time job is definitely a magic act. Oh yes, I have a job too; I refuse to be a starving artist! Still, my passion for art and design are what motivate my every day. Newest collection I'm working on is called 'Spring Fling.' You can find designs at web link within this blog (faedesignandfinearts.com). One of the designs from this collection is seen here in this blog.
When this new year started I had so many dreams and had put every dream in writing, along with a plan on how to accomplish each dream. It's been a wonderful year so far! The end of 2015 was definitely rocky with family issues and a health scare of my own (Kinda ruins your day when your doctor tells you she's concerned about a suspicious mass of tissue and you have to wait two weeks to be told it's NOT cancer), but with lots of prayer and perseverance my family and I are thriving!
One thing I know for sure is that I will always sit at my easel and paint. Whether the news is good or bad, I will paint. It's my escape, my therapy, and along with prayer and my deep trust in God, I just know that as I stare at a canvas and start to create, EVERYTHING is going to be alright:)
December 18th, 2015
So, I have ventured into the exciting world of Spoonflower Power! I love the idea of making my designs available on a vast array of fabrics for the DIY adventurist. I was curious of course, to sample the quality of their fabrics and I purchased several samples. Results: VERY IMPRESSED! The consumer can choose from either fabrics, wallpaper, or wrapping paper...whatever their heart desires.
THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN!!!
October 11th, 2015
Every artist will face criticism at some point in their artistic journey. However, there is a difference between 'constructive' criticism and cruelty. One thing I've learned in this business is to 'know' who I am. It's vital! If you don't know your worth then you will devalue yourself and it will show in your craft. I recall my very first time presenting my paintings to an art gallery. The gallery owner looked at my paintings and gave me his critique. Now, I was looking forward to some honest feedback from a seasoned artist and gallery owner. What I wasn't expecting was for him to verbally rip each painting to pieces; "Your lines are stiff. They look too one dimensional..." and so on and so on. Granted, I am an abstract painter, so my goal wasn't realism when I did my paintings. Still, this gentle man felt that I needed to go home and practice. So, that's what I did. However, I left that art gallery with a firm belief that I knew the style I wanted to paint and that was the style I would stick to. It may not have been right for this gallery, but it may very well be right for the next gallery. That was over two years ago and today my art business is thriving. I am doing commissioned paintings, working on my first paint party, I even have an art apprentice who is learning the business by my side. Oh, and I have two companies interested in licensing my work. They both expressed that they loved my 'Style.' Now, what would have happened if I walked out of that gallery two years ago and threw my paints and canvases in a dark closet and just gave up? Morale of my story: Know your style, your passion, your gift and practice, practice , practice to better yourself. But NEVER put your style in a closet because it's not one person's cup of tea! You have to know your worth and value. Keep creating!!!
September 22nd, 2015
As my fine art/graphic design business grows AND I continue to grow within my craft, I find myself wanting more and more to make what I do about others and not about myself. I know that God gave me this gift to be used in a special way and I have asked Him lately, "How do I turn my art business into a true ministry?" Well, tonight the Lord spoke to me clear as a bell. I have worked in the field of childcare for over 17 years and I've seen the needs children have and the heartache many of them face...basic needs for love, food, water, and shelter. One day I'd like to open an art center that will give neighborhood children a place where they can express their artistic creativity. There's something so healing about art! One of my fondest childhood memories of elementary school involves me finger painting on a large table in my classroom. Even today when I throw paint on a canvas, it seems all tension, anxiety, fears and regrets just disappear into thin air. "Poof...they're gone!" However, the ministry the Lord spoke to my heart about tonight has to do with giving to charities that help needy and vulnerable children worldwide. I have always loved watching CBN Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club and I know of their reputation in helping people all over the globe. I am so excited to join with their 'Orphan's Promise' ministry! On top of my monthly giving to this awesome ministry, I will be giving $20 from every print sold and 10% of the price of every original sold in my gallery towards the ministry as well. I've asked God so many times to help me decrease so that He can increase in me, through my art and in all areas of my life. I am so excited about what the future holds!!!
September 8th, 2015
I'm sitting here on my 15 minute work break thinking about my frustration with a painting I've been working on. I took a pic of the painting this morning before leaving the house and I've been staring at pic on my iPhone throughout my work day. Suddenly I see areas of my painting that I couldn't see before; brush strokes that created illusions that were not my original intention but nonetheless worked! Hmmm...how about that! Lesson I learned from this: sometimes I have to back away from what I'm trying to see in order to truly see what is right in front of me:)
June 13th, 2015
The 2015 Licensing Expo was a huge success in that I learned so much about the art licensing biz AND I networked with potential brands. So my next step is to continue building my portfolio, seeking out an agent to help me with the legalities so I can stay focused on my art, and talking with brands:)
June 6th, 2015
Well, in 2 days I'll be leaving for Las Vegas for the 2015 Licensing Expo...Yay!!! I am so excited about putting my art out there for the public to see. I'm equally excited to learn the business of art licensing from the Licensing University. This trip to Vegas with my colorful art portfolio in hand, is yet another step along my journey to finally walk a path I have always dreamed of but never had the courage to walk until now. Isn't it sad how we can so easily fall into a rut of work, school, pay the bills, and back to work come Monday morning. That's not living...it's existing. Well, I don't want to merely exist on this spinning blue ball called earth. I want to leave a positive imprint in the lives of people I meet and in the hearts of people who enjoy my art.
So, Vegas, here I come!
P.S. I want to thank all of the amazing artists in my life and here on fineartamerica, who have encouraged me these last two years! You are true Artisans and I so appreciate you:)
God Bless! I'll come back from Vegas with tons of pics, a skill set that I will put to work, and hopefully new clients!!!
December 30th, 2014
This has been a rough year! I had major surgery in May, my sister moved in with me in June, and recently my dad got really sick and ended up in the E.R. with what we were told was a stroke. Turns out it wasn’t a stroke but some bizarre infection.
As the oldest daughter (middle child), I have always been the ‘Fixer.’ Some might even refer to me as a co-dependent. Regardless of the label, somewhere along the line I lost ME. My hopes and dreams seem to mean very little to me lately. Not that I don’t still want them! It’s just that they seem so far away; almost unreachable.
I love my family but I have to come to the realization that I can’t be their savior. I can’t ref every argument, protect everyone’s feelings, and keep the people I love from being hurt. I can however have a say in guarding my own heart. It’s not selfish to think of me. If anything, it’s crucial to the survival of a fading reflection I see every time I look in the mirror.
So, how do I rekindle the fire within me and start chasing after my dreams again? I truly believe that I have to trust in one greater than all of us…yes God…and put those I love in His hands through prayer. I thank God that my dad is healed and I will always be there to help my parents. Still, I am in His hands as well and if I can’t even save myself, what makes me think that I can save anyone else! Time to dust off my dreams and make them come true. Time to find ME again:)