Fine Art Painting and Design Process | Hand Painted Ukulele Art

Hawaiian Owl

It started with a painting and my passion for playing the ukulele!

One day while practicing, I thought my older uke looked kind of dull. It was a cheaper model I had purchased before knowing how much I would fall in love with the instrument and want to continue developing my skills. I thought, what would be more beautiful than a Hawaiian painted ukulele?! Beside that, the Barn Owl is one of only TWO native owls to Hawaii and would make a perfect accomplice to my floral instrument. I started by giving the painting (above) a go on canvas, to get color palates and ideas down. With the painting being a success, I carefully moved it over to my uke by first sketching out and laying down the design.

Stay “tuned” this week for the finished project and official photos (and maybe a short video of some music)!

You Can’t be Both |Rhode Island Graphic Designer and Photographer

I’ll never forget the laughter and look of shock and horror that my design professor gave me as she said these words to me:

“Oh honey, you can’t be both! You need to choose!”

This was during my senior thesis critique, which encompasses design and photography on the topic of “Typography and Circus Posters”.

I started photography before I went to finish my degree in graphic design. I didn’t actually fall in love with it until my senior year of college while working with clients and comparing artistic shoots. I also worked as a second shooter for my friend who did weddings, dreaming of being a lead some day.

I also love art and design, from drawing and painting, to digital art and lettering and traditional design work. Not all aspects of being a designer in the corporate world are glamorous, a lot of it is editing other people’s files, copy and pasting, using templates, using stock illustration and photography instead of making your own, and just a touch of being able to put your own spin on things. It’s wonderful to be able to work with a team of like-minded and career driven people though, something I have yet to find in a company job. As a freelance designer I have found joy in my job, collaboration, and thriving off of our team. I do honestly love my career path when I get to work creatively and utilize my illustration and design skills! When I work on an illustration project, it’s like time flies. I’m consumed in ideas, creativity, and my passion drives me to work harder!

Then there’s my growing wedding photography and calligraphy business: I photograph weddings, engagements, dancers (did I mention I do that too!?) and artistic portraits. I also address envelopes, design invitations and write out wedding signage, escort cards, place cards, etc. as a hand lettering designer and calligrapher, and I’m growing and becoming more successful for every year that goes by!

I think having multiple talents that harmoniously work together is a great thing! It gives plenty of options and offerings to clients and employers alike. Bringing someone down by mocking their dreams and ambitions is not a healthy way to educate. I always tell people they can be anything they want, it’s never too late and no dream is too big!

This comes from the designer/ illustrator/ artists / dancer/ photographer/ calligrapher herself!

Cheers to creating!

And keep dreaming BIG!

Alicia

You’re Gonna Make it After All | Brush Hand Lettering

I was saddened greatly by yesterday’s loss of Mary Tyler Moore. As someone who has risen above a great deal of struggle, her shows message and motto are a positive inspiration and she was a role model to so many. In this world, women don’t have many strong role models to look up to. We have wonderful women like Oprah, Ellen, and Michelle Obama, but in television we mostly see women who are famous for making sex tapes, partying, and having babies at 15 everywhere we look. I love watching television shows from before my time because I have no interest in the Kardashians latest escapades. 

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of MeTV (Providence New Bedford) which runs shows like Petticoat Junction, The Brady Bunch, I Love Lucy, and others. I also was addicted to Little House on the Prarie on Hallmark for quite a few years! Otherwise I’m usually watching Netflix (binging the Gilmore Girls, Stranger Things, A Series of Unlikely Events, and Dance Academy) or would rather spend time reading. Call me old, call me lame, call me a looser or boring, but watching teenagers get wasted and not remember making a baby are just not for me. 

We need more positive role models in today’s society and that’s what today’s lettering is about. We’re always being told we can’t do that or our dreams are too big by both family, society and big business. 

But…

We’re gonna make it after all!

Rest In Peace Mary Tyler Moore.