Starting is the Hardest Part

Lesley Myrick collage art


Don’t you find that starting is the hardest part of a creative project? I find that once I get going I thoroughly enjoy the process and the end result is both beautiful and satisfying…but getting over the mental block and intimidation of starting with a blank canvas can practically paralyze me with fear! There are just so many options I feel overwhelmed and inadequate to create something worthy.

I delayed starting this collage for a couple of weeks (it’s a 6×6 commission on board for a good friend) because I was struggling with the fact that I wanted it to be perfect – but I didn’t know where to start, and therefore didn’t know how to achieve that high standard that I hold myself and my art to. I also haven’t done a new piece in months, and I find the longer I’m away from art, the harder it is to jump back in.

Here’s the irony of it all – this piece came together so fast and so effortlessly that it was almost laughable. I couldn’t believe I had agonized over it for so long, only for it to totally flow out of me once I had (finally!) started it. It’s not making art that’s usually the challenge – starting is the hardest part. 

How do you deal with creative block, and the intimidation of starting a new project from scratch? 

Happy Monday!

Design Videos with Lesley + Lamps Plus

When I’m not making collage art, baking cupcakes, or making friends with random cats, I spend most of my days at a pretty sweet fulltime job with Lamps Plus. In addition to blogging for their new sales site, 55 Downing Street, we’ve just started a new project creating short videos with interior design basics, helpful tips, and info about current styles and trends. Why am I telling you this, you ask? Because yours truly is one of the lucky designers starring in these YouTube webisodes. Check out all the videos on the Lamps Plus Youtube channel.
[Behind the scenes photos by Michael Murphy]

Happy Monday!

Etsy Shop Makeover!

Good morning! I gave my Etsy shop a little makeover this weekend – new product photos, a new banner, and just an overall “freshening up”. (It feels so good to take a little time and polish your look, – online or offline – doesn’t it?) Take a peek – hope you like!

Happy Monday!

Oh, Monday…

[Image via Pinterest; original source unknown]

Is it just me, or is anyone else having one of those Mondays? (Although, this made me giggle and feel a little better.)

Happy Monday…?

Indie Business: Why I Do What I Do

[A collage I made for Nate, for our first Christmas together in 2009. Lyrics from our” song.]
Etsy just launched new About pages for all its shop owners – a place to share the story of your business and why you do what you do as an artistpreneur. And this got me thinking…
why do I do what I do? Why collage art?
Here’s why.
Words, images, colors, textures…individually they are beautiful. But arranged and re-arranged, collaged into something new – the sum is greater than the whole, and a transformation takes place from the mundane into the magical where individual pieces become threads woven into in your story.
What words tell your story? What photos tell your story? What ticket stubs, subway maps, love letters, song lyrics, photographs, or scripture verses tell your story?
Your story matters.
Let’s capture it.
If you’re interested in a custom collage, please contact me! I’d love to work with you to help tell your story. 
Much love,

PS. I’d love to know…why do you do what you do? 

You’re Totally Great

[Via Pinterest; original source unknown]
No Lovely Web Links today (can you believe I didn’t bookmark a single link this past week?), so instead, I’ll just remind you how awesome you are.

Happy Thursday!

Beauty Matters

[Artwork by Kelly Rae Roberts via Pinterest]
Hello friends! I’m back from my adventures in Disneyland. Can’t wait to share photos with you on Friday! As I slowly adjust back to reality (wait, reality isn’t riding rollercoasters all day?)I thought I’d leave you with this lovely collage from Kelly Rae.
It’s true, by the way. Beauty does matter.

Happy Tuesday!

Listen to Your Heart…

Sometimes listening to your heart does take you all the way to California. And let me tell you, it’s a pretty rad adventure! Especially when the people you love make the cross-country trek to spend time with you. Sorry for the radio silence on the blog this week, folks – between Nate’s family coming to LA for a few days, a visit from our wonderful friend Lisa Francis, and preparing for my bestie Beth and her husband Scott to come visit us this Saturday for a whole 8 days (eek!) life has been pretty busy. Awesome busy, but busy.
Looking forward to sharing photos of our adventures (we’re going to Disneyland!) and more art with you soon.
 Happy Wednesday! xo