Awesome Ladies Project Creative Team

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I am incredibly happy and excited to say that I will be on the Awesome Ladies Project Creative Team 2017/18! I’m part of an amazing team of women who will be creating projects for the Monthly Storytelling Workshops and working with the Awesome Ladies line of products which debut next month! I cannot wait to get started and to get to know more of the Awesome Ladies!

Synapse Zine

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I’m excited to announce that my art has been featured in Synapse Zine #3, a not-for-profit collection of counter-culture art and literature. You can view the digital version or buy a physical copy for $1.60 (all money goes to printing costs) – Chris also has some amazing stickers for sale!

I have a ton of exciting things going on right now, which should all be revealed in the next couple of weeks – watch this space!

Illustractions Release Party & Art Show

One of my goals this year has been to submit my work to zines, so in March I came across a call for a new Los Angeles based zine called Illustractions and decided to submit a few pieces for consideration. Ari got back to me pretty quickly to tell me that one of my pages was to be included, which I was over the moon about! A few weeks later I had an email with an update on the zine and that there was to be a release party for the zine in May at Junior High in Hollywood. I started to get nervous about it, but I accepted the invitation and decided I would just go for it; you have to take these opportunities, right? I also agreed to do some quick portraits of the people at the event – eek!

The show was last night and I’m so glad I went! I was super nervous the whole time, but it was pretty amazing to see my art on the wall and in a zine, to meet some new people, and enjoy a night of stand-up comedy, music, and art. Here are some photos from the show:

Me with the zine and my art!
The wall of portraits I made with two other artists
Junior High – such an awesome art space!
I really liked this

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the zine is available to buy online, I think they were just given out for free across Los Angeles, but it it was really fun to be involved in!

Girls Only Zine

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I’m excited to announce that my artwork is going to be featured in Girls Only, Issue V! This issue’s theme is Mystic and it features one of my pieces of post-it art from my Year of Creative Habits project. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see one of my little post-its in such a gorgeous zine! You can buy copies of the zine on Lorna’s Etsyall proceeds go to future issues!

Pushing Through the Fear (Revisited)

In January I published a blog post called Pushing Through the Fear, which was all about how in 2016 I would be pushing myself out of my comfort zone and start believing in myself and what I create:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a problem with “putting myself out there”. Not only am I an introvert, I am a fairly shy introvert. I’m nowhere near as shy as I used to be, but still; I don’t enjoy being the center of attention, I don’t know how to take a compliment, and I often worry that, when I do try to put myself out there, I’m coming across as pushy or thinking too much of myself. This isn’t exactly helpful when you want to share creative projects and get involved in a community.

I have many conversations with my husband about what makes someone an artist, since he calls me one and I completely avoid using that word to describe myself. He thinks that you don’t need formal training or an exhibit at a prestigious gallery; anyone who creates things is an artist. I obviously have a different opinion, although only when it comes to myself it seems.

Recently I’ve been thinking more about this avoidance and how rationalizing “not being an artist” holds me back. I use it to talk myself out of sharing or submitting work, making things for people, or getting involved with other artists. I fear putting myself out there and that my work isn’t good enough, so it’s easier to tell myself that I’m not a “real artist” rather than risk whatever it is I think is going to happen if I try.

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Stop Stressing (& Start Over)

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I’ve never been very good at sticking with websites. I like to delete them and start over, thinking that next time I will be happy with how it all turns out. I tend to give myself far too much to do to make the website “perfect” and end up abandoning it after a few months because I feel overwhelmed (which is what happened to etherealsolitude.net, and countless other domains I’ve had over the years).

I could go on and on about how this time will be different and I’ll be posting x amount of times a week… but I’m just going to see how it goes with this. I’ve simplified everything so that I don’t need to work on pages or add tons of content – I can just take it one blog post at a time.

If you’re still following me from when I posted as etherealsolitude a couple of years ago – hi, how have you been?! If this is your first time here: My name is Sarah, I’m British (Welsh) but living in Los Angeles, and I’m an archivist and art journaler. This blog (as the name suggests) will be about my life through journals and my other creative endeavours. Please feel free to say hello and tell me a bit about yourselves, I would love to connect with more like-minded people!