Happy New Year 2015! Hope everyone's holiday season was a good one! Mine was a little hectic & very busy, but for the most part enjoyable. Alas, the holiday's are over, decorations put away, and I'm finally able to write my 1st blog post for 2015.
Picking up where I left off...the pillow design "Freedom Wings." Who knew that a lady with butterfly wings would become one of my most popular artwork designs to date. She not only became a pillow design, but very soon turned into a tote bag, and t-shirt design as well. I received quite a few requests for this particular design. Needless, to say I was ecstatic! Then it happened...a twister!
Customer: I love your butterfly lady design. But, I was wondering, is it at all possible to change her face & hair to represent me? (ethnicity/race)
Me: Hmm...let's see what I can do. I'll get back to you on this.
As a self-taught artist I often develop what you can refer to as nervous anxiety when I get a request that causes me to step out of my comfort zone. Hence, beginning the struggle of a conversation amongst my 3 persona's...Amateur Artist, Madame Picasso, and Me. "Amateur Artist" enjoys her comfort zone. Thinks every piece of art should stay as is after it's completion. In other words if it ain't broke why fix it? "Madame Picasso" loves exploring change and the "What If''s." Her answer to trying something new is always "Sure...why not! Let's do it!" Then there's "Me", the ultimate decision maker. Which is the toughest position to be in, and the hardest job to do. Mostly because "Amateur Artist" & "Madame Picasso" make very good arguments. "Madame Picasso" gets her way most of the time which is very nerve wrecking to "Amateur Artist", and leaves "Me" exhilarated and nervous all at the same time. Often times after the decision is made it leaves "Me" wondering if what was decided was the right thing to do. Well, in the case of the aforementioned request "Me" did make the right decision! "Madame Picasso" prevailed & Freedom Wings II was born.
When "Madame Picasso" scores a WIN it is a triumphant reminder to not allow the fear of "Amateur Artist" to keep "Me" from spreading her wings & flying. However, "Amateur Artist" does keep us all grounded & reminds us not to take on things bigger than where we are as an artist. We have done this on more than one occasion & trust when we say telling someone "No, I can't" is not a bad thing. The artwork/design "Freedom Wings" helped birth a lot more art pieces which I will be sharing over time. Posted below are pics of the "Freedom Wings" tote bag, and t-shirt. Also, the "Freedom Wings II" t-shirt. Until next time...peace & blessings ♥
||Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com|
|Freedom Wings Tote Bag|
|Freedom Wings T-shirt (hand-dyed)|
|Freedom Wings II T-shirt (hand-dyed)|