Thursday, November 1, 2012

Exciting news!

Guess what?

Laurel Dawn from Abode Love launched her exciting new project that she has been working feverishly on for months and months. You do not want to miss this! Do you know her yet?

She is married to my cousin, which automatically shows her good taste.

She is a talented graphic designer and interior designer.

Thousands follow her blog.

 I get giddy when I see her in magazines.

Now, she is officially venturing into the world of art. She has always been an artist but she is now sharing her talent with us (JOY!) and that takes guts. I admire it.

Below is a little Q&A with Laurel-Dawn. I love the theme of returning to creativity that was fostered in childhood. It seems that a great deal of adulthood is spent figuring out how to get back to the basic things that make us unique. Things that, if we were lucky enough, we discovered naively as children.

Today, don't miss out on her art for sale at her on-line store. I've seen this art in person and it is stunning. And if you don't already, follow her blog at Abode Love.

buy them here

Q. When did you start painting? 
I started painting when I was in preschool, seriously. My mom is a professional artist for the military and she has always worked from home-- so when she was in her studio working, I was too! My mom even attempted to teach my sister and I calligraphy when I was about 6 years old. (Calligraphy didn't stick, but painting and drawing did!) My sister and I took art classes when we were very young and I continued to take classes throughout my high school career and then majored in Graphic Design in college where I took more fine art courses than design courses.

Q. What motivated you to start your blog, your design services, and your artwork?
Upon graduating from college and entering into my design career in design and ad agencies (and now as an in-house designer)-- I realized that it's work. It's not necessarily a personal creative outlet. There are definitely boundaries and a lot more cracking of the whip, if you know what I mean. There are days that I feel I have nothing to offer creatively, and there are days that I just plain disagree with the work that I am putting out there-- but since it's a JOB, I have learned I have to put my head down and push forward! This was a frustrating process for me as a creative person-- so I took to my computer to release my creative energy! That's where Abode Love started... my Mister and I had purchased a home outside of Birmingham, AL and I was obsessed with home interiors-- so I started blogging.

Q. What has been the hardest part about blogging? About launching your artwork?
The hardest thing about blogging is staying inspired, as I mentioned above, some days, there's not a lot going on with my creative mojo! And as far as my artwork is concerned... I'm scared to death to share my artwork! Sharing personal work and putting yourself out there is hard in general, but I love my readers and I they've been so encouraging that I'm prepared to bite the bullet and just do it. At the end of the day, artwork has always been a comfortable constant in my life, so it seems natural for this progression of design and artwork to collide. I just hope my readers are pleased with my work, after all, I see so much of myself in my readers and I do put stock in what they say and the opinions they hold!

Q. How do you feel your creativity has evolved since starting Abode Love?
Abode Love has really pushed me to stay on top of the trends and most importantly, to challenge myself and keep my readers guessing! I feel like I take a LOT more risks with my home now just to add a little shock value to my blog and to my little abode! I love to hear, "oh wow, I would never do that in my home, but somehow-- it works!" It's the biggest compliment in my opinion. I also find myself being a little less uptight in my writing... I am silly and often times ridiculous in my posts-- but for anyone who knows me, it's just who I am! I will ramble on about Britney Spears or make plans to have a beautiful wedding for a pair of new chairs... I try not to take myself too seriously and I think my readers have seen a progression in my posts over the years. Unexpectedly for me, writing has become a new creative outlet!

Q. What or who inspires you?
Blogs. Blogs have inspired me for YEARS- they're what made me want to start blogging and they continue to inspire me beyond any other source!

Q. What do you do when you feel uninspired or stuck in a rut?
I browse around on Pinterest, and when nothing strikes me right off the bat.... I stroll through my old pins. I also roll over to Michelle Armas' blog-- she's hilarious and a beautiful, inspired artist. I get color combination ideas from her artwork and giggle away at her off color remarks. She's inspiring, and she also encourages her readers to "get off your butt and just do it!" Love that. Sometimes I need a swift kick to the behind to get me going!

Q. What is one of your favorite books and/or songs?
Well, I'll just go ahead and say it. I'm a twihard.... the Twilight series kind of owns me.... and The Hunger Games is a close second. I know, I know, I'm a 12 year old girl, I can't help it! As for music, I'm a bit sappy and I love a good cry, so my favorite song is Dave Matthews, "Grey Street" and Mumford & Sons, "Holland Road."

Q. If you had to choose three words to describe your style, which ones would you choose?
Eclectic, Feminine and Bold.

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