Have you followed your passion or have you given up? What inspires you? Who has inspired you that helped to influence your life?
Last night I watched a PBS special on Edgar Allen Poe. I have had several influences in my life and I was strangely surprised to be inspired by Poe's life story. He was a person that constantly struggled to fit in. He lost is mother at an extremely young age to T.B. and two other motherly influences after. He was greatly effected by deaths caused by tuberculosis. Growing up, he continued to struggle to fit in anywhere, never having a secure environment to rely on. He knew his mother had been a singer and always searched for a comforting female for guidance and influence. As he struggled, he always wrote. His wife was a big influence and encouraged him into the wee hours of the night offering support with his writings. He kept on writing and kept on writing - never giving up on his passion. He did not get noticed for his writings until he wrote The Raven and acted out on it at a writing gathering of poets and writers. It was at this event, while speaking and adding character to his words, he become recognized. He had in-born talent, like his mother to speak out his words in his own way. Poe never gave up on his passion despite all the hardship he had.
God has given each and everyone of us a certain gift, a certain talent, a passion that we are born with. What is yours? Who helped you shape your life?
This month I focused on dog portraiture and fall New England harvest season. This is my first dog portrait and landscape. I fell in love with doing this! I need to keep pushing my boundaries of what I can explore with wildlife and animal portraits. I felt a deep connection. I felt emotion and spirit. I enjoy the New England fall weather, being with family, friends and dogs. Animals capture and express feelings that bring out the best of us. The portrait I completed of Louis, my niece;s dog, captures his feeling of loyalty, strength and solitude.
Not only do I love dogs, but I also like gourds, flowers and pumpkins! I think gourds are so funky and fun and they should be celebrated, too! They always look cool in a kitchen. I have also speckled this gourd with my rhinestones. You just have to have a little glimmer!
God bless everyone. May you have a blessed day. Always add a little color to your day!
Make a Wish! That is what I am working on this fall and winter. I have begun to go to craft fairs and meeting with the wonderful people in Leominster, MA and surrounding areas. I love meeting all of you and have begun to make some new friendships. It is a great joy to be with people that have the same craft, art and business drive; sharing your passion is the greatest gift! At the craft fairs and online at Etsy, I am selling my Christmas merchandise. www.etsy.com/shop/DawnStratchko. I have a new Christmas card line and snow paintings that are embellished with rhinestones. Soon, in mid October, I will have holiday scarves and hair accessories. The Make a Wish Card for Christmas is currently being printed and will be available within 2 weeks of this post. The original painting is available- there is only one. My next craft fair will be Saturday, Nov. 18th, at the Ladies Guild Craft Fair, 5 Pond St., Leominster, MA from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Keep creating and be happy! God bless!
This was a very busy summer. I had signed up for another Lilla Roger's, Make Art that Sells class; her latest being Home Decor. Once again, Lilla's classes are amazing and am having a great time. This term, I decided to pick my category of tropical home decor, due to the fact that my parents have a new tropical retreat for their retirement. I have been studying tropical flowers and birds. I dug back into my photos from a trip 6 years ago to the San Diego zoo. The flamingos were perfect! I also walked around town and took pictures of the summer tropical plants in the center of town in Leominster, MA. These are the pictures of my study of this subject matter.
During the third week of this program I began to get behind, due to interviewing for jobs. I am still behind on the assignments, and am still interviewing for work. I have been unemployed for over a year and just recently took a temp job through Christmas. I am still interviewing at a great prospect. In between this time, I have also begun to sell my art merchandise in the center square on Saturdays from 9-1 in Leominster Marketplace. I have met some wonderful people during my first times there and am looking forward to becoming more active in the community. Next weekend 9/16/17 is Johnny Appleseed Fair and I will be attending there, too at Sholan Farms Orchard.
For now, Keep drawing, keep painting, keep creating! God bless.
It has been many, many months since I last wrote. A lot has changed. I continued taking Lilla Rogers courses which led me to Jennifer Nelson, art agent and critic. After a full review of all of my artwork from Jennifer, I have realized my specialty is painting. She suggested that I take my repeat patterns and paint them, the old fashioned-way! How cool is that! She also suggested that I focus on categories on floral and winter, since they sell well. I have been been drawing and painting like crazy since the recent critique! This has changed my whole perspective. I will be going to the Surtex 2017 NYC convention this next weekend. I am very excited of what I will learn and see. For now, paint on!
Above are my latest pieces. I am currently taking a course online 'Make Art that Sells (MATS)' through Lilla Rogers Studios. Lilla Rogers is an art agent and teacher who has greatly inspired me. I have also just finished reading her book, "I Just Like to Make Things". Lilla gives great information for any artist that wants to make it in the illustration, product and craft industry. In MATS group A, I have just completed week 2 for plate design. It is wonderful getting back to basics of drawing and calligraphy! I have discovered there are new lines of calligraphy inks that are acrylic that come in different spectrum of colors! What does everyone think of these designs?
For next week, I will be exploring the world of children's illustration and the study of cats and folklore. Since I do not have any children, I decided the first stop was the library. Yesterday, I met the children's librarian who was full of information of what were the most popular books with little kids today and books that have received many awards. Below are some of the books I ended up taking home - how wonderful they are!
Hello everyone. I have not written in quite a while, but have been designing and creating like crazy. I was laid-off from my full time publishing job in Boston at the very end of February and then a member of my family was extremely ill. I have been sketching and illustrating like crazy and have updated a lot of my designs on my textile page of this site. Due to my emotions of being out of work, I have been pouring my emotions into design. I have also been learning how to sew clothes. (My own designed, hand clothes will be coming this fall/winter - launching by October 2016). In the meantime, I have opened a Shopify website where t-shirts, tanks, bags, pillows and mugs that have my designs on them and be purchased. The website is www.shopstratchko.com. Be creative everyday! Have a great day! :)
Since my last post, a lot has changed in my life. The company that I had worked for for ten years recently laid-off 4,000+ of us, including me. As a result, I have dug inwardly to my creative zen zone of my life and am currently experimenting with a lot of new things. I have been introduced to Silhouette, Cricut, and Brother Scan-n-Cut fabric and paper cutting computerized machines. I have been having a blast! A whole new creative side has blossomed. Below are a few things that I have made so far. I have also learned through www.Skillshare.com through Bonnie Christine how to make my own repeating patterns and turning them into clip art. Now, it is amazing that I can take my own photo and turn it into a piece of clip art and/or a repeating pattern.
I have also explored pet portrait thread painting with my Baby Lock sewing machine. Below you will see a thread painting that I am working on of Izzy my beloved dog.
Have a blessed and amazing day.
Due to my addiction of watching Project Runway, I have become completely inspired to face my lifetime adventure of rising to the challenge to learn how to make clothes. I was extremely excited reading the sales folders for Black Friday this year. To my amazement, I found in Jo-Ann Crafts flyer their Super Saturday Doorbuster sale had sizable dress forms on sale for 60% off! Yes, I rolled up my sleeves, got my comfy shoes and waited 2 and half hours in line to pick up my dress form. (Rich bought it for me for Christmas and believes in me!) Soooo excited! I feel that my skills are transferrable from graphic design, desktop publishing, and illustration. I have named my dress form Blue Betty. Now, my two famous quotes for inspiration is, "Make It Work!" - Tim Gunn and "Do Your Job" - Patriots. My first item I am planning on making is a tank top.
I would love to hear from you.