Under Construction

under construcion - blog makeover from lesley myrick
Guys, something big is coming around here...I'm in the middle of a total re-design of the blog, and I am so excited to unveil it! I bought a gorgeous, simple template (more on that soon) and I'm challenging myself to do most of the coding myself too add unique features and functionality (huge thanks to Katrina of Pugly Pixel for her fabulous Pugly Pixel TV - I've learned so much!).

Stay tuned next week for the makeover...

In other news, I just re-discovered We Heart It and found photos I'd completely forgotten I bookmarked years ago. If you'll excuse me I have to go get lost on the internet for the next little while.

Happy Tuesday!

It's New Portfolio Day!

Lesley Myrick portfolio on Cargo
This past weekend was all about getting 'er done - and I'm happy to announce that I've just launched a brand new web portfolio! Finally, all my collage art, graphic design, and interior design work is in one simple, organized place. (That's a big ol' checkmark off of my to-do list!)

I'd be thrilled if you visited my new portfolio (it's also linked in the navbar at the top). And if you like what you see, let's chat about a custom project.

Happy Monday!

Look Around You, Feel It All

zooey deschanel quote feel it all - look around you
[Image via Pinterest, original source unknown]

"Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh'ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don't let someone steal your tenderness. Don't allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to be truly affected by things. Whether it's a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all - look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love. "- Zooey Deschanel

Happy Friday. xo

Indie Biz: 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 6x6 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!

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