Thursday, August 7, 2014

Time to FLY!


August FREE coloring page!

Ok here we go! Kelly and I have been working hard behind the scenes....me drawing and scanning and Kelly putting together the blog and shop. We hoped to be ready by now but you know how it goes....SO we are shooting for an end of August launch of dozens of new drawings ready to be used with your brilliant minds!

In the meantime Kelly and I are going to start blogging some fun ideas using the downloads of Persimmons Studio art and oh so much more. When we brainstormed this idea a few months ago the idea was that ...sure we could put my art on giftware with a big company... but that kind of conflicts with our way of life. We are not too keen on the idea of producing an excessive amount of products (even if that isn't of my concern really) that may end up in a landfill. Instead we want to give YOU the power to use the downloads and create one of a kind gifts using our ideas and your creativity. In the future we will include small run products and handcolored prints but for now we really want to get the digital art in your hands and put you in charge of spreading our love.

So we need you! If you are an artist or crafter or even just someone who dabbles in making let us know if you would be interested in being a featured creator! We will send you one free digital download to use in any project you can dream up. All we ask is that you in return do a blog post for us on your blog that we can also post on our blog! If you don't blog no problem. You will need to take 2-4 quality pictures of your project and write a brief description of how you did it. If you are unsure of how to do that we can send you a template so it will be super easy. Also we would like a picture of you and any links or other information you would like to share with our readers. It is really that simple. So how do you get in on this good good deal? Just email us at info@persimmonsstudio.com Include a little dity about yourself and links to your blog or website so we can verify your commitment. This offer will be limited to 20 people that we choose to participate based on quality and fit of style.

If you don't want to be featured but create something with any of the free pages found on this blog or on my facebook page (find that here) send a picture! We will put those in a gallery on the blog to inspire and encourage everyone!

So come visit often we will be posting quite regularly from now until launch. The blog will evolve into a great resource for many craft projects, thrifty ways to live and overall fun! Thanks for

Monday, April 14, 2014

Big News Coming Soon!

HELLO!

I've decided to come back to the blog I love and know how to manage. Wordpress was not fun for me. So yay I'm back!

Since I've been posting on this blog I have made a ton of changes. I've been working hard trying to figure out my next move and what direction I want to go in and I think I've found it.

I have never been much of a business girl. Well I guess that is a little not true....being in the business of selling art for over 10 years...but I never enjoyed the whole business end of things. Spreadsheets and bookwork and computer stuff beyond a blog and listing on etsy. BORING. So I put a little note to the universe on facebook that I want someone to come and believe in my work and help me grow a business that can actually make some money. Kelly came my way...I will share much more about her in the weeks to come. :)

We are still trying to figure out our plan and with her amazing organization and sense of business I think it's possible that we will build one heck of a crazy company that will feature my illustrations and financially support her and I and hopefully a few more people in the future. Our ideas are big and bold and I am so freaking ready.

So stay tuned! Persimmons Studio is going to be bumping it up a notch or two and I can't wait for the ride!

xoxoxo Kim

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I love me.


 
I love what I see when I look in the mirror.

My eyes are blue like the sky and they are kind.

My nose is unusual and makes me unique.

My mouth is awesome because it allows me to speak my mind.

My breasts are lopsided… unusually so… and even though I have had different thoughts about them throughout the years, they are mine.

My belly bears a scar where my one and only made an appearance and the effects of carrying that baby have left quite an impression on the skin of that scared and useful belly.

My ass is great to sit on.

My legs are strong and have taken me to so many wonderful places in my life!

My arms, well they are my favorite because they help me create the beautiful things that are inside my head.

 

But not everyone knows this and I think of them. Then the voices creep in. What if she sees me in my swimsuit? What if he sees me with the lights on? What if my doctor looks at my body and sees only what a chart is telling her to se? What if that teenager on the street calls me fat? What if…..

 

My face is messed up to them…I was once told I looked like Rocky Dennis from the Mask…is that true?

My nose is huge… maybe a nose job is in order?

My mouth, oh my mouth I say too much too often and am so misunderstood plus are my teeth too yellow or not straight enough?

My breasts are so lopsided should I get a boob job like my crotch doctor suggested every single year during my breast exam?

My belly looks like bread dough, and not a small loaf, maybe a tummy tuck would make me feel better?

Don’t get me started on my ass.

My legs are full of dimples no matter how much I work out… I wonder if that cellulite cream really works?

My arms have so much loose skin should I really wear that tank in public?

 

Really? Really?

 

What do I gain by listening the voices of people who told me that my body… that has gotten me through this amazing 40 years so well… wasn’t good enough for their standards? Why in the world would I even care? Why would I not embrace my flaws and show the world I am more than a standard of beauty that is unrealistic and cruel? Why listen to the negative?

 

I also wonder if many people can see in themselves what I see before I think of comparing or judging myself based on the ideals of others? I sure hope so. Because each and every one of us with our dimples, and fat, and rolls, and bones, and freckles, and moles, and cellulite, and wrinkles, and flaws deserves to love themselves and all those imperfections!

 

So today I am going to forget the rest and be my best. I deserve happiness and I deserve to love all of me!  We all deserve it. We all think the same things and we all need to just stop trying to be something we are not to please others.  Look in the mirror and love what you see. It may take time but don’t give up. Keep at it. Eventually you will find that YOU with all of your flaws are so worthy of living a full satisfying life free from self doubt. You will excel. You will find the kind of happiness that can only come from looking in the mirror and loving what you see.  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BIG BIG LESSONS

I made this quite awhile ago. When I did I knew it was good. I was very inspired and it came out of me rather quickly.... I think about 15 minutes on my iPad with my finger and Sketchbook Pro. It is something I believe in immensely. Possibility.

What I didn't foresee was how this image would spread on the interenet. Notice I forgot to sign it...the watermark is on it now as a result of this.... I forget to sign my quick art a lot. I just get excited to share it. I love sharing. I love spreading my passion. I love giving happiness to others.

I do not love that my image is now found on a few sites without any credit at all to me. Well maybe not 100% because after all I didn't create this to seek attention I created it to express myself. To inspire others. To make people feel good. So when I see it pop up on various facebook inspiration pages or Pinterest it makes me smile even if no one knows it is mine.

But something happened last night. I listed this print as a digital download on etsy and posted it on my facebook. A friend mentioned that the Today show pinned it! How exciting right? They have quite a reach on Pinterest so that has to be a good thing right? Well hold the phone. Go to visit their board and there is no link at all to me. It links to someone who must have found my image on Flickr or my blog and downloaded it without crediting me on their pin. Then it got pinned and repinned and repinned and repinned furthering me from my work more and more with each pin. What baffles me is that ours news comes from this same source. They pinned without crediting me. What does that say about their trustworthiness ? Anyways my good friend made sure to link me on their board and all is fine with me there ... maybe this will lead to a Today show appearance??? I can hope.:)

So all this lead me to investigate my work a little more. I did a google search and found the image on tons of blogs. Again a little weird but no biggie...i like sharing. Then I opened a blog and it turned out to be a front for porn with my image ... great. Well as I searched more I came to my image in zazzle. Now I have a zazzle so I thought at first it was mine but.... no. Someone is selling my image as theirs. Now THIS makes me mad. Not the money thing I am not a material person but this is a violation of what I own. Fortunately it appears that the seller is not really selling a lot but it still burns me. Zazzle did nothing so I called. Now I am waiting for them to remove my items. I'm giving them a few more hours then I will call again. I also closed my Zazzle shop. The person claiming my art as theirs may be a deceitful bastard or maybe she is just a girl who doesn't really understand copyright. I'm guessing and hoping for the later.

Which brings me to the reason I am sharing this. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not assume that because you find visual art online that it is yours to do with whatever you choose. It is not. It belongs to someone. Someone who already struggles to make money. Someone who only wants to share their talent with the world and doesn't want their art to be tarnished by theft and deceit. When you pin make sure you are giving credit where it is due (I went through my pins today and made sure they are credited...I had to delete a few that weren't so I am just as guilty) Just respect the artist. It is not too much to ask.

And to my artist friends be careful. I am not going to let this stop me from sharing I will just be far more cautious with how and where I share. Oh and I will not forget to sign my work. :) I know you have all been yelling at me for years because I forget that but now I will listen. The Internet is wonderful and horrible at the same time. We just need to remember that when we share we share with a few bad apples who don't give a rats ass about who they screw. It sucks but it is reality.

All that being said this whole experience has also inspired me! Inspired me to create more and create better. After all my work was good enough to be stolen and featured on a porn site. Humor is all I got for that part. :) It was also good enough to be pinned by the Today Show! That's pretty awesome. If the world is so into my 10 minute sketches just wait until I unleash the rest of what is hiding in this crazy noggin of mine. Because it's good.

Be good to each other. Hug an artist today.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

When did that happen?

So I am a self admitted Internet junkie. Facebook is my crack .... along with maple syrup and sharpies ... but back to the Internet. It is a wonderful wonderful tool. The information is mind blowing. The world is really at our fingertips and that is, well, amazing. I have found friends, made friends, been inspired, been challenged, learned about myself and others and shared my work which has allowed me to partake in opportunities that would not have been possible just a few short years ago...again... AMAZING!

So here is my problem. The Internet has also been something else to me. Something very very different and actually the opposite of amazing. It has made me realize that we all have become very opinionated (NOT excluding myself at all!) and kind of mean when it comes to others. I try very hard to only post positive messages and share things that I feel really strongly about but I find myself being more and more bombarded with messages of negativity from friends who I don't want to think of that way.

I don't want to be seen that way. I don't want to put down others to pick myself up. I don't want to label a whole group of people to make myself feel better about my position on issues. I want to be able to talk without everyone taking it personally and I want to be able to do the same...because like everyone I do take things personally. I wonder if when I post my thoughts if there are people out there who thing that I am negative when really I try to always come from a place of understanding.
I want to not care and care all at the same time.

Do you get it?

So how do you get over this age of wayyyyy too much information? What have you done to speak your mind but still be kind? Is it possible to love each other and disagree completely? Some of my favorite friends have different opinions than I but we can talk about it and still respect each other.
Is there a way to do that online or do we just have to become numb to the negativity and like everything else in life just choose to see the good?

Share your thoughts please!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

So inspired.

When you get an email that instantly prompts you to create something....that is a friend worth keeping. This piece was just that. The fabulous Sallianne sent me an email that made me so happy to be a part of the fabulousness that she and Ellen put together at retreats all around the world called Art Is You. It is so amazing. I've been to a few different venues and none compare to these. There is a complete sense of family and being embraced like no place else ever. If you get a chance to take part in any of these fine events do not pass it up! It will change your life. Check the link for locations and dates....oh and see that fabulous artwork....it's mine. :)

Speaking of great events join me this Saturday from 9-3 for my wonderful friend Jaimie Danes country show.... Art in the Hollow. Jaimie makes amazingly colorful garden art and my other good friend Geri will be selling her equally amazing clothing from her company Gadjettes. Another artist Lisa will be selling her paintings. I will have jewelry...featuring my bird pendants on a linen cord for $10!!!!!!! I made 40 and once they are gone they are gone. I will also have leather cuffs, treasure necklaces and a mish mash of all sorts of goodies. The show is at Hidden Hallow Garden Art in New Holstein WI.... N1851 Orchard Road. Come .... I promise a good time. :) and if it rains I will dance in the rain with you. :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I am an artist.

I don't need to see my work on a fancy gallery wall nor do I need to sell out my workshops or paintings to know I am an artist.

I am an artist because I see beauty everywhere. In everything.

The way ice melts on a spring day, they way the clouds form during a storm, the stunning colors of the lake on a sunny day, the rust on a decaying shed and yes even the march of ants (not happy they are in my kitchen but still amazing and awesome and I was really sad I killed some of them)

I see the beauty in all those things and I HAVE to attempt to recreate that feeling in my own little way. Never do I come close to capturing the simplicity and splendor that happens naturally all around us. What I do is create something that I can keep as a reminder of the beauty of life.

I am an artist.