Sunday, June 26, 2016

Painting in the Park: My Plein Air Paintings (Part One)

This summer I've been having a lot of fun in downtown Chicago taking a class through the Art Institute's continuing education program. The class is a plein air painting class that takes place in various parks around the city. We start a new painting every class (it meets twice a week for three hours a class) so they're not completely finished works, but I wanted to show off some of the things I've been working on in my class.


I've had a lot of crazy experiences being in the city by myself, but I think it's worth it for the quantity of work I'm creating that I'll be able to go back into and complete later. The painting shown above is one that I'm pretty proud of. It's not very obvious, but this is in Grant Park with the sailboats on Lake Michigan in the background. Since my boyfriend is a little obsessed with sailboats, I want to go back to this spot later on and do a painting that focuses on the sailboats so I can give it to him when I get back up to college.


This painting is also done in Grant Park and the photo was an in progress one, so it's actually a bit further along than shown. A couple that was walking by offered to buy this particular painting, but it wasn't nearly done and I didn't want to part with it yet. My brother is still bothering me about how I gave up a chance to make some money off of my artwork.

These paintings are acrylic paint because I take the train into the city, so carrying solvents for oil paint isn't that convenient and oils don't dry fast enough for me to carry the paintings back home at the end of class. I'm having a good time working with acrylics and while they aren't as traditional as oils, they're working for me at this point in my art career in terms of convenience.

For my painting class, I had to buy a whole bunch of fancy new art supplies that I was super excited about. I may be doing some product reviews of the new supplies in future blog posts, so be on the look out for those. I'm also going to make sure that I take some photos of my other paintings from class to share them with you guys because I'm just having a really fun time painting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer Agendas 2016-17

If you've been reading my blog for a while or if you know me in person, it's quite obvious how much I love my Lilly Pulitzer agenda. Well, it's getting to that point in the year where I still have a few months left in my current agenda but the new ones were just released. Counting all the different sizes and patterns they have 17 choices to pick from including, my go-to, the large agenda.

The Lilly Pulitzer website describes the new agenda collection as follows:
The Lilly Pulitzer Agenda has been a staple in your tote for years. Our printed planners are more than just a place to record your busy social life - they are sources of constant smiles, helpful hints and of course, STICKERS. These agendas are uniquely Lilly and each page is hand painted and special, just like all of our prints. A 2016-2017 Planner is the perfect way to start the year off on the right foot.
The small sized agendas are $18, the medium are  $24, the large are $30 and the jumbo are $35. Something that they may have had in previous years, but I just saw now are the monthly planners which just give a week by week layout instead of a day by day, are $22.

I'm super excited and still debating on which pattern to get! My top choices are Southern Charm (The image on the left) and Lover's Coral (The image on the right). I'm so torn, so help me choose by commenting your favorite below.

If you happen to get yourself one of the new agendas, I'd love to hear which pattern and size you chose!

These agendas are perfect for me while I'm away at college because the large size has enough room for my homework, class times, social schedule and anything else that may pop up. I love accessorizing my planner with stickers on the inside as you may have seen in my previous Lilly Pulitzer agenda review.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hello Again!

Hello again dear readers,

If you hadn't been paying attention, this is my return from a pretty long hiatus from blogging. I want to say that was from a number of things, but to be quite honest with you, the leading cause was probably laziness. Now that it's Summer and I'm realizing how much time I really have on my hands, I've decided to come back with new focus. You'll still be receiving some of my much-needed terrible humor, some questionable outfit pairings and things that I like, but this blog will also be partially shifting over as a place to share the art that I've been working on.

I'm going to keep this post short even though I could likely type you all into oblivion, thanks for stopping by whether this be your first time visiting Constantly Katelyn or your hundredth.