It’s been a quiet summer in the studio, so far. Some interesting design work, some trend research, a wonderful trip, and some belated spring cleaning – both online and in the studio.
Detail of “Ophelia” by Millais. Tate Britain.
Art-wise, I’ve been doing mostly graphic design work this year. Designs for bigger companies are often very hush-hush, so competitors won’t get the jump on new ideas and collections.
But a few products I’ve worked on this spring are already in stores, so I hope to feature them soon. Watch for them in a future post.
The Musches Abroad!
The most exciting thing was our early June trip to London and Paris! I didn’t get much drawing done, but I returned refreshed and inspired. Plus it was fun to dust off my rusty French skills and try them out on complete strangers.
There is just so much art and history in Europe, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but my husband and I decided to skim or skip some “typical” places in order to fit in more off-the-beaten-path stops.
Statue of a young woman, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
For example: ogling the Pre-Raphaelites at the Tate Britain instead of fighting crowds at the National Gallery in London (see the gorgeous Millais painting, above).
And in Paris, we did the obligatory minimum time at the Louvre, but lavished most of a day at the Musée d’Orsay — less world-famous, but definitely a world-class museum. They had an entire hall of Symbolists (which I love), and all the Impressionists you could possibly want.
Later we spent a whole morning wandering Père Lachaise cemetery discovering gorgeous angels tucked everywhere. Magnifique!
Belated Spring Cleaning – For My Website
My updated logo for BJCM Studio!
This week’s big task: updating my bjcmstudio.com website. It’s subtle: I’ve tweaked my logo, changed out my buttons and sliders for fresh images, and added some a few pieces of new artwork. A lot of the work has been behind-the-scenes, dealing with issues that were bogging down the site while still letting me showcase lots of artwork. I’m not fully done, but already the main pages load MUCH faster! As I go back and optimize the galleries over the next week, they should load faster too. Then I can tackle this blog…
Somewhere in there I will fit all the life-tasks that need to be jigsawed in between work and fun: take the cat to the vet, make a grocery run, go to a baby shower, etc. Still, I may be losing my French, but I’m catching my breath!