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My grandma passed away a couple of months ago now. She was 104 and she always amazed me with her determination to live life to the fullest and have fun no matter what was happening or how old she was.
She never wanted to think she was getting older or feel like she was losing her independence so she kept life happening for as long as she possibly could before old age got the better of her.
She passed peacefully and her send off was a celebration of all her accomplishments and life experiences and, boy, they were grand. To name a couple, she had her 8th child at 46, she took a voyage on a Mediterranean cruise at 95, and also volunteered at a hospice thrift shop in her 90’s until she was 100. Of course there’s more but that is just a little snapshot to show you that she never let the grass never grow under her feet.
I do believe her young-at-heart spirit and playful outlook, kept her going for so many years and is what kept her mind healthy. The evidence of this may not necessarily be set in stone as fact but the studies that have been conducted state that feeling younger may lead to better health habits which in turn, helps you live longer. Makes sense.
Study or not though, this is a philosophy I believe in personally and try to practice as much as possible in my life because it just feels good to explore new things, be silly, get curious, and to not to take life so seriously sometimes. I also believe that everyone needs that. Just because we're adults, doesn't mean we have to be grown up at all times, right? NO! (That's just me though :) )
This concept serves as the foundation and inspiration for my design work as well which I hope to transfer to everyone that buys a little something from me. Whether it’s a gift for someone or a gift for yourself, my goal is to make you feel silly, happy, or help you brush off the icky things in life. That's what my "Design at play" tagline is all about.
So tell me, what’s your secret to life? What inspires you? What keeps you going?
I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
I launched a colourful new sticker pack today inspired by my 3 Ring Circus art print I illustrated last year and my youthful obsession with candy.
These guys are 3 in the first (of possibly many) volume(s) of quirky ring pop characters and only 50 sets are available.
I've also made available a one-of art print that you can purchase with a sticker pack complete with stamp of authenticity, signature, and edition number.
Check out my Etsy shop for more details and let me know what other stickers pack YOU want to see in the comments below.
I was super stoked to be a part of the last event at Hot Art Wet City (HAWC) called Carded. This Smart Ass was my submission and I was lucky to be 1/50 artists selected to have their art printed on trading cards.
I'm a bit of an introvert, even though I have some extroverted qualities, so sparking conversations with people I don't know is sometimes tough for me. However, these kind of events are a little more than your usual mix and mingle since we're all trying to hustle for the cards we want. I love connecting with the artists and, of course, the collectors who seek me out for a signature or trade. I also do some seeking as well when I get a card that I just have to get signed. I turn into a fan girl, running around trying to find the artist for a signature and meet and greet. That's when it gets fun.
I met some really great people at this one - as usual - and they always impress so I'm hoping they don't die with the closure of HAWC. Time will tell.
This Smart Ass is a part of a larger series I've illustrated and can be found in multiple shops in the form of art prints, mugs, shirts, plaques and more. So head over to my main page and you'll be directed to where to find them.