new painting in progress…

I don’t want to share the whole thing yet because I want to surprise someone! so here’s a little peek at a new painting…

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full piece will be posted soon! I like it so much I think I’m going to put it in my shop as a print in June… it feels like a June painting :)

I’m currently in crazy planning mode for the year- what pieces I want to make and when I want to release them and attempting a real marketing plan. I’m excited about all the creating!

xo, Michelle

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I choose you: Karissa + Andrew’s wedding video (by me!)

I have a lot of ways that I release my creativity. One of my hobbies since I was 18 is to create videos. I love film and cinema and artistically capturing moments and putting them together the way it feels in your memory. Music is a huge part of that process. I love the poetry of music + film.

So one of my best friends (since 6th grade!), Karissa, knew this hobby of mine and hired me to be her videographer for her wedding. I LOVED doing it. It was a ton of work, but knowing that she & her new lovely husband, Andrew, have their wedding to re-live for the rest of their lives because of the way I captured them is a wonderful feeling.

This is their beautiful wedding from November 8th, 2014… I hope you are inspired by their sweet love. 

 

music is from Sara Bareilles (I Choose You), Coldplay (A Sky Full of Stars), and Taylor Swift (Shake It Off).

xo, Michelle

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happy 2015!

how it got to be 2015, I have no idea. I’ve finally gotten some time off since Christmas, and it was so necessary after such a busy Autumn. I’m quite relieved I can be really introverted again. I spent today journal writing, deeply reflecting on 2014 and planning 2015. Although it’s daunting, I really love having creative control over my life. Dreaming and then building; it’s a very natural process for me.

I have what feels like a million goals and tasks for this year, both personally and professionally, but here’s what I’m focusing on in 2015:

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For Mary & Luna, my focus will always be growth and evolution. I will continue to create art that I love, and I will continue to capture childhood through my camera. I hope my art and photography reach more people this year. 2014 was very challenging for me to balance life and work, but for my first full year in business, I suppose it went considerably well! I had a list of big things I wanted to do for Mary & Luna in 2014, and I did 4 out of 5, so I’m happy with that! Onto planning the big stuff for each month of 2015 now!

I hope you all embrace the refreshing feeling of a new year and use it to build the life you’re dreaming of. 

xo, Michelle

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scraps of progress

I’ve been working on lots of things and haven’t had a chance to decide what to blog!

Here are some in-progress pieces…

Working on this custom piece for my friend's baby boy due this fall. Lost Boys from Peter Pan themed!

Working on this custom piece for my friend’s baby boy due this fall. Lost Boys from Peter Pan themed!

re-designing this original piece that I did that I never quite decided what medium I wanted to use.

re-designing this original piece that I did that I never quite decided what medium I wanted to use.

practicing my calligraphy and playing with a new set of watercolors & watercolor paper.

practicing my calligraphy and playing with a new set of watercolors & watercolor paper.

a little 4th of July themed piece.

a little 4th of July themed piece.

I’m working on putting together a content calendar for this blog so that I make sure my posts are worth viewing. I’m working on a marketing plan. I’m planning a couple photoshoots. I’m organizing a bunch of business information so that I have a visual map to follow when I get overwhelmed or lost. I’m brainstorming future pieces. I’m all-around still figuring out how to be a professional artist, and I have a suspicion that I always will be…

xo, Michelle

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See my art in
my Etsy shop or on maryandluna.com

 

little pieces: my new way of doodling.

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I came across this quote some time ago & wanted to write it because it felt so true for me.

And I quite like this little habit I’ve formed of making little 4×6 pieces as a kind of a doodle/creative release for me, to share with you in between the bigger pieces I make. I’ve categorized my past ones under “little pieces.”

xo, Michelle

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Off to Neverland!

 

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I celebrated my 24th birthday this weekend. I can’t quite wrap my head around 24 years of life & don’t have words yet (I just seem to cry a lot because I have such a hard time with time passing and growing up and everyone getting older). So I decided to make a happy list.

Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories ever written. J.M. Barrie is brilliant. And I absolutely love children’s literature. The book, the Disney movie, all the stories inspired by Peter Pan, illustrations; I love it all.

24 reasons I love Peter Pan: 

1. The “never grow up” concept. Childhood in general.

2. London. The Bloomsbury neighborhood is a DREAM.

3. A whole world in a star, in the sky?! LOVE.

4. The Darling children’s, Peter’s, & the lost boys’ love of stories

5. The beginning of the story takes place during nighttime, my favorite time.

6. FLYING. I want to fly (not in a plane) so badly!

7. Living in a tree/ a whole tree house underground.

8. The sense of adventure and exploration and play.

9. All the sections of Neverland (mermaids, Indians, pirates). They’re so timeless and classic in storytelling.

10. Fairies!

11. Michael Darling in the Disney movie is the cutest child. Ever.

12. Tiger Lily is so great. And her name is even better.

13. The Lost Boys. The concept of lost/abandoned children finding a home.

14. The map of Neverland. I love maps. And I love Neverland.

15. Peter Pan & Tinkerbell’s partnership. And Peter & Wendy’s friendship.

16. The need for a mother’s love.

17.  “So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned.”

18. “To live will be an awfully big adventure.”

19.  “I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”

20. “I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.”

21. “You just think lovely wonderful thoughts,” Peter explained, “and they lift you up in the air.”

22. “Would you like an adventure now,” he said casually to John, “or would you like to have your tea first?”

23. “On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.”

24. The overall scenery and aesthetic and imagination and fantasy. It’s all my dream world. Neverland is the place my mind drifts to escape from real life.

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xo, Michelle

P.S. A reminder that I have a rather new print for sale in my Etsy shop: Wanderlust :)

“Grace, not perfection.”

A few years ago, I read this quote and it stuck with me. This week, I felt the need to handwrite it and paint.

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I am trying the best I can to be the best I can be. Sometimes my own head and body get in the way. I can’t churn out artwork as frequently as some artists I follow. I’m still new to learning business and I’m constantly trying to absorb more information about it. I’m still learning how to balance art and business. I’m still trying to set up a lifestyle that works for me, day-to-day. I have days where I just need to zone out and do nothing. I’m constantly afraid of my past anxiety taking over with full force again if I push myself too hard. I’m still figuring out how I want my business and my internet presence to be, because I’m in introvert and I simply cannot post something everyday; I have a need to reflect and be deliberate with what I share. I juggle my art business and life and my part-time babysitting jobs. I know that’s how my life will continue to be, so I’m doing the absolute best I can sanely do to establish habits and a workflow that work for me.

I find myself often feeling like I’m not doing enough, despite constantly checking things off my to-do list. I guess I have high standards and hopes for myself. I’ve always been a little overly ambitious but a little bit lazy. I know I’m capable, so I strive for perfection. I always have. And sometimes that’s good- it’s motivating. But sometimes it’s horrible for my emotional well-being. Nothing is perfect. Perfection is something people perceive from the outside, and the person who created it or the person living in it never believes it’s perfect.

So I’m always making an effort to focus on the gracefulness of what I’m doing. Am I creating pieces I love? Am I doing the best I can? Am I presenting a message and a presence I want to present to the world? Am I being deliberate and cohesive and consistent? Am I presenting my work gently and gracefully, not abrasively and desperately? I am working within myself to do things with grace (not in a religious way, but in a refined, gentle, smooth way). I will strive to create work & a life that I’m proud of, and I will strive to be graceful in my actions in all areas of my life. I will always do the best I can, and try to accept that it will rarely be perfect in my eyes.

Whomever is reading this, please never hesitate to share any thoughts with me. I’d love to know what you’re thinking :)

xo, Michelle

P.S. Forgot to announce that I re-designed my website quite a bit. Go see the new layout and some new content: www.maryandluna.com