"Your Grass Is Greener" WIP

Alright! So I spent a few grueling hours over this weekend working on an embroidery piece for Light Gallery + Studio's Fiber Arts exhibition for Art Downtown. Starts Saturday, April 8th and noon! But the exhibition will be up for a month in the space.

Thought it would be fun to document the process and share a few pictures from the week! But first, a little about the piece itself:

I wanted to take an opportunity to express the woman v. woman hostility and aggression that has become so prevalent in our culture today. Embroidery is a traditionally feminine craft and the imagery used reflects both the feminine quality of the medium and symbols of envy.

This is the first step of the process, I brain storm in my sketchbook, decide on a final design and draw it onto the canvas with disappearing ink.

This is the first step of the process, I brain storm in my sketchbook, decide on a final design and draw it onto the canvas with disappearing ink.

A shot of the "guts" (back of the piece) and the front of the other, both in progress. I like to work one color at a time. The palette was established around greed and jealousy, yellow and green have been categorized as the color of envy for years.

A shot of the "guts" (back of the piece) and the front of the other, both in progress. I like to work one color at a time. The palette was established around greed and jealousy, yellow and green have been categorized as the color of envy for years.

The whole piece together and hung on the wall!

The whole piece together and hung on the wall!

Thank you so much to Light Gallery + Studio for the opportunity. Can't wait for the things to come. Stay tuned for my next WIP. Up next is a window design for Stella's Lounge honoring The Drunken Retort's 4th anniversary show April 24th.

Until next time, stay spooky!

March Went Out Like a Lion

Afternoon pretty kitties,

Apologies for the absence in the past few weeks. March has kept me much busier than expected. Not only did I pick up another commission for Stella's Lounge, providing a window display, but another opportunity has arisen to work with Light Gallery + Studio for their Art Downtown 2017 fiber arts show in early April. Eclectic Imprint has asked me to produce another cover in the near future as well. After this post I will be updating my website with completed works. 

I'm challenging myself to think about my process more and take more in progress pictures. I'll be posting another entry soon, as I start working on my new piece for Art Downtown, and hopefully more consistent entries after that. Being an artist is hard and having the self motivation is sometimes a struggle, actually, it's always a struggle. But the reward is always worth the effort. Art has a way of healing and refocusing for me that has always drawn me to it and brought me back when I felt lost.

Until next time, stay spooky

Busy Beaver

Good Morning? Night? Hello!

Staying busy as a bee in the past week!

I found a space in First Friday's: Ctrl+Alt+Create! I will be posting the pieces early next week after the show goes up, until then look forward to the three pieces I have in the works! Finding a lot of inspiration in graphic work lately.

Picked up a new commission as well, Eclectic Imprint is releasing an EP by one if its artists and has asked me to create a cover for the album. Expect to see the project at the end of March and keep and eye on social media for sneak peeks!

I ask good vibes for your girl in the next couple weeks as well! I'm applying for a creative internship with my company and couldn't be more excited about the opportunity. They have an open call for artists so I'm sure the competition will be stiff. 

With so many projects in the works be sure to follow my social medias to keep and eye on progress. I've added a couple new sections to the side bar of the page as well. A calendar to keep track of blog updates, and a donate button where all of the proceeds go to support my projects.

Thanks for dropping in. Until next time, stay spooky 

Getting the Ball Rolling

I'm finding that as I grow older I develop a pattern. Idea, sketch, concept, think tank, then repeat. I never actually pull the trigger on my projects. 

Well no longer! As I look forward to the 2017 year, me and my trusty "to-do" list notebook are going to finally start putting plans into action. Here's what to look forward to from KGoss Illustrations in 2017:

  • once (at minimum) weekly blog entries, ranging from feelings, to sketches, to WIP updates.
  • shop opening and production on patches, mugs, stickers, shirts and more
  • group shows with a new team of badass babes I've gotten together to form a collective of powerful women artists
  • secret special surprises I could tell you about, but then I would have to kill you

Looking forward to a positive and productive year. After a few miss steps and lots of personal growth, it's time to get the ball rolling and go back to what I love, creating.

Thanks for the read, follow along with my progress here and on all of my social medias (located in the menu bar).

Until next time, stay spooky