Inktober 2019

Creative Challenges, illustrations, Skulls

This year I had such aspirations for Inktober, with crazy thoughts of being able to complete these mini ink sketches in much more detail and dedicated time…buuuuuut life had other plans and let’s just say itโ€™s been a busy October: a couple bdays to make cakes for and throw parties, make Halloween costumes with the kids, school work, work work, training/courses, orange theory, soccer, other life things, not to mention getting a PUPPY!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Itโ€™s been a fun and interesting month that I am grateful for the experiences and this challenge!

Hope you enjoy my rushed attempt at finishing this year, clearly some pieces have been given a bit more love and attention than others haha but sometimes you just gotta let go and practice the mantra of โ€œfinished, not perfectโ€ โ€” @jakeparker

Overall it was still a fun challenge and I am happy I was able to complete this year (unlike last year lol). Itโ€™s a fun refresh and the kick in the pants I needed to get me into drawing again! Something I love to do, but do not prioritize enough!

Inktober 2019 โœ…

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @noelle_fontaine to stay up-to-date on my latest projects!

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why I’m opting out of the 2019 YEG Artwalk

Events, illustrations, Redbubble Shop, Uncategorized

This would have been my third consecutive year participating in the YEG Artwalk as an artist. It is a terrifying, interesting and rewarding experience to display your work to the world…in PEOPLE!

Like many anti-social/socially awkward creatives, myself included, events like this can be very daunting and difficult. You are literally putting your creative expression out there for people to see, judge, purchase, compliment or straight up trash talk – except this time it’s in person and not so easy to block trolls – but hey, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…right? I see situations like this worth all the horrible anxiety ridden feelings it gives me, only because I know it’s all apart of my personal growth and learning experiences…at least thats what I keep telling myself in hopes those feelings will eventually disappear.

Now don’t get me wrong, these jittery feelings of anxiety and judgment are not the reason I have chosen to opt our of the 2019 YEG Artwalk.

A lot has happened over the last little while, if you follow my instagram you would have seen a glimpse of all the things; though lately, I’ve been a little MIA there as well – life’s been busy, but in a good way.

I guess the short of it is *takes deep breath*:

  1. I started a new, full time job in communications (late January ofย 2018) that allowed me to submit for the IABC Capital Awards two years in a row – am now two for two on awards of excellence, which is something I never considered in my professional career, so its pree neat!
  2. With this new position is a new career path. I do get to design a fair amount still, so thats happy, there is/was lot of new things to learn. With that said, I am grateful this job gives me the opportunity to take courses for professional development. So far, I have completed a Communications 101 course and recently started a course on Interpersonal Communications.
  3. I rebranded my business, which required some updating on various online platforms, etc.
  4. Re-opened/trying to managing my Etsy and Redbubble shops.
  5. Still working freelance on the side, which fills up the time slots.
  6. Bought a house last summer and moved in early in the fall, and did minor “renos” (painting mostly), but are still not fully set up, and there is other work to be done. Not to mention, we still have boxes upon boxes to go through/organize in the garage, as well as in the basement ๐Ÿ˜›
  7. Can’t forget about all the other, personal things (growing families, weddings, friends visiting, etc.) happening, and all the crazy things life offers in general.
  8. I decided to not burn myself out this year – though it may not seem that way, but I am planning on taking 2 weeks off work in the summer, so theres that! *cough – i’m a workaholic – cough* – baby steps ๐Ÿ™‚

With all this going on, it feels like there is not enough time to experiment with painting and other creative outlets. Not being able to create, let alone prepare for Artwalk, has left me a bit tired and unmotivated. Plus, it wouldn’t be fair to potential patrons (or myself) to try and slap a booth together – I aint about that half-assery!

For now I shall push on, re-evaluate how/if I will be able to continue to do all things and prioritize what is important to me and where to invest my time…once the summer is over…or once we have our house in order…whatever comes first, that’s when I’ll do the thing – I swear!

So there you have it, I am officially opting out of the yeg artwalk this year – life is just too busy at the moment. That said, ideas have been marinating in my brain meat for a while now, and I am excited to create a “plan of attack” for next year! *is determined*

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank You Artwalk 2018

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Another @yegartwalk in the books, 2nd year in a row ๐Ÿ˜Š thank you to everyone that came out to support me and the other artists this year! #yegartwalk #yegartwalk2018 #artwalk #artist #supportlocal #thankyou #thanksforthesupport #thanksforcoming

 

Thank You Artwalk 2018

Events

Another @yegartwalk in the books, 2nd year in a row ๐Ÿ˜Š thank you to everyone that came out to support me and the other artists this year! #yegartwalk #yegartwalk2018 #artwalk #artist #supportlocal #thankyou #thabksforthesupport #thabksforcoming

YEG Artwalk Day 3 2018 – Last Day!

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Today is the last day of Artwalk! Come out and say hi and get yourself, or someone else, some unique wall candy!!

Same location as yesterday, just off Whyte on Calgary Trail (104st) by @starbuckscanada

YEG Artwalk Day 3 2018 – Last Day!

Events

Today is the last day of Artwalk! Come out and say hi and get yourself, or someone else, some unique wall candy!!

Same location as yesterday, just off Whyte on Calgary Trail (104st) by @starbuckscanada

YEG Artwalk Day Two 2018

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@yegartwalk day 2, come and check it out! I am located just off Whyte, kitty-corner to @starbuckscanada on Calgary Trail (104st). #yeg #yegartwalk #yegartwalk2018 #art #artists #whtyeave #originalwork #watercolour #ink #watercolor #illustration #canvas #prints

YEG Artwalk Day One 2018

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All set up! Today you can find me in front of O2โ€™s tap house hut off Whyte! @yegartwalk #yegartwalk #artwalk #artists #art

YEG Artwalk Day One 2018

Events

All set up! Today you can find me in front of O2โ€™s tap house hut off Whyte! @yegartwalk #yegartwalk #artwalk #artists #art

YEG ARTWALK 2018

Events, illustrations, Uncategorized

I will be participating in the YEG Artwalk for the second time this year, July 6 – 8th from 10am – 5pm, be sure to come out and say hi!

I am very excited to be participating for the second year in a row. You can find my bio, and many other talented participants, on the YEG Artwalk Webpage. I will be located in the tent area just off Whyte (82) Ave, down Calgary Trail (104 St) – between “D” and “F” on the below map.

Hope to see you there!