DW discusses // interview on creative index + a giveaway!

the postcard project, diana willard

One of my favorite parts of having a blog is all the lovely people you meet through it.

I've admired the beautiful design work of Jess of Creative Index for some time now, so I was beyond delighted that she wanted to interview me about my art + art process. Yay yay yay!

You can take a peek at the interview here. In it, I discuss important matters such as:

  • The best kind of paint for impatient people

  • Why I'm kind of glad I broke our mirror, and what I put in its place

  • All the ways in which chocolate fulfills me

  • And so much more mildly embarrassing goodness

Plus, hop on over there to find out how you can win one of my framed postcard paintings! (Hint: it has something to do with the photo above!)

Have a great rest of your week, friends. Hang in there -- it's almost Friday!

xo Diana

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The Postcard Project // first looks at my new painting collection

the postcard project, diana willard

Can I tell you all a secret?

(I'm going to assume yes here.)

I started tearing up when I wrote about each of the paintings in this new series of mine.

the postcard project, diana willard

I don't usually do this when it comes to my art, but as I set out to write the little secret message that will go out with each of my painted postcards, I became choked up.

I was staring at each card, thinking about the setting I'd painted and the month I'd named it after.

And thinking about what that place and that month means for me.

the postcard project, diana willard

Some months were naturally bright and cheery. My birthday month. Major holidays. The start of summer. (I love summer.)

But some months were more bittersweet for me. Major moves or changes in my life. Losing friends or passing through a dark period in my life. Coming out the other side bruised, but stronger.

the postcard project, diana willard

I was originally going to tell you how amazingly excited I am to finally get to share these little paintings with you all (I am!), and how awesome they are, and how I hope you love them too.

But I realized that, at least for me, the power in them is in their quiet reflection. They are a tiny window onto a scene. A place for each of us to take a moment and think back to another time or place that was (or maybe still is) significant, that shaped us into who we are today.

the postcard project, diana willard

So while I do hope you love these postcards, I hope more that you can take a quiet moment out of your day to take a look at them and think about some of the places and memories that are most powerful for you.

the postcard project, diana willard

You can find the full collection here.

Have a lovely week everyone!

xo Diana

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WEEKLY WISHES 08 // time to launch!

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Is it really Monday already??

This weekend two of my college roommates were in town, so the three of us and our fourth roommate who lives in the area all met up for a mini-reunion. It was a bit crazy, since we had only one hour together before one of them had to rush off to the airport, but it was so great to get to see each other!

Aside from that, it was a working weekend for both S and me. In case you missed my last post, I shared that my newest painting series is coming out this week! You can take a look at the paintings here, but I'll be writing more about them and what they mean to me tomorrow. (Spoiler: it gets a little emotional!)

On to the weekly wishes!

LAST WEEK'S WISHES

  1. Prepare my new painting series for its launch! YES! I have a couple of last-minute things to put together, but we are set to go for tomorrow.

  2. Thirty minutes exercise every day. Sigh. . . let's roll this one over to this week.

  3. Set aside one hour a day to work on my Python course. I was really excited about this one, but ended up not doing it as I got caught up in my new painting series (actually a good sign). I'm putting this one on hold, but do want to get back to it soon.

THIS WEEK'S WISHES

  1. Launch my new paintings! The paintings are ready, their website is ready, but am I? Gulp! This is my first time really launching anything, so I'd love any tips you all might have!

  2. Thirty minutes exercise every day. Come on, Diana!

And that's it. Should be easy enough, right? :) Right.

Best of luck with all your goals this week!

xo Diana

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Art Process 12 // little moments

postcard project mood board, diana willard

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine

I've mentioned a couple of times on Instagram that I'm working on a new painting series. Top secret. Coming soon. (Er. . . see a sneek peek here, since I obviously cannot keep these things to myself!)

So instead of revealing even more of the project before the big reveal (control yourself, Diana!), I decided to share a bit about the backstory and process.

A lot of this year has been about experimenting with my art. What works for me? What resonates with other people? What do I want or need my art to be about?

At my open studio a couple of weeks ago, several things clicked for me:

  • I want my art to be more accessible.

The more people who can fall in love with a piece and give it a place in their house, the happier I am. For some people, original art may be too expensive, or too big, or too intimidating to consider purchasing. I want to change that.

  • I want my art to be about more than "this is pretty!"

(Although I want that too!)

  • There is something really enjoyable about holding a beautiful little item in your hands.

And so I set out to change things up.

To make something small, and beautiful, and meaningful.

Something I would enjoy sharing, discussing, and giving to my loved ones.

I searched out different places and stories and memories that were meaningful to me. And I collected some of my favorites into a lovely, pocket-sized series.

My little mementos.

I'm so excited to get to share them with you soon. I hope they brighten your day (or even your home!) and make you remember your own little mementos.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

xo Diana

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WEEKLY WISHES 07 // It's that time of year...

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

This weekend, S and I drove up to Tomales Bay for a friend's birthday party at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company. It's a fun picnic area with grills where you can cook the local shellfish they sell. I had a blast and even tried a raw oyster for the first time -- let's just say that was an experience. :) (Sidenote: if you do end up going, it seemed like it was a wise decision to make a reservation well in advance. Yes, for a picnic table.)

On to this week! Last week was fairly lackluster (in which I spent most of the week recovering from my open studios), but I'm back and feeling much revived and excited to get back into the studio. So without further ado, this week's wishes:

WEEKLY WISHES

  1. Prepare my new painting series for its launch! After my open studios, I had something of a brain wave, and suddenly was bursting with new ideas. But that's all for nothing if I don't do anything with them, right? This is definitely the big goal for the week as I hope to be ready for launch by next Monday. I'm working through the Designed to Sell guide to creating and launching a product, which so far I really like. Have any of you used it, or have other great resources to share?

  2. Thirty minutes exercise every day. Always a goal, not always accomplished. Let's do this!

  3. Set aside one hour a day to work on my Python course. I began working my way through Learn Python The Hard Way after finishing a Codecademy course in Python and really enjoying it. My husband is a software engineer, so this goal is partly to be able to talk to him more fluently about his work, and partly to have a super left-brain project to work on. Sometimes after painting I like to work on something with a bit more rules!

Do you guys ever find you need mentally take a break from the type of work you do all day? What types of things do you do to exercise other parts of your brain?

Good luck with your goals this week!

xo Diana

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