Love, Lydia - Notes from a geeky, plus sized artist.: Day 1

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 1

Hello everyone!

Today's the first of January and the first day of my Art For All Year project.  The goal of the project is to create at least one new work of art each week.  I have a Kickstarter set to go once all the financial information is confirmed.  (They have to make sure I'm me!)  And if this Kickstarter reaches its higher goal I would even be able to make a piece of art for every day of the year.

I'm really excited about this because I love creating new pieces, but lately have had trouble doing so because I feel split between ensuring we have the money needed to pay bills and making the art I love.

So, a bit about me for those of you hearing about me for the first time, or just hearing more in general:

I am originally from Roanoke, Virginia
I  discovered my love of art in the photo labs at Virginia Western Community College
I was part of the class of 2010 at Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio earning a BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History
I worked for LEGO during my time in Ohio
I briefly attended Hollins University as a graduate student where I learned Latin and started making collages
I worked two fabulous summers at Camp Winnebago in Maine, teaching photography
In 2012 I got married and moved to Raleigh, NC where I've been creating my art ever since.

While 2013 was a fantastic year for my personal life I seemed to have taken a step back from my art.  2014 is a year where I am aiming to change this.  Beyond simply creating art I want to make connections and break into the local art scene.  I'd love to show my art in other cities and parts of the world too, and hope to fund the entries to 6-24 shows this year.

Tune in tomorrow for an update on my first piece of the year.  Thanks for reading!

Love, Lydia


  1. This past summer I opted a similar goal of a new piece a week. This kind of got sidelined given how meticulous I am when it comes to finished work and I altered the plan to accommodate a new piece every other week. After my Christmas cards took over a month to make, I made a New Years resolution to at least have a blog post a week even if it wasn't a finished work. Upload stuff like sketches, inspiration, recommendations, that sort of thing. We'll see how that goes soon enough.

    Heres hoping your efforts are more rewarding.

    1. Indeed, I can understand where you're coming from about being meticulous. I think I ended up spending about 12 hours working on my video. And it's not even 2 minutes long! I think I can keep up with a piece a week without too much problem, since I tend to work on a small scale often. If I'm able to do a piece for every day that's where the real challenge will come in. So far I'm really enjoying blogging though, and will definitely be adding more fun things to my blog. Even if the Kickstarter doesn't get full funding I think the blog will have been a great thing to get started. I honestly like writing when I'm free to write what I that college papers are all finished with!

      Thanks for the good wishes!