is it Y2K? I'm starting a Blog!

my living room studio in a slight bit of disarray

my living room studio in a slight bit of disarray

Im like a decade too late for the blog hype but I want to use blogging as a way to journal about my practice. I am in a really interesting and exciting place where I feel myself taking a turn with my work- I think blogging could help me to stay accountable with my goals for my painting/illustration practice as well as potentially connect me with others going through similar things in their own practice.  

So, WELCOME! My name is Lindsay Stripling, I am an artist living in San Francisco where I work full time as a restaurant manager and server as well as art teacher for adult workshops. I primarily work with watercolors and gouache on paper, but this year has been a year of experiments, and diving head first into trying new things. So I also mess around with acrylics, inks and do a lot of drawing. I have been fostering a decent art career the last two years as an artist, doing shows across the country as well as dabbling in some illustration/commissioned work. What I would really like to get into as I move through this year is more editorial and children's lit illustration. I love the idea of illustrating stories and literature and working along side a writer or possibly being the writer as well- my work is always inspired by narrative and story. I love when the narrative is slightly surreal, magical and kind of creepy and it would be so rad to be able to start working more with an agency or publishing house. In order to get there though I feel like I need to create a few more images for my portfolio to kind of make my work stand out and be cohesive. We artists are crazy, its never enough, constantly pushing towards the next goal.

This will be my 4th time showing work at ETA20 in New Hampshire. Acrylic on wood panel.

This will be my 4th time showing work at ETA20 in New Hampshire. Acrylic on wood panel.

working upside down in order to reach those hard to paint places.

working upside down in order to reach those hard to paint places.

Above are a few things I have going on in my studio right now- the small panels on the left are three of six small paintings headed to Enormous Tiny Art show in New Hampshire. I love working with this show- its always so fun, and since I don't normally work this small I use it as a way to work through ideas of what I want to be working on and also experiment. I've used acrylic and matte medium on these guys and I am having a lot of fun with layering and getting messy- something that I do a little differently with my watercolors, theres usually a lot more control when I work on paper. On the above right picture I'm working in a style that is mine but using a method that I haven't used in awhile. I usually paint with watercolors in a more spontaneous way- allowing it to be more intuitive and the narrative to work itself out as I work through the piece, this practice has proven to become a little stagnant and difficult for me though and I find I want to be more intentional. In this particular painting I used some of the sketches Ive been working on and diligently pre drew everything before painting- seriously so hard for me! People who are patient enough to do that blow me away, but I am trying to challenge myself and develop my own language and narrative- a large part of that is sketching and drawing before putting down any paint. 

Anyway, I have a few upcoming projects, like the Bad Dads show in November at Spoke Art, as well as SF Zine Fest on Sept. 4th. I'm hoping to have a new enamel pin, some new business cards as well as a few new zines and tiny prints to show for. I think I will post on here once a week on Sundays- so in the meantime check out my instagram (@lindsayvictorialee) for in process stuff, I've been using their new stories portion of the app to post more materials related advice etc, and I'm on tumblr documenting art and things I find inspiring. I'll leave you with a sketchbook excerpt.

Blackwing pencils are my kryptonite.

Blackwing pencils are my kryptonite.