regular old things

I've been thinking about stories
and painting
and simplicity
and color.

I left the Squam Workshops inspired to challenge my artistic self and to be less inhibited, which has led to much thinking and writing and a few diagrams. All of these thoughts and notes keep taking me back to the same thing that led me to make my first Story Stone.

I am hopelessly inspired by the mundane.

The other evening, as I was painting, I remembered my most favorite, treasured art project from grade school. I hadn't thought about if for years. We were asked to use pen and colored pencils to represent something outside of our home. I drew a picture of a garbage can under our big maple tree, and I remember being so happy with how the pen allowed me to capture all of the can's quirky details. The dents, the lines, and the wobbly top were my favorite things to notice and my favorite parts to draw.

I also love imperfection.

So, I'm embarking on a new project. I'm challenging myself to draw and paint a regular old thing every week. I'm not going to clog up this space with my weekly creations, but I'll definitely share some as they begin to stack up.

A big hello to all of my new best friends that are lurking in my pantry or crammed in my drawer or dotting my windowsill.

Painting regular old stuff feels like a really loud whisper. Does that make any sense to anyone else but me?

This spool and button original is for sale in my etsy shop.

xo e


  1. dearest other me,

    not surprised.


  2. Amazing. I posted about the story tellers (all you guys) just today, and I mentioned you, Emily.
    Keep telling the stories.

  3. "Hopelessly inspired by the mundane"....I am with you! I love this idea & can't wait to see more of your creations.

  4. emily
    i have been going back through your old posts, and love all of your "simply beautiful" ideas. keep up the great work. :)

  5. thanks so much for visiting and for the blog love, kathy! i really appreciate it!

  6. Where are you, Emily? Come back!