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light

Yesterday, I went to the Taft Museum of Art for the first time. I was so inspired by the beautiful works within that I sketched this real quick just outside of the museum. It started as a 10 minute pen sketch and then when I got home, I added the watercolor. I liked the way the light rested on the building, and tried to capture a bit of that. I am still trying to master the art of light and it's relationship with others. One day. One day.  

 

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breathe

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breathe

Sometimes, there is a lot going on in life. I feel stressed. Overwhelmed. Scared.

Friday, I met a stranger in the park who was kind and who was warm. I spoke. She smiled, and I realized the world is much bigger than me. I am not my own universe. Everyone struggles. Everyone is struggling with something.

I've been looking down, but I need to look up. 

And breathe. 

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world's best art

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world's best art

My super talented nephew, Ethan, made this for me recently! It's the Incredible Hulk standing in front of some seriously big buildings. Notice the one on the far right says, "World's Best Art." Love!

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199C

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199C

I'm participating in BLDG's 199C annual exhibition this year! 199C is an art show that celebrates the baseball, Cincinnati and Opening Day - featuring works from many talented designers and artists in the area. Here's a sneak peek of my piece. Come to the exhibition if you want to see the whole thing. :) Click here for more info.

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reflection sketching

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reflection sketching

I've started to do this thing where I read a book, then I reflect...think about it for a while...about the characters, their environments, the parts that I stick in my mind the most. I then write a little blurb about the it and do a watercolor sketch, too. It's generally a reoccurring vision that I have about the story, something that I keep thinking about whenever I reflect back on the it and it's characters. I feel like when I perform this new found ritual, I am closer to the story...that somehow, by recording and writing and sketching, it becomes a part of me and my history, my world, my story. And I really like that.

For the book that I just finished a couple weeks ago, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, a folding chair is all I'm left thinking of. I can't tell you why, though, you'll have to find out for yourself!  

Looks for more of these little "reflection" sketches in the future. I doubt my appetite for reading and sketching will subside anytime soon! 

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new(er) watercolor sketches

I've been at it again. Practicing watercolor sketches in my studio (above) these past months. I bought myself a nice set of Schmincke watercolor half pans mid year and let me tell you, they are much better than the child's watercolor set I'd been using. But, duh.  

Maybe one day, I'll work up the courage to do a big painting. 

Look familiar...? 

This one is an old sketch with new color. The streets of Amsterdam. 

I did this one after reading the book Like Water for Chocolate. Tita and her (what I imagined to be an) amazing Mexican kitchen got me all inspired. 

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year in review

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year in review

Well, the Kuhlmann family has had quite an interesting year this time around! We thought we'd share it with our close family and friends by sending out a goofy holiday card that doubled as a year in review (info?)graphic - letting everyone know what we've been up to as of late. I think we got some pretty good laughs out of it. You can see more detailed photos of the card here!

Here's the Kuhlmann family, up close and personal. But not that crazy squirrel. How'd he get here?

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on creative downtime

I've had some downtime lately and I've really been trying to spend it smartly. After reading Assignments for Yourself on Design Observer this morning, I was inspired to try something new: A self assigned digital collage! Rules: None. Deadline: None. Client: None. 

With my spare time at work, I'd normally watch mind numbing software video tutorials. Which is of course good, for sure. Sometimes, though, a creative needs to just screw off and put something together that has no real purpose or that makes no sense. I feel like so much of what I do relies on purpose and/or functionality, but boy is it fun to create without it. 

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