✧・゚♡ Recent Videos You GOTTA Watch! ♡・゚✧

I don't share my YouTube videos on here nearly enough. Here are some of my recent videos that I really enjoyed creating, but that I also think you may find useful. Let me know what you think in the comments of my blog here, or in the comments of my videos over on YouTube. ♡

But first, I want to ask YOU guys what you want to see next on my YouTube, or what videos you like to watch most, so click the link below for the poll options:

https://strawpoll.com/cyds18x7

Below is a video about my favorite oil painting supplies I use:

This video below, is a video about how I come up with my art concept ideas:

The video below is a super fun video I loved working on, where I give you guys ideas for what to put into your sketchbooks:

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post. Thanks so much for reading! ♥ xoxo - MaceyLou

Art Studio Diary...Real Life as a Full Time Artist

Art Studio Diary…so let’s chat. I just got through a bit of a low energy rough patch. The summary is outlined in the following video I posted on YouTube:

I’m finally out of that mode. I feel more energized and motivated this week. I’m still not fully myself, but I’m better than I was! Sometimes this happens when I get overwhelmed, but it can also happen when I’m excited for a new project. And well…I kinda am!

I am just now getting started on renovating my basement, and it’s got me thinking a lot about it. It’s hard for me to focus on anything else, to be honest! I’m just loving the idea of fixing it up and getting it ready to become a new art studio. More space! More functionality! Very stoked about it.

You can watch episode one of the basement renovation series below. Right now it’s just the before video, showing all of the fixtures, decor, wall paint, clutter, junk, and design choices that have been down there ever since we bought the home.

You can also check out my new art house instagram account for pics of my home in general before and after renovations! :) Here’s the link:
https://www.instagram.com/maceylouarthouse/

I’ve also been streaming on Twitch. Still doing the 3 days a week thing. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 p.m. eastern time. :) Feel free to come chill with me while I draw or play games! Link is: twitch.tv/maceyloubrown

That’s all for now, peeps! Have a great Tuesday!
xoxo
-MaceyLou

Full Time Artist Career Building : WEEK 3

Hi, people! Nice to virtually meet you, if you're new here! :)

I just uploaded my video all about week 3 of me being a full time artist. I hope you find some type of entertainment, information, or just intrigue out of this episode. This is a regular series I do on my YouTube channel, and I hope to continue it for quite some time, or at least until I can't stand doing it anymore. I don't vlog every single day, but I vlog when I think there's something to talk about or something to show you all.

In this episode, I talk shipping and I clean up my studio a bit. I also go into a little behind the scenes about my art shop inventory, and how I stay organized.

I hope you are all having a fantastic Monday, and I hope to see you back soon. :) hugs all around!!

-MaceyLou

Week One as a Full Time Artist!

Hello, my lovely people!!

I just want to share what the first week was like, as a full time artist. It was a shorter week, sort of, because of Thanksgiving, but I feel it was really productive (plus I worked a lot more than I planned to on Friday! haha!).

art studio maceylou work space

I worked on my website, my patreon ideas, my youtube channel, my paintings, and more. I love having a variety in my schedule. I love standing up some of the time and sitting down some of the time. I love being in my home studio, with its natural light, its elevated height, and its colorful vibrancy.


If you had asked me one year ago today, where I'd be right now, I would have never guessed this would be it.

art studio maceylou work space artist tennessee 2

I've started a new vlog series on my YouTube channel all about my day-to-day as a full time artist. You'll get to see the raw and real (and sometimes goofy) sides of my life.

I'll tell you what...I had a schedule all mapped out before I quit my job, for what my new artist life would be. I knew I'd have to make some adjustments here and there. I'm still working out the kinks, but it's very close to what I end up doing every day. I keep it varied to keep it interesting.

Then, there are the blocks of time where I just paint, and work on my craft. I've still got a lot to learn. ...So, I also enrolled in a wonderful online class. It was originally a $2,000 class! But they've recently marked it down, so I had the opportunity to join the class for only $199! I'm so excited, because the class is one I looked at trying out months ago, but the price was just too steep for me at that time. So glad she decided to lower the price for a limited time.

It's a class run by an artist I've looked up to for a long time. Maybe after I'm done with the class I can tell you who it is I'm talking about. I want to go through the whole class before I promote it. I don't want to gush to you guys about something this serious until I've done it and tested it myself.

So, yeah, I've been very busy. Busier than I even planned for. But it's so fulfilling. It's so interesting and exciting. I hope you are ready to join me on this journey. :)

Here are some things my previous coworkers got me for my new workspace. I definitely need to reorganize and clean up my studio so I can fully decorate with these items!

donut glitter cute decor home
desk organizers decor cute office kitsch unicorn rainbow pouch

I also wanted to share with you all my video I recently created from reading your comments on my previous video, titled "Things to Never Say to an Artist". I wanted to answer your questions about pricing. Check it out! :

Well, that's all for now! Keep checking back for updates on the Patreon tiers and so much more. Have a great day, everyone! :D

xoxo - MaceyLou

How do you come up with your ideas for Art and Illustrations?

Some of it is simply colors in my head that I enjoy, colors of things that I love, things in my environment, and things like that. Other inspirations come from things I see around pinterest. I have a huge collection of pins on my pinterest page. It’s really massive, actually.

pastel girls in nature and fog

I’ve got things on pinterest that I forget I have on there, all the time, simply because I’ve been pinning things to it for years now. I think I’ve used pinterest for over 3 years. And I used to pin things for hours at a time, back when I first discovered pinterest. It really adds up. There are many different category boards on my page, including everything from home decor and artwork to hair and make-up.

However, another huge inspiration for me, when it comes to techniques, process, and work ethic is the pool of other artists I follow online. I love watching youtube videos of them in their studios, working and painting. It makes me want to go into my studio and begin working as well. In fact, a lot of times I’ll be watching an artist on youtube or an illustrator, working on their art while I paint or draw in my studio, or on my couch.

skull sketch

Another biggie is the sketchbook. I have many unfinished sketchbooks, mostly because I have many different kinds that I sketch in for many different reasons. My favorite is my 9” x 12” watercolor sketchbook. It’s actually just a spiral book of watercolor paper. I also have a watercolor paper pad that has thicker watercolor paper. I don’t just use these for sketches only. I also use the sheets for finished watercolor work, so it’s nice to be able to tear out the sheets when I’m finished and ready to frame them.

A huge inspiration to me is music. It’s not an inspiration to my concept ideas necessarily, but instead helps me stay motivated to keep moving forward with my projects and with my art in general. My favorite songs are ones that evoke lots of emotion and creep factor is one of my favorite elements. I like to think that similar emotions are revealed in my work. I mainly draw and paint female faces and hair. I’m obsessed.

boots and legs

Sometimes, I get kind of burnt out when it comes to concept ideas. I think I still have ideas in my brain, but it’s like sometimes I look at others’ works so much that I have a fog around my own ideas in my mind. It’s crazy and hard to describe, but hopefully that came out right.

gallery wall in the art studio

I think it’s important to find balance: balance between “ingesting” new things and new art from other people, and actually “cooking” up our own art. It can be a real struggle. Sometimes I just want to cozy up on the couch with a blanket and a pillow, and just watch YouTube artists all day, look through pinterest, or obsess over Instagram stories. I did a lot of that latter category today.

I think one thing that can help with not putting enough out there of our own stuff is not having a plan. I’ve started working on my social media plan, and I think it is going to go okay. I know I’ll most likely have to make adjustments along the way to keep it fresh and realistically doable, but it will be worth the trouble.

So, cheers to you other artists or creative types out there! Keep on keeping on! <3

Wanna pin this blog post to your pinterest board? Here's a snazzy image to help you out:

coming up with art concepts pinable image

Artist Manifesto | PART 1

I find it difficult to keep up with a blog nowadays, since I’ve really focused a lot of my energy on a youtube channel. However, I feel like I can create a sort of manifesto of sorts, in regards to my art life, and my pursuits in general.

Manifesto may not be the proper word, but I have yet to find a word that better fits my goals for this blog.

SPACE MERMAID GODDESS

Let’s start off by discussing a few things. I’ve seen it written in places here and there, that one shouldn’t reveal their “next move,” so to speak. I’ve also seen it written or spoken in other places that it’s better to speak about your goals in order to better achieve them. Sort of like a check system or a buddy system.

I don’t know what the right thing is, but I want to imply my goals and my intentions going forward in my life, mostly my art life. Even if I don’t out-right express my full goals and my dreams…

This all sounds very vague, but to put it simply:

* I want to live more honestly…through my actions, my answers to questions, my saying “yes” to the right things / opportunities, and saying “no” to the wrong ones.
* I want to be as artistic and free as possible.
* I want to have tons of creative freedom (this does NOT mean I have to have a huge bank account.)
* I want to be as brave as I can, and reach for very high art-related goals.
* I want to give people a glimpse of my life, through my content online….
* I want to really brand myself, but I feel I already have….so this one may already have been won, just need to be maintained?
* I want to take risks that are worth taking.

What does this mean moving forward? It means that I am going to do things that align more with MY dreams, MY visions of where I want to be in the future. Not just accommodating for others’ dreams they have in mind for me. I’ve done that too much. It stifles almost any venture I start. I have to stop the cycle now.

Sometimes I won’t have the money for a project I want to pursue. The solution? Save save save….save that money up, until I CAN afford it.

Sometimes I might fall for false opportunities. The solution? Learn from it and move forward, but don’t let the fear of being duped again cloud the waters completely.

Recent Art triumphs:

* One of my pieces was featured in a sticker subscription box! See below:

maceylou queen sticker bento box
sticker bento subscription box maceylou queen sticker princess


* I’m so CLOSE to being finished with 2 of my unfinished paintings
* A gallery contacted me! (Not talking about the details unless/until something comes of this…)
* I actually created an oil work I liked, in my sketchbook, on gesso:

oil painting maceylou gesso sketchbook 80's 90's kawaii barbie phone stars


* I’ve done a TON of research on things to help me with my secret art project. It will cost me a lot of money and time, so it is sort of in an on-hold state…sort of, but at least I’m gaining the much needed knowledge to get the job done. It just might take me a year to complete…who knows!

Social Media Triumphs:

* Instagram followers: 925 (end of 2017 goal: 1,000)
* Facebook likes: 355 (end of 2017 goal: 500)
* YouTube subscribers: 1,819 (end of 2017 goal: 2,500)

ghost girl kawaii cute sexy full body watercolor small painting maceylou

Things to focus on next:

* Finishing all my unfinished acrylic works from 2015 / 2016.
* Finishing my two oil paintings
* Finishing my oil painting sketch
* Create artwork for gallery show
* Create more digital work on the iPad.
* Get a better screen recording app for my iMac, so I can create better video editing tutorials.
* Figure out how to record my iPad screen, for speed paint videos.
* Putting finished artworks on sale on my website.

FUTURE THINGS:

* Clean and organize the studio, so I can…
* Renovate and paint the studio!

 Me...contemplating all that I need to get done.

Me...contemplating all that I need to get done.

I hope you all enjoyed this first installment of my artist manifesto….more to come. :)
xoxo
MaceyLou