New Sticker Drop

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Every so often Gumption drops new sticker designs. To date, we have over 25 sticker designs! This month we add two very colorful illustrations.

The first image is "Tiger in the Grass" measuring in at 4.62" x 5.3." This colorful tiger is a "print" of an original painting. It will add a wallop of color to your computer, favorite planner, or water bottle.

The second sticker are the "Rattle Can Buddies." These guys are inseparable and add a lot of color wherever they go. This sticker is approximately 3.96" x 4.06" in size.

All Gumption stickers are durable and waterproof (and made in the USA).

Take a gander at all the stickers here.

Friday Art Walk at Deckadence

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“Boom Boom” Shop Manager

“Boom Boom” Shop Manager

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A big shout out goes to Deckadence and Darin Black for hosting me on Friday, September 6, for First Friday Art Walk! Despite the rain early in the day we got a few folks in checking out art. It’s always fun to hang out in the skate shop. I love to see the latest trends in design on boards and assorted gear.

This was a great opportunity to share some of my larger prints in a cool setting. I highly recommend taking a trip to Old Town during Art Walk. We have so many talented artists in Pocatello.

Old Town Alley Mural Project

Rattle, rattle, rattle, PSHHHHHHH . . . Rattle, rattle, rattle, PSHHHHHHH . . . This is the spray paint hum that kept me company the last ten days. I worked on my second mural ever, contributing my vision to the First Annual Old Town Alley Gallery Project. It was a blast!

The theme of this year’s gallery was “Pocatello: A Reason to Smile.” It is fashioned after Boise’s Freak Alley. For the project I chose to do a piece that incorporated a hummingbird and a lotus with Pocatello hills in the background.

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In Pocatello, during the summer months, hummingbirds migrate to the area. There is even a Hummingbird Roundup at the Rudeen Ranch where the little birds are banded and released to track migratory patterns in southern Idaho. These little hummers symbolize healing, good luck, joy, love and a lightness of being, while the lotus flower is a symbol of purity and enlightenment.

Assorted artist pieces found in Old Town Alley Gallery

I chose to use spray paint for the high color, easy application, and blending opportunities. A lot of time with a projector, masking areas with tape, and ‘just going for it’ went into the piece. I look forward to doing more of this kind of work!

The best part of this project? Meeting the other artists. Hands down, I learned so much from the other artists and our coordinator. And, I made a few friends in the process. 😉

If you are in Pocatello visit the alley behind Cottonwood Junction on Main Street (between Center Street and Clark Street). You’ll be glad you stopped.

The Greyhound Bus Depot Illustration Drops

I am excited to announce the drop of a new addition to the Neon Lights Collection: The Greyhound Bus Depot Sign. This special sign is one of my favorites, as it is somewhat rare, and it features a running greyhound. It isn’t a static sign.

A few years ago Relight the Night, the initiative that restores neon signs in Pocatello, repaired this sign. Pop in to 313 Whiskey Bar one evening, grab a drink and a seat, and you’ll be able see the sign in all its glory. The sign also marks the start of Neon Alley, along Union Pacific Avenue. If you’re a shutterbug this is a good place to capture all the neon goodness the Gate City has to offer.

Prints of this beauty will be available in a couple weeks. You can pre-order yours now to insure you get one!

The Greyhound Bus Depot Neon Sign

The Greyhound Bus Depot Neon Sign

BE YOUR OWN UNICORN

Final Illustration / © 2019 Gumption

Final Illustration / © 2019 Gumption

“Tell me the stories behind your sticker illustrations,” she said in the summer sun during the Pocatello PRIDE festival. She was a sticker collector who cherished the miniature art pieces, attaching them to a special cabinet at home

“Okay! Sure,” I smiled.

As an artist, sometimes I forget to share the most important behind-the-scenes action: the idea. How the idea blooms and the image come to fruition is the best part. Every sticker DOES have a story. Sometimes it’s just true fan art and sometimes it is an inside joke with a friend. This brings me to my newest sticker—a unicorn.

Who doesn’t love unicorns? You see them everywhere—pencil boxes, unicorn shaped backpacks, headbands with a horn, and on and on. They are everywhere. I wanted to do something more painterly with my special creature. As a major animal fan, I wanted this unicorn to feel real, relatable, and regal.

I also wanted to focus on the message.  Unicorns are unique, beautiful, and magical. So are people. In this day, when having the perfect Instagram grid is a thing or when selfies are more “self model-ish,” we forget that being different is a good thing.

I say, be your own unicorn, baby! 🦄 There’s no one like you. And that’s awesome. Celebrate your uniqueness and quit comparing yourself to others, or impossible standards. This sticker rejoices in all these things! If you can relate and the unicorn is your spirit animal, grab one of these beauties here.

Rough Sketch on the iPad

Rough Sketch on the iPad

31 Days of Gumption Wrap-up Video

It’s been a minute since we wrapped up 31 Days of Gumption, but I filmed this video on the last day as a sort of wrap-up. If you participated in #31DaysofGumption and would like to contribute your thoughts, feel free to do so below. I was unable to capture ALL the incredible work that was created for this project, but you will see some snippets of great photography, movement, drawing, and other creative endeavors. A big “thank you” to all participants for playing along. You ROCK!

My friend Julie thoughtfully penned her thoughts on the project. Check out her blog post at:

https://creativemovesperformance.weebly.com/…/31-things-i-l…

Keep an eye on my blog (www.ihavegumption.com/blog) or my social media channels @ihavegumption for the next fun project we can embark on!

Day One of 31 Days of Gumption

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I have had some awesome response to this month’s #31DaysofGumption. A number of friends are going to give it a whirl and I am so stoked! Keep an eye out on Instagram via the hashtag above to see all the cool work.

IT IS DAY ONE OF #31Daysof Gumption.

Are you pumped?! Are you participating? (See Recent videos for details.)

For my 31 days I am choosing to create an icon a day. These icons represent ‘tools.’  Tools that I use to craft my creative work.

First up, the camera; it is a vital tool that I have used for years. I first used a camera to document sorority events, which landed me the special position of Historian. (Quite possibly the only one in the history of DBN.) I then upgraded to a nice Canon Rebel T3 to use during my work as a graphic designer. This camera traveled to the UK with me, to Hawaii, Washington DC, and to countless professional and personal events. It still serves as a secondary workhorse in my studio. As my interest in video and photography grows so does the gear that I use! These days I use the camera to capture animals, places, and things that I use in my illustrations. Over the years I have taken countless images to add to my personal library.

#artchallenge #gumptionworks #pocatello #idahoartist #icon #illustration #camera #vectorart #gumption

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31 Days of Gumption Art Challenge

Do you have what it take to create 31 days of Gumption?

This is an art challenge for everyone. Are you looking to put a little more creativity in your life but just need a little push? There is no better way than a rockin' 31-day art challenge. Draw, paint, write, knit, doodle, design, animate your way into a month of fun and creativity. Join me over at @ihavegumption on Instagram or my blog over at www.ihavegumption.com to join in the fun in May 2019. Use the hashtag #31daysofGumption on Instagram for a chance to have your work featured!