Weekly Postcard Project: update II

It's a bit daunting that last week I reached week 26 of this project. The year is already halfway over and my project is as well! 

As each week progresses, I can see some changes between week 1 and week 26 already. I'm not sure if the postcards are getting any better but I think my photographs of them are. As a result, I think that's also reflecting in my product photography in my Etsy shop. I'm editing, framing and accessorizing things differently. 

If you're curious to see the full progression, you can see all the postcards together on my website. I really like seeing them all together, especially since I don't have all of them with me anymore! 

I've turned some of them into prints or notebooks already and a few have been added to my Society 6 shop too! I get a kick out of seeing a postcard as a cell phone case or a pillow. 

I still have trouble planning my postcards ahead of time, unless I know that I'm leaving on a Friday or have plans all Saturday. Sometimes I'll have enough foresight to make the postcard on Thursday to photograph on Friday, but not always. It's not uncommon for me to make the photograph on Saturday morning. But that's alright. I didn't expect this project to change my deep seeded procrastination habits in the slightest. 

Keep an eye on my Instagram tomorrow morning for Week 27 of #weeklypostcardlove! And if you haven't signed up for the Sketchy Notions Newsletter yet, you might want to get on it. I have some fun ideas brewing that I'm going to share next week! If you shared it with your friends, I'll love you even more! 


I Madonnari Chalk Festival

Over Memorial Day weekend, I participated in Santa Barbara Mission's annual festival, I Madonnari. It's a giant fundraiser to benefit the Children's Creative Project. Artists get sponsors for their giant squares in the parking lot of the Mission and have Saturday, Sunday and Monday to finish their piece! The sizes range from smaller than 6' square all the way up to 12'! 

The first time I did a square at I Madonnari was back in 2007 and again in 2008. But then in 2009, I studied abroad in Italy and nearly ever summer since I've been gone during Memorial Day weekend or missed the signup deadline! 

This year I was determined to actually make it into the festival, and also do a massively difficult giant piece. I decided to do an 8 ft by 8 ft square piece of my watercolor I did of the Duomo in Florence last year. A monster of a piece and a monster of a building! 

It was such a fun, long, messy and grueling weekend but I pulled it off! I was sharing the whole process on Instagram during the weekend and oddly enough the official Instagram account of the Duomo found my piece and liked it! A Duomo approved Duomo! 

Here's a peek at my I Madonnari weekend...
The most tedious part is getting the whole 8 foot beast grided and sketched out. I got to the Mission around 8:30 on Saturday morning and didn't finish this part until about 9:30. 

I think the part I'm most proud of is that dome! Ah! I still love it! It was pretty time consuming but so worth it to spend a little extra time to get the texture right on the tiles. 

The perspective was a bit of a doozy as well. SO MANY little green squares! I probably re-chalked this portion at least three times before starting to color it. 

The final piece! My sponsor, Tri County Court Reporters, sent over a photographer to get a nice overhead of the whole square which is really awesome to have. I'm much too short to take a photo like this on my own, even with the help of a step stool. 
This is probably my favorite photo of the whole weekend since it looks like I'm surfing on top of the Duomo. I went back on Monday for some last minute touch ups and my friend took this photo. 

Now the real problem is what piece to do next year!