Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New! Improved (hopefully)

I have a new website and blog

With the much appreciated help of a Design Sponge Biz Ladies post by Amanda from Better than Chocolate Web Design, I finally took the leap from my old portfolio website designed by Other Peoples Pixels and created my own new (and hopefully improved by the time I'm done) Mira Sol Creative website. I am still in the midst of learning CSS, as I slowly find my way over to the left side of my brain. In the meantime, I have installed a wordpress theme that has allowed me to slightly customize it so that it fits my brand...so don't judge the current aesthetic too harshly! Also, don't expect all of my work to be included on the new site just yet as it just contains work that I previously posted on this blog (I migrated my blogger blog to wordpress so that my site and blog were in one place). But stay tuned as I'm always a work in progress! And please, wish me luck!

In the meantime, feel free to bookmark the new blog so you can come back as often as you'd like! (I realize that probably won't be very often as I am not nearly as exciting or entertaining as the rest of the internet) This will be my last post in blogger...bittersweet, indeed.

Here's to new beginnings!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

All the world's indeed a stage...

Friday is the OU Graduate College's Annual Student Research and Performance Day and each year, I get the pleasure of evolving my designs from years past. Its always interesting to see how I've grown as a designer and to even see the potential for the future.  

Once again, I took a shot at doing the poster design by hand. Instead of the usual watercolor lettering, I decided to go with some good ole fashioned collage. I cut and tore out pieces from various National Geographic magazines I have laying around and made a sort of "the world is our stage" themed design. 

This event showcases the research that OU graduate students are doing campus wide. From Science to Art, the event showcases it all. Which is why I tried to find pieces from the magazines that would represent each category to make up the top portion of the stage curtain and used pieces of world maps to make up the "stage" that showcases "Student Research & Performance Day". I scanned the final collage and added some art deco style typography and voila! Man, I just love working with my hands! And I am SO beyond grateful to have a job that allows me to take a break from the computer for a while to make designs by hand that people may actually want to keep around for a while because it looks more like art. Here's to cross-disciplinary exchange, diversity, and the world! ;)

 And we made it to OU's homepage for the 2nd time ever (bottom right corner)! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Past, Present, Future

Well...it looks like this is my first post of the 2012 year...or is it the year of 2012? In any case, I thought I'd start the new year out, not only with what's new, but how that stirs up memories of the past.

After a beautiful two year relationship, my main squeeze, Randy and I are...moving in together. I guess I should say, he is moving in with me as I do not plan on selling my house any time soon. Since we are both well aware of the fact that we each need our own space that we can go to and it be our very own, I am giving my current art room to Randy to use as he wishes (within reason, of course. ha.). Which motivates me to get the shop (which is separate from the garage attached to the house) in my backyard together, working and functioning as a shop so that I can have a place that is my very own, where I can either make "stuff" or just sit and think about making stuff. My goal is to utilize the 600-800 sq ft. space for things like sign painting, serigraphy, and ceramics. Thus far, I have been successful (of course, not without help from others, for whom I am very grateful. They know who they are) in my cleaning and de-clutter/junk endeavors, have hung shop lights, arranged a lot of my art furniture, got an amazingly warm propane heater (which is only functioning thanks to one fearless friend, Josh), and am finishing up moving the rest of my old art room into the shop.

As I was cleaning out the closets of my art room, I came across a notebook and a couple sketchbooks from the ages of ~15-17. I can't believe I totally forgot about them but it made it really fun to see what I used to draw and how it lead to this point. I also found myself admiring the irony of coming across the past while organizing and clearing out some of the past in order to make room for the future...and I thought I'd share some of what I found, while archiving the past right here in my own blogosphere.


Marker bird:

As far as I can remember, I always picked #6 as my number in soccer. So I suppose this was a cartoon rendition of myself...being a sly little bitch, from the looks of it:

This is a drawing I did of the cover of Skateboarding magazine back in 96 y'all. I don't remember who the guy is:

Oil pastel butterfly:

Marker and pen Cardinal:

Water color lemons and sunshine:

Here's to an insightful past, and a happy & prosperous present and new year! 

Peace and Love,
Mira Sol

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Joy

I made this succulent terrarium last year (a couple died since then) and decided to pay a Christmas homage to my dear friends, George & Angela Tompras in Phoenix, AZ by adding some deer and melted snowmen. Merry Christmas, desert friends!

My collection of vintage ornaments:

Village scene that looks way better in person:

Check out what my sister and her boyfriend gave to me for Christmas this year:
Yep, an antique organ made by a company in Chicago. I can't recall the name at the moment and I haven't researched this particular organ yet, but I will and I will be sure to keep the blog updated. I was so overly dumbfounded when they pulled up in my driveway and unveiled this beautiful wooden organ with amazing red detailed accents. I felt like I was dreaming. Apparently, their neighbors were getting rid of it and had it sitting out on the curb. Can you believe it? Who would get rid of something like this!? And, the best part is, it actually works!!! It really was the missing puzzle piece to my home and everything just feels complete now. No more bad moods in my house; each time I walk into the room and see the organ, nothing but pure joy remains. Thanks, Morgan! You're the best!

PS: Notice in the window on the right, Santa dropped by to take a peak into my house and make sure everyone was being nice. He says, "hi!" ;)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dancing Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Video quality doesn't do this thing justice. I fell completely and madly in love when I saw this one fine November day in a local antique shop. Its the only thing I purchased that day and it was the first thing I saw. Its like Mr. and Mrs. Claus were waiting for me to come in and give them a home where they could dance until their hearts were content. (I know, I'm a dork...and I don't care) 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I thought I'd post a few photos of the holiday decorating and crafting that I've been up to this month. I'll post with more later in the month, just to keep the holiday spirit alive throughout the month. Did I mention, I am a bit Christmas obsessed? But I'll try not to get too carried away...

The Merry Christmas flag garland is the first Christmas craft I made for the year. It took me an entire Saturday to complete it. I am very pleased with the result. I even got to practice my lettering by free-handing each of the felt letters. A very fun project to kick-start the holiday cheer in my home! 

Here are a few detail shots of the characters and things the mantel is decked out with:

I filled these balls with decorative holiday stuff and I think they turned out cute. Very simple but fun, which I love.

And this Christmas terrarium is the second holiday craft I made. I love it, it is so cute. I adorned the terrarium with moss, tiny pine cones, tiny tree, tiny snow, tiny deer and added some flare with tiny stars and tiny bells. I love tiny!