Inspiration Wednesday: Art Crush
I have art crushes. More of a feeling of admiration and inspiration for other artists’ work.
Today, I want to introduce you to Janice MacLeod.
She just released a book called The Paris Letters, a memoir about her career burnout at a copywriting job at an advertising agency in Los Angeles. She spent a year figuring out how to pare down her possessions so she could fit her life into one suitcase, and save enough money to quit her job and travel the world. She ended up settling down in Paris where she illustrated letters about life in Paris, which she sold subscriptions to and mailed all over the world. Here are samples of some of her illustrated letters, included in her book:
Her letters are illustrated with a small set of watercolors and handwritten. You can buy a single letter or a subscription to her letters at her Etsy shop. After I ordered her book, I ordered one of her letters to see if it was as fabulous as I thought it might be. Yes, it really is fabulous!
I first discovered her when I was looking at my Instagram feed, and saw a picture Nicole Robertson shared of Janice’s new book. I loved the cover illustration, so I did some investigating, and became drawn to Janice’s story. Her writing is so fabulous that she has pulled me in. This is the first book I’ve made the time to read in a year (in my defense, I was a little busy last year with school and three jobs). In fact, I can’t put it down!
I love the concept behind her success. I love her writing style. I love her story. I love her illustrations. It’s so exciting and inspiring to learn about this story and own one of these wonderful illustrated letters.
PS – By the way, according to my WordPress stats, this post will be my 1,000th post! Wowza, that’s a lot of blogging since 2007! I love this new creative direction I’m heading in so thank you for stopping by. Stay tuned for a recap of the past 7 years of blogging…