Mar 2 2015

300 Days of Creating – Progress Report

This 300 Days of Creating project has been unbelievably motivating for me! I’m realizing that every day I have a goal to be creative. Even if it doesn’t end up happening, it’s on my mind and something that is present. I’m also realizing how much I love looking back to see what I’ve already accomplished and the progress that’s been made. And THAT in and of itself is incredibly inspiring!

I’m going to attempt to do a monthly progress report here on the blog. Next month I might try to be a bit more detailed about certain pieces but for now, I’m just going to show the pics.


To date I’m at 24/300 days. And there are 304 days left in the year. That means I have a little wiggle room to meet my goal, but not much! When I calculate it out I think I can only miss approx. 2.5 days a month from here out. Oy!


As you can see, my counted days range from photo shoots to art journaling to painting to doodles. I’m not setting any boundaries . Just focusing on being actively creative! How is the project going for you??? Are you staying motivated?

And again, it’s not too late to start!!! There are still 304 days left in the year! 😉


Feb 2 2015

300 Days of Creating Progress Report

Well, I have to say, this has been a REALLY GOOD challenge for me.
I’m already more intentional to be creative knowing that I can’t get behind.
And, along with it, I’m FEELING more creative!
Below are a sampling of a few of the days so far…

7/300  Thinking a lot about the lack of snow up in our poor mountains, makes me sad.

8/300 If all I get done in a day is a sketch, then I count that.

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9/300 Love this wonky guy. “Angst Expressed”

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11/300  I decided to make and  keep a journal of the 300 Days of Creating as well as my 2015 Goals.

If you want to see more, follow along with me on Instagram (allendesignsstudio).
Also, check out the hashtag #300daysofcreating to find others who have joined me in this challenge!
And, it’s not too late to join! There are still 331 days left in the year!!!

p.s. if you want a pdf copy of the 300 Days of Creating lettering from above, make sure to sign up for my mailing list as that will be included in the next newsletter 🙂

Jan 22 2015

new goal: 300 days of creativity

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone seems to be doing these wonderful and inspiring 365 day art challenges.
Everyone that is, like these amazing artists- Pam Garrison, Jennifer Orkin Lewis, and Sonya Penn.
Through much thought, I’ve decided to “KIND OF” jump on the bandwagon!


I really try to set goals that I think I can achieve. With travel and life, I figured there would be NO STINKING WAY I could actually meet the 365 day challenge. Therefore, I’ve decided go for a 300 days of Creating challenge. Attainable and yet still challenging.

michelle allen doodles

The 300 days of Creating can be made up of time spent doodling, painting, crafting, sewing etc. Just as long as I’m creating something. Cause to be honest, I can go weeks without doing anything creative. Then I almost fear it as though I’m fearing a workout. Scared I’ve lost my touch and not knowing how and where to start again. I’m hoping that with this challenge I will be in better “creative shape” and that I will have a more productive and artistic year.

sketchbook cat
These pictures are all samples of what I’ve counted towards my 300 days so far.
Please feel free to follow along with me as I document on Instagram (allendesignsstudio)!
silk screened bird art
Better yet, JOIN ME!!!

Let’s have fun together!
Use the #300daysofcreating hashtag on Instagram or let me know in the comments below so I can follow you. 🙂


Jul 1 2013

july desktop wallpaper!

july artwork

yay for july and yay for sunny weather!
here’s a free desktop wallpaper to make your indoor time a bit brighter. 🙂


Just click on the image below to open the file, then right click to save. enjoy! :)
(for personal use only)


Feb 3 2013

love bandit bunny

my art studio has been kind to me as of late.
painting & sketching up a storm.

love bandit bunny©2013 Michelle Allen, Love Bandit. Acrylic, graphite and ink on paper.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.42.17 PMthe initial sketch.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.41.59 PMand in process.

painting palettemore art in process.
not really sure what all this art will end up being used for.
but i’ve got some ideas… we’ll see.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.42.55 PMoh, and can’t forget these cute new joli jewelry earrings i recently acquired.
LOVE her pieces!

looking forward to this week and getting lots done.
hoping the same for you!

Jan 29 2013

doodles & more

we’ve been busy around here-
busy scheming what our 2013 adventures will be.
i think this is going to be a big year for allen designs/close2myart as well as for myself.
lots of exciting things brewing!

doodles and sketchingand art is a very big part of it.
yay for me!
how about you, do you take time to list out your goals & dreams?
i’ve had times when i don’t and, honestly i can tell a difference in how i live each day.


Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 9.41.26 AMreceived this beautiful gift from my sweet friend Janne and i just LOVE it!
isn’t she so talented,

books i’m still reading…
and will probably be reading till my next trip to China!
some things just don’t make the priority list unfortunately.

Jan 6 2013

happy new year & art monograms!

happy new year to you!

we spent our holidays up at mt. hood and were blessed with tons of fresh snow!
it was awesome!

 these were my pieces of art i made for my family exchange and also an exchange i do with a group of other artists.
i’m thinking i might do more of these they were so much fun.

well, i’m off to georgia tomorrow for the atlanta gift show.
not my favorite thing to do.
i’m totally a home-body.
but necessary in my line of work.
the upside… i get to see awesome friends like these- april, leigh & kelly rae!

Apr 13 2012

bicycles, cupcakes and doodles

my latest doodle…

isn’t the reason we exercise is so that we can eat?

…okay, maybe not entirely.
but, it IS an added perk!

(maybe i’m drawing cupcakes cause i’ve decided to go off of sugar and it’s KILLING ME!)

Mar 26 2012

doodle doodle dandy

happy sunday to you. 🙂

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
  John 16:33

Mar 1 2012

colorful spring air

thank you for all the feedback on my last painting!
i love hearing your thoughts & opinions.

a colorful and cheerful girl emerged from this next painting.

the beginnings.

i was a little unsure what i was doing at this point so i just kept adding paint.
…that fixes everything. right?

coming together. finally.

and done.
i’m sure some of you will like this one better 🙂

i’m toying with the idea of trying to do a gallery show of some sort.
are any of you in galleries?
i’ve heard that they are really hard to get into, is this true?