Wallpaper: August 2018 Calendar & Art

Wallpaper: August 2018 Calendar & Art | Phone & Desktop | Britt Fabello

I'm slightly sad that it is already August—summer is flying by! It has been a good one full of inspiration from my travels. I have a lot of ideas to work through and sketches to make from it all. With all this said, August is one of my favorite months. There is something calm about it to me. Rico and I will also be celebrating 4 years of marriage and his birthday which always makes this time of year feel a little extra special. And, more traveling to come! Soon I will be heading to Stockholm and later in the month, I'm off to the States to spend time with our loved ones. It will be a busy one but full of quality time and love.

Now let's get to the news around here...

The shop is now officially open! As I have mentioned, it felt time to leave Etsy and move my work onto my website. That time is finally here and I am happy to welcome you all to have a look (here)! You will find my most recent work for sale and soon, I will transfer some of my older pieces into the shop as well.

Other exciting news is that I will be a part of a Pop-up show next month, Saturday, Sept 22nd (mark your calendars) in London down in Brixton. More details to come! I am looking forward to joining the PoptArt Gallery family on this one, meeting new faces, and hopefully seeing some familiar ones!

 

Okay, that is all from me!

Hope everyone has a lovely start to their August! Enjoy this last full summer month :)

Wallpaper: August 2018 Calendar & Art | Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Britt Fabello
Wallpaper: August 2018 Calendar & Art | Phone Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: July 2018 Calendar & Art

Wallpaper: July 2018 Calendar & Art | Desktop & Phone | Britt Fabello

This year feels a bit like trying to hold sand in your hands. In other words, it's going by so quickly! I am happy that we are officially into the summer months—the best time of the year in my opinion. Having the sun out and trips to look forward to brings new energy into my work. Which brings me to the piece for this month's wallpaper. It is part of my Changing Sun series, inspired by how the changing seasons can bring change among us. I love the simplicity in these ones.

I have been spending most of my time continuing on toward by journey to being an artist full time. I reached the tipping point where the majority of my day is taken up by art and it is feeling really good. Just recently I finished my first large scale hand stitched piece and sent it off to the framers (I'm anxious to see how it comes out). It's a special one that I am keeping for myself but I see more of these works coming! It was fun to push the size limit and see how the stitching reacted. Also, it took a lot more arm muscle than I expected. Flipping a large piece of paper carefully back and forth is a lot tougher than one would think! Next up is a commissioned piece for a hotel in Austin, TX that I am excited to get to work on.

Outside of my artwork, it been a busy travel season. In early June I spent some time back in the States in New Orleans (officiating my best friend's wedding!) and as you read this, I'll be on the final day of a trip to Italy—The Dolomites and Lake Como. There's more travels to come for the month ahead and one that I have been looking forward to all year—going back to Croatia—but this time, with my family! I can't wait.

I hope the month of July brings you all lots of sun and positivity!

Wallpaper: July 2018 Calendar & Art | Desktop | Britt Fabello
Wallpaper: July 2018 Calendar & Art | Phone | Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: June 2018 Calendar & Art

Wallpaper: June 2018 Calendar & Art | Britt Fabello

June creeped in out of nowhere! I can't believe it will be the official start of summer in just a few weeks. I have been waiting for this—my favorite time of year! While London doesn't always promise full sunshine and warm temperatures, I am looking froward to the ease of life that comes with these coming months. They seem to be instant mood boosters...perhaps maybe I just belong in a warmer climate!

Last month I took a few trips—Porto, Snowdonia, and Tallinn. All were amazing for their own cultures, inspiration, and vibes. I have to say that Snowdonia was my favorite out of those—which feels a bit shocking since it is the closest. It was just unbelievable to get out in nature, go hiking, and unwind. It has already inspired a few new pieces! The travel doesn't stop there though. This month I am heading to New Orleans and then later to Italy (the Dolomites and Lake Como). Lots more to look forward to!

I have been continueing to dive deeper into the path of the artist of the past month as well. It has been feeling really good! As with any transition, there's been some bumps along the way. It is not an easy route but even with the tough times, I know that it is 100% what I want to be doing. There's no better feeling than that! I am looking forward to finishing the transition from freelance design work to full time artist over the coming months. So close!

Hope everyone has a lovely June!

June 2018 Desktop Wallpaper & Calendar | Britt Fabello
Phone Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art

Computer & Phone Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art | Britt Fabello

We are in full spring mode...though you wouldn't be able to tell from London's weather. Earlier this month, we lucked out with a beautiful week of high temperatures then it went back to a winter feel around here with cold rain. The glimpses have me hopeful and as I am writing this, the sun has made an appearance once again—let's hope it sticks around!

It has been a month of navigation for me. I recently had put a pause on creating new work. Not because I didn’t want to—far from it! Life was feeling a bit out of control, not on the path I wanted it to be, and I was working on too many things I wasn’t passionate about. It had me in the ultimate slump. These are the moments I like to embrace and learn from though. It is easy to stay stuck in them and forget the bigger picture. I got a huge wake up call and reminder that our time here is too precious to be doing anything but what we love. While I know that isn’t always practical, I'm finding myself unable fight it any longer. I don’t want to look back and wish I had took the leap to chase my dream. For me, this season of life is going to be about readjusting and aligning myself on the path I have truly always wanted to me on—art. It’s nerve-racking and exciting. I need go through what this means and how to move forward on my own right now but I promise that there will be more to share about this and the changes as I work through them. Thank you for continuing to always stick by me in these defining years of life. I think I've finally found my sweet spot and I'm ready to enjoy what it brings!

Outside of this revelation, I have been back traveling a lot with my husband. These trips are what have been sparking me to rethink and realign. There are plenty more adventures ahead—Porto, Snowdonia, and Italy are up next this month! I look forward to where those guide me next.

Have a wonderful May and a happy Spring! The warm sunny weather is working its way in and summer will be here before we know it.

Computer Desktop Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art | Britt Fabello
Phone Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art | Britt Fabello

The Reflection Series: Abstract Landscape Paintings

The Reflection Series | Paintings by Britt Fabello

This week I am releasing the 'Reflection' series out into the world. It has been some time coming because I felt the need to hold on to them a little longer and feel their strength. They have been hanging up on my studio walls guiding me along my way to the next stage in my art career. It does not due them justice to just say that these works have played a huge role in my creative path. Picking up the paint brush again last autumn to begin a new series brought these out of my creative soul. It felt like a cleanse. My hope is that when they find new homes, they can do the same for someone else.

  Reflection I

Reflection I

A little about the works...

The 'Reflection' series paintings are inspired by reflections of mountains in natural bodies of water. While evoking how we feel amongst such grand settings, they conclude that nature is grounding; it is humbling. Each work visually represents the process of clarity that comes from the moments we are able to escape to nature and process life around us.

  Reflection II

Reflection II

  Reflection III

Reflection III

When I stood in front of the first canvas and started putting black paint on it, I thought that I was going crazy. Working with darker backgrounds challenged my brush strokes and drags of the palette knife. It also forced me to slow down and be methodic in where I was going to create the balance in the pieces. The black background with the white and neutral layers, created a strong contrast on the pieces. While nature itself is soothing, more dream-like, the contrast in the work represents our everyday life in comparison to the moments of peace we get when we take a break and head to the mountains. The contrast in the work allowed for simplification of the settings. I wanted the work to show parallels to these reflections we find in nature to how our minds work processing/reflecting.

Digging in further to nature representing our own emotions, I realized in this series (and my Ocean Blue series) how true that statement really is. It is perhaps that when we pull ourselves out of a busy city, the streets of our towns, or the comforts of our home, and we put ourselves somewhere to breathe fresh air, that that is the closest we will ever get to understanding how we work and who we are. I believe in the importance of taking moments to sit back and watch nature take its course. By doing so, similar movements can be seen in how we can successfully manage our own lives. It is relatable to say that going to the mountains or escaping to the seaside, brings me back to my core. There is a reason why these spots are so highly sought after for a nice relaxing vacation.

  Reflection IV & V

Reflection IV & V

  Reflection VI

Reflection VI

  Reflection VII

Reflection VII

These simplified landscapes show that upon reflection, life can be simplified too.

 

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Wallpaper: April 2018 Calendar & Art

April Desktop & Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

Happy April! Winter seemed to have dragged on this year—everyone agrees with me on that right? I got to experience real London snow for the first time in our three years of living here though. While it was magical, I am ready for spring to be in full force—for the trees to be green again and the beautiful flowers to pop up around the city. We can't be far away from that now! I'm admittedly currently in Morocco though so I am experiencing nice warm weather already. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the sun to be around more in London after we return. I'll try to bring it with me!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and is kicking off this new month with happy spring thoughts!

April Desktop Calendar Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
Stitched Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

International Women's Day 2018

International Women's Day 2018 | Britt Fabello

To all the ladies out there—the empowering forces, beautiful souls, and amazing humans. May we continue this momentum of standing up stronger than ever. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you. This community makes me feel lucky to have such inspirational people surrounding us all to continuously lift each other up. Let’s keep rocking the world by showing our power and worth. Happy International Women’s Day!

Wallpaper: March 2018 Calendar & Art

March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

March is here which means spring is that much closer. I have been enjoying the snow here in London this past week though. In my three years of living here, I have never seen so much! It makes me feel like we are back in New England. I keep saying that this would be the perfect goodbye to winter—so, hopefully, once the snow passes we can start warming up and watch the nature around us come back to life for a new season.

Another reason I am excited for this new month is that we are getting back into a fuller travel schedule around here. We have two trips this month—one brings us back to Alpbach for a final ski of the season and the other brings us to Morocco. Very opposite trips but I can not wait for either! At the start of each travel season, I love knowing that I have no idea what new inspirations will be coming my way as I see new places and continue to grow.

I hope you all have had a lovely couple of months of your new year and wish you the best for March!

March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: February 2018 Calendar & Art

February 2018 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Sitting down and writing this while in complete disbelief that it's already February...the start of the new year has flown by. Sometimes when I look out the window and see the grey gloomy London skies, it feels like winter has been going on forever though. I have been focusing on some winter hobbies to make these months seem less dreary. At the end of last year, Rico and I were getting in a good groove with ice skating. This year, we pushed ourselves a little further and went skiing for the first time! We were bracing ourselves to hate it since it takes some time to pick up but we absolutely fell in love. So much so that we have already booked a trip back for March. I truly can not wait!

In January I also got back to focusing on my artwork after breaking for the holidays. My current series has me exploring a few different mediums—acrylic on canvas, ink on paper, and hand stitching. Right now they feel a bit separate in their practices—though they feel joined by intention, story, and color palette. The hope is that as this exploration continues, they will start to intertwine. I am already feeling that pull and have been sketching out lots of images that my brain seems to be swirling around.

For the month ahead, I am looking forward to continuing on with our downtime to re-establish routine and gear up for the spring when lots of traveling will be happening. We have our year mapped out already on where we are hopping to go! With new destinations, comes new inspiration. You never know where life will lead you and what change those places will bring. On that note, I leave you with good vibes for February! May it be relaxing, reviving, and settling as we all prepare for spring.

February 2018 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Britt Fabello
Mountains & Moon Phone Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: January 2018 Calendar & Art

January 2018 Desktop Calendar & Mountain Moon Phone Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Happy New Year! By this time I will have just landed back in London (that's right, I rang in the New Year attempting to sleep sitting up next to strangers...how glamorous...ha). Luckily Rico and I will be treating ourselves to a nice breakfast at one of our favorite local spots, Greenberry Cafe, to celebrate being back! Then I will probably crash and try to pretend that the jet lag isn't making my eyes want to roll back into my head.

This month we're hanging around London for the most part but we've decided to book a little ski weekend in the Austrian Alps. I've skied a few times, Rico has never, so it should be interesting! We are buying some gear, getting ready, booking our rentals and ski lessons, and are anxious to enjoy some time in nature learning a new skill! Over the past few months, we have reminded ourselves that it is never too late to learn something new. That we have to always push ourselves to be our best. One important task for me was to find ways to make the winter more enjoyable. These colder and shorter days can be a battle for me. Some ideas that instantly came to mind where skating and skiing. I grew up skating and absolutely love to do it but never prioritize it—now that I put my foot down, we've been twice this year with plans to go more once we are back...and continue maybe even through the warmer months. It's naturally progressed now to inspire us to go skiing and I can't wait to see how it goes!

Now that you've gotten a little life update from this side, let's chat about wallpaper! Another new year means a new wallpaper series! This time around I have decided to use my artwork (rather than design work) as inspiration and to keep things closer to my current creative journey. I have enjoyed creating graphics by hands in the past to bring you all unique and fun wallpapers that hopefully brighten your months but since I'm not spending my days designing anymore, it felt right to rethink what the wallpapers should and can be. The only conclusion that felt right is to bring it closer to my roots so I can share more of that with you. January's design is taken from one of my recent ink paintings. My artwork lately is based around the concept of how the reflection of nature's movements and visuals can teach us about our natural human emotions. You can read deeper into that here. My hope is that these paintings I am creating, can draw out a sense of peace and clarity in it's viewers. As wallpaper, this moon & mountains painting can be a daily reminder for that grounded stability from the earth.

May you enjoy and have a wonderful start of the new year!

January 2018 Desktop Calendar | Britt Fabello
Phone Wallpaper | Artwork by Britt Fabello