Carrie Alyson is creating Nature Art Escapes and Adventures
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Who am I?

I'm just an artist approaching her 40s with a lot of wanderlust and a rekindled desire to return to making art into play. I have a creative job (that I love—senior graphic designer for my local Girl Scout Council) so I spend a lot of time looking at art as work. Work that I genuinely enjoy, but work nonetheless, and it bears the sometimes tiring and stressful mindset of "this is something I have to do to be an adult and pay the bills".

I missed doing art for fun. I had kind of forgotten how to do art for fun. Before my current design job, I did a lot of freelance design and illustration while working other full-time jobs. If I was doing art, it was saddled with the baggage of needing to make money on it. I never really made art just for myself anymore, I was always creating for the client or for what I thought my audience wanted. And while I had once thrived in this mindset, it just wasn't working for me anymore.

Happily, things changed. I was able to trade up to an in-house design position, with the luxury of a 9-5 schedule and an income that I can modestly live on. I suddenly had free time! To do my own art!

But I didn't, at least not right away, because it still felt like work.

I've been spending the past couple years figuring out how to experience creativity and art as play again. Learning how to get away from the idea that my art has to make money, or be for someone else to enjoy. I've made a lot of progress, but it's still a constant battle to keep myself out of the "work" mindset. 

Where am I at right now?

My current artistic path is actually a hiking trail. I grew up hiking with my family and friends and got an early appreciation for nature and being outdoors. I also love botanical art and drawing organic forms, so plein air sketching and painting were the natural conclusion. 

So far, on my year along this path, I've sat at the local beach and painted the same rocky cove more times than I can recall. I've explored three National Parks for unforgettable sights, hikes, and inspiration. I did a road trip down the California coast, and saw whales and landscapes of alien-looking rock erosion, and spent two days at the beaches just painting. I developed a new personal art style, and let it continue to evolve.

I'm not sure how much farther this path leads, or where I'm going next, but I hope you'll come with me on my journey.

What is the money for?

Your financial support will allow me to travel to more locations outside of the SF Bay Area and find new sources of inspiration for both art and the paths I'll follow on this journey. Next year I'm hoping to visit either Banff or Denali National Park, or possibly Iceland. 

Your support also funds the purchase of art supplies, like watercolors, paper, and brushes. 

I will be posting photos of my finished paintings, my sketches, and my nature journal. I'll also post work-in-progress and behind-the-scenes photos and videos. I'm also be available to chat if you have questions about methods or techniques, or anything, really. I love to share and teach, so feel free to start a conversation.

Thank you again for your support!
Tiers
Explorer
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your support and welcome aboard! You Explorer kit includes:

Access to all of my posts, including new art, time lapse process videos, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories about my journey to make art into play instead of work.


15% off on original paintings through my Etsy shop or my website www.carriealyson.com

Adventurer
$5 or more per month
I am so thankful for your support and you company on this journey! Your Adventurer kit includes:

Access to all of my posts, including new art, time lapse process videos, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories about my journey to make art into play instead of work.


15% off on original paintings through my Etsy shop

Quarterly postcards or mini prints (sent after pledge process in January, April, July, and October)

Who am I?

I'm just an artist approaching her 40s with a lot of wanderlust and a rekindled desire to return to making art into play. I have a creative job (that I love—senior graphic designer for my local Girl Scout Council) so I spend a lot of time looking at art as work. Work that I genuinely enjoy, but work nonetheless, and it bears the sometimes tiring and stressful mindset of "this is something I have to do to be an adult and pay the bills".

I missed doing art for fun. I had kind of forgotten how to do art for fun. Before my current design job, I did a lot of freelance design and illustration while working other full-time jobs. If I was doing art, it was saddled with the baggage of needing to make money on it. I never really made art just for myself anymore, I was always creating for the client or for what I thought my audience wanted. And while I had once thrived in this mindset, it just wasn't working for me anymore.

Happily, things changed. I was able to trade up to an in-house design position, with the luxury of a 9-5 schedule and an income that I can modestly live on. I suddenly had free time! To do my own art!

But I didn't, at least not right away, because it still felt like work.

I've been spending the past couple years figuring out how to experience creativity and art as play again. Learning how to get away from the idea that my art has to make money, or be for someone else to enjoy. I've made a lot of progress, but it's still a constant battle to keep myself out of the "work" mindset. 

Where am I at right now?

My current artistic path is actually a hiking trail. I grew up hiking with my family and friends and got an early appreciation for nature and being outdoors. I also love botanical art and drawing organic forms, so plein air sketching and painting were the natural conclusion. 

So far, on my year along this path, I've sat at the local beach and painted the same rocky cove more times than I can recall. I've explored three National Parks for unforgettable sights, hikes, and inspiration. I did a road trip down the California coast, and saw whales and landscapes of alien-looking rock erosion, and spent two days at the beaches just painting. I developed a new personal art style, and let it continue to evolve.

I'm not sure how much farther this path leads, or where I'm going next, but I hope you'll come with me on my journey.

What is the money for?

Your financial support will allow me to travel to more locations outside of the SF Bay Area and find new sources of inspiration for both art and the paths I'll follow on this journey. Next year I'm hoping to visit either Banff or Denali National Park, or possibly Iceland. 

Your support also funds the purchase of art supplies, like watercolors, paper, and brushes. 

I will be posting photos of my finished paintings, my sketches, and my nature journal. I'll also post work-in-progress and behind-the-scenes photos and videos. I'm also be available to chat if you have questions about methods or techniques, or anything, really. I love to share and teach, so feel free to start a conversation.

Thank you again for your support!

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Tiers
Explorer
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your support and welcome aboard! You Explorer kit includes:

Access to all of my posts, including new art, time lapse process videos, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories about my journey to make art into play instead of work.


15% off on original paintings through my Etsy shop or my website www.carriealyson.com

Adventurer
$5 or more per month
I am so thankful for your support and you company on this journey! Your Adventurer kit includes:

Access to all of my posts, including new art, time lapse process videos, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories about my journey to make art into play instead of work.


15% off on original paintings through my Etsy shop

Quarterly postcards or mini prints (sent after pledge process in January, April, July, and October)