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Art and Fear

I have come to realize that doubts and fears will always be with me, and that it’s how I deal with them and move forward that counts. Moving forward in the face of fear is a definition of courage.

The fear and doubt I feel are a sign of the resistance. They are a sign that I am moving in the right direction. I need to lean into the uncertainty, fear, and risk in order to live the life I want to lead.

There are different types of fear, fear of failure, the unknown, death, success, fear of making the wrong choice, etc. The only thing that they have in common is that they are all in my head. Fear isn’t out there, it is inside of me.

Right now my main focus is getting healthy, long-term I want to be able to support myself through my art and lead a life of adventure while making a meaningful impact on the world.

Daily I struggle with making the right choices, leaning into the fear and uncertainty, I often make the wrong choice, I’m not perfect, but I am moving forward.

I believe that focusing on my health has helped significantly. I am meditating daily, I’m up to 20 minutes. As a byproduct of my daily practice I am better able to recognize my thoughts and feelings while I have them.



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logo design ideas

I am in the process of designing my own logo and would love some feedback. I have 3 different directions that I can go in, here they are:


Please tell me in the comments section below which one you like best and what I else I can do. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

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Newest Pieces

I have been playing around in Adobe Illustrator a lot lately and I wanted to share my latest work with you. Here are the pieces I made with their original drawings next to them for comparison.

I’m not sure what to do with these pictures, maybe make some prints. Please let me know what you think and if you have any ideas for me, please comment below.

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New Piece and show

Hello this is Carley, I’ve got some exciting updates for you, I am in the Warped show! The show runs from November 14th – 30th 2014. Here is a link if you want more info: Warped Milwaukee.  I also completed a new drawing! Here are some pictures of it as a work in progress:

work in progress #1
work in progress #1
Work in progress #2
Work in progress #2

And here it is as a finished piece:

My newest drawing
My newest drawing

Please let me know what you think of it.

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I have been writing a lot of poetry lately. 10 days ago I challenged  myself to write 10 poems a day for 10 days, resulting in 100 poems. Most of the poems I probably won’t share, that wasn’t the point, the point was to have a goal and stick to it. I am proud to say that I have successfully achieved that goal. Most of the poems I wrote I think suck, but I wrote them anyways to gain experience. If you would like to read some of the poetry I’ve written here is a link:  I would welcome any constructive criticism or any feedback you have for me at all. Thanks for reading, Carley.


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first blog post

Hi this is Carley here I decided to start blogging for the start-a-blog  challenge. Here’s a little bit about me and my story, I was born in Milwaukee, WI around 28 years ago. I have always had a passion for art, but was afraid to pursue it. After graduating from UWM in December of 2010 with a degree in linguistics I decided to go back to school for art in order to pursue my passion, I did not want to settle and get a job without ever trying. So in Fall of 2011 I enrolled back in UWM for art. I went back to gain skills, not for the degree, and after mastering the basics I came to realize that what I want is to be an artist, not an art student. And so I dropped out in the spring of 2014 and am building up a body of work right now. I have been into writing poetry and fiber art lately. Here is a picture of my latest piece:

orange and red fiber art

. Thank you for reading my post. Let me know what you think of my work in the comments section below

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Welcome to my blog

Hello this is Carley Knight, artist. This website is currently under construction, but feel free to look around and give me some feedback on what you see.

You can check out my stuff for sale at:

Like my Facebook Page:

Follow me on twitter: @carleyknightart

I’m also on instagram:

and Pinterest: