September is here, and things are officially in flux. Many of us are in the midst of transition—we’re putting summer behind us, we’re starting new projects, and collectively, we’re struggling to find enough hours in the day.
We’ve been talking about routines all month long here at RB, and for good reason. Whenever the pace of life starts to pick up, and projects begin to pile on top of eachother, our routines are usually the first to go.
We’re doing everything we can to stay on track this September, and yes, part of that work includes maintaining any semblance of structure we can, but the other half of the battle is making time to check in with ourselves.
Anxiety and stress surface when we don’t carve out any time to examine how we’re feeling, even if it’s only for a few minutes a day. That’s exactly why we worked with Marleigh Culver to create this floral inspired coloring page—steal a few minutes away from your email, slack, and zoom, close your computer, and just color. Little things like this can do wonders for our health, by simply giving our brain some time to cruise on autopilot.
We chatted with Marleigh to learn more about her inspiration behind the design, and caught up with her just to see how she’s doing during this time.
What was your inspiration behind the graphic? And what are some of your artistic influences?
My art is very abstract. I tend to create a lot of bolder, flatter, more simplified pieces, but I’ve been experimenting with using more details and layers lately. So when creating this, there was a lot of inspiration from 70’s art that went into it.
There’s this illustrator named Peter Max, who did a lot of psychedelic art in the 60’s and 70’s, and I drew a ton of inspiration from his work. I also looked to Robert Beatty’s work, who does a lot of artwork for Tame Impala.
How are you staying grounded during this time?
I’ve been working a lot, that’s how I get myself to function, which I know isn’t always the best.
I’ve also been trying to read more to stay grounded, and stay in tune with myself and the world around me. I love to do yoga, but I haven’t been getting on the mat very much lately.
I also smoke, pretty much every night. My therapist suggested that I try smoking and drawing, letting myself explore the areas of my brain that I don’t get to access very often. I’m very conscious of substance use, I grew up being wary of drinking and smoking too much, but if I’m stressed out and smoke just a little bit, it removes a layer of stress that I don’t necessarily need.
Are there any routines that you have been sticking to during this time?
I journal, and every night before bed I make tea.
I just make the yogi bedtime tea, I love the smell of it, and the flowers or whatever herbs they use in it. Drinking tea at night helps me cross that border between the day, and rest in the evening.
Are you finding that you’re more plugged in to social media right now, or are you actively taking time away from it?
A little bit of both. I’d say my usage is the same as before, but what’s changed is my approach in using it, how I’m paying attention, and absorbing information.
It’s kind of hard to step away because my work requires me to be involved in it, but I try to take time away whenever I can.
What’s one thing you’re feeling extremely grateful for during this time?
I’m grateful for my partner, because he’s been such a grounding force in my life amidst the chaos. Last night, he basically took me on a headspace-esque journey where he told me a story while I was falling asleep to help me relax.
I’m also grateful that I’m able to paint, and that it keeps me employed and able to pay my bills. I feel grateful that I can express my art safely.
Are you working on any cool projects right now?
Right now, I’m a creative director for a soup brand in New York called Good Stock, and it’s been really fun to work with them on shoots, helping evolve their visual language, and helping them get more in tune with their audience.
I do a lot of brand design, brand direction, and graphic designing for social. Right now, I’m working on a branding project for a beauty brand, still in the realm of 70’s inspiration. I also do some commissioned work on the side, whether paintings or drawings, for non-profit auctions.
I work on a lot of different projects at a time—I usually start around 10 am and work until 7 or 8 pm. It keeps things interesting, and it’s good for me to jump around and get different ideas from different places.
Catching up with Marleigh Culver was such a breath of fresh air, and we *highly* recommend checking out her social for a much needed artistic escape.
You can download RB’s floral coloring page here, print out some copies at home, and get into an artistic zone of your own. More to come soon, but in the meantime, make sure you’re all checking in on your friends, too.
Kat Frey is a Brooklyn based writer, who originally hails from The Wing. Kat has historically worked with women-lead brands, and her writing spans from culture and cannabis, to overall health and wellness. When she’s not busy writing for Rosebud CBD, she spends her time thumbing through The Cut, Man Repeller, and T Magazine, or listening to Las Culturistas. Her favorite form of self care is adding our 350mg tincture to homemade face and hair masks!