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PAINTING A PRETTY PICTURE

TRISTAN PRETTYMAN SPEAKS FOR US ALL
We met up with North County's favorite surfer songstress and took some serious notes on the IDEAL DAY.

PHOTOS: BRAD COHEN

Aday in the life of singer, songwriter & mama, Tristan Prettyman @tristanprettyman. She opened up her house to our team, she sang to us, played guitar and even made us the most delicious smoothie, all while rocking our new Salt Air collection. 

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ER: Being a mom and an artist, how do keep up your creative energy and find the time to work on what fulfills you

TP: Since becoming a mom, my creative flow is definitely a bit choppy. Things take longer. Lots of pausing and stopping. At first it was frustrating because I rarely had these long windows to create and let my mind wander. After my son was born, it became an hour here, 30 minutes there. I had to reframe my expectations and be open to this new way of how the creative expression was going to come through. Boundaries are a good place to start. I end up saying no to a lot of things so that I can work in my studio when my son is at school. I try to remember that I toured for 15 years straight and these moments with my son are happening in the now and I won’t get them back, as parents we don't get make up days. I am fortunate to not have a more traditional 9- 5 job that keeps me away from him most of the day. I also try not to “should" all over myself, as my friend Tricia Huffman talks bout in her upcoming book F The Shoulds, it’s easy for me to beat myself up for not being more creative or producing more content. One thing I know is that that the creative flow cannot be forced, and I know that the most beautiful creations come from the experiences we have when we are fully immersed in life, living and aligned with our authentic wants. 

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ER: Tell us about the projects you have coming up! We're so excited to hear some new music!

TP: Oooh so many things in the works. I feel like I have multiple projects going on right now. Lots of ideas brewing. But over all, I am always working on new music. Right now i'm exploring with a more programmed electronic sound. I have always loved lounge-chill vibes, beats and hip hop. But I also really love super quiet cozy folk songs. I really want to put together a kids album at some point, and an instrumental meditation/medicine journey album, and am digging collaborating with other artists as well. Im kinda just feeling into where music wants to take me at the moment. I can easily get into that mode of should - I should be making this kind of music, writing this kind of song, etc. But I am trying to just be open and cultivate that stillness so that whatever wants to come through can come through. When it comes to music, I always keep it authentic. I have never been into cranking out songs just to stay current or relevant. I feel super grateful my fans are down to drift with me wherever I go, if I wanna go color outside the lines, they seem to embrace it rather than want to keep me the same as I have always been. 

Shot on location in Encinitas by Brad Cohen
Hair and Makeup by Sabrina Bates-Whited
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