I'm still adjusting to the time change - now the afternoon light wanes long before I do. It's a reminder to slow down and settle in for a season of reflection, both personal and professional. While the fourth quarter of the year typically represents more than half of my annual sales and can be a bit crazed, it is also followed by time specifically set aside for introspection and goal planning.
I look back to November of last year, when I was unpacking and consolidating two studios into my compacted little home space, and truly wish I had held greater trust that the universe would deliver beauty from the upheaval. I'll carry this lesson into 2020 - who knows what wonder awaits me (although I most definitely have a wish list!!)? It's bound to be magical, as I step into 20 years of being a working artist.
Meanwhile, the exhibition season is winding down. I am honored to have two paintings hanging inStarkweather Gallery(Romeo, Michigan) as part of their 20th Anniversary exhibition - these Daydreams will stay through January 2020. And I have a piece in the online members show of the International Society of Experimental Artists (the link on their website isn't working, but here's a direct line to the show hosted onSmugmug).
In other news, I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop I took a couple weeks back withLauren Everett Finn. She is a generous teacher and a delight to create with - if you get the chance to study with her, please jump on it! I am still working through ideas and paths she set me loose onto. There's plenty of material to carry me forward for a bit. And I've got my sights on a couple additional learning opportunities in the New Year, two with old favorites and one that'll really kick me out of my comfort zone.
This month I'll also focus on commissioned pet portraits (message mefor more details - I can squeeze a couple more in!), working out logistics for the newest incarnation of Daydreams, and some online classroom discussions related to developing one's own style (at $5/month, a subscription tomy virtual class would make a great gift for anyone wishing to nurture their own creation process). If you are looking for clever gift ideas, may I suggestmy FineArtAmerica storefront,where my artwork can be reproduced on a variety of items, including traditional print surfaces, along with blankets, tote bags, notebooks, mugs, smartphone cases, etc.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday - and having married a Canadian, I am lucky enough to get to celebrate it twice. This year Turkey Round 2 will be here in our home with the Kelly's. And you can bet there will be thanks given for each of you reading this.
"Lashes and Corkscrews," 5" x 8", buckskin tobiano curly horse portrait, acrylic on board, $289 to the first taker. Do I see any hands? Inquires to email@example.com .
I really DID intend to paint today, but things got out of hand quickly. I think it was the Snickers bar breakfast that me going in the wrong direction right off the bat. Then the mid-morning helping of caramel corn followed by a Kit-Kat lunch.... straight downhill from there.
For the last hour I have had my palette open and the brushes out, but trick-or-treaters are coming thick and heavy, and it's becoming very clear that I will NOT be finishing the sheltie paintings tonight (so sorry JB - they are coming, though!!).
Instead I'll share with you a piece I did last week for an art competition. I won't find out about the juror's decision until December, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy Percy, my friend's new gelding. Isn't he a dear?!
I am so excited to share with you the lessons I've created exclusively for this year's Make Create Express event. The first one features butterflies and will be part of the free Creative Retreat Weekend July 11-12th. The butterfly lesson will only be available, entirely for free, during this weekend event. However BOTH lessons, the butterfly and a wonderful rabbit painting workshop, are part of the year long Make Create Express. And I'm just one of 25 other artists who have made extraordinary content. Want in? Of course you do! We are less than 3 weeks out from the Creative Retreat Weekend, and to celebrate we are having a Blog Hop Giveaway. I get to give away 1 place in the Make Create Express year long workshop. This is a $120 value - think of the art supplies you can buy with that sort of savings!! To enter just share this particular blog post on Facebook and be sure to tell me that you have done so (shared this) by commenting here on the blog by 8pm on June 25th. I will an…
"Blue," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, not for sale. Not even if you ask nicely. My family will burn me at the stake if I let this one go.
When My Better Half works nights (like he is tonite), I play while the sun's up and work at the end of the day. It's a fun change to my normal routine.
Today included a little day trip with one of my favorite peeps in one of our favorite places. It was a delight to enjoy each other's company while the rest of the world was at work.
And tonight I had blocked time out to paint for a juried exhibit. My entry is due next week, and, true to form I waited until the nth hour. Because the next painting is always going to be the better one. Well, not always, but I do like to pretend. And I think tonite I might have played my cards well.
Well, mostly I played my cards well. You see, I turned my back, and Blue - yes, sweet little adorable - ate half my pizza** while I was feeding Gertrude Stein. Gertie the bunny, not Gertie the art…