Monday, September 27, 2010

new journal project

I am so excited to be invited to make a custom hand painted journal which may be copied into multiple journals. Here is the drawing I have started for this project. I've decided to be more organized and document the process of this project... I hope I can stick with it as this is way out of character for me. Here goes:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Suzi Skool, mermaids and plenty of good drama!

I'm an artist hermit. In the spring of 2010 I found suziblutube while surfing my little macbook lying in my cozy bed. She wove art into her wonderful girly gypsy life and waxed poetic about her constant companion pup, Gigi. I found myself falling in love with Suzi and Gigi and before I knew it I wanted to jump out of bed and draw and paint and sprinkle gold dust on everything. I quickly learned to incorporate pretty girls into my art and developed something more exciting than I could have in 5 years on my own. I am forever grateful to http://alovelydream.com/site/Welcome.html and http://alovelydream.com/site/Les_Petit_Academy.html for sparking the creative spirit in that had taken a painful hiatus!


With Suzi blu you will learn to draw and paint and layer and embellish but you will also learn the power of a creative community and acceptance from like minded folks.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

ArtWalk stories

I spent a glorious 14 hours last weekend, at Lake Country Art Walk, sitting with my paintings while chatting with onlookers. It was exhilarating, terrifying, tiring, exciting, and so many things rolled into one. I'm a producer of things and a seller of those things. It really is so much more than that though. Stories. Most people who buy art want a story and most art has a story, I believe it's the story they are buying not the art. Art is a purely emotional experience for the maker and the purchaser. I sold 3 paintings during art walk and then another one just after, what an absolute thrill! I love the idea of little pieces of me; my nighttime dreams, my daytime visions, my surges of creative energy that pulse through me all with their own path toward someones wall. So many details culminate into each painting and the space where they are created is the foundation.

At the end of September I will be moving out of my studio.....insert pouty face...... So I can save a bit of money on rent and then move back in January.... happy face! A lovely artist will fill in for me, which I am ever so grateful, so that I can gather my reluctant business self. In the mean time I'm teaching a mixed media workshop on October 2nd and moving all my art stuff into my dining room. It really changes the way I work to change my surroundings. I'm like one of those little turtles that stays the same size when they're in their little plastic pond (with the palm tree,  I'm a child of the 60's). Anyway, My point is that my work will change again in the next couple of weeks as I move back home to paint. I'm hoping to be more consistent with blogging to record said changes! Stay tuned.

Friday, September 10, 2010

on Faith

For so many years I thought that when I lost weight my life would magically be perfect...... In the last 7 months I have shed over 50lbs which is very gratifying and I love trying on clothes and feeling cute, but..... life still carries on in it's chaotic reverie! My husband is out of work and looking in a very difficult market and our stuff is falling apart and we don't have the means to fix it. I was hanging on and feeling good until last week; until I stepped in dog poop in my brand new shoes, until my computer hard-drive crashed with everything important to my work on it (no, I didn't back it up), until warning lights started coming on in my car.

On September 7th we have been married for 19 years. Is that one of those restless anniversaries because we're in such a state of flux the earth is moving?

Dave is, as they say, in a career transition and diligently looking for work.

"Just because there are questions does not mean there are answers" (Kiyoko Larner, Darger's landlord)  therefore, I say, there can only be faith. My journey through the twelve steps has me more faithful than I have ever been in my life. Promises of the program tell me, "We will lose fear of economic insecurities. I am being doled out one day in front of me, nothing more.  quiet time with the creative energy of the universe, reading positive material and being authentic everyday is the way I will get through the current chaos..... faith in the present.