Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Update: The Woodland Collection sold out this morning in a matter of minutes! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I will be adding prints to my Etsy Shop next week. I hope everyone has a safe & happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I was thinking about this tonight after exchanging emails with one of my collectors. Sometimes I wonder if people that sell in galleries know their buyers. Do they have any clue why someone wanted their painting? Where was that person from? Where will they hang it in their home? Maybe some artists don't care about these things, maybe the paycheck is all they need. But that's not good enough for me. Many of my collectors have become my friends. I guess I can say that, right? I remember when I first started selling I thought it would be so cool to keep a map, and place a pin on each location I sent a painting to.
I remember the thrill of discovering a lady in Tennessee, just an hour away from my hometown, was buying my art. We exchanged emails about the scenery, the weather, the differences from state to state. I remember the time a lady wrote me to say she was buying a painting for a friend whose husband had just passed away. She said the painting would hold so much meaning for her friend, like I created it for her without even knowing it. I think about the lovely lady from Istanbul that has purchased several pieces from me. Pieces for herself, a piece for her mother. She takes the time to tell me what my art means to her, how it has significance in her life. There's a lady in California, a collector from the beginning of my art journey, that I exchanged pictures with. She longed for snow & I for sunshine. So from opposite ends of the country we swapped weather. Oh, yes, and Kecia, who I first met through ebay when she snatched up a few of my paintings. We are now attending Artfest 2008 together! And now I have a dear collector, anticipating the arrival of her first little one. She's sweetening up the nursery with my art.
I like knowing these things. Is that so wrong? Sometimes I wonder if I should be all business and no play? Is all this friendly conversation professional? But, alas, I can't help myself. I've asked my husband what he thinks about all this...He says, I shouldn't pretend to be someone I'm not. If I want to chat with my collectors, and they want to chat with me, so be it. I think he's right, he usually is. (Did I just say that?)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
These are a few paintings I did the year I took art after school. I believe I used pages of an old National Geographic magazine as inspiration. I was 13. A lady in my small town had a studio which she opened up for youngsters, for a small fee of course. I know it was hard for my mom to come up with the fee & money to buy my art supplies, but she did it. It was so much fun. My mom never let us have junk food, so as an added bonus, on the days I got a ride to the art studio from school I would stop and buy oreos & Kool-aid. I would be so buzzed up on sugar my hands would shake while I tried to paint. My instructor thought it was hilarious. Anyway- here are photos of what I painted. I think they are quite good considering I was only 13. I wonder what I could do had I not stopped painting for 11 years? hmmm...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Well, since my last post we have managed to tear out our old floors and put down our new ones. Tonight we are eating cereal for dinner because our kitchen is currently housing two sawhorses and about 100 feet of trim. Sand, paint, wait. We had planned to conquer this step outside, but it's drizzly and cold.
Above are two paintings I've been working on. "Girly" inspired by my little ones' affection for pink, pink, and more pink. "Twinkle" inspired by the countless times I've read "Goodnight Moon" to my girls lately. I've just added them both to my Etsy shop. Hope everyone is enjoying the last few hours of the weekend...
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Tomorrow is a day of home improvements! I love this kind of stuff. My husband is taking the day off & together we are installing new flooring. By together I mean, I will help move all the furniture, help rip out the old carpet, make runs back and forth to Home Depot, & make lunch. I suppose you could also call me the Creative Director, as I will be selecting all the materials. We are also painting ceilings, installing new lights, and possibly mounting a new microwave above the stove to free up counter space in our tiny kitchen. We have a smallish house, quite cozy though, we all get along, so we don't mind being close. However, there are times when more space would be nice. Perhaps an extra room for overnight guests/ a studio space...a bigger dining area where we could have a large table, perfect for packing all our friends around for food & drinks & laughter. We do have a really large backyard- large for living in the city anyway...and that's where we have most of our fun. There's plenty of space to have all the neighborhood kids over...they can take turns on the tree swing, play in the little tykes showroom we've accumulated, pick tomatoes from the garden, chase squirrels and catch butterflies. I guess there is room back there for more house as well. Pop on several hundred more square feet and we could hang out here for a while. We'd like to, that's for sure. Our neighbors are our extended family, neither of us really want to leave them behind. I'm sure Rylee, our almost 4 yr. old, would so miss her friends...well, I'm rambling, and I really have a million things I could be doing, so until next time, have a good night!