A little something just for you. A screensaver to make you smile every day! Just download this free screensaver by clicking this link and make it your wallpaper on your laptop or ipad. Enjoy. And stay tuned, I plan to create a new one early in April, just in time for spring…
Painting and art have been a life-long love for me. I am super busy with an advertising and design agency in Lancaster, PA, TCG Advertising & Design, and I have three wonderful children, an energetic husband, and two crazy cats. So I fit in my painting time in the wee hours of the morning and it makes me infinitely happy. Life is full. But I am squeezing in some time to paint. Which gives me peace in the chaos. I hope you enjoy my art!
As I start to think about getting ready for my art demonstration this Thursday, March 23rd, I realize what a long way I’ve come. Only a few years ago I made a commitment to myself to find time in my crazy busy life to paint, even though it seemed nearly impossible since I work full time with my own business and am still knee deep in raising a family. Now, only a few years later, I have my paintings displayed in three places simultaneously and I have the opportunity to do another painting demonstration. I think the part that amazes me the most is that I really only paint, on average, about five hours a week. Imagine what could happen if I painted more! Anyway, I am totally looking forward to it and feeling very, very grateful. Now the question is, what should I paint?
I’d love to see you!
If by chance you are free and in the area on Thursday, you are welcome to stop by and see me. I will be at the Willow Valley Clubhouse Gallery from 3-5. Thanks!
Running sideways. It’s about the journey, not the destination. Not a day goes by that I don’t need to rimind myself of this because I am constantly running as fast as I can to accomplish more than feels humanly possible. I run from one place to another, one activity to another, I run through my days on constant overdrive. Just last week on my way to work a little boy was on his way to school, running sideways, enjoying is journey, every single step of the way. I want to feel that way. Really, really want to, at least occasionally. The closest I think I get to that feeling is while I’m painting. Sometimes a painting just takes over and almost paints itself, like this one. Not sure why it’s different, but sometimes it’s completely effortless. Every now and then I lose all sense of time, well almost…but real life is always right around the corner. I really want to make a conscious effort to enjoy the moments, run sideways sometimes…hope you get to find the time to run sideways right along with me!
I don’t mean to sound braggy, but I wanted to share my news…
I’m delighted to say that my painting “Something Magical” was chosen as a finalist for the Emerging Artist category for the Art Muse Contest. It was chosen by juror, and very talented artist, Jason Sacran.
He included this statement about my work.
This painting is very cool. I really liked the cropping of it and beautiful color arrangements. It has a nice subtle continuation to it with the intersecting and converging lines and ornament top pointing in certain directions leading your eye all around the painting. It’s a charming piece.
And on top of that, I have been also chosen by Jack Meier Gallery to be a finalist for the Gallery Representation Award Competition. As a finalist, I will be entered into their Gallery Representation Award Competition where at least one artist will be chosen by the Jack Meier Gallery to be represented by them. This award will be announced by January 31, 2018. (I’ll keep you posted!)
Now that’s something truly magical!
A day in my life (or at least the first few hours) and finding a way to fit in doing what I love…
Some days I am so blessed to have a painting sell before I even have time to list it for sale. This just happens to be one of them.
Here’s how my day usually starts out…I do my best to get up as close to a 5:15 as I can. First, I turn on the coffee pot (so I don’t have to wait for it to warm up later, because every minute counts) and then I take a quick shower.
Then I make my coffee, grab my brushes, which are hopefully clean and waiting from the evening before, and head into my studio (down the steps to my basement). I usually have at least a general idea of what I would Iike to paint. And I have my panel ready and waiting. Then I find one of many of my favorite podcasts to listen to.
Making sure my paints from the day before aren’t dried out, I then replace the colors that need refreshed. Then I dive into my painting. The next hour goes by in what seems to be a heartbeat, a blink of an eye, a new york minute.
Then, at 6:45, it’s time for me to drive my daughter to the bus stop. At that moment I need to either be finished, or choose to finish the following day, which isn’t ideal because the paint dries too much. It’s sure is a great way to not allow myself to overwork a painting,
I usually photograph the painting right before driving her to the bus. I post it on Instagram (quickest and easiest post) while we are waiting for her bus to arrive. Next I head home and get ready for work and do my best to get to the office by 7:30 for the next part of my day to begin. On this particular day I found out that this cute bird had already found a new home. A nice way to start a day, right? It really doesn’t get any better than that!
Am I Crazy?
Even though there are days when I think I must be crazy to try to fit painting into an already busy schedule, I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
If you want to see more of my bird paintings, click here.
Finding time in life to do what you love it so challenging. So overwhelming. So crucial. I think I must be crazy to get up early every day to paint when I could be doing more important things…like working out…or doing laundry. Right? Getting things done that are piling up on my to-do list instead of doing what my heart wants to do. “They” say that you won’t die wishing you had done more laundty. But then the pile gets so damn big that you feel overwhelmed. With laundry and everything else. I was feeling this way this week. Like I really should cut back on the painting and maybe get more much needed sleep (or perhaps taking a writing class, because this is the part I am so bad at).
A Swipe To The Right
When I’m feeling discouraged all I ever need is one little boost to let me know I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing every morning, no matter how tired I may feel. I opened up my email and found out I was chosen as Judge’s Pick winner of the January 2017 DPW Monthly Contest for my Market Tomato painting (one that I personally adore, to boot!) With that I get the opportunity to be a featured artist on their website for the month of February. Yeah! So it’s a swipe in the right direction. Guess that means I will march on toward wherever this crazy journey is leading me. You can check out their website here.
Thank for your continued love and support. Wishing you some great swipes to the right!
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