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!
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!
Happy Friday! I am so happy that my artwork will be on display at Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Tap Room in downtown Lancaster, Pa for the next several months. I will be there tonight, Friday, February 3, from 7-8. My artwork is beautifully hung and looks great in that space. How lucky am i?!? Stop in and say hi to me, enjoy my artwork, and sample some wonderful olive oils and vinegars if you are in the area. Hope to see you there!
Starting the year off right! I feel so very fortunate that I will have my work hanging in not one, but two places this spring.
I just finished hanging work at Willow Valley Communities Clubhouse. It’s a super posh retirement community south of Lancaster. I must say my paintings look fabulous on their bright gallery wall. The colors dance and sing together. My paintings will be there from February through the end of April.
And then, as the icing on the cake, I was invited to hang paintings at Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom where I showed my work this past fall. My paintings will be there indefinitely and I will be able to change things out as I create new ones. So, I guess you could say its kind of my own “official” gallery. So, if you are in Lancaster please do stop in and stock up on some fabulous olive oils and vinegars and see my art at the same time.
I’d love to see you!
This all means I’ll be busier than ever with a First Friday at Seasons on Friday, February 3. I’d love for you to come see me between 7 and 8 and say hi! And I will have a reception and painting demonstration at Willow Valley on Thursday, March 16. And the best part? It’s time to work on more paintings to replace the ones that might just find new homes! I have my fingers crossed that it’s a sign of a great year ahead.
I have a few calendars remaining with my colorful and whimsical birds paintings. They need a new home so they are now marked down 30% to make room for more fun art! Get yours before they are gone forever! You can purchase in my Etsy shop for $22.40 here.
It’s one of my words for 2017. I’m choosing 4 words and making a list of goals. Scares me. Not sure why. I usually have no trouble sticking with something, seeing it through to the end. Having enough time is usually my biggest challenge. So I’m saying yes this year. Yes to trusting that I am exactly where I need to be in this moment. Yes to confidence. To knowing I am an artist in my heart and it’s important to keep doing what I love with confidence. And I’m saying yes to a little bit of magic! A great place to start.
Trust. Confidence. Magic. Yes.
That’s only the beginning, now it’s time to make a list of goals…
What are you saying yes to?
Please contact me with comments or questions. I would love to hear from you!