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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day 10....

If you ever want to make your month fly by...join a challenge!!!
Its day 10 of Leslie's 30 paintings in 30 days...and welp....I find myself already behind...sigh....

Most days I cone home too exhausted to even head upstairs to my studio...
I have been invited to have my very first show!!!  The show will be held at Blake Street Studios downtown Raleigh, and will go up with a reception October 3!!!  Sounds great...but this gal has a lot of work to do to get it done!  My plan is to paint like crazy all weekend long...paint, grade papers, get lessons done...and paint some more!!!
Hope you all are having a great week!
Until next time,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day 4...

I am blogging from my phone tonight as I almost let this day slip right by.
I taught a class at Jerrys tonight, and did this piece for the 30 in 30 challenge...
It was again wonderfully nice to let paint fly after a very hectic day at work... And even more wonderful to end the day with a great art journaling class!
Until next time,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 2....

Technically it is Day 3 of this challenge...
I truly enjoyed coming home yesterday afternoon and letting go of the day in my studio.  I don't know about you all...but it feels so wonderful to have this outlet!!!
Thank you Leslie for such a wonderful challenge!!!
Until next time,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back in the Studio....Finally.

Good Morning, blogfriends!!!  Hope that you all have had a great weekend....and, if you had the day off yesterday, I truly hope that you enjoyed it!  I know that I did!!!
I can't believe that it has been since August the 19th that I have visited my journal!  I have been in my studio...but working on something a bit different that consumed me.
I was asked to work at an outdoor festival this past weekend...where kids would be able to work on a craft.  My task was to prepare for 1,000 kids!!!  So, for weeks, I consumed with preparing tags like this one...

It was a lot of fun, but, wow was I tired!!!!  Luckily, the weather was simply perfect....
This morning, it was all about me.....getting my hands dirty in paint, and getting back to work on things just for enjoyment!!!  I am participaing in Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days...of course, today is day 2, and I'm just beginning...sigh...but I am here, and created this!!!

I will come home after work today, and head right back to my studio to get busy on creating todays painting.  I just love the idea of a new painting every day....especially for me since I want to grow and "learn" to paint.
I hope that today is amazing for you!
Until next time,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Goodbye Sweet Summer...and Great News!!

Today was my first day back at it...
I am already frazzled beyond belief!!  No matter how much I try to prepare during the summer, I am simply overwhelmed going back.
Goodbye long days of playing in my studio, and naps, dear sweet naps, You will be missed incredibly...sigh..
So, on to my news... 
A while back, I posted this piece that I did on canvas...
You may recall all of the "issues" I have had to face with painting on canvas.  These issues have kept me from a long time goal of submitting work to shows...well, I found the courage to submit this to The N.E.W. Show at Visual Art Exhchamge in Raleigh, and you know what...it was accepted!!!
I could not even believe it when I saw my name amongst all the artists that were juried into the show!!
Again...I can not thank you all enough for such encouragement along the way!!!  This small accomplishment feels so amazing!!
Until next time,

Monday, August 11, 2014

One More Week....

Of summer vacation for me...sigh...where in the world did it go.
This will be a week of getting it all done...all the things that I ignored all summer--a mad dash to clean out closets, and things like that...so...I have to make this week count.
I did work on getting my studio organized..
Things are now sorted, organized and more importantly...off the floor!
I have my table space back...thank goodness!!
Extra paints are now sorted and stored...not all over the place.  I donated lots and lots of stuff...and, still have so much...sigh.

Seriously, Ophelia....how many journals do you need...seriously?????
Guess I'd better get busy, huh...
With things put away, I can now see my treasures!!  My friend Patti made this charm collection for me, and oh, how I love it.
Speaking of....I spent a day with Patti at her studio and I always get so inspired being with her...
Her table space just makes me sooo happy!!
I get so inspired by looking at other peoples work spaces...do you??

We played with lots of things...
I did this journal page with Dylusions Sprays...lovely!!!!
I always enjoy my time with her...I have found that being in your studio is lonely work sometimes...so, its so nice to have a tribe....
If I have not said so lately....thank you all so much for being a part of mine!!
Until next time,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Love Hate Relationship

With my studio....sigh....
Affectionately known as The Imagination Station.  Lately, we have been in a love/hate relationship.  I love my space....but I hate the condition that I have let it become....
Pure clutter!!!
Have you ever seen such a mess!!!!

I just honestly love my stuff!!!!!
And, the unfortunate part is I have realized that my space is stifling my creativity.

Yes, the easy answer is just to clean this place up....
But, man oh man, do I have a lot of work to do....its one of those too busy driving to stop for gas...then, you realize that you just have to stop.
Have you honestly ever seen such a mess!!!
I have decided that on Monday....this Monday, August 4, 2014....I shall get order back to this haven that once was mine.
I am going to go through Julie Fei Fan Balzer's Studio Organization that she posted on her blog back in 2011.  It is time......sigh....I am prepared for the fact that it won't be easy...but, it must be done.
Wish me luck....seriously....to tackle this...I'm going to need it!!
Until next time,
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