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Monday, September 24, 2012

Off to the printers

The painting is over, the design work done, so now it's off to the printer's to pick paper type and place the order for the initial printing of cards and art prints. This is fairly new territory for me and it's a little stressful but I know it will become easier with practice.

I'm getting excited about ChalkWalk in a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to seeing artists in action and meeting people as they come by the booth. I have a list of things to do before then so this week will be busy checking those off. Next week, I'm meeting with a friend who launched her business a couple of years ago and is becoming very successful. I know she will be a huge encouragement to me.

So wish me luck as I venture into this new phase of being an artist. It's just plain exciting (and nerve-racking! :-) )

Friday, September 21, 2012


Yesterday was a frantic/panic day for me. I needed to finish my Christmas card design paintings and well, I still had a way to go on "Waiting For Santa". Needless to say, I spent the entire day painting. I didn't stop to fix supper for everyone (sorry, leftovers guys!) and had to remind myself to stop and eat. To say I was focused and determined to finish was an understatement. Ran into issues (oh perspective, you eat my lunch when I forget your rules!), solved them, felt overwhelmed (stopped, ate, and felt better), and triumphed at last!
Yes, I finished. Finally. Today is photograph day and get the files to the printers. Just 2 more weeks to get all done and ready for ChalkWalk. But, the cards will be there. Whew.

So without further fanfare - Presenting the 2012 Christmas cards!
"Waiting for Santa"

"Bringing Home Christmas"
I will also be offering "Merry Christmas Y'all" and "Snow Angel" from the calendar as cards also. (to see them go to my website at )
If you're interested in ordering these, send me a message or email at OR if you're in the area, come to The ChalkWalk in Round Rock, TX on Oct. 5-6th and look for my booth.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I received my first rejection letter this week - woohoo! I know, weird reaction, right? But let me tell you, I am somewhat thrilled. I mean, I was brave enough to enter an unknown show and let total strangers decide on whether or not they wanted to use my paintings in their upcoming show. That was a huge step for me.
I'm not devastated I didn't get in; disappointed sure, but not crushed. I've grown; gotten thicker skin; I know my paintings are good - I am more confident in my talent! So while it would have been great to be accepted, I feel good about stepping out and trying. And I'll keep entering and eventually, one painting will be a good fit and get accepted. Because nothing ventured, nothing gained. As I tell my friends - "You can't win if you don't enter!"

Friday, September 7, 2012

Christmas cards in the making

I've been promising a look at the Christmas cards - one is finished and the other underway.  There are 2 very cute designs, both with children anticipating the joy of Christmas. Here they are in progress:

"Waiting on Santa"

"Bringing Home Christmas"

There's just something about a child's joy and anticipation in Christmas that I find endearing. Don't you? If you're interested in ordering these cards, you can email me or check out my website for my phone # -

In the meantime, I'm still working on organizing the studio since moving everything. It seems like my projects keep piling up. I needed a way to corral the ones in progress. I found this great basket at Good Will - ugly pinky color  but a nice size:

Photo doesn't do the color justice. Trust me, it's ugly.
So out comes my trusty spray paint in "Fig Leaf", a color I've used before on the chair I use at my sewing table. A few good coats and it now looks like this:

Much better!
The tag says "Pending Projects". It's where I'm going to place the projects I intend to work on next - these are usually craft projects or sewing ones. Hopefully, it will remind me of what's in the queue and will help me keep up and be more organized. A daunting task since I'm constantly adding to the pile! ha.

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