I am having a whirlwind season with art show after art show! Just finished up art show no. 3 with 2 more to go. My biggest of all, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, is in 3 weeks. I’m excited and nervous because it is estimated that 200,000- 300,000 people go to this show. Eeeeeks! I’ll be working hard over the next 3 weeks to make sure I have enough cards, banners and art blocks, my biggest sellers.
I’ve been painting a lot of new things over the last month including these new ornaments and wood plank girls.
I am hoping to share more of what I’ve made over the next week.
I’ve been prepping for art show #3 this weekend at the Tucson Museum of Art.
These are 3×5 inch milagro inspired paintings on recycled pallet wood blocks made by Doug at RedeemWood – you can find his work over here on Facebook. I had the leave the wood exposed on the sides and backs because it is just so beautiful!
I’m back after an unplanned break. I’ve just finished up with my second art show and was slammed with a nasty cold right after the first. Fortunately, I was super prepared for the first show and didn’t need to do much for the second. I was able to make some ornaments and replenish my stock of cards, prints and banners. Less than two weeks until the next show!
In other exciting news, Phoenix Home and Garden came to my last art show and my home to photograph me, my art and my studio. Very exciting!! I will be in the 35th anniversary issue coming this January.
Halloween on an art show weekend is killer, but we made it through. I had to put some Halloween decorations up, especially because they were requested by my youngest. My oldest even told me how cool it was that I do this every year. So nice to hear!
And, I made it through my first art show of the season. It went very well. There was a bit of rain on Friday, but the rest of the weekend was perfect.
I have another show this weekend! Off to refill my supplies and make more art!!
I’ve always loved the moon and the idea that it can help guide you through the month with accomplishing your goal, intentions and wishes. I’ve read a lot about it and wanted something visual and pretty to guide me through.
I am a little obsessed with the moon and look for it whenever I go out at night. I can see it through my studio window, almost every evening as it comes over the horizon. It is magical.
This is my version of the moon phases and how to set intention using the Moon’s powerful light and energy. Start at the top and work clockwise:
New Moon: Set your intention, goal, wish. Write it down and read it every night. Waxing Crescent: Visualize the change needed to make your intention a reality. First Quarter: Take action! during this time, do something that moves you toward your goal. Waxing Gibbous: Refine and adjust to what happened when you took action. Full Moon: Celebrate the full moon’s light and look carefully for signs and gifts. Be open to receiving them. Waning Gibbous: Honor what you have been given, good or bad and give thanks for realizations and lessons learned. Last Quarter: Release and surrender. Let go of anything not serving you or getting in your way. Surrender to any truths that have come to surface. Waning Crescent: Restore and reflect. Use this time to replenish, heal and care for yourself. Prepare for starting over with a new intention or continue to move closer to your previous one.
I love little rituals like this. It can be used in a completely light hearted way or help you to seriously look at what you want and need in your life.
These were so much fun to make! I found these awesome little frames and knew they needed to be painted. I wanted them to be bold, graphic and colorful. They have dimension, lots of color and a bit of sparkle making them perfect for Day of the Dead art.
You can see the shimmery paint better in the photo below.
All three of these will be at Art House Centro in Tucson for the Barrio Bones Exhibit. Opening reception is tonight! If you are local, I hope to see you there!
The winner has been drawn through Gleam – the handy little widget that collected all of your entries. Thank you a million times to everyone who entered and left such wonderful comments. And thank you for helping me spread the word!!
Class registration opens today and you’ll want to take advantage of the early bird special. Here is a nice little video to explain more about the course.
For those of you who have seen my art and portraits, you’ll know how much of love color and high contrast. In my lesson for this course, I’ll be sharing how I use my colors to make my portraits really pop and I’ll be sharing my technique for painting skin tones. My lessons will also include drawing hands and adding them to your painting.
The first 10 people to sign up through my link will get a small 5×7 original painted portrait on paper. It will be mailed out in January to help inspire your portrait painting through the course of this work shop.
So here it is, my 2016 Wall Calendar, ready for purchase.
I think I put all the happiness and sunshine that I could muster into this calendar. The Arizona sun kept me in a plentiful supply of sun-shiny rays, that is for sure. All that sunshine and happiness, so that you could get your monthly dose all throughout the coming year.
Here are the deets:
– 12 months – January 2016 through December 2016
– 11×17 inches open, 11 x 8.5 inches folded closed
– Room for writing special dates and events
– Has major US holidays
– Pre-drilled hole for easy hanging
– Comes in a clear plastic sleeve ready for gift giving
– Professionally printed in the US on white 100# glossy paper
I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a part of a brand new, awesome course titled “Let’s Face It”. LET’S FACE IT is a course created and hosted by Kara Bullock from Kara Bullock Art. It is for anyone that wants to practice creating faces and portraits, but is especially designed for those of you that have felt scared or intimidated to do so at some point in your life. Together, we want to share with you our strategies, tips, and techniques that we use in order to create our faces and portraits. You will leave this course feeling confident enough in your skills to never feel intimidated again!
This course is not open for registration yet! However, you can read more about this course and bookmark this page so that on October 15th, you can come back and register. What is even better is that if you register by December 1st, you will get a discount on the price! YES!!! Awesome, right!?!?
I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team of teachers and guess what else!?!?! I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you!!