Friday, April 30, 2010

A crossroads

I've come to a crossroad in my life. I was reading "Where Women Create" (without a doubt the most beautiful magazine) and I came across a wonderful feature written for Susan Rios. She has a quote or what the magazine calls a "Tip".
TRY NOT TO COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
ITS THE KISS OF DEATH. IT MAKES YOU UNHAPPY.
WE ARE EACH ON OUR OWN PATH,
AND THE MORE I PAY ATTENTION TO MINE,
THE HAPPIER I AM.

Wow, this was like a slap in the face. I've decided that from this point forward, I'm no longer comparing, AND I'm no longer going to make negative comments about what I do. It's all based on my wanting to be better. I see things that are so spectacular and I want that too. In reality, I haven't paid my dues in that particular area of art.
I am starting to "pay attention to my own path."
I'm changing the first line to read "DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS".
Instead of "TRY NOT TO".
"And the happier I am."
Thank you Susan Rios. You've really helped me today.
xoxo
karen

Sunday, April 25, 2010

no rest for the weary


I can't believe an entire week has gone by since I last posted. I promised myself I would post (at least) every Sunday. Today will not be the exception. This last week at work has been hectic and it looks like next week will be worse. It takes no time for the housework to get away from me. A crazy work week leads into a non stop weekend of cleaning and catching up at home. Where is time for my art work? I haven't done anything since before Disney.
The GREAT news is my packet arrived from Art and Soul! It has been the high point in my day! Wow, just over 3 weeks left until we fly out to Hampton, Va. The packets were fabulous, and a promise of great things to come. In the next couple of weeks I will be going over the supply lists and getting ready. Can't wait! Can't wait! Can't wait!
xoxo
k

Sunday, April 18, 2010

send off

Today I put together another box of my art to go to "Stampington" magazine. I packed, repacked, unpacked, labeled with necessary information, wrapped once again with bubble wrap, printed the list of products used and added the directions of "how to's". Tomorrow I will address the package and send it off to California. Finally!
Then comes the very long wait and wondering if it will be accepted.
It's like art shows. You work and work, set up your booth, put yourself out there. Then you wait for someone to come by and want what you offer. My sister (the artist) says it's kind of like being a prostitute. Sad comparison, but true in some ways. People come by and look and say yes or no. Your on display, everything hanging out there for opinions and (hopefully) takers. Inevitably, there are people that say "No, your charging too much", or, your (art's) not their taste. I've learned that it's alright to be passed on.
I'm somebody's type, or I mean my art is somebody's taste.
Tomorrow I send off my box with positive thoughts.
xoxo

dogs go to heaven


Dogs go to heaven.
Colby died this weekend.
She was my girlfriend's dog. The best dog.
It's just so sad.
We love you, Colby.
xo

I'm so silly.





I sometimes think I'm about 8 years old. Why else would I buy a book filled with ideas for fantasy paper dolls? I was in "Michaels" a few weeks ago and there was this book filled with stencils. I couldn't resist. I have tons of paper with no immediate plans to do anything with it all. Why not make paper fashions? Here are a couple of my little dresses. Now I want to put my (tiny) head on top and make myself gowns, or fish tails, or fairy wings...
I've been watching too much "Project Runway".
xo
k

Friday, April 16, 2010

Surrounded by artist's



This is my backyard. My husband's birdhouses are beautiful. My sister is the creator of the snails. Check these out. I mean really, click on them, the picture... They are so beautiful. She made them out of concrete. I would like to move them to a different place in the yard, but I need heavy machinery to lift them! They remind me of something out of "Alice in Wonderland". They have so much human personality. Plus, they have really cool mold growing on them. I would love to sculpt out of concrete. Hmmm, sounds like another project.
I've been spending the last two weekends recuperating. I'm still not right. (hee hee) I MEAN THE FLU!! There's been time spent on house work and also a lot of rest. Whew. I do not deal well with these dreaded virus's.
Today I worked on some art. I'm getting ready to send off some more stuff to "Stampington & Co." Keeping my finger's crossed that I might get published once again.
Everyone have a great weekend. I'll talk to you all again on Sunday.
xoxo
karen

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Coolest cake!




My friend Melissa is getting ready for a baby girl "Macy Jordan", due in June. Today was the baby shower and the cake was the cutest ever! It was taken from the mural in Macy's room. How cute is this? How cute is Melissa too!

trying watercolors






After watching Rhonda (the artist) at Epcot, I was inspired to try my hand at watercolor painting. The fairies seem like a natural because I'm still on the Disney World fantasy "high". BUT, painting is tough!
Not to be self deprecating, but I don't like my art. (wait, isn't that self deprecating? duh)
I have a stamp that says "Her Art Disturbed Her" It's one of my favorite stamps.
My art does disturb me. Why is that?
Your thoughts here are probably "So why put it on your blog?"
Because I view my blog like my weird journals. I don't mind sharing my thought there, either. I suppose it's who I am. I'll tell you just about anything about myself. Nothing deep, nothing hidden, it's all hanging out for all to see.
Maybe it's not that I don't like my art, it just disturbs me.
Art, (as they say) is a journey, a process. I'm still working at the acceptance part.
k

Friday, April 9, 2010

leaving comments

I think I've finally figured out how to leave a comment on someones blog. One of my favorite blogs / websites belongs to Julie Haymaker Thompson. I love her work and can't wait to take her class at the upcoming "Art and Soul" artist retreat. After reading her blog I was inspired to leave her a message and I DID IT!!!
Maybe not a big deal for some of you, but I struggle daily with my efforts on the computer. Today I had a small success.

Check out her site!
www.juliehaymaker.com (or Google search her name, Julie Haymaker Thompson)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

How did this come about?



While working in the "Garden of Weedon" I noticed that my "trash to treasure" chandelier (that I have hanging in the tree) had a tadpole in one of the glass votives. I had removed the electric wiring and replaced the tops with glass votives with candles that I light for parties. ( yes, when it rains they fill with water and get moldy) (no, i don't mind) I noticed the tadpole when I was replanting the garden. How did it get in there? The chandelier is 5 feet off the ground!

What to do with left overs


Some items on the dining room table that are left over from the Epcot show. What do other artist do with their left overs? Do family and friends get these forever?
xo
k

Happy Easter

Happy Easter.
I spent the day catching up on some yard work. The "Garden of Weedon" looks terrible. I bought a hose that is called a "soaker hose". I'm going to try something new this time. Watering the plants. The hose works well. I got totally soaked putting it in place.

It's been a week since our return from Disney. I'm still ill. I feel like I've cracked a rib from coughing. Tomorrow is back to work. All money I made from the show has been lost due to missing work for the week. Now that I'm back I want to start working on the art again, but here is the problem. I still have a lot of inventory left over from the art show. With no outlets to sell to, and no web site to sell them on, what do I do? What do other artist do? I suppose now is a good time to create that Etsy site, or a web site of some kind.

Easter doesn't feel like Easter today. We are all in different places. I'm here at home, Chuck is at work, Alex is at a friends. I'm not cooking, I'm too tired. Our family feels more broken than usual.
karen