Studio Happenings 4/21/16

Things have been busy, busy, busy! My partnership with Bigfoot Hydrographics keeps me on my toes with all the custom painting and my daughter is quite successful at devouring any time remaining in the day. That being said, I wouldn’t change it for the world. There’s nothing I enjoy more than having the opportunity to be with my little Valkyrie all day and do what I love. I am very grateful. Kudos to all the mommas out there- love to the working moms, love to the single moms, love to stay at home moms, love to the entrepreneur moms, love to the empty nest moms, love to the retired moms, love to the teen moms, love to the moms who are just barely keeping their heads above water…because let’s be honest. Mom’ing is hard.

I’m writing this while my little naps (at least I think she’s napping, it’s been quiet in there for about ten minutes so….) There are a million other things I should be doing right now. I should be doing the dishes, or picking up the house, or feeding the dogs, or actually working on my art, or painting for Bigfoot. Working at home is such a blessing, yet often feels like dancing the polka on a moving scale where one side is weighted with all the tasks that NEED to get done and the other is the time available to do them. Let’s not forget that adding children to that situation is sorta like sweeping the whole apparatus off the table at random intervals (usually when you are closest to balancing the scales).

My work is art. Art requires concentration and some inspiration. Concentration is tricky to turn on and off, and inspiration comes from some magical land where the fairies get a kick out of inspiring you at 2 AM or right before you fall asleep. I am finding that inspiration seems to come most often on days when my baby is especially demanding…and there is zero chance of me sitting down at the table to work. Thanks a pantload magic fairies…I hope you choke on fairy dust.

Much love and hugs from this momma to you.

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Studio Happenings

 

 

It’s a beautiful day here at the studio. I’ve always loved Texas and days like today remind me why. The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and I’m over here feeling like Snow White. It’s a rare occasion! But the point of today’s post is to let you know what’s going here at the studio.

First, I will be attending Oysterfest in Fulton, Tx. next weekend (March 3-6). I will be there with Bigfoot Hydrographics working on a very special tumbler. If you’ve never seen a space unicorn, you should come check it out! I would love to say hello or discuss ideas while I’m there so don’t be shy. I’ve never been to Oysterfest so I’m excited to be going for the first time. It’s a pretty big deal and I know we’ll be super busy all weekend.

Second, I’ve had some extra time off from my commission work with Bigfoot to spend some time reflecting on my own art and the direction I wish to go. I have been trying to objectively asses my own work, which is crazy and I don’t recommend it to anyone. The conclusion I’ve come to is this: I am capable of producing multiple styles in multiple media, but that doesn’t mean I should consider all of them as integral pieces in my repertoire. This means I will be paring back and trying to pour my focus into those that I feel BEST reflect where I am as an artist at this stage of life. This, in turn, means that I still have work to do on the website and Facebook page.

Third, and most importantly I am deeply grateful for all the goodness in my life. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the news, friends, or even family. This week has been a lovely reminder that though all may not be right in the world, all is right in MY world and for that I should be thankful. If you’re reading this, I would like to ask you to take a deep breath and picture something in your life that you love. I hope it makes you smile, if it did- I have done what I intended. A smile is a wonderful thing that should be shared- so from this happy momma and her family to you- SMILE!

The Best Little Arthouse in Texas

Ladies and Gentlemen, one and all- the best little arthouse in Texas is officially back on the old interwebz! Please be patient with me as I work to get the website back to its former glory over the coming weeks. The downside to this is that the format and content will change frequently. The good side is that the content will change frequently- so if you come back the chances are you’ll find something new on the site or something that looked a little wonky before is finally fixed.

After a long hiatus, the studio is up and running and quite busy with a new addition. I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on April 10 2015 and now she keeps me company while I work. While, I don’t intend for this blog to be about my kid…tempting, but there are so many other ladies who do that better than me; she is an ever present source of inspiration. So as a result you may read about her from time to time and how she impacts my art. (She is also the reason for the long hiatus and my current sometimes slow progress in my work. Go figure.)

We’ve partnered with a company called Bigfoot Hydrographics based here in Rockport to paint commissioned art on their merchandise. You can see what I’ve been up to so far in the Painted Rambler gallery. It’s been a blast and I’ve been fortunate enough to have pretty free reign in my creative endeavors with them. I encourage you to check out their site and see the other items they have to offer and some pretty neat options for coating just about anything.

I have managed to actually post fairly regularly on the studio Facebook page- which is a huge accomplishment. I may be quite talented when it comes to creating, but I’m a terrible marketer. I know this. I have been working on keeping the Facebook page active and I plan to write a blog here once a week to update on studio happenings or highlight an artist. Who knows…I might even get really crazy and write some art tutorials…Thanks for checking in on me and I hope that you decide to come back and follow along with us here at the best little arthouse in Texas…there is so much more to come.