This class ended up booking in out in 48 hours. It was such a huge hit, that I’m offering another by request.
If you’re in the Kansas City area July 19th and want something fun to do, come join us. You do have to pre-register due to the nature of the class (I have to draw your pet on the canvas first)!
You go sign up here! Paint Your Pet Portrait
Whenever someone buys a painting from me, I send along one of my art cards and write a thank you note inside. I love the way they look and the personalized touch.
Then in the past year, I’ve become more aware of art cards and prints in gift shops and local artisan boutiques. I keep having the reoccurring thought, ‘Mine would fit here’. I finally got up the nerve to approach a local Kansas City artisan boutique. I’m happy to announce that starting next week, my cards and prints will be sold at the Flying Pig Mercantile on Southwest Boulevard.
I also have a few other retail establishments in different cities in the works. Hopefully I’ll be able to announce them soon. Until then, you can find my cards and prints at the Flying Pig, or if you’re not making a trip to the city, you can get them on my website.
Several years ago I had a vision. I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to wear my own artwork’. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I researched companies that could print my artwork onto fabric. Then I approached a fellow artist and seamstress and pitched her my idea.
She instantly got excited. Then I got nervous. I started coming up with excuses about why I wasn’t ready. Some of these excuses were that I needed to lose weight, that I couldn’t figure out the right artwork, etc. It’s amazing how often we make excuses and hold ourselves back.
This year I’m learning to just jump in with both feet. This is one of those things I have put off. So finally, I did it. I ordered the fabric, collaborated with a seamstress, and my dress was made. There’s something really cool about walking around in your own artwork. When someone stops me to tell me they love my dress, all I can do is smile and say, “Thanks, it’s my painting!”
I’m not a seamstress. I can’t sew anything. I’m a painter. This vision seemed so far fetched to me. And now I’m walking around in the reality of my vision. I just can’t get over how cool it feels. It makes me wonder what else I can do now!
Someone told me once that I “collect people”. She was referencing the fact that usually after she ends a job or moves onto a new chapter in her life, she rarely stays in touch with people from that period of her life. After a decade, she was still my friend and we see each on a regular basis.
I thought about what she said and she’s right. I do collect people in a sense. Relationships mean a great deal to me. I don’t know if it’s because I was raised in a small town where you became so close to everyone or I have always made people my family. Regardless, once you’re in my realm of friends, you’re probably there for good.
I sold a painting this week and was shocked and elated to see it was someone from 20 years ago. It made my heart happy that 20 years later he was still part of my life in a way even though we are no longer on the same path of our journey. They say building relationships matter when trying to run a business, but to me, relationships matter in building a life.