Author Archives: strokeofred

About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.

Paint Your Pet Portrait – Take 2

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. … Continue reading

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Parties and Classes

It’s been awhile since I’ve taught classes or art parties. I was so busy with travel last year, I put teaching and parties on the back burner. Recently I’ve received a lot of requests for them, so I decided to … Continue reading

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6 Acceptance Letters

I have mentioned in past blog posts that I decided to start applying for things I didn’t have the nerve to apply before. I also applied for a lot of festivals I’ve never done, residencies that look interesting, and even … Continue reading

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Creating Opportunities

I once heard that if you weren’t being rejected, you weren’t reaching far enough. This has been stuck in my head for awhile. I realized this year that I rarely do anything that I think I have a chance at … Continue reading

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From the studio to retail

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 … Continue reading

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When a vision becomes reality

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. … Continue reading

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I collect people

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 … Continue reading

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