Creative Challenge – Days 3

My cat recently ate my fish. I’m a little bitter about it. Mostly because I lik12188895_10153710073421369_9075714590634426321_ned the fish better than the cat (not my cat). Anyway, the Chinese believe that goldfish are good luck. This explains why you always see them in Chinese restaurants. It is believe that if there is any bad luck they will take it with them. Therefore, if you have a goldfish die, you should immediately replace it. I decided to paint my own.

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30 Day Creative Challenge: Day 2

I love playing with the composition for cow paintings. They become like little pets. Here’s one I call “Close Up”, Acrylic on Canvas, 5×7″.

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30 Day Creative Challenge: Day 1

I have a million ideas and I get tired of just sketching them12191623_10153706747551369_630092391092914171_n out or writing them down. I decided to do a 30 day Creative Challenge. I invite you to join me. Share your creative project with me. It doesn’t have to be a piece of art, it can be anything creative.

Today I broke out the oils. I have missed oils but haven’t used them in awhile. I decided to create some tulips that have been floating around in my head. I call this “Fresh”, Oil on Canvas, 5×7″.

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Art Fun for Everyone

To simplify everything, I have created a new home for my art parties and classes! From a fun project with the kiddos, a creative date night, or a relaxing ladies night out creatc700x420ing and sipping wine, you can find it all on my new website www.Artfunforeveryone.com. Go check out the classes currently listed through December. My classes tend to fill up so be sure to sign up soon!! You can also keep up with the pictures and updates on the Facebook page. 

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Cow Town

It has been a crazy summer and fall. I did a whirlwind of art festivals and shows. I have set up regular hours in my art studio inside the InterUrban Art House in downtown Overland Park, finished up several commission pieces, and have started offering classes and art parties again. After a few weeks in Southeast Kansas (where I grew up) I started to feel a little homesick for my roots. I painted a few cow paintings, and it turns out they have been hugely popular. Go check out my new cow paintings HERE!

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A Tour of the Studio

The common response I hear when someone sees my paintings for the first time is, “Pictures don’t do your paintings justice; you can’t see the texture at all”.

Well, I’m not sure this helps, but it’s a start. Right after I posted this video this week I got a lot of great feedback so I’m going to try to start offering a little more video straight from the studio.

Let me start out by offering a tour of my studio!

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10 ways I’ve turned lemons into lemonade

Summer was a whirlwind of art festivals and shows. It may have been the busiest summer I’ve had. It was good because in all of the busy work I got some real focus on my direction 12003280_10153624929646369_2666099573616520346_nand what I want to be doing.

Then, at the end of summer, I was in a car wreck. Fortunately, it wasn’t serious, but it has messed my back up temporarily. It has slowed me way down. Of course I flew into panic mode. “But I have all of this stuff to do,” was my response. I don’t have time to be hurt. My back being hurt has affected every aspect of my life. I can’t paint long without my arms going to sleep. I can’t sit long without excruciating pain, spasms, and my feet falling asleep.

Like everything, you do what you have to do. Here are some things I’ve learned.

  1. It is not healthy to spend 12 hours straight painting.
  2. When you have a limited time to do something, you focus. No more letting people interrupt your work time, playing games on your phone, and getting distracted.
  3. You stop caring about the little stuff. What going to happen if I don’t get to it? Absolutely nothing
  4. Most of the stress or deadlines I feel, are put on me by me. Most of it’s all made up in my head.
  5. Prioritizing is essential…and so is breathing
  6. Sometimes you have to know when to just take a break, lay on the floor, and get a fresh perspective
  7. You ask for help. I can’t carry heavy stuff. I can’t even bend over and pick up things very well at the moment. I also suck at taxes and stuff I don’t want to do. You learn to ask for help.
  8. You take care of yourself. This body is my vessel. I’m stuck with it and any damage I do to it. I must take care of it so that I can keep doing what I love. I must give it time to heal.
  9. I don’t have to do everything today. There is no such thing as balance. I play many roles, and at no point in my life are these going to be all balanced. I don’t need to give myself additional stress by believing this illusion.
  10. Being forced to slow down (once past throwing my temper tantrums) has resulted in a lot of productivity, doing the small stuff that often gets overlooked, and being kind to myself.

These are hard lessons to learn. I haven’t handled them all with such grace. I still get pissy when I want to work a little longer or do a little more and I can’t. But I’m learning. I’m growing, and I’m making the best of it.

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