I have recently been creating a new series of tiny, 4x4 inch paintings inspired by images posted on Instagram. Going for a lighter touch by using watercolors or a combination of watercolors and acrylics.
I send the finished painting as a small token of thanks to those whose work fueled my inspiration. The floral cup of tea painting was shipped to Hong Kong and I received the following sweet note in return:
"I received your cute little painting in the mail yesterday, thank you so
much! I've placed it on the shelf next to my computer so that I can
feel the refreshment just by turning my head. :)"
Thereby adding more fuel to my Instagram encouraged fire.
Yesterday morning, while finishing up my 1950s Kate Spade inspired illustration, I received an e-mail invitation to place some of my artwork in The Creative Wedge, a new shop that will feature handcrafted gifts, American farmstead cheese and sweet delicacies. The owners, Sloane and Barbara, have been busy remodeling, painting, building and gathering items in preparation for their April 27th grand opening.
Thrilled to be invited, I hopped on my bike and headed up the road to check out the space and chat with the owners. The day was gorgeous and it felt great to get out in the fresh spring air.
Sloane, Barbara and their husbands have done an amazing job fixing up the retail space. Their shop is full of color and will be an awesome place to showcase artwork. I will be dropping off some of my pieces today and look forward to working with and supporting these two creative women.
If you are in the area, please stop by to champion this new business and those who have worked so tirelessly to get it up and running.
Kudos Sloane and Barbara - wishing you all the best!
After a long, cold spring it's nice to be able to move my work space out onto the front porch.
So I took my own words of advice and went outside to paint. As adults we need to remind ourselves every now and then to take a break from work or our busy schedules and bring back the joyous nature of play.
The ladies return for another delightful morning of art.
“It took me years to learn to sit at my desk for more than two
minutes at a time, to put up with the solitude and the terror of
failure, and the godawful silence and the blank canvas. And now that I
can take it . . . now that I can finally do it . . . I'm really raring
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