What’s in the Works

I woke up at my usual time this morning, 4:45 am surrounded by warm furry bodies. More than usual because my husband was gone overnight. He is the clock changer so I was surprised when my iPhone said 4:19 by the time I got dressed. So I have an extra hour this morning and decided it would be a good time for a blog post. All of these images are not perfect, they are from my I phone and are not staged at all but they are “Art in Progress”. Showing you what has been going on in the studio.

This 16 X 20 painting is going to be called “Mary’s Garden”. It is a commissioned piece for Mary, with flowers that she loves. I place where I want the flowers to go and then work on an area at a time and I started on the left. Lilacs, Black eyed Susans and Blue Salvia. I would love to do other commissions so contact me if you would like one made especially for you.
I like to show how the painting starts out and how it transforms. I pick the pallet that I want to work with and start putting that paint down. I then decide if I want to use any of it for for flowers or stems or want to paint over areas. It is an ever changing painting. If you notice the blue sky had changed to a softer blue. I love the very fullness of the garden in the upper picture. At the end I tidy it all up and add marks or dots, gold paint and florescent paint.
I am also making smaller art for the Hoosier Artisan Boutique in Noblesville, IN at the end of the month. Rocks are fun stocking stuffers and kids are drawn to rocks.
The are my hand carved stamps that I put on blank watercolor paper cards. It is very nice stationary and large to write a newsy letter.
Different wreaths are also being stamped and will be available.
Another item I will have at the boutique are 5 X 7 flat panel originals for $25.00. Affordable original art, easy to frame, easy to mail. Any that I don’t sell I will put in my shop for purchase. Also let me know if you would like one made for a special person. I can get it done and out to you in jig time. Contact me.

Below I am putting the quote by Gustave Flaubert that I have hanging on my inspiration wall. It is a reminder of something to strive for.

Be Steady and Well-Ordered in you Life so that you Can be Fierce and Original in Your Work.

Gustave Flaubert

Looking forward to a little down time

My husband Tom and I are preparing to leave for Maine this weekend for some soul rejuvenation. I feel that nature does that, I also think that a painting is in the future with some wording like that. It has been a busy few months. I have done art shows in Indianapolis, Northville Michigan, La Grange Kentucky and Fort Wayne, IN. There is much preparation for shows and I always feel very stressed the week of the show and now we are going to have some well needed down time. I have found that no matter how much I sell at a show I always come away with more than that. I meet many people, who get introduced to my work. I get a lot of good feedback which means so much. My helpers are top notch and I enjoy spending time with them. It’s fun and hard work growing my art business. This painting is a print of my “In the Pines” and my sister Linda had it framed. It just looks so lovely.

This was taken on the Fourth of July from my back porch of the downtown Fort Wayne fireworks. I couldn’t see all of them but the tall ones were bright.

The video above, I took from my booth at Three Rivers Art Fair in Fort Wayne. Our booth was tucked behind the statue of Anthony Wayne on his horse, which drew a lot of folks to it but I feel that our placement didn’t draw the crowds like others. I have asked for a different spot next year. The kids loved climbing on it, many had their picture taken with it and the horse was anatomically correct with the 10-12 year old boys laughing and pointing at it. This cat painting was a hit and  my sister Linda purchased it, she loved it so much. What a complement. I have prints though in my http://etsy.com/shop/heresmyhart etsy shop, and which a few purchased at the show. .

My customer that purchased the original In The Pines sent a picture showing where she put it. I was quite thrilled to get it!

Such fun it was to carve new stamps for my note cards! So connect to my facebook page and instagram because I will be posting pictures of our trip along the way. I’m so excited!!

Mini Makeri retreat with Geninne

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So now it is Friday morning September 18th and I am at the destination of why I actually started my trip across the Midwest to Colorado. (See previous posts). The Makerie, which is a company owned by a very sweet and smart lady named Ali. The Makerie arrainges and sponsors art retreats and this is her 15th. There will be one in Philadelphia in April of 2016. She set up a retreat with one of my very favorite artists, Geninne Zlatkis. I received the email early in the year and thought about it for maybe 5 minutes at the most and signed up. It was very limited seating (eleven) and it sold out quickly with a waiting list of 84 people. It was held in @handstudio, which is actually an individuals working space who of course was in our group and Fran is her name. I will have some pictures later in the post. It was a beautiful day in Boulder, sunny, perfect temp and a beautiful studio and I get to finally meet Geninne! She greeted each of us with a hug and “Hi, I’m Geninne”and she had her signature hat and pretty skirt.We all were just really thrilled!! This was the package that was at each place setting. Geninne had stamped our name tags, and bags with her handcarved stamps. Inside the bag was our carving tool, pencil, a small art palet and a paint brush, tags and cards to stamp on and a pencil along with her “Making an Impression” book that she wrote about handcarving stamps. Paula, who also was a classmate and was living in the area made these wonderful paper houses with little battery tea lights and a matching chapstick because she knew how dry the air is in Colorado. She also brought a perfect acorn which I absolutely love. All my classmates were lovely women and we represented all over the country, New York, Florida, Montana, California, Colorado, Kansas and Indiana. Everyone was interesting in what they did outside of art but we all had so much in common too. We have kept in touch through instagram and facebook.

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So we all sat down and got started. We introduced ourselves, explained where we were from and what we did and told when we started following Geninne. Let me tell you now that Geninne is a lovely, giving, funny and humble woman. We all loved her personality and wanted to go home and live near her. We felt so lucky to be with her and each other for three days. First off we were going to learn to carve stamps. We all went outside and foraged through Frans shrubs and garden to find natural specimens that we could draw simply, to carve. Here is the picture of where everybody had been sitting and stamping on the paper cover table. We all would stop and take pictures and instagram them. It was a great time!! Ali always had healthy snacks out, different ones each day. Dried mango slices, snack mixes, nuts, dark chocolate raspberry chewy wonderful things. She also had very healthy lunches for us each day, sponsored by different companies. Whole foods, The Long i Pie Shop and another that has slipped my mind. We used compostable utensils and pretty cloth napkins. It was all just a real treat!

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Here Geninne was showing us how she carved her fishes. She, zip zip, drew it onto the block and , zip zip, carved it out in no time flat.(She has done it a few times :). One of my lucky classmates won it in a name draw.

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Just another closer angle of her carving out the fish.

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When we finished our stamps, Geninne arraigned them on the floor so we could take a picture and see all of them. It looks so pretty and so many great ideas that everyone came up with.

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We also stamped in a heart everyone’s stamps along with Geninnes and drew a name for it. We will also get a high resolution copy for ourselves to print off.

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We all also made pictures with our stamps and hung them up to be photographed. These are fun and pretty.

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I had gone around and taken pictures of other classmates areas to show their different ideas.

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The bulletin board in @handstudio. It was a wonderful studio with interesting things to look at, magazines, a beautiful bathroom (so important to women). We loved Fran too and wanted to live by her, such a gracious and soul beautiful woman.

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I especially loved her heart with wings. She had art items all over that were made by other artists along with her creations she makes. It was such a fun place to be.

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On our third day (Sunday) we broke out the acrylic inks and Geninne explained her process for painting on rocks. I had not used colored acrylic paint before and really enjoyed it. Here is everyone’s creations laid out on this woven piece which was a great backdrop. I love looking at all the ideas.

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Here are other items from my retreat. In the bag we also had the Turbo cards that Geninne made when her dog got sick and passed away recently. I had watched him from when he was a puppy and these were very special. The smaller one is her business card. We received a recipe card from the Long i Pie Company with a beutiful watercolor illustration. The bag that Geninne made up to put items in that she sold. My cards and tags that I made from the stamps I carved.

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She brought with her prints and originals that she was selling. I bought the leather journal that she and her husband Manolo make. It has a moleskin table inside of it.

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I have made notecards up from the stamps I carved at the retreat so sell at an art fair on October 10. It is A Renaissance in Roanoke.

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I have continuted to carve now. It is very soothing and addicting. This stamp was made from my sweet potato vine leaf. Notecards I am also selling at the art fair.

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I picked up some colorful acrylic inks and continue to paint on rocks now. I am hooked…you just put little things on them and they are just so cute and decorative. I am in the process of finding more.

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Painted a tall ship and a whale tail on that larger rock.

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I was just in awe of the mountains and the sunsets. I couldn’t get enough of them. I chose my hotel perfectly because it was only 3.2 miles from the @handstudio. It was a Hampton Inn only two years old and the beds were so comfortable. I reccommend it whole heartedly and I had a huge unobstructed view of the mountains. My retreat was everything I could think of…and more. Thank you Geninne, Ali, Fran and all the new artist friends I made.

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We were sad when we knew we had to go, back to our regular lives. It was a retreat from the world doing something we love to do and meeting someone we admired. As usual, thanks for stopping!

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