I love how Facebook has brought me together and in better touch with people from my past. Many may argue that it is a lazy excuse for communication, insulting even. However, in today's busy world a quick check in is time well spent to see a friend's grandchild and how they are growing, see that another's child was victorious in a sport, or, in the painting world, see a new idea shared by an artist. I could never be able to keep current on so many lives, as that format allows. Today I read posts from two childhood friends and it prompted me to blog.
One had lost his father today, they other was remembering a great father whose passing was nine years ago. As I read both posts I cried for them, understanding the depth of that loss. I left a short message for both, and then remembered how much those little messages meant when my parents left this world, and when I grieved milestones with those losses. They were/are powerful and available to read and re-read. I suppose in that show of support I felt love, a cyber-hug! That is valuble and appreciated. My Dad passed 3 years ago, and my Mom was just last month, for both I will always feel a sense of loss.
My challenge to all of you has evolved from this. Be active in your facebooking. "Like" things, make a quick comment, or write a private message. It may be just what that person needs. As artists, it is sometimes lonely and isolated as we create. This forum is powerful to share what we are doing and support one another. So be a part of the positive force of social media...you can make a difference and be a part of the lives you have touched.
Have a lovely day!
Creative Painting was a wonderful convention again this year! As a school teacher it is hard to get away at this time of the year, but my dear friend Mert and I got to go for a few days to enjoy the trade floor and friends both old and new!
To begin the trade floor festivities, Andy Jones presented JoSonja with a proclamation of "Living Legend" from the National Museum of Decorative Painting. She is the Queen Bee in the industry and an idol of mine and many others. She is gracious, creative, and a wealth of knowledge...I was so excited to hear the news! Browsing her booth and watching her demo is a favorite convention pastime of mine...she is truly one of the treasures in this industry and our world is better because of her imagination and spirit!
We arrived at the trade floor on day 2 and let me tell you it was packed! That is great news for our industry and economy! There were many new things, lots of make it and take its, and familiar faces!
Our first stop was at Vines and Valhalla! WOW! The booth looked amazing! I was so excited to throw my arms around Jamie! Her support and guidance is tireless and I can not thank her enough! Loved seeing Flo, Don, and Jamie's sister Debbie too. What a nice group of people! The new book was waiting for me to buy it and it is incredible! Flo's photos are so well done and showcase Jamie's talent further! The surfaces were plentiful and seeing the finished product in person is so much fun! She is a truly gifted painter...beautiful!
I submitted two projects to teach next year...keep your fingers crossed that I am selected for one or both! If not, there will be two packets on the site very soon! :) I hear that you usually hear either way in the first part of April...better cross the toes too!
This was a great trip and made my anticipation of HOOT this August that much more exciting! It will be fun to visit a new area, a new convention, and paint, paint, paint!
Hugs to you all and happy painting!
What an fun few days! Thanks so much for your orders, thoughtful messages, and love! I am humbled by the warm reception and kind words...truly.
I was working on a new idea, when it occurred to me...what do you want? Perhaps it is a certain surface; signs, repurposed junque, furniture, laser designs. Or maybe what you really want is a certain theme to paint; strokework, snowmen, Christmas, Halloween, animals. Is there a decorating style that you would like to see more of?; beach, cottage chic, French country, primitive, folk art.
Please share your painting pattern wishlist... I find creative fuel in your ideas and that drives my designs and inspires me.
Please comment and share your ideas! I would love to hear your thoughts!
Welcome to the beginning of my adventure! I have been working on this aspect of my life since July of 2011, when that which seemed obvious to others in my life, became a challenge I decided to take on.
Jamie Mills-Price, my friend and mentor, has helped me in countless ways. Her "push" this summer was what I needed...and for that I am so grateful. Jamie has made time for me in a schedule that makes her not only a "big brush" in this industry, but an iron woman! Thank you, Miss Jamie, for your friendship, your talent, and your hand extended to this gal with a wild idea that this could be fun! You are my treasure!
My husband Shane is so supportive and has been patient and kind as I immersed myself in painting and creating a website! Thank you Shane for your love and encouragement...I love you!
Mert Gullings has helped me talk through ideas, proofread, and been the very best sounding board a gal could ask for! She, and the Wednesday girls in Pam Stalker's Painting Class, have been wonderful! Thanks so much girls for everything and your encouragement!!!
So as I anticipate my "secret" shared...this website, my designs, and a new aspect of my painting life...I am eager to hear what you think! Please share your thoughts and let me know what your would like in the future!
Release the hounds!