I love painting when on the go, it’s my favorite way to pass the time. The painting on the right is from the flight to San Diego, the painting on the left is from the flight home last night. Trying out new styles and ideas.
So let’s talk about shows. I didn’t get into Wintry Market this year. And while my outlook was really positive, let’s be honest, I was surprised, hurt and pissed off. My first thought was that it said something about me as an artist, a local maker, as a person. Maybe my art actually stinks, maybe my display wasn’t up to par, who knows! But then the next thought was “Thank God, I can enjoy my fall and not end up in a pit of depression come January like last year!” In the course of a couple weeks I came to the conclusion that I don’t want to spend my fall and winter doing shows this year. Maybe ever. So I started to think about what I could do to still have the same level of exposure and interaction with customers, which is my favorite part of doing shows, and eventually developed what is now my new plan moving forward.
I will still do shows and pop-ups occasionally. But not multi-day shows and nothing out of town. It’s too much to prep for, to pack for, to haul all of my display stuff back and forth and set up and take down alone and put away when I’m done. I work full time, I have an active lifestyle to support, a fantastic social life to maintain and this is just not sustainable anymore. I will work to get my art into more stores so you can see it in person when shopping downtown. I will beef up my online sales and start posting items for sale that I usually reserve for shows and pop-ups. I’m going to teach more classes and host hike and paint workshops. That’s what I’m really passionate about - getting people outside and painting. I also have some fun collaborations in the works to focus on that i think you will all be really excited about!
All in all it was a good thing for me that I didn’t get in. It led me to do some deep thinking about what I really want and what is healthy for me as a person and an artist. I don’t really have anything to prove — I paint because I love it. I sell what i paint because you love it (I hope). Doing this will give me more time to focus on doing what I actually love, painting.
Spent the weekend in this gorgeous place with 4 amazing girls. The hike in was horrendous but it was worth it. Glaciers, peaks, and that water. We relaxed, laid under the stars, were lulled to sleep by the sound of rain, skinny dipped and even hot-springed on the way home.
I didn’t get a chance to finish this painting at the lake but it was still so nice to capture the beautiful colors.
Heading to the mountains for an end of season backpacking trip with friends. Can’t wait to breathe that cool mountain air, sleep under the stars and commune with my girlfriends ❤️. I’ve had this very strong feeling all week and I need to get it out there: As someone who has experienced sexual assault several times, as a survivor, I want you to know if you are out there and feeling alone, feeling ashamed, feeling confused, you are not alone. We are in this together. This is the beginning of something big. A time when women can step forward and say “this happened, I didn’t ask for it, it’s not my fault, it doesn’t define me and I’m not ashamed”. If you start to ask around or listen, you will likely find that more women than you could imagine have been sexually assaulted in one way or another. We are not the minority, we are the majority. And it’s time for us to rise up and say “ENOUGH”. It’s time for us to take our lives and our stories back and speak out so that this ends. So that men of all ages know that sexual assault in any form will no longer be swept under the rug. Their actions will have consequences from now on. It’s time for us to stop shaming and start supporting each other and stand together.
All the fall feels today ❤️. What’s your favorite thing about fall? Mine is the changing of leaves and when they fall on the ground so that they crunch under your shoes when you walk. Don’t forget chai lattes, scarves, boots, hiking in the foothills on cool afternoons and evenings spent drinking beers by the fire with friends.
I spent a magical weekend at the Thousand Springs Art Festival with so many other talented artists and makers, my best friend @loloashk and her family. Thank you to everyone who came out to see us and support us!
Check out this cool photo by @rachel.sells.houses of my work displayed along side her other festival finds. And look at that amazing piece by @grain.sandcompany !! I wish I had had more time to explore because I would have liked to have snagged a piece by them.
Look at the rest of the photos to see the amazing views of the springs and of the creek behind our cabin. What a sweet little oasis.
Despite being heinously sick, my car battery kicking the bucket in the middle of the weekend, and just the general exhaustion that comes from big shows, I feel rejuvenated and energetic today, ready to take on the world! I think it must have been all of the laughter and fresh air that did me good ❤️ I am working on getting through messages and emails from last week when I was sick. I will also be sending out more orders tonight. So if you’re waiting for a response or a package, it’s coming soon ;) Thanks for your patience!
I love seeing my work progress and watching my style change over time. The top two photos are from pieces I created last fall, and the bottom two are from this last weekend. You can see it in the details. Do you see a difference? Which ones do you prefer? .
I have to say, I was really excited about getting back into acrylic this fall but after a few days of it I’m already burned out and ready to go back to watercolor 😂. I just love the freedom and unpredictability of watercolor. How the paint spreads across paper quickly and pools in places, hoe it blooms and mixes so readily. And how little waste there is. Acrylic is kind of boring and very wasteful in comparison. In my opinion anyway.
Ironically, I do not feel like I could move myself from my desk chair let alone a mountain today. I’m fighting a cold and am praying it is gone by Friday so I’m not a sniffling, gross mess for the art festival next weekend. Anyway, this is what I have decided on for the Mountain Girl prints. I will have prints with and without sayings available. What do you think?
New wood art coming your way!! I will be at the Thousand Springs Art Festival next weekend!! If you’re in the Hagerman area (and even if you’re not) you should come check it out!
Besides new wood art I’ll have hand drawn journals, prints, cards, stickers and original paintings available for purchase! So bring your paddle board, bring your lounge chairs and come support some local artists while enjoying a beautiful day on Ritter Island!! I’ll be posting more details on booth location and times in the days to come! Can’t wait!!!