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Studio Tour.......

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I thought I would share a few studio pictures with you today.  I hope you are not disappointed.  I have had many friends and fans over the years ask me where I paint and what my studio looks like.  I wish it was like a magazine photo shoot, but the reality is that it is just a simple room that is my happy place. :)

As you can see, I can be quite messy!

There is always a coffee cup around when I work! :)

Hello new paper lanterns..........

Here is a work in progress....a huge painting that is starting to see some whimsical charactures. I am painting this one for the living room....I paint on this one every time I have left over paint from a different project.

Nothing makes me quite as happy as fingers smeared with paint on canvas, a little Jack Johnson in the background, and a cup of coffee in my hand. Ahhh....it is the simple things really.

My studio is open 7 days a week by appointment only, if you ever want to swing by just let me know! I would love to have you over!

Happy Tuesday!

Adventures in Homebrewing......

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As some of you know, my better half likes to make beer.  Not just any beer, but the pretty much the best beer around,  or that is what I have heard anyway.  I am not to much of a beer person.....but I do like a good brew every now and then.  A few weeks ago Dan upgraded to an all grain brewing system and has been brewing up a storm. Every day when I pull into the garage I try not to cringe as I look to the right and see that he has now taken up a whole wall in the garage with homebrew equipment!  AGH! It is taking over!  Against my better judgement, I added to his homebrew supplies with a few Christmas gifts, what was I thinking?

Last week he tried using his new glass flask on the stove....it ended up boiling over all over his hand!  Who knew that homebrewing could be so dangerous? Ha! Ha! Hmmm....maybe I should have bought that Ove-Glove for his stocking?  After a trip to the doctors for some burn cream and some bandages, he is as good as new!  Well besides that peeling disgusting black and red bloody skin coming off of his hand! Yeah!

I decided to make a painting for his Homebrew Dunce Award:

Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast and Magic!!!  The recipe for a perfect homebrew!!!!!  Homebrew prints coming soon to my ETSY shop!

On a side note...what about those Seahawks???  They are going all the way baby!!!!!  Here is a photo of me holding my favorite homebrew all snuggled up in Seahawks watching the game!

GO HAWKS!

End of another year. Goodbye 2013, and THANKS!

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Well here we are again.  The end of yet another year.  I really have mixed emotions about 2013.  I have had some super highs and all times lows. The first thing I want to say is THANKS!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you for supporting and being interested in my EVER CHANGING art.  Without you I wouldn't be here!

My art has changed quite a bit this last year (to say the least)...and I owe it all to the awful Arts and Carafe lady who stole my painting then proceeded to teach a class on how to paint my painting.  I was so frustrated and upset that I decided to paint something so layered that nobody could copy it even if they wanted too.  This lead to some wonderful inspiration and the world of mixed media.  I have been having such a wonderful time playing around with paper, tissue, glue, paint, crayons....you name it!  So fun! So I went from painting like this:

to this:

I truly love both styles.  Needless to say, I think I will always paint with over-the-top color!

Another highlight of the year was our family trip to Maui!  I never thought we would be able to take a big vacation like that with our kids, but in 2013 we pulled it off!  What a blast they had!

Yeah for boogie boarding!!!

On a bad note.....I injured my leg training for a full marathon back in July and haven't been able to run since:

I was devastated to say the least and the worst part? I have gained 12 pounds! Whaaaa! I tore my tendon and am not sure when I will be able to run again.  When I really get down in the dumps about it I try to remember how much I did accomplish before I got hurt.  I ran 18 miles without stopping. Did I mention that was WITHOUT STOPPING?  That may not seem like a big deal to you, but it sure was a big deal to me.  I never in my life thought I would be able to do something like that!  I still have a dream of doing a full marathon, and I hope someday I can accomplish it!  In the mean time Dan bought me a fitbit.  I have been walking every morning!   I just love it!  10,000 steps a day!  Woohoo!

I actually took some time this year to do a painting for myself:

This has been quite a crazy year for me emotionally.  I learned how to be brave with my art, follow my intuition and believe in myself. I pushed boundaries, dared to try new materials and really tried hard not to be embarrassed of my paintings.  (this is an ongoing issue I have with myself)  It is scary throwing yourself out there to the public.

Not to sure what next year will bring.  I am embracing 2014 and hope everyone has a wonderful New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Christmas is OVER!!!

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I hate to say it, but I am so glad Christmas is over.  It was a weird one this year, and to top it off, I got sick on Christmas Day.  Now I am looking around the house wondering what the heck I am going to do with all of these Christmas decorations! :)  It seems like every year we accumulate just a little bit more!  It always is a bit overwhelming to put everything away. UGH.  Just the thought of it makes me sick again. Ha! Ha!

I wanted to share a couple of paintings that I did for my family and friends this Christmas.  I wish I had the time and resources to paint a picture for everyone, so each year I have to pick and choose.  The winners for this year were my step-dad (who has been whining for a painting for months now)....and my good/evil friend Andy who amuses me everyday with his bad attitude on social media. :)

Jerry's salmon!

Here is Andy's.  Not my style at all.....it is Pennywise from the Stephen King movie "IT"...so gross, and I hate this painting, to freaky.  The kids were scared of it, but Andy loved it. Puke.

Merry Christmas Austin and Al!

My favorite Christmas present was Grumpy Cat!!!  Thanks Ally!

Orion and I getting our Christmas cheer on before the Ugly Sweater Party! :)

I hope all of you enjoyed your Christmas!

Life the past few weeks.

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Been crazy busy here!  Just got back from a 5 day vacation visiting family down on the Kitsap Peninsula. We had a wonderful time visiting, Christmas shopping and getting caught up on TV!!!!  Thanks Jerry for having cable and a BIG screen!  Woohooooo!  We missed the Apple Cup on Friday which was a bummer.  I almost broke down and bought cable today.  The Seahawks are on Monday Night Football tonight and I will miss it!  Whaaaaaa!

The annual Farmers Market Holiday Show was last weekend.  What a blast!  Thank you Anacortes for another successful show!  It is truly my favorite show of the year.  Love the Port Warehouse when it is all decorated, so festive!  Great vendors, good vibes, and awesome food!  I don't think I quit eating the entire time.

I sold my favorite painting "Bubble Blower" last weekend as well.  I was so sad to see it go.  The good news is, you can find it hanging over at "Pearl Buttons" in old town Anacortes.   Swing in, try on some vintage clothes and take a peek at my painting!

In other news, Dan has been growing his mustache for "MOVEMBER!"  Here is a picture of us with our mustaches! :)

I can't believe he made it through the month of November.  He hated it the whole time! :) I thought it was HILARIOUS!  Nothing like a 70's porn star look.

We are gearing up for the holidays around here, only 23 more days until Christmas, YAHOOOO!!!!  If you are out and about online shopping, how about this little print for your best friend:

You can find a print of this in my ETSY shop.

Happy Holidays!

Recaptured

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Looking for some of my art here in Anacortes?  Swing by "Recaptured" in Little Chicago....next to Anthony's at the intersection of 11th street and Q.  They just opened up their tiny shop last month, and it is adorable!!! You really must swing by and check it out!  It is full of beautiful hand painted wooden bowls, unique one of a kind jewelry by Laura Ferguson, and handcrafted pillows from Vintage Hen.  They are open every weekend Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4.  Here is a peek:

See you there!

Coziness, and a test.

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Started the gas stove in the studio yesterday.......Ooooo...made it so cozy!

I am also testing out this blog and trying to figure out why my pictures all are all so small now! :( I changed the settings on the camera, so it MUST be when I switched the site around. Ugh. Now I have to figure out how to fix it.

Once again....stay tuned!

Brave Intuitive Painting......oh and Halloween.

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Yep, I have really been changing my art work lately.  It really has been a long time coming.  I was so sick of the same ol' thing.  Painted cartoon dogs, cats, funny cows, goofy birds and blah....blah.....blah...I was just so sick of it. I was going around and around trying to figure out what to do and how to get inspired again.  That is when I decided to read Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley.  It was such an inspirational book!!!!!  Flora teaches you how to layer paint, not to be scared, follow your instincts......AND how to discover your own painting style.  I absolutely loved this book! :) She was so inspirational and is truly an amazing artist.  I feel like I have found myself again!  I have been so inspired....now the issue is that I cannot stop painting!  I have redesigned the website for a whole new feel.  No more black with white writing (that drove me nuts)!  Here are a couple of my latest Flora inspired paintings:

I also have been working on a ton of mixed media paintings.  It has been so fun to just create without having to worry about the "business" side of things.  It is hard for me to think out of the box.  I never really played around with any other media because I felt like I should always just stick with paint (like there were rules or something!!!).  You should see the studio now!!!  There are papers, tissue, glue, spray paint, inks, and glitter everywhere!!! I love how messy everything is!!!  Such a wonderful environment for creativity....I love the paint and inks smeared all over my hands! :)

On another note.....we all survived Halloween here at the house!  My blog wouldn't be complete if I didn't share what the kids wore on Halloween night!

Happy Fall!!!!

Hmmmm.......this is my first blog post after changing the site and I noticed that all the photos are really small, I wonder if I screwed something up....must check this out....

Stay tuned!

Stolen Art.....again.

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Well, here we go again.  Another round of stolen art.  Not quite sure I can keep up with all of these artist thieves.  Honestly....this is so upsetting and I am sick and tired of it.  I would consider myself easy go lucky and a pretty mellow person with the exception of getting my art stolen!  So frustrated, and it just makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs.  This is not my first go-around with this, and it can be exhausting trying to protect my art.

I received and email from a lady the other day with a photo attachment of an art class that has stolen my daisy dog and then proceed to teach people to paint it!!!  I just couldn't believe it.  The worst part?  The class is offered about an hour from the house???  Right here in my own territory!  The nerve of some people!  She asked no permission, nor gave me any credit!  An EXACT copy of my PAINTING!

Did you know it is against the law to copy art?  Let me spell it out for you...with the words from the United States Copyright Office:

Copyright is a form of protection provided by U.S. law to authors of “original

works of authorship,” including “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.” The

owner of copyright in a work has the exclusive right to make copies, pre-

pare derivative works, sell or distribute copies, and display the work publicly.

Anyone else wishing to use the work in these ways must have the permission of

the author or someone who has derived rights through the author.

A work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created, that is,

“fixed” in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. Neither registration in the

Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection.

Here is my original painting, "Droopin' Daisy" copyright 2010.

Here is what the Arts and Carafes have painted:

You can see the painting and "classes offered" in the background, ugh.

These copy-cat artists unfortunately are not going away anytime soon, and will continue to troll the internet looking for their next piece to copy.  I unfortunately am going to have to make some big changes to protect my art on the internet. So uninspiring!

After contacting the shop owner, she said she has removed the class from her list, and has removed all facebook photos.  I do find it interesting that she still has the photos on her website.  I wanted to share her store link with you before writing my cease and desist letter.  I guess I just want want to call her and  her shop out. (only because it does make me feel better, so unprofessional I know! I just can't help it, I am angry.) C'mon people....if you are going to copy a painting, at least mix it up!  Change a back ground color, or the dog.......something!!!!

PLEASE DO NOT STEAL ARTWORK OFF THE INTERNET.

Whirlwind Weekend....and Paintings!

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Wow Guys!  I am coming off of one of the BEST WEEKENDS EVER!!!!!  Seriously, what a fun weekend!  After three years, Washington State is ACTUALLY having a decent summer.  I can't even remember when it rained last!  Wooo-hoooo!  With all of this summer sun, we have been trying to get outside as much as we can. (in other words, I haven't been painting to much around here, must get on it!)

Friday night consisted of checking out a Led Zepplin cover band here in Anacortes.  It was SO AWESOME!!!  Every Friday night they have a summer concert series down at Seafarers Park.  Dan and I have made it a weekly routine to pack a dinner, grab a blanket and head to the park every Friday night in the summer.  One of our favorite things to do.  We danced the night away to "Whole Lotta Love", and "Misty Mountain Hop".....so many memories of blasting Zepplin in high school.  My daughter thought we were crazy....she didn't quite "get-it".....but managed to dance through a few songs.

Saturday morning came bright and early, and we woke up and headed to the Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon.  The best part about this race was it literally started about 5 blocks away!  No having to stress about getting to the start line on time.  I have been suffering from a shin splint on my left leg after running 18 miles of hills a couple of weeks ago.  I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to get the race.  Once we started running, I pretty much just ignored the pain and we were able to finish in 2 hours and 10 minutes.  Pretty proud of myself for even finishing!  We rewarded ourselves by grabbing our bathing suits and hitting the beach for a little rest and sun tanning.

Sunday consisted of Dan making some of his special home brew in the morning then we headed out to eat lunch in the adorable little town of La Conner.  After checking out a few little shops (and me whining about about how bad my leg hurt) we checked out the La Conner Brewery.  Awesome beer, awesome food, but the service was AWFUL!  We showed up around 2:00, it wasn't very busy.....and it took forever to get service.  We watched two couples walk out without being helped.  Needless to say, I was kinda disappointed.  The atmosphere was good, cool art on the walls, but be prepared for a long wait if you decide to check it out.  We were there for at least 2 hours for a simple lunch.

Then to top it off, I ACTUALLY GOT SOME PAINTING DONE!!! YAHOOOO!!!!  I can't believe it!  Finally was inspired to get some things finished around here!  (thank you Mr. Sun for not shining today and allowing me some indoor time!)

OVERALL, IT WAS A PERFECT WEEKEND!!  I LOVE SUMMER!

Ally and I at Seafarers Park...rockin' out!

Little Instagram Photo of us heading out to the Art Dash Half!

Stupid Shin Splint.  Tanning in the sun....thank you KT Tape for my new tan lines! :)

"What the Cluck?" 12x16 Original Acrylic on Canvas

"Gold Fish Lips" 9x12 Original Acrylic on Canvas

"Octo-Chill" 12x16 Orginal Acrylic on Canvas.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

Blogging Loser.

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Talked to my dad yesterday, he pretty much called me a blogging loser. :)  Guess he is right, haven't been on here in a month!!!  Time has just flown by!  The month of June was totally crazy.  Came home from vacation and hit the ground running!  Why so busy you ask???  Here is just a  quick list of what went down last month: Orion's birthday, Dan's birthday, Father's Day, Dan's parents came to visit, Ally's moving up ceremony, Orion's moving up ceremony, Berry Dairy Days half marathon, day trip to Friday Harbor, Ally gets sick, Farmers Markets on Saturdays, commissioned paintings, AND training for my first marathon.  PHEW!!!! NOW THAT WAS THE CRAZIEST MONTH I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!  Soooo glad we are into July, and things will settle down a bit.  (well kinda).

D and I have a few running events coming up.  The Ragnar Relay Race is next weekend.  So excited!  We did this race last year and had a BLAST!!!! Can't wait to hook up with the team again this year.  This is a 200 mile relay race from Blaine Washington down the bottom of Whidbey Island.  We also are running in the Anacortes Art Dash 1/2 marathon this year.  The main reason for running this race is for the AWESOME shirt that has the word "art" on it.  Ha! Ha!

Here are a few pictures I gathered up from the last couple of weeks.  The last few are from the 4th of July.  We headed to Seafarers Memorial Park to see one of our favorite bands CHERRY CHERRY!!!!  Neil Diamond Tribute Band??? YES PLEASE!

Sold one of my favorite paintings last month!! Loved this one!

Ok, got a little carried away with polka dots, they just make me smile!!!

Ally heads to high school next year!!!! Where does the time go???

4th of July Parade in old town Anacortes!  The longest parade in the world. :)

Cherry Cherry!!!! "Sweet Caroline!"

He gave me a scarf!!!  He gave me a scarf!!!!  Wooohhhooooo!

Happy Monday everyone, and here's to a better blogging month in July!!!!

Yes. I am still alive.

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Good Golly!  Now this is quite embarrassing. It has been weeks since I have posted anything on here.  IT gets worst too!!!!  It has been months since I have painted!!!!  Ok, well, that is a little bit of a lie.  I painted two days ago....but was only able to get two little mini-paintings done.  Honestly, I am in quite a bit of a panic.  The farmers market opening day is LESS THAN two weeks away.  I need new paintings!!!!!

2013 has been rough. I can't even say that I like this year yet.  I was really burnt out on the holiday shows last year and decided to take a break for about a month.  (which ended up being 4 months) I lost all inspiration to paint anything.  Just when I felt like painting again, we moved.  The move itself was a HUGE project.  UGH.  Remind me never to move again!  On a good note, we are pretty much all settled in and loving the new home.  We walk everywhere and I don't even use the car anymore!  YEAH!

Not really to sure where Carla's Funky Art is headed anymore.  I cut way back on the market dates this year.  I can't even say for sure if I will even be doing this next year. It takes a ton of time to complete original paintings....working part-time, taking care of kids and the house....doesn't leave leave much left for anything else.   I really have been going round and round about getting a full-time 8-5 job with a steady income.  Don't get me wrong, I love to paint!  I think the part I don't like about my business is having to have so much inventory.  What if I quit doing this???  Well, then I will have failed miserably...and THAT makes me want to crawl under a rock.  Maybe I should just take it another direction?  Must do some soul-searching and re-eval over the summer season.

Here are my little paintings that I did the other day:

On a side note.....Dan and I just finished up our Biggest Loser Challenge today.  After 5 months of losing weight AND maintaining, we are both WINNERS!!!!  He lost 16 pounds and 8.77% body fat....I lost 15 pounds and 9.85% body fat!! I WON $340.00 bucks today!!!! YAHOOOO!!!!  It has been so fun doing it together! :)  I have been really trying hard to make healthy dinners.  In fact the other day I wanted to try making "sweet potato burgers".......it looked really good online, the picture was beautiful!  Well, when I tried to make them, they turned out horrible....here is my version:

I was so frustrated!  I made a huge mess in the kitchen....it took forever, and ended up making a "castle with a tunnel"  (you know....like a sand castle)... out of my sweet potato mush!!!!  Ummm.......no wonder Dan is losing so much weight! :)

Happy Wednesday!

Meet Maddie and Olive……..

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Hey guys.....it's me AGAIN!!!  Two posts in a week?  What?  What?  Ooooo ya baby, back in the groove.  Studio is clean, and I feel like I am getting back on track.  Haven't had to much time to paint, but I can't wait to get started on a few pieces that have been mulling around in my head.

Here are the latest commissioned pieces I have been working on.  These guys were so fun to paint!  Meet Olive, the sassy queen kitty.  Sounds like she is full of herself so I painted her on a pedestal, wearing a crown of course!!!!!  I struggled with Maddie the dog, quite a bit, and painted her over twice!  Mad's signature move is the cross-legged lay down position, which was "oh so" hard for me.  I do like how she turned out in the end!  Judy, the pet's owner picked the back ground colors of coral and turquoise.  These paintings will be hung in her newly remodeled studio!!!!!  Hurray!  I hope she sends me a picture once they are hung!  For now, they are all boxed up and headed out to the post office today!!!

So cute and colorful!!!!  Hey speaking of colorful, Dan and I signed up for the Color Run on May 12th in Seattle......so excited!!!!!  Really wanted to do this last year but missed it!!!!  Come on out and run with us!

Happy Thursday!

The Whimsey of Women Art Show

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WOW, now this is a little embarrassing. I haven't posted in almost a month. Yikes.  I do have a couple of GREAT excuses.  For starters, I found my watercolor art journal, and I CANNOT stop journaling.  Every night I sit down and go crazy at the kitchen table, I am obsessed!  Second, Dan and I started a "Biggest Loser Challenge" and I have been working my butt off (literally) ever since! :)

This next weekend is The Whimsey of Women Art Show at the Depot.

I have been gearing up for a whimsical show.  I have done an Anacortes series through my eyes. :)  All colorful and funky! Here are a few recent pieces:

Ahhhh....the "Gere-a-Deli" statue!  Every Thursday I am fortunate enough to eat lunch at an AMAZING hip restaraunt!  The little copper guy in the painting above is there to greet you at the door on your way in.  The first time I laid eyes on him, I knew I had to do a silly fun bright painting, he is SO COOL!   Gere-a-Deli is the BEST place in Anacortes for sandwiches, soup and salads!  It is always packed, no matter what time you show up.  If you are ever in the area, you MUST swing by and grab a bite, you will love it.....

Another piece I have been working on is the Anacortes oil refinery.  I have heard so many negative comments about how ugly or smelly the refinery is.  I think it is beautiful.  :)  Have you ever driven my the refinery at night?  It looks like a little city and all the lights sparkle off the water.  The refinery is such a big part of Anacortes, it keeps people employed and the city alive.  I don't even mind the stinky smell it gives off.....(ok, sometimes I do, I admit it.)

Here is my refinery:

The picture is horribly blurry, I think I better start taking some photography classes! Whaaaa!

Hope to see you this weekend at THE DEPOT!

What does Carla look like on a canvas? A soul searching journey…..

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What a year it has been.  Ups and downs....busy with art...and sometimes not so busy at all.  It seems like every year around this time I sit back and reflect on my business, and how we have done the past twelve months.  Somewhere along this crazy art path that I have chosen, things started to shift.  I began wondering if I even wanted to do this anymore.  At one point I was ready to close the doors on Carla's Funky Art....and let a new journey begin. Find a full time job, and quit trying to work part time, and do an art business.  God knows that now is not the time to get into this with the economy in the tubes. Don't get me wrong, I am so appreciative of all my fans and people who have supported my crazy unconventional bright art.  Fact of the matter is, it is a lot of work and not much pay.  It is hard to find the time to paint, raise kids, go to my real job, try to market myself, and find time for me.  (Geesh, it sounds like I am whining)  Dan and I got into an argument a few weeks back about me not raising my prices for my paintings.  The worst part is that we never fight about anything.  All the sudden it was about making money....and not about making people smile or doing what I love anymore.  This business was never about making millions, it was about being able to do something you love, and share it with others.

I felt so uninspired, I didn't feel like painting anymore, and it broke my heart to fail at something that I loved so much. It is hard to have hundreds of people walk by your booth and not even notice. I mean let's get real folks, I am not a famous artist...heck, art galleries wouldn't even look twice at my crazy art.  I am pretty much a nobody who likes to paint funny bright things. I thought about all those kids who would walk by my art booth and smile...or the random chuckle from a passerby.  No, my art isn't for everyone, and it tends to be one of those things that either"get it" or you "don't."  These paintings surely aren't going to match your couch!

I needed to figure out what I was going to do.  I decided to actually splurge on myself and I went out and bought a HUGE gallery canvas.  I just needed to get lost, to find myself again.  I holed up in my studio for days and I just painted.  I painted for me.  I didn't worry about what anyone thought, or what "funny" thing I should paint, I didn't even want to think.  I rubbed paint all over my fingers and "smooshed" in onto the canvas. I took big huge bold strokes and I just let it all out. I let myself get lost and I let go....It felt good, really good. I had no idea what I was going to paint, and I didn't even care.  I did a lot of soul searching while I painted on this......one thing I realized is that I love what I do...everything about it..... the feel of the paints, how it makes me sad when my favorite brush gets old....getting paint on my brand new jeans....and finding paint in my hair three days later.  I do want to keep this little art business going.....I want to do it for me. It is hard work, and it does take a ton of time, but I love it.....it is a part of me.  It makes me happy......it pays for the art supplies....and I can keep painting, and you reading this, can keep smiling....

There are so many things I love about my painting.  It captures the essence of me....everything from the daisies, the coffee beans and the grapes....it is busy, bright and bold, just like me..... and it makes me feel brave. Did you ever wonder what I would look like on a canvas?  Well here it is.....one crazy, bright, hippy, daisy! :)

Here is my painting in progress:

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” - Dalia Lama

Wow! A Whirlwind Month!

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Holy Smokes Batman...November is already coming to an end?  Oh ya, thats right, I haven't had a chance to sit down since this month has started!  Ha! Ha!  What a fun, exhausting, adventurous month it has been!  Dan and I have been so busy traveling around selling art at holiday shows.  We kicked it off with Holiday Fest in Poulsbo....got to see some wonderful old friends.....then headed to the Anacortes Holiday Market at the Port Warehouse.  I can't express enough how much I love this little town.  Our third show just wrapped up down in Gig Harbor.  We spent the week at my dad's having Thanksgiving, doing some Black Friday shopping, then headed to Winterfest at Peninsula High School.

Here is what I have learned the past month:

1. Yes, no matter what....we have to bring portable lighting, the paintings "pop."

2. Do not pick a holiday show that doesn't have a Starbucks close by. Not good folks.

3. Read your Square manual before you have to do a refund, that was a little stressful. :)

4. Bring a ton of extra cash, Dan eats all day long.....

5. Buy a dolly.....that way we don't have to make 50 trips back and forth to the car.

6. Bring something to do. A book? Some paints? Sundays can be long.

7. When taking two cars, always pick the car that the kids are not in.

8. Always look nice, you never know when you are going to see your first boyfriend from when you were 10.

Thank you to everyone that came by, said hi....and all of those of you who supported my art!  I had a wonderful year!  With the holiday shows wrapped up, I am gearing up for Christmas myself!  This weekend the decorations will be flying through the air.....the tree will be popped up....and may the hot buttered rums be poured freely (that's Dan's job since he doesn't like to help decorate.)  I plan on being extra obnoxious with the Christmas tunes this year.....Dan and kiddies really like that!   They "extra-like" when I sing them myself and dance!!! :)

Stay tuned, commissioned pieces will be blogged soon!

Happy Holidays!

Will Work For Clogs……

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One of my favorite things about Facebook has been the chance to be able to hook up with long lost friends.  I have been able to connect with so many long time friends from high school.  These are people I probably would never have been able to talk to again without that silly social website.  About a year ago, I received a commission piece for a bubble tree painting from an old high school friend.  It was a surprise for his wife. Dan and I had the opportunity to deliver it and met his wonderful family, and beautiful house. (I am still trying to figure out a way that we can house swap!)

The one thing I noticed while visiting with them, is that his wife had about 200 pairs of Dansko Clogs in every style and color!  I love, love, love Dansko Clogs.  It is the only shoe I wear to work!  I asked my friend Carl why she has sooooo many pairs of AWESOME clogs?  His reply back was priceless: "I buy her a pair of clogs every time I buy a major purchase for myself.....new cars.....new toys.....etc."  That way she won't be mad.  (or something along those lines.)  WOW, I thought to myself.......I need Dan to start doing something like that.  Ha! Ha!

So long story short.....my ONE PAIR of Dansko clogs got a hole in them a few weeks ago.  Out of desperation I emailed Carl, and asked if his wife would give me a loaner pair. (totally joking of course.)  A few days later he emailed back and said they ordered a pair for me, and they should be arriving in the mail!!!! In exchange, I would paint their little three doxies!!!  NOW THAT IS AN AWESOME TRADE!!!!  It was so fun to wait around by the mailbox to see which ones they ordered.  I had no idea what color or style they would be.  When those clogs showed up at the house......THEY WERE THE PERFECT SHOES FOR ME!!!!!  CHECK EM' OUT!

AWESOME!!!!!

Here are their 3 adorable little pups.....and what I painted for them:

This was so fun on so many different levels!  The surprises were great on both ends, I had no idea what they were going to send, and they had no idea what their painting was going to turn out like!!!!

I even received a BONUS when we delivered this painting.....AN EXTRA PAIR OF DANSKO CLOGS plus PUG SOCKS!!! Yahoooooo!  Do you know what this means?

Crazy Clogs + Black Clogs+ Pug Socks = Custom Dog Painting.

Seeing old high school friends, and hanging out with a wonderful family? Priceless.

A big shout out THANK YOU to the JOHNSON Family for a  FUN TRADE!!! One of the coolest things I have done! :)

BEWARE of Copycat Art, this is NOT OK!

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As most of you know, I am a easy-going, fun loving happy person....but something hasn't been sitting right with me the past few days.  I was informed by a close friend that they found my artwork for sale on Craigslist.  So out of curiosity I went and took a peek of what they were selling and how much....and I unfortunatly what I found was a local person selling paintings of "my art" that she had painted.

Due to future legalities I am refraining from sharing the screen shot of what I found, but wanted to share a picture with you the photo that was on Craigslist:

Here is my copyrighted work:

Please beware that I have somebody coping my work.  Always be sure when you are purchasing art that you are buying directly from the artist themselves or a reputable art dealer.

This is so not OK with me on so many different levels.  I have felt sick to my stomach for the past two days.  First of all, I just don't want to have to deal with all this, I have enough to do to get ready for the holiday shows.  Second, why would somebody copy someone's work EXACTLY?  Third, to have the nerve to try to sell something that is a direct copy in this small little town is beyond me.

PLEASE BEWARE OF SCAM ARTISTS!  IF YOU FIND SOMEONE SELLING "FUNKY" ACRYLIC PAINTINGS OR SOMETHING THAT LOOKS SIMILAR TO MY WORK, PLEASE NOTIFY ME.

I do not, and will not ever sell my art on Craigslist.

I wish I was a Sailor…….

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Oh, I wish I were a sailor. A true sailor.  You know, the one who loves to be on the water....taking in the seabreeze....floating along with the wind.  I have been doing a lot of thinking about this, and I just don't think I have it in my personality to be a sailor.  As much as I love the "idea" of it, I just don't think I can physically DO IT.  True sailors are not afraid of the sea, they are patient, and they are hard workers.

First of all, I am not really "scared of the sea" it just that I get really, really, really scared when the sailboat LEANS way over next to the sea.  I also have an issue with a big plunging rudder underneath the boat that totally freaks me out. (can you tell I am an anxious person?) I went sailing with my friends Kim and Kelly once...and the whole time I just knew that their big fat rudder was going to hit a rock and we would all flip over and drown!  My favorite part of that sailing adventure was when Kelly decides he is going to take a new route home.  The whole time I am thinking "does he know what he is doing?"...."what if there are rocks here?".......needless to say we got home safely without an incident.  Probably do to the fact that these friends of mine are avid sailors, and totally know what they are doing...it is their passion!

Second, you have to be patient to sail.  You need wind, and you are more than likely not going to get anywhere real fast.  This does not work for me.  As some of you know, I spend most of my time guzzling coffee.....being in a big fat rush, and planning my next adventure.  The whole time out on the water I am freaking out about how long it is taking us, and why can't we just strap a 454 engine on the back of this badboy so we can HURRY UP!  I really need to work on being more patient. That is my lesson in life.

Last, but not least.....you need to actually WORK while you are sailing, and that doesn't "work" for me!  Just think about it....a warm sunny day.....the breeze is blowing in your hair, and you think to yourself....."I just want to lay here and soak it all up".....but NOOOO.....you can't when you are sailing.  Ropes need pulled.....sails need turned, twisted, or whatever they do. I am just toooooo LAZY.  Who wants to work while they are suppose to be vacationing and relaxing?  I would rather be drinking a tropical drink listening to the engine roar, as I blast my way to my next destination.

These are all things I wish I could change about my personality. Being a scaredy cat.....always being in a rush....and being a fat lazy pig.  These things all take time to change.  For now, I think I will take my FAT BUTT down to the local beach, hang with my friends and WATCH the sailboats.  That way I can pretend that I am a sailor, living the life on the sea...without a care in the world.  Maybe I will work on my personality changes tomorrow. Today I will enjoy the anxious, lethargic, enhanced gluteus maximus person that I am. :)