Carla's Funky Art

Introducing...(drum roll)..MY NEW WEBSITE!

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You guys!!!!!!  It has been a long time coming, but it is finally HERE!  What do you think?  I have totally put this site together myself, so please, please, please contact me if you see anything weird on here!  Ha! Ha!   There is so much exciting news lately!  I am stoked to announce that my children's book is almost ready!  Hoping to get it out by the middle of November, just in time for the holidays!  Stay tuned!!!

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Festival Season Madness!

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You guys!  Dan and I survived Coupeville Arts and Crafts Fest last weekend!  Sooooo amazingly FUN!  We had an over-the-top show, I can't believe it!  It was such a fun venue and the first time we have ever attended.  We met a ton of awesome vendors and some wonderful guests in my booth.  We had quite a sell out and I have been working my bootie off all this week to get ready for two more major festivals.  Who's idea was it to do three in a row? Ha! Ha!  I can't believe Dan hasn't killed me yet.  Here are a couple of snaps from last weeks show.


Can you tell we get a little loopy in the tent? :)

ab3Hope Dolls for Days.......getting them all stocked up for the Anacortes Arts Festival.  I am so excited for this weekend. I can't even stand it!

ab2Hope some of you can make it out to the show!

If you can't make it to Anacortes maybe next week you can find us at LAKE CHELAN ART FESTIVAL.  Keep your fingers crossed and your prayers sent.....the fire over there doesn't look good.  Thinking of all the families that live there.  Stay tuned.



Self Portraits of Me, a personal journey.

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You guys....

I am stuck painting girls with feathers and flowers in their hair.  I just can't help it. Maybe it is from a rough emotional year?   I am not to sure, but I can tell you that each and every one of these girls is a personal self portrait of me.  How I am feeling that day, what I want to be. Lessons to myself you could say. I am not sure why I am so in love with this "Girl in the Striped Tights Series".  I think it is my personal outlet.  Those that know me well know that I am tight lipped on sharing my own true personal feelings.  Granted, I talk. I talk a lot. In fact, sometimes I can't stop talking, ha, ha....but it usually isn't about deep personal things. These girls are so fun for me to create and therefore I am going to just keep making them.  They make me feel good, and I love sharing them with you.  I feel so blessed to be even creating these little pieces of art. I sure hope you enjoy them as much as I love making them!

Don't you worry though....I am creating other paintings too, silly animals, circle flowers and happy martinis. The children's book is coming along.  It has been much harder than I had anticipated, but it is getting there!  I am currently all caught up on commissions and am buckling down to get ready for these upcoming art festivals.  So nervous and excited all at the same time!

I wanted to share with you a few of my most recent mixed media self -portraits:



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Do you have a creative outlet?  I would love to hear what you do to get feelings out.  Write in a journal? Art journaling? Yoga?

Hope you all have a super weekend!  It is suppose to be in the nineties here in the Pacific Northwest!!! I am soooooo excited!!!

Happy Friday



Goldfish Kiss - The progression of a painting


Hey guys!  Just finished up a big painting a few days ago.  I forgot how much I LOVE painting big.  I don't get a chance to do it very often because they are hard to sell at art festivals when they won't even fit into your car, ha! ha!  I have several large painting hung in my house, and love them so much!  This one was painted to hang in my living room and is titled "GOLDFISH KISS."  It has about 25 layers of paint on it. It is so freeing to paint like this, large strokes painting over and over.  I called this one my "Outside Muse" because I would often paint on the back patio on sunny summer days.  This painting has taken me almost a year to complete, check it out:


You can see this guy up close and personal, and will be for sale at the Anacortes Arts Festival! Hope to see you there!!!  Happy Summer!

Hello? Is it me your looking for? (Re-read in Lionel Richie Voice)

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You guys!  I have abandoned my blog?  Why you ask???  I JUST DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME IN MY DAY!  Working a "real" job, plus trying to paint, AND exercise, AND RUN A BUSINESS all at the same time. It was to much. So overwhelming, so I just gave up.  Also, 2015 hasn't been so kind to me.  I started off having big plans for 2015, new website, more propanels, a laptop to easily write these darn blog posts!  All of that went down the tubes when I had knee surgery, my step-dad has been super sick, and did I mention the orthodontic office I work for moved to a new location?   The gallery in Bellingham that sold my art went out of business.  It truly has been one thing after another.  2015 has been draining and overwhelming this year!

So lets see, since it has been months....let me fill you in on what you missed. Lets go Month by month shall we? October, you missed Ally's Sweet Sixteen birthday! What a blast! The kids spent the day doing a scavenger hunt through town, photos in a dress up booth and an elegant dinner of spaghetti and Caesar salad.  The evening ended with a surprise visit from a limousine which proceeded to take them to The Big Scoop Ice Cream Parlor!


In November we headed on out to Carson City to see Dan's parents for Thanksgiving!  I finally got to meet Dan's brother for the first time! So fun! We had a great time catching up, and my favorite part was seeing a holiday show at the El Dorado Hotel in Reno.  The weather always seems so nice in Nevada, we may just have to move there.


My December picture should be about the holidays but instead I will show you a picture of my new dining room table!  Isn't it crazy!  It was such a BAD idea to start a project like this during the holidays, what was I thinking?  The table itself has layer after layer of acrylic paint.  I love how the chairs are different colors.  I honestly can't believe Dan has put up with it, ha! ha!  It truly is just temporary until we can afford a nice dining room table and chairs; have you priced those things lately? Wowza!


In January, we started the New Year off right when my son and his girlfriend came over to celebrate New Years Eve.  We spent the evening playing board games, so hilarious! These two are so so dang sweet.


February, right after the holidays, I ended up tearing my meniscus in my knee!  Bummer!  As most of you know, I love running, and this news was devastating.  I really wasn't prepared for this kind of news but decided to get it fixed right away so I could hit the pavement.  Dan and I have already signed up for several non-refundable half marathons this summer. (so keep your fingers crossed for a quick recovery.  So far things haven't gone so well)


March was inspiring!!!  I hade been laid up for a while, but my friend Dana suggested that I do a children's book! Thanks Dana for the awesome fun idea!  I have always wanted to make a children's book!  Here is a sampling below.  I thought I would start by doing a simple ABC animal book and see how that goes. Happy animals make me smile!!! I do have a great story that I would like to work on next!


For my April picture I wanted to share that my style seems to be changing once again, but I am just going with it.  I guess this is the ever changing artist in me. I feel like this past winter has been a mix of emotions. I have been frustrated with not being able to keep up and I really wish I had more time to dedicate to my art. I didn't get a chance to offer any classes this year, and still feel completely unorganized.  One positive thing about this winter is that I have had some time to really play with colors.  Like this:


(I think I am diggin' it! :)

As for May....lets talk about what is happening today and in the future.  Lets see.....I am getting ready to do my FIRST farmers market this weekend.  I am nervous and excited all at the same time!!!! I just put my art in THE MYSTICAL MERMAID store in FRIDAY HARBOR for all of you islanders looking for my work!  Go on in and take a peek!  Brian is a super nice guy, he can even show you the Venus Fly traps for sale in the back of the store! SO COOL!


In June I decided that I am dialing back the market this year and plan on doing more art festivals. I will be at The Anacortes Farmers Market on June 6th, July 25th and August 9th.  If you are looking for me this can find me here:


Thanks everyone for the continued support!  I cant believe it has been 5  years!!!  This little business of mine started off with a drug store canvas and some old craft paintings and has grown every year!!!  All of this is possible because of YOU!!!!  I am so grateful!


Recent Commissions

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Got a couple of commissions done recently and thought I would share them with you.  Commissioned pieces always make me nervous.  I am always scared that they aren't going to turn out like the client is expecting.

Meet Sid.  This big fur ball looks just like a human!  I think it is his eyes!  Truly looks like someone is wearing a costume! :)  This is second painting I have painted for  a gentleman living in Ohio.  This was such a challenging painting for me to do.  I actually had to have my friend Andy give me some tips on how to make this dog come to life.

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Now it is time to meet "Bla-Bla".....a little girl's favorite stuffed animal.  This family had purchased an original sock monkey and come up with the idea to have me paint their daughters best friend!

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Painting Class and more......

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pslOk, I know. I know. I know.  I promised to start blogging more, and once again have not followed through.  Here is my list of excuses this time: the kids went back to school, I have been working more at my "real" job, the sun has been out, my fingers are tired from all my painting, AND last but not least.....(drumroll...) the PSL is now out at Starbucks and I can't stop buying them!!!!!

The weather has been absolutely incredible, and I am having a hard time focusing on art around here lately.  I just finished up two commissioned pieces last week.  (Stay tuned for another post on those)  I decided that since I wasn't really getting much done because of the weather, I would drag my painting outside and actually enjoy it!


What fun!  Here fishy, fishy!  This painting is obviously a work in progress. If all goes well, I am hanging this one up in my dining room.  I will keep you posted.

I also wanted to let everyone know that I am teaching a class in Poulsbo next month to a wonderful group of ladies. The class is 10-4 on Saturday October 11th.   If you are interested in signing up for this class, please email me at  We will all be learning how to paint on black canvas batik style. Everyone will be leaving class with two acrylic paintings..... "Beach Ladies" where you will learn about painting on black canvas....and "Two Crows" will teach you about acrylic blending.  Lots of great tips, and supplies are all included!

psl6I noticed that there is a half marathon the day after this class and I am seriously thinking about sticking around until the next day...anyone up for a run?

Stay tuned for a peek at some recent commissions!

Happy Friday!

End of Summer, what?

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I cannot believe it is the end of summer and here we are at LABOR DAY!  We have had the most beautiful season EVER!!!!  I cannot remember when we have had a summer that was this sunny and warm!  Forgive me for the lack of blog posts.  I have been trying to cram in every ray of sunshine into my body that I can!  The last few weeks have been full of road trips, running and trying to enjoy the little bit of summer that we have left.

Last weekend Dan and I headed to the Gorge Ampitheater in George, WA.  I fell in love with Eastern Washington all over again.  I forgot how beautiful it was.  The desert, the sun, the heat....ahhhhhh.  We went to see Jack Johnson and he put on a fabulous show! We even got a surprise performance by Eddie Vedder, so fun! It was Dan's first time to the amphitheater and he loved it!  Can't wait to find a show to see there next year.


I have been trying to get back into running.  It has been a slow progress and I am sad to say that my tendon is still giving me problems.  I am starting to wonder if I will have a chronic injury in that stupid leg of mine.  I have been running through the pain, trying to take it easy on the treadmill and do what I can.  My longest run lately has only been about 5 miles.  I am trying not to get discouraged and try to be grateful that I can run at all.


I have been working on two commissioned pieces that I will share with you next week. Check out this Crazy Ass Bird Lady for now.  She is who I want to be when I grow up.  You know.  The homeless lady sitting on the bench in Central Park.  Yep, that's right....that is gonna be me. Just be sure to flick a coin my way so I can buy some more bird food.


It has been raining this weekend, I am not quite sure I am ready for fall.   Check out my awesome new lounge pants that I bought from Other Bird, she makes the most awesome upcycled clothes!!!!  I call them my "curtains" and I LOVE them.  If you swing by the house, you are almost surely going to find me in these!!!


What I really mean to say.

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Dear Friends,

I was going to start a blog post about my new mixed media painting "Don't Quit Your Daydream".......and talk about dreams, and hopes, and love, and all kinds of inspirational things.


The truth of the matter is, I just can't do that today.

My heart is heavy.

I recently heard that my cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer.  That makes 5.  Five people I know personally (4 are under the age of 45) that have breast cancer. This is not including the other 4 people I know who have already been through it. I am scared for them, I can't stop thinking of them. I wonder what in the world is going on. Why are so many women getting this?  We don't need anymore breast cancer awareness, I think we are all quite aware.  We need more funding in breast cancer kicking ass treatment.

I cancelled my vendor booth space today at the farmers market to go to a fundraiser for one of my friends to help with medical bills.  I often wonder how I could financially make it something like that.

My thoughts today are not of inspiration and daydreams, my thoughts are with these women who have to be brave and take one day at a time.    I wish I could say something to them to make them feel better, hell....I wish I was better with saying something at all!  I am awful with words and everything comes out in a big jumbled, awkward sentence.  I am not very good with communicating with words, so perhaps that is why I paint! :)  So on that note.....I am sending positive vibes and hugs to all of you!


Love, Carla

Thank you Anacortes!

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Holy smokes it has been quite a week!  I just wanted to do a quick thank you shout out to Anacortes!  What a great festival it was last weekend.  I was so excited to be a part of Ink Alley, the first Indie Craft Area!  Dan and I had a great time, learned the ropes of attending and being a part of such a big festival.  We have a lot to learn when it comes to competing with the big wigs!  I loved everything about Ink Alley.  All of the indie crafters were so talented!  I couldn't decide what I liked the most....the yeti heads or the stuffed wiener dogs, so fun!  Here are a few pics below of the event.  All and all it was a huge success and THANK YOU to all who came out and attended!!!  I sure hope I get in next year!




Anacortes Arts Festival

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You guys!  I am so nervous.  I think I am a bit out of my league.  I signed up for Ink Alley, a new addition to the Anacortes Arts Festival for indie craft artists.  I have never even come close to participating in a show this big and am sweating it big time!   I couldn't even sleep last night.  So many questions running around in my head.  Did I make enough prints? Did I make enough blocks?  What if nobody comes in my booth? What if it is a total bust?  What if it isn't?  Will I have enough bags?  Will people think my art is dumb? What if they don't like it?  How am I suppose to get though the next few days?  I am scared, excited and nervous all at the same time.

Nothing like throwing it all out there.  On my blog, and at my booth this weekend.

Wish me luck. I need it.

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The Heart of the Market

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This summer has been my 4th summer at the Anacortes Farmers Market.  I was able to jump on board right after we moved from Friday Harbor.  Being a vendor at the market was one of the best decisions I ever made.  First of all, it is where I met my first friends here in Anacortes.  One of my very best friends is Keri the market manager.  Who knows where I would be if I hadn't met her.  She let me into the market and showed me the ropes about Anacortes. I love so many of the vendors, it is like I have a second family on Saturday mornings.  Second, it has been really great for my business.  I have repeat customers, collectors, and the community recognizes my art.  It has been overall a wonderful experience to be a part of this community weekly event.

Well, this past weekend was one of those awful days.  If you are a vendor, you will know what I am talking about.  It was one of those jaw-dropping, knock the wind out of you,  barely make your booth fee kind of days.   A few little sales here and there but overall have a horrible business day. Nobody buys anything, and you just sit there.  You sit there and think.  These days are the worst, especially this last Saturday.  The sun was out, lots of people milling around, a beautiful July Saturday morning.  You wonder why nobody is going into your booth, you start second guessing everything.  Your art stinks, you shouldn't be here, you are wasting your time and everyone else's just being there.  You should stop breathing because you taking someone else's oxygen....someone better than you. :)

I hate those kind of days.  Not from the fact  that I didn't make any money, but from the fact that I will continue to sabotage myself and second guess everything.  It was especially hard sitting down there all day after coming off of a great festival the weekend before.  I did have one older gentleman come seek me out after seeing my art at Starbucks, that made me feel good.

So, as I sat there feeling awful about myself, I really started thinking about the market.  This farmers market has been SO MUCH MORE about making money for my business. It is a second family to me, a part of me, something I truly love being a part of.  The heart of the market isn't about sales, it is about community.  Granted, (I know what you are thinking) of course we all have to make a little money otherwise we wouldn't be there...but it is so much more than that!!!  I love that little community market.  The customers, the vendors, the food, the dogs, the music, Clover, the balloon fairy, all of it.  THAT is the HEART of the market.

So, I put my pride aside.....realized that there are good days and bad days in sales, took a deep breath realized I was just happy to be there.

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Thank You Friday Harbor!

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WHAT A FABULOUS WEEKEND!!!!  Thank you Friday Harbor for your continued support of my art!  I really can't thank you enough!  We had such a wonderful time visiting for the weekend.  I forgot just how beautiful the people and the island are.  There are so many people to thank for our successful weekend.  First of all I would like to do a special SHOUT OUT to Becky Nash for letting us camp on her property, without you we would have never been able to pull it off.  I would also like to thank the San Juan Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to come and spend the weekend at the festival.  Thank you to the San Juan County Sheriffs office (for their amazing employee....otherwise known as Dan, hee, hee....), all the amazing vendors, Island Rec for their super crazy awesome BUBBLE BLOWER!  Everyone working together made a successful art festival.  We even survived the rain storm on Friday night and Saturday Morning!  YAY for weighed tents!

Dan and I were able to go and check out our old stomping grounds in the evenings.  We went by our old house, visited the west side (thank you MOTHER NATURE for sharing your double rainbow!)  ate at MiCasita's and Road Riggers, our two favorite restaurants!  Two thumbs up for Chicken Gorgonzola Salad!

I miss you so much San Juan Island, until next time!!!










Thanks again!

A Summer Update

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Wowza!  It has been weeks without blogging!  I have taken a couple of weeks off to spend time with family and friends and now trying to get back on track.  Now, where do I start? Hmmmm....lets see. Dan, Ally and I flew back to Ohio for the 4th of July. Who knew it would be so humid?  Ha! Ha! 85 degrees, and 80% humidity....ummm what?  We had a great time visiting family, riding rollercoasters at Cedar Point, and checking out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  When I get more time, I will post some great pictures of the adventures that we had!  Unfortunately, the day I came home, I got a summer flu!!!  Who gets a fever in the Summer?  I do!  Super sick for 5 days! Whaaaaa!


Last weekend was filled with friends and fun as we camped at Silver Lake in Maple Falls.  What a weekend to go camping!  High 80's and sunny!  The kids spend almost every waking hour in the lake.  Here is an art journaling page I made last night of all of us.  There was a GIGANTIC SWAN FLOATY  that showed up at the lake.  It wasn't mine, but I sure wished it was, so I thought I would draw myself on it and play make-believe!  After camping with friends, we drove to Artist Point on Mount Baker.  Can you believe it was filled with snow?  Such a weird sensation to walk around in flip flops in the snow on an 89 degree day!  So weird!


This week I am gearing up for the Friday Harbor Summer Arts Fair on San Juan Island.  It runs Saturday and Sunday 10-5 at the courthouse lawn.  Hope to see you there! Just look for my Carla's Funky Art Booth, Dan and I will be the ones eating Chicken Gorgonzola Salad from Road Riggers.  I HAVE MISSED IT SO MUCH!


Also, if you haven't gotten a chance yet, I have art for sale and hanging in our Anacortes Starbucks, swing by and check it out! (sorry about the blurry picture of Ally, I drank WAY TO MUCH COFFEE before taking the photo! :)


A Very Special Saturday.

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Had one of the best Saturdays ever.  You know, the kind where everything in the universe goes right and you think to will never forget this day.  That is how I felt about Saturday June 21st.  Most of you know that I have been battling a tendonitis injury from last summers marathon training.  Finally was able to start running a few weeks ago.  I decided at the last minute to sign up for a half marathon because why not right?  Ha! Ha!  Dan and I did not train for it, we were totally not in shape to do it, but who cares, you only live once!

I signed us up for Berry Dairy Days in Burlington.  It is a flat scenic course on the levy that runs next to the Skagit river.  We did this race last year and swore we would never do it again.  The gravel road is full of large rocks and will begin hurting your feet around mile 8.  With that being said, I cannot believe that I am about to tell you that this was the most enjoyable half marathon that I have ever run.  No timers, no watch, no worrying about a PR....just Dan and I out on the road solving all of the worlds problems.  So fun.  I remember every mile, taking it all in and being so grateful that I was out on the road again.  I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, take that for granted.  This last year has been incredibly hard for me emotionally and physically.  So happy to be back at it again.

Dan has been so supportive though this whole thing.  He stopped running when I got hurt because he knew how hard it was for me. I really appreciated it.  I don't think I could bare watching him run all the time while I had to sit it out.  I was so happy to have him right there with me this weekend by my side. Love that guy!


We came in 10 minutes past our average since we went slow, but I am so glad we finished with no injuries!

After the race we walked over to The Train Wreck and had a beer and a breakfast burrito.  As Dan says "I don't always drink beer in the morning, but when I do, it is after I have run a half marathon"....ha! ha!


I wish I could tell you that I came home and took a nap but the truth is, I had a little fitbit addiction episode.  I realized that it was 10:00 a.m. and I had already gone 25,000 steps. (the most I had ever gotten in a day....) That is a TON OF not see if I could do 40,000 in a day??? I walked.....and walked......and walked.....and then walked some more until I made it to 20 miles in a day!!!!  Yay ME!!!


Now I can say that I have walked 40,000 steps in a day, wooohoooo! (Yes, I know there is something wrong with me...)  Dan threated to take my fitbit away again!

After my 20 mile day, I took a some time to rest and  colored in my art journal:


I am grateful.  Grateful to have this smiling happy man in my life.....grateful I can get out of bed each day....grateful I can run again...

(please ignore laundry pile on the top of the got put away....eventually I think)


What are you grateful for?


A Struggling Buddha

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Started this Buddha painting a few weeks ago and cannot quite pull it together. Ok, that is an understatement....this painting has me reeling.  I have been adding layer after layer and feel like it is going nowhere.  The face just seems to be hanging there, I have tried adding a body, a open lotus flower, a closed lotus flower and so on.  I hate when this happens.  Nothing seems to be flowing right.  I have picked up this painting here and there...add a little, take a little away.  It is funny how easily I will begin to think negative thoughts of myself as an artist.  I begin to tell myself that I not very good, who do I think I am, of course I can't finish this painting...I am not a "real artist."  Once those thoughts start rushing in, it all starts going downhill.

Do you ever feel like you aren't worthy?  The ironic thing about my negativity is the fact that I am painting a Buddha.  A lover of peace and happiness; I am feeding my painting negative thoughts..........hmmmmmmmmm.

I guess I am not sure what to do with it.  Sometimes I just want to write a bad word on it and toss it in the corner.  I don't want to give up but I am starting to think that maybe this painting doesn't want to be a Buddha, maybe it wants to be something else.....

buddhabuddhaArtist block on this one for sure...I am up for any suggestions.  Your thoughts on this?  What do you do when you get stuck?

Goooooo MARINERS!!!

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Yay! Had a blast last weekend watching the Father's Day Mariners Game!  It has been years since I have been to Safeco Field.  The best part was that we were able to meet with my Ohio cousins!  They were visiting Seattle for a few days and got together to watch the game!  Gooooooo Mariners!  Great game and we even WON!!!!


We had some nose bleed seats but still had a great view!

I did find time to do a little art journaling at the end of the weekend.

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Oh, and did I mention THAT I MADE MY LAST LUNCH FOR THE KIDS TODAY!!!!!!  I am so sick of packing them lunches I could puke!  Here is the bagel I carved this morning.  So over it!

mariners6I forgot to mention that Dan's birthday was yesterday!  Happy Birthday Danny!

Go Mariners!


Weekends are Flying Fast!

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Holy Smokers.....the weekends are flying by like a whirlwind!  Last weekend was so crammed, I can't believe we made it through!  We started off the weekend with the Fish Show here in Anacortes.  I could not believe how many people were out and about for First Friday Art Walk, YAY!  Swarms of people everywhere!  So amazing to see people supporting local art! I paid Ally to be my date for the night..(which she did for 5 minutes and then ended up ditching me for friends) we are loving my mermaid painting, ha! ha!


After checking out the Fish Show, I did hit several studio's to check out some other local artists.  KP Studio's had the high school student show for spring.  My daughter's friend Breanna Blakely made this amazing sculpture!  I told Ally to make sure to stay friends with her so we can have her autograph things when she is famous! Go Breanna!!! :)


On Saturday, I spent most of the day at the market by myself. :(  This is pretty unusual because Dan is almost always with me.  He was suffering from "Pain in the Ass" syndrome.  Literally!  He fell on his tailbone a few weeks ago at Absolute Air, a trampoline park in Arlington.  He was trying to be all "hip and cool" and showed the kids how to do a double back flip jumpy thing, but things went horribly awry. Instead of landing on his feet....he landed...well.....on his butt with his legs in the air............ON THE METAL BAR that had maybe a centimeter of padding!!!!  AGH!!!!  He bruised his Coccyx and is having a REALLY HARD TIME (snicker, snicker).  Instead of sharing a picture of his butt, I will spare you and provide this photo of my booth at the market... (you owe me)


After the market, I dropped off Ally at the Catapult Fest, a music concert at the Port Warehouse.  I was suppose to go and watch her friend Pearl Tottenham open for the show but I ended up giving up my tickets to my daughter's friends. (that is whole other story, but I can tell you I got the better end of the bargain.)  Pearl and Ally have been friends for a long time.  I can remember when Pearl would be belting out of tune songs in the car in grade school!  So amazing that she was able to preform at the concert, and pretty bummed that I missed it! Here is a flyer that I found in town:


Sunday was cleaning out the garage day, which was much needed!  We now can park in there AND open our car doors!  YAY US!

  I did get a few hours of down time and was able to get some art journaling are couple of pages:

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P.s. My brother Clayton really did graduate Valdictorian....and I hate him for being such a SMARTYPANTS!!!!!!  No fair!!!!  How come I have to the be the flighty air-head artist one???

Hope you guys all had a great weekend too!  We are gearing up for another crazy weekend ahead....only this time??? Seattle, visit with out-of-state relatives, a market and TWO BIRTHDAYS!!!!  AGH!!!!  Stay tuned, I am slowing going out of my mind, so the next blog post should be interesting!!! :)


The Art of Fish Show TONIGHT!!!!

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Hey, hey everyone!  If you are local, I hope you have some time to wander down to the Art Depot this weekend.  Tonight is opening night of The Art of Fish for First Friday Art Walk!

fish8I will have two pieces in this show.

"Hooked on Anacortes"




I will also have two pieces for sale in the Anacortes Starbucks this month:

"Hopelessly Falling for you" and "Reaching for the Stars"


See you tonight at 6:00!

Happy Friday



Mixed Media Class!

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Yay for my mixed media class last weekend, so fun!  I had the pleasure of teaching 5 wonderful ladies the technique of layering and learning how to be brave!  Wow, that was a lesson all in itself!  We all had a great time and hopefully everyone learned a few new tricks.  My goal was that everyone left with some creative spark and hopefully learned about new supplies in mixed media!

We started off the morning creating our backgrounds for our owl paintings. The first step involved mark-making.....lots and lots of layers:


After laying paint down on canvas we continued on and also worked on canvas panel creating a collage with scrapbooking papers.  This would be used later for a second painting.  Everyone loved gluing and picking out their papers!


For lunch we were able to sit out on the patio and enjoy our sandwiches, pasta salad, and pretzels and hummus.  Oh, and did I mention that we also had HOMEMADE COOKIES!!!  Delish

After lunch we finished our owls!  Look how cute they turned out!


After the owls were painted, everyone got to play around with painting on paper and using various mixed media supplies including markers, tissue, decoupage, paints, and lace.



So happy with how their paintings turned out.  Thank you ladies for such a lovely day!