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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

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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:

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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?  First....in 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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:

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(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!

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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 summer....you can find me here:

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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!

THANK YOU!

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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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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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!

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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!

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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!

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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! :)

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Sick and Busy....

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AGH you guys!!!  I have been so sick!  Haven't been this sick in years and I feel like it is never going to go all the way away!  I am on my 9th day, and still feel bad......although I think I have rounded the bend and starting to mend.  (Did you catch that? It rhymed!)  Sorry I haven't kept my promise of blogging twice a week, I just couldn't do it!  Things have been so hectic around here and I truly feel like I am one step away from a nervous breakdown.  Between the car accident, being sick, art deadlines, and the washer breaking I feel as though I have been hit by a bus!

I have this horrible habit of over committing myself and never saying no.  I have sat back and realized that I could have said "no" to several things last week and my life would have been so much easier and maybe I wouldn't have gotten quite so sick.  I should have said "no" to having a  booth at the farmers market on Saturday.  I should have said "no" to the lady that wanted her painting finished by this week.  I should have said "no" to the repair guy when he asked if it was ok to bring the washer next week.  I should have said "no".  Bottom line.....I need to learn how to give myself a break!  My entire life has been this path of overcommitting, and trying to make everyone else happy.  You would think at the age of 40 I would have figured it out. :)  Do you ever overcommit?

I am taking today to give my body time to heal, take a rest and try not to feel guilty about it.

Here are a few pics from the weekend.  It started off like this:

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weekend-2 after the laundry got done I felt like this (WARNING: be prepared for gigantic sick selfie):

weekend-1Soooooo......with that being said.....the lesson of this blog post????? STOP DOING SO MUCH STUFF AND TAKE TIME TO LET YOUR BODY HEAL!  LEARN HOW TO SAY NO!!!!!!

I admit it, I totally over did it this weekend and paid the price.  Lesson learned.  (Ya right).

We are gearing up for Memorial Day Weekend here in Anacortes.  I have my fingers crossed for sunshine!!!

Hope to see you at the market, we will be there! (and I promise not to show up if I am super sick, ha! ha!)

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Kindred Spirits....

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I was thinking about my grandmother the other day.  Gosh, it has been a long time and I miss her.  She was such a funny lady to me.  Half the time I was scared to death of her and the other half of the time she was all "grandmotherly".  She was an owl-loving, country music listenin' lady  who knew how square dance with the best of them.   I grew up way out in the country and my grandparents lived next door on our property.  I feel so blessed to have grown up with them and I could go on for days about some of our funny adventures.    They taught me so many family values and lessons in life.

There are two things that  really stick out when I think about my grandma.  First, was the fact that she sat down and took the time to read me the whole series of "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Ooohhhh how I wanted to be Laura!  I would go to bed at night and pray that I would wake up with pa and ma, and we would eat syrup from trees and ride in a covered wagon.  I spent many years as a little girl longing for life on the prairie! I would run over to house right after school so we could sit down and read.  Second, she and I would watch Anne of Green Gables. (and Anne of Avonlea).  When I was in elementary school I can remember being sick a lot.  Asthma and colds would keep me home from school for days.  So thankful that I have out grown it.  Almost every time I was home sick my grandma would let me borrow her VHS movies...(yes, it was THAT LONG AGO)  I must have watched those movies a million times.  Sometimes she would walk over and check on me, bring me homemade bread and and watch them with me.  She would always chuckle at Anne's crazy rants and would tell me over and over that she knew someday she would get a red-headed grandchild!  She really, really, really wanted a red-haired grandchild, I have no idea why.  Secretly she must have been crazy because RED HEADED children are little spit-fires! Ha! Ha!

My favorite part of this book and movie (besides the dead rat in the plum pudding sauce, but how can I paint that?) was Anne's love for "kindred spirits"......so here is my latest brave girl painting:

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P.s. Just had to add that cute little pug to remind Dan that he still needs to buy me one!

Happy Tuesday!

Big Old Painting in Progress

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Hey  guys....remember this canvas?  Been a while since I have been able to work on it!  it has been so long I honestly can't remember when I started it. The kids love it and are constantly nagging at me to finish it, but have been so busy getting ready for the summer season!  Took some time last night to work on it.  I love painting BIG!  There is just something about a large canvas in front of me that makes my heart leap for joy!  Working with layers on a huge white canvas always jogs my memory that there are no mistakes.  This type of bold large painting is a fun way that helps me relax and let the painting tell me what it wants to do.  Painting gigantic is really my "happy place", even though my time, and wallet want to tell me something different.  Maybe I should start listening to my inner voice. Below are a few pictures of the painting in progress.  A few more layers and now I am beginning to work on details.  Stay tuned.  My goal for this "bad-boy" is to have it done by the end of May!

P.s. Can you believe it? Another blog post???  Yep, I am REALLY TRYING HARD to turn it around.  My goal is 2-3 posts a week and I expect you guys to get on my case if I haven't done it!  Bring on the blogging!  Hip-Hip-Hooray!

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Welcome April

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Welcome Spring!  Yep, pretty much been forever since I have been on here.  So busy between art and my ortho job.  Lots going on with the family too!  The kids are busy in activities, parents have been sick, and there just doesn't seem like there is enough time in the day.

I don't have a ton of time this morning but I wanted to share some recent art that I have been working on!

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Dan and I also did a quick trial run a few weeks ago with some new additions to our art booth, what do you think?

I wish we would have added the back wall when we took the picture but some people commented that they like how open the space was.  We are gearing up for the farmers market that begins next month.  I sat down and went over our summer schedule.  We are booked every weekend from May 10th until September!  AGH!!!!  Gonna be one CRAZY summer!  I can't wait!!  We added some extra art festivals this season.  I am currently working on a schedule so you are able to find me!

I am also starting to teach classes, so stay tuned for more information.

Happy Spring!

What's New? Oh ya, that's right, the SEAHAWKS WON the SUPER BOWL!!!!

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Been pretty much forever since I have done a blog post.  I have a confession to make.  My computer is dying.  Well not actually dying, but it sure is on its last leg.  I am using a MacBook Pro that was built in 1920.  It is sooooo super old, and now has a million photos on it and runs super s--l--o--w.  So slow it makes me not even want to get on here and share things with you.  The good news is that I am actually going shopping to get a new computer this month.  I have been saving, saving, saving! Yeah me!  I wish I could buy another Mac, but it isn't in the budget this year.

Sooooo if you haven't heard already, THE SEAHAWKS WON THE SUPER BOWL!!!  What?  What?  What?  I can't believe it, soooooooooo exciting!!!!  I never thought it would happen in my lifetime!!!! Yahoooo!!!  My Facebook friends like to give me a hard time and tell me that I am not a Seahawks fan because I always complain when the games are on.  What they don't know is that I am always jealous when the Seahawks are on TV!  I am frugal and refuse to pay for cable, therefore I never GET TO SEE THE GAMES!!!!  I grew up with football always on at the house (with the VOLUME on MAX), and I truly miss it every winter!  We did get to watch the playoffs and Super Bowl this year by inviting ourselves other people's homes!!!!  Good thing I have nice friends!  (thank you Longchamps and Posts!)

GO HAWKS!

My 12th man "Beast Mode" hair!!!!

I wanted something "cutesy" for the house, because some girls like pretty things...hee...hee...I painted this sign with watercolor.....

I still CAN'T BELIEVE WE WON!

Ok, what else has been happening around here??  Let's see.....

Our friends Steve and Andy came to visit last weekend from Seattle, that was fun.   The main reason for the visit was so Andy could show off his kick-ass Camaro.  Sorry for the bad language...but when you say Camaro you kinda have to say kick-ass at the same time.  They kinda go hand in hand......

Like this: Andy's Kick-Ass Camaro.

I even got to ride in it!!!  (I kinda peed a little when we went fast, but don't tell)  We had a great day, minus the fact that Andy won $600.00 bucks at the casino while I proceeded to lose $60.00.  Hmmmm.....AND THAT is why I SHOULDN'T GAMBLE.  I am the world's BIGGEST LOSER.....(and not in the skinny way either!)

I also have been super busy with some recent commissioned pieces.  Here are some of the latest:

That pretty much sums up what I have been doing lately.  26 more days until I see the orthopedic surgeon for my running injury last summer. I can't wait!!!  I just want to get fixed and hit the pavement again. Who knows, maybe I will still be able to pull off a marathon this next summer. (wishful thinking? I think yes.)

Happy Thursday!!!

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:

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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!!!

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!

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!!!

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!

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!

Holiday Shows, SAVE THE DATES!

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Well, the last few weeks have been a mad house around here!  I have been so busy gearing up for the holiday shows!  There will be lots and lots of new paintings to check out!  Yahoo!  When I haven't been painting, I have been ordering, ordering, ordering.  All kinds of goodies should be showing up soon.  I ordered some new business cards, different sized shopping bags, prints, cards, mats, and even mini canvases to make ornaments!  They have turned out totally cool, and I can't wait to see what they all look like hanging from my little display tree!  I figure in a week or two I will do a mock set up of my booth and take a picture to show you!  My poor family have almost become homeless....there are paintings everywhere around the house.  As of right now, I can see 12 new paintings in the living room, 3 in the kitchen....and I who knows how many in the studio!  After this blog post, I have vowed to clean up and get organized! :) I decided this year to head out to the Kitsap Peninsula for two shows.  My hope is that I will get to see long time friends who never get a chance to check out my art. Originally from the cute little town of Olalla, I have moved quite a bit away from family and friends.

Here is where you can find me in November:

NORTH KITSAP HOLIDAY FEST - (in Poulsbo) - Saturday November 3rd... 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m,  Sunday November  4th...11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ANACORTES FARMERS HOLIDAY MARKET - times to be announced.

PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL WINTERFEST - Saturday November 24th...9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday November 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Here are a few paintings that I have been working on the last couple of weeks:

"Your Gonna Shoot Your Eye Out!"

"Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island"

"O is for Octopus"