Carla's Funky Art

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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!


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! :)


Best. Cookies. Ever.


You will never believed what arrived yesterday via Washington State Ferry.  THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!  (and no I am not kidding).  Let me give you a little back story on this.  Years ago we lived on a little tiny island that sits really close to Canada.  My daughter Ally would spend every Monday at the after school children's program at the San Juan Island Library.  The after school read aloud program pretty much went like this: a group of children would sit at a table and color while a wonderful lady named Kathy would read to them.  Kathy would set out little cups of milk and serve her AMAZING chocolate chip cookies.   I was a school bus driver at the time, and after my route was done, I would swing by the library to pick her up. Every Monday I would secretly hope that only a few students would have attended so I could eat a left over cookie!!!!!

Ok, so I am not really sure how to describe these cookies.  You might think by looking at them that they are just a simple ordinary chocolate chip cookie....but they are NOT.  They are perfectly perfect.  Not over baked on the bottom....a little crisp, but not crispy....they are buttery, chocolatey,  and so delicious!  I am pretty positive that there is secret ingredient, but I cannot figure out what it is!  Dan thinks it is because they are baked with love, and I have to agree.  Maybe love is the secret ingredient.

So, to make a long story longer....(as Dan's dad would say)...Kathy sent us over a box of chocolate chip cookies from Friday Harbor! I could not believe it!  They couldn't have come on a better day....I had a terrible day at work and came home to this beautiful cookie package!  Dan was the delivery man, and I cannot believe they made it here WITHOUT being DEVOURED!  We haven't had them in years and years, and they were EXACTLY AS WE REMEMBER THEM!

Thank you so much Kathy!  It made our Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas!

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.


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"

Phone Book Dress!


Almost forgot to share this with you!  Last month my daughter Ally spent about 20 hours designing a San Juan Island Phone Book Dress!!!!  Why would she do this?  For the "Trashion Fashion" Show at the San Juan County Fair! Last year she took first place with her duct tape dress, so she thought she should really step it up with the phone book!

It seriously took hours and hours (with the help of Dan and I folding page after page of yellow pages).  At one point I wasn't sure if she was going to pull it off!!!!  It is always amazing to me how creative kids can be.  She didn't win first prize this year, but I think she did a great job!  Here was her dress in progress:

Lots and lots of FOLDING!!! :)

Lots and Lots of TAPE!

Oooooo-la-la!  Phone Book SHOES!

Almost done!

TA-DA!!!! Done!

****I did actually take a better picture of this with the shoes and bow, but it turned out way to dark. Ugh.

All in all, I think it turned out fantastic and I am so proud of her!  Wonder what she is going to come up with for next year?