Well, late as usual to wish you all a Happy Easter. Time just seems to get a way from me. Seriously can't believe we are midway (or more) through April. Not even really sure what happened in March. The weather seems to come and go. Sometimes I believe we are in Spring, and before you know it, heavy cold rain is falling down reminding me of Winter. So ready for some warmer temperatures around here. Right around this time of year I tend to get ants in my pants and want to start wearing my shorts and flip flops. The tulips are blooming in Skagit Valley so we must definitely be in SPRING!
I have been swamped getting ready for the summer art festivals and market this year. Truly nervous to throw all of this new art out to you. I have been trying to overcome my fears, take a deep breath and go with it. Every year at this time I am overwhelmed with doubt. I have doubts that my paintings won't sell, fears that people won't like it and second guess even trying to make it as a part time artist. Believing in myself is one thing that I can honestly say I can't seem to wrap my head around. I wish inside I was a more courageous stronger person. I feel that if I just believed in my art there may be a whole world of opportunities and possibilities, but it such a scary step to take. I hope I am not the only one that feels like this. I don't think I am, I have a feeling there are many artists out there kind of floundering like me wondering where there lot in life is. My word for the year was PRODUCTIVE. So far so good. I made a promise to myself to stay focused, don't be quite as scared ( I will always be a little scared I think), take a deep breath and throw it all out there. I am moving into more emotional pieces, painting for me.....lots of layers, lots of love and hours of work. Bright funny paintings will always be incorporated into my work, so old fans do not worry!
Next month I will be venturing into new territory as well. I am teaching several mixed media courses. I have taught art classes to children in the past, but these mixed media classes will be new. The first one is May 10th at the MONA art museum in La Conner. Both classes filled up quickly with over 40 people on the waiting list! AGH! I have a feeling this will be a challenging workshop for me because I will have from ages 5 to adult all working in the same class! On May 31st I will also be holding a class here in my studio. This class is so exciting for me as an artist. A small group of ladies and I will spend the day painting together. I can't wait to show them my painting process... We will cover all kinds of background painting, how to paint with papers, and creating whimsy into our paintings. Dan is going to be our personal servant and delivering our catered lunch, chocolate covered strawberries, and whatever we desire! I am currently making them little gifts....so cute!
This week I will have finished up my summer calendar. I will post it on the website so you know where to find me. Stay tuned! Here are a few picture of some recent work and Dan and I tiptoeing through the tulips. (dang we are adorable!)