Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Whole Week!

I just realized that I mentioned my recycled, hand painted furniture in the last post, but forgot to post the photos. OOPS! See them in my Etsy shop. (I was unable to load them here, something up with blogger)

It's been a week since my last post. I was out of town last week from Wednesday to Saturday. I went down to Las Cruces (my home town) to help a long time and very dear friend pack up her mom's house. Her mom, also a cherished friend, is moving to New Hampshire to complete her PhD. She has lived in this house since before we were born (as far as I know), almost 40 years let's just say. It was like going back in time and reliving all my memories of growing up. I spent a LOT of time in that house. It was so much fun to hang out with my friend and her mom. We haven't spent time alone, just the girls without kids and husbands, in at least 20 years!

Since I came home I have been busy, busy, busy in the studio. I'm currently working on some new needlepoint designs. I hope to have all my designs posted together with a link to the company that is selling them VERY soon! As soon as I know where they are being sold retail, I will also post that information. I had contemplated selling them retail in my Etsy shop but decided that I didn't want to compete with the shops. So I will provide a list of shops as well as a link to the website where they can be purchased wholesale. So far I have 9 designs completed with a couple more in the works. However, there are a couple that I won't be able to share until later in the year because they will be released exclusively at a show in April. I will share more information about that as it comes available.

I am also currently working on finding companies to license my designs for use on tiles and fabric. If you have any recommendations please let me know.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

More recycled paintings

Purple Night ACEO(2 1/2 x 3 1/2")

Green Moon 8" square oils on canvas board

I've been painting a lot of smaller pieces on recycled matboard scraps. Each piece is gessoed by me before I start. The mat scraps are plentiful in my framing studio. When I am out of ideas for larger paintings I like to paint small ACEOs or 6 - 8" squares. It helps to get my creative juices flowing and I usually come up with my next large painting concept while I'm at it. That is exactly what happened today! I painted Purple Night aceo and then came the Green Moon on 8" canvas board. Now I'm working on a similar idea on a 20" square stretched canvas. It was a very productive day in the studio. I've also jotted down some ideas for my next needlepoint designs.

Above and below are photos of all the aceo paintings, daily journal paintings and handpainted furniture I've finished in the past week. All are available in my Etsy shop.

Please Don't Break My Heart 7" square Oils on recycled matboard
Waves of Love 6" square Oils on recycled matboard

True Love ACEO

Flowerette ACEO

Heart in Love ACEO

Two Hearts ACEO

Music Playing 8" square Oils on recycled canvas board

Monday, January 21, 2008

Needlepoint designs a hit!

The weekend of January 11-13 my needlepoint designs made their debut at the TNNA(The National NeedleArts Association) Trade Show in Long Beach, California. They were a hit! My sales were great according to the company representing my designs! I debuted with 9 designs and had a few that sold really well. So, now I'm busy working on more new designs. If you are interested in seeing/buying any of my fine art needlepoint canvases, you will need to contact Lynda with Dreamhouse Ventures. I don't think she has my designs up on her website just yet, but I plan to post a page of my currently available designs with a link to her website until then. I will try to get all the images posted by this evening. It is so exciting to think about my designs going out into the world! My goal is to have at least 50 designs by the end of this year. I have 9 so far, so I guess I'd better get busy.

I also have a new section planned for my etsy shop. Recycled, handpainted tables. These are mainly the small, round, decorator tables. I have saved several from the landfill by taking them off people's hands on Freecycle. Freecycle is a great site, if you have never heard of it before, please follow the link and sign up! It is a national site, with smaller member groups around the country. Basically, people post listings of things they are trying to get rid of or things they want and other people respond to take things off your hands or to give you things you want, and it's all FREE! It's a great way to keep things out of the landfill and you would be surprised what people will take! It is so true that one man's trash is another man's treasure. I plan to put up the tables on my etsy site sometime this week. The cool thing about these tables is that they can be used as a table or hung on the wall like a piece of art. Plus, they're recycled!

I've been having a hard time deciding what to blog about. I have visited so many cool artist blogs and they all seem so much more interesting than mine! So, anyone out there, give me your ideas for what you want me to blog about. Is there any burning questions on your mind? What do you want to know? Do you like the blogs with nothing but images? Should I talk more about the art? Help me out people, I need ideas! :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New aceo paintings in my shop

I've been trying to work out a slight painting funk by painting a bunch of little ACEOs (artist cards editions and originals), plus I did a little 6 inch square painting. You can find them in my etsy shop.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Today's new painting is a 20 inch square called Dreamscape. If you look at the studio photos in my last post, you can see it in progress on my easel. This was a quick painting, it's a little different from what I've been doing, but it flowed from that place where painting comes easy and I never get frustrated. I've been working on another painting that I've named Controlled Chaos that has been nothing but frustrating. So, I took a break from that one to start another and Dreamscape is what resulted. I guess I should do that more often!

Not sure if I've mentioned it here yet, but I have put a bunch of paintings on sale in my Etsy shop. I'm working on cleaning out and organizing and decided to let some older work go at a scream of a deal! The discounts range from $5 off to $100 off!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New Paintings and Studio Photos

Reconstruction, 20 x 24 inches, watermixable oils on canvas

Two new paintings finished this week. The first one is called Reconstruction and I started it last year, just put the finishing touches on it Saturday. The second one is called Organized and it is one of my small daily journal paintings from yesterday.

Also see below, photos of my new smaller painting studio. Still at the Factory on 5th in Albuquerque, it's in a different building. At first I had a little trouble getting used to the smaller space, but now it just feels cozy! The new space is only around 8 x 12 feet. My office and framing workshop are now back at the house in one of the spare bedrooms vacated by my sons in November.

Organized, 8 inch square daily journal painting, Watermixable oils

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Robert Genn's Twice Weekly Letter

For those of you who receive the emails from Robert Genn, I made it to the clickback!!! I was so excited to see it I had to share! For those of you who have never heard of it, check out http://painterskeys.com . This is a twice weekly email that discusses different apects of being an artist. I finally responded to Robert's last letter "Art in bad times" and my response was posted to the clickback ! Now if I can just get an answer to my question. If anyone has an answer, please let me know.

Monday, January 07, 2008

January 7th, Already!

Here it is the 7th and I still haven't finished organizing my studio and office/framing space. Good news is, I'm almost done! I had to wait for the person that was in my new studio to move out so I could move in. So, now I'm all moved out of the old studio and my new smaller painting studio is organized and clean! I started a new painting yesterday, my first new painting since the beginning of December. It feels good to be back to painting.

I'm currently in my home office/framing workshop. I'm working on cleaning out files, organizing my workspace, typing out my goals for 2008 so I can post them up on the wall and now....taking a break from it all to blog! :) I just realized it's been almost a week since I posted last and decided I'd better blog in order to keep my goals intact. I still need to post my list of accomplishments for 2007 and goals for 2008! I'm already behind! Most of my blog friends have already done it!

I guess I should go easy on myself, I did have to move out of my studio in to two new spaces. It isn't easy to split everything in different directions after having everything together for years.

I love having my painting studio separate from my office. I am now able to paint with no distractions, no internet beckoning me as I work! I will take and post photos sometime this week of the newest painting I finished on Saturday and the painting I just started yesterday. It's been cloudy and rainy here for two days, so I will have to wait for the sun to come out!

So far, 2008 has been a great year, and it's only just begun! One of my resolutions this year is to stay positive no matter what happens! But truly, it has been a great first week. I'm feeling so much better now that my studio is organized and my office is almost there!

I guess I'd better get back to sifting through papers!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I know it's supposed to be a holiday, but I'm down at the studio today. I have to get my studio packed up and ready to move. I'm not moving far, across the parking lot, into a smaller studio.

I have lots to blog about, but not much time to do it right now. Once I get the studio cleaned, packed and hopefully moved(I'm waiting on another artist to move out of the new studio), I will blog about my accomplishments for 2007 and my goals for 2008. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year!