2018 – My Personal Top 9 on Instagram

Although I think it’s really fun to look at the top 9 Instagram posts for the year, on this last day of the year, I thought I would share my personal favorites. Pictures that mark a milestone, time or event that are special to me and for which I am thankful. Not shown in these pictures are my husband and son, who I am so,so grateful, who bring me up and cheer me on everyday to make my art dream a reality. For without their support, there would be no top 9.

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1. I am grateful for my sketchbooks. A place where I can communicate my true self, without judgement and fear.

2. For Kellee Wynne and @experiencetrucolors community. One of my pieces was selected for a Color Crush Creative color palette at the beginning of the year. I am so thankful for this great group of like minded artists.

3. Sixteen years ago, we started @shopresoul on a hunch that people could appreciate beautiful shoes. I visit Italy twice a year and never tire of it. The Navigli is like a second home to me and I am so thankful that I get to cross it’s bridges on my way to the trade show so I can capture shots like this.

4. I entered a contest @minted on a whim and was jury selected to sell art on there site. A major boost of confidence.

5. A found picture of my parents who are no longer with us. I will be forever grateful to @gr8ful_1_ for unearthing this beautiful picture of my mom and dad.

6. A fun day with my friend @mishazadeh learning how to make Pysanka eggs with @miishka_handbags.

7. Getting ready for my first out of state art show with @rockpaperscissorsgoods in Minneapolis. So grateful for the opportunity.

8. When I found out that making collages on the fly could be fun, less time consuming and a great exercise in staying creative, even when you only have 20 minutes.

9. My real aha moment when I started to create my Smoke and Mirrors series. I had my first show at a local coffee shop and sold 6 pieces. Major confidence boost!

All in all, a pretty great 2018! I hope you have a great new year filled with love, peace and prosperity! Thank you for stopping by.

The Struggle

This is my first post to my website. I will try to tell a little bit of my story in future posts. But for now just a short one will have to do.

My head has been filled with so many ideas lately. Ideas for my shop (re-souL), ideas on my next show in September, ideas for how to monetize my art. I’m starting to feel the struggle to keep up and the drain on my brain.

That said, art is my therapy. My studio is my refuge. But, what do you do when even your sane place starts to feel like work?

I decided to play. If I cannot get some quality time in the studio to do big projects, I surely can do something fun for 15 to 30 minutes a day to keep up with my practice and to keep the pressure off.  So I decided to cut up some old paintings on paper that were FAILS and find something new to do with them. I call them Colour Forms. Remember Color Forms? Shapes and colors to illustrate and stick? Anyway, that’s what my little cut pieces of painted are to me. Here are a few samples of some compositions as of late.