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Artsy Fartsy

Have you seen my Art page yet? You should!

Pieces available for purchase! Etsy store and paypal account coming soon for easier shopping!

Exciting stuff! So many exclamation points!!!

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What’s The Story Lamb Chop?

Well, I survived my first go at 2nd Friday. 2nd and 3rd too. I’ve just been super lazy about posting…

I did about as poorly as expected but was so happy and relieved that I actually sold a couple things. While I didn’t come close to breaking even, I got my name out there and didn’t give up. Hopefully,  when people start to look for holiday gifts and the weather is really nice I’ll get even more traffic. Hopefully.

There are few things in life I haven’t completely given up on. My regular behavior to cut and run when things get tough has been a cornerstone of my existence. I’d like the say that even though I didn’t turn a profit I’m more proud of myself for not quitting but that’d be a lie. I mean, who wouldn’t prefer making lots of money and being praised for their apparent talent?

One thing that certainly helped ease my anxiety over this experience is the newest member of my family, LambChop! I’ve wanted a dog for a while and as I’ve mentioned before, attempted one back in August. Bea Arthur was a really bad experience for me. She was not a good fit and I was definitely not emotionally prepared to train and take care of a puppy. I now know that that experience and the wait was worth it for LambChop. She is the perfect dog for me. Sweet, mellow, loving, housebroken!

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I got so damn lucky with this dog. I hope I do right by her. She came from the shelter and we’ll rescue each other. Such a sweet, wonderful dog deserves a good home with lots of love and belly rubs. Financially, it may not have been the best decision but in light of so much frustration, stress, and pain in my life she is a source of comfort.

She may be a little stinky but she’s mine and I’ve definitely fallen for her! She’s damn good to cuddle with even if I always have to be the big spoon.

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Bring It!

2nd friday

To my surprise and elation I was approved to exhibit at Mesa’s 2nd Friday Night Out this week, October 10th. I will be there for 6-10 selling handmade postcards/holiday cards, as well as prints of my paintings! This is a major step for my Resolutions. I am so nervous but excited to see what total strangers think of my art.

Come out and support local artists and businesses. Bring the kids, bring the dog, dress up for this month’s theme: Nightmare on Main. Food, music, costume contest and much more! For more info visit their website.

Any and all are welcome. Stop by, say hi, buy some art, shoot the shit, pet a dog, get free candy!

Here is a little preview of the prints I will have available in various sizes. I’ll also have original watercolors available, a few original paintings, and candy!

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I’m No Artist

As long as I can remember I’ve loved art. My mom says that even as a little kid I had a grasp of color beyond my years. She tells the story of asking me what colors some of the flowers in our garden were. Apparently when asked about the pretty pink flower I said something to the effect (affect?) of “its pink but there’s also blue, and fuchsia, and has some green.”

So I was a little know it all from the start. Not that surprising.

Point being, I have always liked color. Mixing paint colors remains to this day one of my favorite activities. Something about swirling different colors together, making an entirely new shade, maybe one that no ones seen before, it’s very zen for me.

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I’ve always painted and drawn. I was lucky enough to have parents encourage me to get messy and be creative. They bought me endless art supplies, and would sign me up for classes at the community arts center. When I was little I wanted to be like Picasso. I wanted to be rich and famous and have people praise my work. I wanted to be this cool bohemian girl with paint under her nails and splattered on her party dress. I wanted to be the toast of Paris…

At the rate I’m going Van Gogh might be more accurate…

Being an “artist” is tough.  There’s not a lot of money and you have to have a thick skin to take the criticism. I don’t consider myself an artist. I am far too sensitive. I get emotionally attached to my paintings and typically only paint when I am in a heightened emotional state. I don’t want to have to explain myself or my inspiration. I am afraid of being rejected or misunderstood. I don’t want people laughing at something I poured my heart and soul into. And bottom line I’m just not that good.

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My paintings look like the “my kid could paint that” crap. Other people have said to me that I’m not that bad and have even gone so far as to say they like some of my pieces but I’m always skeptical.

Coming into the home stretch of this bizarre experiment I need one final push, so I’m taking the chance. I’ve solicited help from other artist friends for recommendations on getting high quality photos so I can sell prints. Who knows, maybe I’ll open an Etsy shop where everyone will rate me highly and I’ll be the toast of Mesa!

In the meantime, anyone who wants to check out some of my paintings can go to my online portfolio. Please keep any criticism to yourself. It’s hard enough trying to share this side of me.

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