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I live in Mooringsport La. and work in construction full time and dabble in art when ever I can. I would love to be able to do my art full time--who knows, maybe one day I will. In the past year, I started doing Festivals, trying to sell my Art. It is ALOT of work, but worth it. I have met so many people with the same interests as myself.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time to Reflect

Another year has come, and just about gone.  It has been a great year and a busy year.  I feel like I accomplished much of what I set out to do.  I had been thinking for  a long time that I needed to find a way to get my art out into the world.  I took the first step and went to my first show last April.  It wasn't a sell out show, but I was well received and had great feed back.  I guess my biggest fear in getting out there was that people would laugh at or not understand my work. I sold one of my biggest pieces (and as Lynn, my best friend said, weirdest pieces) before the show even began and could have sold another if I had it.  But, it gave the encouragement that I needed to attend future shows, it validated my work, and it made me believe that, maybe, as an artist, my work was OK. If I am not able to get into my studio and create for long periods of time, I get restless.  It is what I love to do.  I love to walk into the room and smell paint and paste.  I usually have several projects working at one time.  I try to straighten up a bit between projects, because I know that when I am in the middle of one, nothing else matters.  The piece that I am working on takes all of my attention and housekeeping falls by the wayside.  I have tried in this past year to become a little more organized, but have failed miserably in that department.  Organization does not come easy for me and neither does tidiness.  I would love to have the perfect studio, everything in its correct bin and labeled for easy retrieval but it is not me. Time and space to do not allow me that luxury.  You see, I am a pack rat.  I collect things. I find small treasures when I walk down the street,  and on the job site it is a veritable treasure trove--everywhere I go, I find little trinkets, excavate small cast away items and vow that one day, I will use them in a piece.  And, many times I do.  I never know when or where they will be used, only that they will be.  And, this is what takes up my space.  So many treasures, all waiting to be used in just the perfect piece. Reclaimed and repurposed-a small piece of a larger picture.  So, for now, I will work among my treasures and be thankful and grateful that I have found something that I love to do and that I have a husband, unselfish enough, to grant me the patience and time to pursue it.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Coming Into the New Year

Well, the New Year is upon us--once again.  Time for another New Year's Resolution. There is always the standard "Going on a diet", and "Exercise More Regularly"  pledge. I was thinking that maybe I need a new and improved resolution.  I haven't thought of it yet--when I do, I will let you know.  Blue day--looks like it will rain most of the day.  I love the rain, but I like to be home when it's raining.  And, I like to have "Big John" in the house--not outside in the mud.  I know that you are probably wondering "Who is Big John"?  He is my Great Pyrenees.  Big, white and fluffy.  Except when it is raining.  Then, he is Big and Muddy.  I think that his coat is a magnet for dirt.  He is not the easiest dog to bathe,either.  He doesn't like to get in the tub and has to be lifted into it-fighting it all the way. But, he is a big, lovable (and stubborn) dog.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Blue's

Well, Christmas is over :(.  Always sorry to see it go.  I look so forward to the holiday's.  From October through December.  I love the cool crisp colors of fall--with the cooler mornings and shorter days, through Thanksgiving all the way 'til Christmas.  I am most partial to Christmas, though.  It may be memories from my childhood, or even from when my kids were small.  The festivities, the togetherness, the old Christmas movies and the music. I love it all and am always a little sad to see it go.  January and February are such "blue" months, but I have plenty on my "to do" list to catch up on.  I have until the spring.  Then the flurry of getting ready for the shows seems to overshadow all other things.  So, this January and February will be my catch up time-time to clean, and build and to rebuild.  Time to plow and to sow. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Weekend

I had an awesome and productive Thanksgiving Day Weekend--got done so much!  I have a show next weekend and there were so many items that I wanted to get completed for it.  I actually only came up one painting shy of my goal--which was pretty lofty.  I finished painting a cradle that I had been working on and off of  for about 6 mos. I painted little lambs on either side and it turned out nicely.  I also have been looking for ways to incorporate my angels into other pieces of work.  I printed pictures of them that fit into microscope slides and also onto dominoes.  I finished about 30 domino necklaces that were soldered and about the same amount of microscope slides.  I also wanted to finish a few paintings, and I did.  One angel, I call the Angel of the Garden and also 2 dress Form Paintings.  All in all--I feel like I did pretty good.  We are supposed to have awesome weather next weekend and I am hoping for the best.  Only 2 more shows lined up for this year and I can take a breather and catch up on all the things around the house that I have been pushing back on.  I am ready for the holidays--even though this year neither of my boys will be home with me--no physically- but they will be here in my heart.  Hope everyone that reads this had a great Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


If I had more time--oh the things that I could create.  But, if I had more time I would probably not have any money (work = money).  I did find time to go to my studio for a couple of minutes.  I am creating "Angel Dominos".  They are small scale reproductions of paintings that I have done.  I am trying to find more outlets for my art work.  Cards, necklaces............what else?  The last show that I did was rather disappointing but I will not give up.  Maybe one day, when the economy climbs outta the ditch, things will look up.  Right now, the term "Starving Artist" is hitting the nail right on the head.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Sunshine at last

The sun is finally shining and it has turned out to be a beautiful evening. 

Thought for the day......

Well,  Another rainy, cold day--just my kind of weather.  Makes me wish that I could stay in today and watch an old movie under a thick quilt--but, alas--not possible.  Work is calling.  Not too busy of a day.  No one wants to get out in the rain.  Went to the long awaited Jazz Fest last weekend but it did not live up to my expectations.  Guess that is what you can expect out of a Jazz Fest.  Everyone wanted to listen to the music and drink beer and eat.  Art was not on the "Plate". Next show--Nach. Chrismtas Show--Dec. 4.  Hopefully, that show will be a little better.  I have 3 projects on the table waiting to be completed.  There has to be an outlet--somewhere.