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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.