“You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.”
It’s been awhile
It’s been awhile since I have been able to look up and see anything but piles and piles of work in front of me. It’s been awhile since I have been able to write again. I never intended for the blog to be a ” sales” tool. It’s always been a personal journal, open to the public. I have been writing, in this way, for 9 years this year. It’s unlikely to change now. I’ll get on with the update…the art life ain’t for the weak. Getting older and dealing with chronic health issues, ain’t getting any easier, either. It is what it is and time is of the essence…let’s get to it.
The short story of the last 6 months
In the last 6 months we have had a few highlights:
- We started the season in April with a 7 month commitment to showing downtown Portland in the Pearl. First Thursday is super popular in the city and it’s been a huge learning curve but we have stuck to it and it’s paying off. Check out our set up
2. We applied for a trademark, 3 months ago & waited:
3. We Booked the biggest event to date for The Pour Paint Kit we will be showing in the (drum roll please)
Oregon Convention Center (Hall C)
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
From their web site: “The 30th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival returns November 1-3 at the Oregon Convention Center (Hall C) in downtown Portland. This Festival is one of the largest holiday celebrations in the Northwest, drawing thousands of attendees annually who happily complete their holiday shopping early. With hundreds & hundreds of exhibitors the Festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodcraft, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more makes this a gift buyer’s delight. There is a large gourmet food area where you can sample and purchase a wide range of food items including tea, chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, salsas, oils & vinegars, honey, sauces and many more delights!”
Pretty cool, right? We think so.
4. The remodel of our home studio to create a teaching/gallery/retail space is well underway. It’s been a struggle to keep up with the momentum on this project because we are….
5. creating a whole new body of work based on Bill and I painting together, at the same time on the same canvas. It’s been a blast learning, being open, learning to have less attachment to the work and more openness to the flow and feelings. We have been exploring painting the city and the parks of Portland. It’s one of our favorite subjects so why not? Here’s a little of that work:
I’m making a video with all the timelapses…it’ll be out in the next few days.
6. We took over 125 fluid art paintings out of the art vault and sliced them from their frames. Cut the canvases up and then used the pieces to create a collage work. We made 4 of them at the time (very labor intensive) and we have one left unsold. We plan to make more and create a how to video for others to check out. Here’s a little of that work:
7. We got two new puppies: (OMG y’all we must be crazy!)
We went to look at one of them but fell in love with them both. What are ya gonna do? Love is love. They are crazy puppies of course, full of energy and curiosity. They make us laugh and groan daily. They are fitting in with the older dogs and learning manners fast. Almost fully house broken too…they are 16 weeks old now.
8. I started making clothes….out of recycled flour sacks. They’ve been a surprise hit, so I am sewing and painting like crazy, with a bunch of private commissions. Awesome sauce!
That’s about it, I mean there’s a lot that I left out…but most of that stuff is really hard to talk about. Family stuff, stuff with all three of my children (grown but still my boys) physical health stuff (it just sucks, there isn’t any new or good news) and the stresses that come with those things. Not easy, I’m struggling on a few levels…it’s been hard. Yadda, yadda. Enough said.
My real state of being most of the time is:
The art is rocking and for that I am grateful and still dedicated to doing it all. Art is life and my life is art. Painters gonna paint!
I love everyone, I hope this finds you well and good. Big love and thanks for reading this whole damned thing! lol On the flip side my friends, I’ll see you there.