Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year! the project continues....

Happy and Healthy New Year my fellow bloggers!!

Although my art studio/library didn't get finished by Christmas, I have made progress!

Just a bit of back story from my previous blog last month: my brother is building custom bookshelves for me as a Christmas present for my art studio/library. 

I have one bookcase that I am keeping (my brother built it a few years back)  I painted it "treasure map blue" and the walls of the room were painted "bakery box white" which has a blue undertone so the two colors compliment each other.   I was able to finish all that before Christmas.  So now as my brother settles into his new home and organizes his workshop, I am just waiting to have all the other bookshelves pretty soon!

Well, as an artist I LOVE color and I can't just have a blue and white room, so I am excited to share that yesterday I spent 5 hours to complete my 36"octagon stained glass for my window. This will bring additional color to my studio space, especially when the sun shines through in the afternoon.

My art studio/library space is a really nice ongoing project that I am enjoying every step of the way, and I am not sure what I am going to do next when it is finally complete!

So for 2019 I have made a couple of promises/goals for myself as I will be turning 50 this year. 

1. Put in a bit more conversation time with God.
2. Cut sugar out and cut my meals portions in half.  So far it is day 6 and its going good!
3. Work on a business plan for my real estate career.  I am a good, knowledgeable agent, just not a          pushy sales person so I need to be a bit more outgoing to meet people. Day 6 and it's not going so        well as I stayed in all weekend working on art!
4. Pay off some debt. Trying to figure out how is my plan at this moment.

Other than that I am taking each day as it comes, just like I did last year and every year before that.

This afternoon I am enjoying a cup of Greek coffee in the "new office space" as I write to you (it was my son's old room as he has taken his sisters old room!)

   Greek coffee time!

in my garage, with the garage door open, it was a spring like day at 74 degrees!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

New project

Last month I decided to recreate my studio space in the spare bedroom.  I wanted a library nook with floor to ceiling book shelves along two of the walls. I also wanted the walls to be freshened up.

So my journey began by picking out the colors. I decided to go with Bakery Box white for the walls (Behr paints) which has a blue undertone and Treasure Map blue for the bookshelves.  My brother is a handy dandy carpenter, so when he asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him custom bookshelves! I'll pay for the material and he is gifting me his time and talent!

The room is shaped like an L so last weekend I painted three out of the 6 walls. This morning I added a light third coat, which dried pretty I was able to put the art back up this afternoon  I did learn a hack from you tube in regards to nails. If you have a fluffy enough roller no need to take the nails out, just paint over them. That worked so it saved me time.

I just finished taking the books off of the bookshelves that I currently have so I can move them and paint the rest of the walls. I'm not sure if I'm wasting my time painting these walls since the bookshelves are going to be cover most of the wall space, but I guess I might as well paint just incase small areas may show.

I also got a bit creative by painting the light switch cover and the plug covers. Something different.


Hopefully I will be done with the room before the new year!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Uptown art stroll

Sometimes I wonder why I do the things I do and have to step back and think about everything. Then I pray, and give it to God.

This weekend is Uptown art Stroll and my first show in a few years. Overall I had a successful day, except that as soon as I finished setting up I spilled all my coffee on myself. I looked as if I peed my pants! Thankfully the sun was out to dry me out. My jeans stained to an ugly tint of brown but, I was glad that I don't drink sugar in my coffee or else the ants may have been after me, and I don't think I could have tolorated being sticky all day.

Today the show is going on from noon till 5, but since I was in the coop I opted not to participate today. There will be two other artisits participating today in the coop booth that weren't there yesterday so I don't feel bad about it.

I have a lot going on in my life right now, none of it which is bad, just overwhelming my mind.  I created this plaque which I thought was appropirate and since this particular one did not sell yesterday I will be keeping it for myself, on my desk.

It will remind me of the impotant things to do and not dwell or sweat the small stuff. 

Here are a few pictures of my setup yesterday at the art show. The wind kept blowing over my small plaques so I had to lay them down on the table. At least none of them broke when the toppled over (several times).

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rainy October

It's been a whirlwind of activity in my life, real estate, art, work, home, cats, dogs, fish, rain, rain and more rain!
Let's start with the weather..... October in Texas has never been as cool and rainy that I have ever experienced living here, and I'm loving it!!! It was so refreshing to breathe cool air, and I did not mind it raining everyday for weeks.  I never thought I'd say that about rain.

Well, October brings business planning for 2019 in the real estate office, and the number one thing on the list was keep telling people what you do, in other words market yourself, especially on social media.  Easier said than done since I have dwindled to one post a month on my blog, I barely go on Facebook and Instagram, and feel a bit overwhelmed by the negativity of politcics and the state in which our country is in.   So I now turn to my artwork.

I was asked to participate in an art show that I usually shop at.  I only agreed to it because I could be part of the coop table were there will be more than one artist, so I can sneak away for a bit to go shopping!  I started creating a few positive messages on glass that I'm pricing at $35.00. (Pictures below)

As far as my artwork in the art gallery, I have had my abstract glass and pastel artwork for 3 months in the gallery and even though I sold a few pieces, I'm taking it down to take to the art show on Nov. 3rd and 4th.  I'll keep the online gallery linked with them, but I broke about even with the rent and commission I paid from the artwork I sols, so Im not sure if I will be in the physical gallery again.

Newest 6"x6" glass art $35 each:

Friday, September 28, 2018

Old man in park

Last week I was asked to donate a piece of art for wounded warriors outdoors, so I agreed to donate my old man in the park.

This piece is drawn with fused glass powders and frits. It was one of my medium sized pieces of work 6"x 9".  I was pleasantly surprised that there was a 2 page bidding war and the winner paid $150.00!  I hope whomever won the bid enjoys the artwork!

Maybe I'll make something similar to this later on down the line.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Nice day

Some days are just better than others.

I took a lunch break earlier in the week and went to the book store to buy a journal to start writing in again.  I need a journal when I feeling stressed, confused and overwhelmed with life.  Blogging is great but sometimes a personal journal is the best to relieve the stress in the moment.

I picked out a journal with Alice in Wonderland having tea with the Rabbit and the Mad Hatter.  I thought is was very appropriate at this time in my life. as I approached the register I also bought One of each of ALL the book marks that had cats on them, I couldn't resist.  Then as I looked over to the counter I saw a double disk of Aretha Franklin's greatest  hits.  You know I had to get that too! 

And finally when I went home, I realized that it was a mellow day after all,  so I created a pastel abstract to reflect it.

I hope today and everyday is mellow for whoever is reading this.

Monday, July 9, 2018

4th of July

I have been busy neglecting my blog because I haven't had much to say, but now I do!

Lots of things going on and wanted to share one of the most exciting thing to happen on the 4th of July.  My son helped me put my artwork up in the San Antonio Artists Collective Gallery!!!

Hope you like what you see!!!