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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Something Opened Up...

Good Morning Blogfriends,
I hope that your week is off to a great start.
We are expecting snow this week, and that means - snow days from school!!  I secretly have my fingers crossed as I need some studio time!!


Speaking of studio time, things have been heating up....in a good way!!!  I have painted non stop for the last few week to get ready for something, but first I have a bit of a confession.  Last year this time - MLK holiday - I met with the owner of The Little Art Gallery.  I took in my portfolio and a few paintings, and she really liked my work.  She asked me to comeback in a few weeks with larger paintings.... I left, and was quite excited about the possibility of having my work hanging in the same space as some of the artists that I consider to be Hero's in this area.  I got home excited to paint, and then something happened....I replayed our conversation and she said---LARGE PAINTINGS!!  Now, this is a girl, that stepped into the art world by way of art journals, and I was quite comfortable painting on a 9x12 art journal page.  I was terrified of a canvas, so I treated them like a 9x12 journal page, thus I painted on 9x12 or smaller canvas.  So, I did what I would usually do in the face of fear....I bailed!!!  Cancelled the meeting and buried her business card somewhere deep, and life carried on...
At the end of last year, I am not sure of what opened up in my, but I called her back, she remembered me, and to my extreme excitement, invited me back...yesterday, exactly one year later.  This time, I showed up with 5- yes, 5 large paintings...

I held my breath as she looked them all over.....and I'm talking I seriously held my breath.
I worked hard...for weeks and weeks I painted - every morning before work and for at least 5-6 hours after work each day.
She loved them!!!!  My knees trembled and I felt quite light headed...possibly the breath holding, but what a relief!!!  She kept all 5 to hang in the gallery!!!!
What I am most grateful for in this experience is the gift of a second chance....and seeing again that fear - which is so very real for me with my art - did not hold me back.  
I guess I say all of this to simply say - just push through.  Go for it.  Show up every single day and do what you love.  For me, its playing in paint.  Enjoying the process of playing in paint... and when I let me self know when approaching every canvas that I am only planning to enjoy the process, it takes a bit of the pressure away.
Thanks for listening!
Until next time,
Opheila



Monday, January 1, 2018

What a Month!!!

Happy 2018 Blogfriends!!!
I hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday season!!!  I enjoyed every single snippet of time off with my family, friends, and of course, no break from school would be complete without studio time!
My holiday officially began with my crazy college kid safely landing back in North Carolina!
It is always such a relief to have him home and for our family of four to be all be under the same roof.
I celebrated my birthday on Christmas Eve...Every year, I try to remember to get a screen shot of the exact time and day....nailed it this year!!!
Every single time I sell artwork, it makes me extremely happy!!  The thought that someone out there likes something that I create brings me such joy.  This one, Fire and Ice, heads to its new home in Seattle, and I am so thankful that out of all the artists in the world, Kate wanted one of my pieces.
Years ago, I set a goal that I wanted to start a YouTube channel...years and years ago!!  This year, I gave myself a deadline of January 1!  A few days ago, I uploaded my very first video!!!  Fingers crossed, my second video - One Little Word - will be up today!!!  I have a brand new respect for YouTubers out there as it is far more difficult than they make it seem!!!

Speaking of One Little Word, I decided that this year, my word would be TRUE.

True to my artwork, my style of creating, and to myself.  True in everything this year.  Do you choose a word to guide you for the year?  What is your One Little Word??

I have lots of ways of filling my creative well, and one of them is spending time with my art friends.  Jodi Ohl and I have been friends for many years.  We usually try to catch up a couple of times a year, and whenever we do, I leave so very inspired and with loads of new ideas!!
I hope that you have the most amazing day, and a happy, healthy, joyful and creative 2018!!

Until next time,
Ophelia






Monday, December 11, 2017

Absolutely Honored!!

Happy Monday Blog Friends,
I hope that your day is off to an amazing start.  We had a bit of snow this weekend, so my week begins with a 2 hour delay for school :).
I used every ounce of the delay to work in my studio, and started this painting.
I want to share some exciting news with you!!!!
I was selected to be a member of Donna Downey's Artist Gang for 2018!!!  
Since I fell into the world of art journaling, I have crushed on Donna.  I made the trek to her studio about 5 years ago and met her.  She truly inspired me to want to keep going at this crazy thing that we call art....so I did!!!
To be selected as a part of this group is truly an honor for me...and a bit scary!!!
Around the studio, I have been busy cleaning up and clearing out.  Probably not the best time to GUT my studio, but it was a necessary evil!
I found these...sigh...around 110 or so Caran d' Ache Supracolor Soft colored pencils... mostly unused!  Double sigh...
I am letting them go for $100, or at this point, simply make me an offer.  So much has to go to get my space in order...so very much!!  Head over to Instagram @opheliasartstudio to keep up with what is being decluttered, or visit my etsy shop where I have some mystery boxes and watercolor packages left for grabs.

As I was clearing out drawers and shelves, and boxes and bags in my studio, I uncovered some paints that used to be my favorites.  They however became covered by new toys that made their way into the studio, and were simply forgotten.  I gave them a go and made this hand painted greeting card that is not a part of the greeting card bundles available on my etsy shop as well.

Thank you for being here, to listen to me ramble....

Enjoy your day,

Until next time,
Ophelia











Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Starting 2018 With Less

Hello Blog Friends,
I hope that your day is off to a good start.
Things here are going very well....and cluttered!!!
I think I reached a breaking point when I reached on my shelf for a paint, and things started to fall, so, it is time to declutter!!!
I literally feel that I have so many art supplies, that it all becomes so very overwhelming!!
I feel as though my creativity gets into a rut when my space is so cluttered.
I have decided it is time to let a lot of it go.
I put together these "Mystery" Decluttering boxes where I have filled a priority mail box with so many things - some new - some gently used of the things that I just have not been using....you know those things that you had to have, but just never used...yeah, I have a studio filled with things just like that.  Boxes may include gelli plates, acrylic paints, brushes, acrylic inks, acrylic paint markers, brushes, watercolors, sketchbooks, watercolor paper, colored pencils, watercolor pencils - just a variety of things that take up space.  Each box is $65, but the contents inside are way over that value...and I even cover the shipping!!!
If you are on Instagram, head over to my page @opheliasartstudio and find out more there...or, visit my etsy shop.  If at the time you are there and they are sold out, message me.  I add them pretty often.

Until next time,
Ophelia



Monday, December 4, 2017

Studio Happenings....

Happy Monday, everyone.
I hope your day is off to a great start!!!  Around here, things are chugging along with goodness.
I am not sure if I have shared with you all before, but, I am having the greatest time ever making these little 4x6 paintings.
I begin with sheet of Mixed Media paper by Strathmore and cut it down to 4x6.
I then begin by simply making marks and just playing....my mark making is done by favorite pencil, the Jerrysartarama Jumbo Jet black pencil
I just love the black line that it gives.  With lots of play in paint and many marks, I get to this.
I attach them to a  5x7 Strathmore Mixed Media greeting card base...
...and this is how I create my hand painted greeting cards that are available in my Etsy shop.
I find that I create them daily and it is a great way to stay in my creative practice.  Especially before I move on to a larger painting.  I offer them for $6.00 each, or in a bundle of 6 cards for $30.  

Head over to my etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/opheliastaton to have a look!!!
They are all blank inside so that you can send with your own greeting, give as a gift, or frame them for your wall.  

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into this process.

Until next time,
Ophelia









Monday, November 27, 2017

How Things Have Changed...

Good Morning, Blogfriends,
I hope that you had an absolutely amazing Thanksgiving holiday. 
 I have missed this blog and definitely have plans now that things have calmed down quite a bit to be back more often.
Things for me have been busy - a great kind of busy, but busy in a different direction.
Despite the busy, I still show up daily in my studio....as I am never too busy to play in paint.
Playing daily sets my day, and keeps me grounded.  It seems that no matter what is going on in my world, all is forgotten when I step in my studio and pour out some paint.

For such a long time, I was terrified of painting on canvas---Terrified!!  I have no idea as to why, but I simply froze when it came to painting on canvas.  I have been busy putting those fears to bed and have really been enjoying painting abstract paintings.
This is a small one, an 8x8 but the whole idea of making marks and just painting with abandon completely sets me free.

Things around my house have changed as well.  My son graduated in June, and is now a Freshman at Western New England University - yes, New England!  He is in Springfield, Mass...such a long way from home, but he absolutely love it...
We were able to go up for a visit and to watch him continue to do what he absolutely loves doing.  That makes this mama's heart smile.

Thank you so much for being here, and I hope you have a fantastic week.

Until next time,


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Views from around my studio..

Good morning blogfriends!!
Hoping this Wednesday morning is going well for you and that you enjoyed the 4th with family and friends.
I was simply spent, and could not make myself part from the couch!!
We literally drove the 12 hour drive through the night to get my son to his Freshman Orientation at Western New England and returned home on Monday morning after driving though the night again!!  Great idea as there was no traffic, but man, oh man were we exhausted!!!
Around the studio, I am still doing the 100 day challenge.  This 12x12 has been added to my Etsy shop along with some of my handmade cards from the challenge.  

I finally feel as though I am coming into my own with painting!!
...and it feels great!!
Enjoy your week everyone!!
Until next time,
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