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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Goodbye Sweet Summer...and Great News!!

Today was my first day back at it...
I am already frazzled beyond belief!!  No matter how much I try to prepare during the summer, I am simply overwhelmed going back.
Goodbye long days of playing in my studio, and naps, dear sweet naps, You will be missed incredibly...sigh..
 
So, on to my news... 
A while back, I posted this piece that I did on canvas...
You may recall all of the "issues" I have had to face with painting on canvas.  These issues have kept me from a long time goal of submitting work to shows...well, I found the courage to submit this to The N.E.W. Show at Visual Art Exhchamge in Raleigh, and you know what...it was accepted!!!
 
I could not even believe it when I saw my name amongst all the artists that were juried into the show!!
 
Again...I can not thank you all enough for such encouragement along the way!!!  This small accomplishment feels so amazing!!
Until next time,

Monday, August 11, 2014

One More Week....

Of summer vacation for me...sigh...where in the world did it go.
This will be a week of getting it all done...all the things that I ignored all summer--a mad dash to clean out closets, and things like that...so...I have to make this week count.
I did work on getting my studio organized..
Things are now sorted, organized and more importantly...off the floor!
I have my table space back...thank goodness!!
Extra paints are now sorted and stored...not all over the place.  I donated lots and lots of stuff...and, still have so much...sigh.

Seriously, Ophelia....how many journals do you need...seriously?????
Guess I'd better get busy, huh...
With things put away, I can now see my treasures!!  My friend Patti made this charm collection for me, and oh, how I love it.
Speaking of....I spent a day with Patti at her studio and I always get so inspired being with her...
Her table space just makes me sooo happy!!
I get so inspired by looking at other peoples work spaces...do you??

We played with lots of things...
I did this journal page with Dylusions Sprays...lovely!!!!
I always enjoy my time with her...I have found that being in your studio is lonely work sometimes...so, its so nice to have a tribe....
If I have not said so lately....thank you all so much for being a part of mine!!
Until next time,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Love Hate Relationship

With my studio....sigh....
Affectionately known as The Imagination Station.  Lately, we have been in a love/hate relationship.  I love my space....but I hate the condition that I have let it become....
Pure clutter!!!
Have you ever seen such a mess!!!!

I just honestly love my stuff!!!!!
And, the unfortunate part is I have realized that my space is stifling my creativity.


Yes, the easy answer is just to clean this place up....
But, man oh man, do I have a lot of work to do....its one of those too busy driving to stop for gas...then, you realize that you just have to stop.
Have you honestly ever seen such a mess!!!
I have decided that on Monday....this Monday, August 4, 2014....I shall get order back to this haven that once was mine.
I am going to go through Julie Fei Fan Balzer's Studio Organization that she posted on her blog back in 2011.  It is time......sigh....I am prepared for the fact that it won't be easy...but, it must be done.
Wish me luck....seriously....to tackle this...I'm going to need it!!
Until next time,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Working through the Ugly...

Happy Monday, Blog Friends....
Have you ever started a painting or journal page, and find - quickly - that it is not turning out the way you intended?  Oh, how I have stumbled on this quite a bit lately.....so...I add more, smear, smoosh, highlight, ink, splatter...and everything just gets uglier, and uglier...thats where I am now with this....so, what do you do when this happens??
I ususally end up quitting....tucking the canvas away, or flipping the page and starting on with something else....sometimes, just out of pure frustration, I walk away - and then mistake the whole feeling for being in a slump,,,when I really just don't know what to do with it...
And...then there are the tims, where I just keep going - right on through that ugly phase that my work takes on...and, I end up with something that I never thought I had in me..
I end up creating something that I actually truly like.....
Until next time,



Friday, July 25, 2014

An Exhausting Week!

Happy Friday Blog Friends!
What an incredible week I have had...and, as all good things must come to an end, so must my workshop with Bob Rankin.
This has been such an amazing experience!  Both exhilirating and exhausting at the same time.  I can not remember when I have painted for 7+ hours a day for so many days straight--but with tons of coffee, I am surviving.
My head is seriously about to explode with so many ideas!!!
And...I sold my very first painting!!!!  Talk about a cloud 9 feeling---especially when I was feeling quite a bit "less than"!
I finished my day yesterday with these


Can't wait to get back today to have a look at them with fresh eyes!  From the girl that was quite afraid to paint on canvas, I bought a 30x40... Gonna go big today!!!  Wish me luck!
Until next time,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Being a Student...

This week, I get to be a student...all I can say is WOW!!
I get to study this week with one of my favorite local artists---Bob Rankin.  

He is such an incredible abstract artist.
Abstracts---right---loose, free--oh wow...I am just having such a hard time!!!
Coming up with designs have been tough...
Coming up with my personal color library was fun...
Not sure of how I am feeling about this, but calling it done for today.

As with this one as well...step back and see it tomorrow with freah eyes.
Painting 7 hours a day for 5 days straight is going to be bliss!!  Now, I need to learn to loosen up, relax, and breathe!
Hey...also, tell me what you think about my new blog look...Lauren over on Etsy Teach Pray Love Designs is incredible!!
Until next time,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More Color...SOC Week 6

Good Morning Blog Friends,
I found myself with lots of time in my studio this past weekend...which was a good thing, because I have quite a bit to do.  Thank goodness my mojo is back...I think I painted for about 4 hours on Saturday...and it felt GREAT!!
When I saw the color challenge yesterday, I was soo excited!!  I absolutely love these colors together!!I just think they are so lush!!!

Kristen just has the greatest color combinations for this challenge....and, sometimes, like I'm noticing today...it is a challenge to create something.
Lots of mixing and just playing around...

Not quite the Raspberry of the challenge...but, but oh so fun!!!
All finished.....
I hope you have a great day....
Until next time,
Ophelia

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