Tuesday, November 17, 2009

And Just Like That....

Its Over......
Art of the Carolinas was amazing this year.....AMAZING, and just what I needed at just the right time. I anxiously awaited its arrival for what seemed an eternity, and in a whirl.....it is over.
I did this page, because all things must come to an end....and its so sad that time truly flies when you are having fun. Thursday finally came and I had my first workshop....and the next thing I knew...it was Sunday afternoon, and the show was over.
To fill in the space for you though....the show truly was amazing, and the classes that I took were just incredible.
My first class on Thursday night was with Jimmy Leslie... Good Golly Miss Molly! He is such a great teacher. This was a collage class and it was GREAT!!
On Saturday I took a class with Michele Theberge

This one was called Drawing with Acrylic Inks....and once again...WOW!! You remember last year when I went NUTTS over those Liquitex Inks....well I'm in Love all over again... In this class we played with them on Yupo paper....GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY. Mind you... I am not even close to being a "drawer", but she was fantastic!! And the class was great even for an absolute beginner like me.
You may remember from an older post of mine the excitement and pure joy I get from taking workshops....unpacking my supplies, and the childlike giddiness I get as I wait for the class to begin....that was exactly the experience I had this time, and I was not disappointed.
As usual, this girl with a-shopping at the trade show....and prepare to be AMAZED once again. Good Golly Miss Molly (did I already say that) well, its worth repeating in this instance.
The trade show was filled with bargains galore...All the supplies that you could imagine from the top companies out there. This girl was in an artistic wonderland. Each company had artists that demo'ed products, and I always HAVE to stop in and "check out" what they are working on...and BAM---I have to have it all!!
I will post findings from each company that I shopped with and found incredible things...each new post will feature a new find, so stay tuned! You won't be sorry.
Until next time,
Ophelia

Monday, November 9, 2009

Change....


Good Morning Bloggers!!!
I can't believe I'm back at another Monday morning...where oh where does the weekend go?
I don't know about you...but I am the biggest hater of ho-hum....and that seems to be exactly where I have found myself...in the land of ho-hum. I am ready for a change. I have said this so many times before, and I still do exactly the same things that I have done before...thus the ho-hum that has overtaken my life.
Get up....go to work...come home....get ready to start all over....What a Life!!! I realized the other day that I don't even know an alternate way into work...because I go the exact same way everyday....for 8 years now!!! Talk about HO-HUM. Thats enough to make anyone go insane!
I am feeling the same about my art....and the muse, that I so depend on...seems elusive these days...
What do you do when you are stuck in a rut....
What do you do when your muse is elusive....
What do you do when you wake up and discover that your life suffers from an acute case of ho-hum?
Sending out a serious SOS here :)
Until next time,
Ophelia

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Stretch!!!

I didn't realize how much time had gone by since I last posted. Although I still make it a point to get up to my studio everyday to play with art...I'm just not as disciplined to actually post about it yet....your patience with me is greatly appreciated!!
Here is the lastest happenings with me....

Have you ever reached for something so big...that is such a stretch that it makes you sick and giddy just thinking about it. Reaching for a goal or an accomplishment that is so far out there that a giant stretch is necessary...well, that is where I am this month with my Silpada business. Back in September, I went for a goal of Senior Rep, and I made it. It was a big goal for me to accomplish since I was humming along happily not even realizing that it was a "goal". The next step within the company is the rank of Star Leader....and, well, its a carrot dangling out there that I HAVE to get. This one is a stretch...like no other for me...and I can already see myself there!!
This new rank comes with an invitation to Chicago for a Leadership conference. I've never been to Chicago, and once again....I see myself there. I can actually see myself boarding the plane, and once there....receiving the coveted bracelet that only the leaders in this company get.
I have until November 30th to make this happen...oh, there goes the funny feeling in my stomach again...but, I will not stop until its done.
Today, make it a great day....and stretch yourself to accomplish amazing things!
Until next time,
Ophelia