The class outline has almost been finalized... the pre-work has begun... Feels good.
This is a super small painting.. I think it was about 3x3".. I soldered this painting inside a frame to present it as a christmas gift to my friend in 2012. I'm looking through my files and am happy to know that the style of painting that I liked back then, still holds true today.. it signals to me that I have defined my true style as an artist.
These days I have been working at my daughter's school, and slowly absorbing some books and magazines.. taking things easy as we finalize material for new mixed media online workshops. A few years ago, I would have been in a panic if I were not feverishly painting every day..but now I have accepted the ebb and flow of my creativity.
Cloudy skies and cool temperatures find me more contemplative than usual. I'm doing my best to stay on track.
I participated in my first craft/art sale yesterday and had a lot of fun! It was really rewarding to see all of my inventory on the table...and to be able to tell the customers that I made everything. I enjoyed talking to everyone about my workshops and the art on the table..as well as the sales! Truth be told I have not even shopped at many of these sales at all either...so this was really neat.
I whipped up my table banner... "Fine Art Gifts" too... just wanted to show you. :)
I'm going to list the leftover panels here soon... probably in groups of 4. They were so well received...seems like everyone wants to add a collage of art/photos to their home, and these turned out to be the perfect size.
Other than that, I'm almost done converting all of the workshops to "digital"..which means the ordering process will be totally automated. If you buy a workshop in the middle of the night, you can start in the middle of the night...I'll leave the studio lights on for you.
See you soon!
Hope you had a great day yesterday! Ichiro landed himself in the vet's office on Wednesday night.. hurt his paw. The vet put him in a bandage and rather than be one of those hero dogs that they show on TV...you know..the dogs that overcome adversity no matter what and do amazing things? Ichiro has elected to go on strike.. won't move. Won't walk.. he's in total protest that the bandage is on him..whining and barking until we pick him up and move him to where he needs to be. Please pray they take the bandage off tomorrow and all goes well..this is a mess. (Ichiro's meds make him thirsty...so we're up all night taking him to his water dish.) Needless to say...I'm fried.
Leopard print. Loves it.
All cylinders are firing over here... I've got some progress on my craft bazaar inventory.. 17 panels now prepped, sanded, textured and collaged.. ready for paint!
Mark your calendars... Craft Bazaar is in Lakeside, CA on December 7th.. I'd be happy to see you there! It's an open house with TWENTY-FIVE vendors! One stop shopping..I can't wait! I'll have copies of our book for sale...I can even sign your copy too if you stop by.
Don't forget- we're open for business in the teaching network too! Lots of the mixed media courses make GREAT gifts.. are you making your gifts this year?
Classes with great Gift Ideas:
Mixed Media Variety Hour: Frame-able custom photograph wall art... Idea Books (These are always a HUGE hit when I give them as presents!)
Mixed Media Melange: Custom Vinyl sewn gifts? These look super impressive!
And of course...who wouldn't want an awesome painting made by YOU?? Check out the entire online workshop lineup here. We're open 24/7 with daily instructor support and NO time limits.
Maria Sharapova for Halloween....
Yes...he sleeps like this sometimes... mama mia..
Always my first love...
I am working on my Craft Bazaar inventory... 17 small panels prepped and ready to go...but I can't sacrifice my usual painting style for a quick buck.. Can I pull off 17 paintings in 2 weeks? Plus Thanksgiving (and tennis of course)? I am really going to try..
It's also been the week of the insanely beautiful coffee table book over here...two treats purchased = great eye candy..I'll share more of those soon.. Happy weekend to you!
About a year and a half ago, I started playing tennis once a week.. I played tennis when I was a child, mostly against my parent's garage door here in San Diego.. but now in my 40's, tennis has become something that I really get excited about. I love it so much that I am playing 5 days a week now.
Prior to being reunited with tennis, all I thought about was painting. I spent every moment dreaming of colors and shapes... when I closed my eyes, I would see tomorrow's new painting.. now I dream of the perfect backhand or serve..
Art suits certain moods.. journaling when I have a lot on my mind, painting when something sparks my imagination.. of course I am surrounded by art every day in the teaching network..but my personal energy to create.. a lot of it is being spent outside on the court. Throughout my creative career, I can look at artwork and remember what was happening during my life at that moment... and that is something that I appreciate about art very much. There has been lot of stuff going on in the last 9-10 years.. all a part of my specific roadmap.
So if I had to put one of the two onto the top rung in the ladder, I would choose tennis at the moment.. but the art is here.. it's a part of me..teaching art is a big part of me also... so it's not going anywhere.. but I wanted to ask you....I know it's easy to read blogs like mine and think that all I am doing is painting...but it's not true.. Is art at the top of your ladder? What do you do when you are not creating? Join the conversation on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you.
When I was just starting to experiment with the world of mixed media and art supplies, I allowed the internet to consume me. I spent hours looking at art, bookmarking things, and trying to replicate what I saw as a way to learn how to use my paint. There were many times when I grew frustrated with my painted results... and many times I quit art.. for a little while anyway.
After some time passed, It dawned on me one day.. that there were/are so many people making art like I wanted to make at the time... so many blogs, photos, etc... that there had to be an easier way to accomplish the things I wanted to try.. easier than say pulling my hair out late every night. I quickly steered away from following vague, magazine step-by-step tutorials so precisely.. to thinking that I can achieve the same "look" in my own way. Has this happened to you? How many times have you stopped mid "recipe" to grab a coupon, run out and purchase something listed on a magazine supply list... only to find out that you have something on hand already that may perform the same task? Sing it with me in your best "Frozen" song voice..... "Let it goooooo."
The feeling is amazing. It's like giving yourself permission to be yourself... let me tell you something.. once you decide you want to take off the training wheels, your art will change.. you can feel your way around a painting more. You can discover TRUTH in your own art and find your own way of doing things..
So back to those tutorials... know when to hold them at bay... know when to try them once, and then to adapt them to your own needs. Know when to discount everything they say. Yes..I said it. Know when to make them your own.
I had a great meeting with a very wise friend yesterday. We talked about how society determines your value as a creative by your income/production. (Let's face it.. society determines your worth based on your "production" in every field, actually.) Then there are those questions that make me cringe a little, "Are you working?" and "What do you do?" Bleh...
Answering that question with, "I am an artist" is easy for me... I am an artist... so I feel comfortable saying that.. but I feel like I am so much more... all of which is difficult to label. (Labels.. you know.)
Dear, Readers, why am I telling you this? It's hard...it's really hard for me to accept the fact that I cannot sit here and paint all day. Honestly.. As much as I sit here and tell myself that I am painting for me...and I do paint what I want to... the feelings of doubt creep up every once in a while. I often wonder what I should be doing with my time. The best way that I have found to deal with the doubt is to talk about it with my friends, or write it here.
I wrestle with how much time to dedicate to running my business and how much time to use for making art. If time is limited, which task wins? Why does making art have to be a task in the first place?
I don't think there is anyone that can answer these questions but myself. I know this. I'm taking some time now every night to plan the next day.. I'll block out hours for art and block out hours for the business.. most importantly, I'll block out "free" time so that I don't feel overwhelmed..
Just so you know.... I'm also going to focus really hard on that elusive "three-foot ring toss."....
...and that's that.
I've had a couple of people who I respect in the art community look me dead in the face and say with utmost urgency, "Don't ever stop painting." I've never asked any of them to elaborate.. but I have to tell you, this comment haunts me a lot.
Why not? What would happen? I imagine they are saying the comment to me with regards to a painting being great..and that it would be a shame that I surrender painting to do something else.. which puts a load of pressure on someone like me. What if this painting looks like I tried to stop painting? Is this painting good enough for someone (two of whom were jurors) to tell me never to stop painting again? Well... it's hot in San Diego..and I have stopped painting.
I don't want to stop painting..but I have to tell you..I can't concentrate and paint when I am hot..so when the weather gets cooler... I'll get some brushes out again.. but for now, I imagine fall weather...falling leaves... (ha right) and pick up other things to keep me busy.. If it doesn't feel "right" to sit and paint..I don't push it.
The best and most fitting pattern came through my feedly a couple of weeks ago. If ever a gemologist was supposed to carry this change purse... out came the fabric. I love these and am so happy that I stitched a few of them up. You can make some of your own. Here is the tutorial. Hey, Kate- excellent pattern! Thanks. xo
In other news.... I'm enjoying a new crop of summer roses.. Thankfully.. we did not have winter last year..the bushes never rested. I am feeding a lot resulting in smaller blooms..but at least I have some!
Kevin built us this rad (heavy!) table and benches for the patio.. hosting many dinners...and linners... so nice to sit together with everyone.
Clockwise from the top: BUY THESE PIES. Trader Joes... 8 mins, 150 calories.. delicious! Found an amazing parisian bakery in the Zion market! Got some picks! RODGERS! Love this pink..
Thanks for stopping by...see you again soon!
PS- the purses have metallic thread for the facet outlines.... yah..that's what I said. :)
First day of school! That means thorough studio cleaning and organization today, and back to business as usual for me tomorrow!
Are you doing any "Fall Nesting"/decorating? I would love it if you would take a look at the original paintings I have for sale HERE.
First day of school..... feels great. (Join the conversation on Facebook.)
I demo'd my garage paint space. It's gonezo. Poof.
Sure feels empty in there... remember my spray paint drawers? No more.
We have been wanting to tear down this 1962 garage space for a long time. You know sometimes when you have nothing on the calendar...... and do-it-yourself-itis? Boom. Demo happens.
So that's all gone and a couple of new wooden tables are being whipped up. One with recycled wood from the old bench... which makes me happy.
So summer continues.... and once the tables are in place, art. (I can't work with one piece of anything out of place.. try explaining that to people you live with... if there is a mess anywhere... it blocks my thought process.) I don't mind...
See you again soon. xx
I typically paint strong paintings using a very neutral palette. Think tan, white, browns, the blues..you know, my usual. This summer, however, I have been reaching over and over for the yellows and golds. Is it the definition of insanity? Repeating something over and over and expecting different results? I ALWAYS have trouble with the yellows.... but why do I always reach for them?
Talking with my friend this morning, she made a good point... she mentioned that she bets we can look at someone's portfolio and a picture of their living room and match them up. Wouldn't you know it? I painted every wall in the house neutral (Sandstone Cove to be exact) and I usually only wear Black, white and navy. I dress and decorate in the same way that I paint! It's true.
Trouble arose yesterday when I had some trouble with fixative on the two paintings pictured below:
I wanted these paintings to work. What you cannot see in the picture is a bunch of light colored (worn) graffiti. The graffiti was not to be bold...just barely there. Well, the fixative darkened the light pastel I wrote it in and I could not salvage it. So I started over. The diptych shortly became one new, awesome yellow painting (not pictured) plus one green and pink painting that was going south FAST.
Green and Pink???? What the hell happened to me? That painting has since been destroyed... I got the pink and green out of my system.. and understand that how much I want to use those sort of colors sometimes, they are not for me... I'm sticking to what I know.
So what do you think? Happen to you? Let me know on Facebook. I am interested to know what you think. Thanks for stopping in! We are enjoying light rain in San Diego today...a real "howler" in July! Can you believe it?
Used brick. I am fortunate enough to have a mantle made out of these bricks..as well as a front porch and a lot of the front of the house... Each unique...so fun to admire.
Summer has been off to a great start... The best decision I think I have made as far as summers go is to not have enrolled in any camps this year.. We are enjoying time together and having a lot of fun. I've had to take a couple of weeks off of tennis to try to strengthen one of my knees... that was sad, but I know I will be back strong when it is time to play.. Patience...not my strong suit.
Oh..World Cup... In. To. It.
Rest, relaxation and recreation have pushed my grid book to the back shelf.. I have not picked up one pen yet this summer.. nor a paintbrush either...to be expected.. This happens when I complete a lot of work.. I take some time off and then create again when the time feels right.
Our online mixed media workshops, on the other hand, have a lot of people painting away.. and we are happy to see them- if you've been thinking about building some solid mixed media art skills...no time like the present. Click here to take a look at all of the topics we have to offer..there really is something for everyone.
Captain's log: First official weekday of summer vacation- no camps. Ahhhh... Enjoyed a leisurely morning, tennis tonight. Feels great.
Watched Italy vs. England last Saturday... had a great time! Will pick up some other matches for sure.. Super fun.
Celebrating Kate this week by buying her first official set of bedroom furniture.. She's never had anything matching.. I always told her that I would get her a dresser and desk before she got into 3rd grade. So excited.. Packing up old toys and "stuff" for donation..and getting ready for the new pieces to come in. She is growing up very fast...
Been noticing a lot of articles on "advice" on how to write an "attractive" blog to garner readership, of course.... "I can help you with this...realize that... blah blah." I say write what you want to write, write when you want to write..and don't care what anyone else thinks. Write for you. It's better that way.
That is all. See you again soon.
This looks like a case of "grab whatever you can find on your computer and write about something quick".. which is true. How have you been?
I have this thing that happens.. I get involved in a large project and then only think about anything else that I could be doing other than the project. I can't take a break..I can't break from the mega project because I have anxiety that I won't make it back to the project.. Maybe I can't do more than one thing at once. That's crazy..I know I can...
I am soooo close. I have a backlog of grid pages to photograph, in fact, I wrapped up my first full moleskine lat week.. I have three finished paintings for my show to photograph.. end of your school activities coming up..and then I really want to be playing tennis. That's all.
TWO PAINTINGS to go... my show will feature 15 large paintings..no smaller than 24x24.. for now. Then.. I want to take my break... this "reward" I have promised myself for the summer...and then I will get back into it.. I'm almost there... stay with me.
I'm on instagram pretty regularly.. I'd love to see you there too.
I was on the internet this morning, and came across some "Julie Prichard" Pinterest accounts. Now, while I know there is more than one human being named, "Julie Prichard" on the planet, I find it really, really in poor taste that two of those boards use my original art as their profile pic.
If they are fishing, robots..whatever... it is really wrong...and Pinterest, people and the government allow it.
For the record, those are not my pins on the two upper right boards... and the upper, second from the left WAS actually my attempts at pinning in the early days of the site. I re-activated my initial board to try and see if the other two were mine... to no avail. Those are in deed not my pins (nor my taste in recipes or decor either.... yuck). My "real" board is now deactivated.
I find Pinterest a pure time-suck. An unproductive waste actually..
If I need to look at something, I use google images....find what I need and that's it.. On rare occasions, I print out my favorites...or a bookmark them here on my desktop.
There is no way to contact anyone at Pinterest. How convenient.
It's an interesting topic...no?
Blogs are dead.
Facebook is where it's at...
No...google+ is where you want to be......
I found this very interesting article on twitter this morning: (Video Embed)
I study my analytics a lot.. it's really the only thing I've got to look at..and coming from someone that analyzed business statistics for so many years, I feel like I need some concrete information to justify my blog performance...
My Facebook business page has some stuff I can look at with that regard..and I find myself frequently, yelling inside my head, "What is it that you people want from me?"
I put simple, quick information into Facebook almost every day to connect.. it's fast..fun... but I've been finding, that unless I pay-cash-money, my posts are not populating your brains. So...has Facebook recognized that since I have paid for placement (I run marketing ads once a month or so) in the past, I will always pay for placement?
It doesn't seem fair...and in fact, it seems like censorship... so what's a small business to do?
I like what this guy says about Twitter... and I like google+...but I don't use it as much as I should...
Has Facebook reached it's peak? It seems like there is room for everyone in a feed....just up to the reader to see how long they want to scroll....
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!