I haven’t written a blog post in a while. Shame!
This weekend is Treasure Fest! I’ll be there selling original pieces as well as prints. Come stop by and say hi! Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shop-toberfest-at-treasurefest-tickets-42365055020?aff=site
The last time I wrote I had just been accepted in to the Sanchez Art Center 50|50 show. 50 paintings in 50 days. I crushed it! I was really proud to finish all 50 in a timely manner. When I started I painted daily but that only lasted a week or so. Life gets in the way, and I found myself taking much needed time for myself and then making up for it on the weekends, sometimes 4 in a day. The show went really well, too. I met a ton of local artists and made some friends along the way. I’m also pumped to be able to bring some of the works to upcoming shows too.
My day job has been busy, which tires me out. I am currently not doing the best when it comes to making time for art, but I have excuses. My stomach has been hurting and I am tired. My doctors have diagnosed me as iron deficient anemic and they believe that I have celiac disease – the results showed up in a blood marker and I get to experience my first endoscopy. Although, if I’m not awake/aware for the procedure I’m not sure how much of an experience it will be.
For now I am trying to enjoying my last few days of enjoying gluten, even though it bothers my stomach. Mac and Cheese and Pierogis, oh my! I imagine when I get the official diagnosis and I stop gluten I’ll be amazed at how much better I will feel.
Holy cow. It’s been a while – AGAIN!
I have been accepted to a few Art and Wine festivals in the bay area- notably, Menlo Summerfest and Los Altos Art & Wine. I believe that these venues will provide better connections with patrons. I’m excited to meet so many new people and see familiar faces.
I’ve ordered a new set of prints of avocados, cats, lights, landscapes, and hand mixers.
My husband and I have bought a house in Pacifica, CA. We’re homeowners! Such a huge year for us – we are both turning 30. Our careers are blossoming, and we’ve adopted a second cat. It turns out when we decide to do things we go hard.
In other fantastic news, I’ve been accepted to the Sanchez Art Center annual 50/50 show. I will be crafting 50 paintings in 50 days. It seems daunting, but I think it is very possible. More information to come! I start June 1.
This weekend I will be at Treasure Fest near the 3rd street entrance. Please pop in and say hi. 🙂
It’s been a while!
2017 was a great success and 2018 will be even better! I’ve applied to more shows and Austin and I are looking to purchase a home. Things got kind of crazy so I haven’t updated in a while – I changed jobs. My new job is amazing and I’ve learned so much already – even some welding skills.
Our cat Sam is as curious as ever at 8 1/2.
This year I’ll be at 4 Treasure Fest shows. I’ve applied to a few other shows, but won’t know if I get in until next month.
It’s been a crazy month – I’ve put together everything I need to start out and I have been accepted to Art on the Square in Redwood City!
- ART on the Square with blues artist, Lara Price at Music on the Square: Fri July 21, 5:00-8:30pm
- ART on the Square with the PAL Blues & ART Festival: Sat July 22, Noon-8:00pm
- ART on the Square with Michael Jackson tribute band, Foreverland at Music on the Square: Fri August 25, 5:00-8:30pm
I’ve been working with a fantastic photographer and printer and I now have a good supply of prints. I’ll be rebooting my Etsy in the next few days for prints only.
I’ve also started playing with oil paints again. I think I’m starting to get the hang of them.
I’ve decided to make a huge leap in to the craft business. I am currently setting up for selling at art shows and online. I’ve purchased a Showoff Canopy, print rack, and table for outdoor festivals and I am currently working on my own “show box” of holding. d I have a few more things to figure out before my first show, which will hopefully be in July or August.
Prints will be coming to my Etsy soon, as soon as I figure out a few more things. For now the Etsy page is down. I’ve had 20 of my works professionally photographed and I am working with a fantastic printer who can drop-ship to your location.
Meanwhile, if there’s anything you’re interested in on my website or Instagram email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just got back from vacation – Austin and I drove out to the Grand Canyon and stayed there a few days, followed by a few days in Zion National Park. Amazing, truly amazing. Zion was my favorite out of the two – truly stunning views. Something about the glow from the red rocks makes my brain feel like it’s fizzling and sparking. Have you been? If not, you should definitely plan for a trip.
I spent a lot of time meditating on this work.
I pulled inspiration from traditional Uncle Sam imagery, socialist realism, and a splattered drippy background I came up with this.
My first entry for a Daily Paintworks Challenge – The Fish Challenge.
8×10 on Gessoed MDF using Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics.
Buy Now on Etsy
My last painting of 2016 was completed on December 31.
What do I circle back to? A blender, of course. Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord- one of the most responsive materials that I have ever used. Rosemary Brushes and Gessobord are a match made in heaven!
This year I’m going to try to sell more art. Last year I sold three pieces without putting too much effort in, so this year I’m going to hustle.
I’ve reopened my Etsy, just waiting on a name change to finalize.
In my personal life I’ve got a few updates – my husband and I just moved from San Jose to Redwood City to shorten our commutes by 45 minutes each way. I can bike to work, and we just built a portfolio carrier for my bicycle based on this Instructable which should work really well! I’ll be taking a figure drawing class through Stanford Continuing Studies this next quarter.
When we moved we ditched the TV and it’s been a month. I haven’t missed it yet.
Two weekends ago I celebrated my one year wedding anniversary with my husband in Tahoe. Of course, I bought my easel and spent an hour painting. Here’s what came of that.
It’s difficult to work a full time job, paint, have side gigs, and work out. I want to blog more, but it’s easier to post to Instagram.
I was promoted at work, so if you’re looking at my blog because you’re interested in admissions for Stanford Civil & Environmental Engineering I am no longer in that role. However, please stay and enjoy the paintings! With the new role my responsibilities have greatly increased, and in transitioning to my new role I have been extra busy wrapping up old projects.