Welcoming 2019

Hi friends!

It’s been a while again! I’ve had a ton of things going on in my life – my day job is really ramping up. My love of painting is growing wider and deeper every time I pick up the brush. I’m exploring oil painting more and finding joy in the sumptuous colors and thickness of the paint. I am working on a series of Lucky Paintings right now – you’ll see them soon! Slot machines, lucky cats, clovers… I’m learning to make my own luck.

Shows

I’m filling out my show schedule for the year – this month I’ll be at Paso Robles Art in the Park – my first show that is far from home. Next month I’ll be at TreasureFest. I was just accepted again to this year’s Menlo Summerfest, which is a great honor. I am hoping to get in to Los Altos Art & Wine, which was my best selling show last year. You can find more of my upcoming shows on the Show Page. I look forward to seeing you there! <3

Celiac

I’ve been struggling somewhat though – after half a year of feeling awful I was diagnosed with Celiac. It’s an autoimmune disease in which if you eat gluten (most notably wheat, rye, barley, and derivatives) your body attacks your villi in your intestines and turns your beautiful shag carpet intestinal lining in to berber carpet. This means you can’t handle foods properly. I’ve learned so much in the past 6 months – no foods fried in oil that had gluten fried in it. Crumbs can make me sick, so we had to get a new toaster and de-gluten the house. My husband is a patient and understanding man and for that I am grateful. I am now 6 months post-diagnosis and have learned how to negotiate and navigate restaurant menus and social events, but it is isolating. It’s difficult to find gluten free food at art festivals, too. All in all, I’ve become much healthier in the past few months and I’m beginning to feel like myself again. 2018 was rough but 2019 will rock!

I hope you have been doing well.

Selling Art in Paradise

Selling Art in Paradise

So it’s been a hot minute since my last update. I’ve been doing much better. Remember that post where I asked what you do when you feel blue?
Well, I felt really blue. Mostly because of lifestyle choices which I have since been able to get a grip on.

I’m back in the gym lifting and eating healthy, work is going really well and it looks like there is something on the horizon there as well.

I showed off my art at the Stanford Multicultural Festival – a festival celebrating both diversity at Stanford and those who have managed to work there 15+ years without going crazy.

I made my first two sales! A coworker of mine bought the larger seaside painting because it reminded her of her wedding, and another person bought one of my Sonoma vineyard paintings. Since then I’ve scored a commission that I am hoping to have done and posted here soon.

The Stanley Cup just came to an end. I have never been to a hockey game but I live within walking distance of the SAP Center so I was treated to the crowds for the past week or so. A great opportunity for people watching.

In between games on a Friday night I packed up my easel and used the great backpack straps to haul it over to the SAP center to paint the palm trees, which was the featured image for this post. It was nice and hot out and it brought me back to a tropical paradise state of mind. The underpainting is a golden yellow, which really brightens things up and adds a nice glow. Andrea Bocelli was playing that night at SAP so everyone was dressed up in their nice clothes and the bike taxis were playing his music. Altogether it was lovely.