Monday, January 21, 2013

New Beginnings

 A new year, new beginnings. I started taking a Pilates class. Ooo my muscles are sore. But it's a good sore. I've earned that soreness.
And I took a business class for artists last weekend. It was geared towards fine artists, but there was good info, and ideas for getting organized, making and keeping goals.
The next day I got an email that I've been invited to be in a gallery show. How's that for timing? More to come on that later, but it'll be at Collector Gallery , on College Avenue in Berkeley, in the spring.

Today is Inauguration Day, another beginning. I got up to watch the events. I wanted to here what Obama would say, and I admit I love to see what Michelle and her girls are wearing. I LOVE those solid, rich colors, fuschia, lavender, navy blue, and Grandma in peach. Gorgeous together against the backdrop of winter.
Beyonce and James Taylor? Terrific.
And Richard Blanco's poem, One Day.   Here is the last stanza...

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country—all of us—
facing the stars
hope—a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it—together.

Monday, January 7, 2013

January... here we go!

It's hard to get back in the swing of things after a vacation. For me, it almost always begins with a list...groceries to buy, studio to clean and organize, projects to finish...before I can get down to some real work. This weekend I'm taking a business class for artists, something I've been needing to do for a while now. Getting organized and motivated for the year ahead.
The tree painting above may look familiar. It needed some leaves.

One more thing to cross off the list.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you, dear readers. How was your 2012?

 Mine was really pretty good, now that I look back on it. Highlights:

- Had 2 exhibits of my work.
-Hosted an art sale in our garden. We had so much fun, it may become an annual event.
-Set up a family etsy shop. We actually sold a few things, too.
-Made more money from my artwork than ever before!

-Finished grad school: I now have 5 picture book biographies I am excited to send out into the world in 2013.

-Helped our boy finish high school and go off to college. Sent him across the country. He thrived. We survived. 

-Celebrated our daughter's 21st birthday, and watched her grow into an amazing filmmaker.
-Moved into a beautiful new art studio where I teach. Trying to remember where we've put everything.

-Saw lots of art at galleries, Art Murmur, museums.  
-Traveled: New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, Cazadero, Half Moon Bay, the Sierras of California.
-Turned 50! Celebrated with friends near and far.

-Bought a new computer. This is so much more intense than it sounds. Eventually, I got it all myself. I am quite proud of that.

 -Kept up the blog. It's been visited 23,477 times. Wow! My posts about women artists have been the most popular, with Rosa Bonheur leading the pack. Expect more in 2013.

Happy New Year to you all! 
May 2013 be a year full of good friends, 
good food and great fun!