Welcome to My Studio: 2019

My husband and I became empty nesters a couple of months ago when our daughter made the decision to move out. I knew she wouldn’t be home for too much longer being she is almost done with her college studies, but I thought there was more time. Don’t we always?

After a couple of weeks of moping around I began the process of turning my daughter’s old room into a studio office. I don’t want to bore you with all the grungy, backbreaking details so let’s just whittle it down to a bullet list:

  • remove paint off of hardwood floor

  • paint walls*

  • sand hardwood floor

  • put in new baseboards

  • refinish hardwood floor

*I painted the walls all white with a “Bit of Sugar.” I’m actually not a fan of white walls, with the exception of bathrooms, but I decided to go all white in my new studio. I can always add an accent wall (or two) later.

Viola! After a few weeks of manual labor I was ready to move in.

I’ve had a few different art space configurations over the past three years. I’ve purged and reduced my art supply footprint immensely, but still, I had things stashed and stored in almost every room in the house. As I gathered and collected all the things I piled them up in the studio. I also had to reorganize and retouch all the places I was vacating. It was quite the mess around here as I moved my art storage carts and cubes to the studio so I could move the dining table to the dining area and decide what to do with the kitchen nook. Now that my stuff has been cleared out of my husband’s office, it’s time to give his space some love too.

Most recently my art area was in the dining area; a small area approximately 7’ x 7’ with really bad lighting. But now….Now it’s actually the dining area. The lighting in this room is horrible so it’s always a challenge to get a decent photo.

The kitchen has a small nook that has at times served as my art area. A chair I purchased for the studio ended up being much bigger than I thought. Why does furniture always appear so much smaller on the showroom floor? When it became clear it wasn’t going to work well in the studio, my husband and I decided to put it in the kitchen nook. We decided to create a quiet place for reading, writing, or just sipping coffee. It still needs wall decor, but it’s nice to sit and read a few lines while waiting for a pot of water to boil.



naps. here. daily.

And now for the grand tour!

I created a slideshow using a variety of photos I shot before I get down to the business of making a mess. This will be the cleanest and most organized this room will probably ever look again. But, of course, a few things were moved around when I decided to place one of my favorite houseplants near the window.

All of my studio storage, sans the 6’ 6” bookcase, are on wheels. I drag myself down to Home Depot and buy wheels for anything that doesn’t come with wheels. It makes them so much easier to move when it’s time to clean or rearrange.

I hope you enjoyed the slideshow! Now I’m off to make a mess! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Choose Your Word

I’ve been spending time the past week or so updating my Etsy Shop .

I’ve added a basket full of original pieces on wood. More works on paper are coming.

If you’ve favorited a paper item, you will notice that the price has increased, however, free domestic shipping is included (aside from a series that are framed).

Some of my most recent listings allow for personalization. The easels and props are not included, but all of these wood panels have hanging holes drilled into the back. These pieces are unvarnished and give you the opportunity to choose your word before they are given a matte finish and shipped. You may also choose no word at all by leaving the personalization box empty. In which case, I will varnish the piece as is. The colors in these pieces make me happy. While the under layers of these pieces are filled with anxiety, angst and self-doubt, the finished piece is full of joy and contentment. There is so much healing in art. Art offers affirmation. I often write phrases, such as “i am enough”, on a layer that I absolutely dislike and begin again with that affirmation reverberating through my mind.

Click on any image to go directly to its listing on Etsy.

Anal Retentive Artist

macro stencil

macro stencil

Friends closest to me used to refer to me as anal retentive. They joked, not so jokingly, about how you could eat off of my kitchen floor, literally.

When I started making art, I tried to keep that perfectly clean mindset. I’d get really upset if paint dried on a stencil because I didn’t clean it right away. I’d beat myself up for ruining it. I had the same response to rubber stamps that were ink stained.

If you are an artist, I bet you’re laughing so hard you’ve just fallen out of your chair. Make art without making a mess? Ha!

Things have changed. I rarely clean off my stencils beyond the occasional quick rinse. I no longer scrub and scrub to get every drop of paint off of a stencil or out of a paint brush. You wouldn’t want to eat off my kitchen floor anymore either. Even the three-second rule could be dangerous.

In addition to relieving stress, anxiety and depression, art has also allowed me to become more comfortable with the mess, to ease my grip on perfection. I still like a clean house, but I’ve learned to let some things go. I no longer worry about my work space getting stained with paint, ink or other medium. A stained table means joy was found. Ink stained rubber stamps means art was made. And it’s easy to find that favorite stencil….It’s the rainbow colored one.

I used to clean my home spotless at least once a week. We had kids and dogs and cats. Today the kids are grown, every one in the house is adult age. I might go a month between sweepings and dustings. No one else really seems to mind. I have my priorities. I must have clean dining table and kitchen counters and a clean toilet. I have never actually eaten off my kitchen floor so I waste no energy in making sure I can.

Besides, it’s exhausting trying to be an anal retentive artist. Life is messy. Add color + stir.

What has art helped you to release?

Stepping Out of My Box

Recently I shared this video on my Facebook Page. One thing I’d like to do this year is learn how to make and edit videos. I so admire those who share their world and their work via video, but it is sooooo very scary for me. It is also something that takes so much time because I have no idea what I’m doing.

But it’s something I want to learn how to do and get more comfortable doing. If you regularly create and share video, perhaps you have some tips you can share?

I made this video with my iPhone and a collection of three or four apps to edit. It starts with a flip through of the page spreads I have already created in this particular journal and then takes you through a quick spread at double speed. I had no plan. I just pressed record and started. I’m guessing I’ll have to do a little more planning in the future. :)

That being said, if you didn’t catch it by linking through Instagram, and you don’t follow my Facebook Page, here it is.

Happy Monday! Have a great week! Mistaeks are mandatory. Add color + stir.

Something Went Wrong

It was after 1:00 AM when I decided to give up on the “something went wrong” error message I was receiving on my blog configuration page. All my other pages were working fine, but not my blog page.

I decided to give it a rest and get some sleep after I snuck a peek at the full moon.

This morning, however, it has failed to resolve itself. I was hoping it would. I don’t know what I did. Or, even if it is the result of something I did as I made some adjustments and changes. I am a horribly inconsistent blogger.

So here I am, deciding to simply add a new blog page and see what happens. Declaring it Day One and forging ahead on a clean slate. I’m a fickle little human, so it really isn’t something new for me. I am choosing to begin where I am. Here. In this moment.

Fortunately, I had just a handful of posts; most of which I will not miss.

mini abstract, 2019

I recently participated in Laura Horn Art’s online class Abstract Adventuring. I thoroughly enjoyed it! She has a lovely teaching style and breaks the lesson down into nice, bite-sized pieces. It was delightful and fun.

I’m still learning and practicing and enjoying the process.