I made it back from my Padre Island Adventure with Betsy, my RV.Read More
What a month February has been! I was ill for a good part of it, but fully recovered here in March and feeling excited for what is to come. With the warmer weather and last few months of my teaching career ahead of me, I'm recommitting my time and energy to painting and attempting to be less distracted. Wish me luck! Read on for some exciting announcements.
Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas
I'm excited to announce I will be showing my portraiture in the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS. It is currently hanging in the gallery and I encourage you to go take a visit out there very soon. You can check out their website for hours of operation and location on their website: strecker-nelsongallery.com. Jay Nelson, the owner, has inspired me to create new, narrative portrait work, coming soon. I'm so thankful to have met him and his lovely wife and that he has picked up my work!
The Art Factory KC at Prairie Fire in Overland Park, Kansas
I will be creating and leading some fun classes to do with kids and some Paint and Sip parties at The Art Factory KC in Overland Park, KS. Please check out their calendar at TheArtFactoryKC.com . The next event I will lead is a Paint and Plant on March 20th where people can paint a terracotta pot and plant a small plant inside to take home that same day. See my samples in the picture below. The Art Factory is currently remodeling and I will have some paintings and prints in their gallery space soon.
KC Comic Con
I have decided to try something new this fall by participating as an artist in Kansas City Comic Con. I will have a space where I show and sell figurative sketches and paintings. Between Comic Con and my work at the Strecker-Nelson, I hope to get back to doing more narrative portraiture, something I've always loved.
Studio Lessons and Workshops
I taught my first beginner's oil painting workshop a few weeks ago. I had such a great time. My student said I need to raise my prices, so better sign up before I come to my senses! I supply you with all you need to get started in oil painting and provide 3 lessons in my studio. All you need to do is pay online and show up. I do all the shopping. Workshops are generally taught on Saturday mornings from 9am- noon in my studio at the Livestock Exchange Building. See my website store for more details and to sign up. Questions about lessons and workshops? Please contact me at email@example.com.
I'm excited for spring and summer when I'll have more time to paint and get outside for inspiration! I'm taking commissions again now that I'm caught up from the winter. If you have a special person or place you'd like to have captured in paint, I'm your artist!
Thanks for reading!
As I count down the 52 school days left of my teaching career, I've decided I need to find a way to support and stabilize my income between painting sales. So I started a small painting party business. I love drinking, painting, teaching and making art fun for new artists. So it seemed like a natural fit. I invested in class sets of easels, paint, brushes, and water buckets. I gathered friends and hired a photographer to do a dry run. I bribed my friends with a free painting class, wine, and pizza. There was one problem... I was struggling to find the perfect venue to host these parties. I was going to hold the dry run in my condo's club room but for so many reasons, it would not be a good fit on a regular basis. My studio is far to small for more than 3 people to set up in so I couldn't use it for the parties.
Luck would have it, The Art Factory KC was looking for new artists to exhibit Kansas City themed art in their store and was also hosting classes but were short on instructors. They found me through my website while searching for artists and I asked them if they were interested in hosting painting parties. The answer was an overwhelming "YES!" Less than a week before my painting party was scheduled to be held in the club room, we switched the location over to The Art Factory in Overland Park, Kansas. 12 of my friends were able to make it, however lost they were trying to make their way from downtown to OP. We even had 4 walk ins who paid to take the class that day for a total of 16 lovely people. I'll post pictures soon when I get them back from the photographer, the lovely Adri Guyer.
I was nervous teaching the class for the first time, not sure how raunchy I could make my jokes, how much paint to dole out, how quickly to move through the steps... But when it was all said and done, two hours later, we all had a finished painting and had a great time. Afterwards, The Art Factory manager asked if I could teach one class a week, to which I enthusiastically said "Yes!" I'm truly looking forward to coming up with paintings for the class, meeting new people to introduce to painting and doing what I love to do best, paint and sip :) Along with all this goodness, some of my artist friends and jewelers who attended the painting party will now be showing their work in The Art Factory KC. Success all around!
If you are interested in joining in a class, my next class is at The Art Factory in Overland Park, Kansas on February 26th at 6pm. The class will fill quickly, so reserve your spot online now. It costs $35 and includes all the materials and one glass of their house wine. Show up early to get a head start on the sipping before you start painting!
I hope to see you all soon at a show, at a gallery, or at a painting class or workshop!
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. -Abraham Lincoln
Planning is all well and good, so long as you don't get stuck there. For an artist, there are things you plan, and the rest you find in your work. The last week of 2015 has been a difficult week spent away from painting, making marketing and business plans, and applying to art shows. Also spent with family and just cleaning out the studio to rid myself of the literal and figurative dust of 2015.
I feel an internal hourglass running out of sand every day not spent creating. Its an anxious itch that can only be scratched when I'm alone, using my hands to spread paint, drag lines across a surface, getting lost in a trancendental state of creation. Nothing else in life scratches this itch and nothing else is as important, except maybe finding the support to make this happen.
Time is precious. An artist needs time to create, time to research to find a place for her creations, find the people who will love her and her creations, and venues to bring the work and the lovers of it in union. I simply don't have any time to spare on anything else. So, a few weeks ago, I resigned from my full time teaching job to pursue art full time. My art was always getting what was left of me at the end of the school day until late at night when I had to return to my bed to prepare for another day of teaching and then late night painting. The cycle was making me an exhausted, unhappy, and cynical person.
The day I took the leap, I felt like I had taken an exhilarating leap from the top of a tall cliff. It was exhilarating. It was the most true to myself, I had felt in a very long time. That doesn't mean that I haven't had to battle doubts and fears in the weeks after resignation. Will I fail? Am I prepared? Will I have to give up my loft and move somewhere more affordable? What if my old car dies? It just didn't matter anymore. Nothing really mattered more than taking action on the dream I've carried for so long. It was now or never. The kindest thing I've ever done for myself was giving myself this chance. And there is no looking back now.
Friends, thank you for taking the time to read. I've resolved to post a new blog on the first day of every month for the year of 2016. This blog will document my first year as a full time artist, though technically, I will finish out the school year until May. After that, its all art, all the time! If you want to follow me on this journey, please join my mailing list, I'll shoot out a reminder to come read the blog on the first along with any shows I may be involved in for that month.
Thank you especially to those who have purchased art in 2015. You are the ones who have loved my creations as much as I have loved creating them. By taking them home with you, you've created space and afforded resources for new works to be made. Nothing is more important to me than that. So thank you again.
I've recently moved to a new studio in the Livestock Exchange Building in Kansas City's West Bottoms. I have a corner unit with large windows overlooking a field with a few horses and Kansas's Strawberry Hill. I am looking to share my beautiful studio with a small group of students for some oil painting lessons starting October 17th. If you are interested, click "Private Lessons" on my home page for more information and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you are coming. If you are interested in commissioning a new piece, schedule a time to stop by my studio to see works in progress and tell me more about what you want.
Can't wait to show you my new space!
This is a 36" x 48" painting. Right now it is just an underpainting in warm and cool blues. I kinda like it just how it is! But I plan on adding reds, yellows, oranges on top. I have a vision of colors that push, pull, and vibrate with energy (kinda like my kindergarten art students, lol.) Anyways, I thought the blog would be the perfect place to share this painting that is in a cool place right now but will be going through some major changes.Read More
Thanks for coming to visit my new site! The goal for my new site is to keep in touch with you, my visitor. Please sign up to be on my mailing list so you can get quarterly-ish notifications of any upcoming art fairs and showings I'll take part in. If you see any work you like, please contact me through this site to purchase originals. If you want to purchase prints or postcards, please check out the online store.
Thanks again! I hope to see you next at Priarie Village Art Fair, May 29th!