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22 January 2014

New year... Life Book 2014

At my mother's urging, I've decided to participate in Life Book 2014.  Life Book is the brain-child of Tamara Laporte and consists of weekly lessons and inspirations to help you grow as an artist and as a person.  I haven't gotten access of my own yet, but mom came over the other night and we worked on our week 1 pieces.  There was guided meditation (which we kinda failed at because of critter and husband distractions) and then we were supposed to create a picture of our inner art guardian.  She (he/it) is supposed to guide us and protect us from criticism and encourage us to continue creating.  We were also supposed to choose a word - something we want to focus on in the next year. 

I chose "Confidence" because I would like to have more of it.  I never believe my work is good enough, I feel like I'm imposing if I try to join a conversation, and I especially don't like "pushing" my work on others.  I KNOW mentally that I am a good artist, that people like me, and they like when I share my work, but it's hard to make my inner critic shut up long enough for me to accomplish much sometimes.  Please let me know what you think... but be kind, as I'm just starting to work on this confidence thing.

21 September 2013

New Classes

New Classes!  See images below for more information.  To reserve a spot in these classes, make sure to contact me directly or call 405-310-3400 between 10-6 Monday through Saturday.

Autumn Flowers Class - Saturday September 28th from 1-4pm.  All supplies and drinks/snacks will be provided.  There is plenty of room at the tables to bring lunch with you.

Halloween Moon Class - Tuesday October 15th from 6-9pm.  All supplies and drinks/snacks will be provided.  There is plenty of room at the tables to bring dinner with you.  Adult beverages are permitted after the store closes. 

Happy Harvest Class - Thursday October 24th from 6-9pm.  All supplies and drinks/snacks will be provided.  There is plenty of room at the tables to bring dinner with you.  Adult beverages are permitted after the store closes.

Etsy madness!

My absolute favorite pendant I've ever made... I dunno why, I just love it.

Lookie, lookie!  I have an Etsy site! is slowly but surely getting items added.  I hope to get through the jewelry tomorrow before a friend's wedding, and then I'll start adding the paintings and other miscellaneous stuff that I'd like to get out of my studio after the weekend.  It feels so refreshing to be DOING something with all the things I've made in the last couple years.  I sometimes feel weighed down and unable to come up with new ideas because I'm constantly surrounded by old ideas and spent creativity.

Also, I realized today that I showed pictures of my disaster of a craft room in the old house, but I've never shown you the "after" pics of my studio and craft space in the new house.  I will have to snap some pictures and get them posted in the next few days.

05 June 2013

Exciting weekend

Stitch/Craft Create LIVE is this weekend in Arlington, TX. Guess where I'll be the next two days?! Mom and I made the trek down from Norman tonight so we can spend the whole day tomorrow and Friday at the convention before heading home to be ready to head up to Stillwater on Saturday for another day full of classes. :) This is going to be such a great weekend! I'll be sure to take lots of pictures to share with you.

On an unrelated note, we will be repeating the Abstract Landscape class on Saturday June 15th from 1-4pm and the April Showers class on Friday June 21st from 6-9pm. If you missed these the first time, make sure you call Scrap That at 405-310-3400 sign up!

13 April 2013

"LOVE" Painting Class

It was a small group today, but we made up for it by having TONS of fun and making some great art.  :)  Seriously, every class I do is so different, and I appreciate every single one of my students.  I learn as much from teaching you guys as you learn from me.

Our Sample piece this class - The pages are from an old hymnal, so the verses all have something to do with Love. ;)
Usha was at the last class, but she managed to slip out before picture time.  I made sure to catch her this time!  She does beautiful work!  I love the bright green and vivid warm accents. 

Julie didn't want to show her painting at first... because she wanted to tease her daughters.  ;)

But she let me take a real picture too!  :)  I adore the teal and pink (and the fact that her "v" looks like a big heart).

Shelia did this as a mother's day present for her granddaughter, who recently had her first baby.

I love how she added the pictures and used her granddaughter's favorite colors!

Our next class is the "April Showers" painting on April 26th from 6-9pm.  My mom tells me she's going to do hers in green and purple... :)  Should be fun!  Make sure to call Scrap That at 405-310-3400 to reserve your spot!  Remember that alcohol is allowed at the evening classes and that there will be space at your table for food/drinks.

April Showers

25 March 2013

Landscape Madness!

On last Friday, we had my second painting class at Scrap That in Norman, OK.  I had 7 students there to learn how to paint this lovely landscape:

This bunch of ladies was so much fun to hang out with that we actually stayed an extra hour!  ;)  Everyone had a ton of fun and painted a great picture of hang on their wall at home or give as a gift.  I seriously feel like the best instructor ever, even though I know it's none of my doing and entirely their own talent. Unfortunately one student managed to get out the door before I got pictures, but here's the student gallery:

I love this final picture, where you see how each person put their own stamp on the same image!  :)

Our next two class samples are below.  Space is limited so that I can help students 1 on 1 if needed, so call Scrap That at 405-310-3400 to reserve your spot today if you're interested!

April 13th from 1-4pm

April 27th from 6-9pm.  Adult beverages allowed, BYOB.

07 March 2013

First painting class!

As in... the first class I've taught!  I know, right?!  The class was 1-4pm Saturday 3/2/2013 at Scrap That Scrapbooking store here in Norman, OK.  I was so excited, and had three wonderful and talented ladies taking the class.  :)  I'll stop gushing and show you their wonderful work...

Lana had never painted before!  I think she really has a future in painting, she LOVED playing with the paint.

Terri decided she liked my painting so well that she wanted hers as close to the sample as possible, and she did a fantastic job of it!  It's got its own personality, but keeps the same feeling.

Vickie decided to take my sample as a general guideline and did her own thing.  I think it turned out amazing!  It has a real 3D effect in person and seems to pop off the canvas.

My demo sample is one of my favorites I've done of this particular design.  :)

I'm excited to do my next class on March 22nd from 6-9pm... it's my first landscape class!  ;)  And as an added bonus, we can bring wine (or whatever we want to drink) since the store will be closed during the class.  Woohoo!  Nothing goes better with painting than a glass of pinot!

26 February 2013

So long!

A pictorial journey through the first two months of 2013... since I'm too lazy to write about it all.  :)  I've been bitten by the crafting/art bug again and there's so much to do!  Art, jewelry, crafty stuff and laminate flooring has taken up the last month...

09 May 2012

Creative Spark

As an artist, one of the hardest things to combat is a creative block.  Like the more commonly understood writers' block, it sneaks in and stifles all ability to feel inspired.  It whispers that no matter what you make it's not good enough, not even worth the time you'll spend creating it.  What's worse is that you eventually begin to believe its lies, and stop trying.  So many talented artists fall prey to this phenomenon, believing that their muse or inspiration has dried up and left them - and they are nothing without it.  Some days I don't feel like creating anything more interesting than a good glass of iced tea and a well worn butt-shaped dent in my couch.  Some days I have absolutely no inspiration or motivation at all.  If I learned anything while working towards my BA in Painting, it is that even when you don't feel like creating anything - sit your butt down and do it anyway.  It's amazing to me how inspiration can come from the smallest things.  The way the wet paint moves under your brush, the way natural light picks normal things out of your mundane world to transform into flights of fancy, the way pattern emerges when none was intended.  By forcing myself to create something, anything, I have come up with some of my best ideas. 

Lately I've been struggling with painting.  I don't believe I've painting anything worth sharing in well over a year.  However, I've been exploring and playing with other media, other modes of thinking.  Overall, I think this is a healthier way of expressing my creativity than forcing myself to work in a medium that's just not speaking to me.  My mother's forays into paper arts and altered art have inspired many a fun project.  My friends in the SCA have shared their works in progress and helping brain storm solutions to problems has led me down an entirely different road to the creation of something new and different (maybe for the SCA, maybe not).  Pinterest is dangerous for me, because I can borrow others' inspiration and wind up reproducing instead of recreating ideas I find fascinating.  You get the difference?  When I take something someone else has done and copy that, even when it doesn't look exactly the same, I'm reproducing.  When I take something someone else has done and use it as a jumping platform for my own expression and inspiration, I'm recreating.  Re-imagining,  Reshaping and Recycling.

No images to share today... just the thought.  :)

13 January 2012

Warning! Disaster Area!

**Warning:  If you are offended or bothered by pictures of extreme clutter, please don't scroll down!**

I promised pictures of my studio, and I'm ashamed to say that this is the state the room is in as of this afternoon.  I really am lucky to have this space, and even luckier that my hubby is willing to cede it all to me and my business... I just have to unbury it to make use of it!  The room is big and has lovely natural light. I painted it a beautiful and restful blue-green two years ago and still love the color, so that's not on the agenda.  I already have a lot of the organizing stuff I'll need, so the expense of getting things up and going is mostly in the coin of time and elbow grease.  Once I get in there and start clearing out things that I no longer want to keep or won't use, the amount of mess will be reduced significantly. 

That being said, my project for the next week will be to create a working space where I can create and run my business out of.  The "office" is done, now to make the "studio" a reality.   Not sure if I'm going to do any progress pics - I might leave it as a surprise and save all the after pictures for the very end, when it's totally complete.

The hallway leading to the craft room has gotten a bit full of overflow from the room.  To be fair tho', some of it is organization stuff that needs to get INTO the room to help with the mess inside.
Looking back toward the door, seeing the pile of painting and sculpture supplies along with the Christmas crafting stuff that needs to be sorted and put into the holiday storage closet.  That chest in the corner holds my jewelry supplies - I can't even get to it right now.
Standing at the door looking toward my desk and the closet.  Most of the stuff on this side of the room is already sorted into piles of paper crafting stuff.  I need to cull the stuff that I no longer want and can donate, which will clear quite a bit of space.  I'm definitely going to change the orientation of the desk, just not 100% sure where it's going to wind up.
The closet!  Eek!!  To the left is the paper crafting stuff and to the right is the organizer for my fabric and yarn crafting tools.  I really hate this organizer because the drawers are constantly falling off the tracks.  Not sure how to fix it, but I have the feeling it's going to need to be replaced.

The right side of the closet.  Mostly full of art supplies that I won't be using in the future, so the metal shelves will be used to store other supplies as soon as I can get in there and clear it out.  The hanging sweater organizer on the door currently holds my wool for spinning.
The left side of the closet.  Another big metal wire shelving unit holds all of my fabric and sewing machines.  There is space here, but I can't use it currently because of the pile of stuff in the middle of the closet that needs to find its way to a more convenient (and organized!) location.

This is currently Michael's corner of my studio/craft room.  He's volunteered to take all of the electronics stuff and computing books out and find another home for them so I can set this area up as storage for inventory and packaging for the business.  Unfortunately I need to clear enough space that we can walk through here to get stuff out - and take down the desk. 

Scary, isn't it?  Anybody want to come help me clean this up and organize it?

Have a great weekend, all!  

12 January 2012


Today I worked on getting the business side of my world a little more organized and ready for the new year coming up.  My computer area was an absolute disaster - projects half-completed, new supplies purchased and just set nearby, paperwork piled...   I didn't take a before picture to share with you, but trust me when I say that you would have understood my inability to do ANYTHING remotely productive in the space.  I dreaded having to do paperwork or even check email.  

The filing cabinet on the far left has a drawer for personal stuff and a drawer for business stuff now.  On top, the turquoise bins hold my pens and office supplies.  The magazine files are for organizing Orders to Fill on the left and Completed Orders on the right (labels were applied after the photo, silly me).  On my desk there are separate files for Things to Do, Things to File, Incoming Mail, and Outgoing Mail (also sans labels in the pic).  Don't mind that giant stack of magazines and catalogs... they're for inspiration and ordering supplies, and after I've had a chance to look through them they will be filed in the appropriate spots.  The print hanging above my desk was a wedding gift, and off the screen to the left on the wall beside the filing cabinet, I have a white board for keeping my To-Do list straight.

I'm excited to have a space where I feel I can get stuff done!  It took most of the day today to finish with reorganizing and cleaning, but with all the open desk space, I just had to doodle a bit.  Nothing spectacular, but this is the first time I've been inclined to sketch anything at all in months!  It's not done, but here's a peek...

Tomorrow and the next few days after, I tackle the studio space.  Now THAT'S a daunting task.  But it will be even more worth it in the end... or so I keep telling myself.