Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"It's All in the Details"

Here we are on New Year's Eve, 2014. I really do have so much to be thankful for.
Thank you to the USA for making it possible to own my own business.
Thank you to all of my artist friends out there that love art, teach art, learn art, experiment with art, buy art, appreciate art, and live an artful life! You make me happy!
Thank you for all of the opportunities that have come my way in 2014.
Thank you for my friendships and the love shared. God knows it makes my heart so happy.
Thank you to all the people that challenge me. You have made me become a stronger person and I appreciate that.
Thank you to the Hurricanes, Panthers and Pirates for giving me teams to root and scream for. I honestly love that part of it.
Thank you for kayaks. I truly love the exercise, leisure, peace of mind, sights you offer and all the family and friends that enjoy them too.
Thank you to my son Zach for opening my eyes to what is truly meaningful.
Thank you to the ocean for offering such a big open space to let go and feel the warmth of the sun and your crashing waves.
Thank you to Max for making my sister oh so happy.
Thank you to Mason for warming my heart by calling me Grandma and running to hug me when you see me.
Thank you for friends that love to eat good food, drink good wine and laugh.
Thank you to all of the newlyweds of 2014. You have so much life and love ahead of you! Hang on and really give of yourselves.
Thank you for vacations.
Thank you for Joe. Thank you for loving me even when I don't feel very loveable. You are my everything.
Happy New Year to everyone out there. Wishing you all a happy, healthy, meaningful and successful 2015.
Please join me for First Friday, January 2, 2015 for our opening at 311 Gallery.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 2014

Art of the Carolinas 2014 was another successful show! Thank you to everyone out there that was a part of it in some way. Whether you came to the show, worked at the show, participated in some of the workshops and bargains or just came by to see all the wonderful free demonstrations: Thank you for making this event the best of its kind in the country. It definitely is a great feeling to be at the helm of this huge art materials and workshops extravaganza and to see how it has magically evolved over the years because of you!

I always love this time of year! One of the reasons is the beautiful skies! I really have a thing for them. It almost takes my breath away when I step out on my front porch. Here are a few shots of the beauty that awaits almost nightly!

Another reason is the holiday season: Halloween, Zach's birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. All of these holidays are definitely a time to get together with some of my favorite people to enjoy, create. decorate, make gifts, cook some fine meals, and just be generally festive! Who doesn't love that? Here are a couple of photos up through Thanksgiving so far:

And finally I am back in the studio! I have to take a few months almost completely off just to fully concentrate on Art of the Carolinas. But last Friday I actually stole about five hours out there with my friend Michelle. We have a show coming up in January with another art friend, Jeanne, and I still have several paintings to produce, so I'd better get on it... Here is a teaser photo - just one small portion of the overall show:
I hope you can take the time to come and see our show at 311 Gallery (formerly 311 Martin Street Gallery), Raleigh, NC. The opening is Saturday, January 2, 2015! Hope to see you there!!!
Now back to the studio for some more experimentation!