Heading BACK over to Tallahassee this afternoon for some meetings at the Capitol tomorrow with my students. We’re supposed to have a rally supporting the students’ issues on the capitol steps, but I’m not sure the weather is going to cooperate on that. Currently, there’s a 100% chance of rain all day. Fabulous day to spend outside mingling with politicians! I just posted a story over on Creative Construction today if you want to go over and take a read.
This lovely little inspiration arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it sums things up perfectly for me today! Hope! I’m traveling over to Tallahassee this afternoon for the Springtime Tallahassee Arts Jubilee, and the headlines on the Weather Channel this morning are “EPIC STORM”. Lovely. Looks like this epic storm is currently hammering Tallahassee right now, so I’m hopeful it will clear out by the time we have to set up at 6:30am tomorrow morning. Though that will mean that I’ll most likely be driving through it this afternoon, so keep me in your prayers.
This beautiful piece is by my friend Carmen Torbus. I was so thrilled to finally snag a little treasure of hers. This is a perfect addition to my wall of small art in my workshop. See more of Carmen’s work in her Etsy store here and visit her blog here. Go show her some love! What are you hopeful for today?
Adding more photos to my photo and art Etsy store...I captured this little beauty in my front yard a while back. She was incredibly patient, sitting there peacefully while I clicked away for a good five minutes. She'd slowly open and close her wings, as if trying to give me lots of different shots to choose from. Very patiently waiting for flight...
Something about putting a new quilt or comforter or duvet cover on the bed, isn’t there? For me, it’s always been more than just an out with the old, in with the new bed linens thing. Maybe it’s replacing the old with the new at the start of spring that gets me thinking of feeling anew. I’ve definitely felt reinvigorated over the past week or so, and I know at least here in these parts (sorry Karen in PA!), this fabulous spring weather definitely puts a spring in your step. I’ll have lots of new things to share with you soon! How’s Spring treating you?
Here’s a bit from Marnie’s profile: "I have been painting and illustrating my entire life. I grew up in California and loved it. During college I landed my first job as an art director for a high end children's furniture company. For nine years I trained artists, attended trade shows, and had many other duties. Three years ago my husband’s job relocated us to Texas and here I am. I started my own business and now my paintings are sold across the U.S. My husband David is very supportive along with my three boys Jacob, Ryan, and Austin...J. AUSTIN Ryan. My paintings and prints reflect the behavior of a little dog named Hawk. He is very smart and friendly with other creatures that cross his path.” I love little Hawk and all his artful adventures! Visit J. AUSTIN Ryan here, and be sure to visit Marnie’s blog here for the latest adventures of Hawk and friends!
The sun was my special request; she painted it while she was here at my house. To give you an idea of size, it’s 4’ x 5’. It’s huge! That’s on my very big wall above the kitchen (refer back to these pictures to give you an idea). The mermaid and bottle piece I’ve had for a while, just waiting for the room redo. It’s painted on an antique ship’s door and it's about 3’ x 18”. It now hangs above our kitchen sink window, looking out over the river, and looks absolutely perfect there. Have to give DH credit on that one since he picked the spot. More to come!
Aren’t these lovely? They are by watercolor portrait artist Christy DeKoning, and they now live in the Happy Shack. The resemblance to my two little redheads is purely coincidental…well, sort of. I saw the first one and fell in love with it, so I contacted Christy and told her that I actually had twin redheads, one with straight hair, one with curly hair, and she offered to paint a second one for me with curly hair. I also picked up a couple of her original ACEOs to add to my burgeoning collection. Her work is truly beautiful, her prices are very affordable, and she does commissioned portraits as well. Visit her store here and her blog here.