taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)
Monday, February 12, 2007
the girly girls! outi harma, mati rose, marisa haedike, christine miller, penelope dullaghan, me. christine's work is in the background.
i feel as though my heart and my joy are going to spill out of my ears and out into world. i have a feeling this is going to be a post that sounds quite dramatic, but i don't even care. the girly show was so damn cool. seriously, wondrously, unbelievably cool. i had actual chest pains the nite of the show - and jitters, and a very large, chatty, smile. and a headache, which i often have when i'm too happy. isn't that strange?
where to start?
christine was a lovely host. not only did she kick ass at organizing this show, but her work is even more amazing in person (and i'm lucky enough to have come home with a very special piece). her home is lovely, filled with art and books and windows and music and conversation and love. and she is just so damn cool. she has inspired me beyond words. to stay this artful living path. to be business saavy. to be open. to be the creator of my own experiences. to leap and run and stay quiet all at once.
i will forever be grateful for the experience of being a part of it. i bawled my eyes out in our rental car on the way to the airport yesterday (to a flight that was canceled no less, leaving us stranded for 7 hours at LAX. oh joy). they were tears of release. of disbelief. i just wasn't sure what to expect. i was feeling intimidated, small, comparing myself to the other girls before the show (had they made a mistake inviting me?), but once i arrived, all of that over thinking floated away and i felt at ease. part of my aha moment that i mentioned in my last post had a lot to do with the inner critic, that voice that creeps up on me and tries to sabotage my real dreams and self. that questioning voice was on it's way out the door when i left for LA, but i'm pretty sure that the door has been slammed closed after this experience of being with these women and their art, our art, our show. it was so cool.
the evening of the show came quickly and i remember making an effort to slow down, to take in every moment. your first gallery show. remember every moment of it. and i did. and i will.
having breakfast with christine and her BFF melissa the day before the show. talking with them about grief and the circle of it all and talking a bit about our stories. melissa was the honorary BFF all weekend long. she was really great.
hanging out with kimmie and her baby. she flew in from florida to see the show (and family) and i was overjoyed to have a bff of my own in town to help celebrate.
dinner at christine's the evening before the show with all of the other artists and some of their friends. i met this lovely woman and this one, too.
hanging the show on saturday morning was such fun. the very talented penelope helped with the layout of my work and i think it looked great on the wall. thank you, penelope! when it was all done, i took a deep breath and long look. mati gave me a hug. john gave me a hug. it was a moment.
wandering around and seeing all of their art. i had to retrain myself from not buying mati's elephants and penelope's twirling girl. if money weren't an issue, i'd have both of those pieces right now.
receiving a lovely bouquet of flowers during the show from these two friends. it was such a fun surprise. thank you guys!
this actress bought one of my pieces. check out her website. she is doing some pretty cool stuff and has a gallery of her own. and she could not have been more gracious and sweet.
meeting boho girl, our very own photographer! she drove up from san diego and i cannot wait to see the photos she took! thank you, denise!
having my sister-in-law liz come with her friend kellie to see the show.
meeting this artist, and this blogger, and meeting all sorts of friendly strangers who came out. i was surprised at just how many people came out for our one night only show! i can't forget to mention that this talented photographer was our enthusiastic cashier and this lovely woman served us delicious wine all evening long. i paced myself. really, i did.
the show was a success. i sold all but four pieces - available now here, and here, and here, and here. but more than that, i made some new friends, and had an experience i will remember all of my days. mati was right: it turned out to be the very best case scenario.
more photos can be seen here and here and here. more photos coming soon from boho girl. i am loving all the linkage in this post!
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my journey (in chronological order from 2006 - 2009 ) into the creative life
- the whispers of inspiration
- the beginning
- feeling my heart lift
- first attempt at girlie painting
- humble beginnings
- i've come a long way since this
- when everything changed
- finding my style
- a review of that first year
- deciding to take the leap
- selling my first item on etsy
- beginning to build a business
- launching my website
- learning to be fearless
- still working out my style
- up up and away
- my first showing
- first gallery opening
- spilling myself into a book proposal
- book proposal accepted!
- the gremlins
- a more cohesive style emerges
- working on book projects
- published in a magazine for the first time
- a trip to ohio to meet with book publisher
- quitting my day job
- where i wrote the book
- embracing my vulnerabilities
- showing at a big san fran art festival
- licensing for the first time
- on guilt + the blues
- becoming a possibilitarian
- figuring out wholeness
- on becoming
- on saying no
- on magic + beginnings
- on anxiety
- finally seeing myself
- finding my community
- book is released
- teaching for the first time
- thoughts on riding the wave
- teaching in italy
- new studio space in seattle
- creative style turning point
- pretending until we're not
- new affirmation paintings emerge
- hired an assistant
- first keynote
- national product (home + gift) line debuts with DEMDACO
- new gift line debuts with demdaco
- love is the only thing that matters
- brand new website debuts
- first ever calendars + datebooks debut!
- feeling the pressure of it all
- on getting lovebombed (again)
- figuring out how to take care of myself
- on wanting to pinch myself
- on giving my medicine to the world
- some thoughts after three years of all of this
- on expanding my biz vision after a trip to kansas
- telling the truth about hard days
- on creative expansiveness
- on staying true in biz
- 2009 year in review
The Creative/biz journey continues in chronological order (2010 - present)
atlanta gift show part two!
on being brave
decorative art girlies arrive!
cover of somerset studio magazine!
it's about capacity + connection
announced my first e-course!
got an agent and a logo!
attending surtex in nyc for the first time!
why writing a letter to myself worked magic
on what it's like to run an ecourse
expanding our personal horizons
ranking #1 in gift beat's wall art category!
on inviting abundance of all kinds
decided not to play small
ranked #1 in gftbeat's inspirational category!
two year book anniversary
hired a portland asst!
babies make their appearance in my work!
new gift products are introduced
on missing my beginner artist self
featured in 10 pg national mag
traveled to China to see where products are made
announced new home decor line!
home decor line launches
celebrated 5 years of this life
greeting cards launched
moved oinline shop out of my house
launched hello soul, hello business
savoring vs dreaming
made a huge decision about online shop