Angle of Temperance. 24x24 Available here for $395
I am not a temperate being. Everything I am is deep and passionate. I cry as easily as I laugh and both will often happen at the same time for me.
I'm also not a patient person, nor do I like to admit I have zero control over the future. I have wasted thousands of hours researching, discussing, planning my life, and most of the time it is for naught. And yet, still I try...
And that's why it feels so heavy around here for me. I'm in love with every aspect of my life. Where I am right this second is exactly where I want to be, but how long can it last? Because deep down I know that in an actual heartbeat, my world can turn upside down.
How selfish I am not to live in this moment, cherish it, and show gratitude for all that I am blessed with. Instead I'm running scenarios around in my head of what will happen if, I don't know, the zombie apocalypse really does hit New York.
I'm a work in progress, but I have come a long way. Meditation helps, and doing each little thing I do every day with great intention also keeps my brain from running off into the battle of what could be. My life is beautiful. I get to dance and paint in a light-filled studio every day. I have a husband who is my best friend and who supports my crazy bohemian artist lifestyle, I have access the incredible food that nourishes my body and soul. I make a kick-ass cappuccinos every morning and live in my dream cottage by a tree-lined creek.
And so today I am going to accept that I am loved, and loved well. That I have those in my life I cannot hold onto forever and that however long they are here with me will have to be good enough. That I will not waste the moments I have with them in worry of what might be. I will laugh while I cry, dance while I paint, kiss while I cook, and hold each tender moment within my heart.
24x24x1.5 acrylic on canvas. Available for $395 in my shop
Hello and happy Friday to you!
I have been busy in my studio all week, dancing, painting, singing, and forgetting to eat...but having the time of my life meeting a deadline for my licensing company. They are about to take my work to Hobby Lobby and SQUEAL, I'm so excited!
You can already find reproductions of my work in Kirkland's stores nationwide.
I feel I'm finally putting my big girl pants on in the art world. Even though I've taught international retreats, am selling my own originals, taking on commissions, am now a partner at the Bohemian Sage Gallery and teaching studio...my plate is full and delicious. But I think it's the feeling that large amounts of people will now be seeing my work that makes me feel like I'm finally achieving success.
I'm floundering too. I know I need to learn more about marketing myself and that I'm losing out on not selling prints of my work here on my website....but that is in the works and hopefully within a month I'll be able to offer those both here and in my Etsy shop. The printer I found in KC has a WONDERFUL team! Artist run, impeccable attention to detail and knowledge of color. They are even more picky than I am, so I'm excited to be collaborating with them to offer rag paper as well as giclee canvas reproductions in three sizes.
Tomorrow you can find me down at the Bohemian Sage Gallery painting with my tribe. 206 Marietta St, downtown Excelsior Springs, MO for those of you locals...stop by and say hello and sign up for a class. We have a couple on the schedule now!
Every Barn has a Story...14x14 Avail for $195 here
I wanted to share with you all the great news that I've become licensed with my Cottage Series and some of my artwork is now in Kirkland's shops and will go nationwide next month! My licensing agent is also working with Hobby Lobby and Bed, Bath, and Beyond so stay tuned for more info on where to buy gallery wrapped prints of select pieces of my artwork.
I'm also working with a local printer in KC to offer prints of my work here on my website and through my Etsy shop. If you see anything that you'd like a print or canvas reproduction of in a certain size, please contact me and I'll get you a quote until I have everything listed in my store.
I've received many requests on info about how to become licensed and I wish I could give you a rundown, but I can't. I was scouted last spring. A company contacted me, I ignored them, they contacted me again, I emailed them, ignored them, then the sweet woman who wouldn't give up, sent me her boss's phone number and my husband made me call! An opportunity almost lost as I didn't believe in my work as much as I should have. As I learn, hopefully I can share more info with you.
I am working with a small family company out of Tennessee and all my box store prints are being produced in California, the state I was born in.
It's a hard thing to decide to go commercial with you art. It was a struggle for me but I reached out to a few artists who have gone that route and was given some very sage advice. For those of you feeling like it's a sellout, here is a great blog post written by the very talented artist Katie Daisy. She says it so much better than I can and her words resonate with me deeply. Please take time to read her post on branding...I have a brand, I have a soul...
I have had only one person be negative about this new opportunity to me, everyone else has been completely supportive and loving, and I thank you all for that from the bottom of my heart. I couldn't have realized my dreams of supporting myself with my creative endeavors without each and every one of you.
So my advice to you is this. It's your artwork, do what you want with it. There is no shame on being commercial, on being a business person, on making a life with your hard won talent. It's yours.
For those of you who want to some day become licensed, I can give you some advice:
1. High res photo all pieces of your artwork.
2. Paint what you love, not what you think will sell to the masses. Your work will only be great if your passion is behind it.
3. Never let anyone dictate to you what you should do with your own artwork, it's your soul, not there's. Sit with your decisions for as long as you need to to know you are on the right path. Only you will know.
4. Never feel like you have to explain your choices to anyone being negative.
5. Surround yourself with those who make you better than you are alone.
6. Pay it forward. There is enough for everyone, share other's artwork with your friends, family, and contacts. Karma will always win out, this is about us as a collective.
7. Love always.
Adelaide. 10x8 oil on canvas board. Avail. $75
I'm in love and I'm not going to hide it.
Do you know how great you are? Well, you're pretty darn wonderful, is all.
Because it's the DAY OF LOVE, and because I'm pretty much in love with every day, I thought I'd stop by and say how much I love all of you who follow my art and cheer me on as I continue to paint my heart out.
And those of you who have been so good with all my Indy postings, namaste. Some of you aren't even CAT PEOPLE, and yet you still come here, still visit my FB and Instagram pages...thank you.
This is how he sleeps with us every night. All sprawled out, little wheezy nose noises, all warm and snuggly and content. Have you ever seen a cuter nose? Of course not.
Today he woke up earlier than we did...we can sleep till 8am (the shock of it, I know) and so he jumped out of bed and snagged one of his baby mice and crawled back in bed to play with it. Not exactly how I would have liked to be woken, but he was really trying to be good and keep himself occupied until his humans stopped being lazy. He's in his terrible twos right now and for some reason it's kind of endearing.
On another note, I'm manifesting some changes in my life. Great ones. Would you like to hear some of them?
1. I will love deeper.
This one is hard for me because I love so deep I tend to put up walls or shut down with most people and I'm not sure why. Vulnerability? Fear of being hurt? Fear of not being loved back? I'm still trying to figure that one out.
2. I'm Practicing Ballet again.
I've spent the past few years doing very easy yoga and as much as I enjoy shavasana pose, my body craves the ballet bar. It's f*ing hard, but after just 3 sessions, my body is already responding. Nothing makes me feel empowered like toning and strengthening on the bar. There's some sort of muscle memory where my body just sighs....aaaahhhhhhh.....
3. Painting what I love rather than what I think will sell.
This is a hard one for me because I make my living creatively. But when I paint for any other reason than what my soul desires me to paint, I'm just not that good. And I want to be great. Just like the yoga verses ballet for me, I have to go with what my soul craves to paint to feel another jump in my skill level. The soul wants what the soul wants.
4. Social media time caps.
We all know this, social media is wonderful, it's necessary for artists to share our art with the world and we need it. But to what extent? How many times a day do I need to yell "HEY! LOOK AT ME! It's exhausting. Not only for me, but for the world. The hardest part is when you are under contract to sell, sell, sell. I get it, everyone is begging for a piece of pie. But I'm going to be happy with a bite here and there and with all my free time, I'm going to paint, stretch, nap with my kitty, drink cappuccinos with my love, stare into the fire and daydream out the window. I live a solitary life for a reason, it's not to sit in my sweats staring into a computer or phone all day long, missing actually living my life.
And speaking of that, I was watching a movie the other night and I was comparing it to the real world, when I'm out in the city around other people and I thought how strange it would be to make a movie of how people really are now. Everyone sitting around a table, sitting on a subway, in a restaurant, no one looking at all at each other or even speaking. Everyone is just scrolling. Wouldn't be a very interesting movie, would it? Yeah, well, it's not very interesting life, either. Hence, I'd rather be out here in the country, I feel less lonely than when I'm around people who are moving like ants, with their faces glued to a hand held computer screen. Creepy.
5. I'm taking on more face to face work than online work.
Goes with what I'm talking about above. The more I do that requires the world to know about, the more I have to be on a computer. There is just no substitute for looking someone in the eyes when you speak with them, hearing laughter, sighs, snorts, giving hugs, playing, flirting, sharing.
I'll be teaching monthly painting classes at the Bohemian Sage Gallery at 206 Marietta St, downtown Excelsior Springs, MO and will also be painting down there every Saturday with my creative tribe. So dang fun.
6. No Expectations.
I've learned one great lesson in life, that when you have expectations for someone, or placed on you, failure and disappointment are inevitable. Why do we do that to ourselves or others? Set them up to fail?
It's not fair and it's not fun. I want to love people for who they are, no strings attached. It makes me happy, and it makes others around me happier people when they know they can be who they really are.
And with all that, I will love deeper.
8x10 oil on canvas board. Available for $80 in my Alla Prima shop section
How darling is this little girl? I have so many photos from the farm I go to and I'm just beginning to get around to paint a few of them. Indy is also asking to be painted, he keeps being told by the ladies what a handsome boy he is and I've certainly taken enough photos of him. He's also learning to be a great studio cat and is staying (mostly) off my palette and no longer wants me to hold him while I paint. Generally that's because he climbs into his dad's lap while he reads, but it's nice to have him feeling safe and confident to do his own thing while I work.
I've been painting like mad and have 10 + new paintings listed in my Cottage section of my shop so go take a look if you need a little artwork to brighten a room.
I've just finished her, thrown a pizza in the oven, tossed up a salad and am now ready to light some candles, pour some red wine, and chill for the evening. It looks like the sky is wanting to rain and it's getting too dark to paint anymore for the night.
Bye for now...
16x12 oil on canvas board, available for $195 here
Oh happy Tuesday!
With the success of our Bohemian Sage Gallery Opening behind us, my month long turning 50 celebrations, my bestie flying into town, me flying down to California to visit my family, attend my gorgeous daughter-in-law's baby shower (YES! This means I'm soon to be a grandma!), the grand opening of the gallery, setting up for my Bohemian Canvas: A Paint & Wine Experience Class this coming Friday, I finally decided to shut down, get some much needed sleep, and enjoy some time back at my easel for a change.
Whew! Each and every time I say life is going to slow down, it seems to rev back up. All is good and I'm lucky to have my health. But seriously, I need to paint, and update paintings I have done for sale in my shop...so look for new paintings being listed this week.
I had so much fun with these girls. They were painted over a failed attempt at a portrait. I didn't center myself and dived into my painting without mediating and with a bit of a pissed off attitude and it SHOWED in her face. I allowed myself to be ticked off because someone invaded my personal space and being a pretty intense empath, that is a hard thing for me to shake.
I'm better now, being alone for a while allows me to center again, feel safe, and gather strength. I have such a wonderful tribe of women I'm surrounded by and I feel blessed how much they understand me and have my back. They even know when to let me run away and re-group.
This painting is a tribute to those of us who have soul sisters. That feeling of belonging and being loved is the best feeling ever.
I'm excited to share with you and new endeavor I've joined with my bohemian tribe. We are opening a gallery and teaching studio in downtown Excelsior Springs, MO!
If you are from the area, please stop by during our GRAND Opening this Saturday, Feb 4th, from 11-5pm. Our little historic town will be hosting their annual Chocolate Tour and the town should be lively with music, chocolate, gourmet lunches, art, wine, and Missouri beers.
Our gallery will be open every Friday and Saturday from 10-5pm, Second Friday nights we will have a painting class from 6-9pm, and will also have private lessons we can teach other days of the week, group painting classes or parties can also be hosted in our gallery.
Our first class will be Friday, February 10th from 6-9pm. I'll be teaching and we will paint a lovely floral like the one below. The cost is $55 which includes all supplies needed, professional quality! You will take home a pretty painting you'll be proud to hang in your home. Bring your drink of choice and we'll supply the glasses. We want this to be a fun and relaxing time for you.
To reserve an easel, call Kat @ 816-651-7328
Rose Bucket, 18x18 acrylic on canvas, ready to hang. Available for $175 at the gallery after the class on Feb 10th.
Into the Wild 16x12 oil on canvas board. Available $195
I'm finally back at my easel after a month away. I'm at that point where I'm letting that place in me create, throwing out all the rules and allowing "art" to happen. It's the hardest process, ever. I needed that time to process what I envision rather than what I see...what story I want to tell, what parts of me I want to share with the viewer.
The photo doesn't do it justice, and the colors are a bit more muted in person.
This is my essence the beach or around water. I love melting into my surroundings, absorbed by nature, allowing my wild side to come out and play.
Wild and free.
Did you sign up for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017?
Early bird registration is almost over!
1. Affordable unbeatable price - about $2 per lesson during Early Bird promo
2. 40 Lessons - Continuous practice to develop skills and style
3. Long term social group and fun activities - new like-minded friends
4. Convenience: you can watch a lesson as many time as you want, anytime, anywhere!
5. 18 teachers - different styles/techniques/wide range of different art materials to experiment with.
6. Suitable for students of all levels – beginners get to follow step by step instructions, almost like paint along. Pro artists will learn new skills, get inspired and gain new followers.
Come and join us, I promise this will be a huge growth year for you!
16x12 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Ready to hang. Availalbe $249
It's snowing here today. I'm always in awe of how quiet it gets when snow falls. Indy and I took a bit of a hike this morning, everything covered in ice, all shades of grey-greens and browns. I love this time of year when even the energy of the earth is at peace.
The fire has been a constant source of warmth as we gather to snuggle and sip steaming cups of coffee after braving the fresh crisp air. Naps with limbs bare, hanging over the couch and chairs, reaching a little closer to the fire. Indy all stretched out and basking in it's glow.
My creative journal is full of sketches and ideas for paintings that will hopefully start flowing in the studio next month. Taking a month long break from painting has not be easy for me, but I know when I'm able to do this, I come back to my easel fresh and open to new possibilities.
I have so much going on next year, beach retreats, a friend with a new gallery, a corporate client (a big one!) and a couple more in the works...and I see next year as a huge leap for me as a working artist.
Some things I've worked so hard for, others fell into my lap, but all hard won. We can plan all we want, but sometimes things go another way, one we never allowed ourselves to dream of.