I really hesitated publishing that post – the one about all the mean spirited comments that come my way. I worried it would trigger more harsh comments. But the second I hit “publish”, I felt lighter. And that was a good clue. And then you guys sent me so much love. In the comments of the blog post. On Facebook. In my inbox. Text messages. On Instagram. I didn’t realize it, but my heart needed to have its encouragement well filled. And you filled it. And you made me cry in the process.
So, thanks for that. I love this community, like for reals.
In other news, I’ve been pouring my heart and soul and thoughts and energy into a mixture of BIG projects: my first EVER art e-course is coming soon (sign up for the newsletter
if you want to be sure to get on the list), new website coming in 2014, new paintings, and new products just to name a few. Whew!
It’s been a long time since I worked this hard – lots of pieces flying all over the place. It kind of feels and looks a bit chaotic at the moment, but I’m certain it will all land softly and in just the right time and sequence. Been trusting the divine timing of things lately and trying very hard to slow my pace. Hard, but good.
If I’m being honest, it’s been a long time since I’ve put something like a new e-course in the world – not since True was born, actually! It’s a ton of heart work and a ton of hard work, which has me leaping and nervous and excited and afraid and bursting with joy all at once. It’s gonna be good, friends. I can’t wait. I should have the full details and a sign up page up on the website in another week or so.
Between all the love and chaos of work, I’ve been painting and collaging it up here and there. Working on new imagery, including feathers. Feathers! Feels really really good to be in a good practice of making stuff on a regular basis and to expand my horizons, creatively. Good for the soul.
Speaking of good for the soul, True and John came and painted with me at the studio the other day where True had the best time painting on our studio wall where we normally have our canvases up. In the video, you can hear him say that he’s painting a “storm trooper.” Love that sweet voice.
And speaking of goodness, I am so delighted and excited to be featured in this month’s GiftBeat. It’s the first time they’ve ever featured a licensing artist for their BizBeat profile on the front page, and I’m just so thrilled. The article is all about how I made my way from social worker to artist, and how in many ways that journey is a full circle journey for me (same message, different medium). For those of you who don’t know about GiftBeat, it’s an industry magazine
that gathers data on how products are selling nationwide and is super valuable/useful for retailers nationwide. Thank you, GiftBeat!
The Vintage House
in Carrollton, Texas sent us a photo of their Kelly Rae Christmas tree. WOW! They’ve been open for 25 years in a PINK house that is over 100 years old and we’re delighted they chose to feature our Christmas goodies this year. Thank you, Vintage House!
A few other little bits and pieces on my brain that I wanted to tell you:
– I did a signing at Garden Gallery
this past weekend. SO FUN. I’m doing one more in-store signing event this year. It will be at Cindy’s Hallmark
(the coolest Hallmark you’ve been to, promise) on Friday, Dec 6th from 3-6pm. I’ll be there, with smiles. Address: 8705 SW Tualatin Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062
– Many of you have been asking if I’ll have any originals listed before the holidays. I will not, but friends, have you seen our new holiday prints
? I’m sort of geeking out on the tree and the wreath.
X to the O
ps: Don’t tell anyone, but our Cyber Monday codes are already in the system. I know it’s not for another few days, but feel free to go ahead and use code “CYBER” to get 25% off prints and ebooks. Ebooks, too? YES, ebooks too, including the super popular Whole Shabang (tips + tricks to help your creative biz soar).