Friday, October 2, 2015



Good morning, All!  I have added many new shop updates, in TWO SPOTS, with some of the work from the 30 Paintings Project. See below for details!

For ORIGINALS, I've added a new Big Cartel Storefront, and I have 5 of the original paintings from the project listed there, including 4 pines and the Ocean Waves original. I'll plan to make another round of originals available next week.

In My Etsy Shop you'll find 8 new prints, including totems, pine trees, and sprouts. You'll also find listings for several hand-painted notebooks that I did during the project.

Expect another shop update next week with more originals. I'll hopefully be adding a few new prints then as well. If you have a specific one you're hoping to see, shoot me a note and I can tell you what my plans are for it. Some of them the originals are being sent to Smiling Turtle in Omaha. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lakeside Adventures

We just got back from a wonderful two weeks on Lake of the Woods, and I have to share that I finally had time to wrap up my 30 paintings. It took longer than 30 days, but it was a good, lesson-filled exercise just the same. Challenges are meant to be challenging, if nothing else, right? The end result was a lot of painting, so win for me! I will share updates throughout the week as I get some photos taken of the work I finished, but here are a few pics in the meantime to show you what it was like (or perhaps make you wistful for your own getaway). I'll throw in a few of my wee man as well, since most of the pics we took were of him in the first place. I have to say, he loved EVERY MINUTE of the trip, from the constant attention of grandparents and others, to playing in the water and pushing every button available on the boat. We have a water fiend. :-)

Hope you're all enjoying summer, making art, and having R&R just for you.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Half-way to Thirty!

I'm currently taking a break from working on my painting for Day 15 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days, so I thought it would be a good time for a recap. If you've been following on Facebook or Instagram, thanks for the encouragement! This has been really fun so far and I'm excited to keep rolling. It hasn't been without setbacks - the reality of life is that it is HARD to set aside focused time each day, but I'm doing my darnedest, and I've only blundered a few times. Mostly I'm just pumped that this has helped me stay entwined with my creativity! I've found myself sketching again at night before bed, both plotting the paintings for upcoming days and designing ahead for things outside of the scope of my project. I feel really in the zone... and you know what Jay-Z says about that... :-)

A few people have asked what I plan to do with my results. I'm very happy with several of these things, so the ones that I deem worthy I'm going to ultimately put for sale in my shop. Many of them are going to become prints and card sets. A few of the larger items will be taken to Smiling Turtle in Omaha for sale there. Some of the "meh" ones will hopefully get re-envisioned in the future and be spectacular then. I'm planning to run a print sale in my shop in August, so I'll make sure to get these in there for that and post the coupon code on social media.

So - that being said... back to work for me! Stay tuned! Pics of the first 14 Days below. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Finding a Rhythm - A Painting a Day for Thirty Days!

There's something about motherhood that just forces me to constantly evaluate my priorities. I think it's that sense that time is fleeting. Ren is growing so quickly and I see bits of change in him every day. It makes me reflect on every moment that we spend together, as well as how I use my time when we're apart, or even when he's napping. It has made me really want to focus on the things that I love. In our heart of hearts we all know that's what we should be doing, but at least for me, it takes some level of work just to allow myself the freedom to focus, as well as the discipline to say no to other things and let that guilt go.

If you follow me on social media (mostly instagram) you've probably noticed that I've been painting a lot more often lately. I'm feeling great about where I'm headed and a little fearful that I'll let this positive rhythm slip away while I worry about other things... you know, laundry and Dr. Who and such. Ha. 

So, that brings me to my next art project. I enjoy following several inspiring artists through blogs and instagram and I've seen many people find their way back to their creative selves in different ways when they've gotten sidetracked. This time I'm going to take inspiration from Emily Jeffords, whose work I adore. In the past she has done "painting-a-day" challenges to help reinvigorate her creative spirit. I think it's time for me to follow suit.

My only rule is that I need to complete one painting each day. I tend to work best with several things stewing at once so I'm not restricting myself, but I need to complete one work each day. This can be any size, subject, medium, and on whatever surface I'd like - canvas, notebook, panel, paper, etc. I'll post lots of progress pics on Facebook and Instagram and then try to recap every few days here. I thought about pushing this whole thing back a week because we're heading out of town for a wedding and this weekend is a holiday, but I thought these might present good challenges for me.

So, in the spirit of Dr. Who - Allons-y! Look for Day 1's painting tomorrow!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Back to work (art work, that is!)

I'm about to life-update y'all, so before I do that, here are few important things:
  •  My Etsy shop will be re-opening later this week. New stuff and pretty spring gifts! If you're looking for wooden eggs, you're in luck.
  • Also, I'm encouraging you to go follow smilingturtlene on Instagram! This is the handle (is that what you say on Instagram?) for Smiling Turtle Art Spot in Omaha, which is one of the shops that carries my work. I'll be instagramming for the artisan collective out there as well as on my own (link to the right) so I'd love to have you follow and see lots of great Omaha artwork, as well as opportunities for classes and the like, if you're local!
Now... on to the post:

Hear ye, hear ye - I'm back to making art in a regular-sort-of-way, at long last. :-) Since welcoming the fantastic Mr. Ren, it has been a daily experiment, figuring out the balance of mom-life, work, art, and time to just relax.  The thing is - the balance I've had to strike is completely about me - not about Ren. I have the world's easiest, happiest, generally most-agreeable baby. He has slept through the night for months now and we've had very little stress with him at all. The challenge for me is parting from him for even a little while when I come home from work in the evening. When we've been apart all day, going up to my studio has just not been a priority (or emotionally possible). That being said, I've missed painting something terrible, so over the last few weeks I've been working to carve out a little more time for it that doesn't interfere with my mom time. I've been evaluating a lot of the ways my days are spent, and that's still a work in progress, but I feel good about the direction I'm heading and the changes down the road. Momhood is a life in constant flux, so I'm embracing it!
Here's my happy owlet:

So, what am I making now? Well, I'm at my best when I'm jumping from project to project. I've been working on a REALLY big, acrylic canvas for our house, which is intimidating and forces me to step back and think about it... a lot. But it's fun and challenging in a good way. And I'm plotting some spring watercolors with birds and flowers. And I'm working on new cards and notebooks to get out into the shops. I have several ideas for my pretty blue typewriter that are going to come to life over the next few weeks.

Pretty significantly, last weekend I CLEANED MY STUDIO. Any of you that make things know that there are times when just walking in the room could result in injury, and I was totally there. Now it's better and I'm feeling so good about the possibilities in here. Happy art on the horizon.