Thursday, April 28, 2011

Show Your Mama You Love Her With Original Art

Just as I was recovering from the Earth Day festival, another pretty great opportunity came along.  A beautiful lady (Carla Duncan) I've known for years invited me and my sister to be a part of a Mother's Day Boutique that she runs each year out of her house. She is a great jewelry and fiber artist.  Since I have a ton of prints left over from the festival and Carla lives within walking distance, I thought it would be a great idea to participate.

I will be selling my woodcut prints there, but in addition, the business I started with my sister (she's really the creative "hands" behind the business; i.e. she sews everything and I try to take care of the business end) called FlyChicks will also be selling homemade goods there.  We dropped off our stuff today and will be there tomorrow night and Saturday day.

When we were dropping our things off, we met the lovely and sweet Suzie Tenzer who is a super-talented watercolor artist.  You should definitely visit her new etsy shop!  We will meet another artist tomorrow who is also participating in the event.  Her name is Corinne Groark and she does lots of fun collage journals and even hosts collage parties!  How fun would that be!  Also, Corrine has an etsy shop as well.

If you live in or around St. Louis, MO, consider coming to the boutique!  If you are out of town, visit the websites and etsy shops and surprise your loved one with a unique, hand crafted gift from any one of these wonderful artisans.

6170 McPherson

(in the Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood, right by Wash. U)
Friday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 30, 10:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sometimes You Just Gotta' Go With the Flow (and have dirty dishes)

Wow.  Seriously?  I can't believe it's been this long since I've posted..  Talk about biting off more than you can chew!  This past month has been nothing but crazy for me and the dishes in my kitchen are proof.  And I'm simultaneously updating my esty shop while I write this post.

Three years ago, I wouldn't have thought this amount of activity possible.  I just may have taken on a little too much, which I blame on the lovely Cinderita ;).  If you don't read her blog, you should- she is so full of love and life and spreading it around into the world.  I'm pretty sure I was supposed to do a guest post this month, but I just don't think I'm going to get around to it.  (soon, I promise!)

There's still so much to be done and more I want to do, but the thing is, is that my body doesn't always cooperate.  And this "hand-printing" thing just got outta' control- I wanted to have more than enough on Earth Day, so my hands paid the price.  I couldn't grip anything for about three days afterwards!

And it turns out... I've got a whole lot of extra prints.  So if you are interested in any of them, go here!

My apartment basically became a print shop for the week leading up to the festival!

Oh yeah- and the other thing- the art opening at the Soulard Art Market and Contemporary Gallery was awesome.  My entire family (sans my dad and my son, both of whom live out of town) came to support me! There was a great turn out, live music, beer and food, and the weather was great, too.  I can't wait to enter more shows.  This one was on sort of a whim, to see if I could get accepted, so I'm looking for other opportunities to show some of my art.

My sisters and I in front of one of my pieces at the SAM show

I'm worn out, but at the same time, excited about the possibilities.  I mentioned at the beginning of this post how I didn't think it'd be possible just three years ago due to my health situation.  This change has not occurred overnight; it's been extremely gradual with a LOT of experimenting on my part.  Different drugs, different exercise programs, different doctors, and all sorts of support from my family has made this all possible.

I still think daily, about my son and our situation.  I hate that he is miles away, but that's another thing I work hard at- preserving our relationship.  I've had to endure many tears, worries, and anxieties about being away from him during this time in my life, and it has taught me a lot.  I've had to learn how to be a mama from afar.  It's definitely been heart-wrenching at times, but I don't know how I could have gotten "better" any other way than coming home to St. Louis.

As for the future, it still remains to be seen.  I'm taking things day by day and trying to glean the lessons.  In the meantime, I'm excited to make more art now that I'm learning to listen to my body.  When life gives you a splinter, take it out, and keep on going!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Put Your Back Into It

I got a bunch of colored paper to make prints on Monday, got a bunch of padded envelopes to send out prints that I've sold, and even made little tags for my new etsy shop.  When I leaned over my table to start cutting down the paper, I threw my back out.  Again.  I seem to do this every 2-3 months and I get so frustrated when this happens!

It usually puts me out for a week or so- flat on my back, in bed, with muscle relaxers.  This may just be the busiest month I've had in years and then this happens.  Oh, universe... you tricky little bitch, you!  So I'm forced to slow down.  Reprioritize.  Well, I may not make as many prints as I had wanted before Earth Day gets here, but I'm definitely going to give good face tomorrow night at my art opening!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  Wish me luck;)