spring break

Renewed and Relaxed

This week, I am thankful to be a teacher. Though my job is a struggle and a stress, I am afforded time off to renew, recharge and relax.

Spring Break couldn't have come at a better time this year. One of my teaching partners had to have emergency surgery and was out most of the last month. I had to take over one of her classes, which meant that I lost my plan time. It was definitely wearing on me.

I'm only a few days into my spring break, but decompression is already happening. My art "mojo" has returned. (I was having a hard time making anything for a while.) My head is clear and I'm motivated!

I just finished "My Dear Acquaintance" yesterday and have started two more pieces this morning. I used more of my vintage stamps in this piece. Frank Lloyd Wright, Grace Kelly, George Washington and Paul Dudley White MD all make an appearance in this piece.

I'm going to be cranking out this floral/tree themed pieces for a while as I will be peddling my wares at a spring flower themed show on May 8th in Sterling, Illinois. There isn't a web page for this event, but I did manage to find a Facebook event page. I also found out that I got accepted to the Art on the Lawn show at Rockford College on June 13th. I'll be busy, but motivated to make some money for my upcoming trip to Italia!

"My Dear Acquaintance" is available for sale on Etsy.

Have a great week. Hopefully I will have more work to show off later this week.

Truth and Beauty

Meet Truth and Beauty, the newest work in my Etsy shop. I decided it was time to make some more of these larger works on canvas, as I have sold most of the others that I made last summer. Feels so good to sell!

Every time I get reacquainted with paint, I remember how easy it is to fix mistakes or change your mind. There is always the option to paint over it! That's liberating to me, as its not always the case with pen and ink.

Spring break begins tomorrow! I'm looking forward to spending some serious time in the studio, cranking out new pieces for my summer art show line up. Stay tuned for dates and locations.

Happy spring!