Diving deep into a windy March

It’s been busy here with getting ready for Art Festivals and then being in Art Festivals Friday-Sunday. I love meeting other artists and talking with people about art. It’s beautiful in Florida right now, so it’s great weather for being outside. I have one more Art Festival this weekend at Winthrop Art Festival in Brandon.

Sometimes it’s actually hard to let go of a painting… at least for me. One of my favorites “Diving Deep” sold at the last Festival. She was inspired by my love of water and swimming below the surface where all is quiet and serene. I miss her but hope her new owner is enjoying it.

February Fun – Two! Artist Dates for me!!

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I haven’t really taken myself on an Art Date (highly recommended by Julia Cameron of the Artist’s Way) for quite awhile, at least not one by myself. I went over to St. Petersburg, FL to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Dali Museum on the waterfront. It was well worth the $10 parking fee and $17 ticket to see it… paintings, drawings and photos with lots of great explanation. I followed with a tapas lunch in the museum and a visit to the gardens. Then I went on to Whim-so-Doodle just see what was new and hit a big sale… fill your shopping bag from their bargain tables for just $25. Now that was fun. I got papers and paints and stamps and washi tapes. On to the Chihuly Glass Museum in its new location. It’s quite a bit larger and very modern. I stopped into the Morean Arts Center across the street to see the Photography exhibit and then went on to Haslam’s Used Bookstore. Whew! I was a happy and inspired woman after all that!

I must’ve really enjoyed myself, because 3 days later I took myself into Hyde Park and breezed through Anthro, Papyrus, West Elm, PB and a new store call Moon Scapes. Not a lot of shopping but a big input of inspiration. I must make a note to do this more often. I get too bogged down in my own little world sometimes. What will you do on your next Artist Date? Please let me know!

ATCs anyone?

How is this month almost over? I feel like I’ve been busy with L I F E ! But I have started some new acrylics. I just don’t know where they are going or when they will be finished. So, I’ve made some ATC art in sleeves to send to a special friend who needs some cheering up. One of my Love Notes Postcard friends sent me one of these and I just thought it was too much F U N! Thanks to Cheri in Reno! I have another in the works. It keeps my brain in the art studio when I don’t know what to do with the bigger things. Would this cheer you up? (It shows the front and back!) Cheers to all. Happy almost February!

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One word for 2017 and Magic Mandalas!

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I’ll be leading a workshop this weekend at Shore Bliss Yoga in Apollo Beach, FL. We’ll be doing walking meditations, writing, finding our own personal word and drawing magic mandalas to help us manifest our intentions for the year. It’ll be much more fun than make a goals list or a bunch of resolutions that will be hard to keep.