Many people are curious about how I became and artist - especially when they learned that I did not study art in college. So today, I thought I would share with you my story...
In 2011 (I was 41 years) on a whim I took an online 30-day Do the Doodle Challenge class I thought it would be a simple and fun thing to do. I mean, who doesn't love to doodle!??!!
So I doodled, religiously, for 30 days.
After the 30 days, I continued to doodle. 60 days... 90 days...
And then, something unexpected happened... I started to like my doodles!
So... I dared to consider illustrating my children's book that I had written previously but had stash away ...thinking that I was crazy to even consider publishing it.
For a year+, I illustrated my book... and during that time realized how much I loved creating art! So I kept "arting".
That is how doodling led to me becoming an artist!
Make it a HAPPY day!
At my Art Show, last Friday, I gave a talk and shared lessons I learned from a year of creating at least one piece of original artwork each week. Here is my talk (approx. 15 mintues):
Thank you for listening!
Make it a HAPPY day!
I am overwhelmed with joy, happiness, and gratitude! Friday night was amazing and I am still feeling the love!
The building was packed with lots of friends - new and old - and I was thrilled to share all the pieces of art from my One a Week Art Challenge with you!
As I mentioned above, I will be updating my shop soon, but if there is something you want to get now, or if you have any questions please, email me.
Also, if you purchased anything, I would LOVE to get an email with a picture of it hanging in your home (if you're so inclined to share it with me)!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Make it a HAPPY day!
Since I announced that I was hosting my first Solo Art Show (on February 8, 2019 from 6-9pm at 600 N. Rocky River Drive, Berea, Ohio) I have been asked many questions about the show.
Here are my answers to the most frequently asked questions:
I’ve never been to a solo art show, what should I expect?
All art shows are unique, so I can’t speak for other shows, but let me tell you about my show.
Doors will open at 6pm and we will do pre-sales for those folks who have their eye on a particular original. Around 6:30pm I will do a short chat about my art, lessons that I learned, and the One a Week Art Challenge. And then the rest of the night is an open-house-type celebration. It is my hope that you have a fun time!
What is this “One a Week Art Challenge” and why did you do it?
At the end of 2017, I decided to challenge myself to create a piece a week for the entire year. I wanted to do this for a variety of reasons… to improve my arting skills, to create a larger “body of work”, and be more efficient in the creative process.
But mostly, I wanted to make creativity a priority. I had come to the realization, years before, that when I took the time to be creative, I was a happier person. For me, there is undoubtedly a direct correlation between creating and feeling good. But, life seemed to often get in the way of me finding that time. So for 2018, I decided to intentionally to be a happier me and so I committed to the One a Week Challenge.
The “One a Week Art Challenge” was what I decided to call 2018 - is not an official “thing” (like #100dayproject) but maybe it should be!
I want a particular original piece of artwork, can I buy it now or reserve it?
Unfortunately, I am not able to sell before 6pm on February 8. BUT If you have your eye on a particular original, here are two options:
Sign up on the "One a Week Art Challenge Original Request" form to receive a call the night of the Art Show to be able to purchase an original artwork. The form is available on my website under "ART SHOW" tab.
Other than the original pieces of artwork will you have other items for sale?
Yes, I will have PRINTS of not only the art I created during my One a Week Art Challenge but also other pieces. There will also be GREETING CARDS, JOURNALS, my BOOK, Moments Meant to Savor and INSPIRE BLOCKS.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in! This event is casual. I am not quite sure what I am wearing, yet (I need to get on that!)…but I know for sure it will NOT be formal! As my mother-in-law likes to say, I plan to be “casual not carless”.
Is there going to be food?
Yeppers! There will be a variety of nibbles, plus beer, wine and bottled water.
How much are the originals?
The originals range in price from $40 to $220. To see the prices, sizes, and images of each piece, check out the gallery on my website. Prints and other items are $30 and under.
What is your medium?
All of the pieces for the One a Week Art Challenge created on 1.5" thick blocks of wood are ready to hang (no framing needed). The blocks are painted with acrylics and the art is paper collage. Everything (YES, including the letters) is hand-cut or torn and adhered. Imagine painting with paper, scissors, and glue.
Is Art what you do full time?
My life is filled with being a mom, a wife, and an artist. In March of 2017, I left my job to pursue my art. It has been an amazing journey thus far and I am curious to see where my art takes me.
I hope that answered some of your questions. If you have others feel free to ask in the comments below!
Make it a HAPPY Day!
Through out 2018 I took on the challenge of creating at least 1 piece of artwork each week. This challenge taught me some unexpected lessons. One such lesson is that Happiness is not only a choice, but a practice too.
In many ways, 2018 was a difficult year for me. The current state of our country filled with conflict and division, the blurriness of fact and truth, and the seemingly loss of the importance of integrity and ethics, makes it hard to remain optimistic. On top of that, my husband and I dealt with a couple of situations in which we were lied to and disappointed by people we trusted and thought were friends.
So, many times throughout 2018 I seriously questioned a core belief of mine - the belief that, generally, people are good and that they are each doing the best that they can.
I was beginning to lose faith in humanity.
And that SUCKS!
Often, I felt incredibly contrary and not in harmony with the mission of my art (which is to bring a little bit of HAPPY into the world one piece at at time). Sometimes, I wondered if I was being hypocritical to be creating happy, optimistic art, when I wondered if the worst of humanity was winning.
But THANK GOD, I had my "One a Week Art Challenge" and that commitment to create something HAPPY every 7 days!
I found that practice of creating something optimistic and positive kept me from falling into the negativity trap. I have dealt with depression in the past - and I can easily imagine how I could have gone to that place again - if I didn't have to actively seek goodness for inspiration.
That's when I realized...It isn't just about CHOOSING HAPPINESS, but it is about actively PRACTICING and seeking HAPPINESS.
That is why "Do More Happy" is is one of my favorite pieces that I created during this challenge!
Make it a HAPPY day!
P.S. You're invited to my One a Week Art Challenge Art Show on February 8, 2019 from 6-9pm in Berea, Ohio. Click Here for more info!
WooHoooies! I am so thrilled!
Throughout 2018 I committed to create a new piece of artwork each and every week. At times, I wasn't sure if I would make it through the year, but I did it! And, BONUS - I learned SOOO much!
Check out all of my creations in chronological order.
Currently, I am gearing up for my FIRST SOLO ART SHOW on February 8, 2019!!!!!
Be sure to sign up on my mailing list to receive an invitation!
Make it a HAPPY day!
Have you ever met someone who is incredibly wise and insightful? Someone who says something that stops you in your tracks, and makes you think - really poignantly think - about your life and your dreams. Someone who triggers "Aha Moments" for you and others, on a regular basis? Someone who is truly a wise sage?
I think those people are rare...so incredibly rare.
This week, I decided to use the words of one such person, Rob Berkley, to create my last piece of artwork for my One a Week Art Challenge.
I took on this One a Week Art Challenge, for many reasons, but the most important was to send more positivity into the world. Creating Rob's sentiment of life being precious feels like a fitting way to wrap up the challenge.
I hope you do too!
Christmas is ALMOST here and I want to celebrate with YOU! So, I decided to do a quick giveaway of 2 Calendars!
Two (2) lucky winners will receive the Do More Happy 12" x 12" Wall Calendar!
Drawing occurs on December 24, 2018 at 8pm (EST).
Make it a HAPPY one!
This week's artwork is not about Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, or Blitzen. Nope. They are all great reindeer, but Rudolph, I have heard, is the most famous reindeer of all!
Week 50's artwork is all about the Christmas Tree and was inspired by the joy and traditions of decorating the tree.
It's such a magical time of the year!
Make it a HAPPY holiday season!
PS - As with all the pieces that I create this year for the One a Week Art Challenge, the original is not available for sale until February 8, 2019 when I host my celebratory art show.
PSS - I do have a print available of Christmas Tree Stamp.
If you are interested in a print, click here.