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Monday, April 7, 2014


Hola,

I'm starting to try to finish things again, unfinished art I had to stop messing with because life got in the way again.
I'm doing something about this life getting in the way now. More to come. Long term plans. I need  a studio again, a place I can get in, lock the door and be un-bothered until I want to come out on my own.

Every woman needs that, but a woman artist depends on it for her life and sanity.

Spring is in full swing in Northern California. I've started feeding the birds in front of my house. They ask for food each morning...pretty cool. I am getting ready to do this full time. This year I move from where I live, I know this. I just don't know where, hoping for one place, but one truly does not know what will happen. I am not trying to control outcome anymore. I'm just watching and helping the process, however it goes.

Hope to be posting more. FB is getting weird again.
Not listing on Etsy. Thinking of just selling on my own. Like something? Contact me. :)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Planning stages

This post is about my current eBay auctions. Last week I listed, again, original artwork for 99 cents starting bids. Well, a friend had an art talk with me and gave me some advice that I knew to be correct. I need to change my MO.

The truth is that when I offer originals on eBay for that low of a starting bid, some of them sell for that amount. I've had people win originals for such a low price, and still try to bargain shipping with me. Clearly, by my devaluing my originals, I am teaching viewers to do the same. It's the self sabotaging virus.

Originals sold for less or the same price as a print? No bueno!  The auction technique that worked so well when eBay was good is not working anymore. I stand corrected.

I am sorry but I upped the amount of the initial bid for all auctions that didn't have bids yet. My apologies if you are watching them with the intent to bid and might be disappointed. The initial bid is still a really good price, because those are originals, so I urge you to bid if you really like the image. Or..buy a print from me! :) 

~ Thank you for understanding! ~

From now on, my intent will be to save my originals for the right venue/price. I will focus on affordable prints. I'm working out my prices right now, and already have a few orders a-waiting (thank you!).

Images intended for prints will be both new and old. Some images I've painted in the past and sold were very popular, yet I never offered prints as an alternative to those who bid and tried to get those paintings in the past! I will be doing that now...looking at my files and sharing those images,  on my Facebook page. Meet me there? Prints will always be done on demand, so if you see an image and want a print, simply comment under the image, or PM the page, please.

By the way..the muse has began to look my way...getting back to painting has been good. My mojo is coming back, I think. Yay.

Thank you

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dear Muse...

happy new year!

Main goal: to be creative again.
I'm trying to get back to art and other long lost plans...
Seeing if they still apply or not...
He is telling me that art is what will save me...I know this and this is why it was so wonderful to find this video, at this exact moment. Thank you, synchronicity...I had forgotten the value of art in my life...
He speaks to my heart
Prettyness is essential, indeed!! :)



"When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars."
- Vincent Van Gogh


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa: A Message to the World: "Awaken the Mother Mind!"

Uploaded on May 9, 2008
Zulu Sangoma (healer) Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa calls on all human beings to awaken the mother mind, that part of human consciousness that feels what is happening in the world.



#GutFeeling

Another "new" year.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Something old, something new

Rescue news - one dog I had been working on for days to help save got out today. I'm ecstatic, thanks to Outlaw Dogs. They rescued her from Carson as soon as I was able to track a foster in OC, who so kindly agreed to foster this dog. Canela is her name, it means cinnamon in Portuguese, which is one of my favorite smells and spices.

Now I will focus a lot more on art. I need to get some ornaments done, gee. it's probably too late already, though the stuff I will be making won't be just xmas related, can be enjoyed all year.

More soon. :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday afternoon


So I'm taking a break from FB and dog networking.

Managed to clean up enough paperwork mess...now I have space to spread a different kind of mess.
Trying to learn what it's like to take time away from serious things in order to play with colors, shapes and little people. It's been TOO long.

If we believe that our talents are given to us by something or someone higher than ourselves, then, as a sign of gratitude and respect, we ought to set up regular time to do it. If we don't, we are basically saying "I don't care". I DO care, so new MO needed. Time for my craft has to be as important as anything else I do. It must fit in, regardless of what else is going on. I already knew this, but it's still too easy to brush it aside.

The end of the year is approaching...2013 was a wash for art, but I did get to help doggies and learned a LOT about rescue. Knowledge is never wasted. I just think it's time to merge these two things now. I want to start drawing some critters. I can offer part of my sales as donations and that's a big help rescues always have to rely on.



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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dog days

Though I have been good these days about going to bed reasonably early (used to be a night owl), tonight I'm up late.

I know why.

Too much to do.

And as I surfed Facebook (WHY??) I just saw this comment: "I have too many obligations that things would fall apart if I didn't do them. I'm stressed and exhausted. I have no idea how long I can do this, but it's looking like 3-4 years non stop."

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I think she meant she will be feeling that way for the next few yrs. I mean the reverse: been feeling like that for the past 3-4 yrs. I'm tired, memory is bad, and I can only wish for breaks and other things, like lots and lots of sleep.
And careless Nature walks.
I thought I was somewhat better, but as I cleaned up and organized my office/table/studio/computer files and paperwork to be looked over for the oomph time, I realize: just TOO MUCH.
What am I doing? Feels like hamster wheel, spinning and going nowhere. Too many things pending, too many things started, not finished...this is super frustrating but a chronic problem. I need rehab.

The comment I can relate to was written in response to a share of this article.
Which, BTW, I will have to read later when I have more...um...time.

I'll just add it to my to-do list.

[sigh]

PS: Yesterday I was going for a careless Nature walk, when we found these stray dogs.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sewing again a little...


Hello,

Been a while since I have updated this blog. I think I have admitted out loud that I do not know how to blog. I just can't seem to make it interesting.I think I haven't been interested in blogging that much. Until I realize that's what we do on Facebook, isn't it? So there's no excuse.

It's cold here in Norcal today. I've began sewing again but soon I need to get really hot into painting some ornaments from local driftwood.

Nothing new to tell, just enjoying life, which often gets in the way of my time in the studio these days. We now have 3 dogs and are often out having adventures. Hubby's photographs can be seen at Posterity Productions on FB.

Yesterday we went to a near by city to eat and walk the dogs someplace further away from home. Ended up watching the moon rising while standing on a dry river bed. Food was "meh" but Nature is always excellent.

Today, dogs tucked away at home while daddy goes on a photo trip and mom works on a few sewing projects. I'll share something good that he gets later.

Tchau.

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