Ready for a show!
November 1st marked a momentous occasion for me – my first Art Show! Here is my story….and the amazing lesson I learned from it!
About 6 months ago I took some space in the Benson Building – a fantastic older building in downtown Sioux City. There are 9 artists with studio space there – and each fall and spring they band together to do a group show, the Benson Burner.
The Body Fab-YOU-lous Collection
I spent lots of time getting ready for the show, even recruiting a friend with gallery experience to help me group and hang the work! (Thanks Amy R!)
Waiting in the wings to be finished!
The big night finally arrived, and I was ready with some delicious food and lots of good wine!
Yum and yum!
I was very excited – over 300 people came thru the studio during the show. What a thrilling experience for someone who first picked up a paintbrush three short years ago.
Some of my early work
I sold 9 paintings during the show. I wish their new owners continued beauty and that they bring you joy!
One of my wall groupings
Here is what I learned from this show… anything is possible. I’ve been a left brained numbers kind of girl for a very, very long time. 3 years ago I listened to the little whispers in my head that would talk to me while looking at art. They whispers said “You could do that….you just don’t know how.” So I learned how. And I did it. And if I can do it, anyone can. It simply takes a willingness to listen, and a fearlessness to take some action. You all have that in you. I do – and it led me to an amazing art show and the faith that anything – ANYTHING! – is possible!
Part of the Travel Collection
Ever wanted to paint, but just not sure how to do it? ”Wine & Brushes” was just the ticket for these ladies and gentleman!
Getting Ready for Class
Held at the fabulous Indigo Palette, we gathered on a Sunday afternoon and painted while drinking wine – what could be better?!?!
I took these students step by step thru a mixed media painting. We used this canvas as a guide, and the students all created their own vision using their own special photographs.
Students hard at work
I showed them how to start with an intention in watercolor crayon underneath the first layer of paint. We then experimented with laying paint on with a credit card and with a paint brush….playing with the color and seeing how it reacted to the water color crayon.
The group loved the saran wrap technique that creates fun and crazy texture. Slowly we built up layers of paint and collage elements.
Everyone’s canvas turned out different – and very beautifully! These three were from a family who just added a new baby to their family!
These gals had a blast with their canvases….and look how lovely they came out!
I finished one up myself – and left the picture slot open so I can customize it for some lucky person. If you have a photo that would look just perfect on here, click here to see how to set that up!
Wine & Brushes – a great time and super fun creative outlet for a wonderful group of people!
A great group!
All too often we doubt our own self, our own intution, our own internal wisdom. We tend to think someone else will have the answers – and seek advice from friends, family, experts or gurus. It’s so easy to just assume that we don’t know the next step or the right answer. But we do.
Real wisdom comes from deep inside. It is a mix of the experiences and knowledge that we have gained along the way. It’s not always easy to trust it – in fact it is much easier to look for answers outside of ourselves. Often times that is simply so that we have someone else or something else to blame if things don’t go right.
When I need to know an answer or determine a direction – when I am unsure of my next step – I find a quiet space and simply sit with the idea or question. I let it roll around in my mind. Perhaps I will meditate, or maybe journal. When I hear an answer, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. But I always know that I can trust it.
This painting is a lovely reminder that all of the answers are found right inside of you – its time to trust your own wisdom!
She Is Becoming…. Every woman lives through her own transformational journey. She grows, she changes, she becomes the best version of herself. I have been on my own journey – changing and developing as I find my way within the world of art and creativity. Sometimes this change is welcome and joyful, and sometimes it is challenging and painful. But I do believe that all change leads towards the life we are desiring. Often the path there is twisty and turny and different than what we imagined, but the journey itself is filled with moments of exquisite love, happiness and enchantment.
When this painting developed into a butterfly, I knew it would become a painting about change. The day I added the woman in the center of it, I knew it would be about transformation. I had so much fun selecting the words on this – thinking of all of the things a woman thinks about as she grows into herself. She thinks about beauty, grace, and fashion. She feel sexy, alluring, and bold. Chic and sassy are part of her makeup – and stepping into her vibrancy is so empowering. I also had fun playing with the title. She is Becoming…. something new. And the word becoming also means beautiful. A fun and inspiring little play on words.
I hope she inspires you as you become the best version of yourself on your own journey!