I met Kelly 37 years ago from today, when she was born, because…she’s my littlest sister! It’s her birthday today! We didn’t always get along. There are stories of us chasing each other with knives when my parents were away and I recall a time when I tortured her with some joke store fart perfume (called Ocean Breeze) that she bought because she stole a sweater, or our family would pose her in funny positions when she fell asleep in the car, because we could and she wouldn’t wake up. I do love my sister and admire her for her independence, outgoingness, and adventurousness. She is also an amazing mom to the best niece ever. Kelly is also very talented at her career in cosmetology and she owns a pretty great salon in Keene, NH (HairSpa of Keene). Finally I would like to say we get along now.
Whew, just made it by a hair to post February’s Lady of the Month: Sally Cruikshank! I’ve never met Sally but I’ve been an admirer of her animations for a long time…perhaps even since I was a kid since she used to create animations for Sesame Street. When I was first reintroduced to her work I felt like we were on a similar wave length even though our styles are different. Sally’s work inspired me to take a stab at animation myself once (I don’t have the patience for that art form). If you are now intrigued and want to see what she does go to her Etsy shop and pick up a copy of her DVD. She also is selling original paintings and cells from her animations. I bought a cell from Quasi at the Quackadero which is now hanging in my home.
This painting was started nearly a year ago when I attended Vermont Artists Week at The Vermont Studio Center! I had it mostly done then decided it was too bland for Sally, so kept adding, and adding and adding some more to it. This is probably my busiest background yet, but I think it is fitting for this piece.
Sunday April 21st - 1pm to 3:30 pm
Community Art Garden - 295 Main Street, Chester, VT
A few days ago someone posted my last year review and Facebook and that made me realize I never wrote one for this year. Looking back I did accomplish some of the goals and other not so much and that’s ok. I still feel like I’m making some momentum!
In 2018 I:
*Attended Vermont Artists Week at The Vermont Studio Center
*Invited to participate in a group show at Castleton University’s Bank Gallery in Rutland, VT
*Invited to hang a solo show at Fitting Room Gallery in Portland, OR (and travelled there)
*Painted 12 Lady of the Month portraits and have am ahead a few months (even though I will probably still post them late).
*Sold some paintings
*I did not travel to Peru or NM or get out of debt but am always chipping away at it.
Goals for 2019 include:
*Complete 80 paintings - 12 Lady of the Month Portraits, 4 large abstract paintings, 12 medium abstract paintings, 24 small abstract paintings and 28 various ready to sell animal/landscape/places paintings.
*Send out weekly emails sharing when new paintings are available for purchase.
*Pay off my car and at least one more credit card.
2019 is already off to a good start with a big sale and participation in a solo show right off the bat. I am also working with another educational institution for another solo show potentially for this year. I might try applying for some juried shows, but it’s not a huge priority until I have more paintings available.
I met Khanisha while waiting in line to register for classes at Columbia and she was probably one of the first people I met in the Theatre Department. I was super shy and came from a small town so moving to a large city was a complete 180 from what I was used to. Meeting Khanisha on one of the first days of arriving put me at ease because she was so welcoming and encouraging. Over the years I would get to see her perform and she was simply incredible. I remember being blown away by a performance she did for a class assignment. It is not surprising at all to see the big things (directing, writing, acting, motherhood) she is doing these days. One of them is hosting a podcast called “How I Wrote That” where she interviews women writers. Hooray for Khanisha!
I am very honored to be invited to show my art at The Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier, VT! I am planning on showing several new paintings that have not been seen anywhere, including the internet! It was lots of fun coming up with a name for this one too.
Show opens February, 1st 2019 for First Friday. http://cal-vt.org/
One of the fun things about my Lady of the Month project is surprising someone who is not expecting this at all. Cheron and I do not know each other much at all, and just know each other through a mutual friend. I think she’s cool and has a fun, creative style. We lost touch and I do not think she is on social media any more…so I hope one day she sees this. I do want to note that this is my December Lady of the Month. I had this portrait mostly completed, but wanted to keep adding little details.
Marissa is another person I have not seen in a million years but should know that I admire her. We met in the theatre department at Columbia College and I was immediately impressed by her intelligence, outgoing nature and humor. She is sooooooooooooo cool! Marissa is one of those people whose opinion I value very much and she’s super smart and thoughtful. If you are in the Chicagoland area check out the 16th Street Theatre where she is managing director.