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.
I have chosen a long time family friend, Paula, to be my July 2017 Lady of the Month portrait! I met Paula probably close to 25 years ago or so when her youngest daughter became friends with my littlest sister. Our families spent quite a bit of time together as we were growing up. We went on hikes, celebrated holidays, and also get together every year for a week on the beach (which is where I am writing this blog post). Paula is someone who I can always have an interesting conversation with and she has a great smile. And she is a lot of fun. One of my favorite memories is when she and my mom would have 40/50, 50/60 and 60/70 birthday parties. I'm glad that my parents became friends with the Dustons, and I think I have used that friendship to model some of my adult friendships after.
Oh no! I have been so busy I forgot to post my June Lady of the Month. My day job has been taking up a lot of time and mental energy so I have been kind of slacking in the art department lately.
For the month of June, I have decided to present you with my very good friend from Chicago, Naomi! We met probably a decade ago when I was tabling at the DIY Trunk Show, trying to sell some mini comix and crocheted creatures. Naomi was volunteering and we ended up chatting for quite some time and I thought she was very cool and we struck up a friendship. Later on we started meeting up with some other artist friends on a semi weekly basis to draw or paint together at local cafe's. Naomi is one of my favorite people on this planet, she is cheerful and optimistic with a touch of grumpiness (#oldchicagolady) and a huge sense of humor. She is an incredible artist who also paints in a colorful style and has done some large murals. Visit Monstrochika to see what I'm talking about. The monster in the painting that she is painting, in this painting is a character that she includes in many of her pieces. I miss you Naomi!!!
For further reading: Finding Empowerment Through the Colorful World of Monstrochika
Because today is Mother's Day I have decided that my May Lady of the Month is my mom, Debbie! With her in this portrait is her grand-daughter (my niece) Ivy Lee, another lady that I love to pieces. My mom is funny, wacky and as Ivy would say "Nuts". She taught me to be independent and crafty and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I love you Mom!
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I admire Noelle for her intelligence, creativity and kindness. She loves animals. When I visited her in San Francisco she had cleverly designed her jewelry studio to be in a closet, so I think she is a creative genius! I also think that if Noelle were to give me advice I would trust it.
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She is a kind, positive person who always has great advice and words of encouragement to share. Rosenda's creativity is awe-inspiring and her vibrant style is eye-catching and fun. Anyone who is a friend of Rosenda I consider to be lucky!
About this project: After 2016 being such a tumultuous year I decided I wanted to do something meaningful and positive with my art. I decided that the best way for me to do this would be to make people I care about feel warm and fuzzy. For at least the next four years I will be surprising a random woman, that I know personally, with a free 8x8 portrait and I will write a few sentances explaining why I think that person is so great.
To order a custom portrait you can chose from a variety of sizes by clicking here. Or if you email me a photo of your subject plus three sentances about why you love that person, animal or thing, I will send you a coupon for 20% off a portrait order and feature it here on my blog (but not until the recipient receives their gift).
Whenever I am working on a project I always have left over bits of paint. Instead of letting those final droplets go to waste I added water and threw them on a canvas, layer by layer over several months. This was a great exercise for loosening up as most of my art is very controlled and detailed. It was fun to just let something emerge from the chaos.
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