technical difficulties….

Ok, I like to think of myself as computer literate-well most of the time anyways. Ok, so here is my problem. You see from time to time I put up pics. Well, try as I might to do it through blogger (I host it myself) I can’t upload them to my blog page through blogger. I do first upload them through Dreamweaver, then try to attach them through blogger, but I always get an error that says permission denied. So when I really want a pic up here, I do it all through Dreamweaver with copying and pasting source code and it is just a big pain. And I eventually lose the picture anyway when I do another upload through blogger. Anyone know what the heck I may be doing wrong??? I am in Explorer 5.5 on a Mac OS 9. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

On another note, I finished a painting, a banner for a dog daycare and made 4 sculptures for orders yesterday and before I went to bed finished up another huge chunk of my own little project! I got some feedback on some questions from the amazing Keri Smith as well. This woman is just the epitome of what a person should be in this life: sweet, inspiring, enlightened, and helpful just because she can be. She writes these amazing essays on her site called the Wish Jar Tales that I kid you not, will change your life. It was while reading these essays a good year and a half ago that I became determined to live the life I wanted to live. If you have never seen her or heard of her, I strongly suggest you go check her site out right now! She is over on my link list. Go!

pure joy

I look at this picture of my daughter and see pure joy. When was the last time you felt like this? Shouldn’t we all feel like this a lot more in life??? I feel this when I paint and especially when I deliver a painting! Joy can be an attitude, as my daughter illustrates daily.

phew!

The commissions are beginning to come in, thank goodness. Yes, the festivals went well and people said they would call, but still, you never know. Since this past weekend I have 5 new commissions for paintings and two for sculptures and an order for cards and magnets. Phew! Hopefully I don’t have to take any more freelance design work for a while, but it is nice to know it is there if I need it. I may try to get in one more festival for Nov 15th, but part of me hopes I get busy enough in the next two weeks to not have to. Although, I have begun work on some Christmas ornaments and wouldn’t mind finding a holiday show for those. I will be putting those in Donna Van Goghs to sell as well.

On another creative note, my other project is going really well and it is all I can do not to get obssessed and just focus on that completely. It is like having a really expensive piece of chocolate that you savor slowly, taking a nibble then wrapping it and having that delicious feeling that it is there waiting for you when you want it again. I love that! I LOVE painting my dogs and cats for people, but it is nice to have a break and do something else as well. Last night I said a prayer of gratitiude for everything I have been given. I am so very grateful and hope that anyone that sees my site takes away that they can do anything in this life they want to.

you know you are a geek when….

Ok, so my dear dad came in this past weekend and brought my kids some gifts. For Sophie he got a stuffed calico kitty cat that is her newest love in life. For Noah he got an electricity kit. Now, for those of you that don’t know, before art school I spent almost 3 years getting a physics degree before switching to art. (Yes, greatly disappointing dear dad!) So when out came the electricity kit, not just Noah’s eyes got wide but mine as well! Circuits, resistors, electrolysis!! Woohoo!! (I am not kidding, I really love this stuff!) Noah and I are peas in a pod, we get each other. He shares my love of science, math and art. So all day Saturday during my festival he kept asking, “Mom, are we doing the science experiments tomorrow?” “Yes, you betchya!” I replied. So Sunday morning, right after breakfast we got to it. We did about 7 of the books 25 experiments. We made an open circuit, then closed it and made the light bulb light up. We made a fuse then watched it blow to understand why our lights go out when I dry my hair with the coffeepot on. (We live in an OLD house!) We chemically changed salt water with an elecrtic current to show electrolysis…I guess you get the picture. I am a geek at heart and my son shares my genes. He loves art, but when he hears of places like MIT where I tell him he can do computer work and math and science all day long his eyes glaze over at the possibilities. Yup, mother and son, a couple of geeks.

something in the air??

Perhaps it is the crispness of Fall, the way the light hits the leaves, or just the fact that there is truly a time for everything. I notice so many people that have been struggling all summer with wondering their purpose, or exhausted by sheer desire to create, or just lack of confidence. It seems that now is the time to jump into whatever your heart is screaming out for you to try! Elena from French Toast Girl did it with her Christmas cards which are sure to be as scrumptious as she is, Claire with Lobbylu has created holiday cards as well and sold out in the first week(!!!!), Jill of Mortal Mom finished her first marathon (Wow!!), Katrina of Feisty Scribe got a children’s book deal (Yahoo!!!), and Jen of Scout Dog is now featured on Another Girl At Play (can’t think of another girl that would be a better addition!!), and the list goes on! I just finished 3 weeks of fetivals, have tons of commissions in the future and had just amazing feedback from amazing people the past few weeks. It seems that the time to find your courage and begin a dream or just something new, is so thick in the air I cannot ignore it. Last night I began a project that has been swimming in my head for months and is now screaming at me to begin it. I am taking today off and working on it again! I will let you know soon what it is. But I am very excited!! So, if any of you reading this are thinking about trying something, I would jump in and join this cosmic ride of “Yesness” that seems to be going around! Now is your time.

my cutie pie

So she wants to be a fairy for Halloween. Or a puppy. How about a fairy puppy? Yup! We found part of her outfit at the festival. That is my Sophie. Or Sophie-Loafie-Lovey-Dove as we like to call her. She is the coolest person I have ever met because she is this chaotic bubble of sunshine that lives her life on her own terms. She does not care what anyone thinks of her and she has no idea why you couldn’t be a fairy puppy for Halloween. She proves you can. The world needs more Sophias.