Putting on the Brakes in 2017

The next time I decide to get married, have a full time job, go to grad school part time, have two art shows back to back, and start the process of building a house within six months, all while trying to maintain some semblance of a normal life, I sure hope somebody slaps me silly. Living is no joke and adding more to my already full plate has reminded me of the importance of slowing down, of taking time, of saying no. Let's practice. no. No. NO. NO!!! One of these days I'll figure out how to say it graciously and without the overwhelming burden of guilt I usually feel about the impression that I am letting someone down. The truth is I should know by now I'm not so important that there isn't someone else up to whatever job needs to be done, and when I have had the courage to say no, I am generally met with respect and kindness. But yet...old habits die hard. And the love of making is always juxtaposed with the desire to be still, constantly at war with each other for my time. 

The last few months have been a complete whirlwind and I managed to book myself for an art opening at Blue Ridge Architects on the evening before my work's annual fundraiser. Oops. They offered to have me bump my show back a month and as any good procrastinator would, I took them up on the offer without consulting my calendar. Luckily everything came together, the show was hung, and our fundraiser the next day was the Collins Center's most successful event to date. The piece below is what I donated to this year's live auction, bringing in $500, which is nothing to the $1200 Jon's donation of a 6-course meal for 12 people went for! We'll (well mostly Jon, let's be honest) be cooking all weekend for the lucky winners.

30 X 48 | mixed media on canvas |  donated

30 X 48 | mixed media on canvas | donated

The Mountainscapes show at Pale Fire consisted of nine 12 x 12 pieces created with framed cut paper assemblages and acrylic and plaster on canvas. Like many of my other pieces, this show was inspired by my love of nature and our surrounding Appalachian mountains. 

Of course I also thought it would be a great idea to make a ton of jewelry to sell at the opening as well - while a crazy thing to add on top, I really enjoyed getting back to my jewelry bench and creating some new designs. 

And thanks to social media, I received a few custom orders, which is always exciting. 

And Christmas gifts!

And food, always food!

Dark chocolate matcha date cookies, Beer can cabbage, Vegan dark chocolate covered figs, raw "snickers", and healthy buckeyes.

Happy New Year!