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Month: January 2012

Fresh, Clean and Ready To Paint

Posted in Organization, and Peeking Behind the Easel

I'm finishing up the yearly major clean up of my studio.  It's always amazing what has been lost behind canvases, what has been misplaced, and  what I forgot I have.  I started the end of the year clean up when I was doing a large amount of custom painting for private clients. The push to finish orders from September into December always turned my workspace into a hot mess by the end of the holiday season.

I like having a clean, well organized workspace to start off the beginning of the year. It's a chance to do an inventory check for taxes as well.  Everything in the studio gets cleaned, dusted, vacuumed, wiped down from top to bottom. Old paint brushes get donated to children art classes, almost empty paint containers get placed in front to be used up first, canvases and paper get sorted by sizes and placed in their labeled spaces. Photos and reference materials are an ongoing challenge but they at least get placed on their shelves and photo cards near the computer. It's a jump start on one of my new year resolutions and a great way to start the year.

Paint brushes photo from pinterest and allthingsstylish tumblr com

Photo credit:  via Lindsey at Pinterest

I'm excited to be picking up my paintbrushes and getting started on painting. I'll have new paintings to share starting next week!

Amazing Etsy Shops: La Petites by LaCharmour

Posted in Other Artist Work

There are so many wonderful shops on Etsy.  While looking around today, I came across this amazing shop:  La Petites by LaCharmour.  It is a shop of incredible  needle felted animals. Take a look:

Etsy shop LaCharmour

Polly the Basset Hound, made of  Corriedale and Merino wool.

German Shpard LaCharmour Etsy shop

Roxanne the German Shepard    Shop owner JulieAnne makes each one upon order.

sheep by lacharmour at etsy dot com

Baarbara the Sheep    I love the sheep's curly wool. Lots more at La Petites by  LaCharmour

Happy New Year!

Posted in Organization

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  

Photo credit: Squidoo via  Amanda at Pinterest

As I have been doing the annual end-of- the-holiday-season-super-clean-up of my studio, I've been thinking about business resolutions or goals for the shiny, fresh, new year. Here's my modest  list 2012 goals/resolutions:

1. Post on this blog more regularly.  

2. Paint at least one new item a week.  I love the daily painters, but alas, that's not realistic  for me. I can finish one item or painting a week.

3. Continue to work on organization. …the bane of my existence. Reference photos, photos on the computer, the camera cards, tax paperwork, shipping material,  pieces of paper with scrawled painting ideas that I jot down before I forget, time management, paints, brushes, canvases  etc, etc, etc.  It's an ongoing goal. : )

Etsy Shop Happy Town USA

This adorable photo came from Etsy Shop Happy Town USA .    How about you? What kind of resolutions have you chosen?