And There She Is!

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There are not enough hours in the day! Up before the sun. Being the #squarrel that I am with several projects scattered perfectly through the studio and spilling into a great part of the house. This woman is in my head. She started as a photograph, became a drawing, has been made into a stencil for a graffiti job and now she’s becoming a painting. Jewel line needs work and casting. Clothing line is staring at me…. but #thisgirl #dedication #motivation #artist #fashion #graffiti #tattoo #studio #details #love #paynesgrey #watercolor #colour

Are You Kidding Me, God?

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Circles?  Are you kidding me, God?  So after a very productive morning and feeling of accomplishment yesterday… somewhere around 3pm I no longer had talent, inspiration or any idea of what it is I’m supposed to be doing with my life!  I hate it when this happens!  I literally felt paralyzed and totally numb. I may or may have not screamed and had a tear or two.  I needed an answer.  I needed a sign.  Inspiration!  I needed to get out of this funk.  After a few hours of dark blankness, I decided to stick to my regimen of daily doses of color and paint on paper.  I pulled out my Italian, rich yummy paper and my fave watercolors and I started doodling.  I did this for hours.  I poured a glass of wine and thought about all the normal questions.  I talked to God… as I often do throughout the day… out loud… like he’s sitting next to me in the “real”…  And mind you, I have no fear to get a little testy and cranky with Him.  In a respectful way of course!  And sometimes I may slip and drop an Eff Bomb while I’m venting or asking… and then I have to stop that prayer and ask forgiveness for the bomb… and then pick back up with the other prayer.  I know I’m exhausting to Him, as well as myself.  And others. And yeah, some people may think I’m a certifiable Jesus freak who smokes too much weed (I don’t… although if it becomes legal…).  But come on, I wear Chanel with Vans and I’ve got a Jesus tattoo… clearly I’m not cut from the “normal” cloth.

 

Back to the “circles”.  I woke up this morning determined to stay the course, whatever that may be.  I thought about the fast I’m doing with my church… Day 14! And until yesterday afternoon I have felt such clarity and focus. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a fast like this.  I thought maybe that’s what’s going on with me.  Nope… So as I’m walking out to my studio I literally see this circle… painted with an ink like fashion and a spear or drippy thing coming from it on a piece of paper.  I sat down and I felt this innate urge to paint this circle… 3 of them.  Made no sense at all.  So after a few stubborn minutes of thinking it could be some mean voice from the dark side tricking me into painting some stupid circles so that I could feel lost again and wonder WTH I’m doing… I got out a fresh sheet of my luxe, thick paper and drew 3 circles.  I wondered is this some weird psycho crap because I love the number 3… is it because I have a flat tire (yesterday afternoon’s gift) and I only have 3 good ones?  Is it because I always have done things in 3s because of me and my 2 daughters?  As the brush hit the paper and I made a few strokes… it hit me like a big A train!  Holy crap, I heard you, Jesus! And just like that… as I finished the painting… I knew that everything I have been working on… all three mediums and projects… ARE ON POINT!  These circles were not just a confirmation.  They are literally the missing link, the exact design of the thing I wanted to bring the projects together and unify them.  Un-freakin-believable! So the moral of this story is don’t stop.  Don’t get discouraged and don’t underestimate meditation and the power that believing can bring.  God doesn’t plant seeds in your heart and give you dreams without giving you the talent to achieve them.  Oh… and by the way…. That piece of paper I swore I saw and had painted and walked by… didn’t exist yet.  Had never previously done it.  It was nowhere to be found.   100% VISION Baby!

 

#blessed #artist #studio #vision #fasting #godspeed #thankyoujesus #talent #fullcircle #painting #focus #meditate #believe #achieve #dreambig

Show and Tell

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So excited to be representin’ for Ladies Night in the ViBe District for First Friday! Come out, say hi and check the first batch of jewelry for the season. It’s a little more edgy than my normal.  I had a lot of fun mixing the old, the new and the found.  Leather fringe, mixed metal chains…

There’s huge art installation….   ContraVan and Aidan Jewelry  alongside in the courtyard, next to the gardens at Esoteric.  4 til gone! (Should be a late night)

 

FREE TO FLY

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Someone once said to me… “One day you’ll figure out what you’re supposed to do.”  This comment came after a passionate rant {referred to as my “flight of ideas” in the family} about several ideas I had and new things I wanted to create.  I laughed.  I can’t just do one thing.  EVER.

I’ve been designing and sketching my entire life.  If you were to ask the thousands of people whose paths I’ve crossed during the last decade, what my biggest passion is, they would say Interior Design and Architecture.  Understandable, but inaccurate.   If you were to ask the majority of my circle of friends and social aquatints, they’d say art and painting.  True, but incomplete.  And considering the fact that a huge chunk of my life has been spent in a studio, where my attire has been described as “homeless chic”, I doubt any of them would ever guess that one of my biggest obsessions is fashion.  But it is!

The moment has finally come… I AM FREE to do whatever the heck I choose.  It’s a little scary, but so freakin exciting!  After closing the “big house” and taking a 3 month sabbatical, I’ve spent the last 60 days reorganizing and refocusing.  My old business ventures in the creative world have been put to rest. Simply, have just “let it go”.

This freedom to choose my passion over “pleasing the masses” in the retail world will be a little shocking to most.  I’m more than ok with that!  The hardest part for me right now is the waiting game.  I’m ruthlessly obsessive about the details and the end product.  I have gone deeper than ever before.  I’m taking the projects I’ve been dreaming about over the past decade to a whole new level.  Fabrication and castings for my jewelry line are almost complete; the final stages of my first clothing pieces are coming together; my canvases are anxiously waiting for all my sketches to come to life. { Why can’t this stuff just happen overnight?}

Meanwhile, in between all that… I’m still producing my original jewelry pieces created from “the found”  for November and December shows.  Event schedule should be posted later today.  My 6th Annual Gift Event is happening in The ViBe District VB.  Super stoked to be back on the scene.  I miss you guys.  Come see me at Esoteric this First Friday ViBe for a little SHOW AND TELL.  I’ll be selling this season’s first batch and sharing a couple of pieces that are a glimpse of what’s to come! 

Urban | Farmhouse | Traditional

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October 20th, 25th and 27th from 1pm til 3pm or 6pm til 8pm The classes run for 2.5 hours sometimes, depending on questions and class size.

Classes are $95 per person and are all inclusive. Groups of 4 recieve $15 off {$80 each}

The next few months are pretty tight with upcoming shows and events. I had to work hard to squeeze in these 3 days.

If you want to take a class, simply message me your email address and I will send you a paypal invoice. If you are booking a group of 4 and want the discount of $15 off each person. Please send one email with all 4 names and email addresses.

Also if you’d like to book a November or December class and have a specific date, please let me know and I will try my best to accommodate. I will also come to you for a private class of 4 or more for an additional fee, depending on location and number in your party.

The classes are held in my home or studio on the property. I do not publish my address for obvious reasons. My home is in Old Beach at the Oceanfront, VB. Once you’ve booked your class and we are on a private message, I will gladly give you the street and number. Cancelations made 24 or more hours before your class will be credited for another date.

Thank you and please feel free to ask questions.

Inspiration via Pinterest

Back Burner

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For the first time in years I’m actually getting to do so many things that I’ve dreamed about for quite a while.  I’m a person who is constantly creating in my head; who has 14k Pins and literally eats, drinks and sleeps design / art…  and not being able to produce due to the responsibilities of owning a huge retail space has been torture!

I can’t wait to share what I’m doing in this photo.  It’s gonna be fun and it’s not just for me!  It’s for OUR entire community!  For those of you who know me personally and professionally, you are aware of my passion for “cultivating OUR community” through group art projects, events, shows and the one I’m most noted for… FIRST FRIDAY VIBE!

There was speculation after I closed my retail space, I’d be so caught up in my new found freedom that I would leave FFV behind and disappear. LOL… NOT!  Keep in mind, I don’t get paid for it, I pay to do it.  Through time and money.  Why?  Because it’s one of my greatest passions.  I love my town.  I love my people.  I love promoting and supporting others.

I can’t wait for this REVEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September Classes

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FALL CLASSES BEGIN! I’m kicking off the new season with FURNITURE 101 as promised. October will feature…. See my article on creativelabvb.com …. All you have to do is send me an EMAIL to creativelabvb@gmail.com or MESSAGE me with the date and time you want to attend. You MUST HAVE a Pay-Pal account associated with the email address. I will send you an INVOICE THROUGH PAY-PAL. As soon as you pay… the slot is yours {about 2 hours each}. Classes are limited, so it’s on a FIRST COME basis with a COMPLETED invoice.

EACH MONTH IS AN EVENT, listed on both CREATIVELABVB.COM and “CHARTREUSE re-defined” on FACEBOOK. CLICK on the “EVENTS” on either site and WAH-LAAAAA!

SEPTEMBER 2016
Thursday, September 15th at 11am  SOLD OUT
Tuesday, September 20th at 6pm  SOLD OUT
Thursday, September 22nd at 11am  SOLD OUT
Tuesday, September 27th at 6pm  SOLD OUT
Thursday, September 29th at 11am  SOLD OUT

OCTOBER SCHEDULE WILL POST 9/25/16  Thank you so much for the support!

$95 {all inclusive}  I have everything you need and you will leave with a great piece!

See article on October at creativelabvb.com

OCTOBER 2016

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I’m excited to give you a teaser for October’s new workshop! This “Insider’s Guide” for Buying, Re-Furbing and Selling is NOT a cheat-sheet revealing all the secret spots and relationships that have taken years for those of us in the biz to acquire. I have the utmost respect for those who have helped me and grown alongside… so I would never just hand over years of hard work. Besides, it’s part of the journey. Discovering your own.

WHAT I AM DOING: After years of questions and emails, giving and receiving advise… I’ve finally discovered a way I can help you learn how to buy wisely; teach you the ABCs of refurbishing; and direct you to the right venues to sell your pieces. I’ve learned a lot over the past few {many} years. I’ve made a ton of mistakes. I’ve failed and I’ve succeeded. MOST IMPORTANTLY… I’ve never quit. READ “WHAT I’VE GAINED” on the site… It’s my inspiration for this workshop! Stay connected for more details and pricing and look for OCTOBER EVENT with schedule.

What I’ve Gained with Loss

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I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge… and scars through the years of being my own boss. It hasn’t been an easy road at times. But one thing’s for sure… I haven’t wasted my life making someone else’s dream come true. I’ve worked for myself since I was in my twenties and I’m proud of that. There have been times that I’ve wanted to throw in the towel and earn a better paycheck with benefits. By the way… there’s nothing wrong with working for someone else. If I had found a person I could’ve worked for and had a respectful relationship, I would have. I still might if the right opportunity came along.

I’ve had 3 months off to really dig deep and THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING… Here’s my SHORT LIST: 1) BIGGER is NOT BETTER. 2) I made a hell of a lot more money…. with less stress… when I FOCUSED on MY CRAFT. 3) People WILL USE YOU if you let them… SO STOP!

SO HERE’S WHAT MY BIG LIFE CHANGING QUESTION WAS earlier this year….. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO MAKE MY LIFE BETTER? My situation was no longer amicable and I had exhausted ALL of my efforts. I was NOT living the life that GOD intended for me at that very moment. MY TAKE AWAY… I don’t give a rat’s ass {#sorrynotsorry} what anyone says or thinks. I’m doing what I NEED TO DO. I want to LEAVE A LEGACY for my children and I want to show them YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE at any given moment. I WANT TO BE WITH MY KIDS MORE. I WANT PEACE AND JOY.

SO STAY connected for the NEW CHAPTER… I HAVE A LOT TO SHARE! I am so blessed to have so many supporters here in VB and abroad. And to spite what you may have been told… because there’s always a few haters who like to be mean… Just remember…. Most of negative and venomous words are a croc of ISH among-st a few old, tired and miserable lost objects! SO BE NICE… IT LOOKS SO GOOD ON YOU!

New Chapter

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Coming back on my terms! It’s been an amazing summer spent with family and friends. I’ve had time to clear my head and wash away the all the unnecessary attachments, while spending my days on many shores for some serious salt water therapy.

When I made the decision to close the doors at 1701 Baltic, and change my life, I knew I’d be back. I’m almost at the end of my 3 month term and commitment to not make any commitments! This time has allowed me to breathe and re-focus on what matters most in MY LIFE. It’s not my address, the car I drive, the clothes I wear, or the people I “know”. It’s not the space I’m in, the status I’ve achieved or the need to impress anyone. And it’s for sure not the political BS and titles that wanna-b’s give themselves while trying to build up their egos and tear others down.

FOR ME, it’s about the life I want to live and enjoying the blessings and gifts God has given me. It’s about my family, my friends, and this awesome town we live in. It’s about spreading my wings and FLYING again.

It’s been said, that “historically, the FIRST person to enter and plant roots in a forgotten neighborhood; who changes the geography and encourages growth, setting a new trend that’s inviting to others to join and build…. is usually the FIRST ONE out!” When an area starts building up and becomes more desirable, the rent goes up and those “do-gooders”, who only care about their purses…. well…. you get my drift! I was the FIRST retail business in The ViBe District, who was open to the public. { Not a sign-less “appointment only” locked door! } Shortly thereafter, my friends Terri and Becky opened up Vintage Wild Orchid…. and then there were 2! WE started the trend and WE made a huge difference! And WE were excited to BRING ON MORE!

In the very near future you can expect some news about what I’m doing with CHARTREUSE: re-defined. You can also bank on First Friday ViBe and it’s continued growth to build people up and support artists… THE ONE’S WHO ARE ALREADY HERE, while simultaneously welcoming ANYONE WHO WANTS to be a part of OUR BEAUTIFUL VB COMMUNITY we call THE VIBE DISTRICT. ‪#‎betterthanever‬ ‪#‎goodvibetribe‬ ‪#‎grateful‬ ‪#‎igotthis‬ ‪#‎notitlenecessary‬ ‪#‎freetofly‬