Saturday, July 10, 2010

These Times They Are A-changin'

Well friends, I have some very excited news to share with you -- actually A LOT of exciting news, but let's focus on one thing at a time.   As those of you who follow my blog already know, I recently attended a five week residency at the Hambidge Center in Georgia.  This was a life changing experience.  NOT to sound corny, but really -- it brought many things in to absolute clear focus.   I found real happiness while in the woods of Georgia painting my life away.  I know painting is what I need to spend my life doing, and my current situation is not allowing me the time I need to pursue it with the focus that I'd like. So, I'm taking a plunge:  I have given my notice and as of August 6th, 2010 I will no longer be employed as an Admissions Counselor at Montserrat College of Art.  It feels good. Actually, after three years it feels really good. Working 40+ hours a week is exhausting and although I have managed to continue my studio practice I need more time (don't we all.) So - this Fall I will be teaching painting and drawing classes at the Maud Morgan Visual Art Center in Cambridge, MA two days a week.  This frees up a huge amount of time for me to paint, and work harder at making a larger part of my income from the sales of my artwork (stay tuned for an etsy page...yes, even I will have an etsy page.)  I am also very enthusiastic to take all that I have learned from previous teachers and mentors and pass it on to others who are just as passionate about making art as I am. I am thankful that the wonderful people at MMVAC have created a space and a program for students of all ages to have an opportunity to create. 

Classes begin September 16th, so in the weeks between my leaving Admissions and joining the Maud Morgan family, I will be traveling to NYC, DC and the family beach cottage (shack) for some R&R&P (rest, relaxation and painting...corny? yes.) 

The semester ends on November 20th and on November 21st I take off on a much bigger adventure - one of the bigger plunges I have taken. Planning is in full swing - and actually almost complete - but I don't want to let the cat out of the bag quite yet.  I'll give you a very cheesy hint though...right here

So there you have it friends. Hambidge gave me time to paint and an opportunity to meet new friends - but it also gave me the courage to take a leap and work towards my goal of painting full time to make a living.  I'm excited about this new adventure and I'll be sure to keep you all updated. 

And hey, the fact that you read my blog makes me feel like a million bucks...a million bucks my friends. So thanks. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

It Happened Once and it's Happening Again...


(sweet, sweet poster design by the one and only Brendan McCauley)

A hip-happening global project has found a home in the valley thanks to the fab people at Now.For.Art (I'd also like to add they are friends of mine...) So get up on it and contribute some work to this totally awesome, totally cool, totally bodacious project. Read more here...and here...and here (see! it's everywhere.)

**Also please do not misinterpret my lack of updates as my lack of progress or creation. On the contrary my dear friends - I have been making, seeing and doing a much that I haven't gotten to update the good ol' blog in what is going on three weeks. But trust your humble blogger...I'll be back. OH...I'll be back.**

...and hey, thanks for reading!