Looking back, 2014 was an eye-opening experience for me, a blessing often in disguise. It has taught me that the road ahead is very, very long. Although I've come farther than I expected in a few short years, this is only the first rest-stop on my journey. There is still so much to do.
This past weekend, I participated as a vendor in the 41st Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs, WV. There was an incredible turn-out; my booth was very busy all day, and I want to personally thank everybody who came out to visit me!
This was my first year selling my artwork at Apple Butter, so I had very few expectations for this show, but the reception I received surpassed them all. :)
Scarlett O'Hara Cat will be donated to the "9th Annual Art for the Animals" charity fundraiser. If I had a penny for every time someone asked me, "Did your mother like Gone With the Wind?" after learning my name, I could probably buy a plantation house of my own. Everyone seems to love this movie!
For several years, I told myself that in order to be "successful", I had to have a dedicated art space and tons of supplies. Now, I'm evolving and discovering what works for me and what doesn't. I prefer to work on the go with a portable studio.
I've been having so much fun this year, watching my plants grow and bloom, stepping outside to the welcoming scent of spring flowers. I want a cottage garden to greet me throughout the year, with an invitation to leave my door wide open. I want an excuse to linger on my lawn.
My idyllic world on a cloud came crashing down when my daughter matter-of-factly informed me that "teachers don't have enough time to read all of our papers, so we have a computer program that grades our essays and gives feedback."
It was profound and almost spooky how much I identified with this character in rags, face to the wind, shuffling through the snow, barefoot even! (Everyone knows I wear sandals in the snow, but I'd go barefoot if my toes wouldn't get frostbitten).
I've finished my latest commissioned piece, "Eleanor of Toledo" (1539-1562), the wife of Tuscan ruler, Cosimo I. I am working on another piece this month for the Nautical 78 Tarot project, but it's still a secret! ;)