Summer Horseshoe Market

I will be at the Horseshoe Market this Saturday at booth #73, so stop by and see me if you are around. I’ll have miniature paintings, necklaces, felted Waldorf-style figures, and art magnets.
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In the Studio

I’ve been busy painting in my studio this week, focusing on using inspiring words and affirmations in my art. I’m preparing for the Horseshoe Market on July 12th, where I will have a booth. If you are in Denver that weekend, stop by and say “hi”. Here’s what I have been up to:

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Back to Etsy

I have a passion for art, but honestly, I choose to make my family my priority right now. That said, I tend to take a break from my art now and then. My Etsy shop has been neglected for quite a while so I decided to start posting art there again. Now that the school year is ending and my studio is warming up, I look forward to getting out and creating.

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The Minimalists

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My husband and I went to see The Minimalists speak this weekend at the Oriental Theater here in Denver. The Minimalists are two friends, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who decided to clear out all of the clutter from their lives to make room for what truly brings value to them. Their latest book Everything That Remains has inspired me a great deal. They are in the middle of a 100-city tour and you should see them if you can. Anyway, after hearing them speak, we mosied on over to the bookbar for conversation and drinks with our friend, Jen. Seeing The Minimalists stop in along with Colin Wright (definite minimalist), I grabbed some bar napkins and quickly sketched these guys with a borrowed pen. For years I’ve liked using napkins when there is no sketchbook in hand and I spontaneously have an urge to draw. Sometimes I keep the drawings and sometimes I give them away. I gave these away, understanding that they’d most likely give them away themselves, being minimalists and all. There is something freeing about not having to hold on to everything I value. Perhaps I am a minimalist in progress.

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Blue Bow

My daughter was kind enough to pose for me while we were outside drawing and enjoying the lovely spring weather.

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TINY the movie

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In the summer of 2012, my family and I drove over to Boulder for the open house of Christopher Smith’s tiny house. I’ve been interested in the subject of downsizing and living small for quite some time now, so I jumped at the chance to tour a tiny house. Prior to stopping by, I made a miniature piece of art celebrating both his tiny house and the movie that he and his girlfriend, Merete, were making about their journey to live small. I found Chris and Merete to be very personable and down to earth. They even let my daughter, Aspen, help set up their new couch. Tonight, we are going to the screening of their movie, TINY, here in Denver. The movie is about defining home and about the journey this couple took to build a simpler life.

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More Minimalist Poppies

I’m enjoying the minimalist poppies. Here is painting #2.
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Minimalist Poppies

I find myself painting poppies once again, though this time I’m taking a more minimalist approach.

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Showing at Now Artspace

This month, I’ll be showing some of my work along with other Highlands artists at Now Artspace on Tennyson.  Stop by the gallery THIS Friday for the First Friday Artwalk on Tennyson to say “hi”, grab a drink, and check out the local art scene here in Denver.

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Poppies

I am often inspired by walks around my neighborhood in the spring.  Everything is in bloom and full of life.   The poppies were begging to be painted, so I gave in to their requests.

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