First, I wish you all Happy Holidays! I hope this finds you doing well, especially considering all that is going on in the world right now. It's a time of much-needed change, acceptance, courage, respect, and love. May we all find peace and understanding among loved ones, and also among strangers this holiday season and beyond.
I'm excited (and a bit nervous) to announce my studio's Holiday Market/Celebration! It's this coming Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 (for those of you in the Bay Area) from 1-5pm.
These last couple of years I've been busy taking online courses, and watching inspirational videos from women making things happen creatively. I finally decided it's my time to start doing it too. I made the leap to join Teahouse Studio in April of this year, and I'm so glad I did. My friend, studio-mate, and major inspiration, artist Mati Rose, created and ran Teahouse Studio for a few years with two friends, Stefanie Renée (co-creator of the new Mabel Magazine, artist, photographer +), and Tiffany Han (a smart, creative life coach and much more). They had been running it as an awesome studio and workshop space (something I had/have dreamed of doing myself - still may happen one day!). After they decided to go their separate ways, Teahouse metamorphed into a space for creatives, but without the ongoing workshops. I miss it as it was, and I'm also so happy that the space was made available. It's nice to be among creative people again after freelancing alone from home while raising my son. I do my graphic design work during the week, and I paint on most Sundays, and really, whenever possible. After the sale I plan to open my etsy shop.
Recently, I'm enjoying playing with paint (on canvas, glass, wood, and cardboard), pen & ink, calligraphy, and carving/printing rubber stamps. I'm so glad that my son, Harlan, loves doing art as well, so he will join me and offer some of his cool rubber stamped cards, wrapping paper, and even a few paintings. He's been fortunate to have some awesome art teachers, especially Octavio "Mr. O".
The flyer (above) gives a taste of who will be partaking, and the amazing handmade goods that will be offered. Here's a sampling of some of the paintings I'll have available, as well as some of Harlan's fabulous, funky cards (including "Grumpy Snowman") and wrapping paper. Hope to see you Sunday!
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