Monday, April 28, 2008

St Paul Art crawl a success!

Despite the uncooperative weather, I had a great weekend having my studio open for the art crawl. I know "the numbers" were down compared to some other years, but I thought traffic flow was respectable. Some of the weekend highlights:

  • My friends and family who came by the studio. Thank you for coming!
  • Both my kids insisting that I not sell the paintings I created when they were young. I guess they will be their inheritance one day. (No worries--no paintings sold, but I wasn't expecting that)
  • One woman who told me she came to my building because she liked the image of my work that was printed in the catalogue. Also the thank you from the woman who appreciated my artist statement. It's nice when you put yourself out there and people notice (favorably).
  • All of the wonderful conversations I had with different folks. It was encouraging and energizing.
  • The thrill of selling the cards I made (featuring prints of my artwork) and my candle holders. It was nice that they were so well received.
  • And last, but not least, the incredible support of my husband--who helped me set up and sat with me all those hours at the crawl. Thank you.

I'm glad I did the crawl and I look forward to participating in the fall crawl--the second weekend in October. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Art Crawl prep

My working space at the studio

One of my favorite new works

Very busy week here. I am preparing to open my art studio for the St. Paul Art Crawl this coming weekend. (For more details about the crawl, check this out.) Sunday and Monday I painted the walls of the entryway to the studio. I definitely prefer painting canvases over walls. Painting walls is so much harder on your body and definitely not as good for this soul. Still it was nice to finish that project. Since Joel & I live in an apartment, our daily living space is all white or off-white walls. I hate that. Painting the studio was my opportunity to put some vivid color up on the walls. And since it was the studio, I picked more intense, get-my-creative juices-flowing colors...shades of bluish-purple and fuchsia. I love spending time in my artist-cave (my version of the "man-cave").

Now that the walls are all painted, I can focus on getting the artwork up on the walls and making everything neat and tidy.

You're welcome to stop by and take a look. I'll be taking pics to share later, but I would love to see family and friends walk through the door.

See you then!

Sunday, April 13, 2008


For those who are tired of the cold, winter-like weather in APRIL,

For those who are weary from toiling over last minute tax returns,

For those who dread another Monday, I offer these images.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Opening Day pics

Just thought I'd share a few pics from the opening day of the Twins season. The weather was nasty, but the game was delightful. Unfortunately, the 3 since haven't been so lovely. Yup, we won that first one, but lost the next season. No reason to get to worked up about it at this point--there are 158 more games to go!
We went to today's afternoon game and the weather was splendid. Even this loss wasn't so was a fun game to watch!
Tomorrow I'll be up close and personal with the Twins at their Welcome Home luncheon. Let's see how brave I am about taking pics! I told Joel to be on his best behavior or I'm sitting at a different table!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

10 pounds

A brief break from the baseball season to share that I have lost another pound for a total loss of 10 lbs (10.6 to be exact, but who's counting ounces? ME!) The weight is coming off slowly, but at least it is coming off. I don't feel yet that I can see/feel the loss, but I know that will come with time. I have been very, very good...not even indulging in a hot dog at the season's first game (they really aren't that great of hot dogs). Now with the warmer weather on its way (I hope) I will be able to get outside to do more walking.

I'm off to another baseball game tomorrow afternoon. I am very thankful for baseball under the dome this week. Friday Joel and I are attending the Twins Welcome Home luncheon in St. Paul. Check out my baseball blog for all the details.