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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Craziness and Work in Progress

The winter holidays are quickly closing in...are you ready?  It is only the first week of December, and already you can feel the rush and bustle in the air!

Things here at the house are getting pretty hectic, too...I have lists everywhere and calendars are filling up with schedules, activities for the kids and Christmas parties all over the place.  No wonder it's hard to keep up with it all :)  That's not to mention the cleaning and shopping.  I love cyber Monday :)

My youngest son, Ethan did his solo in his Christmas concert beautifully...we were all so proud!

They also enjoyed the Christmas parade :)

Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Google Plus, Etsy, Fine Art America...Anybody else find it hard to keep up with it all?  As an artist, I think it's important to be on at least some of these social media sites.  It's a  way of getting your work out there and seen and also see and enjoy other artists's work.  I like to start my day by checking my email and putter around with all these different social media sites.

Here's my problem...I get on all these sites, and it's fun...meeting other artists and chatting and having a look at all the amazing artwork out there.  The next things you know, hours have gone by and I haven't painted a darn thing! Anybody else experience this?   I'd love to hear how other artists and bloggers balance it all. (Yes, I know I have been slow updating my blog here!)

So that being said, in spite of all the craziness going on around here, I have got a bit of painting in:) Here is a sneak peek of my latest work!  It's a work in progress, still a bit more work to be done.

I plan on adding some collage elements to it.  It's based on a photo of my grandfather when he first came to Canada from Poland.  I collaged in some letters from his mother in Poland, some pay stubs and some receipts of money he sent back to the mother country.  A lot of these got painted over, so I will print these off on rice paper and collage them back in, distress it a bit, too.  Any thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. My friend ;o) Great to hear from you! I understand about being busy! I find with me, when I paint, I paint! My computer is completely shut down! I know I have a lot to catch up later on, but it's the only way for me to get my art done! And, I don't belong to facebook or twitter, it's only blog land for me, so I don't know how you do it with all of them! I love the painting you are completing. It's gorgeous and your grandpa is smiling right now! Yeh to your youngest son! Good for him ;o) Big Hugs and remember to breathe ;o)

  2. Stacy :) Always great to hear from you! You are so wise to focus completely on your art...thanks so much for the words of wisdom! Glad you like the painting :) Its been a bit of a process for my because it's such a stretch from my usual stuff. Fun to do tho!

    Thanks so much, Stacy...Have a great weekend!

  3. I'm the same as you... I lose track of time while I'm blog hopping or on FB. I haven't even tried twitter yet and am still working on opening up an Etsy site. What will happen to my time when I do, lol?! I've been working on the networking and business stuff lately so no art has gotten done this past! How do you like Fine Art America? Etsy? Do you have a favorite?

    This painting is incredible!! You are such an incredible artist! I have no suggestions because I already love it and I know whatever else you do will make it even better (if possible)!!


  4. Esther...LOL I am glad I'm not alone! I think Etsy is a great venue for your work. I was slow getting started with sales, but I find if I am active there and listing it just seems to work. Nothing yet on Fine Art America, but I haven't been putting a whole lot of new stuff up lately. I do know of a few who are doing very well there, though. If you want to sell originals, Etsy is your shop. Fine Art America is for selling prints and notecards of your work.

    Thanks so much...I'm glad you like the painting!


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