I am finishing up a long and extravagant holiday break, but leading up to this, I had been so busy that I could only take care of whatever happened to be in front of me. The other me would have been horrified by this state, but it’s been a wonderful lesson on how to let things go. The weeds and leaves are fine where they are, so I didn’t get to planting garlic this year, my husband is taking up a lot of the slack, a lot, maybe we order in more than usual, and volunteering?… not so much. But what I have learned is that when I let my propensity for perfection go, life is more spontaneous and  fun.

Since my blog is one things that has fallen by the wayside, here is a little catch up on what I’ve been up to.

My job at Maximal Art.


Turns out I love making jewelry!. I always knew I loved working with tools but for some reason had never made jewelry before. Of course it doesn’t hurt that my coworkers are amazingly sweet and funny and kind and I would choose to hang out with them all day even if I wasn’t getting paid.

My pet portrait business is still chugging along.


Though spending 40 hours a week at my 9-5 has changed my ability to do more behind the easel, I still have commissions trickling in at a pace that I can keep up with.

My hand painted greeting cards.


It is a perfect in between project for me to work on while pet portraits dry or I am waiting for pasta water to boil for dinner. It keeps my juices flowing without having to stress about the time commitment. Sort of my meditation time.


I love this new realization that being busy doesn’t take away from my ability to appreciate life but rather adds to it. I am truly looking forward to all that this new year has to offer and know I am ready to take it on!

Happy New Year everyone!

Side Jobs.

Some of my favorite things to do professionally are side jobs. I love making my greeting cards and selling them at our local CoOp. I love helping to restore a local sculpture that was vandalized, I loved being a sumer camp art teacher, I love…hey wait, maybe my profession is just a string of side jobs. Fun!

I have a friend who is a professional house painter. His business is called Thomas Aquinas Painting. Yesterday my side job was to  paint the men that he uses as his yard signs when he is working on a property.

Starting by sketching out the beautiful freshly primed plywood silhouettes.

Saving a poor zombified sign from times past.

All freshened up and ready to get to work.

Love my side jobs.

Poppies Make Me Happy.

I am not sure where my obsession with poppies has come from, but if this painting doesn’t illustrate how much I love them, I don’t know what will.

At 3 X 4 feet, it is the largest painting I have done in quite awhile. Digging it…big time.

I may do something more with the background, but otherwise I’m putting this poppy to bed!