A Fork in the Road!

OH NO! It’s another Fork in the ROAD!

Do you ever feel like you are wandering down roads full of FORKS? Shall I turn THIS way? or should I turn THAT way? … Should I do THIS or THAT? … Come THERE or stay HERE?… Go UP or stay DOWN? … Pass THROUGH or HOLD BACK ?… STOP or GO? … IN or OUT?…? … AAaahhhhh!

In the world of art, what you may think is fabulous, the rest of the world may wonder…”why”? And so it is with Art Licensing. You conceive the idea and launch it. Your vision is to see your art on greeting cards, plates, cups, blankies, books, records and even dog dishes!

Then one day your agent calls and says, “Get a grip, it’s not working. No one wants a TALKING RED BARN!”

Suddenly you feel your ship beginning to sink. The launch has gone awry!

IF you don’t STOP, you risk a total shut down in your creative process. Then… ENTER the BOOGIE MAN! He whispers in your ear….”You will never get anywhere”, “You are spinning your wheels”, “Only your mother likes your art and you hate your mother’s taste in art”, “Maybe you could be a milkman?”….

Nothing against milkmen, but, you are an ARTIST! or an Engineer or a Salesman or a Teacher or… WHATEVER!

When you come to a FORK in the road, no matter what your line of work is, its time to think, not freak! Here are a few ways I handle FORKS.

1. GET AWAY! Completely walk away. Problems always look worse when they are smack in your face. I am not talking about running away! … just take a break from your work. Get some rest! Visit with a friend, take a walk, run a marathon! Go to a third world country! Plant a garden!

2. Next, begin mining for some new ideas. DIG! Open your eyes and see what’s out there. Take a serious look at your work! Ask questions, be brave for the answers! When I first started in greeting cards I drew up a whole line full of clowns! I had clowns running and jumping and laughing and crying! Tons of clowns! Clowns in all different sizes and colors! Then, I discovered that…. well… uh…nobody really cared about clowns. BUT! One company liked a drawing I did of a BABY! Ha! Suddenly my whole focus turned to babies! Babies running and crawling and toddling and sleeping!

3. Give yourself permission to start all over again with something fresh and new. Make a way for ANOTHER bright idea! Why, just this morning, somewhere between dreaming and waking, I had NEW idea! Ha! I can’t wait to get started on it!

4. So… find your smile and tack it back on your face. All is not lost. In fact, YOU FOUND A FORK! Embrace it!! Think to yourself… “ROAD TRIP!”… Pack your bags for a new journey into your imagination!

(The clowns are still in the dock waiting their turn to launch!…. anybody need a clown?)


Here is a peek at my Christmas Tree!   I get to look at it for a good five weeks!!  I love how it glows!

You might ask,  “How is this art related? ”

It inspires me!

When I look at it I might imagine the beginning of a children’s book with each ornament telling a story!  I might dream up special gifts to give to friends and family.  I might just lay back and dream! There simply MUST be time set aside each day for dreaming!

… I also like it because it makes me smile.

Who ARE you?

I was looking through some old pictures when I found this one of me as a little kid. Who would have known I would become an artist one day? All of those specific giftings were built right into me. Had I known, I would have gone in that direction right away instead of trying to be someone else for some many years and failing at it.

The thing is, even failures point us in the direction of our dreams if we pay attention and we do not give up. EVER!

There is not a day that goes by that I am not dreaming of some new project or looking at a new color combination or layout. All the world is full of NEW each day if we will simply OPEN our eyes and our hearts and not be afraid of this adventure called LIFE!

Who are YOU? What is it that is built into YOU? There is something in each of us if we will listen and launch out!

Surprises are so fun!

Clothworks sent me this awesome quilt with Newton on it.   Newton is one of my cartoon characters.  It is very fun to see him translated to fabric, books, toys etc.  You can see more of my work on the Clothworks link.

Another Newton quilt, just as cute, came in the same package!  (Thank you friends at Clothworks!! ) I am now looking for someone to quilt these tops.  I have adopted a soldier and she is having a baby in December. I hope to get a quilt in her hands by then so she can wrap that baby boy up all comfy and cozy.

You can find the Newton books and toys at the Christian Art Gifts link.

God help Brandi’s chickens! Ha!

Come on Chickens! Pile in! (escaping the deep fat fryer!)

Karen, you can drive! Off to begin our new Bohemian lifestyle!!

There is that little part of me that is embracing this quote for 2010.

“RUN AWAY!!!! “

hahaha!…. thanks for all your comments to the previous post! Back to work with me now. I think I shall draw Hen Rietta and the Peeps mapping out their get away plan!

What? huh? uh… which one?

A stack of spectacles!  How do you decide?  You get a sales person like Wendy at Target.

“No,  that makes you look like a librarian”, she says.

“Now THOSE are cool!”

“Those are fun!”

“NO!… those are boring!”

Funny how you can completely trust someone else to help pick your glasses.  For all I know she laughed an evil laugh when I walked out the door, saying something like,  “Sucker!”


Spice it UP!

COLOR!  It’s wonderful!  I draw and sketch and scan… THEN comes the color!  I love coloring on my computer.  A blue shirt?…No… I think lavendar would be nice.  Blues with browns?  Greens with yellows… Black with white and a dash of lime green!   Oh how the colors make the art POP! Sometimes I will be looking through a magazine minding my own business when suddenly I see COLORS mixed with other COLORS. I rip it out the picture and promise to use it in my next piece of art!

The Bad with the Good….

It would be great if you could be an artist and draw and paint and color all day…. your imagination giving way to all sorts of amazing bright ideas.  All of this sounds so great… and then comes Paper Work Day!  ACk!  Recording taxes, filing receipts, printing out samples.. watching the printer… back and forth back and forth….

Where is my assistant?

Accountability Day

acctWhat the heck is that?  Okay,  my girlfriend and I were talking.  She just retired and was having a hard time deciding what to do with all her time.  We created “Accountability Day-November 20th“.

This is the day that we will chart our progress with getting done something we have wanted to do.  It can be anything and everything.  A giant TO DO LIST that is DONE!  I have a few things done that I have listed and on that day we will report in!  I  believe we have 4 members now.  The next Accountability Day will be Dec. 20!

It’s Saturday!


It is SATURDAY! I have to keep telling myself that!  hahaha! Today I got up and started off to church!  Ack! I was a whole day early!  Now don’t you tell me you have never done that!

I am off on my walk shortly but had to give my daughter Lori some hi 5’s!  Her senior thesis art show went off great! This is her picture.  She named her presentation, ” Memory Mining”.  It blew us all away.  She had sculpture mixed in with painting and then film.  The film was being shown in a picture frame on the wall above her hand built mantle.  The film was like watching a dream or seeing what memories might look like from your mind’s eye.  Good job Lo lo!  Only a few more weeks and you are done!

Friday Afternoon Thoughts

calendardaysFriday oh Friday! Why does it already feel like the weekend?  Funny how you think about the days of the week.

Some folks call Mondays “blue”.  They get all sad and down. I suppose that would be very true if you hated your job or were missing your weekend extravaganzas or family members . I always LOVE Mondays.  I love getting back to work. The fa-la-la of the weekend is over and its quiet.  My studio is calling me. I have so many ideas running through my head that they often times collide in my brain and I have to sit down on Mondays and get them on a focused list.

Tuesdays are the same.  Great productive work days.

Wednesdays is known by many as “Hump Day”. For me it feels that way.  I feel like I have to get into gear because the weekend is approaching when all my labor gives way to family and chores. I love my weekends but I don’t want to lose a thought or give way to a flow or momentum.  Its all a delicate balance of life!

If my week has been intense,  Thursdays feel like someone has put a pin in me and slowly the pent up energy is allowed to escape.  Once again, I love Thursdays!.

Fridays begin the weekend.  I don’t know why?  After about 1:00 pm my mindset changes. Its not like I check out and go and party.  I just seem to kick back and think of things like grocery shopping and painting my bedroom or playing cards with some fun crazy friends. (you KNOW who you are!).

Are Saturdays evil?  ha!  That is what my kids used to say.  It is cleaning day.  The house may not always get cleaned that day but if it doesn’t then I have deep seeded feelings of remorse.  My mother ALWAYS made us clean that day.  Dusting (I think that is when I began hating nic nacs), vacuuming, taking out trash and straightening things up that need straightening.  It was great when I had daughter/ slaves, but now it is just me and my husband.  I keep telling him that real men VACUUM!  Heh heh…

Sunday is the day I go to church.  I love church!  Its totally great with lots of extended family.  A whole BUNCH of imperfect folks just like me. hahaha!  But this is where my core is re-established and my goals are set. It is also a day to recharge mental batteries. I try not to take anything too seriously that day… and try not to WORK!  It was not always that way.  My old habits did not give me much time for rest.  Things have CHA CHA CHANGED!  In order to be really creative you must take time to rest!  Afterall, that is what God did in creating all things!

Holidays are just like Sundays. I sometimes get mad at holidays because I would rather be working.  Now you can see WHY I make myself take breaks.  What normal person does not LOVE holidays?  You see, my life is like a holiday for the most part.  Making little characters come to life on a page.  What fun is that!!

“WHO WANTS TO BE BORN TODAY?”, I yell at my sketchbook!  Out pop elves, santas, snowmen, clowns, babies, chickens, bunnies, lambs….  WHAT FUN!

What does your week look like? How do you fill YOUR days?

Weekend Escape

lskyecanoeSometimes on Sunday my favorite thing to do is take a nap on the  floor by my woodstove.  One time I woke up with my hound dog staring me down!  He no doubt thought I was in HIS place.

This last Sunday we headed out on the canoe.  What an awesome afternoon and a little get a way too!  We went with friends who can spot a bird miles away.  I say,  “Look at the ducks!”

They say,  “Those are not just ducks,  there are five different kinds of ducks.  They amaze me!!