It’s been a crazy month and it’s only going to get crazier as we head into early September.
I’ve been busy at the local Farmer’s market selling (primarily) my jewelry and smaller artwork, this Thursday will be my 3rd week and then I am taking the next week off as we head to the Rockies
camping for our 9th Anniversary.
Once I get back I have Prenatal appointments, another week at the Market and then Munchkin and I fly to New Brunswick to visit family leaving hubby home to hold down the Fort (no pun intended, seeing how we live in Fort Saskatchewan, AB).
He’s offered to take over my table (sweet brave soul he is xox) at the Last Market for the Season on Sept 5th so treat him nice and buy lots 😉
While all the chaos has been happening I’ve also been busy rearranging my studio and basement in general,
working on a few new paintings which I hope to complete when I get back in September
and I also signed up for a big Christmas Marketplace Sale happening on November 30th hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce.
So I’ll also be busy prepping handmade jewelry and art for gifts and stocking stuffers for that event.
But in the mean time I hope to have a few weeks of relaxing with family.
As a side note, I have cut a few prices on earrings and what not in my Etsy store so there’s no better time to shop 🙂
Cheers & Gnight,
I know, I know its been ages, but I’m working on the “balance” part right now and let me tell you it’s tricky with a squirmy 7 month old lol.
But it’s coming and hopefully before Christmas I’ll be able to get our shared (hubby & I)’s studio set up in the basement
it would have been done by now but unforeseen circumstances happened.
we’re moving on!
So hang tight as I remodel whenever this cutie naps
and we’ll see what I come up with 🙂
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Late yes, but here all the same.
Over the next few days I’ll be posting some paintings/pieces that I’ve been working on and have finally completed.
The first of which is not yet named.
I had originally started this piece in the style of Despair but had changed my mind mid way through.
This was the result.
The textured on this piece is great, hopefully you can get a sense of it in the photo. It was a midnight inspired piece, by which I mean, I was tired but was in a painting mood until the early hours. It was also one of the many pieces sitting around the house that was in need of finishing. For the summer months, I’m working two jobs to help pay the bills so needless to say time is sparse.
We have just finished hammering out the contract details with my Art Dealer so it will be interesting to see if any sales come from that.
In the contract negotiations, my husband (who is handling the majority of the details for me) came to a point where he had to explain to my dealer that not all artists see their work as a mere commodity to be sold, and that I was one of those that didn’t.
The reason I mention this, is because it gives a little insight into where the inspiration for my art comes from.
So here it is:
“I think one thing needs to be clarified. To you, art is a commodity…. To Amanda, every piece is a small portrait of where she has been in her life. She doesn’t paint to be connected to something. She doesn’t paint to tell anyone else anything about the world. She paints to put her emotions to rest. Art is not a hobby or a pastime for my wife. It isn’t a job. Art is the cathartic process of release, and certain of her paintings were created as the only means she had of keeping from going crazy or worse…… but please be aware that this isn’t actually about the money or fame although both would be nice. Amanda wants to know what people think. She wants to know how people react. She wants to know if people look at Despair and think, “Yeah, I’ve felt that.” Because that’s when she knows that it’s all been worth it.”
Sometimes things feel so complicated.
The weight of life weighs heavy on you
and you don’t want to get out of bed
let alone go through another day.
You just pray to God hoping something will change
so you can see the light.
So you can bare the light.
This is where I’ve been.
I want to dedicate this piece to my husband.
Who in my darkest hour
when I didn’t think I could go on
reached out with his heart and saved me.
I love you.
You are my knight in shining armor.
“Save Me” #5 of the Life Simplified series. Continue reading “#5 of Life Simplified” →