I’m finding it difficult to blog again. Not that I don’t have time here and there, more like a have had a full plate. For those that have followed along or are Facebook friends with me, will know that my Fama (mother) had cancer. She passed on June 8th. The first few weeks after her passing I found myself having night time, during sleep, panic attacks. I am a very strong person, I held up the family during my Da’s cancer and passing and swung right back into it 6 months after he was gone, when Fama was diagnosed. She fought for a little over 2 years, and was only given an expiration date of 1 year.
The “I’m a strong person” statement needs to be reset to ‘I was a strong person and am now warn out’ person . I started having my own health issues months after Da was diagnosed and we believe a large majority of them are stress related, also knows as a Sympathetic Response. His passing, Wickets passing, Fama’s diagnosis, my own health problems, her passing… I’m surprised that panic attacks at night and my body rebelling are the only thing I have going on!
Now to the next set of stressors… I’m finally moving to Washington/Oregon!!! I have to sell my house, before I move and then find something down there. I plan on renting for a short time in Vancouver and then look for a house in Columbia County Oregon.
More stress!!!!! I will be back though… just might take a bit, or when I find a moment of quiet time.
I can’t show the previous canvases I create for a special project, yet but I can show what I did create for the WCHC Silent Auction! These two are each on 8×10 canvas and each holds his or her, carved pumpkins. The Pumpkin’s have pumpkin seed teeth and guts.
If you’re interested in them then come on down to the West Coast Haunters Convention at the Doubletree Portland, Oregon on Saturday May 16th. They will be displayed outside the PDX Costume Ball and all proceeds go to Charity.
I’ve been working on some canvases for a project, these are all spoken for and it’s a bit of a secret so I can’t show the completed photos just yet. I can show some teaser photos though!! I plan on making more of these after I’ve completed these.
I have also updated the tabs on this here blog. I combined the Etsy and Ebay stores into the Links tab. I also added The Whimsy Attic tab that will eventually link to my website…once I get it created.
I’m working on some new canvas’s. I need some quick art that I can sell to help make some money for my WCHC Trip. I have some new paints coming in, and need to wait on those but until then I will make up a few to get the process down faster.
Here is the one I have finished so far. Raven Silhouette 5″x7″ Mixed media: SOLD
Not even a week after getting back from Portland/Vancouver, I have bought my plane ticket, reserved the hotel and car rental and purchased ticket to go back to attend the West Coast Haunters Con, in Portland for May 15-17!! This will be my third year in a row going and I’m over the moon excited to see everyone again and to finally meet my Good Twin, Dawn Nickols and my Brother in Law, Jaybo!! Long story on the actual none family relation, heh.
I’m seriously thinking about getting a booth, yes I tend to do things on short notice, and sell some of my art. Either that or making stuff before I go to sell to help pay for the trip. If I make stuff for a booth at the Con, I will need to send it down to someone before hand and then arrange for anything that doesn’t sell to be shipped back. I would much rather be living down there before I have a booth, so that I can decorate it, etc. OH DECISIONS!!!!
I’m back from my trip to Vancouver/Portland. We drove around and got a better idea of what area’s I will rent in. As for buying a house, I’m liking the Columbia County region, especially the Scappoose and St. Helens area’s.
I got to tour the Michael Curry Design studio and talk about a dream job!! Yes I have talked about Laika before but Michael Curry Design felt like home. It all seemed so familiar. Not holding my breath in any way, but I will cross everything I have that I somehow get to work with them.
We had the best day ever getting to spend the day with Colleen and Byron Ohler. They drove us around Scappoose, St. Helens, and all the way up to Astoria. I saw the Goonies house, from a distance, they had the road blocked off and I didn’t feel like climbing the hill to just take a picture. We went down to the beach where the Peter Iredale is located, you can get the info on the ship here. I could not believe how fresh the ocean smelled!! I have been to the Atlantic and Pacific in California and the smell is so much cleaner in PNW compared. No fishy smell!
Here is a photo I took of Monster on the Beach with the Peter Iredale in the background:
We also went to Fort Stevens Battery Russell, which was fun going in the creepy dark rooms. Here are a couple of photos of Monster there:
I honestly can’t wait to go back!!! I want to go beach combing, blackberry picking and so many other PNW things!!
Yes that is me when it comes to this here blog!!! Awesome news is that will be heading to Portland for vacation on the 15th and come back the 20th. I’m excited!!! Even if it rains there will at least be green! We plan on driving around and seeing the area’s. Fama wants to see where I will be when I move down. We also get to see our PNW friends, which I’m also excited about!!
I started working on some new art projects, which I’m also excited about!! I just need to figure out if I’m going to hold this as inventory or just start selling on Etsy. Decisions, decisions, decisions…
I also need to get The Whimsy Attic website built, I have put that off for soooooo long!
To catch back up… I only completed the Ghosts from A Christmas Carol but did not get Scrooge and Marley started. The display went off well anyway. Christmas came and went, as well as my Birthday, which is New Years. I’m slowly edging towards that big 50 number.
I’ve been once again struggling with the creating. I get these outstanding ideas in my head and fear of failure keeps me from The Skullery. Each time this happens I move past it faster and faster, so I’m starting to learn to deal with it and move on. I think…LOL!
One of the hurdles that I’m constantly tripping over is finding my niche. Not my genre, my niche. All the successful artists seem to have one. Unless I’m seeing this all wrong. I fight between creating what my heart sings for and makes my soul happy, and what I think people want to see and/or buy. As suggested by a good friend: create because it makes me happy and if people don’t buy it, I will be surrounded by a house full of happy that I created. If I would stop over thinking things, I would have seen that…DOH!
Creating I will go, creating I will go, high ho the merry oh, the creating I will go!!