This may not look like much (or that pretty) but this is a huge deal: it's my shipping supplies!!! Ahh I only hope to be using them very soon to send out work to new lovely homes 🙏💛 (shop opens aug 30!)
So.... I just realized that I've sold 21 paintings this month and it's the 22nd. I honestly don't even have words to describe how grateful and happy I am to have that kind of support doing what I love. Thank you, thank you, thank youuu.🙏🏼
As we grow as people and continue to challenge ourselves and evolve in our unique skill sets and giftings, sometimes you have to lovingly lay one thing over to the side for a period of time in order to be stretched to grow in something new that may be calling you. It can be exhilarating, unsteady, and the journey sometimes can feel quite literally like walking up and down and back and forth valleys and mountains. There are also those very fulfilling mountain top days that fill your soul like warm sunshine when you look back at all the many steps you took to realize you are in fact standing in a beautiful climactic view. That is often what creatives and those following a calling, passion and dream feel. That is how the journey of my art has felt...More recently, needing to let something take a little rest that I worked so hard to build (greeting card business) in order to grow more and hone in further (painting). It's been neat top of the mountain moments lately as I've begun to merge the two. I'm excited for the fine art to take steps more towards the style of my cards and I'm excited for the cards to take steps more towards of the painterly style of fine art. It's been a climactic place for me and I'm feeling more than ever in my own unique element. It feels fresh and I feel ready. I'm so thankful to have the privilege of walking this journey and sharing it with so many dear people. It's grown my faith over the past decade as I've felt and seen Jesus leading me in so many ways over and over. Oh, how He uses the things that are near and dear to our hearts to teach us that this journey is a gift, something that fills us with joy and should be shared to spread joy with others as well...and ultimately reflect the giver of the gift Himself ❤️
This photo is taken by the beautifully talented @kendraroephoto
The "look"...that one you give when you're on a call with a client, while trying to answer your project manager about what needs to be done next on a big task, you're preparing for a webinar, and your 11 year old daughter comes downstairs to tell you it's an "emergency": because she's run out of supplies to make her next "jewelry masterpiece" and it just "can't wait"...😏...#thestruggleisreal ...yeah, that was me the other day....
To all my "momma entrepreneurs" out there...sending you love and a virtual glass of wine...because I get it...being a single momma since my daughter was 6 months old...I know what it's like to run a business, household, and be cook, cleaner, and bottle washer...haha. 😜
I'm here for ya.
And, to tell you - it CAN be done, it is ALL possible, and you ARE capable! .
I'd love to extend and invitation to you to my upcoming masterclass this Thursday, the 24th, where I'll be showing you how to Stop Being The Best Kept Secret!
And get you and your business more attention, customers, and revenue. .
Link to join in bio. 💕
It's happening on August 24th.
Can't wait to see you there.
It's easy to focus on outcome, rather than output. However, quantity produces quality. The more work you do, the more GOOD work you'll do. So keep at it! Write, even when it doesn't come easy! Paint, even when the results are frustrating! Set out into the world of creative ideas and make things!
"A Hot Mess". #sketchbooks are a good place for wrestling with difficult beginnings (middles, later middles) because the cost of failure is low. At some point I just dumped a puddle of green paint on this and it started to come back around.
This year I haven't been able to dream like I used to. If I'm lucky I'll get one every 3 months at the most. I'm not sure why they ever stopped, it's been weird not experiencing this at night. No adventures, no visitations from loved ones, no river woman in a canoe, no nightmares. NONE. But last week they started up again✨
So for the number of times I've been referred to as a #millennial , I reckon I may as well embrace the #millennialpink 😂✨For the amount I love working in the field, I sure do love to dress ultra girlie, am I right? ✨ Coral Pink A N O R T H O S I T E Signature Clutch - DM for purchase details #rockGARB
I've been sleeping the day away😴😴😴....I always have such bad jet lag coming in this direction (east to west), ugh! ✈️✈️ It didn't help that I didn't get home until midnight last night & I am an early riser... I had a great visit with my parents, and it's nice to be home from the trip. Popped into my studio earlier today & thought I'd share my favorite area---it contains my first layered intuitive abstract, a boomerang from my trip to Australia, a painting from my trip to France, a protective bear, and a number of intention cards. 😊 #brilliantaquastudios
cooking dinner and wishing I was going to be eating it at this table. I mean 😍! if only my real life was this pretty. we actually don't have a dining room table because I sold it, so we eat at the coffee table or at a fold out table outside. 😂 anyway, if you want to see more of these photos, like, every day from now until forever because I'll never get tired of them, follow @alanahtextiles and start planning a party that you'd need some textiles for! 📷: @annafduncan
I'm lucky enough to work as a full time art teacher in the field that I am trained in and so passionate about. But there are some days that are just long and hard...here's looking forward to those days when we have art breakthroughs, "ah-ha" moments with my students, connections made and kiddos getting super hyped up about art history. .
"Grace" 8"x8" acrylic on cradled birch panel.
One of the two August #threadfolkartistseries designs for sale as a double kit this Friday, 25 August at 12pm & 8pm AEST. I'm super obsessed with that beautiful moth - the colours and the sweet little floral accents! 😍😍😍
You know you need to outsource and get some shit off your plate, RIGHT? And let me guess, you have seen the terms VA & OBM thrown around like confetti and honestly, you have NO idea what the hell the difference is or which one you actually need. -
So ... for the next couple of days I'm going to be chatting about this mega confusion in the online space. -
VA’s (or Virtual Assistants) come in all shapes and sizes. They range from beginner VAs who are going to take your list of tasks and execute them to experienced VAs who offer everything from tech support to social media strategy. But they’re the pros in your business executing your day to day shit that keeps your business going. Let's just call them the DOER's-
You need a VA if you’ve got a good rhythm going in your business but you’re not quite ready for higher level strategy. You’ve hit the tipping point between, "I can get it all done myself to I have too many clients to remember to post in this Facebook group or send that email or figure out how to use Instagram." - ---
At what point in your business did you hire a VA? Have you yet? Are you thinking about it? -
68/100 - "Why were women alone responsible for sheltering men from sexual desires women supposedly elicited in men? Why could men not control themselves? Why, if men were the ones being tempted, were they not the ones being policed?" ♀ #monaeltahawy#100inkfaces#arabfeminist
peeps! now my little one says she doesn't feel good 😨😨we only lasted a half hour at gymnastics before we left and had a tearful ride home complaining of feeling hurty all over. I am just gonna make botanical patterns, give them both jello, chicken soup and cupcakes and hope that this passes 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Have you heard of Brush Magazine? I am so proud of my amazing friend @tanyaleekahler who is the creator of @brush_magazine. Celebrating artists around the world with a focus on art journaling, mixed media art, techniques, and other inspiration.
I'm also a bit excited to see my script used in the logo! 🙏🏻
Want to see your work published in the first edition? Go to: www.brushmag.com to check out the gallery submission options! 📷: @brush_magazine
Remember that secret thing I taped back in June? Well it was a short film made by the creative folks at RYOT Studios/HuffPost on behalf of Jeep 💕🙌🏾
It was such a honor to work with and learn from the creative crew at RYOT/HuffPost and hoooney that Jeep Compass was the sweeeeetest to drive. ----------------------------------------------------
Click the link in my bio to see the video. Oh the video was shot in 360 degrees so scroll around and see things through my eyes. It's so COOL!