Delusions of Grandeur – part 2

  A continuation of thoughts and lessons I received from my three trips last month: selling pet portraits at the UFLI national flyball championships in Missouri, visiting my mom and attending an art conference in Massachusetts and a week in Costa Rica with my husband. The Ebb & Flow of Shame At the UFLI tournament, my booth was in one…

Delusions of Grandeur

I’m behind on posting this month because I’ve been traveling – a lot! The third weekend of October my husband and I traveled to Purina Farms near St. Louis, Missouri to sell pet portraits at the UFLI national flyball championships. Two days after our return I flew to Massachusetts to visit my mother, some friends and also attend an art…

The Gift of a Name

Last weekend I was at the UFLI (United Flyball League International) national championships at Purina Farms in Missouri. It was similar to other tournaments I’ve been to, only cranked up ten or twenty notches! This photo doesn’t really do the situation justice, since they were between races. But this event was definitely bigger, louder and faster-paced than the usual tournaments, and emotions were…

Asking For It

In selling art (and all sales-based businesses), there is a technique called “asking for the sale.” It’s something I’m terrible at. The principle is that you ask people either in person or through email, social media, a website or online store to buy what you have to sell. Pretty simple, right? I find it to be the single most difficult and anxiety-producing…

The Epic Journey – One Year Report

It’s appropriate that I’m writing this on Sunday, October 1st, seventeen years after beginning the Epic Journey with my soulmate Kevin Johnson. And last year on this day, he and I moved into our new house and life in the Chattanooga, TN area. What a year it’s been! There have been many ups and downs, but in general, the trend…

Feel the Fear or Feel the Love Instead

Yesterday I bought thirteen canvases. Six of them are sized 10″x 10″ or smaller, and the rest are from 36″x 36″  to 48″x 60″. As my husband pulled onto the highway to drive home, I was giddy with excitement. Acquiring the canvases felt like an achievement–an acknowledgment of everything I’ve been doing this year and what I plan to do next….

Small as a Hummingbird

When we optimistically hung two feeders on our porch this Spring, I had no idea we were creating a battle zone. At first, we were enchanted, then amused, and then dismayed as over time, territory and dominance were established. Two feeders with eight holes each yield sixteen feeding stations, yet rarely is there more than one bird at a time on the…

What is the Point?

The landscape of our minds is erratic ground. This past week I walked down the path of joyful, fearless creativity, negotiated a murky swamp of doubt, slipped into despair, climbed up to a zenith of fulfillment only to tumble back down into despair again. What is the point of all this chaos? Why do I paint at all? It’s true…

Confirmation Bias and Eggs

Before my husband and I went grocery shopping this week I thought, “I don’t want to buy eggs at the grocery store. I’d like to get fresh eggs from someone locally.” A couple of days later my friend Lucy surprised me with a dozen eggs from her chickens. (And really adorable eggs, too!) It’s popular these days to say that…

Peace of Money

I worry about what people think of me. I try not to, but I do. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you probably already know this. At the end of December 2016, I committed to publishing one blog post a week sharing our experience of taking the leap of faith to follow our dreams. I’m proud to say…