Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ocean blue & the Karma Weekly Giveaway #5

"Ocean Blue"
Layered Resin, Gold Leaf & Acrylic
6" x 6"

So, are you having fun with these giveaways yet? Thank you to all that have entered and sent your inspiring comments. You guys are the best. I can't thank you enough. Last night, we had the first International winner. Sanda from Ireland! Isn't that cool...with St. Patrick's Day?

Anyway...I've been having a lot of fun lately. It's great when your job is your passion. And you go to work everyday excited and motivated. Usually, I spring out of bed in the early morning because I can't wait to start or finish a painting. But, lately...I've been dragging. Part of it can be blamed on the daylight savings time change here in the US. But, the other can only be blamed on trying to do too much.

I had a show at Blue Door this past weekend. It was last minute to fill in for another artist. I spent most of last week as a hermit working to get ready for that show. The hard work paid off. I had a great show and it was fantastic to see everyone's overwhelming positive response to the new resin pieces. But, instead of resting afterward, I kept working.

It's really difficult when you are your own boss, and especially when your work is something you love. You have to remind yourself...that sometimes just getting a good night's sleep isn't enough rest. You have to nurture yourself. In the past when I would think about taking time off...the one thing I want to do is paint. Isn't that crazy? I've gone on vacations, and taken my painting supplies. I had to learn the hard way, that not taking time off can be detrimental to your well being.

So, this time...I'm catching the problem early. Tomorrow, I'm taking the whole day off. I am going to Jacksonville to see an exhibit of contemporary Chinese artists at the J Johnson gallery. And then to my son's art show at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. I will not paint tomorrow...even though it will be so tempting to stay up late.

But, in the meantime while I take a little break...there's a new giveaway for you this week.

You can win a 6" x 6" giclee of the new painting "Ocean Blue" (shown above). Here's all the details to enter:

Leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered. Only one comment per person, please. I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner the following Tuesday evening at 11pm EST. I'll announce the winner of the previous week's giveaway, and we will start the next giveaway. Just enter a comment below...and send lots of positive thoughts and prayers my way. That's all you have to do. And if you want to know more about the giveaway and how it came here. But need to leave a comment on this post to be entered in the current week's contest. :)

Here's a new video for the painting, "Ocean Blue". I hope you enjoy it.

And I promise to be a good girl tomorrow. I will not paint and I will get a good night's sleep. Because I've learned nurturing myself multiplies my creativity at least 10,000%.


PS. Send photos of my artwork in your home, or wearing my jewelry...and I will post one each Friday (starting this Friday). If I post your photo, you get a $25 gift certificate to use in my Etsy store. Send your photo, and a brief description
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