Thursday, February 22, 2018

planting seeds

Can you feel the change in the air? Spring is coming! Growth! Rebirth! Mud! Okay, maybe you're not excited about the mud part, but whatever...the point is, things are happening, slowly but surely. Before moving forward, it makes sense to look back a here's a brief recap!

On Saturday, February 10th, I had my 27th Brushstrokes with Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"! This one was called SOUPER BOWL III, and once again, I was set up at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick, just outside of Indrani's.

the pop-up...

...the beginning...

"Seeds Of Love" : finished!

Eight hours flew by, and thanks to everyone's support, together we were able to raise $100 for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program's "Backpack Program"! I had a lot of fun painting "Seeds of Love," and I'm thrilled to announce that I have a new collector in a new state: Hollylane in North Carolina, thank you for giving my work a good home! Check out this beautiful little still life: 

still life with love!

This made me laugh: some of you may remember that my dear friend, the lovely and talented Rebecca Boothby Conley, is a videographer who has her own business and also works for Maine Public. This past summer, Rebecca visited me and got some shots in my studio for a Maine Public spot she was working on. Since then, the spot has been making the rounds: I went to my art group last week, and one of the "regulars" looked at me, rolled her eyes, and in an exhausted voice, said “I see you on TV...ALL...the...time.” Talk about a sentence I never thought I would ever hear! 

hello, surreal...

In case you didn't remember, I still have a bi-weekly blog for Curtis Memorial's a link to my most recent post! Other things are definitely brewing, but I feel like it's a little too early to talk about them please stay tuned! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

...and we're off!

How did I miss getting in a January blog post? Well, onward and upward, right? Here's what's new!

It's 2018, so I've officially begun my third year (!) of Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"s! My first of the year (and 26th of all time, if you're keeping track) was on Saturday, January 27th, just outside of Indrani's at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick. The cause? Brunswick Coastal Rotary's Burundi Mission Hospital and Clean Water Project! I called it "Water Is Life," and what do you know...the painting I created that day shares the same title!

the pop-up show...

...the beginning...

...and the finish! "Water Is Life"!

Indrani herself pulling the winning ticket! 

I'm happy to say that the winner of "Water Is Life" is Dan Catlin! I'm confident he will be giving my work a very good home. Thank you, Dan (and thank you to everyone who stopped by or participated in any way), for your support! Together, we were able to raise $143.50 for this very worthy cause...and it's my understanding that Rotary organizations have a donation-matching program in place, so that total will end up being higher. Yay!

Well, the "Big Game" might be this Sunday, but "SOUPER BOWL III!" is Saturday, February 10th! I'm going to be back in the same wonderful space at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick (HOORAY!) for another "pop-up" show and "Paint-a-Thon"! I will be painting from 9:30am-5:30pm (roughly), and you know the drill  -  it's an 8" x 8" acrylic painting, to be created in 8 hours; raffle tickets for said painting are $5 each or 3 for $10, with 50% of raffle ticket sales and 10% of all art sales excluding magnets going to charity  -  and this month's cause is the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program's "Backpack Program"! Here's a link to the Facebook event page: Stop by if you can! I would love to see your smiling face! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

recapping and reflecting

It's New Year's Eve! I wanted to get in one last blog post for 2017 while I still had the goes!

My 25th Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" was on Saturday, December 9th at Selby Shoes Etc in South Portland (quick aside: now that I've passed the two-year mark, should I keep counting month by month events? I'm not sure...). This was my third "Paint-a-Thon" at Selby Shoes Etc, and during my two previous visits, we had snow. I bet you can guess what happened this time! The snow didn't dampen our spirits, though: the warm and friendly staff at Selby Shoes Etc made me feel welcome and supported, as always! With everyone's help, we were able to raise $100 for the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund, and "O Peaceful Tree" went to its new (and very good!) home in Massachusetts...thank you, Daniel and Rebecca Alperin!

setting up! photo credit: Dennie Campbell

starting up!

"O Peaceful Tree": finished! 

The following weekend, I participated in the Holiday POP-UP SALE, a fun little group show in Bowdoinham, and I had a blast. This was my first time visiting the Merrymeeting Arts Center and I loved it there! Interesting fact: at this show, someone bought a "Lucky Cat, Readfield Emporium" magnet with the intention of sending it to Shanghai. Cool, right? In case you couldn't make it, here are some photos:

live music by Sugar Hill (with special guest star, Rebecca Boothby Conley)!

my display (I love those chili lights)!

feeling festive!

Since there are only a few hours left before the new year begins, like most other human beings, I am feeling reflective. A lot of stuff happened this year that I couldn't have imagined: the sidewalk piano! The Little Free Library! The Maine Public video! The Curtis Memorial Library video! My head is spinning thinking about it. I want to take a moment to give my sincere thanks to everyone and anyone who supported my efforts and my artwork in any way at all this year: if you hosted me for a "Paint-a-Thon"; if you bought a raffle ticket, or a magnet, or a print, or a tote bag, or a painting; if you came to any of my shows or events or workshops; if you're reading this blog; if you sent me good vibes and positive wishes...whatever your contribution might have been, I am grateful for it, and I'm grateful for you. I feel fortunate to have a wonderful support system of family and know who you are, and you are the best. What will 2018 have in store? Who knows? Perhaps collaboration will be a any rate, I am hopeful and open to possibilities! If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear from you. Let's make some awesome stuff happen. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

all good things in time

Today's magic word is "time"! 

Remember when I posted back in May that "Strawberry" had sold and I was so excited? Remember when I blogged in August about how bummed out and embarrassed I was that the sale ended up falling through? Remember when I mused that perhaps this happened because "Strawberry" was meant for someone else? Well, thanks to Float Harder, "Strawberry" has found the right people! Thank you, Sam and Kate, for giving my work a good home! I'm happy to make your acquaintance! There are a couple of wonderful "firsts" here: Amy at Float Harder told me it's the first time they've sold any artwork, and Sam and Kate told me that "Strawberry" is the first painting they've ever bought! In fact, they said they previously had "no art at all" in their house. How cool is that? I feel so honored! 

so long, "Strawberry"! 

Last time I blogged here, I didn't mention where I was going to be showing my artwork in December, but I figure that now is as good a time as any to make those announcements! My 25th Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" will be on Saturday, December 9th at Selby Shoes Etc. in South Portland! Once again, the cause will be the Press Herald Toy Fund, and I'm calling it "The Art Of Giving 2"! As usual, I'll be painting for 8 hours straight (10am-6pm), and the finished 8"x8" acrylic painting will be raffled off at the end of the day. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10; 50% of raffle ticket sales and 10% of all art sold (excluding magnets, but including totes) will be donated to the Press Herald Toy Fund. It's hard to believe that December officially marks two years of Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"'s been a fun and rewarding challenge, and I look forward to keeping it rolling! 

I'm also going to be one of 8 vendors at the Holiday Pop-Up Sale at the Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham! This is a two-day show: Friday, December 15th from 6pm-8pm, and Saturday, December 16th from 9am-4pm. I'm excited because it will be my first time showing my work in Bowdoinham, and I think it will be a great opportunity for people to get in their last-minute holiday shopping. Stop by and say hello! Click this link for a list of vendors and information. 

Sunday, November 26th was the Meditative Walk With Mandala Making for Adults at the Cathance River Nature Preserve, and I'm grateful I was able to assist my dear friend Heather Goulette of Monarch Massage and Wellness with this program. The original date for this program was Sunday, November 19th, but due to a rainy and windy forecast, it was rescheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving. This ended up being perfect...who couldn't use an opportunity to decompress right after a busy holiday (and right before another one)? I wrote all about it in my Curtis Creative Spaces blog, so rather than write it all out again, I'll just include the link and you can read it there. Spoiler alert: it was wonderful! 

Before I forget again, I'll close with two links to videos I meant to include in my previous blog post! First, the lovely and talented Rebecca Boothby Conley stopped by my studio to capture some footage for this Maine Public spot...thank you, my friend, for including me! Second, Chris Tucker has done it again with a wonderful video about the community in and around Curtis Memorial Library...I'm grateful to be a part of it! 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

attitude of gratitude

Thanksgiving is this week! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because it is all about gratitude. I try my best to cultivate an "attitude of gratitude" every day, and that's why I used that phrase as the title of my 24th Brushstrokes with Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon", which took place of Saturday, November 11th. "Attitude of Gratitude" was a fitting title for a number of reasons: this was my first event in Massachusetts, so I'm grateful for that; the cause was the Greater Boston Food Bank, which is an organization that helps so many people to have a happier Thanksgiving; Elizabeth at Birch St. House & Garden is lovely and kind and her adorable shop is a real community hub, so I'm happy she was such a warm, welcoming, gracious host; and I'm grateful that I was able to share my work with a whole new audience that I never would have been able to meet before. Plus, I now have a brand-new collector: I sold "Home In My Heart" (a little 3" x 3" painting) to a woman named Libby, who shared a story with me that made me get a bit emotional. Libby bought "Home In My Heart" as a housewarming present for a dear friend of hers who had lost his partner earlier this year...he was starting his life in a new place without his "other half," and she wanted to give him a meaningful gift as he began this major transition. As she told me the story, she said, "This is going to a very good home," which made me tear up, because that's always my hope whenever anyone buys my art, especially a painting! Well, you can imagine my joy when Libby's name was on the winning raffle ticket, and I'm happy to say that she was pretty excited when I called her with the news! Here are some photos from the day:

setting up

ready, set, go!

"Home In My Heart": SOLD!

"Not-So-Delicate Flower": finished in the nick of time!

winner winner! 

Thanks to everyone's support, together we were able to raise $105 for the Greater Boston Food Bank! This brings the total raised for national and local charities from two dozen (that's right, two dozen- another thing to be grateful for!) Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"s to roughly $3700! I feel pretty good about that. Anyway, if you find yourself anywhere near Roslindale, please stop by Birch St. House & Garden to say hello and pick up something fun! That shop is as cute as can be, and you can find something for everyone on your list- including yourself! What's on tap for December, you might be asking? Stay tuned...I will fill you in next time! 

Thank you, Elizabeth! 

Another fun thing that is scheduled to happen this week (weather permitting, of course) is a Meditative Walk and Mandala-making workshop at the Cathance River Nature Alliance with my dear friend, Heather Goulette of Monarch Massage and Wellness! It's free, and it will be a wonderful way to decompress and get grounded in nature after and before the hustle and bustle of two major holidays. Join us! Here's a link to the Facebook event page. We would love to see you there! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

24 and there's so much more

My 23rd Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" was on Thursday, October 26th, and I had a fabulous time! The staff at Halcyon Yarn was welcoming, friendly, and helpful from start to finish,  the space was beautiful, and the music was great. Together, we were able to raise $100 for the Welcome Blanket Project, and the winner of that day's painting, "With Liberty And Pumpkin For All," was none other than Halcyon Yarn's very own, Gretchen Jaeger! Thank you, Gretchen, for giving my work a good home, and thank you to everyone at Halcyon Yarn for being so awesome!

the poster...

the set-up process...

the beginning...

...and the winner! 

So, #23 ("Blanket Statement!") was my first event in Bath, and I'm happy to say that the location for #24 will be another "first" for me: this month, I'm heading to Massachusetts! On Saturday, November 11th, I'll be at Birch St. House & Garden in Roslindale; I'll be painting from 10am-6pm, and in honor of Thanksgiving, I'm calling this "Paint-a-Thon" "Attitude Of Gratitude!", and I'll be raising money for the Greater Boston Food Bank! In case you're new to this blog, here's what I do: I set up my easel and paint for 8 hours straight; at the end of the day, I raffle off the completed 8" x 8" acrylic painting, and I donate half the raffle ticket proceeds (along with 10% of all art sold, excluding magnets) to that month's charity. Please come and see me...I'm excited to add another state to my list! 

I also had a solo show go up this week at Float Harder in Portland, and I'm pretty psyched about that as well. Have you ever floated in a sensory deprivation tank? Well, it's an incredible experience, and you can find out for yourself at Float Harder...and if you do it during the month of November, you'll be able to see my work in the waiting area! 

"Full Moon Through Pines," on view at Float Harder!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


I’m having my twenty-third Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon”, and I'm calling it "Blanket Statement!" On Thursday, October 26th, I will be setting up my easel at Halcyon Yarn (12 School Street, Bath, ME) and painting from roughly 10am-6pm. At the end of the day, the completed painting will be raffled off, and 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Welcome Blanket Project. Raffle tickets can be purchased in person for $5 each or 3 for $10. I will also have a "pop-up" show of my art at Halcyon Yarn and 10% of all my art sales (excluding magnets, but including totes) from this show will be donated to the Welcome Blanket Project.

You probably know the drill by now, but I'm trying something a little different this month, specifically for people who want to participate from a distance. Would you like a print of the painting I will be creating on Thursday? How about a free shot at the original itself? Do you like surprises? Well, for $25, you can get a signed, unframed, 6” x 6” giclee print mailed right to your door! This translates to $20 for the print plus $5 shipping, for those of you who care. Please allow 30 days for the prints to be made and shipped. The painting won’t fully exist until the end of the day, so I can’t tell you exactly what it will be (which is part of the reason for the bargain price), but if you’re reading this, chances are, you have an idea of what my work looks like! Prints can be purchased via PayPal (, and of course, 10% of all print sales will be donated to this month’s cause, the Welcome Blanket Project! This print purchase also gets you one complimentary chance to win that day's original 8" x 8" acrylic painting. Woo hoo!

In case you were wondering (and even if you weren't), the sidewalk piano I painted has been officially stored for the winter! Originally, I thought the piano would have a temporary existence (one summer only), but instead, the kind people at Cool As A Moose decided that a single season wasn't enough. It's slated for a few minor repairs and some TLC (along with "a long winter's nap"). I'm so happy to hear it's being taken care of!

In other news, on Saturday, October 21st, I assisted my dear friend Heather Goulette of Monarch Massage and Wellness with a Mindful Nature Walk for Kids at the Cathance River Nature Preserve in Topsham. It was a gorgeous day for a walk in the woods, and we even created a mandala with ingredients we found on our hike! Below are some photos, and you can click here for a time-lapse video of the mandala-making process. Take a peek!