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!