Artists Roundtable

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Here’s a secret about me: I’m actually a bit of a tech-geek 🤓. You know how stereotypical artists are the black sheep of the bookish world—too creative to be organized or stick to deadlines? I’m probably the black sheep of the art world—secretly in love with spreadsheets and mailmerge. But! I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use technology and tools to keep my art business organized (aka lower my stress) and I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned with you! This event is FREE! It will be this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm at the @springvillemuseum. There will be four 25 minute rotations (swipe 👉🏻 to see the other dynamite presenters) and it is open for all creative professionals. Come ask me all your questions!

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Practice

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Here’s my second plate for #300plates this Thursday! There is something beautiful about the repetitive nature of practicing something over and over until suddenly it’s not hard anymore. I tell my kids a lot that learning something is like climbing up a triangle. One side is really hard, all uphill. But every step gets you closer to the top until you hit the click point where the thing becomes easy for you and then it’s like sliding down the other side of the triangle. It’s fun! And then you cross back over and you’re ready to learn something new. We just have to remember this triangular cycle and be patient with ourselves on the uphill side. We’ll get there. Keep learning and practicing 🔺🔺🔺 #300plates2019 @artaccessgallery

300 Plates

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Getting excited for #300plates this Thursday! See @artaccessgallery for more details. I painted three plates this year and this is my first one. I’ll never get tired of freezing action shots and painting them. I love that suspended energy and anticipation. Plus kids jumping off diving boards just make the best expressions and gestures. Aren’t human bodies wonderful? Let’s celebrate ours as if we were still a kid who only wants to take their body out for a great adventure every day ✨ #300plates2019

Brought to You in Technicolor

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I’m so excited to have work hanging at the Pioneer Theatre Company this month! The show is “Grease” and in keeping with the era, our art show is titled “Brought to You in Technicolor” celebrating the wonderful world of color. I’m excited to share the space with some great friends and fellow artists Rebecca Klundt, Brandt Berntson and Lindey Carter. Both shows open tonight and go until May 25. If you just want to see the art show, it’s open to the public free from 10-6:00, Monday through Friday. I’m going tonight and can’t wait!

 

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Road Trip

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I had lunch with some friends today who alwayslift my soul. I feel like whatever we’re taking about, they empathize with my feelings and also help me see the beauty in the situation. We have an inside joke that so many things we do may not be Pinterest-perfect, but we look at them and say, “it’s good enough.” And the truth is, they are! There is beauty in the chaos, the little things, the normal moments and even the things that go the opposite of how we hope. It’s all gonna be just fiiiiiine in the long run. I’m grateful for friends who aren’t just “good enough”, but the best kind of women out there, who laugh with me along the race. ❤️❤️ [“Road Trip” 8x8, available]

Art Market today!

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Booth’s all set up and the market opens at 10:00 am today! If you’re out tonight during @gallerystroll they’ll be open until 7 tonight! Or 10-5:00 tomorrow. There are so many great products at this market and I even bumped into a friend from my past setting up her booth! I’m excited to come shop and support local makers. Hope you find something you love! @utahartmarket #utahartmarket

 

 

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That They May Be Light

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[“That They May Be Light” 30x40] This is another new piece that has a lot of personal meaning to me and I’m excited to share it with you! It’s a tribute to the women who bring me light through life’s storms and make them seem less gray. What a relief it can be to lean on all your sisters, right? I’d never be this far in my life without my tribe. This painting and others will be available tomorrow (10-7) and Saturday (10-5) at the @utahartmarket!  #utahartmarket

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Wet Ducks

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I have this feeling I’m entering my favorite stage of parenting. My twin girls are nine, my boys are six and five. We survived all those crazy baby/toddler years, everyone is potty trained! Everyone can get themselves ready in the morning, make their own lunches, buckle their own seatbelts. We really don’t use strollers anymore and no one darts in front of traffic or runs away from me in public. If we stay out late, they’re tired but not crying-tantrum-losing-it. If we go to a movie, I’m not strolling the halls with anyone, they stay in their seats and laugh. They’re so grown up, but still so small and sweet. They still think parents are the coolest people on the planet and choose family time over other things. They still love to cuddle with me and wrestle Dad on the floor, but they also wink and laugh with us when the world presents us with something funny (they get jokes!). They ask insightful questions and are patient enough to listen to answers and follow up with interesting thoughts. We can go to more mature events and they enjoy them. They help make dinner, unload the dishwasher, fold their own laundry. They take bike rides or runs with us and actually keep up. Who knew when you had kids that you’d really be creating your own posse of best friends to hang out with all day? Don’t get me wrong, they still fight (with us and each other) and we’re still all learning how to consistently be nice people. But I’m loving this chapter and savoring every day these little ducks still live under my roof. [“Wet Ducks” available this week at @utahartmarket!] (photo cred: @katrinaberg 😘😘)

Utah Art Market

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25 years ago, my friend Nanette started the @utahartmarket in her backyard, to support local artists and makers. It has become the longest running arts & crafts show in Utah and I’m so excited to be part of her 25th Anniversary Show next weekend! (details below) I’ll be bringing some brand new stuff, like this painting (night scenes have my ❤️ lately), “Egyptian at Night.” Mark your calendars to come enjoy next weekend! #utahartmarket Follow @utahartmarket to enter giveaways for cool stuff!

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Sisters

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I did a flash sale in December that exploded more than I expected, and here I am five months later still trying to catch up and finish all the commissions. But oh what fun to tell so many people’s stories with paint! I feel their lives and good memories and relationships filling up my studio with goodness, and it’s such an honor to have the job I do. So thank you to everyone who has invited me to paint for you! And especially thank you to every kind collector who patiently waits while my hands paint as fast as they can ❤️❤️🙏🏻

Primary Children’s

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Some prints of my paintings were installed yesterday at Primary Children’s Medical Center @primarychildrens. They are such a wonderful hospital and I’m so grateful for the good services they’ve provided when my children have needed it. Hope these bring a little light to people going through a difficult time 🙏🏻🙏🏻 (thank you @alpineartframe).

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Canvas print

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Recently delivered this gallery-wrapped canvas print to a client (it was so fun to have this painting at my house again for a few days! 👋🏻 hi old friend!). This is such a fun way to get your hands on a painting that might have already sold, or if you’re looking for a more economical way to put art on your walls. We reprinted this one the same size as the original and it looked great! Let me know if I can print one for you! ❤️🖼❤️

Solo

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 [“Solo” sold] I got a new bike for Christmas and it was finally warm enough a couple days ago that I could take it out for a ride. It was bliss. Recently, I made lists of what makes my body feel good, my spirit feel good and my soul feel good and set a goal to do one in each category on a daily basis. Biking might be good for my body, but it does something deep down for my soul. ❤️🚴🏻‍♀️❤️