Monday, January 31, 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 paintings up on my etsy page so far!

I am posting a few each day this week.

Thank you everyone for your support that has made this possible.

Friday, January 28, 2011

on the easel...........

This is another painting heading to etsy next week!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Twenty two paintings!

I write a lot.

I do not submit much. I have to be very sure that I think what I have is ready to go.

I paint a lot.
I do not sell my work much. I don't spend a lot of time marketing them. (actually zero!)

There is a confidence that it takes to say something is ready. That work is what it is and that it needs to move on.
I sold some paintings to people who were at my art show a while ago.  Mostly, the paintings were put in black frames and hung in my studio. 
They represent a time, a mood, a place in my life. They are like photographs of me on the inside. It was hard to let them go.

At first I liked being surrounded by my artwork. But lately, I think I need to make space for new work. 
I need the open space. 
I hope they all find new homes soon. I don't like long goodbyes!

So today I took the first step. I unframed and photographed 22 paintings.
It is time to let them go.

I hope you will help me spread the word, when I post them on etsy next week! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The lesson on Sylvester

See this shirt? This is an old pink shirt I had in 7th grade. I drew that picture of Sylvester the cat on the shirt and then embroidered it. Cool, right? Wrong. 
This shirt didn't really fit me well when I drew on it. I wouldn't have tried this on a 'good' shirt. 
I wouldn't want to ruin it. But this was a safe shirt. I could throw it away if I messed up.
What I didn't think of was....
I was planning for failure.

When I finished it. I loved it. I did a great job on it. I have never worn it. It didn't fit well and is old and faded. 

Isn't that a lesson we need to learn.
 Don't be afraid of ruin. 
Don't be afraid of a mistake. 
Don't be afraid to try something you have never tried and risk it being imperfect.
What if you try and it is great!
What if you try and it is perfect!
Don't be afraid to try and fail.
But certainly don't plan to fail.
Don't be afraid to try and SUCCEED!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

LK Madigan

photo by Lisa Madigan
One of my fabulous writer friends Lisa Madigan delivered some hard news last week that broke my heart.
Lisa is the author of award winning FLASH BURNOUT and THE MERMAID'S MIRROR

I love Lisa. I love Lisa's books
You can show your support for Lisa and her family by buying her books.. buy them for you, buy them for your library, for your friends, for teens that you know and love.

And while you are buying Lisa's books, maybe you can send a prayer her way.

with love, Laura

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I need your feedback.............

 I am gaging interest in a 4 MONTH mentorship program.

Weeks are fine for giving you a plethora of information, but
to make it a REAL MENTORSHIP I think if you are developing a program you would like a longer time to create it, to create a marketing plan and get your word out.
And to build your program step by step.

I am thinking of including a phone chat for support too.
Do you want to visit schools?
Do you want to be hired for community events?
What do you think?
Would you be interested?
Do you want more information?

Comment below or........
Would you rather email me?