It has been in the making for a while now, but I have finally added an Online Store to my website! Just in time for the holidays as well! It has also been a while since my last blog post. For a while things got really busy from work, art business, and personal reasons. I finished up my last exhibition in October of this year. Over the past year I have participated in over 6 exhibitions in Oklahoma (1 more than last year’s exhibition list), gave 1 artist talk about my artwork, taught 3 art classes to kids, been included in 3 written articles about my work, and attended 1 art market. I was busy in the studio finishing up art work for certain exhibitions, was being contacted by various organizations and people about my artwork, and was juggling virtual programming at my museum job.
As much as I enjoyed the challenge I am happy to finally take a step back, for or my physical, spiritual, and mental health. This year has been one of the hardest years for myself as an artist and person. I will definitely be reflecting back on this year. As good as my year may sound, I haven't walked away without heartache, scratches, and bruises. We still have less than two months before the year is up, and I am taking the time to reflect and heal from the hardship of this year. I just want to remind those that read this... it's ok to fail. It is ok to get angry, sad, and upset. Let it out, and try to let go of negative emotions. Replace that void with self-care and love. Reach out for help from loved ones, or seek out counseling. For my Native relatives, turn toward our ceremonies, there is healing with those spirits. I also relearned this year that you can't control what other people do, think, or say. You can only control yourself, and I plan to hold myself standing tall with hands on my hips marching forward.
"Well, these 'Moccasins' were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do... one of these days the 'Mocs' will walk all over you."
I have one big project I am working on in the studio... but it's a secret to everyone! It will be unveiled here in near the future. In the studio I am working on new smaller pieces of work. I been so busy working on big pieces, that it’s nice to do small paintings. Another update is that I will no longer be creating prints. I added all the current prints I have in my inventory to my Online Store and once they are gone, they are gone. I am still working on the store website and it will undergo several updates throughout the next several weeks. It sure is a learning process, so bear with me. Any new small original artworks will be made available on my website for purchase. If you ever interested in my larger paintings just send me an email and I can disclose the prices. You can see the large originals under my portfolio pages.
Because of COVID-19 it looks like the holidays will be different this year. I plan to do much of my shopping online, and I encourage those that follow me to shop from local owned stores, or from small businesses online! You would make their day by ordering something from them for the holidays for your loved ones! You may even be able to send it directly to your family’s or friends’ door if you order online. I pray all of you stay safe and healthy. Be sure to wash your hands and mask up around large groups of people. Email me if you have questions about my online store at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you everyone for your support over the past year! I will try to be more diligent on posting to these blog posts.
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The paintings shown below are all for sale in my shop!