Washington Oak Kittens, book launch

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Well, my dream of officially being a children’s book illustrator finally happened!  Renee Domogauer  (the author) came from Maryland for a long weekend of book promotional events in the area of Kent CT. We had  lined up 2 presentations at the Kent Elementary School on March 21st, (the day after we met each other for the first time) and one at the Kent Memorial Library on March 22nd. (Internet connections, as well as serendipitous local contacts we each had made all this possible!)  We worked together for most of the year on this via email and phone- it was an exciting collaboration. I felt it was so comfortable working together with Renee.  I now feel like a childhood dream has been fulfilled- it all went so wonderfully- and the photographer (Don Hicks of North Sky Photography) wrapped up our big promotional weekend with a wonderful dinner at his home with our families.  Thank you everyone- 

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Wings of Faith

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This is the first painting I have done in the “Hello Soul & Mixed Media”  class.  It was fun to experiment with some new techniques and supplies.  What makes the class so enjoyable is seeing everyone’s work go up on the Facebook community page.  There are artists in this course from many different countries. As we all comment on each others work it is a great way to build an artistic and supportive community online. It’s amazing to find out how much you can have in common with others living half a world away! The words that I want to work on getting into this art in the future are: “Faith is the substance of that which is hoped for, the evidence of that which is not yet seen.” (maybe I’ll add them later with photoshop).  I am hoping to find a card publisher for this.  Working in the area of recovery demands huge amounts of faith, and I want to create more art to inspire those who are struggling in any area.

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I am excited about having signed up for Kelly Rae’s class e-course on mixed media painting!  Although I feel like I have so little time to devote to it at present, I felt it was important to just start.

I am so inspired by the many artists out there that write and put inspirational words into their art.

My chosen mantra to start with in this course is “bloom“.  Here is a quick photo we had to do for the course showing our “mantra” as applied to ourselves.

I am sharing a link to a blog called “A Beautiful Mess” that I find so inspirational, it is about looking for your dream and finding it from a different path in life than you originally envisioned. I seem to be in that place these days where I am searching on how to put together and balance various interests, career paths, etc. to fit my life for now.