2013: What a Wonderful Year! (In Images)

I was trying to write this post…it had been 3 days, and I was not even close to finishing, so I decided, I’ll let the images do the talking, and I’ll show you, with images -and a tiny bit of text-, why 2013 was a wonderful year!

I know we are 1 month into the new year, but I guess it is never too late to recap and be thankful for everything 2013 was, so, here it goes (you can click on the images to see them bigger):

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In 2013 we got to travel to Holland, Canary Islands and Morocco, getting to do all this traveling with my husband is a dream come true :). In Holland we got to stay with my dutch “sister”, Noemi and my nephew MΓ³an, and they got to meet my husband Brian. I love her, I love the Netherlands and we loved staying with them (she’s got the most comfortable guest bed ever!! I love european comforters too…it’s like sleeping in a cloud, I swear! -that’s what it feels like to me anyway-)

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This year that past I participated in a total of 20 art festivals, including 2 in Costa Rica, I got to experiment which ones are a better fit for my art and I’m so happy that I got to test them and figure that out. There’s always going to be some “fine tuning” needed every year, but I definitely got to get a feel for different kinds of festivals.

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I became and aunt in 2013!! :D I got to meet my nephew in May 2013, when he was only 2 months old, and got to see him again, and play and cuddle him so much in December. He’s so much fun now at 10 months old, so playful and smart. I’m in love.

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These are some of the original pieces I sold in 2013, some were quite small, but there were a few of the big ones too ;). Selling original art is not necessarily easy, so I’m really grateful for last year’s outcome.

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I went back to school! (online school that is) and signed up for some amazing classes, including “Make Art that Sells” taught by Lilla Rogers and the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, taught by surface designer Rachel Taylor (now Davis). Both classes included Facebook groups for the participants, and both the classes and the interaction with my virtual classmates have been life changing for me as an artist. These images are the designs I produced for Lilla Rogers class.

 

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I’ve been in the Outer Banks for 2.5 years now and I feel lucky for the friends I’ve made here. I also feel lucky that I get to have nice times with my new friends here in the Outer Banks and that I get to go and spend the holidays with my family in Costa Rica and see my friends over there as well. This was the case in 2013. Is the best of two worlds.

I could go on, because there’s definitely more…but I think you get an idea. 2013 was a great, great year!

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Some things you can’t control

In Art Festivals’ world, there’s 2 things you can’t control: sales and weather. Yesterday I participated in a new local art show, the Windmill Point Art Fair, here in the Outer Banks. I’m glad that I was there, I got to practice my set up (which takes me 2.5 hours) and just be there, showing my art, hanging out with other artists. Β The weather was brutal towards the end, the wind started knocking down people’s stuff from their tables and many people was forced to start packing up early. I have to say that I’m really glad that I invested in a good tent at the beginning of this year, my mesh walls were flapping a little bit though the show but my art work was “hanging in there”, no problem, the whole time. Take down was a different story, I thought the wind was just going to take all my art work as I was taking it down…same thing with my panels, tent top, etc. All my framed stuff was covered in dirt that the wind was carrying, same as me, I was not sure what was sun tan and what was dirt, seriously. Besides that (and the fact that I did not sell 1 thing, nothing, cero), I’m just excited to keep painting and getting ready for future shows, and even if we can’t control the weather, or sales, I’m going to declare, I will do good next show ;).

Here’s a picture of my set up yesterday, what y’all think?

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and I really want to share this other pic, with my friend’s Dawn Gray‘s permission, this is Dawn and her little baby Marbella, who was a real trooper yesterday at the show, Dawn set up this little “pool” for Marbella to stay cool and have some fun during the show, I thought it was brilliant…Marbella napped and played through the day at the show…just a normal day for an artist’s baby :)

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And now I’m off to paint (and re frame some of my art work that got all dirty from the wind yesterday :/ )

Over and out :)