Sketch crawling Wallace Studios 6/30/2015

Who’da thunk you could get so attached to something you had only seen once?

Glad he/she is safe and sound…..for now.  Enjoy each day! 




The Power of Art


Despite no electricity, despite detours, and despite the heat, the art must go on.

Last Tuesday night, our area was tossed about by severe thunderstorms with consequent wind damages and major power outages.  On Wednesday, I was scheduled to give a painting demonstration at the reopening of a local bank.  As most of my town was out of power when I woke on Wednesday, I was sure (and kind of hoping) the event would be cancelled.  Spotty communication with cell and phone systems, no electricity made communication difficult.  But when I was finally able to make contact, I was surprised, to learn they were still planning the event as they were lucky enough to have maintained their power.

My car was packed, subject matter selected and planned out, but the disruption in my home (we have well water….no electric,, no water) was serious.  Now convinced  the event would be poorly attended due to numerous statewide outages I, nevertheless,  threaded my way through downed trees, detours and non-functioning street lights in time to set up and be ready for the event.

My subject matter was a local rural scene.  Most who live in my neighborhood have to pass this coming and going through town.  While the crowd wasn’t as large as expected, they were appreciative, supportive and just plain curious.  Several of the guests were neighbors or people I had met through my art before.  I painted (happy to be in an air-conditioned space), chatted, ate,  gave out brochures and business cards. And best of all, I got to encourage those who were brave enough to talk about their own creativity.

In addition, the bank made a lovely contribution to the Medford Arts Center, and I sold two small paintings. 

And, no the power wasn’t on when I got home that night, nor the next day, or for half of the following day.  But, for those three or four hours, I was creating, interacting and having a good time.  Not worrying about the food in the refrigerator, or the dwindling battery life on my phone, or who’s house I was going to shower at, or the inconvenience of going into the closet only to have to go out again to get the flashlight.  

The power was off in my home and most of my community, but somehow that had not affected the power of art.

“Did You Art Today?”

Imagine Flying Across the Pond

Signs of Spring Watercolor
Signs of Spring Watercolor

It’s been such an interesting year so far. Hope you can all say the same with a smile on your face.

Another milestone for Wallace Studios. One of my paintings (part of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta In January of 2015) was just put in the mail to England! When I started this dream come true journey three years ago, I couldn’t imagine. Couldn’t imagine the amount of work, the fun, the joy, the learning, and the feeling that I am on the right path, no matter where it leads.

So today, I am doing a little happy dance, for one more step on this trip. I am imagining my little bird painting stretching its wings to fly safely across the pond to find it’s nest on it’s forever wall. And I am grateful.

What are you imagining today? Make it good….you never know.

Sketchcrawling Around Wallace Studios.

Our plans are to leave the taxed to the max state of New Jersey when my husband retires.  For me, the winter weather holds no appeal.  Rather than photo the spots I love in my happy home, I’ve decided to sketch my way around the house.  Also, in that way, my gardens can be in full bloom, rather than have a few measley flowers on them!  Oh, I love the gift of being an artist.