Community and Camaraderie!

One of the things I love most about blogging is the sense of community that I think it helps build.  The Internet allows us all to connect in a way that was once not possible, and while I appreciate this, I also long for face to face connections with my fellow artists as well.

My third guest post went up on the Wall Spin blog this week, and the title is: In the Studio – Creating Community.  Please take a moment to hop on over there and give it a read, as it gives a real sense of one of the things I am trying to accomplish – getting artists together.

Speaking of community – the market at the Burren this past Saturday went well.  Sales were flat, but Miss G and I were able to talk to a lot of people and make new contacts.  Often, that is more important that actual sales.

Since I have been doing the Burren market for the past year, I have had the opportunity to come to know Emily Garfield.  She is a fellow Somerville artist, and her work has always intrigued me.  This past weekend, we finally decided to trade work with each other.  She took one of my Mini Mandalas, and I picked one of her prints of her maps that she does.

Please check out  her blog, and you can see a nice photo of our two pieces together.  I had never noticed it before, but the way we work and our end results both share a lot of similarities.  She updates her blog on a regular basis, and I would highly suggest that you follow her.

Emily also has an excellent website with news and links to purchase her work.

Thank you, Emily, for allowing me to share my work with you!

I spent most of the week in the studio working on the wood panel that will be going into the Somerville Museum during Somerville Open Studios.

It’s a variation on one of the mandalas that I did on a 16″ x 16″ canvas, and I think the results in the larger format will be eye catching and bold.  I should have it done in a week or so.

Other than that, I have a lot of canvases to complete in the next 5 weeks to fill the walls up and make a nice presentation for the event in April.

Until next week, my energy and attitude remain positive.  The past year has been a whirlwind of hard work, and I am confident that everything will fall into place.  A great big Thank You goes out to all of my loyal followers.  I couldn’t do it without you!

Have a great weekend, all!

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