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Retail Girl

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Trina Turk top and skirt, Marc Jacobs boots
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Marc Jacobs boots

While I was off work, I did a lot of on-line shopping.  I found these Marc Jacobs boots for a ridiculously low price.  They are beyond fabulous.  I love them – worked them into several outfits in the past two weeks.  The Calvin Klein booties and the Joie velvet sandal booties are new as well.  The Joie shoes are phenomenal.  They are velvet with a pink leather lining.

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Cinq a Sept dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

Of course, it didn’t begin and end there.  I am on-line shopping every day.  I guess constantly is not an understatement! I put stuff into my virtual carts and go back to visit it all, watching for sales or special deals.  It is fun!  Like instant manifestations.  I desire something and somehow after a short time, I can afford to have it.  Lately, I cannot get enough silk.  The Cinq à Sept dresses and tops are all silk.  This is a hard brand to buy on-line because the sizing is not consistent.  The black dress is an XS.  It fits fine when I am wearing it, but I practically have to dislocate two shoulders to get it on and off, lol. I purchased it on a final sale.  I bought three tops in a size small; one had to go back because it was tight and had a snag, so I thought that was weird.  It is a new company – I am not sure what is going on there.

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Rachel Zoe top, Trina Turk pants, Joie booties

I am still not quite myself physically.  Up five pounds, which should get blasted this vacation week with any luck.  I go to Syracuse Yoga every morning.  It is my sister’s studio.  She has a special two-week unlimited package for $30 for new practitioners and an unlimited package for $105 if you use auto pay.  If you are local, you should totally check it out!  The instructors are amazing!

I am also hiking five miles a day and doing pilates when I can fit it in.  And no, I don’t wear heels when I take those walks.  I wear these awesome Brooks waterproof sneakers that I bought at Fleet Feet.  The service there is magical.  You tell the salesperson what you do – run, walk, other sports, etc. and they go in the back room and bring you exactly the shoe you need.  They are the best!

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Free People cardigan, JCrew T-shirt, Trina Turk skirt, Marc Jacobs boots

And while I am on the subject of plugging businesses, Amanda Losecco is my hairstylist at Miracles.  I am there every two weeks. I LOVE her! ❤ She has, seriously, single-handedly (she and her mad colorist and blow-drying skills) changed my life for the better.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, pants and sandals
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C by Bloomingdales cardigan, Rachel Roy top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

I was talking to someone the other day about my fashion obsession.  It was the salesgirl at the BCBGMaxAzria shop within Lord & Taylor at the Destiny Mall in Syracuse.  We decided that it was my hobby.  I have a passion for fashion.  I just love when I find something new that I consider to be so “me”.  I love the fabrics and colors, love when I buy something that works with something else in my closet.  It makes me sooo happy.  OMG, I love my life.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Joie booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Trina Turk skirt, Nine West booties

She’s Baaaaaaack!

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Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Joie sandals

One of the best parts of getting back to work has been reuniting with my favorite photographer/bestie/colleague/art teacher/partner-in-goofiness, Katy C.  We have resumed the #ootd.  Here are my latest outfits coupled with some from before my two month hiatus.

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BCBGMaxAzria tops and pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs booties

I have fallen in love with a new-to-me brand: Cinq à Sept (5 to 7).  I love every piece and am finding room in my closet for these silk confections – three dresses, two tops and counting!

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Cinq a Sept dress, Via Spiga hosiery, Calvin Klein booties
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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Marc Jacobs boots

I am also such a fan of Marc Jacobs boots.  He and I are the same age.  Lol, he really gets me.  I feel like the lasts for these shoes were made from molds of my feet.  Cray-cray awesomeness!

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Honora necklace, Cynthia Rowley cashmere cardigan (bathrobe!), Trina Turk dress, Hue tights, Marc Jacobs booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs boots

I love having somewhere to go every day.  People often tell me that they never had a teacher like me, alluding to my work fashion.  When I was growing up the teachers always made an effort – they wore mini shift dresses with high heels.  Had their hair done in the beehive coifs of the day.  Were prim and proper, and so, so smart.  Beautiful.  Miss Emerson, Miss Clancy, Miss Daniels, Miss Adsitt….  I loved going to school back then too.  Thank you, Tecumseh Elementary for a dream.  I guess I always aspired to be just like these amazing women.  Didn’t actually realize it until now – wow!

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Ralph Lauren boots

I love fashion.  Love to get dressed every morning for work.  Love feeling good about myself, happy, relaxed, confident and this feeling contributes to the dynamic of each day.

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Free People cardigan, Halston Heritage dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Free People dress, Marc Jacobs boots

We have so much fun.  Art is about imagination – imagining your dreams via learning how to draw, how to visualize solutions.  I am currently working on four or five different things with the students – clay sculptures and bas-reliefs in a couple classes, horse paintings in a couple….  The Studio in Art students are painting barn landscapes using Wolf Kahn’s color palette and my 5th graders are doing double duty – first an additive wood sculpture then an invention à la Da Vinci.  More to come in regards to that one.  I will tell you the story of my invention soon.  It’s hilarious, I promise. ❤

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Bloomingdale’s cashmere cardigan, Bebe top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Nine West booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and pants, Nine West booties
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Trina Turk top and pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Banana Republic cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Free People dress, BCBGMaxAzria velvet leggings, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

 

Fashion Magic

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Rachel Zoe top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, BCBGeneration sandals

Here is my new favorite outfit!  I love this Rachel Zoe top so much – I bought it in white too!  And adding spandex to jeans is the most brilliant concept the fashion world has ever known.  These 7 For All Mankind cropped ankle jeans are so spectacular.  They totally move with me like a second skin.  My most recent purchase.  Lately, every time I buy something, I say to myself – okay, after this you don’t really need anything else.  LOL!  Needless to say, that thought is fleeting.

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Rachel Zoe top, Calvin Klein jeans, Nine West booties
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Honora necklace, Banana Republic sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants and booties

I also recently acquired these BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet cargo pants in teal – one of the major colors this season.  They are amazing in every way!  Soft, elastic waist, cropped so that they did not need hemming… OMG!  Love!!! ❤

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Free People top, Banana Republic pants, BCBGeneration booties

And the Sloan fit pant from Banana Republic – I bought them in both garnet and charcoal.  The red ones were on some ridiculous sale because they were the last pair and happened to be in my size.  I think they ended up being only $20!

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Banana Republic cardigan and pants, Rachel Zoe top, Nine West booties

Here are the rest of my #ootd pics since school resumed.  Some are weekend shots.  I really love all my Rachel Zoe tops.  The fabrication is top notch.  I buy them on-line as no stores in Syracuse, New York carry her.  Same goes for Trina Turk.  Actually, shopping on-line is the way I prefer acquiring my wardrobe.  Sometimes I try on BCBG and other stuff while at Lord & Taylor.  I spent a couple hours in there trying on jeans last week so that I could ascertain my size and the best fit.  Turns out I am a standard size 2 across the board in Hudson, Joe’s Jeans and 7 For All Mankind (0 in Banana and XS or XXS in BCBG depending on the cut).  Yes!!!!!  And…I love it when something comes in the mail and it is a perfect fit.  It is just like magic!  Because, of course, fashion is magical.

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BCBGMaxAzria romper, BCBGeneration booties
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Free People cardigan and dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Halston Heritage dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Trina Turk dress, BCBGMaxAzria belt and sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria dress and belt, BCBGeneration sandals
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Lucky Brand top, BCNGMaxAzria skirt, BCBGeneration booties
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Coach clutch, BCBGeneration booties
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BCBGMaxAzria top and booties, Trina Turk skirt, Michelle DaRin bracelets
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Free People top, Trina Turk skirt, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Free People cardigan and dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
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BCBGeneration dress and booties
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Free People dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Banana Republic dress, BCBGMaxAzria booties

Summer #ootd

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Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts and sandals
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Rachel Zoe dress, BCBGeneration sandals and clutch
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BCBGMaxAzria romper and belt, BCBGeneration booties and clutch
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BCBGMaxAzria romper and belt, BCBGeneration sandals, Michelle DaRin bracelet
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BCBGMaxAzria crop top and skirt, Nine West sandals, Coach clutch
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BCBGMaxAzria romper, BCBGeneration booties, Coach clutch
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Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts and shoes, Fossil bracelets, Coach clutch
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Rachel Zoe top, Banana Republic shorts, BCBGeneara

School’s Out for Summer!

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Banana Republic suit, Free People top, BCBGeneration sandals
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Chan Luu choker, Free People cardigan and top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
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Screw cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMax Azria pants, Nine West booties

I’m finally getting back to blogging now that I’m in summer mode.  I will post soon about more new encaustic paintings, once I get around to mounting them onto the chalk boards.  I have a dozen new heart paintings and a dozen abstracted baseball ones that I am loving.  They are currently residing on my kitchen table – and on the surrounding counter space.  No current plans for exhibiting them as of yet.

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BCBGMax Azria dress and pants, Banana Republic top, Coach booties
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Free People cardigan, Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Ugg boots
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Honors necklace, BCBGeneration dress, Karl Lagerfeld boots

I still have artwork up at Kimberly’s Salon on James Street in Eastwood and at Syracuse Yoga down the street on Thompson Road.  Not sure what is up next for me, but that makes the journey so special.  I made the paintings for a purpose; just not sure what that purpose is as of yet, lol.

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Free People top, BCBGMax Azria belt and leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
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Banana Republic suit jacket, Syracuse yoga T-shirt, Inc pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, BCBGeneration sandals

If I can get my friends to put up with doing the photography, I will try to post #ootd pics on Instagram during July and August.  Although I am usually the one who takes our obligatory selfie when we are all out and about, I am not a fan of those selfie pics where the fashion blogger cuts off her own head or shoots a foreshortened image from above.  By not a fan, I mean I really don’t want to do that.  So…we’ll see.

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Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria romper, Nine West boots

Here are some outfits from the past few weeks.  Kinda fell off the wagon with posting them here.  We were having technical difficulties with the lighting in the classroom.  I had to double edit the pics to adjust the brightness, so there are inconsistencies – I guess I will hold to that excuse.  We take dozens of pics in a short time and I swear I am always changing out the pose, but for some reason I like this crossed legged thing-a-ma-bob that I have been doing a lot.  It feels like the most natural and most comfortable position for me especially when I am wearing a dress or skirt.  My go-to vogue.  My work colleague Brad calls it my stance.

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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West sandals
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Hailstone Heritage dress, BCBGMaxAzria sandals

My new favorite things – Halston Heritage and everything by Rachel Zoe!  OMG, I love her!  I now own five pieces – two dresses and three tops.  I am on her site literally every day.  I want more!

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Rachel Zoe dress, BCBGeneration sandals and clutch

I’ve discovered something called the Amazon wish list.  It is a public list of things I desire.  All I have to do is dream while on-line shopping and perhaps these things will actually materialize in my mailbox on the condition that fairy godmothers/Santa Claus/tooth fairy/Easter bunny/patron saints of fashion do exist.  That is wishful thinking at its finest.  How cool is this?

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Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Bailey 44 skirt, BCBGeneration sandals

I ❤ fashion.  Love, love, LOVE!!!

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Banana Republic top and skirt, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Free People top, Bailey 44 skirt, BCBGeneration sandals
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Free People cardigan, Rachel Roy top, BCBGMaxAzria skirt, Ugg boots
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Free People dress, BCBGMaxAzria pants and sandals

#fashionintherealworld

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Banana Republic cardigan, Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, BCBGeneration sandals
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Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Trina Turk pants, BCBGeneration sandals

If you search Instagram for the hashtag #fashionintherealworld, you will find all of my posts.  I invented it and #fashioninrealtime, and #fashioninreallife.  I just checked them; I think there are only two or three posts on them from random fashionistas.  The rest is all me.

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Coach hat and jacket, Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
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Free People cardigan and top, Calvin Klein jeans, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top, Banana Republic skirt, Ralph Lauren boots

Here are my outfits of the day from the last two weeks.  The landscape of my background keeps changing as I shift student work around the room.  All of my clay projects are complete.  The last batch went into the kiln today.  The 5th graders are currently working on a three-dimensional wood sculpture, my Studio in Art students are learning watercolor techniques and the rest of the 8th graders are immersed in the various SLO test projects:  Statue of Liberty paintings, “under the sea” landscapes with fish (mixed-media lesson), Japanese fan project (also mixed-media) and abstract paintings with realistic horses thrown in.  So four additional different lessons for the six classes.

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Banana Republic suit and leather shell, BCBGeneration sandals
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Free People cardigan, BCBGeneration dress, Nine West booties

There is a lot going on, which will culminate in the School Fair set for May 12, 2017.  I will have my hands full preparing for that exhibition and hopefully even with the upcoming state math tests looming, we will get everything accomplished.

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Jcrew cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West boots

But first – Spring Break!!!  I will be working on the business of making art as soon as tomorrow.  Can’t wait.  Watching students make art is clearly a fun job, but nothing beats the guilty pleasure of creating my own artwork – even though it is super messy and therefore cannot be done in designer clothes.  So…I will be sacrificing fashion for my art.  I did buy a new dress for Easter though.  It is Halston Heritage. ❤ OMG, I love it!

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Michelle DaRin Jewelry ring, Banana Republic top and Free People top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Guess sandals

 

Art & Dining Experience

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Banana Republic cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Chan Luu bracelet, BCBGeneration sandals

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The art reception for Honor Thy Master at Dolce Vita World Bistro was last night.  This was the perfect opportunity to break in my blue BCBG Max Azria dress.  I bought it a year ago to wear to a wedding in Florida.  I decided to wear something else that day instead – you must know me by now to know that I had three possibilities at the ready (I went with the Jill JIll Stuart black jersey gown).  In addition to the never worn dress, my new BR cardigan was freshly delivered from www.bananarepublic.com, and so, coupled with sandals and gold hoop earrings, I was ready to be ready to have a great time at my party.

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It was magnificent!  I am soooooo grateful to have support from wonderful friends and family.  We filled the restaurant.  It was an incredible thing – surreal might be a better word – to see people from work, fellow artists, students, my parents and my besties all dining together, all coming together to view my art and to enjoy a three-course meal, which included some amazing cheesecakes for dessert – OMG!

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I didn’t actually eat – I table-hopped, chatted and laughed, and took all of these fun pics!  It was definitely one of the best art parties I have ever had, really and truly.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you for coming and sharing your Tuesday evening with me. ❤

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This was a successful experiment.  Magical, more like.  Bringing people together and offering them a special menu created for the event.  Making an art show more of a happening in a way that benefits the venue and its patrons, as well as the artist.  There was actually interest in my work – potential sales.  Yes!  My dream of finding homes for these paintings is coming true.

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So it was and is a win-win.  I loved sharing my art message with those who asked.  It is a funny thing to verbalize one’s visual language.  Mine is a personal vision and it requires a certain amount of vulnerability for me to do so.  As I reflect on this series of paintings, its meaning has shifted.  It happened gradually at first, with the changes I made two weeks ago and now I discover something new every time I look at them, as if they are still in flux, changing and growing emotionally as I am.  It’s almost as if I can feel myself moving even while sitting here writing this.  I can feel the momentum of the planet and it is like when you watch those films that fast forward the life-cycle of a tulip in bloom.  Evolving exponentially.

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I heard that an artist’s energy resides in their work and people of like energy are the ones who are attracted to it.  Therefore, an artist in despair will find their patron in someone of a similar disposition.  My paintings speak of the need to seek solace in love, and are in the spirit of taking that leap of faith in order to find it.

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That used to feel sad to me, but it doesn’t anymore.  There is no fear of despair in that journey.  Only a sense that the best is yet to come.

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Last night was very special.  I will treasure that feeling of friendship and camaraderie for a very long time.

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Honor Thy Master will remain on display until the end of April 2017.

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