The End of A Perfect Day on Blueberry Hill

sofaAfter my last post aka pity-party, I brushed my self off and got to work on a Christmas commission! YAY proof the people like my work and trust me with their special occasions. I started with some photos of my clients favorite place, she hikes there every year on her birthday and picks fresh wild blue berries and eats a picnic on the rocks jetting out into the lake. It sounds like a children story doesn’t it?!


I did a few color sketches for composition and then we made it a reality.



{"focusMode":0,"deviceTilt":-0.0009449283268789799,"whiteBalanceProgram":0,"macroEnabled":false,"qualityMode":3}Wouldn’t it look beautiful just about anyplace?


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secrataryIf you are in the market for a christmas commission, I will be happy to provide you a free consultation and a gift certificate. Commission prices usually run about 30% more than other original works.

Public confessions

I love Brené Browns book Rising Strong. In fact I love anything from Brené Brown- you may remember this or this? I purchased Rising Strong audio book to keep my mind off of a long drive to Germany a few months ago. I’ll admit, listening to her sassy wit and southern accent for 8 hours made me homesick. But her message uplifted me, and re-enforced my long-held idea that PEOPLE CAN CHANGE- if they really want to- and really work hard. So there is hope for me:). You’ll have to read (or listen) to the book a few times to really get all the great info it has to offer, however one takeaway I am trying to apply today is that story telling helps us rise strong through feelings of shame and failure, so here goes.

Accountability is a great motivator. This is why we often announce to everyone we know, that we are starting a new exercise and diet regimen- and our friends can help support us and avoid sabotaging us. It helps people in rehabilitation programs to stay on track.  By checking in with these goals often, our support system motivates and constantly renews our momentum. However it can be really difficult to admit failure once you have announced to the world that you, say…. are putting your artwork on display at a Christmas Market…. for the whole world to see. You know- the big bad world, not just Facebook friends. Not just people who might be making pity purchases. And when the whole world doesn’t respond favorably, it can feel pretty crappy. And thats exactly what happened last weekend. I spend months working my tail off, actually painting my fingers off. I recruited Spartacus to saw, and glue and nail and freeze his fingers off. We were a santa workshop up here on the mountain. We were pumped! We loved our products, we loved our salvages shutters-turned-Christmas-market-booth, we believed our pricing was a real bargain for Switzerland. Then I stood there for 6 hours trying to smile and make awkward small talk – which was probably the worst part. I hate waisting time- especially on a Saturday, my fun day! I ended up selling 2 packs of notecards, one of them was to a friend who came to cheer me on. PATHETIC.

So many wonderful friends have made me accountable by cheerfully asking “how was the market”? I just felt embarrassed. Shame is a really sucky feeling. I wanted to hide out for a week or so. It reminded me a little of the first time I had invetro-fertalization and didn’t get pregnant. So many people were cheering me on, so many people were praying for us… and I failed.  I imagine it’s a little like taking my clothes off in front of everyone in the ladies locker room (its a phobia – and a resolution that I have 3 more weeks to RESOLVE). I needed a week to hide out- rest-up and now I am ready to admit it. So here I am telling the whole world that I failed. And in all fairness, a lot of other vendors from the market complained about their lack of sales, how the market was not advertised, how it was poorly organized and all the hard work and investment we as vendors had done was a waist- misery does love company, so it is good to know I was not the only one. 

And if Brené is right- I will tell this story, and it will help me to rise stronger!

I believe this is true, but it is hard to be proud when we fall.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt


Meanwhile I am trying to recover some of my cost, if you are interested the Post-Market-Failure-Sale is going on till Christmas- great deals starting at 20%off and more. sale treejoy sale today adventure



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Fireworks on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a snowy winter day here in Switzerland, and we are missing our family back home. It helps that the kids are in school and Spartacus is working so the routine keeps us from sitting around and being homesick. I have another painting I want to share. I’m taking it to the Christmas Market this weekend. At most Christmas markets around Europe you will find ornaments and spice blends, nativity figurines, and lots of hot wine, but paintings are a little unorthodox. It could be a total fail or because it’s different, maybe I will get some attention. If I win big at the sales table, it will be impossible for me to contain my excitement so be sure to follow social media.



Can’t you just picture it on you wall? If so, be sure to contact me- asking price is 200 swiss franks. 27.5 x 19.5 inches (70 x 50 cm).

Colorful Abstract- Poppies & Candy floss

{"focusMode":0,"deviceTilt":0.02192000945540862,"whiteBalanceProgram":0,"macroEnabled":false,"qualityMode":3}I am really excited about this one, its so cheerful- definitely a flashback from summertime . It is my Georgia O’Keeffe “Poppies” moment. This painting adds a pop of color, and an irresistible focal point to any space. It measures   27.25 x 19.75 inches and priced at 300.00 usd plus shipping. I am happy to ship the rolled canvas to you. You can usually get it stretched by a reputable framing shop for about a 100 usd in the states.

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Wouldn’t it look great over the mantel?

The Birds & The Bee

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A ten card set for only 15 bucks + shipping.

Hot off the press and ready for delivery. States side deliveries are expected in early Nov. Just in time for the HOLIDAYS!!!

Blank folded cards -perfect for Thank you notes or any simple greeting. (from US to US and from Switzerland to Europe and beyond). Each set of 10 comes with 10 5.5 x 4 horizontal folded notecards with matching envelopes. Each set is professionally printed on matte card stock (easy to write on)  and is ready to brighten anyones day.
TO ORDER contact or message me from FaceBook.

Painted Bird Series

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There are so many things I need to catch up with you about but this by far the prettiest! I am posting 7 of my new acylic paintings. My sweet little birds are 6×6 inches and look especially beautiful in groups! I am pricing them at $50 each plus shipping from the states through end of November- just in time for Christmas! I will be posting some more “wintery” selections later so check back often! TO order email me! Or comment on Facebook.

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hot pink black birdMagpie on HotPink

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