Last week I was in "Art Battle for Community #6" to benefit the Creston Neighborhood Association...
|Photo by Tommy Allen|
I was new to the scene, which can always get your nerves, but when I arrived I saw famed photographer Terry Johnston with his camera resting at his side and his paint brush at the ready. It was so good to see Terry, then I saw what he was working on and I knew I needed to get to my own! It was so good to see some supportive friends and also meet new ones too.
Diving deeper into my work, I recently met with some wonderful mentors who have been so helpful. I met with Laura Caprera, owner of Stellafly and had some great conversation. In a few short weeks I will be working at an event for the Humane Society of West Michigan. They are having a "K-9 Cabaret" on May 17th to support the organization and also honor the Grand Rapids Police Department's K-9 unit. I will be painting custom pet portraits on the spot and I am so excited to be a part of it! The following weekend I will be out at the Dog Bowl Funfest in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I have never been to Frankenmuth, but I hear it is lots of fun and can't wait!
This past weekend we had the opportunity to check out the work of some wonderful artists around town. These talented people are internationally known and just really great folks. We went out to see Rebecca Green's show at St. Cecilia in Grand Rapids. Such wonderful illustrations left me totally inspired. It made me want to go back to the studio and work more.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Beerhorst family home and chat with Brenda and Rose for a bit. We went to the local Fulton Street Farmer's Market for the grand opening of their new facility and found Rick Beerhorst playing with The Wealthy Orphans as the shoppers walked by.
My fiance Cam and I had our engagement photos done recently as well. We are both artists so we had a sort of "artist throw down" in my parent's front yard for a photo shoot. Lovely and talented Amy Carroll did our photos--and she is absolutely wonderful. Amy is another person who has really been a great business associate and mentor. She has so much good advice and such a positive energy, I love it!
I've been working on some things for Amy Carroll too. Here is a small preview one of the paintings I am working on for her.
I can feel myself growing inside so much as an artist and a person from all of the experiences I have had lately. There are so many ideas in my head right now and they can't be shared. There is a time during my creative process where everything must be internalized for a while. My thoughts have to go into outer space and simmer before they can come back down to earth. All I can say is I am excited to see what the future has in store!