Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My latest commission: A beautiful story.


 But the print of this beautiful painting on my etsy Shop.

It's finally finished.  I usually don't take so long to make a commissioned piece, but this one took me a lot longer than expected.  I have several reasons for that: the move, lack of space to create, lack of time... but the true reason lies in the fact that I did not feel like I was up to the task.  Inspiration just didn't come.  It was like too much responsibility. 

This is a very special piece, you see? And I didn't want to disappoint my patron.  Let me share with you (with her permission, of course) a little bit about this piece: 


"My grandma grew up poor.  Her family had a piano, but no money for lessons.   She taught herself to play and for her entire life she played the piano and the organ in church, at weddings, funerals, and senior citizen events.  When I was 4, my parents were in a bitter divorce and custody battle for me and my younger brother.   It was a mess but my grandparents offered to take us and that is what happened.  My grandpa died when I was 5, leaving grandma to raise two young children alone.  She was disabled and could not work and neither of our parents gave her a penny to help.  My grandma was my mother,  my father, my friend and my teacher.  She taught me to sew, crochet, sing alto, and direct music.   She taught me to love reading,  writing, dancing, vintage things, and taught me to love God.  She was a preschool teacher for years and inspired me to be a tray.  In short, anything good about me and anything good I may have done,  I owe to her."

So here they are, both as children sharing their heart and soul.  She was a remarkable woman, someone who inspired me to be the best I can be. I hope I did her justice.

Monday, August 04, 2014

On Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt and New Beginnings.



Relieved. That's how I felt today.

It's been almost a month since my last post and I wasn't really saying anything. Just quick updates on my shop and stuff like that. There's actually a very good reason for that. Let's start from the beginning.

I moved. And it's been chaotic.  We spent some days in the old house and some in the new one. Brought the stuff little by little and we haven't finished. The old house isn't totally empty yet and the new one is still in the unpacking process. We didn't have any internet and the signal in my phone was almost always unusable. We moved our daughter to a new school and made a lot of adjustments in our lives.

But the reason that kept me most from writing was fear.  Yes, moving has been stressful, but the fear wasn't coming from the move.

It was coming from unknowing the unknown.

I've been having a lot of health issues lately, I feel like my body is actually conspiring against me and causing a good deal of issues. But the one that worried me the most was that both my ring fingers were over extending and I developed a swan neck deformity (I've had it for years but it was never that pronounced). And they hurt. And then the index, and after that, the thumbs. And the doctor was very suspicious about it because it's in both hands... so he sent me to the lab so they could test me for lupus, arthritis, auto immune diseases, cancer and who knows what else.

 I was so afraid!!! And worried!!! And I tried to ignore it and pretended nothing was happening, but every time they hurt I thought about my children, about my art, about my future and it was scary. I spent a month like that until today when I got the tests back and the doctor told me I have none of those things.

Just a really flexible collagen that it's making my fingers bend.  I can live with that. I can rest when I'm tired. I'm using some finger splints to prevent them for over extending and I can have surgery to correct them in case they keep bothering me. It's like seeing the light again.  It was like having a really dark cloud over me at all moments. Trying to stay positive was really, really hard and I mainly hid in the house packing and unpacking in pain.

At night I was so tired all I could think about was sleeping with no mood to paint or do anything else.

Other night I cried myself asleep praying and hoping everything would be OK.

And it is.

It's time for new beginnings, in my life, in my art, in my new home.

Unfortunately, I am left with a huge amount of doctor expenses that need to be covered, all the expenses of a new house and the toll of a month of total inactivity at the studio. If things came one by one, I could have handled it, but bills are piling up and we're stretching our budget to get by.

So, I decided to unclutter the studio and to start with new things in this new beginning. I am keeping what's essential and moving everything else out to make room for this new chance.

This also means that all the originals I had in my previous studio have to go, and I created a special section on my online store with reduced prices so they go to their new, loving homes. Doing so is therapy for me, I am opening space for a new chapter in my life, and it will help me cover up for the bills that hopefully, will be behind me very soon.

Check out the past works now on my Etsy Store and help me create new space for more beautiful inspired art in this new beginning on Danita's life.

I know this new chapter in my life has lots of surprises in store, and all this has taught me to be strong, to have faith and to hope for the best.

Here's to everything being OK once again.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

http://etsy.danitaart.com   

Have a great 4th of July! And after the fireworks are over, don't forget to visit my shop...

I am having a sale this long weekend! Get 20% OFF your entire purchase when you use coupon code JULY4 on your checkout screen.

Everything from paper and mounted prints to originals is on sale until 07/07. Pick your favorites!

Go to http://etsy.danitaart.com to see what I have in my shop :)

Happy Long Weekend!

Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm teaching a new class - An art collective called Muse Merriment!


I am thrilled to announce I am part of the teaching roster of Muse Merriment, a great artist collaborative class by Kelly Hoerning.


I feel free when I work with watercolors, the unpredictability of the medium dictates where the piece wants to go and the ethereal colors and textures make me feel happy.  While we explore the story of Urania, the muse of Astronomy, I will teach you about my work with watercolors and how free they can make you feel.


This amazing class will be themed around 9 muses of art, where we will use the muses of Greek mythology to encourage you creativity, your imagination and your inspiration to let your artistic self grow and bloom with lessons from me and other 8 great artists. 

I will be there along with Tamara Laporte, Deb Hill, Lisa Lavoie, Rachelle Panagarry, Effy Wild, Susana Tavarres, Golda Rader and Kris Binsfeld.

Sign Up To Muse Merriment! - $78.00 for 10 lessons!

The price is $78.00 for 10 lessons, that's only $7.80 per lesson by a different artist every week! 

We start on August 25th to October 27th with a new class every Monday, and you will have access until July 1st, 2015. Learn more about the class and the teachers at musemerriment.com





Sign Up To Muse Merriment! - $78.00 for 10 lessons!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The new Mermaid Bunting kits are here!

All the way from Australia! The new Mermaid Bunting kits by Lalaland are here!  Remember my Fairy Bunting? Well, now I have a new bunting kit available, this time with Mermaids!


https://www.etsy.com/listing/194020988/the-mermaids-of-summer-decorative-paper?ref=shop_home_active_1
My art has been Sea inspired lately, and these mermaids arrived just in time!


They look awesome hanging together and are double sided, in case you wanted them in a window.




There's a limited stock in my shop.
Grab yours while they last!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happenings around here lately.


It smells like Summertime around here. We had a heat wave last week that reached 109 F so it was time to set up the pool for the kiddos.  While we were setting it up my little one fall down and cut open his forehead up to the muscle.  It was very scary, blood pouring all over his face. We took him to the ER and he got many stitches first in the muscle and then in the skin.  I'm amazed at how kids are. Yes it hurts. Yes I have the forehead open. Yes I have to wear a dumb headband. Can I go outside and play? He just plain ignores the cut, doesn't dwell on it and keeps on with his life. I hope he can be like that for the rest of his life. I hope I could be like that.



Friday, May 30, 2014

Have a great weekend!

Hello! I'm still here!
I've been working mainly on commissioned pieces lately, here's one of them.
What about you? Have you been busy?
I hope you all have a great weekend!