The Holidays, Turning Forty and Mexico

November and December were a blur of activity! So much so, that it's late January and I'm just now getting around to writing about it. There were so many shows and so much art making and so many lovely people to meet and chat with. I feel lucky to have been included in shows with so many other talented artists, and to have the opportunity to chat with many lovely people (like you!) at every show.

The behind the scenes part of being an artist, the part they don't really teach you about in school, is the business side of things. It's one thing to make art- the fun part! But it's another thing to find ways to get that art out into the world. So while you mostly see the progress shots and finished pieces, there's this other component: getting it photographed, posting it on the website or Instagram, researching shows and then applying for them, and of course packing, unpacking, setting up displays, and breaking them down again... over and over again! All of this on top of a day job can be really intense and exhausting!

Time lapse of setting up my art show booth at Abbey Road Farms

 

Once I packed up from the last show, my open studio, my husband and I packed our bags for two weeks vacation in Mexico! I had a big birthday coming up between Christmas and New Years, (40th) and we hadn't had a honeymoon so we rolled it all up into this trip. The mission: relax, get sun, create and daydream of things to come. We agreed to take a two week hiatus from reading the news (much needed). I brought a stack of books, some canvas, watercolors and brushes, and off we went. 

We spent the first few nights,  at Tailwind Jungle Lodge, just 3 miles outside of San Pancho (or San Fransisco). No wifi, no tv, no car. Just the sound of the jungle creatures and the crash of the ocean down below. This was the perfect way to ease into some down time. From the jungle we spent the bulk of our trip in Sayulita with my good friend and fellow artist , and our last two nights in Puerto Vallarta.  Here's a few pics of the trip and the art I made (started) while we were away.

 This is the view from our Casita at Tail Wind Jungle Lodge. The image below is a painting I started, inspired by this view.

This is the view from our Casita at Tail Wind Jungle Lodge. The image below is a painting I started, inspired by this view.

 Work in progress- Watercolors.

Work in progress- Watercolors.

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Sketch from Yah-Yah's Cafe
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 Humpback whales!

Humpback whales!