Thursday, October 16, 2014

the masquerade finished... and another winner chosen for the Lifebook giveaway!

So i finally finished this painting! it took me forever because i kept changing my mind on what i wanted... but anyway here is a few more pics to show the process...
Oh and I almost forgot.. Sadly.. i had to choose another winner because the original winner never contacted me, I've tried posting and sending several emails but havent heard from her! I do hope she is OK... ...:'( but happily for the lucky winner it was a turn for the best! the winner of the Lifebook giveaway is...cal8007! Please contact me asap! thanks everyone for participating! :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wip... And giveaway winner!

Here is a Work in progress..... Not sure if this will change a bit but stay with me till I finish.. Hope you like!
Also ... Jane Lazenby.. Please contact me.. I haven't heard from you and sadly I'll have to give your spot away if I can't contact you..:(

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lifebook giveaway winner!

  Hello ! Today I'm excited to announce the winner of the free spot for Lifebook 2015... I'm really sad that I can't choose everyone of you who posted but I hope you'll all sign up for the class it's going to be amazing! if you would like to  sign up just click the Lifebook 2015 button on the left of my blog or  Please click here  it will take you straight to sign up page... And sign ups begin October 6th!! 

Ok so now I'll tell you who was the luck winner..... Drumroll please........the winner of the Lifebook 2015 free spot is...Jane Lazenby.! excited for you ...thanks to all who participated!

Also participating in this year long course is an incredibly talented group of artists...'s the lineup...

8th September 2014 – Tamara Laporte -
9th September 2014 – Jane Davenport –
10th September 2014 – Joanne Sharpe –
11th September 2014 - Jenny Lee Wentworth –
12th September 2014 - Violette Clark –
13th September 2014 - Chris Zydel –
14th September 2014 - Danielle Donaldson –
15th September 2014 - Effy Wild –
16th September 2014 - Flora Bowley –
17th September 2014 - Alisa Burke –
18th September 2014 - Rachael Rice –
19th September 2014 - Jeanne Oliver –
20th September 2014 - Andrea Gomoll –
21st September 2014 - Kristin van Valkenburgh –
22nd September 2014 - Jill K. Berry –
23rd September 2014 - Alena Hennessy –
24th September 2014 - Juliette Crane –
25th September 2014 - Jenny Doh –
26th September 2014 - Mati Rose McDonough –
27th September 2014 - Patti Ballard –
28th September 2014 - Lynzee Lynx –
29th September 2014 - Roben Marie Smith –
30th September 2014 - Andrea Schroeder –
1st October 2014 - Lynn Whipple –
2nd October 2014 - Donna Downey –

Can't wait to meet you all and announce that lucky winner! Xoxo Patti

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

inspiration... and a little reminder

Hello.. I'm back... first I wanted to remind the winner of the Giveaway.. Toni.. who left a message but no way to contact you..LOL! sound like something I would do! .. anyway.. if i don't hear from you.. i'll have to regretfully give away your prize..:(... I need your email!!

Ok.. now for a little daily inspiration.. many people always ask me.. How do you get inspired?..  I have to say my mind works in a mysterious way and it is full of quirky thoughts but it could be something I see or even a color or a pattern of dots...
One thing that inspired me this weekend at my art show was a lady who came in my booth.. maybe mid  50's.. she a was beautiful african american with the creamiest complexion and black straight shoulder length hair.. what really inspired me was her sense of style... I want to dress like her, I don't think I can pull it off but she wore a beautiful full skirted dress kinda 50's style.. it was deep purple with light purple flowers and to accessorize she wore a chunky aqua necklace and multiple aqua beaded earrings and two low pigtails.. purple flip flops and a very chunky aqua beaded bracelet... oh how i swooned at the colors. the whole ensemble and combined her creamy skin.. I just have to paint her... but i haven't yet.. I usually get sidetracked.. but It got me thinking in color so today i experimented with color... something a little different so i didnt ruin her.. but here she is...
I kinda like her....stay tuned for my purple lady....xoxo till soon!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

We have a Winner!

Thank you girls for all the sweet comments loved them all ! Thank you for participating!!
Wish I could pick all of you!:(. But the first winner who wins a free spot in 
soul food is..... #20... Toni!, congrats!! Toni send me your email so I can 
forward to soul food... Yay!  And my second winner who gets a free custom 5x7 
original is #9 Heather Williams ... Yippee !!  Thank to everyone for 
participating... If you would like to sign up for class just follow link to 
mysteles blog !
Heather.. Please let me know what you would like for your custom piece! :)

wishing you all love and hugs!!God Bless!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blog Give away!!

Ok... I have been MIA on this blog for a very long time!! OOPs!  but I still love you guys, just been busy with life and art.. I so prefer to do art than any other thing... but the good news is I am so excited to be a part of this great great new class ...Soul Food...

OMG.. I'm excited and nervous about it too.. I've never done an online class! but I will be one (1) of the many "sous chefs" in this WONDERFUL art class that begins in 2014...really it  is so much more.. its a class full of incredible artists that  will be sharing their art and heart with you !!  they will also be sharing wonderful food recipes that feed the soul!!...... 

Here's just a little bit more about it...


My Interview will be Today.. on Mysteles blog starting today  I will be giving away ONE spot to a lucky winner.. if you have already signed up you can give it away or get credit for workshop...

The class runs January 2014- June 2014 but you will have access until December 2014 to do all the classes!

the Giveaway spot will start today September 26 and end one week from today..October 2...please leave a comment on my blog... what nourishes your soul?  And if you would like a double entry just share this on facebook, twitter, your blog, etc.. .. show me the link and you get an extra entry!  and just to add a little honey to the pot..( I Love honey! )... I will also give one(1) consolation prize.. a cute original 5x7 mixed media custom piece made just for you!! kinda like this;but with your beautiful self  or some one special if you prefer! 

If you would like more info just hope over Here
ps...please and follow me here or facebook or both! :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New year!! 2013! wow! sometimes it seems so futuristic to say the year date! I hope everyone had a wonderful time during the holidays, they are always so busy for me! I get sidetracked with decorations, cooking and gift buying!  although I love Christmas I am always glad to get back to normal. I had a great Birthday also.. it was my birthday on the 31st of December and  I got were these beautiful roses from my daughter... aren't they gorgeous! She is such a sweet girl! I thank God for her everyday!!
 I am starting the new year totally uninspired... though  I  haven't had time to really create anything new so I'll show you a cute commission piece I did for a sweet girl who gave it to her parents for Christmas... Ahh, there is still lots of love and kindness in the world in spite of such a messed up world!

I also wanted to mention that I will now be putting up all Originals available on my website:
keepeing up with it is the hard part but if you are interested in an original piece please dont hesitate to contact me..  

well love to you all and hope this new year brings you tons of Blessings!! Patti! :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

another Year... already?

It seems I am getting into the habit of posting every 2 to 3 months on this blog... I really don't mean to ignore it or my blogger friends... I have just been so busy lately! I still love all of you!! It has been almost one year already since my decision to leave my job and dedicate myself full time to art and art shows... it has definitely been a great learning experience! I love everything about it.. I have met some great people and made great friends throughout Florida and Georgia... I look forward to next year... I have been quite busy making commissions these past weeks... here's a few...

And most of all I am quite excited that I got published in my favorite magazine.. Somerset Studios Gallery...

I am truly honored and encouraged. I have some great tips on how i create my art  so please let me know what you think if you happen to see this...

And most of all I want to wish everyone a wonderfully Merry Christmas! I hope that all your dreams come true and God blesses every single one of you immensely!! xoxo Patti

Thursday, September 20, 2012

well its been almost two weeks since I got back from the Yellow Daisy show... I have to say it was a beautiful place... Stone Mountain Ga. but I love the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, and even took the Marta.. well to me that's a big deal! where i live I haven't taken a bus since freshman year of High School... we don't have a cool transit system like Atlanta, New York or Chicago! So I always feel like a kid on my first train ride! lol! I had lots of fun and met some great people but was a little disappointed in the show itself but although was nice to do...once... I won't go back.  I'll have to try some other show.. I wanted to upload some new work but got distracted on you tube so I wanted to share this video.. I so love it.. the song.. They are such a great group... this group "Fun."
and my all time favorite group "train" are both amazing so I'll upload both and just a my latest big painting which I so love.. I think it will be a trending style for me...They all thought she was scandalous...she threw caution to the wind!
Till next time.. have a great week.. tootaloo!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ok.. now I'm in panic mode... realizing that summer is on its last leg and shows start in  less than 2 weeks!! yikes! I will be going to Stone Mountain, Ga. near Atlanta. on the 6th-9th of September. I'm excited and at the same time a little apprehensive...i was asked to participate in a contest so that my art would be the poster child for the art show but .. I didn't get it :( ... oh well it was nice of them to ask though.. . And by the way... to of you who have so sweetly  sent me so many wonderful words of encouragement, I so thank you!! Its so nice to know that there such beautiful kind souls out there that want to show support!  I have been doing a little bit of  art, a lot less than I should of really, but the summer just makes me so lazy! Of course it's now that I have less than 2 weeks left that I really start panicking and trying to get all the things done that I need for the art show!! and to top it off I think I need to clean the house cause I won't be able to later!! wish I had a house keeper,a cook,  a business associate to do all the stuff i hate to do and a genie to make all my wishes come true!! 
Well any way here's a few new paintings that will be going with me to the Yellow Daisy festival in two weeks... 
                                                            dreaming in the garden...

Butterfly Girl

                                                         Chicken soup warms the soul...
Magic of believing...

                                                        the princess and the pea...
                                                         Le Patiserrie Et Cafe
and this one seems to be on my mind a lot lately so I had to paint it...( yeah... not so good on the diet.. as you can see whats on my mind!!)

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How fast and slow does summer go all at the same time? It seems I wrote the last post a week ago but then again the days have gone slow for me... maybe its because I'm not rushing around doing a million things as usual... any way I promised a post a week after last but its turned into almost three weeks later... oops! :/ I hope you'll forgive me. Anyway I promised to talk about getting the courage to get out there and do what you  really want to do...
I always believed I would someday do something special, at least that's what I wanted to do, probably most of us has some aspirations to become famous, save someones life, be noticed at least... maybe even invent a medical breakthrough that cures all diseases! come up with a super formula to loose weight or grow hair!! Save the world!! ooops.. getting carried away..
: I must have been about 9 and my dream was to be an Olympian gymnast! I would go to sleep every night thinking about it and when the Olympics came on I would glue myself to the tv screen. I tried to teach myself.. (my family did not have the money and really I never told anyone my secret aspirations) I really didn't know how to achieve my dreams but thought if I dream it enough... it will happen.
Now I knew I had to practice but who would teach me?? I knew no one who could help me, so the next best thing was to go for the cheer leading team at school... maybe I could inch my way to my goal through that.. but alas.. I was not popular, or very coordinated so my cheer leading aspirations were quenched in zero-point-ten seconds when I couldn't even remember the cheer for tryouts!! I could tumble.. a little.. do the splits.. do a back bend and a cartwheel. I was very flexible! why not? I practiced  anyway every day in my backyard!I got better, I knew someday somehow someone would discover me and I would be the next Nadia Comaneci!!
That was my dream until my second year(needless to say, my dream was dwindling fast!) of college when in my Gymnastics class, my teacher over rotated me and I fell on the balance beam and broke my nose!! that's it... I was done!! I couldn't keep the dream alive anymore. too painful... I was too old any way! not in the future at all, so why bother...I quit!
 Fast forward...30 something years... no I never fulfilled my dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast ...the odds were against me...
 I really never knew what i wanted to be when I grew up... Yes I loved to draw.. but that didn't mean i could ever be good enough... at least not good enough to aspire to own my own art business, that could never happen to me.. I thought I was mediocre.. but that didnn't mean I was going to stop learning and growing as an artist..I kept trying and putting away my art until my husband and family began to think that I was having hoarding issues!  Finally I was given an ultimatum...sell it or stop doing it.. that was it.. it wasn't a matter of... "is it good enough", but either I has to stop doing what I loved ( and spending tons of money on art supplies) or take a plunge and just try to sell it. There that was my motivation. Do or die! That's my story... not very interesting.
 Do you ask yourself these questions?
Is there ever the right moment? how about but there are so many others better than I, what if it doesn't sell? What if nobody likes it?:( ... What if somebody does??? what if what you think is not great is great to someone else? If you are struggling with these questions you have to know that if you don't try how will you know?
I really never gave it much thought, I went from doing art all the time and putting it in a box or giving it away.. (very little of it) to oh, well if it sells it sells! It's not really till now, till I've had a small measure of success selling my work that I am starting to doubt myself!! almost like a child thinks his work is just his, nothing more or less, its special cause its his..then as he grows he begins to doubt whether its good at all until he just doesn't try anymore.
 You really know when you are ready to sell and to show the world who you are, what your talent is and that's when you know when to sell.. don't be afraid to show it to those around you, take classes, and my biggest and best advice...practice,practice,practice every day... experiment and if you are like me.. if you care about wasting paper, make art on cardboard, old wood, old mail, bills,( just make sure you're not going to send them out! old books,newspaper,anything you can recycle... and don't be afraid to go for your dreams! don't allow doubt to creep through... sometimes when I'm really feeling down on myself I look at art that is not to my liking then I feel, if they can do this, then so can I!
 Don't ever let it be said... you never tried! reach for the stars and grab the moon! if someone else can do it so can you.. and always is in the eye of the beholder. Don't judge yourself, and don't be afraid to be judged, some may love you and others... not so much but who cares.. there WILL be someone who is going to think you are the best.
Take Picasso... one of the best... who judged his art? honestly, I don't think it's all that great, his hands were disproportionate ( i can't draw hands either) and his later work...well... lets just say if I had created it, I probably would of been denounced as an artist... but that's just my opinion... others praise him!! another example...Van favorite artist of all time! He was never appreciated until he died!!! ugh... what were they thinking when they could not see the incredible talent of this man.
So you see art is relevant, what is beautiful to others is hideous to me and what may be beautiful to me is hideous to others.
When is the right time to come out of the closet?(I'm talking art of course!)When you know that you know that the time is right and if you're not sure, practice until you know that you know!!
 Hope I didn't bore you too much with this incredibly long rambling post but I really want those of you who are not sure about themselves and their art to do something about it! You need to act now, make a plan, make a change.. you deserve to give your dreams a chance!!
 One more thing.. on classes... I am so not sure of even where to begin to give an online class I think I will give it more thought and research and let you all know when the right time comes, until then, there are an incredibly talented and amazing artists giving classes right now that if I had the time and money, I would take all of them!!so if you can take some great classes and learn as much as you can until you become the artist you want to become!! Love you all! :+)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

believe in yourself

Today I want to be a bit more reflective... It's funny but somehow..( call it what you may, some call it fate, or the universe, to me it is God)..God taught me a little lesson! I have been feeling a little down on myself and my art, not that I don't believe in myself and my art... I do what I love and wouldn't even show it if I thought it totally stunk! But i know the rule.. There will always be someone better, more popular, more famous, who knows how to market themselves better than me, can get more followers,admirers,potential customers and things just fall into their lap... well.. That was what I was thinking.. I sometimes feel like maybe I'm just not good enough..(boo-hoo!)or maybe I just really arrived a little late... and more tears and whining... Well here is the lesson that I learned today... I recently put up a few low priced art pieces.. I do them when I am just watching TV or just on a whim... I love doing them to experiment and try new techniques or just for fun. Also I wanted, now that I have time to spare for summer, to put up some affordable art that if someone wants and hasn't been able to afford, can purchase and maybe get to know me... one Of my first pieces was "Shew Fly"...
I made this piece in January of this year a 5x5 on acrylic paper... simple simple... I put it away back then because I thought this isn't what someone would want.. I think its cute but I prejudged what a potential buyer might think... As I put up these other pieces I had made in the last few weeks , I thought well I will put it up but doubtfully it will sell, even at its low low price... guess what... it was the first to sell... not only that but the person who bought it sent me a message telling me how much it means to her, as she was feeling doubtful herself .. you see , she's an artist too and was feeling pretty much like I was feeling only maybe a bit worse! My heart just wrenched in sadness to know that someone would feel this way...As I wrote a message to her I realized that this is what I have to tell myself too... We are our own worst critics! why do we beat ourselves up and worse why do we compare ourselves to others who "we" think are better.. we just put ourselves down even further... We all tend to do this.. why does that person make better money.. why is she thinner or have a better body or a bigger house... The grass is always greener on the other side and we never see behind closed doors what the other person may be suffering through... like the person making better money may not be happy with the relationship they have and would love to be in the situation you are in... or she may have the best husband in the world but may not have a good relationship with their parents... these situations could be endless... God always has a way of teaching me a lesson when I am in "whiny" mode! We all must realize that we all have different gifts and the right to express our inner emotions through art, music, dance or whichever way our little heart desires.. if you give up then you'll never know if you could of made it... if you compare yourself you'll never be good enough,, if you believe in yourself and try with all your heart then you will look back on your life and know that at least you gave it your all!! Don't allow yourself to think for even a minute that you are not good enough... we all deserve to express what is in our hearts.even if we think its horrible! to another it may be the most beautiful... reminds me of the "Velveteen Rabbit" but that's another post... And so to end this REALLY long and whiny post I leave you with my latest and happiest thought...It is the ultimate solution to all problems... think of this ...if instead of fighting we all just sat down and shared cake... oh happy day!...(not to mention a little hefty hefty! ...hehe) IF LIFE GIVE YOU LEMONS EAT CAKE!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

summer time block

oh I have so much in my head to write about but i really want to make it short and sweet... I have a really big art block , so i have been making myself draw and paint and create.. summer always does this to me.. I just want to lay around and do nothing!! but I make my self do it even if I don't feel like it! 
so.. here's what i have been up this summer, so far..commissions...posting sales events on my etsy  and creating new art work but since I really don't feel like it ... it turns into small affordable art pieces that just are plain fun...and inexpensive( I'll be posting them soon on Etsy)... here are some pics...

Oh I have been thinking..Just thinking... about doing an on line class, more like having people ask me to do one but I have no idea how.. if anyone has some info I would so appreciate it...

and last but not least I got a little surprise one day on face book... someone congratulated me on seeing my work in print.. I didn't even know that I got published, some artwork I sent in last September.. that was very nice.. I received a letter from Somerset Studios saying they had published me and I should have received their magazine, which I never did ?? but it was very nice... I really did not think it would happen but just goes to show it never hurts to try... 
so anyway I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer...Thanks to all who have been so nice to come by and leave me such sweet comments! 


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