We spent the weekend at the 10th annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts – thank you so very much to everyone who came to the fair, to those who gave my art a new home and to those who sent an encouraging note from afar. It is so appreciated. My heart is full and I am so grateful for all my friends, family, followers and supporters!
If you’re reading this after seeing my booth at the fest, hello I’m so happy you’re here! Please feel free to order from my Etsy shop, and I’m also available for custom paintings or local pick up so just shoot me an email or comment below if you’re interested.I did over 55 transactions throughout the weekend. Over half of my paintings were purchased including my second largest piece to date a 36×36 three panel abstract painting named Blues Fest. It was great to see all the Love You So and Be Sharppaintings go so quickly on Saturday. I am also happy to report that my new favorite and most recent painting Mountains sold on Sunday. Other items that were a big hit were the 12×24 city paintings – I had Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.
It was really nice to have so many friends and family visit and keep me company. I especially want to thank everyone who pitched in to help this weekend. These fairs are definitely a team effort! Sunday night we broke down my booth, packed up and went out for a celebratory dinner. I was exhausted, but so happy!
Art festival season is over now until next spring when we will do it all over again. Art fairs take up a lot of time, money and effort but I really think it’s worth it to take advantage of the opportunity to get out there and show my art. I am still recovering from the long weekend but I’m slowly starting to clean up, get organized and take photos of my new pieces. There will be a big shop update soon and more to come in a few weeks on the ARTober custom artwork sale.
Lakeview East Festival of the Arts is here this weekend, Saturday, September 13th from 10-6 through Sunday, September 14th from 10-5 along Broadway between Belmont and Hawthorne. Check out all the fest details here! I’m booth 90 so stop by and say hello! I will have – Chicago inspired art, Home, Happy Hour and Beachside paintings and prints, abstract paintings in a variety of sizes, nursery art and several city paintings including New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle.
We’ve been busy all week with show prep which means lots of painting, printing and packaging over here. For anyone who can’t come to the fest, I’ll be listing new items online soon. I’ll also be posting photos over on Instagram if you want to see more/follow along. Hope to see you there!
A few photos from the long holiday weekend at the lake. We stayed with my family in the same cozy little cottage we rent every year. We took long boat rides and walks along the water. We lounged on the porch, stayed up late playing card games and made s’mores around the bonfire. There were slow mornings and impromptu trips to the icecream shop in the evenings. I realized getting away was exactly what we needed and it was tough returning to a messy house, and a long list of to do’s!
I am busy gearing up for Lakeview East Festival of the Arts which is happening this weekend! I can’t believe it’s going to be my 4th year at this show! It crept up fast – it feels like only a few weeks ago I was taking down my booth for Wells. All summer I was up to my eyeballs in house projects but lately I’ve been working hard to complete a few new paintings (like Whole World above) and get ready for the fest. I don’t think, personally and professionally, I’ve ever had this much on my plate. I have to keep reminding myself that I always get stuff done and I always finish my projects. Friday afternoon is set up for the big show!
Tomorrow evening I am closing up shop early and we’re hitting the road, heading north to Michigan for Labor Day weekend. Nothing special is on the agenda – just your standard exploring, eating, porch sitting and sun soaking. I refuse to accept that August is almost over. I feel like time is flying by so fast!
After a summer stuck indoors knee deep in house projects I know I’m ready for a little fun in the sun and these images are definitely putting me in the mood for long lingering days at the beach! Enjoy the holiday weekend!
+ all images can be found on my pinterest board good vibes
We’ve been in our new house for about a month now. We’ve been working like crazy but there are still boxes everywhere and it needs a lot more love. I had a few ideas about the feeling I wanted to achieve for the space before we moved in – a calming color palette, white walls, just a really laid back vibe that looks really comfortable – and lately I’ve been looking for interior inspiration nonstop. These photos are roughly what I have in mind for the entry, formal living and dining room. Since the rooms are open to each other I want to utilize the same neutral palette in both spaces – full of whites, woods, natural materials adding pops of color with art and accessories.I have an obsession with white right now so I’m trying to be aware of that and not go too overboard. My method for choosing the paint was pretty simple. I picked out a few different swatches and narrowed it down to three different samples. After testing them out on the walls, we decided on Super White in a matte finish by Sherwin Williams. I may be bringing in some other colors down the road and maybe wallpaper, but for now I’m loving the look of a clean, blank slate. We’ve already invested in a few new pieces of furniture like a dining room table but I don’t intend to completely fill the rooms right away. I think a home feels best when accumulated over time with items that remind me of the places I’ve been and the people I love. Plus we enjoy using our hands so we’d like to build or DIY a few pieces of furniture for our space too. Moving into a new home takes a lot of time, work, patience and money!
One of the greatest things about Instagram is not only the ability to share your own perspective with the world, but the ability to discover new things too. Before our European adventure, I did a little searching and stumbled across some really inspiring Instagram accounts, and now when I scroll through my feed it majorly fuels my wanderlust! I can’t stop day dreaming about Paris, mosaic tiles, lavender fields and day trips to the beach. Here are a few favorites -