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Holiday Excitement

“Holly Day,” original 12″ x 12″ available
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The hustle is here y’all! What a rewarding and challenging year. New relationships, new business partnerships, new commissions and new shows have developed many skills this year. Finally able to take a moment and update what’s going on.

As I continue to grow my skills, acrylic and mixed media seem to be my preferred mediums. It really challenges my creativity and allows me to produce interesting artwork out of somewhat chaotic messes. I LOVE the challenge of it!!

This past year I’ve participated in Mary Nail’s Vendor event and a community Fine Art show at the Heyde in April, Vino Cappuccino’s Gallery this summer, The Yellowstone Art Trail in September, the Valley Art Association’s Fall member show and the Mabel Tainter Fine Art and Crafts Fair in November just to name a few. It has definitely prepared me to choose the shows I will apply for and/or continue during 2020 and beyond.

Artisan Forge Studios and Gallery continues to have several of my pieces (large and small) displayed for sale. Take a friend or 2 and swing in to see the wonderfully eclectic collaboration of 2D and 3D fine art, sculptures and jewelry. Legacy Chocolates and Skill Shot Coffee and Pinball are also there, you will not be disappointed.

January and February 2020, I’ll have pieces at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport for sale. Contact me directly or Erin at the Airport for more information on purchases.

Mother Nature stomped on “the ART studio’s” 1st annual Holiday Event planned for November 30th. I decided to open the studio during class time this Sunday, December 15th for anyone who may have wanted to stop in that day and couldn’t. Please refer to Events on my Facebook Page for more information about this Sunday and future classes/events.

Thanks to all who purchased and supported me this past year, you are truly AWESOME!! That being said, all artists are unique and for me to reach consumer likes across all styles/genres would be impossible. If my work doesn’t appeal to you and you are wanting to support me (thanks, that’s super amazing!!) other than by purchasing, simply follow my Facebook and Instagram Pages and take a moment to Comment, Like/Share my work on Social Media with your friends and family. It helps me reach a larger audience with my work and find others who may want to purchase or commission me for a specific piece.

I’ve updated Google listings with the studio address and photos and I’m asking those who follow me on social media to leave a shout out on Google reviews, as well. I’ve taken time to do the same for the many businesses that I frequent. (It really does help, especially small business owners!)

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season and Joy for the New Year.

Be-You-tiful, Be Awesome and Happy “Arting!” ~Tammy

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Update on sales/studio time!

Over the course of the next 2 months I’ll be adding some extra open studio time. If you’re interested in personal classes, creative time or simply would like to stop in, feel free to message me via Facebook or email to check times.

A few have asked about classes and I have accumulated student supplies over the summer and have several options available listed on my Facebook page under services. I love to inspire and share my knowledge with other creatives! I will be at the School of Arts in Menomonie, hosted by ACT2 (Arts Coming Together 2) in November for a palette knife class. See their page for more info.

Do, please, excuse the clutter while I continue organizing and developing the studio space; it has taken more time, money and effort than I had to give during the summer. (Moving my oldest daughter to college and having a High School freshman required my time and energy for the time being!!)

I personally would like to thank all who have asked about or viewed my gallery displays at Vino Cappuccino (July) and The Mabel Tainter (August) or stopped by during the Yellowstone Art Trail a week ago. Good thing stubborn determination runs in my blood, or I may have given up on this journey of starting a studio. I will say this, the happiness I am experiencing in creating and sharing only inspires me to do more!!

Artisan Forge Studios in Eau Claire currently has 5 of my newest paintings available for sale. It is a remarkable place for creatives and they offer so much there; do stop in and view all of the wonderful artists they represent!!

And now that is is fall I enjoy taking time out of doors to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us during my most favorite time of year!

To all the Be-you-tiful peeps, “Happy Fall Y’all”!!

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Believing is also an action

When you arrive at a destination, did you believe you would arrive? Most often we simply go without anything more than a thought. That is the absolute process in which I started this art journey.

I was diligent in positive affirmation as a way to promote ‘believing’ in my dream, although I didn’t quite believe it would actually happen. I merely set out on a mission of action with a notion of what could be possible. I spent day after day putting in hours of work, research, education and following through with a set up. I felt kind of like a hamster on a wheel with no real destination. It was unclear.

This is my exact point. Sometimes we don’t know where we are going until we end up there! I would encourage you to keep to the course and go though struggles, because for me it was in those struggles that the realization of what needed to happen fell into place. I really learned to HEAR what direction I was to go and opportunity seemed to appear as if out of nowhere. I am certain that is where the believing actually materialized and now I continue to listen and follow through.

Making mistakes and learning which pitfalls to avoid is absolutely part of the process. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, it’s a whole lot of grind, angst and fear that when persevered results in great victory! I am living my dream and believe it will foster others to live theirs. Just BELIEVE.

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Expo at Vino Cappuccino

Starting on Wednesday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 26th you can view several of my pieces at a local artisan style bistro in a great farmhouse setting that offers a wonderful menu, decadent homemade desserts, coffee and features wine from local vineyards. If that isn’t enough of a temptation, Vino Cappuccino also features local musical entertainment in a great outdoor setting and offers a great social atmosphere! I am excited to be hanging pieces as one of the local featured artists this year. I’m also looking forward to just going to hang out with friends!!

Another local artisan offers Bob Ross style oil painting classes there on Wednesday evenings, I highly recommend it and you’ll leave with a work of art for your wall that even you’ll be surprised you did!

www.facebook.com/vinocappuccinobistro/

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Contemplating Success

This statement is bouncing around in my head today as I prepare for my first ever load in of an individual showing at a local business. I feel very blessed and thankful in regards to having this opportunity. I also recognize that the opportunity didn’t just present itself, I sought it.

Taking the proper steps in any business requires a certain air of discomfort and uncertainty. Stepping out on your own to pursue possibilities for “success” is a bit unnerving. How will I be received? Will they like my work? What will others think of where my work is placed? Will I sell anything? Questions and overthinking are normal for me. I often spend more time than necessary mulling over every possible question and an equally possible solution. Getting over myself is the largest obstacle when it comes to my personal and professional “success.”

So the short and sweet of it…get over yourself and worry less. Explore options and search for ways to be successful. When one or more opportunities fail, know that there are multiple ways to achieve “success” in your art journey and always have your eyes, ears and mind open!!