I’m excited to share that I’ve got two awesome events coming up in the first two weeks of December where I will have a selection of paintings & prints for sale. I’m also unveiling my first art print calendar which I’ll have priced at $20. It’s not quite “done” yet, but I’ll be sure to post an image as soon as I get my samples back.
So, event #1 is one that I’m helping plan. My neighborhood association is hosting a free holiday bazaar on December 1st, from 10am – 2 pm, in the Mayfair Village (the old Interior Fabrics storefront for locals in the know). You can find out all about this event and the other vendors who’ll be there at mayfairheights.com
Event #2 is Deluxe Oklahoma City, December 8th from 11 am – 5 pm. Deluxe is an Indie Craft bazaar held annually at the fairgrounds here in OKC. It’s also free to enter and has a HUGE selection of carefully curated artists. You can read all about it at deluxeok.net
There are lots of amazing shops that depend on the holidays to make it through the rest of the year, so keep it local!
I’ve been struggling. I’m telling you about it because I want people to know that this job is HARD. My success as a designer has largely been a result of (I humbly submit) my talents, and decisive action based on years of experience. This is good, this is bad, we should place things here, this is the best solution. Lately I’ve had some projects where the client, asks for my opinion and then insists on doing the opposite. I treat every project with a great deal of care and effort, and I’m starting to realize that no matter how much I listen and try to find the perfect solution for people, I can’t always expect that the end product is going to be best product. I’m also learning more and more that I need to turn projects down that don’t seem to be a good fit. It seems counter intuitive, but I’m just finished with trying to convince people to make good choices.
I’m also having professional growing pains. I’m doing new things and trying new things every day. The pipeline is getting fuller all the time, and I’ve been working on trying to share the load, but also struggling with letting go of total control over the end product. I’ve got 14 projects going at the moment (which as you know, is about 2 more than I really ought to be working on) and I think 8 of them are going great, and the other 6 are…well… a little like pushing a boulder up a hill.
Normally, my glass is half full, but I’m just in a bit of a funk right now. When I get overwhelmed in life, I just try to remember to keep my eyes on the horizon, and put one foot in front of the other. Surely things will look better tomorrow.
GO VOTE TOMORROW. Get out there and do your civic duty. That is all.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@pippinpearl) then you probably caught wind of my exciting art news. I was hired by the Oklahoma Employees Credit Union to create two GIANT custom paintings for their new location. The catch was that they needed them done in about a month (ack!) and they were going to be the biggest pieces I’d ever attempted. (double ack!)
I’ve since learned that the trick to creating HUGE art is really just fortitude. Just keep painting. And painting. AND PAINTING. and painting and painting.
I hope you’ll pardon these Instagram pics, but I am waiting until the building is completed to go take some nice high-res images of the finished pieces. This one above is called “Spark” and comes in at 5′ x 6′. MASSIVE.
This one is called “WildfireWillow” and is ONLY 5′x5′ . You can see this hung on the main wall that you see when you enter the lobby from the elevator. When I was installing this one, the construction workers in the building were all standing around and one guy was all, “It’s OKAY” and shrugged his shoulders like “Meh.” And then I punched him in the eye, WITH MY WORDS.
A big thank you to Tim for hanging these for me, and to Rachael, Really & Kelsi Brighter Sides for being my delivery assistants. :) This was an amazing experience and my first permanent installation. I feel really honored that OECU chose me, and so glad they love the work.
And now, I have to get back to work. :)
All kinds of things can go wrong when you are entertaining. I remember the year I had a chocolate fountain (at an all adults Halloween party), I spent HOURS cleaning chocolate off random things in our house. (Plants? Who’s wiping their chocolatey fingers on my plants?) And there was this one time a couple had a fight as they were leaving my party and the girlfriend abandoned her tipsy significant other on my doorstep… at 1:30 am.
Now that I’m a little older, my gatherings are a bit less rowdy, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fraught with frustrations. That’s why I love this bit of advice from Bryan Batt (also known as Salvatore Romano from Mad Men)
As I’m totally the type of person to parade around in eccentric outfits while wearing red lipstick, I find this advice exceedingly helpful. What WOULD Auntie Mame do? Well, for one thing, she’d never let a silly thing like chocolate fingerprints on her plants, or abandoned boyfriends put a damper on her evening. Put the plants in the shower and put the boyfriend on the couch, pour yourself a nightcap and hit the hay… You’ve earned it!
So, what’s the craziest thing that’s happened while you were entertaining?