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Covid-19, WHAT??

April is Earth month and here we are three weeks into “Safer at Home” orders from the WI state governor, how am I holding up in this new surreal world?  Let me share…

It took 25 years to realize what my calling is in this world and I left a 20 year career in Dec. 2018 to focus on building an art business.  I was determined to succeed and followed my passion.  Now I have to ‘temporarily halt’ my business growth.  (Don’t even get me started on the fact that a majority of my former colleagues and friends are forced out of work as hairstylists, nail techs, esthiticians, massage therapists for the duration of this.)

I am free to create with the amount of supplies (I haven’t needed to order anything because I stocked up over winter preparing and creating for all the spring, summer and fall shows), yet the Cultural places, theaters and many business where my work can be exhibited, displayed and sold are now closed, some concerned they may not open to the capacity they were because they are non profit.  This keeps my work to an online viewing audience that is momentarily captivated by ALL that is COVID-19 related.  Moments of guilt come over me regarding what I do as being valid or essential, then I realize without the arts (musicians, writers, actors, illustrators, creator of all sorts of fine art) society’s extraordinary events would go without a view from those who have experienced them.  Those who have lived and felt can emote something intangible into something tangible.  Our work is MORE important right now than ever to record how humanity views this pandemic!  Stories need to be heard and shared.

I live in the suburban mid-west.  Small town raised, we say ‘HI’ to everyone, wave and chat.  Now I walk into a store and encounter people with their heads down, glancing yet avoiding eye contact.  If you cough, sneeze or walk too close to someone it could warrant a sneer or death stare..  Families (including those who may be single parent households) are told one person, over the age of 16, should shop for the entire family.  Temperatures are being taken at big box stores and blue tape arrows designate direction and X’s mark safe distance in line.  Limited quantities of items are enforced because people cannot seem to police themselves and are hoarding irrational amounts of items.  Heaven forbid you have a family of 5 or more, and have to explain why you need more than 2 loaves of bread, 2 dozen eggs, and 2 pounds of ground chuck.  Dairy farmers are being told by cooperatives to dump milk and produce less; there is an overabundance and they can only make so much cheese with the excess.  Fresh food is available, yet fear of a proper process to safely clean it creates fear around buying it.  Toilet paper might as well be currency, I watched people at a local store load up entire SUV’s full of it three short weeks ago.  (Secretly, I hope it was for a group home or assisted living facility, but I’m doubtful.  I’m grateful to have a system to maintain certain quantities of designated items in our household, and replenish as needed.)

Then there is the stay home, only work if you’re essential.  Who’s essential, you ask?  Well, a whole lot more than you would think, yet not enough.  (This is a good time to pay attention to all ‘necessary’ areas of our lives and realize the importance of those that make it possible.)  Travel isn’t essential, yet we will lift fees for the state parks and trails so you can use that space to get out and be active.  Don’t use any equipment though or sit on a bench, throw a ball or frisbee, that isn’t considered safe social distancing, nevermind you’ve told us sunshine kills the virus on surfaces.  Do drive like fools without regard for others who are sharing the roadways with you because you think you are above the law and they won’t bother coming after you.  Limit your time on social medial, but use Facetime, Zoom and Google hangouts for connecting to others from your home.  Stay active and take a nap.  My head is spinning from the never ending barrage of contradictory information being thrown at us daily.

I’ve resorted to obscene behaviors in my household I never thought I’d be doing.  Sanitizing everything, alot! Having “house only” clothes and “going out for essential trips” clothes that go right into the wash upon entering our home, showers when returning from work or the store.  (I’ve not been wearing PJ’s and maintained regular attire during the day, but I cannot say that I haven’t accidentally slept in those clothes after binge watching something on Netflix)  I’ve not started wearing gloves or a mask when I go out simply because I may require some serious anti-depressants to deal with anymore of this chaos.

In a nut shell, many of us are NOT FINE and I finally am able to share that fact.  We will do the best we can to deal with the ever changing situational day to day events and even those things that may affect us for a lifetime.  Some we can control, but most we cannot.  Stay as safe as you know how to.  Take time to share with others how you feel.  We need validation from each other to make it through this epic time.

Look for some interesting art and images when this is all done.

April is Earth month, and I still want to support by donating 50% of the sale of “Making Ripples” to the “Alliance for the Great Lakes.” FORD_02_Making Ripples

Visit my store or message me if you are interested in purchasing.

Big ART hugs to all you be-you-tiful people and thanks for clicking and sharing, you’re the best!

~Tammy

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2020

As I rest up today, recovering from the Holiday’s and all it had to offer including sickness, I’m perplexed and unsure of my next move once again. Last year was full of firsts allowing this year with a few less surprises of its own.

There is an urgency in stepping out blindly and pursuing success on your own. It is imperative to be curious, ask questions and seek answers from those qualified to give it yet I am uncertain if there is a “specific” way to accomplish that. Often I end up with more questions requiring more research. Truly my curiosity for the knowledge surrounding a topic often hinders my progress.

This is my second year applying for the Banbury Art Crawl right here in Eau Claire, WI. It runs the first weekend in February and they’ve confirmed that emails will go out this week with the approx 100 featured artisans. I’m excited, nervous and apprehensive at this prospective venture. I believe that if I am not accepted this year, it gives me opportunity to really move forward with my work and have even more experience with booths, etc. Yet again, it is a great way to network and meet others who are successful, promote myself right here in the Chippewa Valley and learn even more. So in the meantime, I wait…

Other opportunities for shows and exhibitions are out there that I haven’t pursued and will do so this year. I remain a rather unknown artist at this point and know that with determination and learning through failure, the right avenue for my work will reveal itself.

Friends and family took time to like, comment, ask about and share my art which makes me exceedingly grateful and I’ve vowed to promote other small businesses (many of which happen to be female led) in that same way. Offering “classes” still has me perplexed. With so many local “paint and sip” options available, my goal is not to compete but offer those who are wishing to improve skills or creativity the opportunity for growth and currently I’m developing lessons around specific skills. Additionally, I’d love to be available for those who may be searching for a creative emotional outlet. If you ever have questions or if you wish to spend time in the studio with me and paint, I will absolutely make time for you and if I can’t answer or help, I’ll certainly point you in a direction to find what you’re looking for!!

Any way I view it, 2020 looks to like another exciting and challenging year in this artists life! My desire to inspire and touch more souls this year is in full motion!!!!

Happy arting to all you Be-You-tiful peeps. Tammy and the ART studio

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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.