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Bienvenue

Bienvenue autumn travel, a new season and fresh creative paths. We had a glorious downpour yesterday that was like a light switch on summer. On, off in one day. We are now fall.

With that came the irresistible urge to look up soup recipes and finish up canvases that have been lingering around the easel. It’s a version of spring cleaning in reserve. Prepping the art cave? I’m not quite ready to hibernate but I adore this transition. I’m a natural “back to school” person even when I’m not enrolled. This time of year often feels more new year than the actual new year. I’ve got some fun travel coming up (no, not Paris, as above painting might suggest), I saw pumpkin pie at the bakery and there’s rain in the forecast all week. Life is good! Next up, replacing all my old brushes and stocking up on art supplies. (I still remember how fun it was shopping for back to school supplies!)

Wishing you a cozy Sunday where ever you are!

Bienvenue” 22×28″

Joy Blossoms

Hello out there! Is it still summer? Judging from my inbox, most companies are nudging me towards fall..and I’m fine with that. Someone said to me today, I can’t believe how fast this summer has gone and I said, “really?” I feel the exact opposite. It’s definitely been summer here alllll summer. I don’t live in one of those blink and you miss it areas where everyone runs to the beach for a week. Nope, it’s summer for a long time and as a more bookish, art loving, painting, creative soul, you can imagine, i’m not in the parking lot inflating my SUP (that’s a stand up paddle in case you haven’t been to Costco this year…)

The benefits of summer? Long morning dog walks. Those are my fave. Longer lighter days. Outdoor dining. Farmer’s market with amazing fruit and veg and fresh flowers. A general ease that comes from living in a tourist town where it’s a common sight to see couples sharing ice cream cones at night looking at the storefronts. And roses in our front yard! Summer definitely has cast a spell on my crazy rose bush that has bloomed at least half a dozen times. They are the inspiration for this piece. Simple pink roses that are so fragrant and sweet and bring me a special pride because i’m not much of a gardener but this bush is tenacious and strong. it’s one of my daily joys to see it blooming, cut a few stems for the house and catch unexpected fragrant whiffs as I walk by.

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” Oscar Wilde

Happy almost end of summer! xo

“Joy Blossoms” 11×14″

Don’t Give Up the Ship

Don’t Give Up the Ship! Tired or weary or both or just dazed and confused from the non stop news of the world? Moi aussi. But don’t give up. Don’t give up the ship! A few things that help me restart the creative engine or at very least plug back into optimism. I’m sure there’s lots more but here’s what’s worked for me recently.

  1. Turn the news off. Stay informed however that comes to you, but a little news fast is immensely helpful.
  2. Connect with friends or family: in person, phone, text, zoom, pigeon carrier, whatever works and plugs you back into laughter with that person who gets you.
  3. Exercise. The sweaty or the stroll variety. Both help.
  4. Make something. Practice calligraphy, make a pie, paint for 15 minutes.
  5. Help a nieghbor. Or a friend or stranger, little r(and big) random acts of kindness make such a difference.

Hope the weekend is a good one & you are staying cool, on or off the ship!

“Don’t Give Up the Ship” 20×20″

Picnic Boat

If you’re Canadian, it’s a long weekend…July 1st is Canada Day! If you’re American, it’s a long weekend, July 4th on Monday! Wherever you are celebrating or relaxing or laying down, resting and restoring, I hope it is peaceful. I think we could all use some of that!

My long weekend is a combination of rest and play. Rest because I had a pretty bad trip and fall walking Bella this week and landed on the pavement in a dramatic skid and thump. (Fallen tree branch sticking out of the trail….) I haven’t been this sore for a long time. Nothing is broken but Knees, elbows and hands are pretty roughed up.

Play this weekend comes in form of lunch out with a dear friend, Main Street shopping and browsing at my fave haunts and painting for fun. Painting for fun usually means picking a subject or theme that has nothing to do with anything I’m “working” on, no commissions, no purpose, just something about it captures my heart and spirit. Hinckley sailboats and picnic boats fall under that category. If my last big painting was inspired by the outdoorsy glamping picnic, seems right that the bread crumbs lead me to the iconic beloved Hinckley Picnic Boat.

“The first duty of a boat is to be beautiful”. Shep McKenney, Chairman Hinckley Yachts.

Happy weekend, friends! On sea, lake, land, bike, curbside watching your parade or inside your studio, I’m wishing you a long weekend that has space to create, relax and stretch out your picnic.

“Picnic Boat” 16×20″

Moonlight Picnic

It’s officially summer here. The hot kind. I’m not saying I’m a total summer scrooge but…I am saying that today’s triple digit heat is not my jam. The upside of a heat advisory is staying inside to clean and spruce up the office, drop of an order at a local (air conditioned) shop and remember how much I enjoy cold watermelon. Sort of like a snow day in reverse.

I’ve got summer inspired paintings on the easel. Picnics and pools, waterfront and watermelon.

Moonlight Picnic is inspired by several scenarios. I recently discovered a southern Oregon bespoke picnic event planner (that’s a thing now) and was so charmed by their photos, offerings and even better, news from a friend who booked one and said it was amazing. I’m also trying to lean into a few more outdoorsy summer activities…next up, I might even have a pickle ball racket in my hand! I painted Moonlight Picnic as an homage to summer, slowing down, outdoor beauty that isn’t “outdoorsy” in that REI camping gear kind of way. It’s also a big piece! There was something about a rolling lawn that wanted a spacious canvas.

Wishing everyone a peaceful double digit heat kind of summer Sunday. xo

“Moonlight Picnic” 24×30″

Ladybug

It’s a sign! Is it just me or does anyone else see ladybugs as a good luck sign or when they’re thinking of a loved one. Occasionally (very occasionally), paintings will appear and literally pop off the paint brush and tell me, well, this is what’s going on the canvas today. This was that painting!

Hello, Lady Bug! She’s watching over my art studio right now, a reminder to me, that paintings do sometimes materialize out of thin air. (Good reminder for the 95% that don’t! ha!)

In other news, lots of new Postcards and Greeting Cards are in the shop. A summer series painting collaboration just landed at Watson Kennedy, all paintings by contributing artists are 6×8″and all are under $200. I went on a little trip to Colorado to visit a bestie and, on the home front, I laced up my running shoes for the first time in…awhile. Running for 30 minutes three times might not count as a new routine but it’s better than the olympic level sloth I was training for during pandemic.

What else? I’m working on a variety of Souvenir Series, pieces based on iconic geography, states and landmarks. Very fun! Also, still loving my weird passion project of birds, parakeets, parrots, peacocks and all feathered friends and winged creatures.

Happy June, friends! Hope there is travel, creativity and rest, maybe all at the same time!

“Ladybug” 10×10″

Greetings from…

Hello there and greetings from…you tell me! I’m on a creative mission to expand my Souvenir Series of paintings, cards and postcards. I’ve already got California, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Victoria, Paris, Bermuda, Washington, D. C. , Pacific Northwest and…where should my paint brush travel next? The working list is NYC, Chicago, LA and more but I’m always on the hunt for fun suggestions. Key West? Marfa? New England?

In other Carpe Diem news, Postcards are the latest and greatest in the paper goods world. I’m loving printing new designs that don’t quite fit the greeting card format…they’ve found a home! I’ve always enjoyed buying postcards at museums or galleries so it’s a fun full circle to be printing my own. Greeting Cards are still my first love but nice to expand the line and fun to open new boxes of product. (Today!)

And here are some answers to questions I get asked on IG or email…

  1. Fancy Envelopes are always assorted and include newest designs I have in stock and include mailing stickers so they can be mailed)
  2. Shipping is really free (within the United States.)
  3. I will ship a gift and include a note that it’s from you, just have to put in in the “notes” section of the order.
  4. Shipping lead time is about 2-3 days from time of order. If ever it seems too long, don’t hesitate to email me!
  5. I pack your order and love including extra goodies.

Happy Monday in May! I’ve decided to stop saying, can you believe it’s…May (June, Christmas….already!!) I guess it’s nature’s sense of humor to have January and February last for several years to have the rest of the year go by in minutes.

Mindy xo

“Pacific Northwest’ 20×24″

Greetings from…

Hello there and greetings from…you tell me! I’m on a creative mission to expand my Souvenir Series of paintings, cards and postcards. I’ve already got California, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Victoria, Paris, Bermuda, Washington, D. C. , Pacific Northwest and…where should my paint brush travel next? The working list is NYC, Chicago, LA and more but I’m always on the hunt for fun suggestions. Key West? Marfa? New England?

In other Carpe Diem news, Postcards are the latest and greatest in the paper goods world. I’m loving printing new designs that don’t quite fit the greeting card format…they’ve found a home! I’ve always enjoyed buying postcards at museums or galleries so it’s a fun full circle to be printing my own. Greeting Cards are still my first love but nice to expand the line and fun to open new boxes of product. (Today!)

And here are some answers to questions I get asked on IG or email…

  1. Fancy Envelopes are always assorted and include newest designs I have in stock and include mailing stickers so they can be mailed)
  2. Shipping is really free (within the United States.)
  3. I will ship a gift and include a note that it’s from you, just have to put in in the “notes” section of the order.
  4. Shipping lead time is about 2-3 days from time of order. If ever it seems too long, don’t hesitate to email me!
  5. I pack your order and love including extra goodies.

Happy Monday in May! I’ve decided to stop saying, can you believe it’s…May (June, Christmas….already!!) I guess it’s nature’s sense of humor to have January and February last for several years to have the rest of the year go by in minutes.

Mindy xo

“Pacific Northwest’ 20×24″

Creative Nest

I’ve recently started traveling again and it’s made me double down my appreciation for the creative nests we have built ourselves over the past couple of years. It’s a jungle out there! Airports, people, pushing, shoving, nonsensical questions…and that was getting through security at my local airport! I think everyone is a little dazed and confused. And i might prefer my wild life on the walls and inside my creative nest.

I’m ready to travel, really I am. But with a little hindsight, I am incredibly grateful I had a creative calling during lockdown and was able to thrive in my nest. No, mine is not a be-ribboned mauve pink salon with a life sized parakeet peering in…but I wouldn’t be opposed. I have grown to feel such comfort and solace surrounding myself with family treasures, furniture that has been passed down and meaningful art. I think I was on the road so much for so many years I never realized I was a homebody that just didn’t know it yet.

Here’s to our creative nests–in all their colors. The comfort, the home base, the smell of a good candle, the strong coffee in the morning, the fresh tubes of paint and the time to enjoy all of them. And filling up the creative well enough that travel sounds like a good idea. xo

Creative Nest” 20×24″

Bonjour

Hello there! It’s Saturday afternoon mid February and it’s more spring than winter here, we’ll call it Fring (False Spring). There’s been so many birds and butterflies, blossoms and branches and all things chinoisserie patterns on my easel these days. I wish I could bottle the muse with appropriate labels for future use or at least understand it but…no. She comes and goes, has ideas that have nothing to do with common sense or what I “should” be painting but I’ve also been doing this long enough that I go with the flow now.

I’ve just sent half a dozen paintings to elizabethW in Carmel (you guessed it, a collection of parakeets, birds, blossoms and branches…) and I’m told they look very spring like and pretty. It feels good to be painting consistently.

The other busy project is developing a variety of new products for Carpe Diem Papers. Some are up and available now (lots of new postcards), some are coming just around the corner (stay tuned!)

Hope everyone is staying creative, healthy and inspired! xo

“Bonjour Parakeet” 11×14″ available at elizabethW Carmel (for info, please email [email protected])