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Peace be with you

What can I say that you haven’t read, seen, experienced or felt already? Not much. So I’m just here to say hi, send a hug from a far and staying connected in the way I know how.

I’m exercising a bit. Walking outside. Puttering. Starting projects I can’t finish. Emailing, calling and texting to stay in touch. Painting a little. Listening to podcasts and news. You’d think with this amount of time I could do more but I can’t. It’s ok. We’re all in this together and all coping day to day. Or hour by hour.

My heart is breaking for all the small businesses that have ground to a halt. The medium, the large. All of us.

I don’t talk a whole bunch about prayer or spirituality but I’m a believer and I’m praying. I went to an Anglican church growing up and there’s a moment in the service where you say to each other “Peace be with you.” And you say in return, “And also with you.”

Peace be with you. xo

Eye of the Tiger

This one’s for you, eye of the tiger! A few setbacks, bumps, unexpected wah-wahs in life? But you got back up? You got this, Tiger. Really.

I know all about the two steps forward, three steps back, up down, things are awesome, but wait, I didn’t see that banana peel coming….but we get up. And if you can’t get up, ask family or a friend to remind you how strong you are. I’m writing this because I’ve been the friend that reminds and needs the reminder.

Let’s go, Tiger! xo

“Eye of the Tiger” 16×20″ available at elizabethW Carmel

Grab your bestie! Two spaces left for Paris!!! xo

Bonjour! If there is any part of you that is not so secretly craving a week in Paris, exploring, people watching, museum going, boat riding, painting and more….there are TWO SPACES left in this unique and wonderful art & travel workshop. There is time!

Your hosts are Deep Travel Workshops. Your guest art instructor is moi! The dates are April 4-10, 2020 and in that week it is a fabulous creative combination of time to explore on your own, art instruction après we’ve captured our favorite Paris shots on our iphones, world famous art museums and galleries, Paris walking tours, boat ride on the Seine…and so much more. (I haven’t even started on the restaurants, cafés or patisseries…)

We will cover the iconic landmarks and because we are a small group, it will be easy to get around together–especially with our world travellers, Anna & Christina. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to give yourself the gift of creative time in Paris.

Please see this Paris Guide for more details. I can taste the croissants already….

Any travel/workshop questions: email: i[email protected]

Any questions about art supplies, painting or what to expect… email me!

Join us! Veins avec nous!

xo

Top 10 Designers to Watch in 2020!

Hello from that equally slow motion and uber revved up time warp between trade shows. It’s a time where coffee in the morning is extra luxurious and slow but orders also need to be filled pronto and the day is planned strategically. I’m between Atlanta AmericasMart and Las Vegas Gift Show and appreciating every minute.

I’m extra appreciative this morning because I’m delighted to share that I was recently chosen as Top 10 Designers to Watch in 2020 by my industry’s leading magazine, Stationery Trends. I’ve read and subscribed to this magazine for over 20 years and it’s a true full circle happy dance to be featured. Thank you!!! It’s a terrific magazine, a glimpse into what’s happening in the stationery industry as well as great profiles on artists or small businesses that you might otherwise miss. I’m always and forever such a huge advocate for supporting your local retailer, even buying that one greeting card truly makes a difference in someone’s life! (Proof here as I write these words.)

That’s it, sharing some fun media. Back to packing. Back to coffee enjoying. (Yes, mild obsession but we all know what hotel coffee tastes like….)

Happy Thursday, friends. xo

XO Stationery Stash

It might be less than two weeks into the new year but in the retail world…guess what is virtually tomorrow??? That’s right, Valentine’s Day! Just in case you’re the stash-that-perfect-card-away-for-the-right-occasion variety (you’re in good company), let me introduce you to a few new designs in the XO category.

I’m headed off into the season of trade shows. Atlanta first, then Las Vegas. Old friends, new customers, connections and community. It is the summer camp of our gift industry. Every six months, like a milestone, we touch base. It’s also where we, small businesses, introduce our new products, designs and updates.And many of these updates are the Valentine’s Day Greeting Card collection, new workshops ahead, Paris in April and retail collaboration commissions. (I do commission paintings for your favorite stores and create custom greeting cards!)

Whether you’re a Love Bug or a Luvbug, want to say Love You or an XO says it all, I think I’ve got some stationery goodness for you.

Send mail. Write XO. The handwritten note is always in style. xo

Vintage Florals in time for the holidays!

Hello art lovers & floral enthusiasts! I’ve just popped two vintage florals on my website just in case Santa’s helpers are looking for…help!

If you are considering gifting original artwork this year (or cards or envelopes), I wrap, ship and include my signature extra pack of paper goodies in every order. If it is a gift, please mention in the comments at check out and I’ll be sure to include a note.

As always, thank you for reading and supporting the creative journey this painting profession has taken me on. You are a part of it and I couldn’t do it without YOU!

“Floral Confetti” 20×20″ acrylic on 1.5″ gallery canvas

“Dahlias in Silver” 6×8″ oil on masonite board

I hope you are enjoying a peaceful holiday season!

M xoxo

Shipping in time for Christmas!

Hello and happy holidays from the studio! Are you painting? Holiday cookie baking? Shopping? Making your own Christmas decorations? Yes to all of it. I’m a big fan of things or experiences made by hand or small businesses and love the personal details that often accompany it.

I have a small and sweet collection of original oil paintings available to ship in time for Christmas!!!

Here are the details:

  1. FREE SHIPPING! Yup, on all items. Paintings, cards, fancy envelopes…
  2. Order by December 17, 2019 and your art/cards/lopes will arrive by Christmas.
  3. If it’s a gift, please mention in comments and I’ll include a personalized note, wrap it like Martha Stewart herself and add some fun extra paper goodies. (I love sending mail!!!!)

Thank you so much for reading these little notes & following along on the creative journey.

From my creative space to yours, I wish you a happy peaceful season.

Love, Mindy xo

PS. The Fancy Envelopes are a big hit! Have you seen them yet? xoxo

Leopard & Louis

Leopard and Louis greeting card

Hello and happy December wherever you are!

I know some of you might be shopping or browsing or thinking about shopping and browsing for Christmas and if original artwork is on your list for your favorite artist or art lover…I might be able to help. Or one of these lovely retailers might…

I have a nice collection of originals at both elizabethW in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Watson Kennedy in Seattle, WA. Everything from Fancy Parlours (yes, this Leopard & Louis is available in Carmel….!!), seascapes, florals and a fun series of paintd designer boxes and fancy champagne.

Email Kelly in Carmel for details on above painting. They ship, wrap and will include a note! xoxo

“Leopard & Louis” 18×24″ acrylic on gallery canvas

Chanel Red

A Room of Your Own

I’ve written a fair bit about my funny fancy parlors. Are they real? Are they figments of my imagination? A combination? All of the above. I would like to jump into a room filled with leopard lounge chairs and a pink velvet settee. Art clustered on the wall, vintage charts mixed with contemporary treasures and hand me downs, lots of books, flowers and general elegant coziness. Everyone welcome, no coasters required, tea cups preferred and animals on furniture most likely.

These parlors welcome you to sit down, stay a while. Flip through the glossy magazine, sip your drink, put your feet up and let your imagination wander for a bit. Our busy-ness will wait. They are an XO to life and living with loveliness in all it’s quirky imperfectly perfect beautiful forms.

xoxo

If this particular Fancy Parlor is inviting you in, it’s on display at elizabethW in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s large, 30×30″, perfect for a mantel or a statement piece. Painted sides on 1.5″ gallery canvas, ready to hang.

“Think Pink Parlour” 30×30″

Contact Kelly: [email protected] or 831.626.3892