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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])

Set Sail

Happy New Year! Its takes me about a week (right on schedule here at January 7th….) to fully own and embrace the new year. A couple of days chocolate/carb/Christmas decoration hangover, a few days of nutrition/exercise/green juice guilt, a day of false starts in back to work mode and eventually a cheerful mosey into my emails, office and easel. So far so good.

I don’t do resolutions but I do like reflecting on the past year of what worked ,what didn’t, do more, do less. The do more list has PAINT written in big letters across it! I even enrolled in an online painting class to get myself in motion straight out of the gate. Again, so far so good.

This piece ,”Set Sail”, was inspired by taking what you have that moment and putting them together in a way that works. I’m a big believer in starting where you are or using what you have. I learned early on at an art festival that my suitcase full of art supplies that I had dragged from my house to an airport to a rental car to a brimming sold out class was….not helpful! I was so overwhelmed that I don’t even remember what I created other than it required little or nothing that i brought with me. Lesson learned. I’m guilty as the next for rushing to the art store for new paint or some fabulous new white pen (if you know, you know) but…mostly I use what I have, paint what I’ve collected or remember or am aligned with. It’s a lot easier.

My wish for 2022 is that we Set Sail on that creative vision. Small steps or big leaps but definitely some trajectory. Sometimes the smallest steps all put together over time can equal something pretty awesome.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative start to a brand new year.

Mindy xo

Boat Float

My plum pudding just arrived…from Amazon. No, I will not be baking. Somewhere in the toddler-walking stage of my small business growth, I let go of all things SHOULD and that includes a long list formerly written in calligraphy for Holiday To Dos. I still have lots of sweet traditions and decor that lights me up when I open it up every December but I’m noticeably happier during the holiday season when my to do list is short and sweet.

I like painting holiday things that inspire me in that moment. (Vs. planning in advance like i’m “supposed to” in the greeting card industry. I just can’t paint Christmas trees in April!!!)

I really love egg nog lattes and have no problem considering that a meal.

Putting a festive ribbon on any stuffed animal really jazzes the Christmas spirit up. (Ok, this just revealed that I might have a menagerie lying around….)

Oranges are your decorating friend. Two big bags of clementines just about anywhere looks like Martha did it herself.

Shop for goodies. You don’t have to do it yourself. Supporting bakeries is shopping local!

Send holiday cards…if the spirit strikes you. Obligatory tasks are the worst. I love receiving a chatty note after Christmas. I know the sender had more time and didn’t feel rushed.

Drive around and look at the lights. This gets me every year no matter where I am. There is something so sweet and magical about driving through a town or neighbourhood all lit up. It really is the little things.

Cook or bake the things that YOU like to make! I love making seafood chowder and it’s a family tradition so I’m all in. But I’m not great at doing the massive Christmas dinner anymore so i either ask for help or delegate dishes.

Gatherings. I think we’re all still in the less is more stage…?

I didn’t intend on this being a How to Enjoy the Holidays Without Leaving the Couch list but it struck me that I’m feeling quite relaxed and not worried about all the holiday things that haven’t been done. I’ll call it the gift of the long pandemic winter…the ability to just do what we can do and be happy about it. Hey, I’ve got a candle burning on a snowy afternoon and I’m feeling downright festive!

Wherever you are, I hope your list is short and sweet and feels just right for you. And if you haven’t tried an egg nog latte, I highly recommend it! Holiday cheer in a cup. xo

“Boat Float” 11×14″

All is Bright

The holidays have begun! I want to take a moment in this little space to thank you for reading, supporting, purchasing greeting cards or art or both. There’s a new-ish movement that has (thankfully) taken off called Small Business Saturday. It’s all about shopping small, shopping local and supporting your local artisans, retail shops or favorite online small business. I can tell you that a real life person smiles and does a happy dance of appreciation when they receive an order. I know this because I do!!!!

For this Thanksgiving weekend, I offer the usual free shipping, extra paper treats included with each order AND….this year, special bonus 3 free Holiday Postcards. (New postcards not on website yet..but I think you’ll like them..!) No code needed, I’ll know..I’m the not so secret Santa’s helper packing your order. Offer good until supplies run out…probably mid/late December. (And if they run out, I’ll find an equal replacement.)

I hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season.

Hugs through the blog!

Mindy xo

PS. You can find Holiday Cards, Fancy Envelopes and Calling Cards here. Original Paintings are available here (also free shipping and happy to ribbon and wrap if it’s a Christmas gift…)

All is Bright” 18×24″

Sweater Weather

I love October!!! All of it. The blue skies, crispy cooler weather, the rainbow of foliage, the start of rain, slow cooking, pumpkin spice lattes and yes, sweater weather. I was so inspired this year, I created an autumnal fancy parlor to escape to with that warm mug of cozy-ness and good book. (It was a loooooooong hot smoky summer. I might have been the first in line at Trader Joe’s the day they put out their pumpkin patch display….)

It’s getting darker earlier and I’m totally ok with that. We all have our season where we do best and this is mine.

Wishing everyone the beginning of a creative cozy hibernation. Be it books to read, art to paint or classes to take, it’s the season of cool walks and the beginning of new projects.

Sweater Weather” 20×24″ on 1.5″ gallery quality canvas, painted edges

(Several new paintings up on the website and Greeting Cards and Postcards are freshly updated!)

Happy October! xo