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2015 New Mexico Arts And Crafts Fair Begins Today

Hey, Happy Readers, I’ve been missing in action on the blog lately because I have been busy getting ready for the 2015 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. It begins today so if you are in the Albuquerque area this weekend stop by and say hello.

Booth at the 2015 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair

I spent yesterday setting up my booth and I was impressed by the amazing work going up around me. There are some seriously talented artists in New Mexico. I wish I had more time to wonder around and visit each booth. I wish I was independently wealthy too because I want to buy everything. Just from my booth alone I could see a fiber artists selling gorgeous sweaters, amazingly tiny oil pastel paintings that I went gaga over, Raku fired clay clocks (mind blown), and right next to me are these fascinating sculptures that I thought were clay, but are actually made with paper (I’m in awe). I’m enjoying the creative vibe. It’s contagious!

I was worried about having enough paintings for the show, but I actually had more than I could display. I’m learning about how to set up a booth and what kind of booth I have. I was a little worried that my booth might be over the top and flashy next to my fellow artists. The creative people surrounding me have more minimal sophisticated displays than I do. It’s really interesting to see the choices each artist makes and how those choices reflect their personalities. My booth definitely has a whimsical bohemian vibe. When you turn the corner and see it the first word that comes to mind is “fun.” That was my goal and I am super happy I was able to pull that off. I wasn’t really sure if it was going to come together, but in the end it certainly did! I’ll be writing more about this entire process and give you some perspective on what it is like to participate in your first art show.

2015 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair Booth Set-Up

If you attend the show I am in booth 108 which is just a few spaces down from the silent auction and demonstration booth. I hope to see you there!

Have a terrific weekend,



Art Gives Me An Excuse For Solitude

My friend shared a post on Facebook about people with anxiety and one of the things the author talked about was having a “people hangover” and I couldn’t stop nodding. A people hangover is when you have used up all of your energy being with other people and so you feel drained, tired, and desperate for some time alone. I think this applies to introverts just as much as people suffering from anxiety. I know it applies to me.

We spent 10 days driving to California, visiting family, and driving back. I didn’t get much solitude. The hotel rooms were small and with three people we were pretty much on top of each other. Hiding in the bathroom was not an option, although I made some attempts. Then we were non-stop visiting people (people we love dearly) and don’t even get me started on the driving. Three people in the car for three days straight (both ways) is a lot of togetherness. By the middle of the trip I was drained and by the end just plain exhausted.

I need solitude and alone time and quiet and space. That is hard for other people to understand or to not be insulted by.  When you sneak off to be by yourself people take it personally sometimes. They just don’t understand the need for solitude. Art often gives me a way to be alone in a socially acceptable manner. I can say, “I have to work now.” People understand that better than, “I really just need to be alone to replace my energy.”

I recently found myself trying to explain why I didn’t enjoy crowds. It was obvious I wasn’t doing a good job explaining myself. How do you explain something so fundamental about the person you are?  I don’t have an explanation for not liking crowds other than that is just how I am wired. I know it is hard for people who get their energy from being around other people to relate to introverts because the concept seems so foreign to them. Crowds pump them up, but crowds make us so tired. So tired. People make me so tired. Without time to recuperate in between social engagements I actually start to feel physically sick like I am coming down with a cold. I get a little grumpy too, similar to having low blood sugar. In short, I have a people hangover. The only remedy is to find some way to get a few hours (or even minutes) alone. Sometimes I do hide in the bathroom or invent a reason to take something to the car…or disappear to admire flowers in the backyard just to get some space.

I never thought about it before, but art-making is an excellent excuse to duck into a room and close the door. It’s a good cover for my introversion. Plus I love to paint so there is that too. I’m really grateful I have found ways to compensate for my introverted personality that doesn’t draw attention to it or make anyone uncomfortable, but I also wish people understood better, or, at the very least, accepted people like me just the way we are. It’s not personal. We just need to recharge our batteries without any company.


Animalitos A Class With Artist Tracy Verdugo

I’m taking a class called Animalitos with artist Tracy Verdugo. It’s all sorts of awesome so I had to share it with you. Tracy Verdugo has no idea I am writing this review of her class, but since I’m exuding positivity and doing cartwheels over it I am sure she won’t mind.

Animalitos with Artist Tracy Verdugo
My first attempt at animalitos following the class tutorial.

What are animalitos? They are little animals painted with ink, and other mediums too of course, but the ink is just so luscious to work with.  I can’t stop raving about the ink. You know I love working with ink! What is so fun is you just sort of sculpt your animal with water on some watercolor paper, drop in the ink and watch it do it’s magic. SO MUCH FUN.

Tracy Verdugo’s class is terrific for a number of reasons. First of all it’s on video and a PDF that you can download to your computer and keep forever. This is important to me because my internet is not conducive to streaming video. Plus, I like to watch, pause, experiment, and watch again. I like having the video right on my computer because I can access it even when I don’t have an internet connection. The PDF with explanations and material lists is nice because you can print it out and take it to the store with you or refer to it as you are painting without having to get on the computer, go on the internet, log into the class…well, you know the drill. Anything that saves time is a big plus for me.

Animalitos with artist Tracy Verdugo
There is a story here. If I ever illustrated a children’s book this is the medium I would choose to work in.

There are several projects Tracy Verdugo walks you through in the class. Some include collage and using materials I have never used before. To be honest, I have only completed the first project because I am obsessed with these adorable, fantastical, little inky animals. I feel like I am telling a story with each one I create. I’ve started on another project, but the drying time makes it a longer process. I am sure I will share that one with you once I have completed it.

What else? Well, first of all, if you are feeling a little blocked or stuck in your art making right now this class will be an amazing boost for you. I don’t think I’ve ever taken an art class online that made me feel like a kid painting for the very first time like this one has. I find myself giggling with amusement and just having FUN. It’s pure fun. That is a really good recipe for creative development, and forward marching, and idea sparking. I seriously have an entire notebook page of new ideas just from the first project in this class. I’m like an idea factory right now. I owe it all to the fun.

Animalitos with Artist Tracy Verdugo
Dragon and cat? BFF’s for life!

The other thing is this class comes with membership to a Facebook group where you get to see the creations of other people taking the class. It’s so inspiring! I love how the same animal can look so different painted by so many people. It’s kind of fascinating.

I am going to go ahead and shout this out too: Get this class for your kids! I think it’s perfect for kids. They have to be old enough to use the art supplies safely of course, but it’s such an open, free form, experimental approach to painting that I am positive any kid would excel. Any grownup too. No need to be able to draw a straight line to do this kind of work.

Interested? Hop on over to Tracy Verdugo’s website and sign up.


*I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this post. I paid for the class myself. Tracy Verdugo probably doesn’t even know I exist and I am not affiliated with her in any way. This is just pure, unadulterated fandom.