Sunday, June 23, 2013


Five years ago this summer, I decided to take the first step in the journey that is becoming a visual artist. I stopped learning how to play the guitar, I said no to people who wanted me to join their whatever groups, and I committed. With my heart pounding in my chest, I told my husband that this was what I was going to do, and he said, "Sounds good to me."  And so I began. Another artist that summer said I should just go ahead and have a show. Make some stuff, have my friends make cookies, and send out the invites.  I resolved that I would do this in 2013, after I had some time to figure out what this whole thing was going to look like, and time to develop myself as an artist.

This weekend, I opened my studio up and (!) had a show.  My friends made cookies!  I had stuff to hang on the walls, my husband couldn't have been more supportive and encouraging, and despite the huge ROAD CLOSED sign 200 feet from my driveway, 45 people defied the sign and came!  I got to show off my space and talk about my work and my ideas and my values. I got to meet people who really loved my work, who saw me as an inspiration to them. (Me? Inspiring other people?) Some people came, saw, thanked me and went. Others lingered with a glass of iced tea, asked question after question, and stayed long enough to make their own little work of art take-home piece.

Everything went just as I'd hoped it would. It was a fantastic experience! And, I'm exhausted!

Follow the steps around the house... 

Welcome to my studio!

Organized, clean, bright! People loved my shelves, windows with north-facing light, sink and magnet wall.

A mix-n-match of lots of my work over the last few years.

My new curtain, to keep my unkempt house out of sight! (Made of a drop cloth from Home Depot, thanks to Martha's May issue.)

Hamming it up with some visitors.

The make-n-take art station. Use the template to find your fave spot on the collage, cut it out, embellish, and then turn it into a postcard with my fancy postcard rubber stamp and logo stamp!

Linger for awhile with a friend and a glass of iced tea, or peruse the For Sale table!

Aprons blowing in the wind, and refreshing, healthy, tasty snacks.  Plus the perfect temps!

Thank you to everyone who paid my studio a visit this weekend! It was a pleasure having you, and I feel truly blessed to be able to pursue this dream.  I think much is in store for the NEXT five years!  Stay in touch.  :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Something At Once

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."

These words, said by Calvin Coolidge so many years ago, encourage me when I feel overwhelmed.  Something Lynne Perrella said in 2008 is reminiscent of this, and it always pops into my brain whenever I feel stuck: "Just begin."   We probably can't "do it all," and even if we try, change or a final outcome can't happen immediately!  If I have a worthy art idea, first I need to start it at all, and then over time, it develops.  Same goes for a dream. If I hadn't started this journey of art five years ago, I'd never be opening up my studio to the public this weekend! Each day, week, month, I've just decided to do it. 

My dad says that in 20 years, I'll be an overnight sensation.  Doesn't that go well with what Coolidge said?  :)

Here's something I made this week, as a piece to put up in Chris Bates' (of Mighty Fine Art) studio.  

Chris' studio is just a 10 minute walk from mine! I hope that if you're visiting my studio this weekend, you'll stop by his too.  He makes some really amazing pen-and-ink portraits.  Check out his website here

Other things I've been working on this week: Countdown Calendars!  You've got to see these babies in person. My, are they fun!

Parsley Art Studio is open this weekend! Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm!  Hope to see you here!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Visit The Studio!

Hello friends!
I'm back in the studio after some international travels and want to invite you to come on over yourselves!

You are cordially invited to the...

June 22-23, 2013
10am-5pm both days
My studio is one of over 40 studios in Fort Collins that is open to the public that weekend.

Come see where I work, what inspires me, and learn about my artistic process!  There will also be an interactive and fun take-away for you to take as a souvenir.

You'll also have a chance to purchase things made at Parsley Art Studio.  See a sample of what's for sale by visiting my Etsy shop!  I'll also have select greeting cards available for sale too, which I don't sell on Etsy.

Enter my drawing to win one of my pieces!

You can pick up maps for free at several locations in town (Lincoln Center, Senior Center, The Gardens on Spring Creek, or the Northside Aztlan Center), or download it here.

I'd LOVE to have you stop by!

My most recent work-in-progress is something I've never done before.  While I was in the UK, I worked with pastels for the first time on a piece with my father-in-law.  I'm pretty excited about what I learned!

Here's the original photo, taken on a hike in Scotland along the West Highland Way:

Here's my sketch and first attempts at the sky! I've always been intimidated by the sky in painting. Pastels, though, are wonderfully forgiving, and as Frank (father-in-law) kept reminding me: it doesn't have to look just like the photo, Heather!  You'll see the progression as we went along:

The artists hard at work!

I had to leave the UK before we could complete it, but now I'm inspired to invest in some pastels so I can finish it up.