Sunday, January 8, 2012

A New Look


A NEW LooK!!  We all need a new look now and then don't we?  Today is only 8 days into 2012 but I've been busy making changes.  I've reopened my Etsy Shop," Petie's Place" and my dear friend Julie (Julz) Kinsella created this beautiful banner for me.  She struggled with the placement of ART I've created, making it totally original and mine!!  Thank you Julz for sharing your talent!
Tomorrow a brand new Misty Mawn class starts and the excitement in the group is building. Everyone has been making beautiful journals and inspiring me to try my first one TODAY.  Yep..today is the day!  I've already met so many people that are starting the class tomorrow and last year many of us took Misty's class together. This past year I've watched so many people blossom and spread their wings. This year will my year of Practice*Practice*Practice!!  The generosity of fellow artists is heart warming... so many people share their knowledge and talents FREE..Amy McDonald, Manon Visser, Rachael Panagary, Effy Wild, Tamara LaPorte, Kristen Powers just to name a few.  And congratulations to Tamera who just got published!  I know I wish I had room to name everyone!!  So much talent!!  I'm happy to have met all of my art friends.  And I have to mention one of my inspirations, Janice Scherer..wow!!    I wish I could name all of the people that have influenced me this past year, wonderful, talented, generous artists that continue to grow!!
There are so many fun and exciting things happening for me this year and one of the biggest is meeting so many of my Facebook ART sisters at ARTFEST!!  So many of us met last year in Misty's class and have also taken other workshops together.  Many of us are meeting in Seattle to get the week started off with some fun exploring together, Seattle may never be the same after Lyn Tivenin, Frannie DeLeo, Jaci Swarts, Jodi Kincaid, Carlanda Brown Williamson and of course ME arrive a few days before Artfest to play and get to know each other. I'm sure by March there will be many more of us in Seattle before heading to Fort Worden. The more the merrier!!   And I can't leave out the fabulous workshops we'll all be taking. We've all made our own choices on workshops, there were so many fantastic artists teaching.  We'll be staying in the Madrona aka "The Nunnery".   This is my first and last time to attend Artfest since Teesha and Terry Moore have decided to end this part of their career.
Thanks to Jane Powell of Random Arts in Saluda, NC, I'll be hosting Jodi Ohl (who was just published in Cloth Paper Scissors)  and Sue Pellitier (who has been published many times) when they come to North Carolina to teach their workshops!  I was already excited just to meet them and learn from them but I'm extra thrilled to be able to have them stay with me while they're in our beautiful area.  And thanks to Jane Powell of Random Arts for bringing so many fabulous, inspiring artists to our little corner of the world to teach.
And I can't leave out Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch who I'll be taking a three day encaustic workshop from.  One day at Random Arts in Saluda and two days in Asheville at Fleta Monaghan's studio.
By the end of April I should be so totally saturated with ART and FUN and workshops and my intentions are to concentrate and use what I've learned.
BUT...I'm not only doing artsy phartzy things!!  I have FAMILY too!!  My grandson, Patrick and his beautiful fiance' Jen will be getting married the end of April so we'll be off to Florida to attend the wedding and enjoy my family or a few short days.   From there we're going to Disney World..my first time!!  We'll be meeting Artist Lu, another fabulous artist, and her husband who are helping us with our DW details.
So much to look forward to, so much to learn, so many wonderful people to meet in person, so many people to see again, so many trips and so much fun!
I hope you're all having an exciting, artful year too and I know I'll be meeting so many of you ....somewhere.
Love you all..you're my inspiration!!  Welcome 2012!!   I am here!!
Petie


Like me...a Work in Progress!

21 comments:

Janice Scherer said...

I will certainly be the first to leave a comment... LOVE your blog! I felt like we sat and had coffee this morning. You are my inspiration Phyllis. You care about people and I love that about you. Keep writing and keep painting (love that your Etsy shop is up and running). Wish I was joining you and all these crazy ladies at ArtFest, and it could still happen. For now, I'll be thinking about you all!

Petie said...

Thank you so much Janice. I didn't mean to be so wordy but it just kept going. :-) I know you'll be there!! Just keep selling those fantastic paintings!! You know I'm your number one fan!!

Lisa D. said...

Great looking blog!

Jodi Ohl said...

I'm so excited to meet you Phyllis and I am looking forward to our time together in your beautiful area! You certainly have a full schedule full of artsy adventures, fun and of course family. I'm so happy for you, you can hear it in your 'voice'. Cheers to you and we will be meeting in just a few short weeks away! Well, okay maybe more than a month away, but stil...lol. xoxo Jodi

Janie Husband said...

great blog, phyllis.......hope to see you in saluda in jodi's class...

suepelletierlaughpaint said...

I can't wait to meet you and your corner of the country! so sweet of you to invite me to stay.....very generous! thank you ...thank you! busy girl, happy new year!

Michele Emma said...

Love your new blog, Ms. Phyllis!

Rachelle said...

Hey Miss P!
Love the new look...so pretty.
I feel almost famous now that I have been mentioned on your blog. Thank you so much!
So glad that we connected on FB, here's to a happy 2012 full of creativity and lots of fun.
Xo Rachelle

kae pea said...

Love your blog and your excitement and enthusiasm! I cannot wait to see and hear all about Artfest. I wish I were going so I could meet you and so many friends I have made here too! I will live vicariously through you! Happy 2012!! xo kp

Sherry Smyth said...

Lovely blog...I can feel the possibility that awaits ... nothing like change and fresh starts!

Manon said...

Lol you are so funny!!Love that drawing and being work in progress! It is wonderful knowing you and I am sad I am not coming to Artsfest!!!!!!I hope you will think of me when you are all there and have a glass of vodka or two. I am still debating to do Misty's class just to be in touch with all you lot!XXXX

sooz weissberg said...

Wow, that post will get me up and going in my day!! Pete, you are absolutely amazing; what can I say? From your enthusiasm to your kindness and generosity, you are the cat's pajamas. I am dizzy with all of the good news you have planned for 2012. Yay for you!!

carlanda brown williamson said...

oh phyllis, what a great blogpost! and your banner is beautiful. julz did a great job. i can't wait to meet you in seattle! we are bound to have a rip roaring good time! i'll make sure i keep lee on retainer with bail money....just in case anthing goes awry!! you are so talented and i love your positive energy. YOU are an inspiration!!! love you. c

dellerd said...

Oh my gosh Phyllis what an exciting entry in the new year!!! Not only your new post but all the fun and exciting adventures you are going to be experiencing. Busy, busy but oh what fun. You are such a dear sweet lady and I am sure everyone is going to have so much fun with you!!! Then to top things off the wedding...have a fantastic time in all that you are doing!!!

Petie said...

My Goodness I'm overwhelmed by so many wonderful comments. Thank you all for taking the time to read my ramblings. I predict that 2012 is going to be a fantastic artful year for all of us and that many lifelong friendships are about to be created, some on facebook and many in real life. Thank you all so much!! :-)

barefoot muse said...

Great blogpost, beautiful blog. Enjoy every second of your amazing adventures!!!! xo
P.S. Blow a kiss from me to those gorgeous mountains of North Carolina.

Carol said...

Wow! Your blog is absolutely beautiful and your life sounds full. I am looking forward to taking Misty's class with you-making my journal today also.

Gia said...

Oh My Gosh you have been busy. I love what you did with your blog. It looks great! Off to check out your Patina!

wanda miller said...

VERY COOL...had no idea you were blogging and then with all those wonderful notes you've left on fb. great to be here and visit often!! xo

Petie said...

Thanks so much Gia!!!
Wanda I hope you come see me often. I was just thinking that it's time to do a new post now that the class is over. I'm glad you like it!! xoxo

Ophelia said...

I am in love with your blog!!! I found you by our Misty workshop, and what a fantastic place you have here Phyllis!
Jodi is such a great great person!!! Enjoy your time together!
I will be back to visit you here often.