Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Art and Income

I don’t know about you but in this wacky economy of the last few years all of my ideas of how business operates and how money is used and managed has been tossed like a waldorf salad.

I own 2 businesses one as an artist and one with my husband in crane repairs in heavy industry. I have many years of experience in banking and having to rely on the bank’s money to get thru times when my people really like getting a weekly paycheck and rent and all other incidentals of a business require payment. Then when customers pay me I pay the bank back and the circle continues.

Glenny Densem-Moir is an amazing woman who has been putting together a wonder art retreat for many years. It is a wild and wacky adventure held every year in Portland Oregon on the west coast and in Hampton Virgina on the east coast. As well as many other places.

She too has had the credit line with a bank and counted on it to cover costs while waiting for payments and such. This year with out warning the line of credit was pulled (the new rules of banking@#$%%$$#@) And she has been left holding the bag so to speak

I have been a vendor at Art & Soul for the past 5 years as well as a student .

I have enjoyed many wonderful classes and met some terrific people. In addition I am a teacher and have put together several retreats and events for artists to come together and create. I have experience in the challenge of juggling money to prepay event costs while hoping your careful planning will produce a wonderful and rewarding experience for your students.

I cannot stand by and let this financial crisis ruin Glenny’s reputation and momentum with the grand experience we all have shared both Teachers and Students alike.

You can help and get a great bracelet kit in return

Starting December 1, 2010 and running thru January 30,2011 all bracelet kits purchased on my website 100% of the kit price will go directly into a fund for Art and Soul called “Kiss my fanny MR.Banker.” or in polite company the KMFMB FUND

This account is set up by a team of lawyers to help build up funds lost by the line of credit being denied . This will help all teachers to get paid sooner and perpetuate success at future Art & Soul events

I offer 3 different styles of kits and they are rated for experience levels. All materials are included in each kits. limited to stock on hand.

In these times everyone who owns and runs a small business walks a thin line of success or failure. Many ways of cycling money have been cut off and we need to be creative and give each other a helping hand.

I also am putting out the call for all artists who feel the call to donate an hand crafted item inspired by Art & Soul and I am putting together a team to set up an ebay auction site so we can auction off these things to Keep Art and Soul moving forward.

Please join me in supporting Art & Soul so that it may continue enrich our lives with art and the friends and experiences that feed our souls with love laughter and making art. Please contact me off line at

Please forward this to anyone who has loved art and soul and may like to help

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Finding More

I started out this year to find inspiration and in passing on some of my stashed art supplies I have found peace. I am sitting gazing at the new growth pushing up through the fallen debris of last fall. My hellebore plants are stirring and making their presence known.

I am so blessed to live in a climate where new life is allowed to grow in the dead of winter when other parts of the country, the ground is covered either with ice and snow or a slippery slushy layer of mud sucks you into it’s gooey depths each step taken off of the cement sidewalk.

Seattle may be a grey and rain soaked place. But this last week has been a bit of peace and wonder. I paused for a bit after packing off some supplies to pass on and wandered into the garden.

The deep freeze in December had left a slimy trail of destruction in the veggie garden with parsley and sweet pea vines nearly unrecognizable. The raspberry vines were radiating life hidden and the promise of succulent ruby fruit in the heat of July.

Then I wandered to the front garden and spotted the emerging hellebore blossoms. Dainty pale pink edges poked out from tiny green caps and bits of creamy white merged with the pink. A few feet away the deep chocolate color of another hellebore was making its way to greet the watery sunlight.

Out came my clippers and I removed the old growth leaves, my hardy soldiers’ of last summer. I left the fallen leaves and other bits beginning the dance of return to the soil, just removing the leaves and tall sticks of the other plants that share this garden space.

The plants responded by popping up seeming to shake off the deep sleep of creation. Refreshing me with delight at witnessing this small moment of the turning of the seasons.

Filling up my soul with nature's small moments  causes it to blossom into creative designs, I must remember to wait for the right moment  for things to emerge. And I must remember this process can not be rushed, pushed or pulled for to do so distorts and ruins the simple beauty of my idea.

 How about you??? What filles up your soul with peace and quiet beauty? I would love it if you would take a moment to share