Sunday, March 30, 2008

My Studio & The Capitol Area Studio Tour

In celebration of the Open Studio Tour this weekend and Second Saturday, I am recycling an older post about my studio. This is one of my earliest posts so there is a good chance most of you have not read it. (To be honest - I am also crazy busy getting ready for this weekend so I am cheating a bit - but recycling is good - right?)

Anyway, for those of you in the area I hope you can stop by this weekend. More information about the Capitol Area Studio Tour can be found on their website - as well as on my website -

I finally got around to taking some decent shots of my studio. I love this space. I moved into this studio last November. I had a smaller space with my friend Lori Emmington who is taking a break while she completes her Masters degree. She is also a full time high school art teacher - not sure how she does it!

The light during the day is amazing. The downside to this amazing light is the heat that comes through the windows when it starts to get warmer. I am debating on whether or not to get shades for the summer. I really don't want to. A new vent for the air conditioning should be installed soon - maybe I will wait and see how that works before I decide on the shades.

Another advantage to having this studio is that I get to participate in Sacramento's Second Saturday every month. The galleries in town, including the Art Foundry Gallery downstairs, hold their opening receptions on this night. It's quite an event. Every month all of the studios upstairs are open for people to visit, enjoy and possibly purchase art.

The studio is where I do the actual hand-coloring of my photographs. That is all I do when I am there. There are no distractions like I had when I worked out of my studio at home. No email to check, no laundry to fold, no dishwasher to empty - you get the idea. I just put on my Ipod, start coloring and completely lose track of time. I love it!

If you live in the Sacramento area or passing through, let me know. Second Saturdays are very enjoyable, but visiting the studio when you can actually watch the process of hand-coloring can be fun too. Visitors are always welcome!

1021 R Street
Downtown Sacramento

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I'm Back

I am trying to get a routine going here but it's been hard. I was out of town for a week participating in the La Quinta Arts Festivals down by Palm Springs.

Both of my kids are home this weekend for spring break. My daughter leaves on Monday to spend her spring quarter studying in London! I am so excited for her. My son will be home the rest of the week and that will be fun.

So while there has been a lot going on, I am going to try and not make any excuses for my lack of posts. Like I said - a routine needs to be established. Wish me luck!

Friday, March 7, 2008


Ok - I got into the show I was waiting to hear from. The funny thing was the acceptance came in my large self-addressed stamped envelope with all of my jury materials in it. This almost never happens. Rejections usually come in the large envelope. What a roller coaster that was! So at least I don't have to stalk the mailman anymore. What a relief!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Still Waiting............

Nothing in the mail today. Now I really don't know what to think. I emailed the coordinator for the show and I have not received a reply. I also emailed someone I know that also applied to see if she had received anything and I have not heard from her either.
So I wait and work on getting ready for the big show I am doing in La Quinta, California. I leave in a week and still have quite a bit of work to do.

Maybe tomorrow..................


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Waiting For The Mail

For the last couple of days, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my mail. As I was getting ready to leave today, I spotted the postman walking down our street. I quickly went back in and waited. Would I see a large envelope that I had addressed and stamped? You don't even have to open that to know that it contains a "thank you but sorry" letter.
As I watched the mail come through the slot, I was relieved to see that there were no large envelopes. Unfortunately, there were also no regular envelopes containing letters that started out with "Congratulations!".
One of the art festivals I applied to listed February 28th as the day the "invitations to participate" would be mailed by. In most cases, mail sent from that city should arrive the following day. Of course all I can think about is that the "rejections" are being mailed out at a later date and that is why I have not received anything. Stay tuned..........