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Kandy Cross

Key West style

“Roosters on Hiatus”

I keep reminding myself that it’s ok not to have every little thing on the daily to-do list checked off. Things will still be waiting tomorrow. Guess the former teacher habits are ingrained and return time and time again.

 

I also have to remember that everyone needs to recharge the batteries, so that canvas will get painted even if it doesn’t happen when expected. The Muses, those crazy girls, get a big kick out of stirring up anxiety from unpredictability.

 

Of course, even trips to coastal areas for rest and relaxation offer sources of creative inspiration so I am always doing a balancing act between work and play when out of the studio.

 

This year there have been additional opportunities for visits to Key West and the BVI, in May, and again in November and December. One change that I noticed was the absence of the roosters and baby chicks at places like Blue Heaven. Where were they? I was told by our server that they were on hiatus, that they had temporarily moved to another part of the island, but would return.

 

So like my feathered friends, I will also, and the timing will be just fine when I do.

Hey! If you have a chance to recharge your batteries, where would be the first place you would go? Why is it your absolute favorite happy place? Add your comments below. Would love to hear about it.

 

An overview of what I have worked on this year:   

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Kandy

The most recent painting: 'Soper's Hole' ©2016  acrylic on canvas

The most recent painting:
‘Soper’s Hole’ ©2016
acrylic on canvas

#Resolution Flunkie

I know… we have all said it before at one time or another. “It was really my intention to…” and it really was my intention to follow through on the promise to myself to keep up with the blog posts on a regular schedule, only somehow that didn’t happen, and here I am scratching my head while wondering where did the time go in the last half of the year? That’s easily answered, only it doesn’t excuse the fact that it went undocumented due to a number of distractions. (It actually sounds “cool” for celebs to say, “I am truly sorry, but…” or  “I was misinformed”… or worse, “it wasn’t my intention to…”or even worse at the time of this post: “I misremembered….” Really?

OK. I am saying it for the rest of us.  I failed. I learned a lesson, and I will try to do much better with my intended commitment. OK? In spite of all of the unexpected things that happened in the first half, the culmination of a lifelong dream of mine did become a reality. I actually watched in total amazement the ongoing construction from September through mid-December of the addition of my Pinterest, Houzz,  and Coastal Living inspired studio! I still am in awe that I got the additional space for creating that I had been waiting for, and I am excited about the new works that will be born here.

I began with a vision board years ago that was viewed daily in the former congested office space, and worked hard to save as much as possible toward my goal. I was reluctant at first to pin stuff on boards that I would dream about having. I even remember writing in a former post that I had enough social media sites, and I would not be adding anymore. Funny how things work out for the best. The boards were born and I found out that I really loved seeing what other pinners (who are probably HGTV remodel junkies like myself) were collecting. It turns out that in discussions with my architect and contractor, it was a lot easier showing them the board pins than trying to explain my ideas, so that was a super plus. Thank you, Pinterest, and Abby Kerr, who introduced me to Pinterest while I was taking one of her courses in Brand Development.  

In Coastal Living Magazine, I found inspiration for the interior wall and floor colors within a photo of a set of wooden steps leading onto a beach. Suddenly it all started coming together with repurposed furniture that was being thrown out which I distressed and made into a window seat with cushions underneath a Plantation shuttered trio of windows. I already had a large architectural drafting table. It was distressed and placed in the corner underneath two panoramic lakefront transom windows and I decided to paint the closet doors incorporating retro beach colors in a striped pattern reminiscent of rustic surfboards or cabanas. My plans are to distress some shuttered doors that will be hinged together to divide my quiet zone from my creative one, and provide more display space for art within the center of the room. Thank you, Candice Olson, for the idea of incorporating zones. Hanging above the light table behind the print bin is a ceiling fan which has been painted to complement the studio wall colors of the sea. A bookcase is located next to wall height canvas bins of varied sizes, and my beach- inspired look is completed with the addition of a Key West palm and a Bird of Paradise on either side of the multi-colored striped window seat. In front of that is a repurposed coffee table and meeting place for clients during a studio visit. 

Do you experience that feeling of anticipation when you watch the remodeling shows on HGTV before they reveal the “after” from the “before”? What is it that makes us love that process of transformation so much so that we can listlessly sit and watch one after another after still another? Is it something about control of the process, or creative curiosity, thrill of the unknown, or a mix of these? I guess these are questions I ask myself when I am away from my easel and exploring other things besides the latest canvas. With some luck and a large dose of inspiration, maybe I will be able to stick with my resolution to produce more frequent posts… or if the revision of this post is any hint of my progress… maybe not.

 

“So This Is Where the Magic Happens…”

In the aftermath of the unspeakable horror of the recent shooting at the Connecticut elementary school, I, like so many others, am seeking the comfort of the holiday spent with family and friends.  The yards of gift wrap are strewn throughout, the music that is usually non-secular becomes more traditional in lyrics that soothe and bring to mind happier thoughts of Christmases past, and the disorganized chaotic studio space becomes a storage house for more than easel, brushes, and paints. For now, it serves as a reminder of one of the goals for the New Year: make some kind of attempt at organizing this mess.

The title of the post was something one of my collectors actually said when entering my work space. My next dream is to have my own Woman’s Cave on an upper level so that I can have room for the huge drawing table that is being stored elsewhere since it won’t fit into the room where I work now. I envision one side of the studio with a wall of glass to allow lots of light, plenty of wall space to display my future “babies”, room for my large desk and easel, beach-like wooden floors, wall length desk height areas for working , and wall to ceiling bookcases along with tall divided wooden storage areas for canvases in progress. 

A shabby chic sorta Key West interior would be the style that I want to use within my private studio. This year I have become a true Houzz fan, and have started my online ideabook when I see any other artist studios that give me ideas for my own. I would love it if I could get some other suggestions as to how to design it from those artists who have done so, interior designers who love to talk about design, or anyone else who has a flair for planning out spaces. Oh. I just remembered. I also need an office space there with a plush, funky sofa near my desk for my clients when they visit. It will be a happy place that will uplift my spirits just like my paintings, and I look forward to the year in the future where I will be typing my blog on my computer upstairs within my cave.

As I write this, the Mayan prediction of the ending of the present world has not occurred, so I am looking into 2013 with a sense of renewed optimism. I also want to look back upon this year as one of continued growth, and express a personal thank you to my mentors, who have taken me a few more steps higher on the ladder of small business success: ( you girls rock!) Monica Lee, of Smart Creative Women, Kelly Rae Roberts, my ” flight pilot,” Marie Forleo, and Maria Brophy, of MariaBrophy.com. And to those who have supported my talents and have contributed to my mission of ridding the world of cancer in all forms, I wish to say that I appreciate you more than I can ever express in words. I hope that all of your dreams come true and that the holidays are filled with laughter and love.

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