Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Re-cap of 2014 and an Outlook for 2015

2014 was a great year for me, I turned 30 which is nothing like what people tell you it's going to be like, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary and apparently we're still in our "honeymoon" phase.  I quit my full-time job and took a part-time job to pursue my art, I met my BFF Sarah.  I joined a bowling league.  I got a third job, and it's kind of a dream! I found out 2 of my sisters-in-law will be having babies in 2015! I'm exhausted and more than ready to continue this adventure!

First off, I have a wonderful companion who has made a lot of things possible that I had long given up on. So thanks Ryan-o, you're swell and I adore you.

I don't know if I blogged about my position at the ARC of High Point yet, if so eh, I'll do it again because I love it.  I originally started off at school for art therapy but circumstances and what not changed that course.  A friend of mine mentioned that she worked at the ARC and they needed a painting instructor, so I volunteered and loved it and accepted the job.  TA-DA, so on Friday mornings I go and teach adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities how to paint with acrylics. I love it, it makes me so happy to teach and work with people who are eager to learn.  If you are interested in helping out at the ARC check out their website http://www.arcofhp.org/ We always need volunteers to help in all areas including pottery and crafts in the soap room.
This is one of my students, Blake working on his latest piece.  
He has a FB page under Art by Blake Henkel, he is very talented. 

My other very exciting news was becoming the in house artist at Vida Pour Tea on State Street.  I'm so excited to know Sarah and be a part of her shop.  I have a gallery space now where I have a consistent home for all of my work and I have a creative outlet decorating her window fronts. 

This is a portion of her winter weather window.

Also I have been working with Easy Peasy, a bakery on Battleground.  I bought some One Shot paint and started taking my hand lettering to a new level painting windows.  

and now I'm working on my favorite mural yet, a Mucha mural! Alphonse Mucha is my favorite artist hands down, so painting his work on a big empty wall is a dream.
This is the chalk outline I did today, tomorrow I go back and paint!

So there is your 411 for now on what Heart Shine Studios is up to, there is more but I'm waiting to post on the other projects once they are completed.  I am more than excited to be entering 2015 in exhaustion, my immune system is not.  

Can't stop won't stop cause makers gonna make.