Thursday, May 24, 2012

 Greetings Everyone and Happy Spring to you!

It has been a very long time since I posted and I apologize to my fans. It has been one whirlwind after another it seems. The excitement of spring, the unusual weather, unpredictable challenges and a delightful variety of activities and events have all been keeping me focused and busy! So busy that there has not been time to DO and write, so I've been taking notes and photos, hoping to find some time to share them with you eventually.  Now I can at least give you some highlights....and hopefully more detailed posts can follow very soon.

  Since customers seemed to be drawn to the greens of moss and forest images now that spring is here, I'm pleased to announce the first new line of cards for the spring/summer season. You can find this new collection at my website. It is called "Mossy Dreams"

Spring Tuning
    In addition to preparing for spring and all the creative projects that can now be done in the warm and green world, I've also been given several art assignments. I am grateful for the work and have enjoyed the change of focus and the return to the drawing, these are paying jobs which I have also needed to keep my checkbook happy.  The business of being an artist is sometimes incredibly challenging. Being alone in the woods making art is the easy part...for me at least. Trying to earn a living from it has been the steepest mountain I've yet climbed! But, I've received some GREAT guidance and first-rate seminars from two wonderful art coaches I'd like to recommend: First up is Alyson B Stanfield. You can find her website HERE. I've taken her Blast-off class and her recent sales-for-artists tele-seminars with Carolyn Edlund of Arstsy Shark (don't let her logo scare you, she's really VERY nice!). Both of these women have a lot to offer any artist who feels they need a boost in managing the business side of their art career.  They bring energy, clarity and professional expertise to help any artist move forward with confidence and focus.

In early May we had our first workshop for 2012 at Lakeside Pre-school at Black Kettle Farm in Essex, NY. I'll be telling you more about this delightful event, the school and the workshop schedule for later this summer. The workshop season will begin in July and will run through autumn, to take advantage of the best weather and seasons. 
   We will have several venues to choose from and a variety of focus levels for all sorts of students...from those who want to bring their kids for a fun day of forest frolics to classes geared for just adults. Classes will be announced here and in my newsletter as soon as the schedules are confirmed.

  Open Studio events!

 I am hoping to host at least one, possibly more Open Studio/Garden events this summer/autumn. There are two organized tours that are in this area and if I can get the gardens ready, and have enough sculptures/Faerie houses made in time, I will join the tours. I will announce the tours here and in my newsletter once those dates have been confirmed.
While the plants are so luscious this time of year, it must also be said that the famous Adirondack Black flies and mosquitoes are in full force now, so waiting till later in the year will make for a much nicer experience for all the visitors. There will (hopefully) be some fun things to spot tucked in secret nooks here and there. So stay tuned!

It is going to be a busy summer with lots of things to share and anticipate... and I promise to keep you updated with all the fun!


Folklings said...

So glad to read a new post from you - absolutely delightful! Wish I lived on your side of the country so I could make it to the Studio/Garden Tour.

Folklings said...

So glad to read a post from you - absolutely delightful! Wish I lived on your side of the country so I could make it to the Studio/Garden Tour.

psyko-daizie said...

Love love loooooove the faerie house!! Just came across your blog and think it's brilliant ^_^ Looking forward to seeing more of your work :)

Welcome to the enchanted world of Environmental art and Faerie Houses sculptures created by Sally J Smith. Here you will find photos of the artist's unique art-forms and hear some of the stories from behind the scenes as she shares with you her creative process.