Storm of Emotions

I remember how only two years ago, I had such a hard time with abstract art. Now it’s my go-to for whenever I need to process complicated emotions. It feels good to have that outlet, that way to let myself experience my own moods without trying to control the outcome. And I’m glad I’ve gottenContinue reading “Storm of Emotions”

Hurricane Cake

I’ve decided to start a new tradition. From now on, before hurricanes I will bake a chocolate cake. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated and it’s something decadent to enjoy if one is reduced to drinking instant coffee. Luckily, after all, it seems Laura will not be paying us a visit. But my house smellsContinue reading “Hurricane Cake”

Storms of Malhado – Book Club Discussion Questions

As we’re all watching tropical storm Laura, hurricane preparedness has been on my mind. I checked on the neighbor who’s never been through one, ordered flashlights from Amazon Prime, surveyed the shelves full of canned goods I’ve been stockpiling since May, and overall tried not to panic. After all, we don’t even know yet ifContinue reading “Storms of Malhado – Book Club Discussion Questions”

Sprinkle Fairy Dust

Guess what? All my ten Christmas boxes sold! Immediately! It was so incredibly easy to sell these, that it felt beyond magical. It felt like some sort of positive visualization that actually worked, like I manifested something. Now starts the truly exciting part: getting them to the people who bought them and waiting to seeContinue reading “Sprinkle Fairy Dust”

Stretch Your Limits

Several really cool things happened today. One is that for the first time ever, I stretched a painting all by myself. I used to not have the strength to do this, and it caused me endless grief, especially during the Escapist Mentorship Program when I wanted to stretch and sell some really big paintings butContinue reading “Stretch Your Limits”

Christmas Boxes 2020

Today the red tissue paper I’d ordered for my Christmas boxes arrived, and I got to work right away. These boxes full of surprises are so much fun! Basically, since Christmas shopping this year will be so different, and people will miss out on the fun of coming to the gallery, I decided to makeContinue reading “Christmas Boxes 2020”

I’ll Miss You, Aimée!

Bittersweet: This morning I finished the sixth draft of The Glory Days of Aimée Bonnard and sent it off to my editor. I will miss Aimée, but in her own way, she will be with me while I work on my other projects and wait for the editor’s feedback. The thing is I really thinkContinue reading “I’ll Miss You, Aimée!”

I Miss the Frogs

Today John commissioned me to paint one of his tiny frogs. The pink stuff is supposed to be his fingers, to show just how tiny the frog baby is. I miss the frog pond and the general easy vibe of being in the Heights. I spent the day readjusting to being home, also putting someContinue reading “I Miss the Frogs”