It’s that time of year. It creeps up earlier and earlier each year and yet I find I’m still burning midnight oil in December. Sometimes I consider taking a year off so I can actually enjoy fall and the holiday season with my family instead of sequestered in my basement studio ’till all hours drinking coffee and listening to KD Lang records.
I do love, LOVE what I do. Every little furry face makes me smile and makes my heart happy. When I get an order and I’m out of the house, I wait until I can get to my computer to open the photo – – it’s a little thing I do to surprise myself. And I’m truly never disappointed. But, at this time of year, I especially want to acknowledge that it takes a village to make me look like I know what I’m doing. Albeit a handful of friends and family members but…
- There is only one of me. I do all the painting, baking, packing and shipping myself. I do all my own marketing, website updating and general, self-emplyed, business stuff. And achieving balance can often be challenging and difficult at best.
- I have very understanding friends and family. My bffs all know not to try to plan anything with me between October 1st and January. My husband and son do whatever they can at this time of year to help – my teenager packs boxes for me, replenishes my supplies, organizes my very chaotic studio, keeps my white board up to date. My husband runs drops offs to the post office and makes person to person deliveries when he can. He also helps me with the math – because, you know, math. They do the cooking, laundry and my husband single handedly makes Thanksgiving every year for anywhere between 10 and 15 people. I am truly grateful to them for making it possible for me to get your portraits done in time for holiday gift giving.
- I am grateful to my repeat clients who appreciate my artwork and come back for more year after year. No one understands better than I, the reality that art is subjective and I’m constantly astonished and overjoyed at your reaction to my work.
- Your understanding of what it takes to create 50-70 individual, one of a kind, custom pieces of artwork in a three month period is very appreciated.
So, thank you all for making it possible for me to do the thing I love most in the world as my job! I am so blessed to have you all in my life. See you on the flip side….