Archives for May 2013

Stars for Dad and other new artwork

*tip – make sure to show the pictures, it’ll be much more fun that way.

 

Hello,

I hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend. We spent ours camping up north and it was so peaceful. I just love sitting around a fire and taking time to hang out, read some magazines (Mingle and Where Women Create – they are amazing!!) and hang out with family and friends. Summer is amping up pretty quick, got the garden planted and all the flowers in. This weekend it’s mulch and we’re thinking 2 apple trees. The older I get the more I appreciate the simple acts of planting and connecting with nature.

I just sent out the last of the fastpitch artwork from May’s artwork special. I thank each of you who participated and ordered an original. The next sports special will be in August and that will feature a Volleyball and I’m debating between dance and cheer for the 2nd one. (If you have an opinion let me know). Then in Sept or Oct it’ll be Basketball and Hockey. You can purchase any of the sports artwork here.

Two weeks ago Aspen started daycare full time, I think it’s been harder on me than on him. Such a strange transition. He’s handling it like a champ though. Since January I’ve been balancing work with being home with him most days so I have to admit that as much as I miss hanging out everyday with my little man I’m excited to dive in full time again at the studio. I’m planning on being at the studio Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s all day and until lunch on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. Stop on in any time and say hi if you’re in the area.

Aspen tried pudding for his first time a couple weeks ago, I had to share these photos. Love him.

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June Special

I’m so excited about this artwork that I’m starting the special a day early. Is there anything better then being out in nature and looking up into the night sky? There are billions of stars twinkling back. I just can’t get enough. It touches something in me so deeply. I created this artwork to help share that experience. My original had sold months ago but I received an order for one for a Father’s Day gift and I decided it’s a perfect opportunity to create a group of them and allow more people to share in stars through the trees love. If you know someone that would love this artwork special please forward them this newsletter. Most of my business is from word of mouth so I appreciate each of you that pass on my info when it fits what someone is looking for.

Great for a living room, bedroom or porch.

 

or how about at the cabin or in the bedroom?

 

 

Special Pricing (Now through June 14):

8″x10″ original = $75

16″x20″ original = $150

24″x30″ original = $300

36″x36″ original = $420

36″x48 original = $500

48″x48″ original = $550

***If you order by June 8th then I will make sure your artwork is finished in time for Father’s Day, just leave me a note when ordering that it’s a gift.

 

Early Bird Special: Just to sweeten the deal I will include a FREE 8″x10″ print (matted into 11″x14″ black mat) of “Stars through the Trees” with any purchase of the 16″x20″ size or larger if you purchase today May 30 or Friday, May 31st! Great to give as a gift or keep for yourself. You don’t need to do anything special when ordering, I will add the print to the orders that qualify. Also, as always if you are in the Twin Cities and would prefer to pickup the artwork from my studio then simply use the code LOCAL PICKUP when checking out to avoid shipping charges.

 

Other News:

Friday June 14th, Crossroads Art Class

Gather up the girls for a painting class! People have loved taking this class.

Rising up through women everywhere is a nudging need to connect with themselves on a deeper, more soulful level. People are busy, racing through each day’s to-do list and left feeling depleted, exhausted and guilty. I created this class as a place to connect with that deeper, wiser, calmer part of ourselves. To gain perspective, confidence and take time for ourselves.

So often we are between the calm and the chaos in our lives. This bold, fun artwork is full of reminders to hold our heads high as we work through changes and different times of life. You will learn techniques to create the background and can create it to match your décor or mood. $38 – 11”x14” canvas or $45 – 16”x20”

This class if perfect for anyone from a beginner to an expert, we will take our thoughts out of our mind. Focusing less on the details, exact techniques and comparing our work to others. We will go into our hearts and create from a creative, explorative and non-judgemental space.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!! As always, if you have any questions about getting some custom artwork made, a mural or wanting something you don’t see on my website just send me an email. **Noelle

 

P.S. If you would like to support my May 2014 Harmony Project trip to the Israeli-Palestinian region you can still buy bracelets and learn more about it here. I am grateful for all the donations I received the last few months (a special thank you to Marilyn, Nola, Liv, Doreen and Angie who have each donated $50 or more). I will start another donation campain at the end of summer, in the meantime the best way to help is to order a bracelet, a “She” print or book an art class for you and your friends or family. I look forward to connecting with my Israeli and Palestinian sisters and holding a space for peace and love to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easing into trusting

On the path to a successful business there is a time in there where things are flowing but with tightly clenched fists and lots of worry, monitoring and obsessing.  I’m living this stage; where I have spent years laying down paths, systems and various income streams with my artwork. I count on about 50% of my business to be from commissioned artwork. These are deals that I never know are coming, so I can’t plan exactly for them yet like clockwork people show up. It’s beautiful, yet can be stressful if I worry about it.  Having worked through those stages of my business I”m now focused on the next step. The space of trusting.  I imagine myself eminating an energetic aura of peace, trust and knowing that I am connected to those needing artwork, the flow is natural.  Instead of waking up and checking all of my emails before I even get out of bed, there is instead a trusting that things are how they should be. That I can spend some time with my family, wake up and get myself in the right frame of mind and then begin my work.  There is a subtle change that I can feel coming, people on the outside may or may not notice but it’s a gentle calmness, a stronger inner confidence and peace.   **Noelle

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finding “real life” in an online world

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I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 19. Didn’t have an email address or my own computer until college.  I spent half my life with none of the on-line world we have today. So I feel like I should be able to navigate my way through balancing both my regular person to person life and an online life.  Most of the time I think I do great. I pride myself that if you met me in person you’d find the exact same person that I present online.  Yet a couple months ago noticed I have this subtle empty feel.  This feeling as if there is so much going on, I see my feed of my hundreds of artist friends out conquering the world and their beautiful work.  In a weak moment it would leave me wondering if there is any room left for me? I intellectually knew better, of course there is.  I would get just enough of a feeling of knowing what is going on with people around me that I forget to then actually follow up in real life with people outside of the my immediate family.  Phone calls with friends were rare, extended relatives same thing.  I missed just sitting and chatting with people face to face.

So the last month I have started taking control.  I cleaned up my facebook. If I haven’t seen someone in the last year or so in real life then most likely I hid them from my news feed.  Most of my artist friends, love their work but had to hide them for a bit. I started paying attention to people that when I would see their feeds I would notice a reaction in my body, either a little annoyance or defensiveness or anger. I made a conscious choice that I don’t want those people part of my daily life  so I hid ’em.  In real life same thing; I have too many fabulous, loving and uplifting people to spend my time around people that repeatedly drain my energy.  The results are almost immediate and so freakin’ freeing!  My next steps, less online time all together.  I’m making it my summer goal to unplug much more. More coffee dates and park dates with friends. Feed my soul with actual human interaction.  Keep my head down and just keep my eyes on my own work for awhile.  I get my best creative ideas not from looking through the world for inspiration but from quieting down and listening. (The exact opposite of what my ego wants to do).  I love the power that comes from very intentional, scheduled online time, just reading the blogs and updates of the people I choose.  When I’m sitting at my daughters fastpitch games I will be mind, body and soul at her game.  When I’m at the studio I’ll be 100% there.  And best of all that leaves me being 100% here when I’m home with my kids and hubby.

I’d love to hear from any of you that have faced this challenge also.  How have you handled it?   Much love, Noelle

Fastpitch and Soccer Art Special

Time sensitive Sports Artwork Special!

As the sun is shining and I think about my daughter’s first fastpitch tournament of the season this coming weekend I get excited.  I love the sport, the smell of the grass, getting to hang out and watch her dedicate herself to learning and growing in the sport. I also love an excuse to sit outside and let the world around us stop for a bit as we cheer her on.

I love to paint things that inspired people to live authentic and inspired lives. For years that included numerous pieces of music scenes, mind body and spirit connection work and now recently again I’m inspired to connect with the love of sports I and so many others have.

It’s an exciting feeling to have an original piece of artwork that has been specially created just for you. It goes on the wall and there is pride there knowing you connect with it. It gives the world a glimpse into what you are about.  I want to give you a chance to get an original artwork piece for yourself or someone you care about.

Earlier this year I offered the baseball and football special. (These are still available at the regular prices.) It was such a success that I’ve decided to add a few more sports every couple months.

For May it is the bold neon yellow fastpitch softball and the black and white soccer ball in the grass.

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From today through Monday, May 20th you can order your choice of original artwork at in incredible price.  I will be painting all of the artwork ordered the following week so since I’m able to do them all at once this will save me lots of time on setup, prep, etc. So I am happily able to pass on those savings onto you!

This artwork is perfect for:

game room, bedroom, niece or nephew, coach, office, graduation gift or just because.

All work is painted with acrylic paints on fully wrapped canvas.  All edges are painted black and hardware is attached to back so they are ready to hang.

(You can frame if you choose but it’s not necessary).

Prices

8″ x 10″ Fastpitch or Soccer  = $45 

11″ x 14″ Fastpitch or Soccer = $60  

16″ x20″ Fastpitch or Soccer = $75

24″ x 30″ Fastpitch or Soccer = $100

Shipping charges range from $10-$22.  If you prefer to pickup the artwork during the first week of June at my Studio then please use the code Local Pickup to have the shipping charges removed.

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If you are one of the first 5 to order I will also add in FREE personalization.  This means I will add a last name or team name and or number on the artwork.  If you are interested in adding this please make sure to mention in the notes. I will also then confirm with you to verify I received the request.

Example:

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Artwork orders received by May 20th will be finished and shipped by June 1st! If it is a gift let me know and I will make sure to gift wrap it for you.  Don’t miss your chance to get this unbelievably great price for ORIGINAL artwork that fits your life!

**Noelle

Studio Spring Open House recap

It’s hard to imagine that it was warm and sunny just a couple days ago, it’s snowing today and for the next couple days here in Minnesota. It’s pretty unheard of really. I feel incredibly grateful that we’re going to cozy up tomorrow and stay warm at home.

At the studio open house this past weekend there was speakers and I had Briana from http://www.orangespiralarts.com/ taking photos.  I’m so excited to share them with you here: