Here's my latest work of art. Allow me to introduce, Parks Rishforth. He comes with me to the studio quite often. He was born Jan. 18th at which time, I gave myself a 3 month maternity leave. It should have been 6 months, quite honestly. But now that he is 9 months and sleeping well through the night, slowly but surely, I am able to come in to the studio more and also resume a little bit more of my favorite nocturnal hours. Thankfully, he is a really good baby. As you can see, he lets me get work done. I just have to accept that work falls in 15 minute intervals for a while.
This summer, the kids have been with me in the studio quite a lot. Ben likes to paint with me sometimes and Elizabeth is usually gluing foam shapes onto popsicle sticks or my floor and other various items. I've been working on painting some new pieces including a portrait commission. It is so fun to just walk into the studio and start painting!
July 4th was a great day. Lots of people were downtown. The kids were with me for the first half of the day and I let them decorate the cart for me with red, white and blue. They did a great job. The fireworks were impressive - but you had to go behind the big "bookend" buildings to see them (or on top of the parking garage). Next year, I'll know to expect that.
I did my first wedding reception this past weekend! It was so much fun. I squeezed in about 70 silhouettes in 3 hours. So it's official now, I do weddings. Martha Stewart did an article about hiring a silhouette artist for entertaining at your wedding reception. It was definitely enjoyable and I'd love to do more.
I have been busy moving into my studio and completing my silhouette cart. I'm very happy to say, I took it out last weekend when the weather was nice. This past weekend not so much, but last weekend was great! Other than moving in, I've also been busy updating brochures and other promotional materials along with a few other new endeavors that I'll keep quiet for now. Hopefully, I'll begin to see the hard work pay off this year.