Friday, January 21, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ Holding Tight & Sunrise Sunset

Holding Tight ~ brand new 10x10 painting (sold)

Holding Tight: Because we are holding tight to our little ones as they grow, and to the memories of them as little ones, when they are big...

I was pleased to deliver this commissioned painting to Marci today ~ thank you Marci! Holding Tight will hang next to Sunrise Sunset, an earlier 10x10 painting, shown below.

"Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath."
~ Emily Dickinson ~

It's Free Cards Friday! Add your note to this blog post (here at the blog or on the Facebook page) throughout the weekend and be in the running to win some cards ~ I'll choose the winner on Monday.

Have a wonderful day and a peaceful & meaningful weekend
Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Monday, January 17, 2011

Free Cards Winner ~ The Joy Of Less ~ Time Well Spent, Available 10x10 Painting

I've recently finished reading The Joy Of Less by Francine Jay ~ and I enjoyed it in many ways ~ here's one:

below statement quoted from Francine's book. ©Francine Jay, 2010

“Unfortunately, busyness seems to be a prized trait in our culture - as if more activities, meetings and responsibilities we can jam into our schedules the better people we are. Ask a friend what she’s doing today, and you’ll likely get an exhaustive rundown of various tasks… it’s almost as if we are trying to out-do each other in how many things we can ‘get done’.

Minimalist living is the opposite. We’ve been learning how to say ‘no’, eliminate the excess, consolidate, standardize and delegate no so we can get more done – but so we have less to do… The objective is to leave some time open, empty and free – instead of always ‘doing’, we want some time to just ‘be’.

Just ‘be’ – it’s a foreign concept to many of us. How often are you able to kick back with a cup of tea and simply let your thoughts wander… or soak for an hour in a bubble bath… in our ‘busy is best’ culture, we can hardly imagine ‘wasting’ time on such idle pursuits. And God forbid someone caught us… they’d think we have nothing to do!”

above statement quoted from Francine's book. ©Francine Jay, 2010

It’s funny, because years ago, in my sketchbooks, I started writing about “formless being” and “being vs. doing”. I have a variety of phrases on my Title List regarding this, including “create more, consume less”.

I have been wanting to further incorporate the idea of Being vs. Doing into my paintings for years ~ but then, it seems that since it is a thought I hold passionately inside, it does come out through the paintings, doesn’t it?

painting featured: Time Well Spent, 10x10
This Original Painting is Currently Available

The Free Cards Winner for last week is Kristi ~ let's do it again this Friday!

Have a wonderful week
(~silently thanking Martin Luther King, Jr., and sharing his work with my boys~)
Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

500 New Art Cards on my Studio Floor!

I have a new supply of 20 new card styles in the studio ~ thank you to Steve, my wonderful and reliable printer in Portland, Oregon.

Woo Wee! :)

Want to get some? Here you go, right there in the Etsy shop. You are welcome to choose your 10 in the Variety Pack ~ especially right now while the pickin's are good.

Here is an updated list of available 5x7 cards (availability subject to change!):

Joy & Peace:

Lost Together:


Edge Of The Bed:


Deep As A River:

Three Souls:

The Very Breath:

Happy Hour:


You & Us:



Love Affair:

Life Is But A Dream:


Hand Me Down:


Many of these cards will be given away on Free Cards Fridays on the blog, as well as with each and every print, charm or original painting purchase.

Have a wonderful evening!

Love & Sincerely ~ Katie