Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A little break

I've been working on a spreadsheet and going over the year's business. My head feels numb, but I think that's because my shoulders have clamped down on the blood supply to my neck! I need a massage.

Last year was busier than even I thought it was. For not doing as many shows or painting as much as previous years due to my graduate program in counseling psychology (I'm in the home stretch), my artwork has been pretty popular and I'm grateful. It's been a tough year, but I'm finding that when I look at the data, I'm pleasantly surprised.

Go, research! Whoo hoo!

There's nothing quite like finding out if you're actually being effective (and if you are, how, and can you duplicate it). It makes me realize that Dr. Scott D. Miller et al.'s work on what makes for an effective psychotherapist (and therapy) is really applicable to almost everything we do. Basically, seek and accept feedback. It'll improve your game.

Okay, I think some exercise is in order, but first, since I hadn't used Blogger for so long and now find that it has this neat connection to Amazon, I'm going to recommend a book by Dr. Miller. In the interest of informed consent and full disclosure: Yes, if you buy any books from Amazon.com through my blog, I'll get a bit of commission.

Regardless of where you get them, though, just know that I think they're pretty darn awesome!


Invite Beauty,


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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's tax time again

I really, really, really don't like doing taxes.

It's gotten easier over the years. I'm not as anxious as I used to be about it. I think part of it is because of the tax software (well worth the investment--I don't feel like I'm alone trying to decipher the Rosetta Stone with tax forms, because the programs guide you through the process) and over the years, I've streamlined my records.

Anyway, before I let March slip through my fingers with nary a post, I'd like to share a couple of things.

1) Recently, a collector purchased A River Runs through Us. I've bid this beautiful Original Finger Painting adieu from my own studio, but I know it's going to a wonderful home! If you love this image, too, there are Little Beauties Art Cards available on eBay and Etsy.






2) Another collector took a photograph of her father showcasing the commissioned and now framed Original Finger Painting, Koi from Above, that she got him for Christmas!


I'm happy.

Okay, enough procrastinating. Back to my taxes. Although I do need to send out a newsletter one of these days. It's been a while...!

Invite Beauty,

I.