Hoping to make changes to this site based on something solid. 2014 was great. Thank you all for the support.
Disclaimer: This blog has had a take over by Erin Thiem, InnSide Nevada City blog
So Sheila is too busy making art and dealing with every day life, to remind you- her virtual fans and in-real-life friends that she's going to be showcasing her work this Friday as part of the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk in the fabulous shop, The Parlour at Neva Co. Stop by anytime between 5-9pm and give her a huge hug, have a nibble and even better- buy some art! 400 Broad Street, Nevada City.
And if you're an art lover and you can't make it to the Art Walk, there's plenty of opportunity to check out and support other local artists this weekend as part of the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour of Nevada County, starting this Saturday, October 4th.
And Sheila will get back to her regular scheduled blog agenda, one of these days....
As we enter the golden-hued season, Oh Non-denominational, Allergen Free Deity, grant me the strength to keep these vows as School Eve approaches.
1. I will set up a toxin-free lunch box system comprised of easy to find lids with no designs that the girls love in September and deem "For BABIES!" by January. Sure it may cost a bit more but the homemade kale chips and organic wheat-berry salad that they are sure to love will keep best in it.
2. I will write their names in all their new clothes and notice THAT afternoon when they return home without the Landsend sweater they just bought. I will quickly do a follow up check to insure the sweater is home within 24 hours.
3. Homework time will be a joy! There will be a a box of freshly sharpened pencils and cut apples awaiting each well lit, ergonomically optimal, work station. I will sip my lemon water as I gaze lovingly at the 4th grade math worksheets. I'm certain they will remind me of my own love of 4th grade math.
4. Dinner, Bath, Bed routine! Scrubbed, fed, tucked, read, snuggled on time every night so my husband and I can enjoy a calm recap of the day's events as we joyfully embrace in our marital bed. There will be no bargaining with my spouse about who gets what done. After all, the years go so fast. I will enjoy every damn minute of it!
5. The piles of bills, homework, permission slips, junk mail, art projects, popsicle sticks, rubberbands, and stickers in the kitchen are thing of the past. This is the year the metal organizer gets used for something other than a propping device for the piles.
6. I will not volunteer for too much or too little. I will keep track of how many times I have been present in each classroom to avoid sibling jealousy and welcome every combination of child in my clean car on field trips.
7. Of course I will be sure to schedule personal "me time" "work time" "creative time" "fitness time" "haircare time" "skincare renewal time" to be a beacon of feminist strength and wisdom. Yes girls, we can do it all.
8. I will not come to school looking like a homeless person.
9. I will not let it bother me when 4th graders laugh at me if I need to come to school looking like a homeless person.
10. I will be involved but not too involved in everything from fund-raising to bullying, nutrition to homework, reading lists to closed toe-shoe policy. I will have the strength and wisdom to know the difference and trust that every professional, parent, administrator and aid, both cares as much as I do and understands how much I care; which will always be the exact right amount of care.
I just got a dozen 8" x 8" canvases that are reserved for animals. Plenty of people have a special affinity for certain creatures and are looking for cool gift ideas, so this will be my holiday project. I know everyone can't afford a commission but I'm happy to take requests with no obligation.
They will all be $100 until I run out of this order of cavases.
Everybody likes goats and bunnies. Know anyone with a weird animal obsession? Tell me about it.
Sleepy little animals at Twilight. They are both available in my Etsy store now.
Kids are sick, big push for the opening has passed, it is 100 degrees and I am down.
It was expected. Even though I thought maybe this time I would avoid it, I always have post event funk to manage. Fellow DANK artist, Kathy Frey, and I are going to talk it out on her posdcast. If it is cool, I'll share it with you when it's done.
I'm trying to sit with it rather an exhaust myself pushing against it or wrestle it down with new rules for myself.
The opening party of DANK was a stunning success.
If you missed it, there will be more gallery hours manned by the DANK artists during Nevada City Hot Summer Nights July 16, 23, 30 6:00-9:30.
We will also be open Saturday mornings during the Nevada City Farmer's Market 9:00-1:00.
Lastly, closing night reception August 1 during Nevada City Art Walk 5:00-9:00.
This one is in the backroom. Let me know if you'd like to come by and check it out and I'll meet you in town any time that works.
Of course, I'm always happy to sell it online too!
20" x 20"
Acrylic, Ink, Oil, Graphite on Canvas
If you missed Art Walk, check out The Outside Inn's Blog, Innside Nevada City for some great shots of a great night.
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DANK Inaugural July 11 - August 3, 2014
Artists’ Receptions : Friday July 11 Friday August 1 5 - 9 pm
300 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959
For gallery hours and more information please contact :
530 470 8503 or visit us on Facebook
I am off to Monterey this morning with Layla. We are leaving a day early to meet her 2/3 grade class at the aquarium where we will spend the night, but first a stay in a nice hotel. It is about a 4 hour drive and for a minute I thought "I've never driven that far alone before,".
However I'm not alone. I have Layla with me, my daughter and friend. Before you go saying "You need to be a mom and not a friend." I get that. I really do but I think I've leveled up in this mom gig, past the point of joyful chore. I want to enjoy some of benefits of living with a formed and interesting person.
Yesterday watching her perform the lead in her class play, with absolutely no help from me, it dawned on me that all that early mom stuff is starting to pay off. She is responsible, she doesn't lie, her teacher commented, "she's amazing, she's so mature!" So I'm going to enjoy this child I helped to raise and hit the road.
I say "helped" because her will and focus is so shockingly strong, I'm often only a referee of social norms. She is good company and I'm looking forward to watching the sunset over the sea during a different kind of girls' night.
Good time to take a break on my water series for The DANK Inaugural and visit the ocean. Works in progress.