New fabric collection

My new fabric collection with Quilting Treasures called “Dream Boats” is now in stores. Below is a photo of the main print with a few of the coordinates. There are 12 prints total. The main design started out as a fun doodle of a wave and I eventually added sailboats and islands. An adventurous dream vacation to cure the winter blues.

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Summer School, what’s gotten into me?

Just as my two boys will be finishing up the 6th grade and beginning the long and lazy days of summer vacation, I will be plunging into a new, intensive on-line course entitled Make Art That Sells, taught by one of the top art licensing agents Lilla Rogers.  Being an admirer of Lilla’s agency and all her wonderful artists for some time now, as well as being in the business of making art that I hope to sell, I simply could not resist such a course.  The class begins June 3rd (yikes that’s soon!) and it will cover all the most lucrative art buying categories (well lucrative if you can sell a lot that is;). Though, I’m familiar with some of the categories like bolt fabric and children’s books, I know I can always benefit with some updated knowledge. I’ve worked less in home decor, gift and wall art so I’m looking forward to learning more about those categories. Most importantly though, I really want to take this opportunity to push my style and take it to a new and higher level. I want to really tap into again the part of me that has fun and really enjoys the process. It’s hard to find sometimes as I can be a bit self-critical and get in the way of my own self. I often find that some of my art I like the best are things I have doodled almost unconsciously?! The challenge is to find that place while conscious and trying to complete an assignment with deadline (not that easy)! I also know that when you are pushing yourself there will always be those moments of frustration and fear, when you really don’t like what you’ve created.  I’m hoping to get through to the other side where I am actually really loving what I have produced and then, just maybe more sells will follow. As Lilla says, “people buy your joy”.  Well, I know I am in for some challenges and hopefully lots of fun.  I’m both nervous and excited to begin this course!

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Artwork by Janet Broxon                                  School logo by Suzy Ultman