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A Departure.

This is a bit of a departure from my usual work. 

The project came about because I had a departure from work.

Last week was my official first week of being laid off from my job of seven years.  Now, this is where I have to break into song- in particular- "Don't cry for me, Argentina~~~"

This is a good thing, this lay off.  At least in terms of making a break and taking a different direction.  I will have to tighten the purse strings a bit- thank goodness I have tons of art supplies in my cupboards already!!!  The coffee shop called to see if I was ok.   Hobby Lobby and Michaels were concerned that I needed only a basket rather than my usual cart.   

A relative asked if I had found any leads yet to which I answered with a resounding "NO."  Crimeny, its been like two minutes!

Oh, the artwork.....Well, that's what I have been busy (obsessed) with!  I have some things in a consignment shop, including the painting I just shared with you.  These new babies are hopefully going to sell quickly.  They are images I created using  real vintage ephemera that I had or found locally and altered in my print shop program.  Then I glued them to some sample cabinet doors that I've been holding onto.  I antiqued them.  Or- at least attempted to antique them.  God forbid I actually research a technique before jumping right into all kinds of mistakes!

This is me- looking through the help wanted ads and finding nothing.  

Oh, OK already!  It came with a frame from an antique shop.  I am keeping that frame because I just started collecting vintage frames that look like they were made from bamboo canes.  So I cleaned it up a bit and added a layer of gesso.  She's going in the consignment shop where I know someone is going to fall in love with this cheeky damsel.  If not- then I will have to adopt her as a member of the family- my Mother's second cousin's aunt by marriage.  Don't you wonder what her backstory is?  Or her name?  Was she a Jeanette or a Wanda?  Hmmm.

Well, that's it for now.  Let me know what you think of the wall art and if you think it will sell!  Have a great week!


  1. All of those are awesome! I collect vintage images too and always make up backstories! I love the frames too. The layoff is probably your opportunity to follow your dreams full time so go for it! It looks like you are already off to a great start!

  2. Oh wow! These are fabulous!

    I am so sorry to hear about your layoff. I am a firm believer in one door closing, another one opening. Sending love and hugs your way!


  3. HI there! I'm sorry to hear about your layoff. Although i'll bet your tired of hearing that one feels propelled to say it. :) I'm sure the relative only meant well. As in this day and age two minutes can be forever when it comes to landing a job. Hubs has been in a new job for a month now but not long ago if scroll back thru my posts you can see our struggles.....After 200 apps finally a job came thru. I know a new door will open for you.

    How did you go about finding someplace to sell on consignment?? I like to doodle and draw and would love to find a venue for them??? Thank you for any pointers. Hugs! deb

  4. Chris, if anyone will survive a layoff its you...I just love how positive and humorous you can turn a scenario that would possibly crush someone else. Plus you've got skills...artistic and creative skills...they will take you far.

    Even when I don't sell anything for months, I try to remember how creating art has kept me going even when the rest of the world seems to want to challenge me. It doesn't matter if no one in the world understands or likes what I create...I'll keep doing it!!

    Looking forward to seeing what new changes and beginnings your life will come up with. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get your life going in the direction that is best for you. In the meantime, keep up the awesome work! I love your new creations--they will surely sell and then some :)

    To new opportunities!

  5. The wall art is definitely a change for you, and while I don't get to see as much of YOU in them as your other creations, they are good. The job thing sucks, but everything happens for a reason and you will end up in a much better place. Plus, you'll have more time to work on what you love!

  6. These pictures are them... you'll be onto bigger and better things... :) hugs

  7. Ladies, Thank you very much for your kind words. Truly I agree with you- this is for the best and the better is in front of me! Can't wait to see what the future brings.


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