A full-time art pursuit has its ups and downs. There are those joyous moments when new tubes of paint arrive, or a collector gives a favorite painting a home. But there are also daily challenges. There are taxes and contracts, conference calls, travel planning and shipping, and carving out goals for the future. There are down periods when paintings don’t sell, and busy times when they fly off the shelves. Through all the chaos and excitement, there is one thing that rings true: As artists, we get to live in the paintings we create. Creating a universe with all your favorite colors and subjects, and including everything that gives you joy, is one of the unique aspects of living the art life.
Do those blissful moments with brush in hand counterbalance business frustrations and demands? Often, they do. I still have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up and remember, one more time, that my office, my commute, and my focus that day is a few steps away, in a studio space filled with light, blank canvases, fabulous pigments, cute little pugs running about, and endless possibilities. Do I want to paint a child in a garden today, a white cat in a peony garden, or a sunflower bouquet on my kitchen table catching the morning light? This is the daily task list, now that the Day Planner and yellow Post-it notes are gone (not to mention the panty hose and sensible heels!). I will never take this life for granted, and even now I tend to work a bit too hard at this job I love so much. There is one thing for certain: In the past six years I’ve never once regretted the choice I made to take the leap and do what I love.
June 2020 ~ Your summer escape awaits!
This workshop is filling fast!
You are invited to join Nancy for a summer getaway to the magnificent French Alps. There is no more beautiful escape from the summer heat than spending 10 days in the heart of the lovely medieval village of Annecy, known as “The Venice of France” with its canals, flower gardens, cafes and shops.
After flying into Geneva, Switzerland, we’ll make our home in The Splendid Hotel near the shores of historic Lake Annecy. Your journey begins with a tour of Col de la Forclaz with lunch on the terrace of a dairy farm in the mountains. We’ll sample slices of charcuterie, cheeses, potato beignets, and fresh blueberry tarts with cream. We’ll tour the Chateau de Menthon St Bernard, a castle filled with 13th century furnishings, tapestries and a library of ancient manuscripts painted with illuminations from the monks of the Middle Ages. And this is all just Day 1!
During your journey workshop, you’ll have plenty of painting time with Nancy in the indoor studio at your hotel in Annecy. Nonpainters will enjoy additional tours and excursions while the painters are busy in the studio. This tour is filling quickly! Contact [email protected] for registration details.