I hope you are all doing well. A lot has changed in the past 5 months. I haven't been around since late January. I've been adapting to a new way of life like many of you and I've been busy creating.

Over these last 5 months I've been doing a lot of thinking about where I want to be with my photography and fluid art. I love doing both, but for the longest time I couldn't decide on whether or not to keep the fluid art. Photography has always been my first love and will continue to be, but I have grown quite attached to fluid art. I started fluid art paintings when I got myself in a serious rut with my photography and while looking for inspiration I found fluid art. So here's the scoop...I will continue my fluid art and it will be incorporated with my photography on all social media platforms and my website. I always hear from artists that say when selling your art you should focus on one form of art, but I say I'm an artist in photography and fluid art and I will sell both forms of my art. Why limit myself when I know I can do both and be happy doing it.

Now for my website. I have decided not to use etsy any more because I'm finding that their fees are a bit much. So I've chosen to use my website to sell both my photography and fluid art paintings, which is still under construction and will be within the next week or two, but you can still view my website. I still have my Fine Art America shop where you can purchase framed, canvas or home décor such as throw pillow, mugs, shower curtain and more featuring my photography.

Our art expected there have been a few cancellations. As of now the UMC show at Watchic Lake and the May Flower show (which was rescheduled for June) have both been cancelled and I expect there will be more. I do however have something new to me and to the organization that I belong to. UMC (United Maine Craftsmen) are having their first ever Virtual Craft Fair. As of now I don't have much for details yet, but I do know the date is in mid June. As soon as I get all the details I will let you know. For more updates on which shows are cancelled and which will go on check out our show schedule for the latest.

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Yup! Even squirrels have a holiday! I love squirrels and all their mischievous antics.

Every January 21st is National Squirrel Appreciation Day which was created back in 2001 by Christy Hargrove a wildlife rehabilitator at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Squirrels are one of the cutest, smartest and athletic critters which some folks dislike and others love them. I'm especially fond of gray squirrels, but where I live there are very few oak trees so we have more brown squirrels than gray squirrels.

These next 2 photos are of a gray squirrel I became acquainted with at a campsite in Florida. Very cute, very photogenic, but also very mischievous. I had set up my laptop on a picnic table and had a small black pouch with some cables in it and the little rascal decided that he wanted the pouch. He had it in his mouth and started running away with it when I yelled at him to drop it. Fortunately, he did. I still have the pouch and the teeth marks in it. Funny now, but it wasn't then.

These two photos are of the same squirrel. The first photo is my favorite and one of my most popular photographs. I mean how cute is he!!

The last photo is of the brown squirrel who is equally as cute, but boy oh boy are they mean. I was out in the field across from my house just wandering about looking to do some photographing when I heard in the long grass a rustling...I froze looking around to see what it was and saw up in the nearby tree it was a brown squirrel who I started photographing when again I heard more rustling in the grass and looked away from my camera and saw the other brown squirrel heading right for me, I immediately started walking backward and away from the squirrels. You don't want to mess with the brown squirrels.

The photograph I did capture if you take a look you can see him yelling at me. Probably telling his friend "Get Her"!!

Sometimes when I go walking in the woods I can hear them chatting or sending out a warning not to get too close to wherever they are. I usually can't see them.

As a teenager, I remember we found a baby gray squirrel in our yard and waited to see if its mother was around. Unfortunately, she was probably killed and we ended up raising this little guy who we called Oscar. I remember Dad made him is own squirrel house and nailed it up in the oak tree. Oscar grew up and lived in the wild with his own family.

I love squirrels and they are a truly amazing animal! How do you feel about them?

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It had been 5 years since my last art show. I decided to stop because at the time my photography wasn't were I wanted to be. I've been wanting to get back to doing art shows, but my artwork and myself weren't quite ready.

This was the year (2019) to get back to doing art shows. I felt my artwork was ready to be seen by everyone. I am proud of who I have become as an artist and the work that I create.

I had chosen to do just 5 shows. I also chose to do shows that I didn't need a tent. I am a one woman team and sometimes the loading and unloading, set up and take down of a tent and all it's needs is a lot for one person. And I admit it's too much for me.

This was my first show in August which was a 3 day show and my a booth space was 10 x 7.

My set up was an okay, but not what I really wanted. I'm kind of undecided on whether or not to do this show again.

The next show was about 2 weeks later and about ten minutes north of this one and was just a one day show. My space was much bigger 15 x 7 which gave me a lot of space to work with, but again I wasn't quite happy with that set up either. Which is why I take the photos to see where I can improve. Which I do...

So with my third show I was indoors on a nice flat surface. That space was a 10 x 8 and set up looked good and a bit cramped, but I worked with it. This particular show was highly raved about the big crowds. Boy did I ever get let down! The crowds were nothing what I expected and even vendors who have been participating for years even said it was a disappointment. So I ask myself do I do it again next year?

My last two shows went very well even if I did hit a few bumps in the road along the way. My fourth show we had a storm two nights before which we lost power as did many others in the area. Which usually doesn't take much time to restore, but there were quite a few downed trees which made the process longer. But once the show started about 2 hours later I received a phone call from home telling me we got power back and by days end so did everyone else. My last show also went very well. Ended my show season on a high note!

So now I try to decide which shows I will do again and which will not. Well, here's the thing. This is the first year and people are seeing me and my artwork for the first time. So perhaps I should give the shows I didn't do so well a second chance to see if it changes. And if it doesn't then I move on. So next year I will do the same 5 shows as well as 2 others I hope to get into. One of which will be the Home and Garden Flower Show at the Fryeburg fairgrounds in May. I will keep you informed of all the details as I get them and all the other shows for 2020.

Oh and by the way the photo above is of my last show and the big fluid art painting on the right side SOLD!!! I was so excited to sell that fluid art painting! I have to say I try to have larger artwork to hang so they grab the customers attention, but it's a huge bonus if I sell one!

See you next time!

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