Thursday, January 5, 2012

What a glorious day...sunshine and warm temperatures...

I now have two red plastic boxes packed and Ken bought me one Christmas is almost a fleeting memory. I made some new cards today to fill my rack in the studio...current and fun; like our sunshine in January in Ohio! a miracle in itself...did I mention the beautiful sunshine. I had a dear friend Bob stop by and we exchanged hugs of celebration. We are both survivors of brain surgeries and are both proud grandparents and strive to create a better world in our community.

I feel if I stay on track tomorrow I will be able to work on my assemblage fingers are itchy to hold a paintbrush and swirl some colors. I am enjoying the posts with new journals in brilliant colors, collages for the month and special words to dedicate for the 2012 creations and inspirations. Time. Focus. Persistence. I am leaning toward Gratitude but...Risks....taking a plunge with a leap of Faith. I did some research for pet portraits ...and Southern Pop Dog Commissions offers a 6 x 6 gallery wrapped canvas for $85.00 plus shipping. Yes she is doing well so do not be afraid to ask a competitive price cover materials and more important your time. I am receiving $46.50 plus tax for a matted 16 by 20 completed in pencil. If I work in color I might have to adjust the cost. I have received very complimentary remarks and hope to continue my skills and market. I am going to work on some of my household duties and maybe do some quiet hand stitching.

At the end of my day Sandy G stopped by the studio so we went to have a cup of coffee at McDonald's and caught up on the holidays and she shared a special commission she is completing for a new bank being built in Hebron, Ohio. Congratulations rock! The excitement was sparkling in her eyes and we shared how difficult it is to ask for a fair commission price. I am still completing the proposal and have materials, applications, technical and installation considerations to contemplate plus creating the actual fabrics and dyes. Whew...the first time is always the most difficult to estimate.
Have a great evening in your studios! Sorry I forgot my camera in the studio so photos will come later. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. As much fun as it is to decorate for the holidays, it's also a good feeling to have it all put away again. (I'm not there yet.) Be well!

  2. What a beautiful photo of that dog. Very nice. :)Bea

  3. I feel the same, time to get back to some boring ;) normalcy after memory-making holidays. Warmer here too!

  4. hi Mary Helen! i didn't realize you lived so close to me. Well, I think maybe I knew, and then forgot- seems to happen more and more these days; my brain is so full the things fall out! I live in northern KY right across the river from Cincinnati. I didn't know you'd had brain surgery- one of my dearest friends has
    struggled with the aftereffects for many years.

    I so appreciate your visits to my blog, and your sweet and encouraging comments.
    I hope all goes well with your commission, and many more to come.