It’s Valentine’s Day, and my hearts are overflowing. Not only were there flowers and candy waiting for me when I woke up (thank you, Honey!), but I have been thinking all day about my little works of heART being used to convey cupid’s message.
What fun I had making 113 hearts, adding to the 74 I made last year. The most fun was connecting with friends who purchased hearts to give away. One bought 3″ square paintings for her entire staff. One bought paintings for her whole family. StARTist friend, winemaker Cindy Reynolds, wanted to put her own words on a heart for her daughter, so she came to my studio with a bottle of Flyboy Red.
“By all means,” I said. “Help yourself to a paintbrush, Cindy!”
When you come to my studio and see a corkscrew among the palette knives, you’ll know it stARTed today.
I started 1,000 Works of Heart last year when I learned that painting that swashy heart shape with the paint left on my brush from a “real” painting was a heart-happy Zen move. One can’t paint a heart and be cranky at the same time.
The same goes for GIVING a heart. This selling stuff is hard, though. If it weren’t going for such a good cause, charging money for things that were so fun to make would feel wrong. (Of course wrapping and shipping makes we want to charge double. Thank goodness for helpers.)
If you want to discover how good it feels to give original art (always the best gift) to your friend, your mom, your kid or, most important, your honey, stART here: http://beckybladesart.com/396431/hearts-minds/ All sales benefit Newhouse Shelter.
Buy all you want. I’ll make more.
Last year before Valentine’s Day I had an art show at my friend, Shiela’s. Her amazing house was the perfect place to show off new France-inspired paintings to friends who didn’t get to see them at the gallery. In the spirit of season, we made it a fundraiser for the Newhouse domestic violence shelter and invited lots of big-hearted girlfriends.
To give the gals some gifts to buy, I made greeting cards of sold artwork and painted dozens of hearts with whimsical messages on canvas.
Painting hearts and listening for their musings was such a fun addition to my studio that I made it the secret launch of a new stARTistry project: 1000 Works of Heart. Last year, I got to 92. (If you bought one, look on the back for a number in black.)
The goal of 1,000 keeps me from expecting too much from any one heart. But other than that, the project is open ended: No deadline. No dollar goal. No pressure. No system.
A portion of proceeds from each painting will go to Newhouse. If your heart wants in: http://beckybladesart.com/396431/hearts-minds/
Dozens of my friends are lounging on a beach in Mexico, on a group business boondoggle I am missing for the first time in three years. I’m reminiscing. It was on this trip three years ago that I realized just how many closeted stARTists are running around in the world . . . on beaches, in boardrooms. Outing them has become my favorite pastime.
On one trip with these accomplished women, I heard several remark that they wanted to write a book but had not yet started. So the following year, I shared my vacation art supplies (who goes on vacation without art supplies?) and witnessed the creation of 27 books and 18 authors. (Some prolific stARTists wrote more than one.) All these first books are snappy, to-the-point, and free of confusing plot twists. Perfect poolside reading.
This year, I sent supplies along with a stARTist who promises to share. I can’t wait to see what you come up with, ladies!