Friday, January 25, 2013

giveaway winner!!

Much to my dismay -- we are back from California :(   It was gorgeous out there, and we come back to freezing temps and snow shoveling - yuck!! 

I LOVE to spend my days sitting by the Pacific Ocean ~ watching my babies ~ the harbor seals!!  I could sit there all day long!!  They're so adorable all sunbathing up on the beach!  It's pupping season soon - and a bunch of little baby seals will be hup hupping up onto the beach from the water!  My favorite time of year!!
Had a great time just breatheing the fresh air, watching the pelicans glide over the waves (how do they do that??  Fly sooooo close to the top of the wave without getting splashed or misjudging and hitting the water??  haha), and sitting with Dan watching the sunsets!
But ~ we're back.... and I need to announce the Vacation Giveaway Winner!  Thank you to all who entered and commented!  I appreciate you so much!  The winner of 3 of my signed painting books and 5 of my FAVORITE Royal Majestic brushes is.........

                                                               FRANCA!!  You Win!!

Email me your address and I'll get your prize right out to you!!  Again, thank you to everyone who entered and for the nice compliments!!  I'll be having another giveaway soon!  Take Care and Keep Warm everyone!  It's back to work for me!



Monday, January 7, 2013

new art ~ love is wise

Print Available For Purchase here
      I'm leaving day after tomorrow for San Diego - but wanted to show you all some new art I'm working on!
      I'm just loving this new style and having tons of fun again! It's so freeing - being able to experiment with color and texture and not having to write down directions! :) This guy and lots more, will be available as prints, cards, wood blocks, etc. ~ as soon as I get back from my rejuvenation trip! Take Care & Keep Warm Everybody!



Saturday, January 5, 2013

vacation time giveaway

Sorry peeps!  This was suppose to start yesterday but Blogger was not letting me upload pics!  It's still not -- but I found a work-around!  :)   Here's the Vacation Time Giveaway!!  Three of my signed beginner painting books:  Country Crossings Bk. 3, Pike Creek Winter and Pike Creek Seasons!  AND you also get 5 of my very FAVORITE painting brushes:  Royal Majestic Brushes -  3/8" Angular, 1/2" Angular, 1/4" Angular, 1/8" Angular, and a 20/0 Liner!!   Total Retail Value:  Over $60!!!  

All you need to do is LIKE my Facebook page - Sue Allemand Art and Leave me a Comment here on the blog - ANYWHERE, under ANY of the posts!!  (Not on Facebook please.)   You'll get an entry for the LIKE and an entry for each comment you leave!  :)   That's it!   The giveaway winner will be chosen on January 24th, 2013 ~ when I get back from vacation!! 

I'll be posting while I'm gone - so that'll give you more chances to post comments!  :)   Who knows - if we get tons of likes and posts -- maybe I'll give away more than one prize!  :)  That'd be awesome!!

BONUS entry:  Follow this Blog ~ either by email (see the link on the right side of the page) or by Networked Blog (see the link on the left side of the page) for an EXTRA entry! 

Ready....set....go!!  Have a great weekend!!!



Thursday, January 3, 2013

my new word

Every year I pick a new word that helps define my goals and what I want to accomplish for the year.  And I'm telling you right now - it doesn't always help!  haha   It's kind of like all those New Year's Resolutions everybody makes.  You start out with the best of intentions... of where you are wanting to go that year... or how you want things to be ~ and somewhere along the road... it doesn't have to be very far down the road...(maybe just a few days) ~ you start to veer in another direction.  Or "life" gets in the way and you lose your focus on that word or that resolution!  Every day STUFF takes up your time.... you race from one thing to the next... one project to the next... willy nilly... and before you know it - it's time to pick the new word again!  

Well... starting out with POSITIVE intentions - AGAIN -- my new word for 2013 is........

I need to FOCUS!  In so many ways ~ for so many reasons!  That word keeps coming up in my writings and in my meditation...that I think the universe is trying to tell me something!  So I'm going to listen! 
I've been running from deadline to deadline for over 20 years - between raising 2 kids and running a household.  And now that the kids are gone...I need to slow down, and FOCUS on what I really want!  What I want!   FOCUS on the kind of art that really makes me happy!!  I know what that is now ~ I can SEE it in my mind ~ I HAVE seen it for over a year now ~ and I just have to FOCUS on getting there!
Over the last year, I've been transforming my business in a new direction... actually in 3 different directions... and I feel a little DIZZY from it all!  Little bits are getting done here and there, for each line of the business (there's so much to be done) ~ but I'm not making very much headway in any ONE section!   I need to simplify the process and really concentrate on the one MAIN direction first ~ and the secondary lines will fall in!  I SEE the END of the journey... what I want for the ultimate goal...but I need to FOCUS on the closer, smaller goals first!!
I have, what I call, Design A.D.D.!  haha  And sometimes that's not a bad thing... for years I've been very prolific in making all the different designs editors and manufacturers wanted and needed for a particular project, prototype or sample....whether it was painting or sewing or stitching or needlepunching or scrapbooking or any other medium you can think of!  And I LOVE to do it all -- but I have to let a lot of that go for now -- and FOCUS!  Just because I CAN - doesn't mean that's what I WANT or SHOULD be order to take my business to the next level.
So.... I cleaned my studio yesterday...putting away all the sewing supplies, the clay, the fabrics, the stuffing, etc.  They'll always be there for me ~ in the boxes in the cupboards ~ whenever I'm ready to play with them again.  The talent and love for it will never go away... but for now ~ I need to FOCUS!  Focus back on my original medium - painting - for that's my FIRST and TRUE love... and where my happiness and future lies.
I also need to FOCUS on "my" life - now that the kids are grown!  On being in the moment!  Being at peace!  Just breatheing IN all the beauty, and positivity, and life around me!  I haven't seemed to be able to FOCUS on my morning meditation lately -- my mind drifts from one problem or idea to the next.   I'm STILL trying to take care of everyone else and make sure they have what they need or even what they don't need!  haha  So I'm hoping that peace comes back with this "decluttering" of my mind and space.  :)
Can you see??  There are so many reasons for the word FOCUS for me!    More than I can even write in this post (or what's becoming a BOOK at this point!  haha)...  so here's to my new word... here's to an awesome 2013... three cheers for all of us!! 
What's your word of the year??  And why??  I'd LOVE to hear!  For in the writing of it - the declaring out loud of it.... I believe we'll all be able to make it STICK this year... make it WORK for us this year... for the WHOLE YEAR!  :)
Love & Hugs,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 ~ a new year ~ a new direction

Happy 2013!!!  I'm sitting here watching my very favorite parade of the year on t.v. ~ the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.  Is it any wonder this is my favorite??  haha.  I LOVE seeing all the gorgeous, creative, colorful floats ~ covered with all the beautiful flowers, seeds and plants nature has to offer!!  It makes me happy!
It's my dream to one day volunteer to help in the making of one of these awesome floats ~ but I haven't been out in California at the right time to do it yet ~ but I WILL!!
Above:  The Nurses Float (some of the words around the bottom:  compassionate, caring, committed, competent leader, conscientious, caring, wise)
These inspiring floats remind me of new growth - blossoming, stretching, learning, creating - the beauty of nature and all that is POSSIBLE in the new year! 
This year will bring big changes for me ~ in business and in life.  I feel like a big growth spurt is coming on!   I'm always trying to DO better and BE better - and grow in ways that take me in new directions and on unexpected adventures!  But this year seems a like a bigger JUMP is about to happen.  A bigger leap into "doing what I love" ~ leaving behind the old tried and true ~ allowing myself to be more in the MOMENT and not be a slave to deadlines or market trends or working 18 months ahead so that I don't know what season I'm actually LIVING in!   Every step in my art career, over the last 20 years, has led to one awesome opportunity after another!  I always likened it to a tree -- my art is the trunk, the foundation, and all the wonderful opportunities and directions ~ from painting to sewing to teaching to publishing to licensing ~ are the branches completing that big AWESOME tree!
But this year, it feels like I'm sprouting from a new root or seed of that tree!  The old tree is fully formed and filled out as far as it could go... and now it's time to start a new one.  Does that sound corny??  It probably does!  haha.  But that's the best way I can describe it.  I'm leaving behind a lot of things and starting a new seedling ~ that still has parts of its parent tree ~ but is growing on its own ~ right alongside the old one.  Like this float above says, "Everyone Grows"! 
Time to try new things... take my art on another adventure... and see where it leads!  Maybe you're ready to stretch or GROW in a new, fun direction??  It doesn't have to be a HUGE step, just a small one!  Be kind to yourself ~ make room in your life for something you LOVE to do ~ Breathe more and STRESS less!!  :)  Can you do that with me??  Think of a new word for 2013 that describes how you want to BE in this year ~ or what you want to DO ~ what you're going to use as a reminder to stay on your new adventure path!  I'll be back tomorrow with my word! 
Love, Peace, and Creativity,