I finished up these large paintings a few weeks ago for a super swanky new high-rise apartment in Atlanta, GA.
Casey Matthews “Ascension” (60×120)
I love the freedom of painting so large. However, these took up my whole studio, and I was working on several commissions at the same time, and working many odd/late hours waiting for paint to dry. I was constantly tripping over stuff in my little
factory art studio. (I need a larger studio – and I’m working on that)
Note to self: Be aware, cautious and patient when shipping items during the month of December. Everyone is super busy, sick, and understaffed, – it takes extra time to order the supplies to package/crate the work. And everyone wants everything “yesterday.” This year I bought fudge for the UPS store employees as an encouragement to “hurry your asses up” – but it did not work. I was in there almost every day – dropping off shipments, checking on freight shipments, riding their ass, etc… This year was so busy for me, I was literally hand delivering art on Christmas Eve, and overnighted art to happy customers left and right. I’m glad we did not travel this year.
On Christmas Day, I was so tired, I slept in until 9:30 AM and stayed in my pajamas until 4PM. I had a lovely breakfast with my sweetie, then opened gifts, watched some old movies, took a long bath with aromatic bath salts and bubbles, partook in several beauty treatments throughout the day, actually blew out my hair, etc. It was so relaxing do just do nothing. Not stress about cooking, or working, or cleaning, etc. Amazing! Then went to dinner at the Ritz Carlton. And I have not worked/or painted in a week – seriously. And I’m OK with that. I was exhausted, and on the verge of burn out.
All week I have been tying up loose ends, crossing items off my to-do list that have been on there all year (i.e. get a Mammogram, have blood work done, IRA stuff, etc), taking down Christmas decor, and I have been packing for a trip – a real vacation – we are island hopping in the British Virgin Islands on a catamaran!! I’m so excited. I got a call from my Doctors office letting me know that my blood-work came back good – except for a severe vitamin D deficiency. I think I am the only Floridian that does not get any sun – but if you knew how much it cost to get all my freckles and Melasma (brown splotchy age spots due to hormones, and
years decades of birth control) lasered off my face – you would stay out of the sun too! So I now have to take these 50,000 mg pills once a week. I also need to get some sunshine and eat a steak! I’ll worry about the age spots later, I suppose. So my fat white ass is headed to the Caribbean.
Packing for a sailing trip in the BVI – includes but not limited to: 6 striped shirts, 3 striped shorts, 2 plaid shorts, Topsiders, 2 different bronzers, tinted sunscreen, 3 pair sunglasses, 3 large scarves/sarong/wraps, 3 bandana/head scarves, 4-6 bathing suit options, 4 dress/cover-ups, 4 hats, diamond studs, 3 pair of sandals, and a pair of jorts that I was told make me "look like a lesbian" – which I believe was meant as an insult, but I took as a @manrepeller compliment. All which fit in a carry-on (because I'm just THAT good at packing) So even if I get seasick I will at least look good! #bvi #islandhopping
This year has been so amazing for me. I got off to a rough start with my mother dying and all – but from basically from May to December I busted a nut – I created more art and sold more art than I ever have in my career. I set some really great career goals and actually achieved most of them! Go figure! I’m so thankful for all my fans, customers, and patrons. I love what I do and couldn’t do it without you. Thank you to my amazing team who help keep me organized, on task, healthy, and sane. Thank you to my friends and family who love and support me. I feel so blessed to have such amazing people to love, laugh with and be silly around. Looking forward to 2015 being an exciting new year with a several scary, yet exciting transitions ahead – that will be able to unveil in a few months.
So here are some more goals to aspire to; my New Years resolutions are Texas style (big) this year:
1. Get a larger studio,
2. Paint much larger.
3. Get a larger car to haul larger paintings.
4. Lose a large amount of weight.
5. Live large, take more risks, get out of my comfort zone, confront things head on.
6. Work on Patience and tolerance. Let things go.
7. Get my dog, Lola, to transition from the pee pad to peeing outside more.
8. Learn how to use my digital camera.
9. Be neater.
10. Remember to take all my pills and vitamins.
11. Don’t over-commit, be realistic about time frames, and factor in the fact that I need to sleep. Sleep more.
12. Love more. Don’t take things and people for granted.