Shari Sherman

Shari Sherman

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Doggie Art Festival 2014

I'm feeling surprisingly on track for the art show tomorrow.  Just finishing up a few things and doing some organizing. Then it will be time to load the van. After that I am looking forward to celebrating my MIL's birthday at Capital Grille! I don't know if it was because I am the poster artist this year or what, but I sure could get used to NOT scrambling around at the last minute. 
Feeling Prepared.
If you are in the Central Florida area, stop by lovely Winter Park's central park and visit me in my booth. It's going to be a beautiful sunshiney day for a stroll and DOGS are WELCOME!! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This Girl Needs Some Sun

Look who showed up on the table. I've been thinking that her name will be Nora...Adorable Nora. I started with randomly, intuitively laying down various paint colors on the canvas. Then I sketched her and painted in her skin tones and hair. Her bathing suit is actually the negative space (background) showing through. I used some white to fill in layers on the background and used the end of a paintbrush to scratch in the little shells and beach ball and sun. Next time, I think I'll scratch in some words too!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Magic Desk

After a Sunday morning of impromptu furniture rearranging, I somehow ended up with this little writing nook!  As I work steadily on my Inklings project, this little nook will serve an important purpose in getting this book completed. I've included my trusty frog pen holder plus my 1/2-hour glass to time my micromovements. And at the center of it all is the MAGIC DESK. 

There once used to be a local junker's paradise called The Red Barn. It was made up of stalls of old-timers selling their collections and little outbuildings filled to the rafters with dust-covered treasures. It was here that I found the magic desk. It was love at first sight with it's heart cutouts on the sides and aangled writing surface with a little lip at the bottom to hold a pen or pencil.  It is built as solid as a rock without the use of nails or screws. I'm not quite sure how it is put together, but I do know that it has been through 6 moves and 2 different states with us and doesn't have the least bit of wobble in it. It has been through a couple of coats of paint (and soon to be another), but I still remember that underneath it all is wood with flecks of glitter. 

The Red Barn is long gone, replaced by a strip mall, but the day that I handed over $100 for the magic desk is still fresh in my mind. I always knew that it would play a part in making my dreams come true. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My word of the year...SIMPLIFY

By now, I'm pretty sure that everyone knows about picking a "word for the year", a word of your choosing that will guide you or define what this year is going to be about for you. Well, I picked the word SIMPLIFY. I picked a word that I am really, really going to have to work with in order to feel its guidance.  Let me show you what I mean. It is February 27, 2014, as in by the end of the weekend, we will be whispering "Rabbit, rabbit" and welcoming the 3rd month of the year. Here is what I currently have on my creative life plate:

Wrapping up Right Brain Business Plan mentorship with Jennifer Lee
Life Book 2014 with Tamara LaPorte
Wild Surrender with Mindy Lacefield
Beta participant in The Artist Blueprint Plan with Natasha Wescoat
Desire Map Book Club Leader
Poets and Painters, a local art and word group I'm a part of
Poster Artist for The Doggie Art Festival coming up in April
Art Workshop planning for Funky Trunk Treasures in Deland and The Craft Shack in Longwood
Creating an online video workshop - Embrace you Inner Mermaid!
Bookkeeping classes
Writing and illustrating my creative inspiration book, Listen to Your Inklings

All of this is on top of creating new work and commissions.

In the words of the wise Henry David Thoreau:
"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail."                

Simplify, simplify, simplify!  Lucy, I have some re-assessing to do!