Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Celebration Challenge: October Recap!

Woohoo! Another month of fun challenges is complete, and I've even surpassed day 300 this month! Here are all of this month's paintings:


I had a lot of challenging subjects this month, and as always, some turned out much better than others! Some I spent maybe 1-2 minutes on, others much longer. But, the important thing is always that I kept painting, and didn't let my disappointment in any of my quick designs keep me from sharing.  So, I guess you could say the challenge is successfully challenging me!

Here are larger images of just a few of this month's favorites!

Plush Animal Lovers' Day!
Mad Hatter Day!

Octopus Day!
 
Maths Day

Steve Jobs Day

Playing Card Collection Day

Cat Day

Let's see what my last two months bring!! Thanks for swinging by, and happy painting!

Celebrate Day 304: "Caramel Apple Day!"

Happy caramel apple day!! (Or is it carmel??) And, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!  It's been like face painters' Super Bowl week! Hope all my painty friends are doing well, getting enough sleep and fluids, and pacing themselves!! Hang in there, you're almost done!


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Monday, October 30, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Celebrate Day 302: "Cat Day!"

Happy cat day! I thought I'd do a little Halloween twist on a tiger for today, considering we're so close to the 31st!



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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Celebrate Day 301: "Plush Animal Lovers Day!"

Happy plush animal lovers day! I thought I'd have a little fun painting the non-plush face pieces of a plush toy. Haha!



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Celebrate Day 298: "International Artists Day!"

Happy international artists day!  I recently did an art supply hand design which was really fun, so I did a little different version for today!



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Celebrate Day 297: "United Nations Day!"

Happy United Nations day! Ugh, didn't have a lot of time for this one, but here's a super quick version of the logo!



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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Celebrate Day 295: "Caps Lock Day!"

Happy caps lock day! We all have someone in our family who types EVERYTHING IN CAPS LOCK, WHETHER IT'S A FACEBOOK POST OR EMAIL, DON'T WE? IT'S NOT ONLY HARD TO READ, BUT ONE CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THEY ARE BEING YELLED AT WHEN READING IN ALL CAPS! HAHAHA!




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Friday, October 20, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Celebrate Day 292: "Get Smart About Credit Day!"

Happy "get smart about credit" day! Ugh, I wanted to do something more intricate for this day, but just didn't have the time I wanted to dedicate to it. SO, today we get...a Master Card logo! ;-)




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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrate Day 290: "Playing Card Collection Day!"

Happy playing card collection day! Here's a little camouflage painting in honor of this special day. ;-)


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Celebrate Day 288: "World Maths Day!"

Happy world maths day! I didn't even know there was a plural form of math, but hey, ya learn something new every day!! :-D



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Celebrate Day 285: "World Sight Day!"

Happy world sight day! I tried to get the reflection of the globe in the iris here...hmmm, not sure if it worked but it was fun to try!



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Belly Painting: Nightmare Before Christmas!

I had so much fun painting my beautiful friend Nicole this morning!! She LOVES the Nightmare Before Christmas and it was such a perfect image to translate to a belly! We played around with some black light paint too which was neat...I finally got a black light flashlight so I can check my work as I go.  I may have more black light painting in my future!

Here's a time lapse video, followed by some photos!




All set up in my living room! I love the lighting in here.

I always start with a sketch for bellies....this time I included a couple reference photos too.



checking it out in the mirror!

Little Amira can't wait for her baby sister!!!

love how the pumpkins glow under blacklight!




Thank you so much, Nicole, for letting me paint your beautiful belly!!!!  :-D





Celebrate Day 282: "Fire Prevention Day!"

Happy fire prevention day! Here are some super fast one stroke flames!



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Friday, October 6, 2017

Minnesota Professional Family Entertainer & Artists' Business Conference 2017!

Just Imagine...

Imagine if you could get into a room with not one but many successful business owners in the same industry as you, and soak in some of their best tidbits that can directly affect your own bottom line. Now imagine that they are not only experts in the same field, but in your own home market.  No worries about choosing which presenter to see throughout the convention, playing a lottery and hoping you chose the best ones...you get to hear them all. Now, imagine that you, as the attendee, are the one who gets to decide what topics they speak on. Not only are you able to take in the best bits of distilled, concentrated business tips throughout the day on topics you've voted on, but every single attendee has the opportunity to get their additional questions answered. Imagine that you don't even have to spend hundreds of dollars on airfare, hotels, meals to get there...that you can get all of this for $75 in one day in your own back yard.

Yes, it's true.
 
On Tuesday, October 3rd, Lori Hurley did just that when she put together the second (bi-annual) business conference in Maplewood, MN.  Through her many years of experience both attending and speaking at conferences around the country, she has developed a format that ensures there is NO time wasted, jam packing all of the best pure "nuggets" of business advice GOLD possible into 15 minute Ted Talk-style presentations.

All I can say is...wow.  Wow wow WOW! What a tremendous honor it was for me to be among some of the most incredible, inspirational and successful leaders in our industry who spoke at this business conference on Tuesday, right here in the Twin Cities! I swear it feels like I've won the lottery not only to be in this city with not only incredible artists, but some of the most savvy business minds in the entertainment industry.

Among this year's presenters were myself, author and entertainer David Walbridge, master magician Hudson, Illusionist+Humorist and marketing genius Brad Gudim, talented entertainer and agent Naomi Binsfeld, and the master of ceremonies herself, Lori Hurley.

A Rising Tide
 
A common quote from the day was "A rising tide lifts all boats," and boy did a lot of boats rise this week in the Twin Cities (and Wisconsin too)!  We learned about what makes a good agent and artist, creative ways to market ourselves, and some of the nitty gritty of setting up and running a successful small business.  We had valuable, honest discussions about difficult topics including everything from market rates, figuring out our worth, cutting off lines, what to say when a client objects to our rates, and ensuring we get paid. We learned about the immense role that our own mentality about our business plays in it's financial success, and gave ourselves permission to truly OWN our business, be the boss, and stand up for ourselves and the value we bring to our clients. 

Attendees left the conference with a renewed sense of confidence and courage to take charge of the success of their business, and a to-do list of action items to improve their bottom lines. (and YES, after 22+ years in this business, I too left with pages of notes and a list of to-do's myself!) While the value of this conference FAR exceeded the $75 fee to reserve a spot, the ripple effect it will have not only on our own businesses but the Twin Cities market is priceless.

I just want to extend personal kudos to everyone who was willing and able to set aside a day of their week to invest in their business and, most importantly, act on your new knowledge.  By doing so you will not only undoubtedly improve your own business, but elevate the entertainment industry in the Twin Cities as a whole!  Now pat yourselves on the back, give yourself a raise, and get out there & start working on that to-do list! I can't wait to hear the success stories that come out of this event!

Celebrate Day 279: "Mad Hatter Day!"

Happy mad hatter day!! 



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Celebrate Day 276: "Virus Appreciation Day!"

Happy virus appreciation day! I'm not sure I really appreciate any viruses, but in honor of flu season, here is a UV painting of the flu virus!


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Celebrate Day 275: "World Farm Animals Day!"

Happy world farm animals day!! I found this rooster on Google Images! He just seemed to be screaming, "Who's day is it today? THIS guy's!" :-D



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