My New Year’s Eve Challenge to You

My birthday is today, December 31st and to have a birthday that pretty much aligns with an actual calendar year is interesting in many ways. One thing I can never seem to escape is using the end of the year to reflect on what I accomplished in that year and what I wish to accomplish in the new year. With this tradition comes another one- the changing of the journal. For the last few years I have raced to finish whatever journal I had been working in for the later part of that year whether with words, art, or ephemera, I always get it done so I can begin anew.

So with the clock counting down, I offer you the challenge to do the same. To finish whatever journal/notebook you’ve been working in and break out a nice new one for tomorrow.

Are you with me?

Image courtesy of Christian Manzella – cmanzella on Instagram

Memories from Fourth of July

We were standing on the bridge connecting the north and south sides of town last night waiting for the fireworks to begin when I looked up towards South Mountain and said out loud to no one in particular, “Aunt Evelyn isn’t home any more.”

Aunt Ev was actually my great aunt – my grandmother’s sister. There were ten children in their family and the house where my aunt Ev lived until she passed earlier this year was where they all grew up. Everyone in the family affectionately referred to Ev’s house as “Up Home” as in, “We are going up home for a 4th of July picnic.” Continue Readering »

First Friday in Bethlehem, PA

Many towns have some kind of First Friday events. In Bethlehem, we have a celebration of SouthSide businesses with music, food and wine tastings scattered throughout the shopping district.

Tonight at the Banana Factory where I am a current artist in residence, there will be 4 exhibit openings, including the resident artist “White Works” show. There will be live music, glass blowing, ceramic, and jewelry making demonstrations and much more! It all happens from 6-9pm – so if you can, be sure to stop by my studio #249 to say hello!

My 10×10″ acrylic painting on canvas above, “Hayden’s Adventure” was inspired by my friend’s young son and is also the piece I submitted into the White Works exhibit .

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