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The end of 2020 had me buried in commission pieces and looking forward to a slow January to work on all things behind the scenes of my business. January ended up being anything but slow.

A bigger canvas this time

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They wanted 2 canvases… Awesome!!

I pitch these ideas to clients as an option to truly tell their story. And then the work begins figuring out how to make it all happen.

One canvas of the ceremony and one of the reception. K. No problem.

Two canvases painted live!….

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And who am I to turn down a present 🙂

This energy is addictive.

Those early moments transitioning from event staff yelling into the back checking on some last minute details or a place setting missing their salad fork or confirming the recipe for the signature cocktail. The DJ doing

It’s not about me, but yet I get the gift!

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5pm on a gorgeous springy Saturday sure looks different for me these days. What about you? Being an ideal Saturday for a wedding, I’d typically be in

Live painting during corona days

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The way this came together….. I still can’t.

My mom (we call her and she so IS), the hostess with the mostest, had been on me for a while to have a little open house. Which stressed me out because my little office/studio space is plenty full with


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The timeline for my own celebration, “Painted”, my event for celebrating my business, my clients and friends, included me speaking from stage. With a mic. Probably in some lights. By myself. On stage. Did I mention I would be on stage? Alone?

What the heck was I thinking?

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Could be poor planning and us waiting until last minute, could be operating in cheap-skate mode taking the lowest airfare we could find, could be that we were just meant to have a little downtime. Whatever you wanna call it, we have five hours in the airport before we can get home.  

It really is what you want to see.

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This concept of settling was huge to me personally just a few short years ago. I think it really hit when I chose to take a corporate job that was not a good personal fit for me. I made that choice for stability for my family, to provide some benefits and a place to rebound after a business venture that finally wrapped up, a couple of years later than it probably should have.

Things that settle for 10,000

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This image popped up on my Facebook feed this morning.

Four years ago I had just put myself out there using my artistic skills to benefit families that I would likely never know. I had painted a life-size tiger sculpture, and partnered with a team comprised of a business sponsor and a charity and me, an artist.

4 years ago, as reminded by Facebook

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“Cindy was fantastic to work with! As a member of a bridal party for an October wedding, the wedding party decided to hire Cindy to surprise the couple with a painting at the wedding. Everyone was thrilled with the beautiful wedding scene she captured and guests were able to watch her create the picture during the reception. The bride and groom loved it and hung it in their home immediately. She is also going to do several paintings from photos of other weddings and I am very excited for those as well!”

Abby Holman

Abby Holman | FB Testimonial



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