LAUNCH KIT: CONCEPT & THEORY {making original art affordable}

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while and finally have the time {not really… just taking the time} to throw it out there.

I’m an artist who enjoys buying other people’s art. I’ve always loved original pieces. I own 3 prints. That’s it. One is from a painter in London, who’s original had already sold and I knew the quality of the paper and print would be at the highest, archival level. The second is a cool canvas from a local. It’s a killer piece by Danielle Eckhardt. My fave print was purchased here in VB… Lisa Ashinoff’s famous Wave. The original is out of my current budget. But I do not think it’s priced too high at all. I found myself drawn to the painting… over and over. So I finally decided I would get a signed print… also on high quality paper and professionally framed. {I’m actually having some of my work printed for the first time.}

My home, my closets and storage is filled with original art. I love them all and change them out frequently depending on my mood, time of year, etc. My pieces range from $10 to $10K! Seriously! I’ve bought a few of my cherished pieces from vintage shops. But most pieces I own were purchased straight from the artist. It’s that connection. Hearing the story. Feeling like you’re a part of that experience.

That feeling occurs with almost everyone I talk to, after noticing their interest in my work. And people purchase. Some without a second thought in regard to price; while others may need to wait. But more often than not… a purchase is not completed due to price. Not because they think the price is too high… it’s simply because of budget. I know that feeling all to well.

This past weekend at the WOMEN WHO CREATE show I produced and participated in, I experienced the same issue. Let’s get something straight though… I work really hard and I buy super, high-end supplies. I spend hours and hours on my craft and I don’t apologize for my large pieces that sell for hundreds and even thousands. WITH THAT BEING SAID… I also think everyone should have original art in their life if they desire. So how do you make that happen without lowering standards, quality, passion and disregarding the retail and gallery market… ? And as an artist, you can’t cheapen yourself or you’ll never be taken seriously again. And those who’ve purchased your higher priced work will feel duped!

MY SOLUTION: I am always creating small versions of ideas for larger pieces. I used to toss them all. A neighbor recently caught me throwing out a pile of these small paintings… and kind of had a fit! It was pretty funny. But it made me stop and think. I really love creating small paintings almost as much as the larger ones. So what if I didn’t use scrap pieces and what if I treated these little paintings with the same respect I do the larger ones? They don’t take as long or use much product. So if I’m creating with the same level of integrity… then I can sell them at a reasonably affordable price!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of you may be thinking I’ve lost my mind… But when a young couple; a first-time home buyer; a teenager; a passionate lover of art who wants to collect… but can’t… That’s heartbreaking to me. I WANT MY ART in the HOMES of people who LOVE IT! Pure and Simple. So in addition to the larger paintings I produce…. With these youngsters and budget conscience clients in mind… I introduce your LAUNCH KIT! Keep your eye out… it’s happening now… in the studio!

Today’s the Day!


After a crazy few weeks of colorful insanity…. Producing, curating and participation in WOMEN WHO CREATE First Annual Show…. it’s finally here!

This collage was a posting of mine a few days ago onhttps://www.facebook.com/flycreativemama/?fref=nf

…. {You know it’s time to STOP and reorganize when you mistake a big A bottle of paint for your creamer when making your 3rd cup of coffee! I would dare show a pic of what my kitchen looks like… but here’s an example of colorful chaos in my house! AND I HAVE A SEPARATE STUDIO! 😂😂😂 Just a few days away from the show… it has been a challenging month. Between illness, life and unfortunately death… I’m just grateful for staying somewhat glued together… maybe taped, together. I hope to see you this weekend at the WOMEN WHO CREATE SHOW this Friday and Saturday. Look at the poster on my page here for details. You can also find info on @first_friday_vibe_vb and on Facebook! #womenwhocreatevb #art #fineart #studio #blessed #wtf #😂 #modern #women}

Featured Artists in this weekend’s show!



Red Feathered Nest has been one of my fave secret spots for years. It’s where I’ve scored a ton of killer pieces for myself and for clients. They’re super supportive of local artists and are hosting POP UP SHOPS. I’m excited to be the first for 2017! Please come hang out with me and check out this cool shoppe in the village. You won’t be sorry… I promise!

Late Nights


My super long earrings {which can be cut to shorten} … I love making them and wearing them.  I couldn’t bear the thought of putting my jewelry on “stock” retail cards though.  So I stayed up til the wee hours and painted my own cards.  Working on the bracelet and necklace ones as we speak…. in between client design jobs and the other crazy Christmastime obligations!

Please email me at cindy@thestudio.live if you have questions or want to place an order.

And There She Is!


There are not enough hours in the day! Up before the sun. Being the #squarrel that I am with several projects scattered perfectly through the studio and spilling into a great part of the house. This woman is in my head. She started as a photograph, became a drawing, has been made into a stencil for a graffiti job and now she’s becoming a painting. Jewel line needs work and casting. Clothing line is staring at me…. but #thisgirl #dedication #motivation #artist #fashion #graffiti #tattoo #studio #details #love #paynesgrey #watercolor #colour

Are You Kidding Me, God?


Circles?  Are you kidding me, God?  So after a very productive morning and feeling of accomplishment yesterday… somewhere around 3pm I no longer had talent, inspiration or any idea of what it is I’m supposed to be doing with my life!  I hate it when this happens!  I literally felt paralyzed and totally numb. I may or may have not screamed and had a tear or two.  I needed an answer.  I needed a sign.  Inspiration!  I needed to get out of this funk.  After a few hours of dark blankness, I decided to stick to my regimen of daily doses of color and paint on paper.  I pulled out my Italian, rich yummy paper and my fave watercolors and I started doodling.  I did this for hours.  I poured a glass of wine and thought about all the normal questions.  I talked to God… as I often do throughout the day… out loud… like he’s sitting next to me in the “real”…  And mind you, I have no fear to get a little testy and cranky with Him.  In a respectful way of course!  And sometimes I may slip and drop an Eff Bomb while I’m venting or asking… and then I have to stop that prayer and ask forgiveness for the bomb… and then pick back up with the other prayer.  I know I’m exhausting to Him, as well as myself.  And others. And yeah, some people may think I’m a certifiable Jesus freak who smokes too much weed (I don’t… although if it becomes legal…).  But come on, I wear Chanel with Vans and I’ve got a Jesus tattoo… clearly I’m not cut from the “normal” cloth.


Back to the “circles”.  I woke up this morning determined to stay the course, whatever that may be.  I thought about the fast I’m doing with my church… Day 14! And until yesterday afternoon I have felt such clarity and focus. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a fast like this.  I thought maybe that’s what’s going on with me.  Nope… So as I’m walking out to my studio I literally see this circle… painted with an ink like fashion and a spear or drippy thing coming from it on a piece of paper.  I sat down and I felt this innate urge to paint this circle… 3 of them.  Made no sense at all.  So after a few stubborn minutes of thinking it could be some mean voice from the dark side tricking me into painting some stupid circles so that I could feel lost again and wonder WTH I’m doing… I got out a fresh sheet of my luxe, thick paper and drew 3 circles.  I wondered is this some weird psycho crap because I love the number 3… is it because I have a flat tire (yesterday afternoon’s gift) and I only have 3 good ones?  Is it because I always have done things in 3s because of me and my 2 daughters?  As the brush hit the paper and I made a few strokes… it hit me like a big A train!  Holy crap, I heard you, Jesus! And just like that… as I finished the painting… I knew that everything I have been working on… all three mediums and projects… ARE ON POINT!  These circles were not just a confirmation.  They are literally the missing link, the exact design of the thing I wanted to bring the projects together and unify them.  Un-freakin-believable! So the moral of this story is don’t stop.  Don’t get discouraged and don’t underestimate meditation and the power that believing can bring.  God doesn’t plant seeds in your heart and give you dreams without giving you the talent to achieve them.  Oh… and by the way…. That piece of paper I swore I saw and had painted and walked by… didn’t exist yet.  Had never previously done it.  It was nowhere to be found.   100% VISION Baby!


#blessed #artist #studio #vision #fasting #godspeed #thankyoujesus #talent #fullcircle #painting #focus #meditate #believe #achieve #dreambig

Show and Tell


So excited to be representin’ for Ladies Night in the ViBe District for First Friday! Come out, say hi and check the first batch of jewelry for the season. It’s a little more edgy than my normal.  I had a lot of fun mixing the old, the new and the found.  Leather fringe, mixed metal chains…

There’s huge art installation….   ContraVan and Aidan Jewelry  alongside in the courtyard, next to the gardens at Esoteric.  4 til gone! (Should be a late night)






Someone once said to me… “One day you’ll figure out what you’re supposed to do.”  This comment came after a passionate rant {referred to as my “flight of ideas” in the family} about several ideas I had and new things I wanted to create.  I laughed.  I can’t just do one thing.  EVER.

I’ve been designing and sketching my entire life.  If you were to ask the thousands of people whose paths I’ve crossed during the last decade, what my biggest passion is, they would say Interior Design and Architecture.  Understandable, but inaccurate.   If you were to ask the majority of my circle of friends and social aquatints, they’d say art and painting.  True, but incomplete.  And considering the fact that a huge chunk of my life has been spent in a studio, where my attire has been described as “homeless chic”, I doubt any of them would ever guess that one of my biggest obsessions is fashion.  But it is!

The moment has finally come… I AM FREE to do whatever the heck I choose.  It’s a little scary, but so freakin exciting!  After closing the “big house” and taking a 3 month sabbatical, I’ve spent the last 60 days reorganizing and refocusing.  My old business ventures in the creative world have been put to rest. Simply, have just “let it go”.

This freedom to choose my passion over “pleasing the masses” in the retail world will be a little shocking to most.  I’m more than ok with that!  The hardest part for me right now is the waiting game.  I’m ruthlessly obsessive about the details and the end product.  I have gone deeper than ever before.  I’m taking the projects I’ve been dreaming about over the past decade to a whole new level.  Fabrication and castings for my jewelry line are almost complete; the final stages of my first clothing pieces are coming together; my canvases are anxiously waiting for all my sketches to come to life. { Why can’t this stuff just happen overnight?}

Meanwhile, in between all that… I’m still producing my original jewelry pieces created from “the found”  for November and December shows.  Event schedule should be posted later today.  My 6th Annual Gift Event is happening in The ViBe District VB.  Super stoked to be back on the scene.  I miss you guys.  Come see me at Esoteric this First Friday ViBe for a little SHOW AND TELL.  I’ll be selling this season’s first batch and sharing a couple of pieces that are a glimpse of what’s to come! 

Urban | Farmhouse | Traditional


October 20th, 25th and 27th from 1pm til 3pm or 6pm til 8pm The classes run for 2.5 hours sometimes, depending on questions and class size.

Classes are $95 per person and are all inclusive. Groups of 4 recieve $15 off {$80 each}

The next few months are pretty tight with upcoming shows and events. I had to work hard to squeeze in these 3 days.

If you want to take a class, simply message me your email address and I will send you a paypal invoice. If you are booking a group of 4 and want the discount of $15 off each person. Please send one email with all 4 names and email addresses.

Also if you’d like to book a November or December class and have a specific date, please let me know and I will try my best to accommodate. I will also come to you for a private class of 4 or more for an additional fee, depending on location and number in your party.

The classes are held in my home or studio on the property. I do not publish my address for obvious reasons. My home is in Old Beach at the Oceanfront, VB. Once you’ve booked your class and we are on a private message, I will gladly give you the street and number. Cancelations made 24 or more hours before your class will be credited for another date.

Thank you and please feel free to ask questions.

Inspiration via Pinterest

Back Burner


For the first time in years I’m actually getting to do so many things that I’ve dreamed about for quite a while.  I’m a person who is constantly creating in my head; who has 14k Pins and literally eats, drinks and sleeps design / art…  and not being able to produce due to the responsibilities of owning a huge retail space has been torture!

I can’t wait to share what I’m doing in this photo.  It’s gonna be fun and it’s not just for me!  It’s for OUR entire community!  For those of you who know me personally and professionally, you are aware of my passion for “cultivating OUR community” through group art projects, events, shows and the one I’m most noted for… FIRST FRIDAY VIBE!

There was speculation after I closed my retail space, I’d be so caught up in my new found freedom that I would leave FFV behind and disappear. LOL… NOT!  Keep in mind, I don’t get paid for it, I pay to do it.  Through time and money.  Why?  Because it’s one of my greatest passions.  I love my town.  I love my people.  I love promoting and supporting others.

I can’t wait for this REVEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!