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Friday, August 21, 2009

The Fish Lady of Wisconsin...

Now, my husband has been calling me this for a while, but maybe I was a little hesitant at first to accept this title. As of lately though, since I have been getting more and more involved with growing my business, I am starting to appreciate the 'magnitude' of it - and - I mean, why not. Looking around, there aren't that many people dedicating their artwork to just ONE object, let alone a WOMAN painting fish. The latter especially seems to puzzle people.But, you know what, in this economy anything that makes you different is a bonus, even if it means that you are know as 'The Fish Lady of Wisconsin'.

I always like to add a couple of pictures, so this time I would like to present one of my products, the 11x14 inch Trout w/dry flies. It always feels good when a project has been completed, because then you can start the next one. Watch for my Smallmouth Bass of Wisconsin!

Before I go, if this blog makes you feel like you want to go fishing...make sure you stop by at the Fly Shop on 9617 W. Greenfield Ave. - they know their stuff!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Painting away....

Like with all things...the more time you spend doing them the better they will turn out. I had some requests to share my newest two fish. One of course is a Brook Trout and the other a Brown trout.

I will be working on another version of the Brown soon, but have a Smallmouth Bass lined up before that. I am looking forward to my kids' school starting in September so I can dedicate much more time painting.

There are lots of other fish I want to add to my repertoire, like the Musky, the Bluegill, other Bass and so on. Send me a list of your favorites!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Family Staycation

Let's see. Summer 2009, another Staycation for us. One of the main reasons are the kids' sports schedules. Nobody in Europe would understand that you would give up traveling so your kids could play a sport. Silly, right? Now alright, we figure we stay around here and relax and what happens? Lucky us, visitors come from far away places and we all of a sudden become their home away from home. So while we Staycation, they vacation... I must say I feel a bit exhausted already and our next visitors, consisting of 2 adults and 4 children are coming next week, less than a week after our first summer guest leaves. Now, I am thinking to myself, what are we doing wrong? If it wasn't for all the summer guests we could probably afford a nice cruise to the Caribbeans....but maybe I shouldn't be thinking that way. Because of course I love having friends and family visit, but maybe next time we could VACATION together... somewhere else - where I don't have to cook and shuttle kids around... just hold that thought...well, maybe next year.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Computer age shows my age...

The day has come. My oldest knows more about computers than I do and although I have tried to ignore that fact for a while I can no longer. He is now in on the action of web designing and web marketing. He has always been intrigued by the world of business and ran his lemonade stand profitably since he was 4. Over the years he added staff (his brother, a neighbor), assigned jobs, added other products and tried to improve customer service by offering cups with lids (for a higher price). Now, that he lost his 'cute factor' that business had to be passed on to the younger crowd in the neighborhood. And have I mentioned that he is 13. I'm sure that gives me just a glimpse of what is to come. I am already getting the 'Oh, Mom, that is so boring. You have to go with the time.' And here I am thinking, 'didn't I just send him off to Kindergarten the other day?' But, you know, I am excited, his excitement about life and opportunities is contagious. So keep watching for changes and new gadgets on OUR website, sorry, blogsite...