Tears for Las Vegas

Today my heart is so sad, as I woke up this morning to hear the news about the shooting in Las Vegas. Today there are many tears for Las Vegas. A place that so many love is a place of sadness today.

I usually don’t write about current events or any of the craziness that is going on in the world today. I choose not to focus on negativity, however this one is so close to my heart, I can’t help myself. Today, this one is personal to me!

Las Vegas is so very near and dear to my heart. Tim and I lived in Las Vegas for eight years from 2006 to 2015. Many people go to Vegas for vacations, conventions, weddings or just a quickie weekend trip. One day Tim asked me why I liked living in Vegas. I had two reasons, (1) The energy. No matter where we went there always seemed to be such a high energy and the people were always so happy. And (2) when we lived in Las Vegas I felt like I was somebody important. I don’t have any particular reasons for having those feelings, and I can’t really explain the, but that is how I felt.

So many people think of Las Vegas and they immediately think about the gambling. Yes, that is there, (and that can be fun), but there is so, so much more to Vegas and unless you actually live there I don’t know if you can understand it. Almost everyone is from somewhere else, yet nobody is ever treated like an ‘outsider’ and everyone is welcomed.

Image: Tim & Debi Wedding Photo

In 2006 Tim and I were married at the Rio in Las Vegas. That was and still is the best day of my life!

Image:  Tim & Debi in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is where my art career really got started. While we lived there my artwork was in three different galleries. It is also the time when in 2011 the economy hit rock bottom and many of the art galleries went out of business. Yet through that event, my art took at different direction which led me to where I am today.

We no longer live in Las Vegas, but a part of us will always be there. Yet, having lived there I can tell you that these people are so strong. They are survivors and they will overcome this.

My heart and prayers are with all those in Vegas and all those impacted by this horrific event. Be strong! You are still Fabulous!

Image:  Word art:  Vegas BabyDebi

 

Saying Goodbye

Something that some people may not know about me is that I am married to a wonder man, (Tim) that just happens to work in construction. He is a superintendent and he builds apartments. That is a good thing and it is also a bad thing. The good part about that is (1) it allows me to work on my art full-time, and (2) that we have the opportunity to go to new places and see new things all the time. That is the part about his job that we love so much!

The bad part is that we are having to move all the time. Since May of 2011 (within almost five years) we have now moved 19 times. That means that 19 times in the past five years I have had to pack boxes, move them, and then unpack boxes. Needless to say, I am a master packer! With that much practice, anybody can be a master packer!

Move #19 took place this week and it has been a bitter sweet move. It is good in that Tim is starting a new project in a new town which will give us new things and places to explore. Yet on the other hand it is a sad move because I am giving up my fabulous view that I so loved.

Boat View

This was the view I got to enjoy every day from the patio of our third floor apartment. This is also the view that I had from the window of my studio. I could sit and work on my art and look up to see this out my window.

Every day I loved watching the boats come and go. I also loved watching the ducks and the sea gulls. My favorite thing to watch was the pelicans. I never realized how big and graceful pelicans really are. I loved the pelicans.

I will greatly miss this view. However, I will not miss having to carry groceries up two flights of stairs each week!

But now we are on to a new adventure. Again, we are in another apartment but the view this time is just more apartments. At least I want have so many distractions and I will be able to get a lot more work done.

Each move we make gets us a step closer to our “Forever House” on our “Forever Land”.

This is one of the changes I talked about in my previous post. Now that the change of our residence has changed, it is now time to change my art. All the boxes are unpacked and now I am working on getting my studio put together. We should be here for about a year (which is a really long time for us), so I am going to take this opportunity to bring in more things for my studio.

Also, since I am going to be starting with a new medium, I am going to get to go shopping for new supplies. I am super excited about that and I can’t wait to see where my art goes!!!

 

 

 

Options

 

"Be Open To Whatever" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Be Open To Whatever” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Change doesn’t always come with options. When a loved one dies, you usually don’t have an option. When you get older and your body goes through different changes, you don’t always have an option with that one either. However, I am talking about changing my art and with that I am finding an abundance of options.

As for the types of art I can make, I am finding the number of options to be mind-boggling. Over the past couple of days I have been looking at different types of art trying to decide what I want to do. There is so much beautiful art to look at and for me, I have been like a kid in a candy store with the instruction, “pick out anything that you want, and no, you can’t have it all.”

I am still in the process of deciding what I want. There are many things about my art that I do like. I think I am just a little board doing the same thing over and over again. I feel like it is time to try something new. However, in that process there are some things that I don’t want to change, and to me these are my “non-negotiables”. I love the colorfulness of my art, and I really don’t want to change that. So I am trying to pick a medium where I can still get the bold bright colors that I love.

Another thing that I want to keep are all the things that I use to “define” my style. That would be my whimsical doodle drawings with my sketchy lines. Although I use quite a bit of hand lettering in my previous art, that is something that I would like do more and have be more pronounced. The messages in my art are the most important thing to me and so I have to find a way to make that work.

And of course I can’t do without little random black and white checkerboard. I just don’t know how I could live without that.

One of the mediums that I came really close to choosing was Alcohol Inks. I love the boldness and saturation of color in the inks, yet, I was concerned if I would be able to have the control and versatility that I want to have when incorporating my “non-negotiables”.

I have also been looking at mixed media collage. I don’t know if this will work or not. Trying to incorporate my “non-negotiables” may be pretty interesting. I don’t know if it will work or not, but I do know that I am being really drawn to it, so I think I am going to give it a try.

Although working with different mediums and developing “style” are the really fun things that I get to do, I also have to keep remembering that this is a business too.

"Attitude Is The Difference" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Attitude Is The Difference” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

A really big part of this business (and probably one of the most important parts) is the marketing end. Unfortunately, that is my least favorite part. Perhaps that is where I need to make the biggest change. And the biggest change that I need to make there is probably simply in just my attitude.

Before I can get started on the experimentation and making changes to my art and my business, I have to first complete a move. We are moving in two days and I first have to finish packing. Once we have moved then I can get started on my new art in a new studio.

Moving Boxes #1 3-20-2016

There are just so many changes going on for me right now! Granted these changes are a little scary and filled with tons of uncertainty, I am really looking forward to them and seeing how things look on the other side of the change.

 

 

 

Don’t Give Up!

Every project that I create is special to me, however from time to time I create a project that is really extra special to me. This is one of those very extra special projects that I am really excited about and proud of.

I have created many watercolor paintings with sayings that I have posted on Facebook and Instagram. For this project I wanted to take 50 of these paintings and put them into a book. I also wanted to tell a story about my life and my art career that pertained to the saying in the painting.

Cover & Open Book

Each painting is a full page image. On the opposing page is the story that I have written. Many of the stories are about experiences that I have gone through in starting my art career. Other stories are simple lessons that I have learned in my life.

My greatest hope is that through this book I could give other artist just starting their career hope and courage to push forward and make it happen.

Don't Give Up Book Cover

In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure about writing this book. However, as I got into writing the stories I found myself enjoying it so much as I relived the individual moments of my life.

I hope that those that read the book enjoy the stories. My greatest hope is that at least one person finds a tiny spark of inspiration or motivation to keep them moving toward their own individual dream.

The book is available on Amazon. To see the book, click here.

 

 

 

 

Be The Star

Star Closeup

It seems like every day I am starting a new journey.  Actually it is the same journey, but when at the end of the day I feel like I have failed the day before and so I start over again.  Every day I try to figure out a way that I can push myself just a little bit harder to push myself just a little bit higher.

Text Close Up

I know what I am supposed to be and I know what I am supposed to do.  Yet, it seems like with every attempt that I make I find myself flat on my face!  Still, every time I find myself flat on my face, I know it is time to do it all over again.

I believe that if you have a passion it is a special gift.  On the other hand that special gift that you are so in love with can also be a curse.  It can be a curse because you are so consumed with it and you can give this passion what it needs to grow.

"Be The Star" by Debi Payne Designs

“Be The Star” by Debi Payne Designs

Although every day seems like a “do over”, I will continue to reach a little bit higher every day for that start that I was born to be.

To shop for “Be The Star” products, click here.

Happy January Birthdays!

Candles Only

It seems as though we just get through the holidays and it is amazing how many people in my family have birthdays!!!  Just when I think I am finished shopping and buying presents in December it starts all over again in January.

So, for all the people that have birthday’s in January… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

CakeOnly

When I designed “Stacked Cupcake” it started out as a single whimsical style cupcake.  When it just didn’t have anything special about it, I decided to add another cupcake on top which is where it ended up.

"Stacked Cupcake" Birthday Card by Debi Payne Designs

“Stacked Cupcake” Birthday Card by Debi Payne Designs

I have created several fun products using the “Stacked Cupcake” design.  If you would like to shop for “Stacked Cupcake” products, click here.

Happy New Year!

Numbers Closeup

Woo Hoo!!!!  We made it!!!!  There is nobody in this entire world that is more excited to see 2014!!!  Actually, 2014 was so excited to see me it just couldn’t wait and a couple of weeks ago it started showing me  some of the “goodies” that it has in store for me.  I think that 2014 has so much in store for me it just couldn’t fit it all into just one year and so it started early!

If the preview that I have seen from 2014 is just a sample of things to come, it is going to be a truly amazing year!

Fireworks CloseUP

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working with my agent and we have outlined the new design collections that I will be working on this year.  I am so excited about the new collections and I can’t wait to see each design as it reveals itself to me.

Starting in January, I am also going to be working on a brand new project.  Although, it isn’t related to my art, it is an exciting project and an excellent additional source of income, which is something that is always welcome!

In 2013 my husband, Tim, lost his sight due to a detached retina.  In January he will be having surgery that will hopefully restore his sight.  With all the other good things that I seen happening in 2014, this will be another one!

I can already tell you, 2014 is going to be a GREAT year!!!  It is going to be filled great health, amazing prosperity, and many, many exciting adventures!

"2014" designed by Debi Payne Designs

“2014” designed by Debi Payne Designs

For 2014, I would like to wish everyone:

Happy New Adventures

Happy New Successes

Happy New Acquaintances

Happy New Prosperity

Happy New Year!

Cheers and Goodbyes to 2013!

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘WOW . . . What a ride!”

Cheers CloseUp

As 2013 comes to a close, and what a ride is truly was, now it is time to reflect on the year.  It is a time to reflect on the blessings of the year that have brought us joy and happiness.  It is also a time to reflect on the lessons learned from the challenges that we had to face.  In both cases, be it a blessing or a lesson learned, each has brought us a step closer to our goals and I have enormous gratitude for both.

Design Closeup

“Cheers” is a design that I created several years ago.  I first started with this wacky shaped glass.  The glass represented my life.  It isn’t like more other glasses.  The top is tilted and the stem is crooked.  It isn’t at perfect and not at all typical.

 The “stuff” on the inside of the glass, (which some might see as a beverage) represents all the different things in my life.  Like most people, there is a multitude of things that make up my life which has been represented by the different colors and shapes.  I suppose if I just had one element to my life, then I could have used a solid color to represent the beverage.

Eye Closeup

I wanted to have an olive on the end of a swizzle stick.  However, the olive turned into a funny looking eye.  This is also what gave this design its alternate name; “Cockeyed Optimist”.

"Cheers!" by Debi Payne Designs

“Cheers!” by Debi Payne Designs

As we say goodbye to 2013, I raise my glass and say “Cheers!”  I bid you a fond farewell as I await the arrival of 2014.  I take with me into 2014 all the gifts that 2013 has given me.  Like the photographs taken throughout the year, I carefully preserve you and loving place you in the memory books.

If you would like to shop for products with the “Cheers” design, click here.