Studio Downsizing Sale

Hey Everyone,

My studio downsizing sale continues! I’ll be adding items as I come across them, but this is a massive start. I simple don’t have the space and can honestly use the money too.

Email me if you have any questions. I can ship items too. You would just have to pay for actual shipping costs.

Here is a link to the pricing: Bethany Studio Sale Items + Price List

I would make a super sweet deal for anyone wanting to take the whole lot ;)

March Musings

I am taking the plunge this month into March Meet the Maker and thought you might be curious to come along for the journey.

What is MMTM? It is a series of hashtag prompts (see below) for an Instagram based challenge that are put out annually by Joanne Hawker to help connect artists to new audiences and to each other.

I am very lucky to be part of #TeamOgopogo this year - a group of Okanagan artists who have banded together for this challenge.

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You can find my Instagram @bethanyhandfield or by clicking here...

I hope you get a chance to check it out. I have made so many new artist friends through this challenge. It is also never too late to jump in and participate. It can be daunting to do all of the challenges, but you can also just pick a few to have fun with it.

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”
— Neil Gaiman
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I have been a little obsessed with reading the works of women comic and graphic artists lately. Lynda Barry, Roz Chast, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Lauren R. Weinstein just to name a few.

Seemingly lighthearted at first glance, these artists are weaving deeply intricate tales with words and drawing that I have found so haunting - they really touch you to the core.

If you are into reading, I am doing a reading challenge on Goodreads and would love for you to join me. I am hoping to read 65 books this year. Click here for my profile.

Thank you for allowing me to share these thoughts with you.

Happy Creating

xoxo Bethany


(P.S.I have been procrastinating in the studio putting together my list of sale items. They will be ready soon. Winter slows me down.....)

New Year - New Me

Happy 2019!  

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A little late I know, but I wanted to drop you a line to let you know I am still here, I am still creating, and I am still excited to share my love of creativity with you.

This is the first time in five years that I don't have work in the gallery, have no scheduled classes, and am not trying to promote anything beyond my own creations. 

Is there anything more exciting than a blank slate?
The possibilities are endless...
 

I hope you will join me on this new year of discovery and creation.

As well as catching up with me, the newsletter will be a sharing tool for free classes I discover, inspiring artists, and  so much more that sparks the creative fire. 

If you decide this is not for you, you were just here for the encaustic, or what have you, no hard feelings ❤️ Your support over the years has been greatly appreciated. 


One last thing...With all of the big changes the past year has brought, I have had to process, and be okay with, a few realities I'd like to share:

Not everyone will like my work or my vision:This is totally okay! I am an amazing and unique artist that was plopped down into this world to share my awesomeness. (The same goes for YOU!) Not everyone will get me. My work may not be everyone's cup of tea, but that is why we have so many different kinds of tea in the world. I am grateful to everyone who loves and supports the work that I do.

Always go for "IT" (even if it is really ugly):This was a tough one. I really loved the work I was creating up until about 2014. Then things got weird. Being the public face of my own company and a not-for-profit felt completely at odds with my artistic process. I thought I should be painting a certain way and only creating with certain materials. It got into my head, my confidence, and started messing with my process. After leaving expectations behind, my brain is finally starting to loosen up. The flow* is coming back on!(*The flow is something I will get to in a another post, but just think of it as that amazing place you get to when everything is going right while creating a project.)

Show your work when YOU are ready: Have you found yourself only creating when there was a deadline or you had committed to a show? Have you ever just grabbed any old thing so you could be part of a show? This was me for the past few years. This is me no longer. Not all the shows I put my art into were right for my style of work or the right place for my people to find me. There is nothing wrong with being selective about where you show your work or even if you show your work at all. 

You can't do everything (A True Story)
: So after five years of working full time at a not-for-profit for abused women and children, running an online national art supply business, mounting large scale art projects, teaching art classes, creating work for shows, sending out newsletters, updating websites and social media, belonging on up to three boards and several art groups, oh and trying to have a personal life, I did finally come to the conclusion that I may not be able to do it all. Everything was getting done, but not all of it very well.  So I don't do that anymore. 

Above and beyond everything else, please take it from me, and learn to be careful and gentle with yourself.

We are all here on this planet for a finite time - let's fill those days with things that make us truly happy, healthy, and fulfilled.


Happy Creating!

xoxo Bethany

Resurgence Group Show

Join the artists of the The Long Gallery on June 7th for the opening night of Resurgence.

Thursday, June 7th 5-8pm for RESURGENCE
An exciting array of new art by all 15 Long Gallery Artists. Not to miss, DJ Peter Wolf spinning vinyl. 

Exhibition runs to July 7th. 

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What's Inside My Head...

Sometimes you've just got to let it out - ha ha

I am preparing for moving house in July so have been packing up and sorting the studio. I gathered all of my dolls and sculptures together on a table and realized it was the first time they had been in reunion in years! Time to commemorate this wonderful event.

So I made this silly little video of them saying "hi" to you. So much fun ;)

 

 

Memory Pages Mixed Media Class

I made a cute little video for the

Memory Pages class. 

In this fun and relaxing mixed media class we explore colour, layers, and meaning with a ton of art supplies.