Friday, April 3, 2015

10 Things You Don't Know About Me

1. Hired a PR firm to market my graphic design business.
Many of you know I have an agent :-) I used to do it all on my own and I really like having such talented help! PR firm:  Agent:

2. Mashed potatoes and gravy is/are my favorite food!
Since I have a mild chocolate addiction - I best mention chocolate is also my favorite food.

3. Always have a couple of running to-do lists.
Usually just two list. One work, one personal. They help keep me on track AND are a good way to remember things. It empties my spinning head :-) I never get all the way through a list because there is usually something new to add. That is OK, it is job security! I re-write my work to-do list every couple of days or so - it gets messy.

4. Own TWO Volkswagen Beetles...
When my daughter (19 yrs.) turned 16, I gave her my beloved red VW bug and purchased a newer used yellow VW bug - you can click the photo if you need it larger for reading. Yes! we get looks when people see two bugs in the driveway/garage... My daughter and I are like Ketchup and Mustard ;-)

5. Like to use paint out of the tube.
I know you palette mixers are cringing right about now. It is practicle. No mixing or a lot less mixing of color. Easy to pick up later, I don't have to try to save mixed paint. And, I like the bright colors right out of the tube.

6. Exercise every day Monday - Friday.
Why?! I think part of it is just that I have been doing it so long. Also, I can sit/stand alone in my office for long periods of time and it gets me out of the office. I played a lot of sports growing up and like to move.

7. Make jumping frogs and stars when I am scanning in a collection.
The frogs are a half of a post-it note. The stars are cut strips of paper 1/2" x 11". I scan really large and it takes a few minutes to scan an image in. My son (23 yrs). Is a graphic designer for Big Frog Custom T-shirts and More. He took a half gallon mason jar to work full of frogs! They hand them out to kids and adults :-)

8. Spelling is a stuggle for me - I leave out words too. (struggle ;-)
Just always has been a challenge. No clue why - I will see (later) a post of mine on social media with a type-o or an oops. There are worse things in life. When spell check came out - I was THRILLED!

9. My cat Freckles fetches paper wads.
I had another cat that did this too. It just happens over time. I throw a small paper wad an they attack it. Over time, they figure out if they bring it back, I will throw it again.

10. Need to call the copyright office - again.
I have a collection that has been on the copyright site for 13 months. They must be busy.

Whatcha think? Any questions for me? :-) Anything you want to share?
Thank you for stopping by the blog - always fun to see you.


  1. I've driven a blue bug for years. We are a Veedub family!

    1. Nice to know you better Annie.

    2. Nancy and Daniela - Would be fun to line up all the VW colors for a photo :-) Thank you for stopping by the blog!

  2. Hey Annie. Yes a question. The group you hired for marketing. I can't seem to find a lot of information on them. They look pretty new. As you hired them that's a good reference. Do you know them? How long have you been with them. What size shoe do you wear? lol lol lol Feels like an interrogation. garf...

    Cute post. Love the jumping frogs and good for you for exercising daily. My downfall -although spelling is no problem. Auto correct is. Haaaaaaaaaaaa....WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT

    1. Hi Madeline - Happy Easter! is a new company here in Omaha. They publish a couple of magazines and I believe they are in their 17th year. Marketing/PR/Writing/advertising are not new to them. I have them sending out marketing emails, targeting companies in the US for me. I have know them for 5+ years. This and extension of their publishing business. — if you contact them. let them know you heard about them from me.

      Shoe size? Well it used to be a 6 1/2 before my arches fell, now it is an 8 :-)

      Thanks for the chuckle and stopping by the blog!

  3. Hi Anne,
    I left you a message here a couple of hours ago , but its not here??????? I'll try again.

    1. Hey Deborah - would you know, the second message posted - gotta love technology :-) I don't screen the posts, so no way for me to find the original one :-(
      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

    2. Hi Anne,
      That's OK I posted it again, and it went through! I probably did something wrong the first time.

  4. Hi Anne,
    I just LOVE you're art work, love thue bold colors, and hooray for you ,using paint right from the tube.... You rebel you!!!!!! lol!!

    I want to license my art in the worst way. Since I'm not working right now I have a lot of time to devote to it.

    Right now I'm going to a privet art school, working on my first portfolio of floral pastel pictures. I've also worked in water color and colored pencil.

    Should I stick to a theme of artwork , like florals, or sea scapes, or is it OK to mix different types of work in the same portfolio? I also like to draw single images of all kinds. I get bored doing the same thing all the time.

    Could you post some pictures of the steps you take to create art for you're portfolio and licensing? Or give a numbered list from start to license?

    Sometimes I feel like I need a list of steps to take, or I feel like I'm not getting anywhere. So I know what the end result should be. It would be great if you could.

    Also I would LOVE to be featured on you're Arrest Spotlight some time if you'll have me,��

    Thank you so much for all the helpful info you give to us all.

    PS I to am a member of the poor spellers club, the dictionary is my best friend!!!��

    1. Hey Debbie!

      Thank ya kindly for your wonderful comments <3

      I know artists who license who have a single brand or theme, AND I know other who mix it up. Do what you like to do :-) Here is a small sample of my work. Some is watercolor, some acrylic, some are outlined in black and some are more painterly...!portfolio/c8hd - scroll down just a bit.

      Here are a couple of post that show the steps I took to create a collection (FYI you don't have to do it this way - Think Thomas Kinkade as an example.

      Email me about the artist spotlight, My next opening is May 29th.

      I wonder if a lot of creative souls are bad spellers :-) I should do a poll!


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