The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Surreal Day ... and a great blogging story! - SOLD

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"Fair Oaks Pharmacy"
Featured in my "Headlines" Show
Oil, 8" x 16" framed, $950.00
Sold.

Today I had the chance to meet my best friend ... for the first time ever.  Although it was completely unexpected, the biggest benefit (BY FAR) from blogging this past year has been meeting (via the internet) so many wonderful new artist friends.
About ten months ago I received an email from an artist, Dreama Tolle Perry, in Paris, Kentucky. Her email asked permission to use some of my paintings for an exercise in one of her workshops. I said of course ... and then went to her blog and website and discovered her incredible talent and gift as an artist. Over the months we began to communicate more regularly. Every few weeks we would email. Then we began to talk occasionally on the phone. Then we started emailing and sharing art marketing ideas and communicating more frequently. Now we instant message every day, talk at least every other day and brainstorm and collaborate on idea after idea after idea. We use each other as a sounding board and for motivation and now share a talk radio show. We have so many plans and ideas for the future that we will be busy forever! Dreama makes me laugh and in fact on two occasions she has made me cry (from laughing so hard!).
Today, I finally got to meet my new best friend in person. Dreama and her wonderful husband were in Southern California visiting family and we spent the day together. It was amazing. It was so wonderful to finally be able to hug her and just sit and laugh and talk ... and brainstorm. It felt as if we had known each other for twenty years.
Another wonderful artist, Julie Hill, joined us for lunch. I met Julie from blogging and we shortly figured out that we lived seven houses apart from each other. How amazing is that? I am spoiled as I get to see Julie all of the time.
If you are not familiar with Dreama and Julie's art, please check it out. And take some time to really get to know your blogging friends.
Finally, here's the small print ... the Lakers did REALLY well tonight. They beat Oklahoma by 25 points. So all of my paintings on my website are 25% off until the next game. Unfortunately only paintings on my website are included (not those currently showing at a gallery), Happy shopping. Don't miss out!

13 comments:

Art with Liz said...

Wonderful story and what a great painting Leslie! I love this blogging world!

Tammy Hext said...

That is so great that you three were all able to meet face to face!

Susan Roux said...

How wonderful for you! I too love to meet people I've met over the internet. I went to visit Martine-Alison a few years ago in France. We too have that "I can't stop talking to you" thing going on. In a few weeks she will be coming to visit me here! I know the amazing experience. Don't you think more people should try it?

Can't believe Julie Hill lives a few houses from you and it took blogging to find each other. How funny!

I also got to meet Nora Kasten in Florida a short time ago. Connecting with artists is so comfortable. You automatically have so much in common...

Sandra Galda said...

super story and wonderful painting as always!

Pam Holnback said...

Great story! How wonderful for you, and them!

Linda said...

Love your connecting story! And your painting is fabulous!

Dana Cooper said...

How fun for you and Dreama and Julie! Your painting looks great!!

martinealison said...

Very nice your storie Leslie and i'm happy for you. I live the same adventure with Susan Roux since 4 years.
Beautiful painting too.
Best regards.

Caladh said...

I really enjoyed your radio show. I've been looking at dailypainters for a long time, and it was fun to hear your voice and Dreama.

Róisín O'Farrell said...

What a great story Leslie. It really is a global village isn't it.

Julie Hill said...

So late getting here...my bad...but wanted to add it was an absolute treat to visit with my two favorite artist friends!!! and at the same time too!! we had such a wonderful visit, and sad that we had to part so soon. But heads up to you all, Dreama AND Leslie are planning a workshop(s)together...so they may be in your area soon! A powerful duo I might add.

Karen Bruson said...

Great painting and even greater that you have a new best friend.

Anonymous said...

I really like this painting.

Love,

Your most handsome and oldest son.

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