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What constitutes an “amazing experience”?

Is it making money?  Making connections?  All of the people that helped you along your journey?

Is it all of the above?

I have been on such a GUS (God, Universe, Spirit) journey this year.  It really started when I made the extremely conscious decision to let go of some old self-defeating patterns (i.e. – being a victim, seeing the hole rather than the donut, looking at myself as “less-than”, and HUGE control issues).

Then – the magic began.

I wanted to take a journey with Agnes and Ruby – but, I had no idea where to go.  I put it out on social media for input.  My gallery owner and his wife in Birmingham offered their lake home driveway to “camp” for as long as I chose.  It’s like GUS was starting a breadcrumb trail for me.

The first person I met – was Barry – A true creative, and the happiest person I have ever met in my life.  We shared philosophies every morning over coffee.  He taught me how to use a plasma cutter and welder…..I was and am SO HOOKED!!!   Something about creating Imperfectly Perfect Angel Fire Sculptures filled my soul.

The breadcrumb trail continued with a dear friend suggesting that I try going to market, after I stated that that I want more eyes on my Angels.

Less than a month until market – and I was in creation mode… well as selling a lot to my social media peeps.

I put together a quick booth, not really giving much thought to what was really important, and something that I knew nothing about….which was merchandising.

Every day while at market – another vendor would come by and give me very valuable tips on how to make my booth more pleasing….So grateful for all of the help!!!!   By the last day, I finally had people stopping at my booth to look (unfortunately – not to buy – but – hey – there are more important things – sometimes – than money)

I had many people helping me and giving me words of encouragement when there was absolutely NO ONE THERE, and I was freaking out!!!  Even the second day when a dear friend came to help me who has a huge sales background – and he was a bit concerned also!!!  For all of my friends, family and acquaintances, who were there for me…I am so grateful.  I probably would have broken my booth down and said to heck with it without you.

The breadcrumbs continued….I met Pam Williams from the Las Vegas Market…the real deal….confirmed by all of the other vendors….and she asked me to be in the Las Vegas Market….Yikes…REALLY????   After just doing an “unsuccessful” market in Dallas???

I have to try.

I’m not willing to give up yet.

Perhaps, the wholesale market is not “my thing”.  It is flooded with China made very cheap products.  Very few handcrafted items.

But, I HAVE to try at a market that is better attended to know for sure.

I posted that it was an amazing experience –  few assumed that an “amazing experience” meant sales were good.

They weren’t.

The connections and people willing to help was what was amazing.

I’m going to try again.

I LOVE these Perfectly Imperfect Angels.

They contain a huge part of my soul.

Maybe, it really is all about the journey.

So Many Blessings to you all,



Angel Fire Sculptures….Why???

Indeed Paula Jean….Why?  When you were perfectly happy painting and relearning abstracts?  Why sculptures?  And why now?

It seems since I have started painting at age 45 – every five years I try something different – but, creative.  At 50 – it was writing.  At 55, I published a book.  Now, it seems that I am totally obsessed with creating Angels in Metal….And, guess what?  I turn 60 in a matter of days!!!

I absolutely LOVE this medium!!!

I continually ask for signs that this is the direction that I am supposed to go.  I KNOW my guides are getting tired of the constant asking – but they continue to answer!!!

Everything has fallen into place so easily…so much so…that there is this old part of me that keeps saying “It’s too good to be true.” And, yet, there is this new part of me that keeps saying thank you to GUS! (God, Universe, Spirit)

I’ve learned that I am a true creative – that I need to be challenged to learn how to be creative in MANY ways, not just in one.  This is requiring me to think differently…to rediscover parts of my brain that were on auto pilot.  I’ve had to work through feeling guilty (just a tiny bit) about being perceived as a “flaky” sort of artist – but, all I know is that this feels more right than anything else I have ever done in my life….and it makes me over the top happy….so, I’m going to follow this path.

I’m finding that all I want to do is create these Angel Fire Sculptures – in spite of the horrid heat and humidity that we have here right now.  I go into this meditative trance almost every time I work on them.  Time flies.  I forget to eat.  I forget to drink (really bad thing in this heat!).  Before I know it, it’s noon (I have been starting at 5 or 6 to try and beat the hot weather!)

Every part of the process, I love.  Creating the patina.  Drawing the angels.  Cutting them out.  Welding the wings and halos on.  Putting them on bases….or not.  Each one created with love.

Right now, I have no desire to paint – but, if I have to be honest with myself and you, I haven’t had much desire for the past six months….Abstracts revved my engine up….a lot….but….then, I met Barry in Alabama.  He taught me how to cut.  How to weld.  And, most importantly, how to be happy with whatever I choose to do.

GUS certainly has played a role in all of this…from staying across the road from Barry, to him teaching me, to being accepted to the Vintage Home Temp Market (almost a whole month after the deadline), to finding someone to build a wall for me, help moving, yada, yada, yada…..And, of course, the biggest sign of all – I’ve sold over 30 of these angels since I started less than a month ago!!!

I’m in production mode now – and I’m finding that I enjoy this sort of a task…which surprises the crap outta me!!!   Normally, I want to stay footloose and fancy free.  Schedules and being with people has made me cringe.  Maybe it’s age.  Maybe it’s finally grounding my grand fire trine.  Or, maybe it’s just time.

Whatever it is – I really can honestly say that I’ve never, ever, ever, ever, EVER been this happy in my life!!!!!

Blessing to you all, and I’m so honored that you are in my life.

May We Walk Together As One.




I have a HUGE confession

Posting some of my latest work scares the S**T out of me. There.  I said it. But, let me tell you why.  First of all, even though I have ventured into non-objective art in the past, and quit because of “my three yo could do this”, and “give me a couple of shots of tequila… Continue Reading

Why am I having a sale?

I realize how unconventional having a sale is.   I also know that many will have their opinions about this.  And, quite frankly, I have weighed all of the options. I am a self supporting professional artist….which means, my only income is from the sales of my art.  I absolutely feel very blessed to have been… Continue Reading

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