Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Story With A Happy Ending...

As you guys may know, I work full time, and paint paintings on the weekend.  

  I love my job, but it can get pretty frustrating when i feel the creative urge come over me, and I'm not able to get to a canvas...  I wish i could afford to work 4 days a week.... and have more time to paint on the weekends....

For the last 3 years I have been selling paintings at this adorable little shop in Hillsborough, NC where I live. 

 It was wonderful, my paintings sold so quickly there, and i had a little following, and it was so rewarding.  Recently that opportunity ended, and i was so sad and disillusioned about it all.  I even lost the urge to paint.  I don't want to, nor do i have the time to go to flea markets and stuff like that to promote my paintings... i just don't like doing that.  So, i tried to think of another way, a way i could sell my work, a way that i enjoyed.  

Then one day, Miss Mustard Seed, an amazing, multi-talented  and well known blogger, blogged that she wanted  a cow painting.

So, i wrote her, and said i would paint her one!

She's a very busy and popular blogger, i didn't even think she'd have time to write me back!... But she did,  and said she would love one of my paintings of a cow, and so I painted one for her,...

and now my very own original cow painting is on her blog! and in her beautiful home!

I am so excited and proud to be represented on such an amazing site as hers. 

Now, so many more people will see my work, and I've had so much positive feedback already.

Once again I feel encouraged and inspired and full of new ideas...

 She told me how much she loved the painting, and it made me feel so good...

I felt myself light up inside again....

So, Thanks to Marian for the wonderful opportunity...

and thanks to Amy at Maison Decor... 
she's been my biggest supporter and confident and friend...

Now I'm feeling like maybe I have found a new way to sell my work and to bring paintings people will love into their lives. 

I also want you to know that I understand it is hard to afford artwork.  If you want a painting or a print, and feel you can't afford it, don't think that!  
don't hesitate to email me about a price, we will figure it out. 
And if we have too, i'll help you paint your own!

 Watch for Miss Mustard Seed to do a post with her new cow painting soon !

Here is a little preview taken right from her blog... !

The end....


  1. Cindy, your cow for Miss Mustard Seed is so moooo-tiful!! (Sorry--couldn't resist that massively dorky pun!) I knew you'd knock her socks off. :)

  2. Hi Cindy, All your work is beautiful!! Don't ever stop doing what you were meant to do.I know it's hard these days, and you have to work!Your going to be selling lots of your paintings.I know it.


  3. Wow! Thats all I have to say! Well not are an amazing artist and like I said to hubs this morning, this girl is going to be famous some day.

  4. Found you via Miss Mustard Seed and while a cow is not necessarily my thing your little mama and baby sheep is adorable! From one NC lady (Charlotte) to another I am happy to meet you. Please check out my blog as well and tell me what you think. (my server has been down for a couple of day but should be up any minute, or so they say. I am on facebook as well under happy chair. See you there.

  5. Hi Cindy, stopped over from Miss Mustard Seed. Love your paintings and enjoyed chuckling over some of your other posts. You have a wonderful sense of humor. I hope you're able to become a full time painter soon. You're very talented. Love the painting of the cute!

  6. Here's to cows! Maybe they are your totem animal! ;) & Thanks for showing so much of your lovely work...I LOVE your landscapes, esp the sky, sigh.
    Keep up the good work, you cheat us when you get discouraged.

  7. I think that is so cool that the traffic has picked up for you since MMS did her post about the COW!
    That is how I found your blog. I hope others come your way --- and buy up all your paintings.

  8. That's wonderful Cindy ! I saw her blog about your cow. You are a wonderful artist ! Congratulations!
    You are right , I think the biggest drawback to owning an original piece of art is the price . People just expect it to be expensive. Some people will go spend $200. or $300. on a Photo portrait when I could paint an oil portrait for the same price .I would much rather have a family heirloom than an Olan Mills Photo , No offence to photographers . Forgive my rant !

  9. Cindy, your talent is amazing! I've always wanted to learn to paint...and even had a few lessons. It was like therapy for me. Haven't had the ability to continue with lessons so I truly admire those that are so creative and talented. I feel sure that there will be a lot of inquiries for you and success will be yours!

    Your blog is beautiful and I'm a new follower. I look forward to getting to know you! Perhaps I'll stop by for a little vodka and cranberry? :-)


  10. I'm back! Take a look please ~

  11. Cindy,
    You are an amazing and talented artist and I think that your work will be recognized over and over again. I did see you painting at MMSeed's and love it.
    Maybe someday you will have that four day a week job and you can piant to your heart's content.


  12. Hi Cindy, Love your blog and your painting..Dont ever think you are not a good painter.YOU ARE A WONDERFUL ARTIST!I have been mulling over all day how I could paint a painting of sheep. I was raised with sheep and 50,000 turkeys.I paint roses and other things but never tried on canvas.I could just see one of your sheep paintings on my fireplace. Well anyway I would love to paint like you..Sally

  13. Oh Cindy.......YOU knock my socks off ...with your talent? Do you paint all animals?



  14. What an amazing gift you have....your paintings are spectacular. I have no doubt you will be able to sell a lot of them through blog world.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

  15. I came here through Miss Mustard Seed yesterday and immediately added your blog to my list to check each day. Your artwork is amazing. While I have no idea what a painting of yours costs, I can assure you that they're well worth it. Last night I went to a few type sites looking for something even halfway similar to what I saw in your gallery of paintings, to my sadness, nothing came close. So now I'm figuring I'm going to have to save up to talk to you because it's a known fact I can't even paint by numbers :D

  16. Cindy you are so talented! I love that you not only paint portraits but you also do landscapes. I love the painting of the little girl reading the book...just lovely! I didn't realize it was you doing Miss Mustard Seeds cow painting! Can't wait to see its' debut! You are getting your name and work out's only a matter of time till you are famous!~Hugs, Patti

  17. Found you through Miss Mustard Seed...I absolutely love your work! Your living room is beautiful too! The landscape photo above your buffet is exactly what I have been looking for!!! I love it! I would love to get some prices from you if you get a chance! You are Ah-Mazing...

  18. I am visiting via Miss Mustard Seed...I love your work, the cow is fabulous and I can't wait to see the whole thing! I am also from NC (Charlotte) and new to painting and just recently quit my job to stay at home with my 1 year old and hopefully practice & pursue it! Being artistic is a struggle at staying positive, motivated and producing work! Having people love your work keeps you going!!! I must say painting Miss Mustard See a cow was a very smart move, why didn't I think of that?! haha Keep up the great work! Julie

  19. Holy COW- I'm from Wisconsin and we say that a lot around here. I found you through Pat @ Gypsy Heart and MAN! YOU are one talented chick! I don't know what you do at your "real" job but I can't believe that you couldn't make it as an artist! I know..I, etc. I sooo wish you could do this full time because you are THAT good! I will be back time and time again. I have signed up as your newest follower. I, too, work full time so I get it! xo Diana

  20. I would love for you to do a painting for me of my puppy!!! Please email me @!!!!

  21. Cindy, I came over here to tell you I saw your painting on Marian's blog and then your blogpost was telling about it too! You are SO gifted and talented, don't ever stop doing what you're passionate's a God given gift.
    I LOVE my camera and would recommend it to anyone that asks me! It has come down in price some since they put out the Rebel EOS t3i..mine is a t2i. I won't lie, it was still pricey, but SO worth it! (we pd $750) I've never paid that for anything in my life except a house, car and appliance, so this was a HUGE splurge for us, but I think it was well worth the money! If you get one, get a uv filter cover for the lens so it doesn't get scratched..those are important as lenses are pricey too!
    Congrats on your cow painting for Marian, it really is lovely! So soft and serene looking!

  22. Hi Cindy, I just came from Miss Mustard Seeds blog after seeing the cow painting. I fell in love with it and am already trying to figure out a way to save up the money for a giclee. How can you not be making a living with your beautiful art! I hope that soon you can just quit "the day job" and paint. Your talent is amazing:>)

  23. You are super talented and should NEVER stop painting. Have you thought of opening an esty shop? Through blogs and etsy I bet you could make a full time income doing what you love. You're amazing, in fact I've never cared for farm animal paintings until I saw yours in all the soft colors... and we even have a farm.

    And oh wow, I own the bed on the side bar in the inspirational and beautiful things. If you're anywhere near Houston I'll trade you the bed for a painting ;)

  24. Love your cows! I'd say you have a special talent for your cow paintings. You need to do a whole series.

  25. A big yay! for you Cindy....some things just have a way of working out.....

  26. Beautiful ~ just popped over from seeing the "cow" painting. Very interested in one of your flower paintings. Wanted to first inquire about the possiblity of a painting of a black angus, longhorn or even a horse.

  27. I agree with everyone! Youre a rising star! I know nothing about this a steer? Have you painted any sweet looking cows without horns before? I'd love to see what other cows you have done. Let me know and all the best!

  28. Hey Artist Lady!
    I absolutely love your cow painting and all the art work I see on your blog. I can't believe you would ever get discouraged and not paint. You are a truely talented artist. I wish I was just half as good as you are. My endeavors to me look like coloring book stuff. Please keep up the good work and know that you are great.


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