For the Love of a Successful Try

I love to try new ways of being creative, but somehow I have never associated this with cooking… until last week’s visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, when I made a batch of cookies with no recipe. (gasp) The best part about that is how perfect and delicious they were. So in honor of trying new things, (and because a few friends asked me) here’s the recipe using what was on hand. These are not super sweet- more along the lines of a nutty biscotti taste- add more sugar if you want them sweeter. xxoo Yabette

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Santa Fe Spell

Aspen leaf webTraveling with intentions for healing and inspiration, my journey has begun in spiritual wonderland: Santa Fe, New Mexico. The flow has been completely sweet, with joyous friends and fun, joined by peaceful interludes of nature’s soul food.  Finding myself in a multi-million dollar house-sit, with every luxury a girl could want, has been icing on the luscious cake. I have been wishing for dogs in my life and there are FIVE of them here!

Because I need to continue my income streams, and because I just cannot stop being creative, I am painting. I started a new series of graphic colorful backgrounds in oils before I left town, to make sure they would be dry enough to travel with, and am now adding abstract florals to the patterns.

Yesterday, I began the first floral with a cannabis bud, because exquisite artful nature must be recognized and exalted despite the past political stigmas of government repression. I painted in a grove of Aspen trees. At one point I stopped and looked around as the wind blew their shimmering leaves, and the stream next to me gushed down the mountain side. My tears joined the flow in reverence to the overwhelming majesty.

Life is delicious.

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A Bag

A bag zip sYesterday, I made a bag. I visualized it as the bag I will use as I am riding a bike around Amsterdam in October. I found a gorgeous remnant of this luxurious textured, sturdy upholstery with a modern, muted sea foam and chocolate pattern. I paired it with one of my favorite cotton vintage prints for the inside pocket and lining. Its creation added to my happiness this week. May your weekend be full of creative, well executed intentions! xxoo Yabette Continue reading

today’s adorable gig

My afternoon started with a cheerful, 3 block walk to a modern home on Page Street in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. I completed a commissioned chalk drawing on a chalkboard painted wall in the kitchen for a home sale staging. She wanted a graphic white classic bouquet in a frame. I love my work.

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Dragon appearance at Swankety Studio

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During his first painting lesson, I asked him to first think about what he would like to paint. Without hesitation, he said “my DnD character”. (who happens to be a half dragon sorcerer)

We looked at komodo dragons for reference first. There was lots of pencil drawing and erasing of shapes to get the proportions right, and then the painting began.  Good times! xxoo Yabette

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My Art is Valuable

 

My Art is Valuable

This is a photo of cash from recent art sales. I know my art is a good investment. I am paying bills as an artist in the face of the status quo which says that is not possible. I am posting this with two intentions: to inspire more investors and to inspire other artists who might experience a voice that says to give it up.

Don’t listen to the prison matrix brainwashing that pulls you away from your true self.

And to investors and collectors, you don’t have to take my word for it- here’s what others have said about my creative labors.

“I love your work. God lets me take a picture, but he lets you create one.” Chuck: Dania, FL

“You make wonderful, unique artwork. I love the colors and detail!” Cathie: Fallon, NV

“I just wanted to let you know that I received the painting today & it is even more beautiful than I had expected. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to have such a tremendous piece of art!  Take good care.” Shab: Phoenix, AZ

“I just got the paintings for the kids room and I am so glad my designer referred me to your work. We love them!” Susan: Hampton, NY

Buy your own piece online here or print products here. You can also schedule a time to visit my studio and see my work in person by calling 415 248 6632 or send an email to swankety@gmail.com.

xxoo Yabette

PS: If you need help “making it rain” I suggest Kate’s Money Love Webinars. So good.

Detail of commissioned work in progress

Detail of commissioned work in progress

Summer Sewing Sweetness

During one of my summer sewing workshops, these 2 middle school girls constructed their own maxi dresses from tank tops and favorite fabric. When finished, there was an immediate impromptu fashion photo shoot!

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May your summer be delightful with creations and friendship as well! xxoo Yabette

(If you or your kid want sewing lessons, inquire with email to swankety@gmail.com)