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Make artists part of your holiday tradition!

Last year between Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas I encour­aged you to “Buy Per­son­al” and embarked on intro­duc­ing you to some of our friends. It was so much fun and a great way to spend some time think­ing about and being thank­ful for all of the amaz­ing­ly tal­ent­ed friends we have. This year I am no less thank­ful and it is no less impor­tant that you sup­port inde­pen­dent artists of all vari­eties while mak­ing your hol­i­day plans. But I’ve got to tell you, that was a her­culean task to take on while still main­tain­ing my stu­dio prac­tice. So this year I have cho­sen to spend more time work­ing on my new series while rein­tro­duc­ing you to the fan­tas­tic artists you met last year. Con­tin­ue read­ing »

Favorite Moment

Favorite moment of Plaza Art Fair Week

I had an amaz­ing time see­ing lots of friends and col­lec­tors old and new, and the weath­er couldn’t have been bet­ter. But my favorite moment came ear­ly Fri­day after­noon, walk­ing out of the radio sta­tion with my good friend and tal­ent­ed artist Lynn Whip­ple after being guests on the pro­gram Up To Date with Steve Kraske on KCUR. Con­tin­ue read­ing »

Deck Your Walls part 2

How about commissioning a piece of artwork for the holidays?


Chandra Stubb’s Website


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Too much fun with the Whipples

Lynn and John Whipple are some of my favorite people.


Award win­ning Lynn Whip­ple

And def­i­nite­ly my favorite artists. They live in what I con­sid­er my “Flori­da home” — a love­ly bun­ga­low on a lake that I return to as often as I can. They live lives that are drenched in cre­ativ­i­ty. And there is so much more to say about them, so instead of telling you I’d like to show you. I took a lit­tle inspi­ra­tion from Lynn’s art­work and cre­at­ed a lit­tle piece of my own.

But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at their web­sites (Lynn’s and John’s) and see what inspires you. (also be sure to check out Lynn’s etsy store — I have one of her etsy prints hang­ing above my desk and it inspires me every day.) Con­tin­ue read­ing »

Plaza Art Fair #13 — Thank you Kansas City!

What a welcome home!


After 13 years of doing shows around the coun­try, my home­town show, my 13<sup class="ordinal">th</sup> Plaza Art Fair, pro­vid­ed the best show of my career! It was great to see famil­iar faces as well as make new friends at the show, so my spe­cial thanks to all that came out and made it a fan­tas­tic time! It real­ly is all about the peo­ple!


Here are some of the awesome things about this week that you didn’t get to see:



  • Our street fill­ing up with large vans sig­nal­ing the arrival of our peo­ple!
  • An impromp­tu and deli­cious din­ner par­ty with a house­ful of my favorite artists: Beth Bojars­ki, Mark Win­ter, Lynn and John Whip­ple, Jim Brown, and Gre­go­ry Sto­ry. (Ask them about the tamales!)
  • Help­ing Lau­ra Rob­son orches­trate a sur­prise vis­it from Ore­gon. And despite the fact she hadn’t done a show with all of us in six years, it felt just like old times.
  • Laughs so hard on our car rides to and from the show that my side still hurt the next day!
  • Host­ing a fan­tas­tic par­ty for the artists after the show with the AMAZING help of our good friends from Pandolfi’s. I nev­er want to host any­thing with­out these guys ever again!
  • Sit­ting back and think­ing about the col­lect­ed tal­ent at the par­ty, and the inter­est­ing lives they are lead­ing trav­el­ing from all cor­ners of the coun­try (and Cana­da). A brain trust assem­bling in our house, over­flow­ing onto the porch, dri­ve­way and yard!
  • Dozens of sleep deprived and stag­ger­ing artists dig­ging through the Riv­er Mar­ket Antiques the day after the show, and the show and tell that hap­pens after­wards.
  • Card play­ing on Mon­day night that is so exu­ber­ant the house vibrates with the excite­ment. (Who knew that dime ante pok­er could get suc­cess­ful adults so wound up?)
  • Qui­et porch con­ver­sa­tions that begin to hap­pen as the crowd starts to thin.
  • The ener­gy cre­at­ed by hav­ing so many of our best friends gath­ered in one place to sus­tain us through the win­ter sea­son until we all meet up again in Flori­da in March.
  • My new piece of art­work from Kina Crow that per­fect­ly express­es how I feel when every­one leaves.

Some­body pleeeease come play with me!



Whew what a week!

Sor­ry about the lack of blog post last week. I want­ed to write to you, but, the thing is, the last cou­ple of weeks have been real­ly, real­ly busy.

I have cap­tured some of the high-lights and low-lights for you in pic­tures. Each one could be a post by itself, but the clock is tick­ing and I must go set up my show again in a few min­utes. Con­tin­ue read­ing »

Move Your Hands

One the road

Kyle and I are on the road — head­ing to one of our favorite shows in one of our favorite neigh­bor­hoods, the Old Town Art Fair in Chica­go. We are excit­ed to have a full extra day in Chica­go to see some gal­leries and spend some non-work time with our friends (and gra­cious hosts) Gre­go­ry and Clark.

So while my face is plant­ed in the wind­shield of our van, I thought I would share a piece from our great friend Lynn Whip­ple. I have a print of it above my desk and I LOVE IT! If you endeav­or to make any­thing, from cup­cakes, to art­work, to the next great amer­i­can nov­el, this is the guide for you. You should buy one here!


The Arc of Making Something — Lynn Whipple


The Arc of Mak­ing Some­thing by Lynn Whip­ple


From Lynn-

Heres how it goes:


Step 2 Hap­py mov­ing hands will let your instincts take over- fol­low them

Step 3 WHOOPS! Now, you might have a big ol’ mess- no wor­ries- that is per­fect­ly nor­mal, per­fect­ly healthy

Step 4 Take a break, relax, chill, your brain will con­tin­ue to solve the prob­lem

Step 5 Return to your work with enthu­si­asm and feel­ing refreshed! Keep going

Step 5.5 Pos­i­tive Feed­back

Step 6 Go for the big fin­ish, edit, be clear about your big­ger idea and what you want to com­mu­ni­cate

Step 7 REPEAT!!

Step 8 This is super impor­tant. Keep the cycle going and going.……

MR. DEADLINE!! He is kind of bossy, but he’s a poop­head that keeps you in line and caus­es a FINISH, which is very impor­tant! Now you can relax and start again.…and again.….and again!!


What do you want to get your hands mov­ing on? join the con­ver­sa­tion

Kinda like summer camp

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Lynn and John’s back yard!


Kyle and I have arrived a few days ear­ly for this year’s Win­ter Park Side­walk Art Fes­ti­val. We are look­ing for­ward to the show this week­end, with great hos­pi­tal­i­ty, beau­ti­ful weath­er and the won­der­ful Park Avenue. But what always makes this trip spe­cial is that in addi­tion to vis­it­ing with love­ly patrons old and new, our days here with our friends feel a lot like sum­mer camp (albeit with more mar­gar­i­tas); there is art, music and lake time, nap time, an off site bowl­ing activ­i­ty planned, and much, much laugh­ter. As I sit on Lynn and John Whipple’s back porch and watch a boat pass on the lake I just can’t believe how lucky we are.


It also makes me real­ize that with the upcom­ing work ahead for the show this week­end, I bet­ter take advan­tage of this beau­ti­ful day and the fact that it is mar­gari­ta time! I wish you could be here!

Here is our friend Lynn Whip­ple with a wish for you!


What are you doing to make today spec­tac­u­lar?!?

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Bests of 2011 #5 — The Plaza Art Fair you don’t see.

I trav­eled to my first art fes­ti­val in May of 2000 and on my return home I exclaimed to Kyle, “I have found my peo­ple!”

That is as true today as it was in 2000, and con­tin­ues to be the one of the major high­lights of doing shows. And so it is bit­ter­sweet in Sep­tem­ber when we get to the end of our sea­son of trav­el and spend the last few days with our crazy tal­ent­ed friends that are scat­tered across the coun­try. For­tu­nate­ly for us this last hur­rah of the sea­son is the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, which gives us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to host our friends. We fill our house and stu­dios (and now our new trail­er) to over­flow­ing with the most tal­ent­ed visu­al artists we know. Then on Sun­day night we host a par­ty for all the artists that can make it — the night is filled with many sto­ries, and much laugh­ter and music. It has def­i­nite­ly become one of the high­lights of our year, and one we always look for­ward to. But there is more…

With the fun that every­one is hav­ing and the knowl­edge that it might be half a year before we see one anoth­er again, the par­ty has been extend­ing, so much so that now it con­tin­ues through the week. As we say good-bye to those that have to hit the road, many of the clos­est stay and indulge in more laugh­ing, junk­ing, music-mak­ing, card play­ing, and world’s prob­lem solv­ing, all at the lan­guid speed of a sum­mer beach vaca­tion.  It’s rem­i­nis­cent of when I was a teenag­er on the phone with my boyfriend, not want­i­ng to say good­bye — “You hang up.”  “No, you hang up.”  “No, you hang up.”  “You hang up.”

I have found my people and I love them!

Jim C BrownPaul Andrews Beth Bojarski and Mark WinterDamian VelasquezChris Bruno and Lynn WhippleJohn WhippleGregory Story (we missed you at the party this year!)Audrey HellerDamian Velasquez and Lisa BurgeLisa Burge and Lynn WhippleJim Brown and Beth BojarskiLynn WhippleGregory Story and Jim BrownSo much laughingSoo tired

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