Thursday, May 31, 2012

Apricots and Vase

"Apricots and Vase"
4" X 5"
Oil on Hardboard

I saw these sweet little apricots at the grocery store and knew they were going to be the stars of my next painting.  And then when I got home, I found this beautiful little vase in my mailbox sent from an artist friend.  A match made in heaven!  Very fun to paint.  I hadn't planned on painting today but this combination got me so excited I changed those plans!

For my artist friends:

I have been thinking lately about the importance of keeping balance in our lives.  Whether we are artists, stay at home moms, or have any other life calling we have to find a way to keep it going.

  I have noticed around the web some artists who are showing signs of "burning out".  It seems that their art is running their lives instead of them running their art career.  And I am NOT judging anyone.  How easy would it be to become "famous" and then have to live up to the demands of that title every single day?  

And then there are people like James Gourney of Gourney Journey who seem to get SO much accomplished and stay "alive" and fresh day after day.  What is their secret?

I watched THIS VIDEO and thought it had some good thoughts.  

How do you stay on top of your work/life?  Do you have any "secrets"?

Here is how it might look framed.

Contact me if you are interested in this painting.  You can also see more of my available paintings HERE. Or, to see other paintings available at auction simply search Karla Uphoff in Art on eBay.   Auctions start at just 1¢. 


  1. Beautifully done Karla!! They go so well together!! Love it!

  2. This painting is so pretty, Karla. Love your soft edges!

  3. The painting is really lovely, love the style you have developed. But your topic of conversation is so intriguing. My grandmother (who lived to be 100 by the way) told me that everything in moderation, and to always strive for balance in life. I will be watching the replies & comments on your post. I am by no means famous, but I do tend to burn out now & then trying to be computer geek by day & artist by night/weekends. Interested to hear how others strive for balance.

  4. Nan, You are so right! We don't have to be famous to struggle with juggling everything in our lives. I too will be curious to hear how others manage.

  5. Lovely Karla!
    You got a big grin out of me with your 'famous' post.. A few months ago a relatively 'famous' artist asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up in the arts.. I told him I would never want to be famous. But if people just wanted to throw money at me.. Well I would take it. He laughed heartily. I do it for me and the satisfaction and peace I get from it. It is a plus isn't it though that people do like your work and throw money? Your work has come a long way I have enjoyed following your blog and watching your talent blossom. Well done gal.. Your already famous in my book!

  6. Thank you Catherine for taking the time to write. Your comment reminded me of the answer a small child supposedly gave when asked the famous question " What do you want to be when you grow up?" The child quickly replied. "Happy!" I hope we all can find happiness in both our art and lives.


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