Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Patricia's superior version of a thank-you note

Patricia van Essche - President of the "Artists' Support Network"!!

A gift package, van Essche style! What a gift for presentation!

One of the guys in my "break room"

The view at my recharge spot - not bad, eh?

My break lounge

You know, things have been really crazy here lately. I love my work, but it's also beyond amazing to get away for a couple of hours for a break and recharge. Nothing kills creativity like fatigue, and all it takes sometimes is just a short 2 hour break. When I do need a break, I head to one place in particular, a quiet local beach. Sitting there listening to the surf and soaking up a few rays is my way to relax and I feel so blessed to have such an incredible"breakroom"! Some of the guys there are a little pesky, especially when they come over to beg for food, but I just ignore them and they eventually fly off.

One of the drawbacks of being an artist is that you generally work alone, although that's also how I work best. It's imperative that you make time for social interaction and have a support base to keep you balanced and inspired. That is why it's been so wonderful, since I've been blogging, to meet some incredible people who share many of the same interests and challenges. One person in particular is Patricia van Essche. I am sure many of you have seen her work before and read about her on my blog, as well as many others. She is an amazing artist and one of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met. I am excited that she is going to start her own blog very soon. Although we've never met yet in person, she has already been such a great friend to me. She has offered me some wonderful advice, sources, support and feedback. The other day, I got a wonderful package in the mail from her. The best part was that she took the time to send me the best thank-you card I've ever received, a hand rendered illustration that's not only adorable, but incredibly clever as well. There was also a charming little painting on wood of a crab. Very apropos for my location! Knowing I love anchovies, she was also thoughtful enough to include some Dutch fish spread her husband loves (she recently returned from a trip to Europe with her family, her in-laws live in Monaco). Her instructions made me laugh - "Eat this on toast with parsley, LOTS of parsley". I am guessing the parsley is to counteract the deathly toxic breath the fish spread probably gives you! LOL. It definitely put a big smile on my face. Thank you, Patricia! I will let you know how it goes when I open the can.....

My point is that, as the year begins to draw to a close, I am so thankful for all the friends I have met here. There's an endless list of people I could thank that includes many fellow bloggers, readers, and clients. Especially, Patricia van Essche, Courtney Barnes, Joni Webb, Ronda Carman and Holly Becker. Thanks for serving as such an inspiration and support network. There is a real "sisterhood" (and brotherhood, too) that's very real, despite the fact that there are many miles between all of us.


ALL THE BEST said...

What a sweet post! Patricia is truly a wonderful of a kind. Like you I am thrilled and amazed by the people I have meet(both in person and online) via blogging.

I think we should all meet in some glamorous location for a "blogger conference" of sorts (i.e. lots of talking, laughing, dinner, wine and Perrier!

Alkemie said...

All the Best: I think a "blogger's conference" is a great idea! Sounds really fun. Can you imagine?

This was a great post! I recently started blogging and discovered that there is a whole world and network to connect to others. I was ogling Patricia's gift box, it is so beautiful!

Thank you for sharing this!

annechovie said...

Hi Ronda!
Thanks for stopping by and for your support and kindness. I agree, it would be fun to meet for a "blogger conference" thing I know, there would be no shortage of conversation!

annechovie said...

Thanks, Alkemie. It's great to have you in the blogger community - you are a real asset! Yes, Patricia's box was such a treat!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I very much enjoyed my stop by your blog. And the name is wonderful!
Best wishes~

Hazel Martin Designs said...

I have only been blogging a very short time. I stumbled upon PVE blog... she has made me feel so welcome and I loved her instantly! She is truly a sweet and inspiring and talented artist!
I must say your art is fantastic and I hope to be a regular visitor!

annechovie said...

Welcome, Hazel!Thank you for coming by my blog and for your kind words. Yes, PVE is a talented and lovely woman. YOUR work is great, too!