I started this blog in August -clearly I have been otherwise distracted. Sometimes when this happens I choose to scrap the blog- but this one feels important, so I will finish it, and share.
Yesterday was a pretty spectacular day. This was for many reasons to be honest, I celebrated lunch with my daughter, I woke up feeling proud of my accomplishments of the last five years AND I launched the new business idea.
I was a NERVOUS wreck until I hit send. My stomach was in knots, my heart beating fast, I had a headache – I . WAS. AFRAID!
But I shouldn’t have been. This ideas is as close to my heart as crayons to a five year old. In fact, that is probably how everything got started. I have made cards at LEAST that long. So I suppose five decades of energy is worthy of a second look.
I remember a dear friend’s comments after receiving a card of mine. She suggested that I could never send her one from a store again. She said she didn’t want a gift, just a card. Hmmm that perhaps should have been a light bulb moment. But of course, I just took it as a lofty compliment and honestly, did not give it the weight it deserved.
So – here we are. I have announced my intent to open a card business and your response was completely overwhelming. I feel so incredibly confirmed in this and I am deeply grateful for you and your support.
I am really looking forward to the launch in October. I cannot wait! I believe this is something that will be unique and special. Note cards, individual cards, snarky cards, art cards- MORE!
Please save the date- I think it will be a pretty awesome launch- I promise to have a few surprises for you. I hope you will consider me for your every day cards, holiday cards, just for no reason cards. Together we will send a little love, in an envelope one card at a time.
Have a beautiful day!
Love & peace,
I live in a pretty cool neighborhood. Collectively, we get together often, sometimes it is planned, sometimes we just sort of fall into a gathering. Regardless, I can safely say that we are sort of a chosen family. It is a lovely way to live.
Some time ago (maybe two years?) One of the neighbors moved on to a new part of her life and a new home and we welcomed a new lovely soul to the neighborhood. Sarah is one of those people that I felt easily attached to. She is generous of spirit and funny, not to mention enchanting. She is REAL. Immediately we had some great conversations. I felt like I have known Sarah for a lifetime. It seemed we didn’t need the gift of decades. She is open, honest, curious and spiritual.
Recently, Sarah and I were speaking about my gallery. (I am excited to share that in May she will have a one woman exhibition at Create Art 4 Good, but I digress… )
Sarah asked me if I knew of a place she could offer meditation. Without hesitation, I offered the space at Create Art 4 Good. You see, for me, art is part of my spiritual practice. I have personally included meditation in that. The more I meditate, the more balanced I feel. Balance offers to me a pot of gold. It allows me to take in stride some of life challenges, and to celebrate successes. It holds space in me, that I have previously been uncomfortable with. To invite Sarah to my space for mediation work was a perfect match to me. Later that day, Sarah arrived at the studio to see the space.
“This is perfect”, were the first words out of her mouth.
And so it is. That day, Sarah and I spoke of the possibilities of what could be. Her excitement was contagious. Her heart certainly in the right place.
So, with great honor I invite you to join Sarah at Create Art 4 Good. Soul Sessions will help you continue your personal work. It will offer the opportunity for you to find balance essential to your well-being. BEFORE you tell me you don’t have time, I will tell you that you will have all the time in the world if you take care of yourself. I PROMISE.
Here is more information
Soul Sessions, led by Sarah Derrenbacher
How can we soften? How can we show up more deeply? How can we embrace and honor the balance between being strong and soft, courageous and vulnerable, wild and authentic? Join your fellow seekers at an upcoming Soul Session to find out. Through basic meditation practices, Sarah creates a space where we can cultivate moment-to-moment awareness and embrace our humanness. No previous meditation experience required. This is a space for newbies, beginners, seekers, those who might not know where to start with their meditation practice — and anyone who wants a few more feel good, soulful vibes in their lives. Sarah is a six year student of meditation and deeply transformative inner work processes. She is a certified Reiki Practitioner and Intuitive Energy Healer.
September 7, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
REGISTER AT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-sessions-tickets-26961104389
September 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
REGISTER AT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-sessions-tickets-26972240698
Today marks FIVE YEARS as a business. I remember when I began, it was a dream in the making. I diligently wrote and re-wrote the business plan SEVEN times. YEP, seven. For me it was about insuring the success of my dreams. Today, I am celebrating my with awe my successes and jumping with vigor into the next dream!
I could go on and on about how much I have learned, and that is completely true. I could share the changes that have occurred in the last five years, (not the least of which is almost 3 years at the Hungerford)- which is also true.
For me, this is a gigantic celebration that isn’t just about celebrating the success I feel in growing a business of five years. It is about about the opportunity that I am jumping into with my everything. It is about the bubbling pure joy that is overflowing in my heart as I write this.
Let me give you the background information.
When I was little, my mom used to say when my father was feeling a bit grumpy he’d go to the hardware store. He would wander around and sort out his thoughts among the nuts and bolts and shiny new tools. When he returned, he was usually in much better spirits. As an adult I recognize that this was sort of his time out. He didn’t have to talk to anyone, he just found himself in “the zone”- his zone.
I have a similar “thing”, however usually at a stationary store. I wander around, look and let go. My terrible mood usually turns into something proactive, I buy a card or two (or ten) not usually because I need them, but because I have thought of someone who seems to be going through something, or someone who needs to be celebrated. My favorite opportunities are the ones that are not required. An encouragement, a thank you, or just a little bit of love.
Why am I telling you all this? In life we are given many messages, if we pay attention it seems that everything is revealed at the perfect time. My love of pretty Stationary, beautiful cards and fine papers isn’t just an artist thing, I would suggest perhaps a it’s a vocation. (more honestly NOT just a vocation but a passion… maybe even obsession?!) I fully embrace the art of thoughtfulness. It gives me life and more importantly seems to positively affect those who I send them to.
One of the things that bothers me about our very fast paced world is that we forget to take notice, to pause, to appreciate, to recognize. We don’t send cards as often as in the past. A recent survey that I posted on social media indicates that we don’t send as many cards, as we want to (which inspires guilt), we LOVE getting cards, AND we appreciate cards that are unique, and beautiful. The message is clear -it is vital to pause, to notice, to appreciate each other.
As an artist it is a natural extension to make cares from artwork. It is affordable for those who appreciate your work and it is a lovely way to share creativity. I have been honored by those who mention to me after sending some of my cards that they were not only proud to send my greetings, but the recipient was delighted as well. One person shares with me that she sends my cards to her “special people” because she likes to send beautiful art. I love it when I hear from someone I was inspired to send a card to sends me a message that my card positively changed their day, made them feel important or truly loved. I will admit, it is a bit of an ego boost when someone tells you that they exclusively send your images for every reason there is to send a card.
I have listened- and my next step has been revealed.
It is with great honor I announce the birth of GREETINGS 4 GOOD.
Greetings 4 Good will flourish under the parent company, Create Art 4 Good. It will use the fine art images to create gorgeous stationary, greeting cards and other inspiring products. Each week(from now until October) I will reveal the product line piece by piece. I want these images to be your very favorites, so I will humbling ask for your help at deciding which images should go to print! I will invite you to join Greetings 4 Good– which will have some really nifty perks! (free cards, promotions & special offers)
Are you in?
SAVE THE DATE! The official launch date for Greetings 4 Good will be October 7th, 2016 at my gallery – Create Art 4 Good. That night you will see the original images I have created married to the poetry I write to bloom into beautiful and unique cards for you. You will have the opportunity to view and purchase greeting cards that give back (just like with Create Art 4 Good- a donation is made with each sale) and help you to send a little bit of love to those you cherish. This opening will be the gala of a lifetime of making art and poetry and celebrating the bloom of thoughtfulness.
Thank you for celebrating my anniversary, your support of my work sustains me in ways you could never imagine. I appreciate your love and faithfulness.
with great joy, love & peace,
p.s. send someone a card today- for no reason- JUST BECAUSE – you will both be happy you did!
p.p.s. Starting in October, send a Greetings4Good card (just because you will send a beautiful art card- and make many people happy!)
All images and writings are by Susan Carmen-Duffy © 2016. The use of any content from this site without written permission from the author/artist is prohibited.
(Please be nice! The universe appreciates your kindness and honor and so do I!)
I feel sometimes like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, running around with such great excitement I am not sure which direction to go first. The good news is, I am working hard. That feels FANTASTIC! I am working diligently towards my dreams, and all those 3 am ideas that keep me awake at night. The bad news is, there are only 24 hours in a day.
so today- I will be brief- I will tell you that great things are coming your way. Why? because I think I finally have the courage and tenacity to share with you.
Be patient with me please- I think it will be worth it.
Until then, here is a goodie for you- My workshops have been re-designed and repriced. In fact, this month’s exhibit is in honor of those workshops. You will see examples of the work you will do, as well as descriptions and pricing. IF you book a workshop for you and your favorites by the 13th @ 3pm You will receive 10% off.
In other news- I will be sharing with you, something near to my heart on the 9th. (which happens to be the 5th anniversary of when I began Create Art 4 Good) I am excited. It is just the beginning… the best is yet to be.
Have a beautiful day-
Love & Peace
I am deeply honored to share with you that Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will be coming to my gallery tomorrow. Mrs. Slaughter intends to speak about the challenges women face in the arena of small business. I look forward to hearing her thoughts and hosting her in my beautiful gallery space.
Mrs. Slaughter took office at a time when it was difficult for women to make their mark with any sort of ease in the big world. As a young woman, I was inspired by Mrs. Slaughter. She has served with tenacity in a way which I have always admired. She has empowered me and no doubt countless others to follow their dreams by serving with strength and courage.
(I’m excited! THE Congresswoman is coming to MY SPACE!)
The exhibit continues! Make an appointment to embrace this profound exhibition.
585.210.3161 – call or text- exhibit is open by appointment and by chance in addition to regular hours. Check the facebook page for times during the week, too!
Also, participate in a community mandala for peace- see the studio for further details!
So 9-10 months ago I was having a cup of tea and I was thinking about the spring schedule for my gallery. Suddenly it occurred to me that I had a friend who was down right brilliant at one of my most passionate avenues of art: the art of Mandala. A week from Friday – Stefani Tadio and I will joyfully share our work at Create Art 4 Good. Visual Meditations will open and hang for the month of June.
I met Stefani one evening when she graced my studio inviting me to become a member of her organization, Rochester Artisans. She was kind, proactive and thoughtful in every single dealing we had together. Rochester Artisans has been a lifeline to me and my business. Stefani is not only talented, but gracious- her work is spectacular. I pray you find the time to join us for this collaborative event.
A little about Stefani:
Stefani Tadio is a self-taught paper artist specializing in original designs stitched on paper with colorful specialty threads and embellished with beads, crystals and metallic paint.
Her work combines technology with the artisan tradition. Stefani creates her designs on a computerized cutting machine, which cuts the shapes and the tiny stitching holes. She then stitches each piece by hand with needle and thread, one stitch at a time.
Most recently, Stefani has enjoyed using old books and maps, using Kirigami & quilling techniques to create flowers, candle holders and more.
She sells her handcrafted goods through art fairs and local stores; see her website for more information: www.stefanitadiopaperart.com.
When not making her own art, Stefani is busy with related activities. She is the founder of Rochester Artisans, a networking group with over 2500 members. She also curates the art displays at Fairport Pharmacy & Gift Shop.