I thought I should probably post an update that we made it to Georgia about two weeks ago and we're settling in at my in-laws' house! We'll be staying here for a bit until we finish selling our house in Montana and buy a new one here in Georgia.

That said, I will remain "closed" until further notice. It will be at least September if not October before I reopen. I am planning to do some special, limited releases of original art during that time, but for now most of my business materials are in storage or still in Montana. There are also several other reasons I can't take orders for general merchandise like prints and books - there's limited space where we're staying, I don't have a business license here, I don't have the site setup to collect Georgia sales tax yet, and one of the really big ones is I closed my business bank account because it was at a local bank in Montana, so there's nowhere for any money collected from my site to be deposited to!

Right now I'm working on some small pieces and will announce a release date for those. I don't know for sure when I will have prints available again. It may be some time next year, depending on how long it takes us to find a suitable home here in Georgia.

Thank you for being patient, and sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience! Make sure you join my mailing list so you'll be notified when new collections of original art are released.

Hopefully soon I'll find more time to blog!

The Road to Georgia: Part 2

AKA, "Why Georgia?"

If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked this question, I would probably have enough for a couple tanks of moving truck gas.

A few years ago, we were really seriously considering moving to Florida. I think we'll still look at that in the future, or at least buying a little condo so I can do art shows there in the winter, but all of this really sprouted from a strong desire to not be in Montana anymore.

The winters here are killers. I underwent back surgery a long time ago, and parts of my spine are fused and/or held together with hardware. Of course from this I have arthritis in what remains of my actual functional spine, since it absorbs all the shock and wear and tear of the entire back. I've tried a lot of things, but the reality is simply that unless the weather is cold my back doesn't really hurt much. Unfortunately, it's cold off and on all year in Montana, and pretty solidly for 8 or 9 months of the year. This past winter was the worst, and my wintertime back pain didn't ease up at all until May. I knew this had to be my last winter here. It kept me from sleeping and working and made me pretty miserable in general, and I'm not sure how many repeats of that I could handle before I crammed some art supplies in a suitcase and ran away.

Meanwhile, while my back pain was still borderline unbearable well into spring, it was 60-80 degrees in Georgia. Urf.

Sometimes people will conspiratorially whisper to me, "but the South is so racist!", and I can't really help but laugh. Okay, first of all, a geographical location can't be racist. Secondly, racism is everywhere. There isn't a corner of the country that has a monopoly on it, trust me.

"But it's so humid!" and Montana is so cold, yet I still lived there, and millions of people live in humid locales all the time. I will just wear less clothing than I'm used to wearing in Montana. Problem solved!

Really, Georgia is beautiful, lush, and green, and the high humidity is obviously part of the reason for that. You could never run out of things to do in Georgia, and if you get sick of the heat, the mountains are just a little car trip away. There are galleries and museums everywhere, and multiple art fairs and festivals every weekend all summer long. We'll be close to my husband's big family, and homes are very affordable. Schools aren't as crowded there as they tend to be here. The climate is perfect for me to finally garden my little brains out. The list goes on and on, but most importantly: I love Georgia. I don't mind the humidity, I don't mind the heat. I love listening to the deafening chorus of cicadas at night, visiting Savannah, driving the highway out to Tybee Island, the ivy-covered trees, the Antebellum mansions, the ghost stories, the history, the people are friendly, the forests are beyond compare, the winters are mild and short, but it still gets all four seasons.

I'm really excited to move, finally, after trying to figure out how to get away from Montana for 3 or more years. I'm looking forward to new adventures, good and bad, in a new place, with new opportunities, and new and old friends.

It's time for me to finish this cup of coffee and get back to packing up my art studio. I have a lot to do today, since we leave in six days!

The Road to Georgia: Part 1

We finished the first part of our move yesterday. We spent the last week in Washington cleaning out my old childhood bedroom and picking up a few family treasures: (great-great)Grandma French's crystal, the bar set from the old family cabin, two little boxes of recipes from my (great)Grandma Shill including some authentic family recipes (German/Prussian, Italian, Spanish), and a never-used, still-in-the-box 23 piece fine China tea/coffee set that one of my uncles purchased and sent to my grandmother directly from Japan. The customs label is still attached and declares a value of $11.95. If I had a time machine...

Some other things that are treasures to me include a couple of retro ceramic Christmas trees with little glass bulbs that you can rearrange in the color configuration of your choice, a gargantuan bottle of Smirnoff Vodka, and an amazing picture of my grandfather. Obviously, mischief is genetic. The bottle of vodka looks deceptively small in that picture, but the photo of my grandpa next to it is probably 8x10 or 9x12!

We finally tumbled into bed here in Montana at 4 AM this morning. We're all exhausted but tomorrow is the most epic day of the decade: Garage Clean-Out 2016! Kill me now.

I'll be processing all outstanding orders tomorrow and shipping them on Monday. I've taken down everything that was for sale for now. Eventually, when I'm resettled in Georgia, the ability to buy things will be back. And hopefully there will be lots of new art!

Until next time...


Retiring Prints Extended through 7-5!

Hey everybody! I have a car again, but I was out of the office for a few days while I was picking up said car, so I'm extending the retiring prints sale! You would be wrong to assume that there will be leftovers of the prints retiring on 7/5 - in fact, for many of these prints I have absolutely nothing on hand and have just been making them as needed to fill orders. Here's all the prints that are absolutely, positively gone on 7/5:

We also don't keep ANY 13x19 prints on hand, those are always made as they're ordered. So on 7/5, 13x19s of every image will be discontinued permanently. There are also lots of prints with only one or two 8x10s in stock, like these favorites:

The other issue with waiting to see if these end up in the retired gallery is that over the next few days I'll be taking things out of the retired prints and putting them into grab bags. Leftover prints discontinued on 7/5 may end up filtered right into grab bags rather than being moved around on the site.

Since I'm moving, the idea is really to get rid of as much of what I have on hand as possible, so that I have fewer things to move, but I also don't want anyone to miss out on owning a print that they've been wanting.

That's it for now! I'll keep posting updates as we get closer to moving!

Massive Moving Sale

Let's talk about moving! Here's what's up:

  • The site will close on July 15th for everything except sales of original paintings. The blog will still be updated. Originals are for sale HERE. Originals have already been marked down and will remain marked down for the moving sale until July 15th.
  • I have decided to use this as an opportunity to retire a bunch of my art and start working on fresh collections in Atlanta. Prints marked with RETIRING will be removed from the site on July 3rd. They will NOT be for sale from me again after that. Open prints are all listed HERE.
  • Compact mirrors, buttons, and zipper pouches/bags are 50% off or more. Compacts are HERE, buttons are HERE, and zipper pouches are HERE.
  • Journals are also on sale. I will continue to carry journals after we've relocated but probably won't be reordering these designs. I will sign them on the front or inside cover if you ask in the checkout. Journals are HERE.
  • Throw blankets are on sale HERE.
  • There are also clearance 5x7 prints for $2 each HERE in very, very limited quantities!

On July 3rd or 4th I'll be putting up grab bags of art to remove all the old leftover prints from my workshop, however there's no guarantee of what will be in them, how large they'll be, or that you'll get the prints you want. I wouldn't wait. I can also combine orders for a shipping discount, just e-mail me at novembersmuse [at] gmail [dot] com if that's what you want to work out!

  • I am not sure yet when the site will reopen. That will depend on a lot of factors that are unknown to me right now. Sales of originals will resume on August 2nd, but I don't know when prints, coloring books, and other merchandise will be back.
  • Orders will all ship by July 21st. I will not be shipping or answering e-mails between July 22nd and August 1st.
  • We're moving to Atlanta. We'll be staying with my wonderful and crazy-generous in-laws for an unknown amount of time while we deal with job transitions, selling our house in Montana, and either renting an apartment or buying another house. So we have a very unknown timeline of moving and other big life changes over the next few months.
  • I am not taking commissions at this time and I don't anticipate I will reopen them at least until 2017.
  • Life is really crazy and I'm doing my absolute best to deal with everything that's been thrown in my plate lately on top of not having a car (!!! argh!!!!!!!!) and I really appreciate your continued patience while I barrel through this next month!