31 Days of Thanks: Day 15

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

31 Days of Thanks: Day 15

You have probably seen or heard about my feature on the cover of The Courier Journal Neighborhoods section. Many thanks to Courier Journal intern Zahra Farah who spent over two hours doing a phone interview with me and later came by the studio to see my art in person. I am so happy with how the article turned out and of course being featured on the cover was pretty cool too! Also, a special thank you to Bill Luster, who took the photographs for the article and a man who has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and photographed nine sitting U.S. Presidents and now me. As a photographer myself, it was quite an honor to be in front of the camera lens for a change with such a photography icon behind...

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31 Days of Thanks: Day 9

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

31 Days of Thanks: Day 9

While I continue to celebrate DyeSigns By Pamela, Inc. Month, I share today with something else very special… someTHING and someONE. Today is my father’s birthday. Before The Crafts Report cover contest started, dad did not really know anything about Facebook (and is not really all that computer savvy to begin with). While I was out of town during the first round of the competition I looked to see who had voted for me a few hours after the polls opened. I was in shock. There was my dad’s name. He somehow managed to figure out how to open a Facebook account and get to the right page in order to vote for me (nothing short of a miracle in and of itself!). When I talked to him to see how in the world he managed such a technological marvel, he proudly proclaimed, “I will have you know I was number 58!” A few weeks later I tried to do something that I thought would be pretty awesome. When I told my dad about it he said I was nuts. Although, coming from him that is typically a sign that I am about to make something amazing happen. What was I up to? I tried to get the Mayor of Louisville to declare July 5th, my birthday and the day The Crafts Report Cover Contest winner was announced, to be DyeSigns By Pamela, Inc. Day. That would have been awesome, right? At the time, I thought so too. I am happy to report that that did not happen. Yes, that’s right, I am happy it did NOT happen. My dad was right. I was nuts. I was nuts for not dreaming bigger and better. So instead, I am thrilled to be celebrating Mayor Greg Fischer proclaiming the entire MONTH of October 2013 (all 31 days of it!) to be DyeSigns By Pamela, Inc. Month in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. That is how you dream, folks… bigger and better! I have the proclamation to prove it! Tonight I am excited to be celebrating having a Magazine Release Party Extravaganza and Celebration of DyeSigns By Pamela, Inc. Month. In lieu of a birthday cake I will be serving dad nuts on a silver platter. Appropriate, right? Two peas in a pod? No. Two peanuts in a shell! Thanks dad! Happy...

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31 Days of Thanks: Day 2

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

20+ years later I still remember sitting in my second grade art class making a painting of a clown. My teacher, Mr. Jones, guided us step by step as we painted his expression and black tux with some sort of tie. It has been years since I have seen that painting. I am sure it is around here somewhere and once I come across it I may have to frame it and hang it proudly in my studio. I recall my painting, which I later entitled “Mr. Sad”, had a flower in his black top hat. I do not consider myself much of a painter these days. I prefer to dye outside the lines and without the confinement of a brushstroke. But for a second grader, my painting ability was clearly a step up from the finger paintings I brought home in day care. After I finished the painting, I remember going with mom to get a mat for Mr. Sad in order to enter him in the Kentucky State Fair. I think that was the first year I entered my artwork in the fair. On opening day mom and I went aisle by aisle through the Junior Division, searching for Mr. Sad. We had virtually given up our quest and mom consoled me and explained that perhaps we did not follow the entry rules and my painting was disqualified. We turned the corner to look for another entry, and there, high, high up on the peg board wall surround by all of the special purchase prize and merit award winners was Mr. Sad, with not one but TWO blue ribbons! In fact, Mr. Sad won a first place ribbon and a Palette Club Merit Award rosette ribbon. For a second grader and a state fair novice, having two blue ribbons was pretty awesome. That painting ignited a love for entering my artwork in the Kentucky State Fair and perhaps art competitions in general. Over the years I have been awarded over 100 ribbons at the Kentucky State Fair. I won the Junior Textile Sweepstakes Award twice and a Best of Show Award in the Hobbies division. While I have not entered anything into the fair for a number of years, I think back to Mr. Jones from time to time and remember the budding artist he inspired when I painted Mr. Sad. Thank you Mr....

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