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Moving Forward


"Fresh Flowers" 18'x24" Acrylic on Canvas by ©Becky Schultea

For just over a year now, I have left up the story of the loss of my husband to cancer in late 2016 on my blog, and I haven't posted anything new since. I still miss Johnny terribly, but the Lord has been SO good and faithful and has provided much comfort and healing in this past year...

And now, it's time...

It's time to begin to move forward again. I have slowly but surely begun to create new artwork, both digitally and now acrylic painting (see above), and it has really felt good to be creating again! I completed my first new calendar in several years, "The Patchwork Meadow" last Fall. It's a collection of seasonal Scripture based illustrations created digitally in a faux-applique style with stitches and buttons everywhere. I had a blast working on it, and I love the way it came out. (click on the cover image to see the whole calendar in my shop) The watering can illustration is the image for March...

I'm looking forward to continued work in both acrylic painting as well as digital art. No matter the medium, I love to capture cheery, colorful moments that bring joy. I know I need that outlet for my continued healing and growth. I hope the results bring a little sunshine into people's day and make them smile...

 

Changes...

Obviously, I have not written a blog post since last Summer. There is a very sad reason for that - my sweet beloved husband of almost 10 years, John Schultea, was diagnosed with stage 4 small bowel cancer in August 2016, and he passed away a short 3 months later on November 23rd 2016. He was the love of my life and I am so blessed to have been his wife and shared my life with his...but, wow, do I miss him, as do all who knew and loved him...

I won't go into a lot of detail about the last 6 months or so except to say it has been very difficult. But the Lord has been with me every single step of the way as I continue the grieving process and begin to walk in the "new normal". Making art was completely on the back burner during this time...understandably, I felt little or no inspiration and couldn't see images in my imagination like I had for most of my life before. Plus I was not able to teach art classes at all during this time. But a few weeks ago, my inspiration began to come back and I slowly started to get the art-making process going again, and that felt great! I am so grateful to the Lord for that gift!

So, invariably, life changes will occur after going through something so traumatic. One change for me is the closing, for now, of Sunnyside Studio, my art class teaching venue and boutique that I operate inside the Texas Jack Rabbit Emporium in Magnolia, Texas. I am sad about this change because I love teaching art to my wonderful, sweet students, but part of my new normal is the need to sharply focus on my art licensing career exclusively. I will still keep a small space at the Jack Rabbit for the time being to continue to sell the remaining goodies from my original space. I'm not sure of the future of Sunnyside Studio, but I have a feeling that I will return to the concept someday and teach again - I certainly do love it...

I am reflecting this and other changes in my currently-being-updated website here at beckyschulte.com. I am removing my Sunnyside Studio page and associated links. I have also completely revamped my online portfolio and added a ton of new images and collections, including mixed-media art and photography. In many ways it does feel good to make these changes and begin the process of stepping into this new phase of my life and career...it's time to start...

Thanks as always for stopping by and checking in. I hope to begin sharing new success stories and blessings and more new art. God's gift is alive and well in me and I intend to continue to use it for His Glory!

June Class Calendar!


Excited to kick off the Summer with the June calendar of mixed media classes! There's something fun for everyone to create! I hope you'll contact me to register for one or more of these projects - just $25.00 for 2 hours of creative learning (all supplies included!)

Half a Year - WOW!

I was mortified when I realized that the last blog post I created was all about Christmas at Sunnyside Studio 2015! Yikes, what a neglected little blog. Well, half a year has gone by since then and there have been a lot of changes at the shop. I am now selling select fabrics and fun Inspiration Kits full of curated goodies from my stash of vintage and fun fabrics and trims.

In addition to all the textile goodies I have expanded my greeting card selection and added this fun repurposed card rack made from fence board.

I'm also offering a lot of new paintings for classes - here are a couple of my most recent additions...

If you are in the Houston area, I hope you can make it by the shop - we have so much fun here!

Well, I feel better having made a new blog post...let's hope it's not another 6 months before I do so again!! I'll do my best...thanks for still coming by here and checking out my website...it means so much to me to have you here!

It's Christmas at Sunnyside!

 

I am so excited about celebrating this wonderful Christmas Season here at Sunnyside Studio & Boutique! We have it all decked out in festive fun plus we have all kinds of great things planned for the entire season!

We have expanded our space and added a new crafting table, so now we can house twice as many crafters as before! I have the new table set up as a coloring station right now - there's almost nothing more therapeutic than coloring! Might be nice to take a coloring break here during the hustle and bustle...

I'll be updating my terribly neglected blog much more frequently this Christmas - there is just so very much going on! Plus I just LOVE this time of year! Thanks for stopping by - looking forward to sharing more of the fun in the fun, festive days to come!

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