My blog has moved!

sorry, all, I moved my blog back to Blogger today.  New look, new design, new content.

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Hugs,
Paige Hirsch

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Selling, its a lot of work and a lot of fun

This past Sunday, I sold my art at Eastern Market in DC.  For those of you who are not familiar with Eastern Market, its a farmer’s market, flea market and artist market all rolled into one.  Before I became a vendor … Continue reading

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My first blog post of 2014- Feeling blah

I made a promise to myself that I was going to blog once a week during 2014.  Its now the 9th of January and I don’t feel like I have anything worth talking about.

I struggle with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) this time of year.  I dutifully use my light lamp each morning but am still struggling to get through the day without feeling

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So far 2014 hasn’t been that great for me.  In late December I had an allergic reaction to laundry detergent and broke out in a rash that lasted about 2 weeks.  Then I got a cold that lasted also about 2 weeks and this past Friday, while cleaning my office, I pulled out my back.  WTH!  I need to exercise people!  That is the only thing that can get me out of this mood I am in.  I am going to start again on Saturday, bad back or not!

For more exciting news, we are finally getting out guest bathroom redone!  YAH!.  Aryeh is moving out this coming Tuesday so I will actually have a guest room and soon a guest bathroom that I won’t feel embarrassed to have anyone use.  My house is about 45 years old and is in need of some serious repairs.  Mostly the bathrooms.  The one in our bedroom is in even much worse shape but that one will be much more expensive so I need to wait until I can get Noah off our payroll first.  That remodel will come in about a year or so, hopefully.

Sorry to be such a Debby Downer but that’s life.  Sometimes it feels good and sometimes not so much.  I just got to be honest about that.

Much love to all, Paige

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The HUNS!

The Huns- a group of 8 crazy girls who grew into 8 wonderful women. I have no idea of  where that name came from but it has stuck. We have been friends for over 35 years (gulp).  Some of us lost touch with each other for many years but with the creation of Facebook we all found each other once again.  We get together at least once a year, enjoying each other’s company now as much as we did back in the late 70’s.  The funny thing is that we are all pretty much the same as we were back then. Image

We know each other’s quirks and we accept all of them lovingly.   We are all mothers.  Some of us still live in PA and some not.  Some are married and some not.  We all have careers.   We have all changed physically but not inside.  The same thing that brought us together all those years ago is the same thing that still brings us together today.  And next weekend the Huns will reunite once again.  I can’t wait.ImageImage

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I’m still exhausted (from my first teaching experience)

Yesterday I spent the morning volunteering at Pine Crest Elementary School’s ARTS DAY.  I taught 3rd -5th graders abstract art. For the last few months, I have been saving my paper towel rolls, bottle tops and lids, bubble wrap, and anything else I could find that would make fun and interesting stamps.  I was asked a few months ago if I would be wiling to teach an art class and my idea for the class was to teach the students that you don’t need to know how to draw or have fancy art making materials in order to create something fun and even beautiful.  I brought in some of my paintings which got lots of oohs and aahs and questions like “do you have your paintings in museums?”.  So cute.  I told them no, that I just do this for fun and that really I am just a beginner myself.  I think it went well.  ImageSome of the kids were really into it and some of course, just wanted to make a big mess. Paint was pretty much all over everything – mostly myself.  By the time I got home I was totally wiped out  but happy with how it went.  There are definitely things I would change for next year but overall I think it was a success. My dad taught these grades for over 30 years.  I don’t know how he or other teachers do it day in and day out.  It was exhausting.   ImageImage

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A weighty issue

Anyone who knows me knows that I have struggled with my weight pretty much my entire life.  I went on Weight Watchers for the first time in middle school.  Back then Weight Watchers was pretty horrible.  You had to eat fish 5x per week- YUCK.  It was fairly tortuous but I would lose the weight and then gain it back, usually within a few months to a year.  I think I have been on WW at least 15 times since and never once did I make it to my goal weight.  My mom on the other hand is a WW success story.  She lost 35 lbs and kept it off until the day she passed away last year almost 30 years later.

With all of the stress of taking care of my mom, running up and back to PA continuously, I put on about 20 lbs this last year. Image

I basically stopped taking care of myself.  I didn’t watch what I ate and didn’t exercise enough.  So after feeling so uncomfortable in my body in August, I went on Ideal Protein.  It has been the most intense weight loss program I have ever been on.  Even worse than WW in the 70’s.  But I have to tell you it works.  I am down almost 20 lbs since and feel so much better.  I still would like to lose another 10-15lbs (so I have some room to play with) but it is getting much harder to stay motivated.  I think I have lost my weight loss mojo.  Its becoming a real struggle.  I’m not sure what changed but I need to get it together.  In the meantime, I thought I would share the success I’ve had so far.Image

I will keep you update on my progress.  In the meantime, pray for me (just kidding).

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One table, much stress

I have been trying to get ready for a show I have coming up at the end of November.  Its an inside show, no booth, no grids.  I get one 6′ table and that’s it.  And I need to make the best of it.  How do I make my table stand out among many? What can I sell?  I obviously can’t sell paintings since I have no way to hang them.  I know I can sell my small collages, thank goodness, but what else?  I have been making coasters and I think they will work out fine.  But I want to make sure that they can hold up to regular use.  Nothing I hate more than buying something that looks good but falls apart after using it a few times.  I don’t want to be known for that, for sure. Image

I made 10 coasters and I think they look great but have been experimenting with varnish and hopefully I have found the one that will work.  I checked on them this morning after varnishing them last night and I like how they feel.  They seem sturdy with a solid protective coating.  But I am going to actually use one of them over the next week, just to make sure.  OY, this is stressing me out.

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