Monday, April 26, 2010

Good news, bad news


Twix Mini, © Paula Pertile

Well, you wake up Monday morning, and you just never know.

First, the good news. I'm extremely pleased and honored to learn my Twix Mini colored pencil piece has been juried into the upcoming CPSA 18th International Exhibition. The level of talent in these shows is way off the chart, so to be accepted in is a big deal. My head isn't fitting through the door very well at the moment.

And of course life has a way of evening things out. I had an email from a long-time client telling me his magazine (who I do work for every month) has been sold, and that effective immediately, he and his entire staff are without jobs. And that I should stop work on the current assignment, since he won't be able to pay me for it. Geez. Good thing I had a cold this weekend and spent most of it in bed rather than working, like I'd planned. But seriously, what a blow. My heart goes out to all those people who got up and went to work today, only to learn they're out of a job. I hope they all land on their feet somehow.

Me, I'm planning more in my series of 'floating food' colored pencil pieces; am working on some children's book pieces; and am working on a new book dummy. I also need to work on my website, mailing lists, promo pieces, etc. etc. etc., the never-ending 'to do' list.

Right now I'm going to go pinch myself a few more times and make sure I'm really awake. And then start thinking about getting my Twix piece properly framed and all. And I may gloat a bit more.

Have a lovely week ~




17 comments:

CC said...

Congratulations on your admittance.... obviously
somebody still appreciates beautiful pencil work.
As for the Twix pic, you are MAD!!! Wonderful,but certifiable. Meticulous.

Sorry about losing a client, been there, too often.
While it rocks the boat, its nothing to do with you who will continue doing your wonderful stuff! You go girl!!

Teresa Mallen said...

Congratulations Paula!!!! Twix Mini is fabulous!!

So sorry to hear of your cold and the bad news. You have lots of terrific business ideas and all will be well. Hang in there!

And who knew pinching ourselves could be so delightful?! :-)

Janet Pantry said...

Congrats on the Twix pic, it certainly is an accolade to get into the CPSA Show - I only wish I could come over and see it in real life!

Sorry to hear about your lost client, that's a blow. You certainly have lots of ideas on the bubble tho and who knows what's around the next corner? So chin up, onwards and upwards! :)

Connie said...

Congratsies! There is a big market for photorealism, I think.

Sorry about the client. I haven't had a magazine client in years.

Anni Matsick said...

Congrats, that's huge!
I can sympathize on the magazine, had this happen to me last year with a longtime client. Maybe gallery art and prints is now the best direction for you, with this new exposure.

Vicki Greene said...

Congratulations on the Twix! A great honor and well deserved. I am sorry about the bad news but I think that you are going to be super busy anyway.

Katherine Thomas said...

Congratulations! I'm a member of CPSA, so I'll look for your work in the gallery and say, "Hey, I KNOW her!"
It's a great painting!

Shawn Falchetti said...

Congratulations on your acceptance! Great piece!

Leslie Hawes said...

Have a Twix while you gloat. Go ahead...

Paula Pertile said...

Thank you thank you thank you everybody!!

Gemma said...

Congratulations Paula... it's a great piece and having it accepted is well deserved!!
Gemma

Phyllis Harris said...

A BIG congratulations Paula!!!!

Karen Lee said...

It is a gorgeous little gem and the honor is much deserved.

Sorry 'bout the client - hate it when a steady gig falls off the cliff.

Sharon Vargo said...

Congratulations Paula- beautiful work!

Liz P said...

Paula, I love this! Congratulations!

I think it's extra great somehow to have a piece chosen that is SUCH FUN!

Felicity said...

Many congratulations Paula, and well deserved! This is fabulous, I'd love to see it 'in the flesh'!

roz said...

So sorry to read about the magazine and the job losses. That has got to be very hard. But a hearty congratulations on the Piece making it in! It's just mesmorizing (sp?) to me how REAL it looks.