Dream Collection 2020

Last year I participated in an Artist Workshop for an art licensing program. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, so it was my chance to try it out. The cost was minimal, $14.99 for each workshop. It was extremely helpful.

Lisa Larson is the brains behind this workshops. She provides guidance at the beginning of each month on a Newsletter format, and ideas on how to proceed with your work. She builds a Pinterest Board filled with pins related to the monthly theme. In addition, Lisa is available through email, in case you have questions, and provides useful information about trends, the industry and other related matters through out the month.

I can attest to this, I always have tons of questions for her. 🙂

At the end of the quarter (4 months), whether you participated in only one or all of her workshops, she curates the work to be presented to potential clients for licensing purposes.

Below is the first ebook for last year’s quarter.

The excerpt below is form Lisa’s website in case you are interested.

Each month we publish our Dream Collection of work curated through our monthly themed workshops. There is much more artwork available from each of these artists, so be sure to visit their pages and contact us to view the private galleries.

Traveling to Miami?

I recently visited Miami, Florida.

I stayed in this room for a few nights and the host was amazing. I was one of her test subjects right before she decided to list the room in Airbnb.

If you are looking for a place to stay while in Miami, this room is located in the beautiful area of Fontainebleau Blvd. It is 15 minutes away from the airport, with traffic might be a bit more.

Looking to do some shopping? Dolphin & International Malls are 5 minutes away, and the bus stop is at the corner of this complex. For those of you that like Uber better, it costs $6 dollars to get a ride there. And, recently a row of awesome restaurants opened by Dolphin Mall.

Also, highways [Turnpike/Palmetto/137Extension] are around the corner. You could get to Miami Beach & Downtown area in about 35 minutes, South Kendall in around 25, and Hollywood Beach about an hour. This timings were calculated without rush hour traffic. It is best to avoid it.

The room is well lit, clean, colorful and has access to the balcony. The bed has a queen Tempur-Pedic mattress. I slept like a baby, but if you rather unwind there is a Flat TV w/ Comcast Cable with hundreds of Channels, or you can use the Wifi to get internet access. Also, the room has a tiny fridge, perfect for a few cans of soda and snacks. The microwave is convenient in case you want to warm up some food, but I didn’t use it. I did love that I was able to make coffee the moment I woke up. She provides coffee for the coffee maker. Awesome Detail!

Even though she loves pets, she has a no pets and non-smoking room policy, which is understandable. Occasionally, her daughters visit with their small dogs, but it was at normal hours.

The location of the townhome is super convenient, but a bit tricky to get to her building. However, the instructions she posted on the listing (you will see them once you book) are detailed and will help you get there. The one thing I loved about it was that I had an assigned parking space in front of the door, which was always open for my use.

The one thing people might not like is that you have to go two flights of stairs to get to the room, but for me it was no big deal. It was good exercise. Besides, her rates are amazing.

To get inside, the main door opens to the second flight of stairs, which is common area. Once on top the main townhome and the room, each has a separate entrances. The way to the room is through a glass door, which you could lock.

If you would like to check it out, here’s the link to the Airbnb listing.

She has a Special Offer running. Check it out!

Special offer: 20% off this home | This host is offering a one-time deal to the first 3 guests who book a trip between now and Jan 05.

Here are some of the picture she has on her listing, which reflect the room as it its.

How to Care for your Paintings

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Caring for your painting may involve a bit more than first imagined.

 Experts recommend a dust-free environment. If you have a room dedicated to your collection of artwork, even better. However, not realistic for the everyday, cozy living, pet friendly, and plant lovers like us.

Most of us buy art to hang it in our living rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens. I have paintings hanging in every room of my home and they look amazing, even after many decades.

 If your painting ever requires cleaning, I say, leave it to the professionals! Everything else we can handle by following this list of advice given by conservators and art curators.  Read more