• Article feature in The Rapidian

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    Thank you so much to Alaina Clarke for writing this article about me in The Rapidian.

  • Holy Cow and WOW… just breath!

    Time for a good ol’ fashioned “Low Down”  …life is going so fast around here so I will “throw down” an update!

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    Custom Pet Portrait orders continue to come in and I really enjoy painting such wonderful pets!

    Last week I was in “Art Battle for Community #6” to benefit the Creston Neighborhood Association…

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    Photo by Tommy Allen

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    I was new to the scene, which can always get your nerves, but when I arrived I saw famed photographer Terry Johnston with his camera resting at his side and his paint brush at the ready.  It was so good to see Terry, then I saw what he was working on and I knew I needed to get to my own!  It was so good to see some supportive friends and also meet new ones too.

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    Terry Johnston

    I’ve been doing a lot of community events lately.  This coming Saturday, I will be painting Custom Pet Portraits on the spot at the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association Garage Sale in Grand Rapids, MI.  The next event following that will be the Eco.Expo at City High School in Grand Rapids where I will be teaching kids about crafting green!  My nerves were on the rise as I thought about what I might teach two hundred kids over six 45 minute sessions so I got together with the best person for advice, one of my best friends Mindy Taggart.  Over some coffee at the local cafe “Sparrows,” Mindy put me at ease with her quick wit and a dash of her background in art education.  I also drew from a past experience when I was teaching some sweet young girls how to make greeting cards out of scraps of fabric and paper.

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    Diving deeper into my work, I recently met with some wonderful mentors who have been so helpful.  I met with Laura Caprera, owner of Stellafly and had some great conversation.  In a few short weeks I will be working at an event for the Humane Society of West Michigan.  They are having a “K-9 Cabaret” on May 17th to support the organization and also honor the Grand Rapids Police Department’s K-9 unit.  I will be painting custom pet portraits on the spot and I am so excited to be a part of it!  The following weekend I will be out at the Dog Bowl Funfest in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  I have never been to Frankenmuth, but I hear it is lots of fun and can’t wait!

    This past weekend we had the opportunity to check out the work of some wonderful artists around town.  These talented people are internationally known and just really great folks.  We went out to see Rebecca Green‘s show at St. Cecilia in Grand Rapids.  Such wonderful illustrations left me totally inspired.  It made me want to go back to the studio and work more.

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    We also had the opportunity to visit the Beerhorst family home and chat with Brenda and Rose for a bit.  We went to the localFulton Street Farmer’s Market for the grand opening of their new facility and found Rick Beerhorst playing with The Wealthy Orphans as the shoppers walked by.  IMG_3525

    My fiance Cam and I had our engagement photos done recently as well.  We are both artists so we had a sort of “artist throw down” in my parent’s front yard for a photo shoot.  Lovely and talentedAmy Carroll did our photos–and she is absolutely wonderful.  Amy is another person who has really been a great business associate and mentor.  She has so much good advice and such a positive energy, I love it!

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    I’ve been working on some things for Amy Carroll too.  Here is a small preview one of the paintings I am working on for her.  goat-preview

    I can feel myself growing inside so much as an artist and a person from all of the experiences I have had lately.  There are so many ideas in my head right now and they can’t be shared.  There is a time during my creative process where everything must be internalized for a while.  My thoughts have to go into outer space and simmer before they can come back down to earth.  All I can say is I am excited to see what the future has in store!

     

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

    For illustration, image licensing, agent representation,

    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

    ©Amy DeCaussin All Rights Reserved.

  • Wedding Day

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    Just over four months from our wedding day!

    Plotting and scheming and planning away.

    So much advice, and its good to hear.
    A lot on my mind as the day becomes near.

    Every girl just wants the day to be right.
    I have a dress and some shoes that are white.

    We have the whole summer and it’s hard to wait.
    But at the same time, it is almost the date!
    Our honeymoon is booked, so thats set in stone.
    We can’t wait to spend a whole week alone!
    Balancing work while planning our day
    Has been a real challenge in such a big way.
    Planning the guest list has been really rough.
    We can’t invite everyone and that makes it tough.
    Everyone’s happiness is important, it’s true.
    But sometimes there has to be compromise too.
    It is hard to make sure that everyone’s pleased.
    Sometimes my concern just has to be ceased.
    I want my bridesmaids to be happy too.
    I worry a lot they have too much to do.
    The merge of two families is a really big deal.
    It is crazy to think this will be real.
    Above all the planning and wedding and fun,
    The health of our marriage remains number one.
    I’ve been through so much already with Cam.
    If you ask, “are you ready?” I’ll tell you I am.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

    For illustration, image licensing, agent representation,

    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

    ©Amy DeCaussin All Rights Reserved.

  • On Air – WGVU with Shelley Irwin & Danny Beckett Jr.

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    On the radio today!  Talking with Shelley Irwin on WGVU.  I’m sitting with Danny Beckett Jr.

  • “Ask The Artist” – WGVU TV – PBS with Shelley Irwin

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    I had such a good time on the WGVU Public Media TV with host Shelley Irwin and crew!