Good morning, I was formerly soulstoriesbycarol but I have changed my address to this address. This was the right time to make the change before I get too established with the blogging. I needed to change the name of this account because it will also be my website and I have found that my name is lot easier to remember then soulstoriesbycarol. I do like the idea of that title and will probably use it as a title for some mixed media workshops and as a subtitle for most of the mixed media pieces that will be in the gallery. I have been following various artists for years and do find that if I want to contact them for any reason it is always easier to remember their names. Some days I'm lucky to remember anything it seems. One artist that I have been following for about 5 years is also an instructor of mine at the Venice Art Center. Her name is Joanna Coke and she is one of my favorite people as well as a favorite instructor. I was honored on Friday to be able to purchase a piece of her work. I will be receiving it on Wednesday and will post a picture. It is fabulous, I love the subject matter, a sunflower, and the layers of color and texture as well as being able to look at it and know that it was created by Joanna. I do not have the opportunity to buy art often but I realize that buying art is very different then buying disposable items. I thank Joanna for having a piece in her collection that was affordable and for helping me to understand the importance of the price when I offer my own art for sale.