Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Busy Elf

This week I truly feel like a busy little elf. I love this time of the year! I have 4 new pendants that will arrive on Friday in time to show at this cute boutique in Eden that my friend D'Arcy owns called "Chic Style" finally taking the time to work on my packaging and filling orders for my amazing charities that I work with.

I am feeling so blessed today! I got up early this morning and went to work out at 6:30 with a friend of mine. It has been months since I have done this. My head is clear, and running with all kinds of great idea's. (This will come in handy when I am working on my one of a kind pieces today). I then watched the sun rise over snowbasin it is truly beautiful here in Eden Utah, the snow covered mountains and the glassy lake freezing over, it's not hard to find inspiration, it's finding the time to execute all of my idea's well.

I am attaching the model photo's of two of my new pendants. The one that kinda looks like the sun and the moon is titled "Balance" it is my interpretation of the second chakra. The second chakra the symbol of the unconscious. This symbol has personal meaning to me, I am the kind of person who subconsciously store's a lot of emotion in my body and it seems that the hard things in life for me to process I put in my ovaries. (second chakra) I have had all kinds of trouble with them in the past three years and I honestly believe a lot of that has been stress, we all put our stress somewhere. So for me this is a symbol that I have created for myself to be "Balanced" and a little more conscious. The other pendant that I am posting today is titled "Love" to me I can not imagine a life where I am not giving love to the world. To my husband, my children,my friends my family, to people, and animals. I am a deeply loving person, and am lucky to be surrounded by an amazing family, community, and friends. I feel the love from all of these people and from God everyday. I can't help but share it. That is what this pendant is. She is sharing her "Love" for life.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Home in Eden

Well I did not do a very good job with the blog this summer. The tour was too crazy with the whole set up, tear down, drive, sell art, play with kids, visit family and friends. It was so great, just hard to keep on top of writing. We arrived back in Eden UT at the end of August. I have been busy creating all kinds of things paintings, jewelry, and sculpture. Above are some of the small paintings I created for the art walk in Ogden last month at my friend Alison Benjamin's gallery.
I was lucky enough to go to CA this fall and work under my aunt MK Shannon. I admire her so much I aspire to be GREAT like her someday! I have been so blessed and so lucky to be able to have had the chance to learn from all of my family, they are all so talented! Hopefully I will finish some sculpture soon and be able to post some photo's. When I am creating I feel close to them even tho my dad has passed and the rest of the family is in California.
Let's see if I can train myself to write on this blog so that next year on my tour it will be habit.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Art and Soul

We hit the road may 29th 2010 finally on the road at about 3 in the afternoon. We drove to until late in the night crashing out in the camper at a rest stop. My whole family so excited but no one as excited as I. As a girl being on the road and seeing different places is what we did. My dad was a sculpture owning his own foundry and 12 galleries exposed us as children to all kinds of places, and all kinds of people, and all kinds of art. I have in some way been involved in art my whole life! About 5 years ago I was at the height of my career as a painter, selling every painting I would make.......this was also the height of me birthing children. Having a hard time balancing it all I created less and ended a lot of my gallery relationships. I never stopped all the way I just could not find a way to meet all the demands. I choose to focus on my children more while they were small, only in the back of my mind I kept hearing all of the women that I had had conversations with at the galleries over the years saying "I used to paint, but then I had kids" this was not going to be me.
I have found that I have made a lot of choices as a wife and a mother based on the ideas of the all American normal family. I have struggled so hard to fit in this mold, being a free spirit, and it was not until recently that I have come to terms with the fact that I may not be traditional but I am authentic. I love my husband and I love my children with all my heart and now it is time to fill the soul. Filling my soul means seeing people that I love who have been a part of my life at some point and not loosing touch. Supporting who they are through art and their causes. Having my children meet people we have not seen for years. Meeting new people. Creating what ever kind of art I want wherever I want, creating a unique venue for each stop. Being in the elements, and enjoying them, The city, the ocean, the mountains, desert! Reading books. Drawing. As time has gone on and our world changes I have replaced some of the things I love most in life by monetary pressure, keeping up with the Jones, stressing out, and signing my kids up for every activity under the sun. Part of the soul part of this trip is simplicity. Relationships.
So, the first leg of this trip was perfect! We had two shows at "Alchemy" in San Diego this restaurant is owned by some of my favorite people in the world. Ron Tryano, and Matt and Jeff Thomas. My husband has known these guys forever, and I have known them since high school. They are the salt of the earth. They are creative, and kind, and they run an awesome business. Their food is amazing, and they support a lot of local causes. The one that amazed me the most is that they teach some cooking classes to the local school kids at The Albert Einstein academy. The kids also get a education on the way a restaurant works. How great is that!
Our first two shows were great! The first one was put together by our friend Brenda Hovis and her sister in law Christa supporting Autism Speaks here in San Diego. Christa's son is autistic. It was sponsored by ESN construction here in San Diego. I created a pendant and some paintings for the event. We had a great turn out, sold lots of pendants and the autism painting that I created for this event and some prints. Most importantly creating awareness and conversation, and supporting this awesome family in their journey. Alchemy also donated 10% of the dinner sales that night to the cause. Over all the sense on community was alive.
After the show we were able to sit down and have dinner with our friends Ron, Matt and Megan, Kate, and bonus was Jeff Thomas an amazing artist and one of the owners, Todd williams joining us who created the awesome sculpture in the restaurant and Our friends Matt and Kristina Shepards who live in Placerville.
On Sunday we closed the show with supporting The Natural Birth Pro's here in San Diego. I went to the restaurant early in the day to hang out during the brunch, and spend time with my friend Ron. So happy I did I Sold a painting to some ladies having brunch. The title of the painting was "Mother and Daughter" one of the ladies had just lost her mother and she said this was a painting that reminder her so much of her mother not just because of the title but because of the style. This is why I create :)
The natural birth group arrive around 3. This cause was put together by my friend Viraja I have known Viraja since high school. One of my Best friends ever. The ladies involved in this group were amazing and passionate about their cause. I enjoyed getting to know them. We enjoy a man playing a sitar and sold some pendants. I finished the day having dinner with Viraja and catching up. It has been way to long. It was awesome to see her as a mother, and have my children meet her. She runs an amazing business here in San Diego called Transformational Touch. She is very active in a super healthy life style and I am inspired by her passion for life.
While we were here in San Diego we stayed in Carlsbad at Anna and Roberts house. The trailer has been an issue it has live in 3 locations in the past week. It has only been lived in 3 days out of the 10 we have been gone. Our kids have had a ball at Anna and Roberts they live close to the beach, and have a swimming pool. They also live close to Brenda. We have swam everyday! Had many meals at Brenda's, enjoyed time with her husband and kids, and the Shepards. Gone to the botanical gardens, and surfed. Now we are off to camp, then off to the Sandusky's in Long Beach! (Our Cousin's) We are going to have a house party art show. There will be a Winery from Santa Barbara pouring wines, and all kinds of new people to meet! I LOVE IT!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010



Trip to San Diego

We made it to Carlsbad, California. The trip from Utah was about 16 hours. We spent the night in our trailer at a half way point. The kids were great. They were entertained by the changing landscape, and were enjoying the sunny weather.

We hit the beach on Memorial day. Bode the youngest had never been to the ocean. He was in heaven. Ashley started some new paintings, and the rest of us just enjoyed the warm sun.

We are looking forward to the show on Thursday at Alchemy.

Cameron Stoddard

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hitting the Road

We have a few more days in Eden, then Ashley Stoddard and family are hitting the road for a new adventure. Ashley Bennett Stoddard, is no stranger to the road. She traveled back and forth across the country as a child. Her father sculpture Bob Bennett, had several galleries across the nation, and he frequently spent time showing at art shows.

Now Ashley Bennett Stoddard, is headed out on the road with a mission to gain exposure, and help causes along the way. It is a way for Ashley to do what she loves, give, create, and travel.

Check out the website www.ashleybennettstoddard.com