In regards to my last post where I decided not to sell the original puzzle pieces at this time, I have come up with a way for everyone to puzzle with me! I'm so excited to offer these puzzle pieces in an affordable way to be collected and create your own unique puzzle.
I came up with the idea to offer magnets of each puzzle painting, so that you can create your own infinite puzzle. Initially there will be an unlimited amount of each puzzle piece available as magnets. But, once I have 25 original painting pieces completed, and offered as magnets, I will begin retiring the oldest magnet piece as each new one is introduced. Meaning that there will only ever be 25 individual magnet designs available. And once a piece is retired, it will never be offered again, so be sure to start collecting all of them now so you can have the whole puzzle! Although, who knows when it will be complete, I plan on adding to it until my dying day :)
I have listed the first four pieces and will be adding to them periodically as new paintings are completed. To be sure to not miss out on the new releases sign up for my MAD Wonderland Newsletter.
Okay, so, change of plans, haha! I’ve been struggling with something ever since I first started creating “A NeverEnding Story”. I’ve gone back and forth with myself trying to decide if I should sell the originals. I finally thought, yes, this is the right time, and had offered two of the originals for sale, but something kept nagging me in the back of my mind, It STILL, just didn’t feel right.
I’ve never had a problem letting my original paintings go, I love that someone else gets to enjoy them in their homes, and that’s more than enough for me to let a little piece of me go with each painting. But, for some reason this puzzle painting doesn’t want to leave, haha! So, I’ve made the decision to keep all the originals with me, at least for now, I’m sure somewhere down the line I will be ready to let them go, but now is not that time. I have to follow my gut on this one and it keeps telling me, just wait, something epic is going to happen for these originals…not sure what that is yet, but when the time is right, I will know.
Having made this decision, I already feel this sense of relief. This annoying feeling of anxiety has been hovering around me since I first posted the zebra painting for sale, and I couldn’t figure out what it was….now I understand, and absolutely know I’m making the right choice.
I will be offering different options over time so that you all can collect puzzle pieces and make your own puzzle along with me, which will be lots of fun! The first option will be available soon, and is going to be a fantastic way for all you puzzle lovers to create your own infinite NeverEnding puzzle. Thank you for hanging in here with me while I try to make up my wishy-washy artist mind :) This is a journey I'm on, that I don't know when, if, it will ever end, so I'm just going to go where it takes me, and hope you will come along too.
Finally going to get back to work on "A NeverEnding Story" puzzle painting! It's been forever since I worked on this, what with moving across the country, building out the van, and traveling, I just haven't had the time. But, things have finally settled down some so you will see lots of these fun, whimsical puzzle pieces coming your way 😃 Sooooo excited to start this up again!!
Several pieces have already been completed, and will be available for purchase soon. I just have to have a large connecting section of pieces painted as the entire puzzle is also one big painting that flows seamlessly, before I can release any of them. But, each piece is also it's own standalone work of art as well.
This epic puzzle painting is going to feature lots of animals, landscapes and just an overall celebration of planet earth. I’ve completed several other pieces in the past couple of weeks and will be sharing the process of painting them soon, I have to get caught up on posting all these videos for all of you!
If you ever see any painting while it's being created, that you would love to have, reach out and I can reserve it for you. There are a bunch of pieces already completed, but only have one available for purchase at this time. It is quite an extensive process to get even one of the puzzle pieces ready to be collected. I have to first have every piece that is connected to one puzzle painting completed so that there is always a seamless flow between every piece. Not only is each individual puzzle piece it's own standalone painting, but the whole thing will work as one large, interconnected painting/puzzle.
I will be listing more pieces as they are completed. To keep up to date on the newest collectable puzzle art, sign up for the MAD Wonderland Newsletter for early access to new art drops, other discounts, and news. Each new puzzle piece will first be offered to subscribers for 24 hours before being shared to the public/social media, and at a special price. Be sure to sign up to not miss out on the opportunity to get first chance on these unique, fun and mission inspired paintings!
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I recently spent the weekend in Tahoe with my daughter Aroon and her boyfriend. Aroon still lives in Miami, but her boyfriend lives in Reno, so they travel back and forth to see each other. Because I live in my van now, and was in CA at the time, it was super easy just to drive up and see her while she was on this side of the country. Loving all the flexibility van life gives me!
We of course HAD to visit Lake Tahoe, and the day prior to that we did a tree top obstacle course, my first time, and it was soooo hard and scary, haha, but I would do it again. Lake Tahoe was everything I hoped it would be, and as I remembered it from my visit there years ago when I was 13.
The colors were just so unbelievably rich and vibrant, I just couldn't NOT paint it. I don't normally paint art based off a particular place, or scene, but I had to capture Lake Tahoe in a painting. Of course, my art isn’t at all realistic in style or colors, so this is just my artistic interpretation of the beautiful scenes of the lake. It was a bit of a struggle at first, between painting the way I do and trying to capture the essence of what I was inspired by. I almost threw in the towel, but told myself to give the painting a chance, and I’m Sooooo happy I did! I just love this painting, and it truly personifies the beauty of Lake Tahoe for me. When I look at the painting I get taken back to my trip there and love that I have forever captured those memories in a painting.
The original painting is available HERE. And prints and other products available on my Fine Art America site HERE.
In August of 2021 I decided I wanted to completely change up my life, so I sold almost everything I owned, left my studio apartment in Miami and headed to Washington state to visit with, and stay with, family as I converted a Ford Transit Cargo van. My cat Mikee and I traveled across the country in the unfinished van, and then spent the next 6 months getting her ready for our new adventures!
This was probably one of the most challenging and difficult things I have ever done. I have a background in construction, as I used to build custom homes as a licensed residential contractor in Florida for over 15 years. But, to actually do all the work myself was a totally different story. I was used to overseeing the projects, not actually putting on the tool belt myself, haha! I cut 6 holes in the van for windows and a fan, which was actually terrifying, and incredibly difficult, but I love all my windows and the light and ventilation they provide. I mounted solar panels on the roof, prewired everything and then had my nephew Sterling (a commercial electrician) help me connect it all together, the only help I had on the build, other than my uncle Rory helping me hold up a window and my ceiling while I screwed them in, haha!
I installed plumbing, framed out the bed/dinette, installed cabinets and so much more! This was very much a solo project that I am incredibly proud of having achieved basically on my own, shows me that I can really do anything I put my mind too. It ended up taking longer than expected, due to a winter weather storm in Washington that created snowy/icy conditions for weeks while my van was stuck somewhere other than the working space I was using. Then my mom had a stroke and was medivaced from Alaska to Seattle, where I camped out for several days, also the first test drive of the van, before it was fully completed. Then she stayed with our family while she recovered before heading home to Alaska. Shortly thereafter I was ready to hit the road, when my poor little traveling companion, my Snowshoe kitty Mikee, was horribly attacked by another cat. Took her to a vet where they shaved the bite wound areas, gave her some antibiotics and pain meds, and the cone of shame, which she did not take to very well, haha. Waited an extra day to make sure she was going to be okay, and at the same time my cousin LeAnn (daughter of my Uncle and Aunt Rory and Marion, who let me stay with them while converting the van) had to have an emergency appendectomy. She thankfully ended up going through the surgery without a hitch.
I finally said I have to go; I felt like the universe was conspiring against me and my goal of getting on the road! But, we did it! Mikee and I hit the road about a week ago and traveled immediately south to the sun and warmth of California. Six months of cold/freezing temps, with rain and snow, was almost more than this Florida girl could take. It was all worth it though and I am absolutely loving my new life as a nomadic artist, traveling the country in her self converted campervan.
Follow me on Instgram: @madartstudios and YouTube: @madwonderland for updates on new art and adventures as I live the van life in “The MAD Warrior” – reference to Road Warrior, one of my favorite movie series as a kid.
Video Tour of my tiny home: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/SHTSKPACZQI