Where I am now
Hello! Thank you for visiting my site. Since opening Connie Wagner Studio several years ago, my art journey has taken a few sidesteps. Although not usually easy to wait and work through things, I always feel that everything works in God's timing.
In the spring of 2018, we lost our beloved Boston Terrier, Archie. It hit us like a brick wall. Growing up on a farm, I became used to the circle of life with pets and farm animals. But this loss was far more painful than either my husband or I expected.
That fall, to deal with my grief, I dug out a photo of Archie that just captured him. I had not created a piece of art in several years - or at least anything that I even liked. I had been following many color pencil pet portrait artists on Instagram. I used to work in color pencil a lot. So I dug out the boxes of pencils and found some paper that would work. I started in and Archie began to come to life on the page!
I was hooked on pencils again. I thought - well maybe I could do the pet portrait gig. I thought I would test the water and draw Archie's partner in crime, our cat Mabel. They had the love-hate relationship of brother and sister. It was a constant challenge to keep some peace. They antagonized each other pretty much all the time, unless they were asleep. It was frustrating and hilarious. So I drew Mabel with her super-large inquisitive eyes. It is really fun to have portraits of them both. Especially one of Archie.
I would not have taken this turn in the road without Archie. He was a handful and kept us on our toes for ten years! I now know God was saying, "hang in there - I got ya."
For I know the plans I have for you.
Watch for workshops at Ten Fold Projects Gallery in Greencastle, Indiana. I have been teaching calligraphy and watercolor painting - different classes will be coming. Workshops are posted on the Ten Fold workshop page and both of our social media accounts.
I am an artisan at Creative Castle in Greencastle, Indiana. Original artwork, giclee prints and notecards are for sale. Be sure to follow the social media accounts for current updates!