Friday, December 24, 2010

Backing Off The Throttle

     For both Pam and I, Christmas almost becomes a blur.  In the past, my career took us to Vegas and an exhibit at the National Finals Rodeo.  A 10-day show between Thanksgiving and Christmas, really took its toll on us. 
     Then we decided it would be easier to stay home and produce a Christmas catalog, which came with its own set of circumstances and obligations.  Producing the paintings was time-consuming, and then there was the work of getting the sold paintings shipped and delivered by Christmas; it was a stressful time.
     This year we took on the Cookbook Project, which was incredibly successful, and once again scrambled to fulfill orders to meet the Christmas deadline.  Keep in mind that during each of these periods, there was still Christmas shopping to do!
     And for the past few years we’ve been fortunate to be invited to the Coors Western Art Show in Denver, which is held just a couple of days after New Year’s.  It seems as if we leap from one fire to then next.  This “paddling your own canoe gig” is extremely satisfying, but it can wear you out!
     Mind you, I am NOT complaining---I know how blessed I am, and I wouldn’t trade this life for any other.  But that being said, I am officially backing off the work throttle today.  After 3 pm today, I’m slipping my brain into neutral until the New Year.  I will be taking a mental break; visiting family and friends and enjoying the holiday.
     I just want to take the time to thank you for stopping by every day for my random rants.  And most importantly, let’s not forget the Reason for the Season.

 “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” --- Luke 2:10-11  

So from Mark Kohler Studio:  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

P.S.  I’m thinking about starting the New Year with a painting demo.  What do you think?  Are you burned out on blog demos?  Let me know.


  1. Merry Christmas to you both and a happy and safe New Year. We all will enjoy whatever you plan to do whether it ba a painting demo or more ramblings from within.


  2. I LOVE demos, but first, get some rest!

  3. I would love to see a painting demo, the tree and decorations are all packed til next year and it is time to get back to the paint and brushes for me.....a demo will help get the painting started!

  4. Thanks so much for understanding the need to decompress and get re-energized. I didn't realize I needed the down time as much as I did, so I promise to come back in the New Year ready to motivate and encourage!

  5. I´m following your blog and am really impressed about how much you can manage with all your writing and painting. Even though I´m not an artist, I would just love to see more demos for 2011, so keep them coming.
    A Happy New Year from a snowy and frosty Denmark, with all good hopes for 2011.