The morning started off well: strong Turkish coffee, friends offering help with the lights, and me realizing that the store that sells the bulbs and fixtures is right next to a bakery my new friend recommended yesterday. So, I might not have been able to get all the lighting supplies I need (they had to order them and I’m picking them up tomorrow), but I did get a delicious focaccia. Then my friend Rachel and I managed, after several mishaps that didn’t seem funny at the time, to point whatever lights were already in the gallery at the actual paintings. And yes, it did make quite a difference!

See, tonight was an important night. Tonight was my evening to present my work to the Monarch Society, a group of people that are vital supporters of the Escapist Mentorship Program. I’ve gotten to know them over the past few months, and they are wonderful people. I definitely wanted to make a good impression and to show them how much I’ve learned and grown.

I’m happy to report that the evening was lovely. We talked and laughed and I even sold a lot of paintings! Oh, and look what John made for the wall in the gallery. I thought that was pretty cool.


  1. This is amazing! I love it. How long did it take you to create?

    My wife is a traveler/artist and we really like your art. You can check out her stuff at I’m more of a writer of children’s poetry and stories (, but right now we’re in Paris writing and painting and it’s just the best. Anyway, just wanted to drop in and say how much I appreciate what you do here. It’s amazing.

    1. Thank you! The cat’s eye took maybe 30 minutes? It’s fairly small. I like to do at least one small painting a day. Small watercolors are quick and I love how I can do them almost anywhere.
      I’ll check out y’all’s stuff. Thank you! Enjoy Paris!

  2. Sounds like a good start for The Platform! Proud of you! And selling work, definitely a good thing. No surprise, you have awesome paintings, Elena. Sure wish I could see them all. Did you ever get the 101″ x 58″ canvas mounted?

    1. I will send you a video and some pictures! There is even a little surprise in the show for you. You’ll see! Never got the big painting mounted, but the show is very complete and looks great, so I guess that’s a painting for a different occasion.

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