Come visit my painting studio!

Noe Valley Artwalk

I'm opening up my San Francisco painting studio to the public this weekend -- November 1st and 2nd -- as part of San Francisco Open Studios and you're invited!

WHEN: Nov. 1-2, 11am to 6pm

WHERE:

Diana Willard Art + Design Studio

444 Valley Street

San Francisco, California

DETAILS: Come hang out and chat, see lots of art and in-progress works, eat some snacks, and make a craft!

Hope to see you there, and have a lovely weekend everyone!

xo Diana

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WEEKLY WISHES 05 // countdown to open studios

Paris Street, Diana Willard

We reached home yesterday and immediately collapsed -- the best kind of vacation is the one you need to recover from right??

In all seriousness, though, this trip was fantastic. I'll be sharing photos and favorites from my travels next week, but I just wanted to say that seeing the art, walking down the Paris streets (the houses! the alleyways! the balconies!), and celebrating with family was truly wonderful.

But now, on to the week!

And it is going to be a tough one.

I'm participating in San Francisco Open Studios next weekend and boy do I have a list of things to get through! Fortunately, this ultimately boils down to one real weekly wish (and one much-needed companion wish):

THIS WEEK'S WISHES

  1. Prepare for my open studio event! This involves a good amount of painting, but also a vast array of other more mundane tasks including some intense cleaning, furniture arranging, and brownie-baking (take note, those of you in the Bay Area!).

  2. Make time for self-care daily. During weeks like this, all the good habits I'm working on often fly out the window. I want to make sure to keep exercising, eat well, and make time for reading/recovery time.

Best of luck on getting things done this week! Do any of you have any exciting things planned?

xo Diana

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And we're off!

Things organized neatly, Evelyn4101

image by evelyn4101 via Things Organized Neatly

Boy do I wish my packing process was as organized as this picture. . .

On a side note, I did try to do one of my own "things organized neatly" photos, but that seems to work better when you're not actually actively trying to pack. Or maybe that's just me. . . :)

Anyway, we're off on our adventure! We'll be gone for two weeks, splitting the time between Paris and visiting S's family in India for Diwali. I'll be taking this time off from the blog, but you can follow along on over at my Instagram account where I'll be documenting the scenery and likely every pastry I encounter.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

xo Diana

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Headed to Paris! (And would love some suggestions!)

Paris by Clary Pfeiffer

image by clary pfeiffer

On Saturday we'll be headed over the Atlantic for our extended layover in Paris. It's my first time visiting there (actually it's my first time visiting continental Europe), although S has been there before.

Obviously, I've been listening to the Amelie soundtrack and buying striped t-shirts in preparation, but I'd love any tips you might have for things to do, see, and (mostly) eat!

So far I have outlined a pretty solid list of art museums and bakeries to visit, but pretty much everything else is up in the air.

Have any of you been to Paris? What was your favorite thing to do while there?

xo Diana

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WEEKLY WISHES 04 // the week before vacation

water jug, Diana Willard

This is it! My last week before our two week vacation, and one of my last two weeks to prepare for my Open Studios. Is it just me, or does the week before a vacation always become completely insane?

On to the weekly wishes! (Kindly organized by Melyssa from the Nectar Collective and increasingly crucial for me to get anything done. . .)

LAST WEEK'S WISHES

1. Get myself in shape for upcoming art shows.

More or less. I painted a ton (finally breaking 20 hours this week!), dropped off art at four of seven the venues, and worked hard on organizing our local artists group. But. . . I'm still feeling a bit panicky about the remaining three shows and actually having art for my open studios.

2. Send out my first email newsletter.

Nope. But I did a little art project for this, so maybe this week?

3. Exercise for 30 minutes a day.

How about three days this week? This was my biggest regret of the week, since I know exercise helps me manage stress.

4. Practice Hindi daily and get through five new levels on Memrise.

Ish. I did the five levels, but not the daily practice. Overall, I feel pretty good about it.

THIS WEEK'S WISHES

  1. Paint, paint paint! I have a bit more work to do on some pieces for art shows, but mostly I need to stock back up on painting for my open studios.

  2. Begin promoting the open studios event. I need to make and hang flyers and start posting about it on Facebook and Instagram.

  3. Exercise for 30 minutes each day. This must happen!

  4. Practice Hindi daily and get through at least 5 new levels on Memrise. It's crunch time! Plus, it'd be great if I did a little French practice, but let's be real, that's not very likely to happen. . .

  5. Prepare for our upcoming travels. We'll be spending a week in Paris, which should be a little cold and drizzly, and a week in India, which should be nice and warm. So I'm planning on bringing all my clothes. Shouldn't be a problem, right? :)

What are your big goals for the week? And does anyone have any tips on creating and sticking to an exercise plan??

xo Diana

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