Surrender Perfection

Posted on May 07, 2018 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

When you were a kid do you remember that scowl across the elementary school portrait photographer's face? It wasn't until years later when I became a parent that I understood why the photographer's face was permanently wrinkled in worry. My brow furrowed, too, when I tried to snap a perfect portrait of my sons. This is what I got:

Wanting to give my traditional parents a proper drawing of their grandchildren, I alternated my sons' shenanigans and drew them a bit more straightforward.

Fast forward thirty years, and once again, as I tried my best to capture the charming smiles of my own grand kids, I felt, once again, like that school portrait photographer who begged for the perfect pose, saying: "Just one, more, ... just one, more."

Instead of catching a perfect picture,I laughed alongside my grandchildren.

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Inspirational Words with a New Twist

Posted on December 25, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments




Let the power of a word uplift you! Liam did for me!

My five-year-old grandson sparked a surge of creativity for me as we played a silly game of reindeer antlers (balloons stuffed inside pantyhose and planted on your head!). 

By the end of the fun-fill day the rubbery balloons had deflated inside the stretchy nylon. When I pulled the textures apart it reminded me of my collage days. Later, in my studio, I began layering paint, papers, shapes and patterns.
Thinking of Liam's tenacity to wear balloons that stretched longer than his four-foot height on his head, "bend" was the first word that sparked my creative streak.Soon windswept leaves flew onto my canvas among contrasting strong, vertical birch trees.
"Strength" became my next word. What inspires you?

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3 Generations of Fourth of July Traditions

Posted on July 03, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Bucket head fun! Coincidences or family genetics? Maybe not great minds, but we surely think alike!

Above, I am the cute, chubby gal on the left, no laughing please. The top right are my sons. They were so inspiring, in 2013, I wrote Beached in a Camper, my first junior fiction book, based on photographs just like that one.

The lower right photo is my grand kids, Aislynn and Liam! Three generations of 4th of July fun and not just with fireworks! Gotta love summer traditions.

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Free Digital Conclusion to Kate's Moynihan Boys Series

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Turtles, Lost shoe and a FREE gift for you ... see below.

Celebrate the conclusion of Kate's sons' journey from Michigan to North Dakota. Download the Kindle version from Amazon for $0.99 or forward us your email and we will send you a digital copy for FREE!

You'll chuckle over Brian's and Adam's one last adventure in the plains state ... this time on a not-so-ordinary farm! Simply send us your e-mail address and we'll provide the link. For even more fun, post a review on amazon once you're read the story and we'll give you a choice of one of Kate's other three books FREE!

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Ask Yourself This Question to Deal with Perfection

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

I’ve not had such a good week. Well, Wednesday was a good day, if you don’t count wearing one black shoe and one brown shoe to work. It became more tragic when the shop opened at ten. As the sun shone brightly, the shoes glowed in contrast. No longer was it apparent that I had arrived to work in the dark hours of the early morning – a peaceful time for me to paint.

I shrugged off the non-perfect wardrobe using The Realistic Meter: How important would this “tragedy” be in five years?

My appeasing answer to myself was “not so much,” so I marched through the day.

Then my not-so-good week kicked into high gear.

Upon arriving home on Thursday, there was a chill in the house … 55 degrees. The furnace failed to kick on. After bundling in a two sweaters, I went to empty the dishwasher and discovered water pooled in the bottom. I pushed the start button. Nothing. It was dead.

“Should we cancel the birthday celebration?” I asked my husband, Larry, referring to the party planned for three days later. My stomach tightened at the thought of missing the games and good times.

“No, we can probably get the furnace repairman here tomorrow,” he offered.

Then he gave a raised eyebrow to the dishwasher.

I knew it was cheaper to replace the ten-year-old appliance than repair it. So on Sunday I would be hand-washing dishes when the gang of ten came over. But my attitude didn't falter unlike many years ago when I wanted perfection in my first home. Now, I am okay with things not always perfect and presentable as my home will always be a work-in-progress. I’ve learned to embrace the rain spattered dirty windows and a crusty oven.

The echoes of laughter are what I love most about my home … and my life.

Even my photographs aren’t perfect. Who can get everyone to sit still at the same time, anyways? 

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About the Artsy Shopkeeper

Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...

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