My name is Mindy Carpenter. I love painting, writing, wonderful stationery, the ocean, all things nautical, funny animals, travel, books, vintage treasures, pastries, cafes & I especially love all these things at the same time, which is how Carpe Diem Papers was born. I started painting in 2009 in Sausalito, CA with a fabulous painting instructor for fun, because it called me, the colors, texture of paint, meditative process & the sweet time I had hanging out on Sunday afternoons at the ICB Building, an extraordinary artist’s community on Richardson Bay. I literally sat on the dock of the bay and thought, one day I will do this full time.
Travels & life & very fun years in the gift & stationery business has brought me to Ashland, OR where I still love all of the above but now paint in a studio affectionately called “the living room”, amidst tall trees, & a stunning vista of the Rogue Valley. Art & business & following your heart have always been my dream equation. I offer you paper goods & home decor from original artwork made with so much love, a happy paintbrush & lots of laughter in the background.
Carpe Diem Papers is an illustrated life. My paintings have a childlike innocence, imaginative color palette, & a sweetness & fondness for the little things in our journey that make us happy. A dear pet, in clothing, of course, vintage treasures, nautical imagery, sweet treats, coffee cups & cozy chairs to savor life. Making someone’s mailbox happy makes me happy. Send mail. Write x’s and o’s. Buy good stamps. Tell someone hello, thinking of you through the mail. You don’t need a reason.
Thank you for joining me on this creative journey. It’s a story of following your heart and seeing what’s on the other end of the yellow brick road. Carpe Diem.
Mindy Carpenter joined Pixels on September 11th, 2017.