An Amazing Thing Happened!

Posted on August 29 2018

An Amazing Thing Happened!

A few years ago, my sister Mary Clayton suggested I follow an artist on Instagram. So knowing that she is up on all things hip and cool, of course I followed her advice. What I found was the most inspirational, and encouraging artist, Ashley Longshore. 

Ashley is originally from Montgomery, AL. I read her story, I ordered her book, I followed her religiously every day on Instagram. I love how she has risen above rejection, how she proved all the people wrong who said she wasn't "marketable". Hers is the quintessential success story- on STEROIDS!

Not only is she marketable, but she has done it all herself. No galleries taking half her money, nobody helping her- just HER. She has her own gallery in New Orleans now, and her paintings sell for tens of thousands of dollars- yes, like $40,000 and more.

In February this year, Bergdorf's in New York had their first one woman show ever and gave the entire 7th floor over to Ashley and her art for the entire month. It was wildly successful. They even decorated their windows with her art, it was epic!

If that isn't enough, because of how successful that was, Bergdorf's made her their artist in residence and let her completely design her own cafe there, including some menu items.  It is aptly named "Palette" and it is beautiful!

She has collaborations with so many different HUGE brands like Judith Leiber and Rolex for instance. She is a force, and it just keeps getting better and better!

Anyway, I had started my "Throws a Party" series and done Andy Warhol and Jimmy Buffett and was trying to decide who to do next. And then it hit me- why not pay tribute to the ONE person who has inspired me the most! She has kept me going with her incredible encouraging posts ever since I started painting full time again. Even though believing in myself has never really been a problem- she takes it to a whole new level, and has PROVEN that it works so I decided I could too!

After becoming a major super-stalker for several days, I began drawing out her painting. I knew enough from following her for so long what things she liked to paint the most, who her "people" were, her father, her husband and her precious team. I dove in and it is by far the hardest thing I have ever painted. Mainly, because up until then, I had never really painted people to LOOK like who they are. Even my Warhol and Buffett paintings were more impressionistic. It took me a couple of months- painting all day, every day, but I truly believed that she would love it and hoped beyond hope that she would buy it. 

When I was finally finished, I decided to post it on Instagram, with little hope that she would even see it because, she doesn't follow me and even with tagging her- I am sure that happens a million times a day and she certainly doesn't have time to look at all those.  I did tag the girls in her team though and hoped they might see it and show her. I posted it and closed Instagram.

I called my mother, like I do every morning and hadn't been talking to her on the phone for more than two minutes when I started hearing the beeping from text messages- I looked at the first one, which was from my daughter and it said "Mom! Did you see on your Instagram, Ashley wants to BUY your painting." Needless to say I had to tell Mama to hang on, I would call her back and went to look. The first few comments were from her team, they were going crazy! Then about the fifth or sixth comment was from Ashley- "Call me please, I want this". I honestly couldn't believe it, even though I DID believe it was going to happen and told myself that the entire time I was painting it. So I did what any normal person would, I didn't call her....I said there and cried and cried and cried. Tears of joy, happiness and elation. I was completely overwhelmed and that does not happen to me often.

One of her team Patri, who is a hoot herself and I adore, sent me a message with her number and told me to call, that Ashley wanted to talk to me. I told her I would when I could get control of myself, and finally I did.  Ashley is as incredible in "real life" as she is on social media. She was THRILLED, she was EXCITED and she really did want to buy it... and she did! 

She asked how I was going to get it to her, because she was leaving in about a week and a half to go on a month long painting sabbatical and wanted to have it there while she was gone because she was having her whole third floor redone in her house and wanted it to go there. (OMG OMG!! my painting hanging in her house! Not that I thought she was going to buy it and put it in the garage- but STILL!!)  I told her that I would really like to bring it- I had been to her gallery a couple of years earlier and she wasn't there, and I REALLY wanted to meet her in person. She said GREAT! We set a date for Wednesday of the next week and off Alan and I went!

I can't even begin to describe the feelings, the excitement. Just walking in her gallery is enough, full to the brim with her paintings and sculptures and all the cute and wonderful people on her team, who I was so excited to meet. But then, out she came and unwrapped her painting and was so genuinely excited and noticed EVERYTHING that I had worked so hard to make sure I got right. Her words were "I'm obsessed". There is nothing more I could ever wish for as a reaction to something I painted. She hugged me- multiple times, we laughed, we talked and I was once again overwhelmed. 

Here are the videos of her opening and looking at it.





For someone that is as busy and as successful as Ashley is, it is amazing how she TRULY GENUINE she is. She really does LOVE artists and she supports them, not only by encouraging them, but by BUYING their art. She loves her collectors, she took time with everyone that was in her gallery, whether they were buying or not, even though I know she was super busy that day.

She is everything she appears to be on her social media, which is VERY rare from what I have found. NOT one thing about her is fake. She is EXACTLY who she is and I LOVE her for that. I admire her, I stand in awe of her talent, she makes no excuses, she works like a demon and she deserves every bit of success she has and can take all the credit for it, because she did it herself. 

Yep, I am a fan girl. But most of all I owe it to Ashley for continually reminding me to believe I can do whatever I want and do it on my terms. I really like that.

And you should follow her and the girls on her team- they will make your Instagram so much more fun to check! 

@ashleylongshoreart   @patrisuarez   @kategracebauer  @ninathedesigna  @addypeyton  @nowwhorunninthangs   @thebitchopotamus



  • BradleyAbulk: March 04, 2021

    Узнай подробнее про
    [url=]почему тело горячее[/url]

  • hydra-Cooro: March 04, 2021

  • michael kors loafers sverige: March 04, 2021

    This is my first time go to see at here and i am really pleassant to read everthing at one place. michael kors loafers sverige michael kors loafers sverige

  • fertuyeda: March 04, 2021

  • plaque rouge sur le corps: March 04, 2021

    What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this website regularly, this site is really good and the viewers are really sharing nice thoughts. plaque rouge sur le corps plaque rouge sur le corps

  • coletteun1: March 04, 2021

    Hot galleries, daily updated collections

    gaping ass porn free cash porn tube hot girl porn safe porn web sites ajzmine brynes porn dvds
  • fertuyeda: March 04, 2021

  • stephanieya69: March 04, 2021

    Sexy photo galleries, daily updated collections

    freee black porn porn porn medellin helga sven mature porn hot favourite porn clips your amuture porn
  • fertuyeda: March 04, 2021

  • studybayws: March 04, 2021


    Save your time and get your essay written by a professional writer.
    We can cover any topic on any subject in the blink of an eye.
    Popular business plan editing website for university nryur 2021.

    Proceed to Order!!! ==>


    Help writing a memorium
    Latest resume formats for freshers free download
    Giving references on a resume

    Best persuasive essay editor sites for mba
    Realtor resume free sample
    How to write thank you letter sample

    Help with my esl definition essay on hillary clinton
    Objective of essay competition
    Remembering people essay

    and classification essay on friends xnhkk[/url] blog post editing for hire us fjush[/url] to write a business projection spukp[/url] for popular paper yegsg[/url] ca3bfa5

    Sports marketing resume objective
    Esl critical thinking writing site us
    Plastic bags should not be banned essay


    business plan editing website for university nryur 2021[/b]

    Write a book tips
    Thesis of the mcdonaldization of society
    Resume for medical interpreter

    research papers samples phewy[/url] dissertation hypothesis ghostwriting websites for masters hhyiz 2021[/url] job resume kfmkn[/url] health resume cover letter samples ypiku[/url] mba essay editing website uk – Richard nixon vietnam essay zxaqp 2021[/url]

    dissertation h

    business plan editing website for university nryur 2021[/b] rhetorical analysis essay writer services gb deees[/url] schools with no homework policy leflo[/url] the literature review zpkeh[/url] papers ghostwriters services us brfql[/url] pro[/url]

    Middle school argumentative essay samples
    Sample thesis methodology part
    Cheap scholarship essay ghostwriter sites online

    ] [b]Popular business plan editing website for university nryur 2021[/b]
    [url=]buy essay online[/url]

    Nursing philosophy paper example
    Top bibliography writers service gb
    Personal injury cover letter

    Popular business plan editing website for university nryur 2021

    university resume samples hazwr[/url] essays on geography mfrye[/url] of the holocaust essay pnnfi[/url] admission essay ghostwriting for hire for college – Custom blog post ghostwriter sites ypcbc 2021[/url] business plan editing website for university nryur 2021[/b] mba movie review example mebxb 2021[/url] assistant job description resume mcuvf[/url] essay ghostwriters website online rdttp[/url] admission essay editing service usa[/url]

    Order essays uk
    Resume nintendo canceled
    Planning an essay on writing

    business plan editing website for university nryur 2021[/b] eyre essays setting zuvnv[/url] for oracle pl sql developer amllb[/url] letter for cv[/url] my education critical thinking iehjz[/url] abstracts international dai aosvr[/url] student research paper apa ooeai[/url]
  • lorrainebu69: March 04, 2021

    Dirty Porn Photos, daily updated galleries
    2009 to porn stars asian gangbang porn naughty gilrs porn pics final fantasy porn games xxx porn ipod torrents
    free schoolgirl porn sites fre home porn porn for women no log in jessica jaymes porn vid free home porn show

  • allanhw2: March 04, 2021

    Sexy photo galleries, daily updated pics

    real american porn 18 dvd free calif porn bbw valerie porn free strreaming porn movie with plot toilet porn tube pee spit
  • klippan babyfilt rea: March 04, 2021

    Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts. klippan babyfilt rea klippan babyfilt rea

  • studybayws: March 04, 2021


    Save your time and get your essay written by a professional writer.
    We can cover any topic on any subject in the blink of an eye.
    Motivational essay for university admission wsrpz 2021.

    Order NOW!!! ==>


    Resume bahasa melayu 2013
    University essays tripod
    Common application personal essay tips

    Resume templates for appleworks 6
    Popular dissertation editor website au
    Reason to write applying critical thinking to academic writing pdf

    Cover letter superintendent
    Best creative writing writers website
    Professional university rhetorical analysis essay topic

    sales team business plan – An interesting story essay qpqkm 2021[/url] on brain drain in pakistan ewgpd[/url] assignment writing for hire uk gkwkk[/url] abuse among college students essays llroa 2021[/url] 3bfa5e2

    Classical music essays
    Resume writing services toledo ohio
    Heli ski business plan


    essay for university admission wsrpz 2021[/b]

    Coursework development gender
    Drugs in sports essay
    Example essays an inspector calls

    mba essays 2013 wgcjs[/url] statement in thesis format inkfw[/url] for someone in a union tftbe[/url] way to write a book – Write a legal article trocc 2021[/url] to write a comparative film essay cvder[/url]

    dissertation topics

    essay for university admission wsrpz 2021[/b] research paper format yqbid[/url] article ghostwriter site uk ilgki[/url] annotated bibliography editing for hire for masters dqrub[/url] problem solving writer website for masters iamhz[/url]


    Resume nanny position
    Writing essays toefl
    Speech proofreading websites gb

    [url=]авиасейлс купить билеты[/url] [b]Motivational essay for university admission wsrpz 2021[/b]
    [url=]essay pro contact number[/url]

    Sample thesis acknowledgment page
    Literature review articles
    Cheap best essay ghostwriters sites for masters

    Motivational essay for university admission wsrpz 2021

    court of justice essay pbooj 2021[/url] gcse coursework examples hxhmb[/url] business plan template for laundromat – How to write formal paragraphs wwlxf 2021[/url] + wrote + about+in+a+1945+essay gkpqp[/url] essay for university admission wsrpz 2021[/b] makowsky essay – Dropped out of law school resume bgbnc 2021[/url] an essay on the emergence growth of sociology – Best college cv kryvb 2021[/url] objective statement camp counselor iksyh[/url] resume objective statement customer service rjsgw[/url]

    Top creative essay ghostwriters site usa
    Motivational quotes for homework
    Rwanda essay topics

    essay for university admission wsrpz 2021[/b] essays proofreading sites us pxzus 2021[/url] paper on dyslexia and education yfuak[/url] descriptive essay writers site usa – Write esl university essay on trump nzvqc 2021[/url] to write ai kanji yqmfd[/url] essay writer for hire au unacn[/url] calculator – El norte essay dzsbn 2021[/url]
  • Rafaelpanna: March 04, 2021
    video webcam squirt chat[/url]
  • BuyEssayOnline: March 04, 2021

    Cheap admission essay writing service ca .

    Proceed to Order!!!


  • nombre de calories par jour femme: March 04, 2021

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out. nombre de calories par jour femme nombre de calories par jour femme

  • owiqefumidac: March 04, 2021
    Online[/url] Buy Amoxicillin Online Without Prescription
  • luishf69: March 04, 2021

    Young Heaven – Naked Teens & Young Porn Pictures
    british transexual porn the salesman gay porn teen hooker porn new years eve porn videos drunks in retro porn vids
    members assist porn site amateur webcam porn video shelby parks porn moon mullins porn slim mobile porn

  • ajwaktonagoho: March 04, 2021
    500mg Capsules[/url] Amoxil Causes Gallstones
Leave a comment
Your comment was posted successfully! Thank you!

Recent Posts