January 29, 2011

Two for the Price of One!


"Atmospheres No. 1"

I woke up somewhat groggily this morning...happens on Saturday mornings. I noticed that the sun was out...which hasn't happened around here for days and days...so it's got to be a great day! And so far it is turning out to be that. I checked my emails and found that my watercolor painting, "Atmospheres No. 1" is featured in not one but two Etsy treasuries at the same time! Wow!! That's a first for me.  Here's a big shout-out and thanks to these treasuries:

Calm before the storm by ThePinkDillo
My thanks to ThePinkDillo for including my painting in their treasury, "Calm before the storm". Do take some time to check out this beautiful treasury!


When Life Hands You Lemons...keep calm and carry on by limezinnias
"When Life Hands You Lemons..." is a fun treasury by limezinnias that also features my painting. My thanks to her for including this in their treasury. Make sure you also check this one out as well!

Now it's time to move away from my computer and go out into the sun!!






January 26, 2011

A Recommendation


I am a lover and collector of stories...folk tales, myths, Cinderella stories, Ark stories, creation stories, Jack Tales, Irish, Native American, African American, etc. etc. etc. (I used to be a "storyteller" but that's a different story...) I don't "collect" as actively as I used to do, but I'm always on the look out for a good story. A while ago, a good friend of mine recommended Salman Rushdie's book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories as she knew about this interest of mine. This turned out to be a frolicking adventure and a grand story.

Last week I was combing my local library branch looking for a good story and found Rushdie's newest book, Luka and the Fire of Life. I finished this last night and must say this turned out to be another grand story! This is about Haroun's younger brother's, Luka, adventures... chock full of adventure and references to all the old stories, myths, and  turns of the tongue. A wonderful read!!! I particularly like Rushdie's discussion of Time towards the end of the book. Here's part of that: "...There are those of us who learn to live completely in the moment. For such people the Past vanishes and the Future loses meaning. There is only the Present, which means that two of the three Aalim (elements of Time...) are surplus to the requirements...." An interesting outlook on life and time...

This is a fun book....do give it a read!

January 25, 2011

I Got Mail!


Today didn't start out real well. Didn't sleep last night...something I ate last night disagreed with me and kept me up. Had errands to run first thing this morning and a plumber coming in the afternoon so I couldn't just hide underneath my covers. Just one of those days...

Then the mail came...and amongst the junk and the bills...there it was...MAIL ART!!  And my day went from yuck to wow in a flash!!!  My friend, Jen had sent me a wonderful piece of art. Not only is the envelope something to behold, the card inside is awesome! 


If this wasn't enough, Jen took the time to write a short note and include a little magnet which had, according to her note, provided the inspiration for the envelope and card. She went on to say that the magnet had, "started as an ACEO/ACT which I shrunk & transformed into a magnet for a craft show." Very cool, indeed!!!



Jen, thank you so much! And as the back of your card wished, the rest of my day has indeed been glorious!!



January 20, 2011

Yes!

"Afternoon"

Several days ago I received a "convo" to my Etsy shop about one of my paintings, "Afternoon". It was from a prospective buyer from Milano, Italy. She was interested in purchasing the painting but wanted more information about it and how I would ship it to her if she did buy it. Needless-to-say, I was very excited about this as I hadn't sold a painting this size before much less "internationally"!

We exchanged convos back and forth over last two days and...this afternoon she bought it! Wow!!! Now...I will miss this painting as it's one of my favorites but I know that it is going to someone who will appreciate and enjoy it as much as I have. ( I have had to come up to speed very quickly on how to ship a painting so not only did I make a sale, I also learned a lot that will come in handy in the future!)

It is snowing, snowing, snowing in my part of the world today. All very pretty...and since I don't have to go out into it unless I want to... I should be enjoying it...sitting in front of my fireplace with a good book, cup of hot chocolate...but I'm not. What I really need is some time in the sun!! I came down to my basement studio this afternoon to "mess around with paint", do some blogging, etc. This is when I checked my Etsy postings and saw her purchase. Not the warm sun I need...but real close!!  Now...where are my paints??

January 16, 2011

Snowstorm by RustedDesigns


Even in winter there is great beauty...and this new treasury  has many wonderful photos showing just that! My thanks to RustedDesigns for including my photo "Snowstorm No. 4". Check this out at: Snowstorm

January 12, 2011

It's Cold Outside as Interpreted in Mixed Media by bbagllady


Okay...I know you might be tired of winter already...but that shouldn't prevent you from checking out the artwork in this really "cool" treasury! My thanks to bbagllady for including my print, "Early Freeze" in her newest treasury! Check this out at: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d2cbeb2933d6d917ff0c346/its-cold-outside-as-interpreted-in-mixed

January 11, 2011

Are you sure?

I'm a little late with this...my posting about New Year's Resolutions. I've read everyone else's and thought...these are great ideas...maybe I should try this as well. But you know, I've reached that point in life where I just know that no matter how good a resolution may be... I won't keep it. Over the years I've made resolutions about getting more exercise, saving more money, not to worry as much...or even more specific things like: practice drawing every day, do a painting/drawing/atc/blog entry/you-name-it-a day....and...my studio is littered with barely begun journals and sketch pads. The only thing that I seem to stick to with any consistency is making lists. I excel at making lists! In fact, I have books of lists...and even lists of lists that I want to make. (There's got to be an art piece in this...somewhere!) So...this year's New Year's Resolutions?

In the movie, "Polar Express," the young hero is troubled with uncertainty about Santa Claus. (Although I have always seen this as a metaphor for growing up...but that comes with being a former language arts teacher.) Throughout the movie he is always asking, "Are you sure?" Finally, he comes to terms with his issues and can hear Santa's bells again. (Yes, I still can! In fact, I take Santa's sleigh out for a spin every Christmas when he stops by my house. I give him a bourbon and a cigar to enjoy while I'm gone. Just ask my daughters...they'll confirm this...) 

In any case, I have decided that the number one resolution for me this year is to become more certain about what I do. I can stop my creative flow quicker than anything by asking, "Are you sure?" I need to put an end to this and give my "art" the credibility it deserves. I need to stop doubting and start saying instead what our Polar Express hero's friend answered..."Absolutely!" I'll keep my lists and try again for the painting a day sort of thing...but "certainty" is what I hope to achieve this year.


January 10, 2011

Collection #7: Un Chien Andalou by CathodeBlue


Now here is an interesting collection...lots of fun things to consider! My thanks to CathodeBlue for including my photograph, "Pensive" in with all these great items. Check this out at:

January 9, 2011

Barely There by linseygray


Here's a fun and sexy new treasury by linseygray. My thanks to her for including my print, "Four Pears" in this great collection of "Barely There"! Check this out for valentine ideas.

January 8, 2011

Awesome Art Card ORIGINALS by PencilsandPalette


Here are some "awesome" cards...all together in one treasury...what more could one want! My thanks to PencilsandPalette for including my Penguin card in her wonderful collection. Do check this out at:

January 6, 2011

"Bumped!" A new "installation piece"

Bumped by Cary

My daughter...Cary...who is an art major at Ohio University....had to create these figurines for an art class...last year...maybe the year before...hard to say. In any case, they came home with her this past summer and spent their time sitting in a back corner of our screen porch. Come this fall...when we brought everything in for the year...I noticed that they were starting to crack and parts peeling away. So I asked...as I was taking them down to the basement..."what are your plans for these?" And...as usual....got no answer. Over the holiday break I asked again... and again got no answer. So...I suggested that we put them outside and see what happens to them....sort of like the "decomposition project" that I did with paper structures over the summer. (Thank you again, Seth Apter for the idea!) She liked that...so here they are...standing in our backyard just behind our garden where they can be seen.  My plan is to take pictures of them anytime I see interesting changes...and post them. Could be interesting...and then again...

Bumped by Cary
Oh...just in case you were wondering why this "installation piece" is titled "Bumped"...well it's like this. One of the figures represents Cary...the other her sister, Melissa...and this is what Cary does to Melissa...she bumps into her and Melissa leans away...

January 5, 2011

Mail Art, Anyone?



When I think about it, I've been a "mail artist" ever since I was a kid. I had a grandfather and a father who were both avid stamp collectors...and naturally I was attracted to the "art" that went into every stamp or first day cover that I got my hands on. My collections never grew to the size of my mentors and over the years I have sold off or given away most of what I had collected. Even still, my love for a well designed stamp or a colorful envelope is ever with me.

What is "mail art". It's hard to explain...it's just "art" done for fun on a surface that's acceptable to the Postal System...and mailed! Simple as that. It doesn't have to have a "theme" or a "message"...just create "art" and mail it to someone...for free! Of course, one does expect to receive a piece of mail art back...but not necessarily from the same person you sent it to...that way there's no "keeping score" which makes it all the more fun. In their book, Good Mail Day, Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler explain all of this in more detail...and give great primers to get one started...even templates and blanks if you need them!

I started sending mail art out a couple of years ago to my daughters who are away at school...which has been fun but now I'm looking to create a group of "mail art pals" (like pen pals...) to send, swap, share, etc. mail art with....so consider this invite to join up with something that's a lot of fun. If you are interested, just send me an email with your address...and I'll start building a list that I will share...and sending out mail art to everyone. So come play!!

January 4, 2011

Bring in the New Year with All Things Fluffy and Soft by MissieRabdau


Now here's a fun and "fluffy" treasury to take in....full of beautiful and yummy things....including one of my photos! My thanks to MissieRabdau for including "Snowstorm No. 2" in her newest treasury. Check this out at: Bring in the New Year with All Things Fluffy and Soft .