Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This is the order of events from yesterday and today:
1. I had a particularly stressful day with one VERY rambunctious student yesterday. (Bad case of the "cain't help its" with a sprinkling of attitude. You gotta love 'em!)
2. I get an e-mail of posts from a site called "Art Lessons from God" and one of their links yesterday led me to a prayer site where people post their prayer requests.
3. I posted a prayer for all teachers of at-risk students to be filled with what we need to make a positive difference. When I posted I was thinking hard about this student.
4. This morning a call brought news that yesterday afternoon after school that particular student broke bones in their hand and won't be in class for several days.
I had a very productive and peaceful day today. I feel like I made a difference. ...While I wouldn't wish anything like this on any student, could this be the power of prayer? ....needless to say it gave me a rather large jolt!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
It's been a little while, since my tick post. Just sharing my new addition. She's on her way home from the vets. She is a little chihuahua rescue I have named Daisy Jane. She was one of 50 in a 1 bedroom home. The air toxicity was so high they wore hazmat suits initially. There was feces all over the place. There were an additional 30 outside. There were a total of 89 chihuahuas, 16 goats, and 4 horses. (With more dogs coming because more than 4 were pregnant!)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Here I am in all my glory, painting up a storm. (No pun intended with all the wicked weather we've been having.) I had a grand time, sold a little, exposed a lot (and no, I didn't get beads - just a sunburn - and it was only on my right arm!) If you click on the Title, it will take you to the postcard about the event. My honey and I ate dinner at "The Owl" of Southern Living claim - my earnings paid for half the meal and the gas, so I probably made about a dollar. I also had a brush with a celebrity. David Hart of "In the Heat of the Night" had dinner with us - lol o.k., so he was at the next table, but for some reason my honey sees him on a regular basis: at the gas station, at the Captain's Table in Panama City, and there was another time of late. Lobo's a difficult character to forget once you've seen him, so there is always a recognition. I'm usually not too impressed by the "celebrity" fame - people are people. However, I will say Mr. Hart is very comfortable in his own skin, doesn't mind striking up a conversation, and smiles. His wife is also very nice. I did slip him a postcard with my "Dixie's Retreat" painting and told him next time he wanted to hang out with my man all he had to do was call me and I would arrange it. lol I appreciate "Real" people, and I'm pretty good at spotting phony people - David and his wife both seem very real and it was a pleasure meeting them both. Along with the many other people who came by and talked with me - Joe at the Museum, Marsha who lives on a sailboat with Chester (her dog) and a guitar player, Jan my pottery making friend, and many other Georgia folks and Tallahassee folks. Oh, and thank you Gary Wayne - owner of Market Street Antiques for allowing me to set up shop in front of your shop! It was a great day!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I sat outside with the sun at my back, felt the warmth and enjoyed the smell of the tea olive blooms. (Reminds me of my grandmother!) I played a little on the Patriot Rider painting, and I started one of the lighthouse in Carrabelle. I'll try and take pictures tomorrow and post them this week. Ick - it's almost Monday already. Guess I need to try and get to sleep. Anyone have earplugs? Lobo's rattling windows tonight!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I painted last night and completed, start to finish, a new painting. It's a still life - a water glass of flowers in an impressionistic style. I'm pleased with it and it wasn't too taxing. I'm usually more pleased with a painting and the creative flow when I am able to relax. I haven't really done any impressionistic painting before last night, or at least not that I could readily identify. I was a little out of my comfort level but I was in the mood. I'll post a pic as soon as I take one. I'm testing it on the wall. The back-ground was a mix of ultramarine blue, red or some variety and raw umber. It turns into almost a chocolate brown, and I have an accent wall of milk chocolate on one of my classroom walls. Looks pretty good if I do say so myself!
In the meantime, I found another art doll give-away. The link to it is on the right. Kindred Sisters Gathering Post is the sponsor! ... but just go look, don't comment. lol - maybe I'll have a better chance of winning! lol
Thursday, February 12, 2009
....and the winning numbers(if you can't read my blurry screen shot or you don't want to click on it) are in the order they were chosen:
161: Winner of Dixie's Retreat" 8" X 10" matted print -
176: "Blue Door" notecards - Sonny Nobles (honest to goodness how this happened, I'm really not sure, but I work next door to him. The numbers were randomly chosen from random.org. I'll probably add an additional winner just because this is just too freaky!)
...to make up for this bizarre incident: #142 -
I've e-mailed everyone or left a message on your blog, and I hope to hear from you very soon! Congratulations!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I think I've been overdue in adding some of my painting photos here. FINALLY, we figured I needed a little more juice in my thyroid medication, and today I've started to feel a little more like the normal me, which includes a tiny bit of adventure and a little more "feel the fear and do it any way" attitude.
Everyone calls my honey Lobo, (to whom belong the boots in an earlier post)and I found an old puzzle of a wolf. I figured I'd give my first 4-legged animal a try. It's the third painting I've finished since I decided to give this painting thing a more serious look. First was the boots, even though I started the blue door first I finished it second. The wolf was a challenge, but fun. Of course, like most perfectionists, I see things that are a little "catiwampus"...but I'm pretty pleased for a first. I did figure something out... do the background first! lol (but I still get excited an forget)
I still have the original and it's for sell... any takers? It's a 16" X 20" acrylic and currently in a barnwood frame. Any offers considered... Setting prices on art initially have been difficult. I've been told, the general rule of thumb is a dollar per square inch. $320? What do you think? How would YOU set your art prices in today's economy?
...oh, and I DO have prints... I'll post sizes and prices shortly!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I just stumbled upon a One World One Heart. A very unique concept, and I'm going to give it a try if my battery doesn't die before I can get to it. Of course, the deadline to get it in is tonight.
I will be giving away a matted print (8"x10" with mat) entitled "Dixie's Retreat"... and no, it has nothing to do with the place or the song, but a person. Dixie was one of those unique women who seemed acutely aware of who she was and stood firmly at her place in this world. She led an adventurous life from what I knew of her, and you could normally see the joy that she held inside her. The day I heard Dixie was very ill was the night of my painting class. I chose to paint this one in her honor.
.....She has since passed on to the next life, but she will not be forgotten. She loved to travel and loved the ocean. So I look forward to sharing it with one of those that enter and in a way it will also have a part of her keep traveling on this earth! . You enter by commenting, leaving your name and a way to get in touch with you if you are the one chosen to receive it. (random drawing from the entries) ...One World, One Heart....
Ooops - forgot to mention, the winner will be announced on February 12th, 2009! Deadline to enter will be the 11th @ 11;59 pm :)
Guys, I've had such a GREAT response, I'm adding a set of blank note cards with envelopes of the painting on the right (no wait - that's my other right!) This will be for a 2nd drawing...and if I happen to hit over 150 comments I'll have a 3rd drawing... I'll add a set of my froggie cards (the one I use for my icon) too... maybe more anyway. This giveaway has been such an enriching experience - I feel like giving even more! :)
Click on the icon on the right, and see all the hundreds of people participating in their own give away, and get to know the lady that started this One World One Hear concept... Maybe you can think of something to give away next year!
When I look at others' gifts they share (the poetry of sharing their daily lives with words, in paint, or with twinkling blocks of glass ) I somehow find solace in it. I even find comfort in the posts of others that have found others that have shared. The bits of humor sprinkled in the midst of money madness and mortgage mayhem helps remind me of what is of REAL importance... family, friends, art, puppies, children of all ages. (not necessarily in that order).
To all of you - I am grateful!
Now - can anyone make me feel better or help my absent-mindedness?
Friday, January 30, 2009
While I am not a true believer, after taking this quiz, it was kind of cool that it fit so well... I'm not so sure I'm as beautiful as the Empress on the card ;), but It was fun, none-the-less... (I also usually appreciate the art on Tarot cards!)
The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I went to painting tonight after Subway with Lobo. I took the chicken painting I've started... I still have trouble adding yellows. I did a little and then went on to the chicken wire. Sometimes I feel like I'm doing so good, and I'm pleased with my work, then I get to painting and I find myself feeling very inadequate. It could be that I haven't been to painting in a month or so, and it could also be the lack of time I've spent with brush in hand.
...and while this isn't painting related, I'm selling my bike. I'd been painting so often and trying to get the co-op off the ground, and physical ickiness - I hadn't been riding. ...it's a 2002 Ridley Speedster. I'm going to miss having her around, but she deserves to be ridden!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Oh, had a nice surprise at work today. A guy that works for the state in Voc Rehab services stopped by for business and round aboutly we discovered we were at same Guild meeting last month. His photo gallery is: http://www.myphotographsonline.com/ I really like the MIssion photos... remind me of National Geographic works. There are also pics of the Guild. His name is Alan. I look forward to him working with some of our students, and enjoying his photography. You go do the same if you'd like. (at least until I can add another one or two photos here!)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The two pictured above here were those two that first sold. (The top one I original had considered throwing away.) They both are living in NYC somewhere, and I have several more! They are my fledglings. I just pray my artists wings will work well and soar as well! The one on the left is in Calhoun County!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A little difficult to grab all the detail and hidden animals, but the old-fashioned climbing roses and the cone flowers reminds me a little of my grandmother's garden.
The bird houses boast old tags from Calhoun County and the pathway leads to a cozy little spot to "set a spell" , read a little and play fetch with the pup. All that's missing is you!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I'm really excited about getting the information. Self-supporting artists - portfolios - how to find corporate buyers , tax and law information and more... all in the next 7 days. All from what appears to be credible qualified people. It's all going to be completed via an on-line format and I'll get a CD and a link if I can't catch it as it is taking place. (Which is a GREAT thing because in spite of my registering for the pre-summit sessions, I wasn't able to get to any of them as they were taking place!)
...soooo I'll be pretty busy these next few days and I may not post anything (also trying hard to do regularly) for a little bit. I am adding two photos... one of a tractor a former student now an adult and friend (Thanks Tonya!!!) took a picture of and then the painting I created from it.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I just have finished painting the tops of my paint and putting them in my new organizer. I'm forever moving from home to school to class and it's been abnormally challenging to find the right color when ever the tubes were just dumped into a traveling bag. I'm hoping the craft tote I purchased will make the flow of paint go easier.
Newsworthy, our co-op didn't make it. ...not enough people to commit to their part in order to pay rent for this month. I'm glad we didn't have a lease. I feel with a little bit more planning initially would have helped us make it a little longer. I've not given up on the thought, and talks of another building has already emerged.
Also, I'd like to thank the members of the Northwest Florida Artist Guild for making me feel at home at my first meeting. I paid my dues, and look forward to our monthly meeting and workshop. The visiting artist was Joan Matey who does "miniature assemblages; mixed media art oddities, puppets and stage props" (got that straight from the site.) She spoke about art and emotional expression. She was featured in a documentary about her Bye, Bye, Bi-Polar Bears assembly, which is now in the appreciative hands of Patch Adams. It was quite a piece! Who would have thought I would start my first Art Guild meeting with tears. The piece was in honor/homage to a brother-in-law who had struggled with mental illness. Very moving, and hits close to home. Joan's creativity pours from her pores. I was inspired.
The painting added tonight I'm calling "Calling on Eagle Ancestors" and it's a 16" X 20" acrylic that started as finger painting. "I love playing in paint!" It is to honor the Native American woman's strength, power, humble & internal pride which can be paralleled with the characteristics of an Eagle. I love the colors and contrast. ...I'm learning and loving!
Friday, January 2, 2009
An abstract for fun... Entitled "Entwined". The original is still for sell, but I've sold note cards created in its honor.
This was one of those that just happened... (Same size as "Lobo's Boots")
One of the most difficult things I've found initially has been pricing my work. I have been told, the going rate for original paintings is $1 per square inch. So, that being the case, this one should have around a $600 price tag. I'll take it - but at this point in figuring out the importance of my art in my financial flow, all is negotiable!!!
It's been so long since I've been here, I had forgotten I had already posted this print photo. But - I'm leaving the post as I posted today. (Just illustrates my brain hiccups!) ...and so it goes:
This is the one that started it all...sorta. Many, many years ago I painted a picture of a washtub of roses. It was probably over 15 years ago. ...and it didn't produce many internal oooo's and ahs. There were a couple others in-between then and this one, with a lot of nibbles of creativity here and there. ...and then I got the bug.
This is a 32" x 40" acrylic (or some measurement like that - I'm in bed and don't feel like getting up... kidney stone #6 I'm afraid - and the memory capacity for numbers continuously diminishes!) It is entitled "Lobo's Boots" and I started with the real boots in front of me. I took the liberty of adding the background with a little biker consultation. I was tickled with the results. While I'm usually pretty content with self-satisfaction, the people in Lobo's life KNEW they were his boots. This external validation fueled the fire.
Since Lobo's Boots my art career has gradually moved upward. A charter member of Big River Valley Art Co-op, I'm getting expert instruction from a local professional, I've finished SEVERAL more paintings and feel I can legitimately call myself an artist. Someone besides family and friends have purchased originals and prints, with their new homes from New York City to Tallahassee. I'm stoked and realize I don't have enough time in the day to do what I love!
My plan is to use this blog as a means to share my work, the fun, the frustrations, the lessons and learning that happen as this part of my life develops. In the next few days I will be adding the collection and hope you come back soon!