Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Inspiration from the UK

In a continued effort to support one another I would like to introduce another artist that I know you will enjoy visiting. Her name is Jo and her blog is 'The Crow Road". The name alone is intriguing and Jo lives up to the task with so many interesting posts of her vintage pieces, great videos, links to challenges, photographs, etc. etc.

Please take a minute to visit Jo and leave her a comment. She's a talented artist and a great gal that you will love getting to know.



Sunday, December 27, 2009

Emerald Dream

I'm sure we've all felt compelled at one time or another in our lives to go somewhere, do something, see what you haven't seen before. I don't know where such strong
compulsions come from, but mine was to visit Ireland. It was the most exciting and magical trip I've ever taken. I saw most of Ireland, flew over to London to visit the High Gate Cemetery, then flew up to Scotland and back again to Ireland.

It's taken me a year to find the time to devote to sorting out my Ireland pictures and creating a movie from them. It's been a magical journey for me as I hope it will be for you. Enya music is playing in the background so turn up your speakers.

Without hesitation I can say that Ireland is a place of magic, history and beauty that will live with me forever.



Monday, December 21, 2009

Does Anyone Know?

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas using a picture of my house run with a snow applet. The only way I can find within the blog editor is to add it as a gadget which places it down on the bottom of the page. Scroll down and you will see what I mean.

Does anyone know how to insert html into the blog composition so it will show as a new post?

Thank you!



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Supporting one another...

As many of you know I started this blog under protest as it wasn't anything I wanted to commit to and didn't necessarily see the need to have. That said, I've really enjoyed having it and meeting other artists and friends around the world. I love reading the comments and I have some particularly special artist blogs that I like to follow.

On that note I would like to encourage everyone to link and support one another. Post about the artists that you think are exceptional... share them with others... or just leave them a comment so they know you are interested in their work.

I would like to personally recommend that you visit Art Snark 's blog.
Stacey always has such interesting posts... lots of information.. current happenings.. music etc. Pop over today...she has this fascinating and bizarre music video posted you may like.




Monday, December 14, 2009

Mystery Picture

I know everyone is very busy this time of year including myself, so I thought a quiet summer picture was in order.

This is a photograph I took while fishing one of the rivers just north of here. I took it for something special I saw that day... something that not everyone would see. Can you see what it is?Don't forget you can click on the image to make it larger!

The first person to comment and tell me what it is that is special about this picture will win one of my Christmas bottle cap pins that I just completed. Just leave your comment telling me what in this picture is unique and I will ship out the pin right away so you will have it for Christmas.

Good luck! :o)



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A little bit 'o Ireland for you

One of my favorite things to photograph in both Ireland and Scotland were the beautiful doors.... here is one for you to use in your work.



Friday, December 4, 2009

Art Video Rentals

I thought I would share a site with you that I discovered a couple of weeks ago. You can search by art technique to find instructional videos that can be rented rather than purchased. You pay by the number of days that you want access... ie.. 3 days for $10.95 and you view the video online for that period of time.

If you're looking for inspiration it's a great place to wander around as they give you a synopsis of each of the videos in advance. I have only rented one so far, the Jacqueline Sullivan video on acrylic painting with textures and metallics. If you want to do something different/relaxing and fun I recommend hers.

The site is Art Workshops TV

Have fun...and I hope you'll let me know which you may have rented and how you liked it.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Queen Anne

Well the time has come... time to part with Queen Anne. She is an art doll that I created last year and was hard pressed to part with... but she says it's time to move on.

I've listed her in my Etsy store and here is the description:

Have you ever been walking in the woods and you thought you heard a rustle in the bushes or you saw some quick movement out of the corner of your eye, only to look and find nothing? Do you remember walking in the meadow and suddenly a sweet fragrance wafts across, seemingly from no where? There are many creatures in the wood that we are not privileged to know yet they are there, busy looking after the most precious things in our lives. Queen Anne is one such creature. She, along with her woodland friends look after all the faeries, elves, gnomes and garden children, helping them to achieve their mission to give our world all its magic and beauty.

Queen Anne is a one of a kind art doll created from elements of nature including reindeer moss, spanish moss, lichens, pine cones, anemone shell, seed pods, dried berries, milkweed pod, garnet, freshwater pearls, feathers, hornet nest paper, birch bark, shells, cabbage leaf, wheat, butterfly and Queen Annes Lace.

With the exception of the freshwater pearls, I have personally collected all of these elements from the Adirondack Mountains, New Hampshire Lakes Region, the coast of Maine,Nova Scotia, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and numerous other states and mountain regions.

Not only is Queen Anne a mother of nature but she is also the gate to all secret gardens with her tiny door and key hidden within her skirts. Notice all the attention to detail including a real Monarch butterfly.

Her head is vintage and her hands are fashioned from clay, adorned with a genuine garnet. The underlayment is white satin laid in swirls around her body.

Queen Anne measures 15" tall and a full 36" around the base of her skirts.

What a magical gift for a young girl to teach her the love of nature and the mysteries it holds, or for any woman with that same love of nature, art and mystery.

Make Queen Anne an heirloom piece in your life and home.

A lot of love went into that little lady :o)