Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thank You EBSQ...

Thank you to everyone at EBSQ for featuring me this week on their art blog - http://blog.ebsqart.com . I've been with EBSQ for hmmm... at least 8 years I think. It's just an extraordinary group of self-representing artists. If you have a chance, stop by and take a look. If you click on the above link, you will get my interview but on that page you will also see the link to get to the artists and you'll be amazed. I'm always humbled by the talent that I find there.
Here are some of my favorite goodies for the day, things that I personnaly love and have found as I look around my favorite artsy web sites:
www.OhMyGypsySoul.etsy.com
www.CoastalArts.etsy.com

Quote of the Day: "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." ~ Maria Robinson

Sunday, December 26, 2010

After Christmas 2010...

And so here we are with Christmas 2010 making a quiet exit. Hope your holidays were wonderful.
I'm vowing to spend the entire day in my studio tomorrow, hopefully uninterrupted, music on, organizing, painting, ordering in for lunch and by the end of the day I will have entered the zone again. Of course, by "entering the zone", I mean something artful will be started. This past two weeks have been anything but relaxing or artful! Viva the Holidays!
This week I want to take minute or two and post some of my favorite things each day, just things I have come across that deserve sharing:
www.VintageGarden.etsy.com
www.AliciaNapier.etsy.com
www.SteveGibsonArt.etsy.com

Quote of the day: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” - Hellen Keller

Friday, December 17, 2010

Karma vs. Career

A fellow artist and I were having one of those wonderful artful conversations recently when he told me how hard it was to actually sell art to a friend. As a matter of fact, he found it so difficult that he had been gifting his art to friends if he found out a friend admired a certain piece. We create because we feel passionately about it and it's only natural to want pass on that good karma.  And so this is where we come to an impasse...is something lost when art is sold and not given away? And if selling it diminishes the true, heartfelt value, then how does the artist merge the good karma of creating something beautiful with the reality of business? I don't have the perfect answer, but it led me to think about how I have felt when I purchase art from another artist and hmmmm... you know, I feel very good as though I have purchased a treasure. So maybe that's it, gift your art when you feel like it and when you sell it, enjoy the sale as you're earning a living and you're giving the buyer that  feeling of having bought a treasure.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Looking Ahead...

 Today I still find myself working with these encaustic mixed media pieces. Rather than art cards, I've been making ornaments out of these small works of art and I've had such a positive response that next year I've vowed to start making them in July to create all that are knocking around in my head. This photo is a few that I've posted in my ETSY shop this weekend. We still have three weeks until the New Year but I've been tossing around my art resolutions and I feel a definite need to get back to my folk art, something I have abandoned for the last couple of months. Primitive or folk art for me is like "home", no matter how far I travel, how exotic the destinations, there are times when I want to return home and bask in the warmth and comfort of the familiar. There are times when re-treading the beaten path can be invigorating.

On a side note, I want to thank my friends at EBSQ for asking me to be the artist featured on Blogger of the Week at EBSQ on December 28th. More on that later but I have to say I love EBSQ and all that it does for self-representing artists. I've been a member for more years than I can remember and if you want to check out some terrific artists, head over to http://www.ebsqart.com/


Quote of the day: "First we'll make snow angels for two hours, then well to go skating, then well eat a roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we'll snuggle!" ~ Buddy in Elf

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

Where does time go this time of year...? Maybe it is because I love the holidays so much that I want time to slow down. Every day I try to absorb all that is good with the Christmas season from music to decorations to remembering why we celebrate this season at all.  I have, as usual, too many projects going on at one time but one of those projects is making Christmas ornaments. I should have started these weeks ago but hopefully I will get a few or more in my Etsy shop this week. Here are a couple that went on there today.

Quote of the day: ~ Us elves like to stick to the four main food groups. Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.~ Buddy the Elf