Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!



Billy Crystal - Meg Ryan / When Harry Met Sally


 "I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes.  And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night.  And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve."

"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
Harry Burns to Sally Albright (Nora Ephron writer)


Here's to new beginnings with happy endings!

Wishing everyone the best of health and much happiness in 2016, 
 and praying for peace on our beautiful earth.



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Get the Lead Out (Links for Artists)


Here are a few links to some great articles / sites that might have a positive impact on you as an artist.



This is one of the best articles around that addresses motivation.   It supports the reason why I deleted my Facebook account:
Killing the 7 Motivation Murderers - Kyle Eschenroeder


This Forbes article convinced me to accept a four month long local art commitment.   The offer would not have even been considered if it hadn't been for Margie Warrell's article:
The Impostor Syndrome - Margie Warrell




If only one inspirational blog were available to artists, this would be a top contender:
Nicolas Wilton - Reignite Your Creativity





A short, but sweet, FASO (FineArtStudioOnline) article on "luck:"  How to Get Lucky - Clint Watson


Things wouldn't be the same without a weekly dose of Alyson Stanfield.  Her blog is great reading, especially when you need to "get the lead out:"  Alyson Stanfield - Art Biz Coach



Hood River, Oregon  -  Would you want to sell your art here?


If you have any other recommendations, I hope to read about them on your blog.

See you soon!



 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

O is for Oregon

Summer Creek - Oil / 20X20; Artist Randall David Tipton


This is my birthday / Christmas present - for the next two years.   It is an original painting by one of my favorite contemporary landscape artists, Randall David Tipton.

I've been cyber-stalking Randall since I lived in Michigan.  After we moved to Oregon about three years ago, I discovered his work on exhibit at the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach.   We finally met at his open studio a few years ago.

We attended Randall's open studio again in October.  I told Tim, "Now I promise not to do anything impulsive..."

The next thing I remember is waving bye to Randall and thanking him for holding this painting for me.  

I justified the purchase to Tim by reminding him that I have no interest in clothes, make-up or jewelry.   Well, maybe I buy a lot of art supplies, but Tim has quite the stash himself.   

Anyway, when I walked into Randall's studio and saw this painting, I immediately thought "home."  To me, this is quintessential northwest Oregon:  wet, green, lush, beautiful. 

There's no place I'd rather be...



Monday, December 7, 2015

Wild Things Continued


Sleepyhead - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper  - 8X10 / NFS


Little Princess - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8X10 / Sold



These are a few more watercolor batiks to add to the "Wild Things" series for a local project we're doing.





Friday, December 4, 2015

For Better or For Worse




There are no finished paintings to show, so I thought I would post these pictures of a strong,  good looking family man - my husband.

As you can see, he's a good sport, too.






Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I'm All Ears



All Ears - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8X10 / Sold



"Only the weak are cruel."
Leo Buscaglia