Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sneaking a Peek, ACEO - Guest Heart Thursday

Here you see our Bootz napping next to a wall covered with hearts.  That birdie perched on her tail had better watch out!  She's sneaking a peek.  And is likely to pounce once she's all the way awake!

Bootz is our kitten with the extraordinarily long tail!  I created this cartoon, using her playful personality.

For more wonderful heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FAT Tuesday Artist Spotlight #5

I'm sorry I'm a day late with the FAT Tuesday Artist Spotlight!   Please feel free to join--the link will be open until next Monday evening.

I created FAT Tuesday to showcase inspiring artists and to provide a forum for Artists to share their work with one another--this includes all types of arts, photography and crafts, including writing and poetry.  If you would like to take part in FAT Tuesday, check out these guidelines:
 
* Upload what you want to share, onto your blog.
*  Don't forget to leave a link to your art on Linky tools.
*  Be sure to visit other artists who have left their link.
*  Leave a comment when you visit each artist's blog 
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
*  Be sure to put a link to FAT Tuesday on your blog page.
(You can copy the button at the bottom of the page if you'd like.) 

I found Al's wonderful photography blog some time ago.  This is one of his photos from many years ago.  A one time lecturer, writer on European Affairs and bus conductor, Alan Burnett now divides his time between walking the dog and a little harmless blogging.  I have been inspired by his gifted photography work, I know  you will be too!

To see more of Al's photography, visit Al's Daily Photo Blog.

I have followed Peggy for a year or so.  She is SO creative--and inspiring!  Peggy says, "I often use old family pictures in my pieces and feel good about giving them birth again. I love to laugh, am very sentimental, and cry more happy tears than sad ones."  She enjoys seeing all the new art of her artist Friends and says she learns something new every day.  She is an inspiration!

To see more of Peggy's creative artwork visit Peggy's Mixed Up Art.

I found Diane's blog through Illustration Friday.  Her work is whimsical and precious.  She says, "I like smiling. Smiling's my favorite."  This happy attitude is reflected in her artwork.  Diane is a brilliant, thoughtful artist who's work delights the eye and tickles the funnybone.

To see more of this lovely artist's work, visit Diane at Dudadaze!

Somewhere along the line,
the big zero of time was twisted
at the waist to become an eight.
An hourglass of days, slipping slow
from the top, then fast below the belt.
Is it providence, or a lemniscate of fate?
I like to think of myself as a verb
and not the object. Chop-chop!
I wait the hours. I empty my head of winter.
I am frightened by other people’s fears,
but not of the eight, not of the hourglass of days.
September 2010 by Tess Kincaid

The poetry of Tess Kincaid captures the imagination.  She is a talented writer who's unique viewpoint often causes one to ponder.  Her poetry is exquisite and poignant.

To read more from Tess, visit Life at Willow Manor.

This artist uses color, patterns and words in a way that delights my soul.  One of her greatest inspirations is her eldest daughter who was mostly silent until she was three.  This wonderful Artist/Mom writes, "Then poof - nearly overnight - she started dispensing crisp, neatly articulated sentences based on the speech pattern of a 90 year old and the grammar rules from another planet."  I find it wonderful that this artist  has been inspired by her own dear little girl and this charming artwork is the result.   

To see more incredibly funny and delightful artwork, as well as fun photography visit Artsyville.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Ivy

As I type, Bootz the cat is sprawling upon my desk, watching each keystroke I make with GREAT interest.  We shall see how far I get before she attacks my fingers, or the keyboard! 

This is another of the drawings I created on our trip to Spokane.  I used Prismacolor pencils to add these brilliant colors.  My problem was that I used a different brand of ink pens.  The colored pencils caused the ink to smear into her delicate peach complection.  My solution was to add ivy leaves onto her face to create a more surreal effect.

You won't believe this, but Bootz the cat is playing with the, er, mouse.  Tch tch tch--as I type these words, the mouse pointer icon is wildly swinging over the monitor screen!

Have a perfectly wonderful Monday!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Daisies, ACEO

I have been down with the the mungus gungus for four days.  While I was ill, I created this little ACEO (2.5x3.5 inch) card.

There's just something about it, which delights my eyes--and makes me feel all better.

Have a GREAT Friday!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Love at First Sight - Guest Heart Thursday

I have done a set of 20 small cartoons featuring our funny new cat Boots.  She has a longer than normal tail, so I have made this a part of the cartoon.  Boots has now learned to open doors and cupboards.  She is VERY smart and gets into a lot of trouble.  She's filled our life with laughter. 

For more wonderful heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FAT Tuesday Artist Spotlight #4

I created FAT Tuesday to showcase inspiring artists and to provide a forum for Artists to share their work with one another--this includes all types of arts, photography and crafts, including writing and poetry.  If you would like to take part in FAT Tuesday, check out these guidelines:
 
* Upload what you want to share, onto your blog.
*  Don't forget to leave a link to your art on Linky tools.
*  Be sure to visit other artists who have left their link.
*  Leave a comment when you visit each artist's blog 
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
*  Be sure to put a link to FAT Tuesday on your blog page.
(You can copy the button at the bottom of the page if you'd like.) 

Becky's artwork is filled with whimsical beauty.  She is a Mixed Media Artist who shares her joy of the things which bring her happiness.  She writes, "Sometimes the things I like are a bit silly but I like to laugh and so I hope you will be able to laugh along with me."

To visit see more of Becky's wonderful artwork, visit her at Whymsical Musings!

I am in awe of Desiree's talent!  She dabbles in many mediums, one of which is painting.  As you can see from this piece her work is amazing.  Her quilts are also extraordinary.  This talented artist's imagination has no bounds.  She says, "I am on a creative journey, and I would love for you to join me. Multimedia entertainment! Who knows what I will be working on next!?"

Well, I for one can hardly wait to see!  To see more of Desiree's lovely work, visit The Clothesline!


I only recently discovered the inspiring work of Bleu Turrell.  His graphite illustrations are soft and detailed.  They take my breath away.  Bleu writes, "My creative focus has been art and illustration for a while. I like to play around and try new things."

To find his fabulous "experimental and personal works" visit Bleu at Daily Artwork by Bleu Turrell.

 Krista's artwork always makes me smile.  There is something about her sense of humor and the way she see life--and shares it with the rest of the world that delights my heart.  She says, "I love to paint anything that celebrates life and the God who made us."  Indeed, her artwork shouts with joy!

To see more of this sweet artist's work, visit Krista at Krista Hamrick Illustrations!


Paula is a writer of poems and deeply thoughtful words.  She photoshops her poetry into old postcards and vintage artwork.  There have been so many times she has put into words, that nebulous thing which my heart senses and feels, but cannot express.  Her heart is so tender, her thoughts so touching.

To find Paula please visit Tattered Gold.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Angel Blessings

We were at the Koffee Konnection across the street from the Glockenspeil Restaurant and Pub yesterday, when I spotted an angel overhead.  This sweet Bavarian Angel seemed to be leaving a blessing of hope over the wonderful town of Mt. Angel.  What a lovely sight to see!  And so perfect for the upcoming Oktoberfest!

Above you see the Angel as I first glimpsed her flight over the Glockenspeil.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

FAT Tuesday Artist Spotlight #3

I created FAT Tuesday to showcase inspiring artists and to provide a forum for Artists to share their work with one another--this includes all types of arts, photography and crafts, including writing and poetry.  If you would like to take part in FAT Tuesday, check out these guidelines:

* Upload the art you want to share onto your blog.
*  Don't forget to leave a link to your art on Linky tools.
*  Be sure to visit other artists who have left their link.
*  Leave a comment when you visit each artist's blog 
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
*  Be sure to put a link to FAT Tuesday on your blog page.
(You can copy the button at the bottom of the page if you'd like.)

My sister Clytie introduced me to this amazing photographer/philosopher some time ago.  Prospero's wonderful pictures and accompanying comments always give one pause to ponder.  The above photo is Autumn.  The contrasting photo for summer is equally lovely.

To see more thought provoking photography, visit Prospero at Serendipitous Garden.

Ten years ago, on our 17th Anniversary, my husband and I stayed in beautiful Gig Harbor, Washington.  As we perused the shops, I found an artist from Texas, I loved.  She had painted river rocks as cats and animals so exquisitely, I thought they might move.  I never forgot her name or her work.  Years later I joined an art group, where, to my delight, I found Lynn once more.  She has become a good friend.  You can see why her work inspires me so.  I believe she is quite possibly one of great artists of our time.

To view Lynn's incredible artistry, please visit Lynn Risor's Art Gallery.

Dollores began to create bronze sculptures after she and her husband had raised six children--one of whom is our darling SissyDea, Deann.  A self taught sculptor, Dollores began her work at age 60!  Now 82, she is still active in the arts community.  From 1994-95 to 1997-98, her amazing life-sized pieces were selected to be featured in Cypress Gardens Endangered Species Sculpture Park, Winter Haven FL. Dollores has sold her work throughout the United States and has received awards on several of her pieces.  Dollores is one of my inspirations!  I am honored to know this great lady.

To see these wonderful sculptures please visit Dollores at Dollores Bronze.

Rose is a new Friend.  Her handmade dolls are exquisite in every detail.  Every time I visit her blog, I am in awe.  She creates in three-dimensions, what I would draw in two.  Rose has captured the essence of Faery and all things imaginative.  I am privileged to know this incredible artist.

To see more of this Rose's amazing creations, please visit her at B.B. Flocking.


Perhaps you are wondering about Photings.  I did!  Photings are simply jottings on photos!  I do not know much about this artist, but there have been days I have needed the wisdom found in a Photing.  The words are perfectly suited to the marvelous photography.  To see more of these beautifully crafted sayings, visit Photings.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunspot

I created this piece of surreal artwork on our long drive to Spokane, Washington State.  On that eight hour drive, we drove through a dust storm--which I had never experienced before.  This lovely little Sunspot is the result of that frightening experience! 

I have this original, signed piece up for sale on Ebay if you'd like to visit my place at Bethworx.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Come Hither

"Come Hither," says she--maiden of sultry eye and golden green hair.  She who longs to walk upon dry land with two bare feet.  Perhaps the miracle will happen, perhaps not.  When the moon is full, she will sing her siren song until the day her impossible dream comes true.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Featured Artists, on FAT Tuesday - #2

I created FAT Tuesday to showcase inspiring artists and to provide a forum for Artists to share their work with one another--this includes all types of arts, photography and crafts, including writing and poetry.  If you would like to take part in FAT Tuesday, check out these guidelines:

* Upload the art you want to share onto your blog.
*  Don't forget to leave a link to your art on Linky tools.
*  Be sure to visit other artists who have left their link.
*  Leave a comment when you visit each artist's blog 
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
*  Be sure to put a link to FAT Tuesday on your blog page.
(You can copy the button at the bottom of the page if you'd like.)

Darlene is a wonderful artist, who's talents extend to sculpture and doll making.  This 16" x 20" canvas is one of her favorite pieces, called "Cherish."  She used paints, some old music, a copy of an antique book cover and molding paste to create this amazing artwork.  Darlene believes mixed media arts give us a rich balance of creative freedom.

Indeed this creatively eclectic artist has been an inspiration to me and to many other artists out there!  To see more of this wonderful artist's work, visit Darlene at A Dancing Mango.
 

This exquisitely detailed ACEO (2.5x3.5 inch) card was created by my niece Tory.  I traded one of my own ACEO pieces for it--I think I got the better half of the deal.  She created this piece with ball point pens, in about an hour.  It is a lace of intricacy which intrigues and delights my eyes.

Tory is a wonderful artist - her graphite drawings look so real they might move.  I will be featuring more of her artwork in the days ahead.  Please encourage this incredible young artist by visiting Tori at Tori's Artwork!


Dave's artwork boggles my mind.  He is a sixty-two year old artist with a taste for history and the printed word. This incredibly creative artist been drawing envelopes for well over fifty years and still continues to do so, as he says, "either on a whim, or of necessity."  His exquisitely detailed artwork is an inspiration to me.

To see more wonderful "Mail Art," visit Dave Dube' at Old Paper Art

Amber Day's artwork is delicate and absolutely beautiful. Amber is a self-taught artist who's work is a favorite of collectors on Ebay, where she is known as animaegirl.    Amber is the lovely artist who helped me get started on Etsy and Ebay--she has been a huge inspiration and encouragement to me.  She is wonderful.

To see more of Amber's amazing artwork, visit Doodles by Amber Day!


I have been captured by Henny's wonderful photography and artwork for more than a year.  This is an example of the unique quality of her drawings.  She sees the world in a way which inspires me.   Her recent set of photos capturing the progress of a caterpiller spinning a cocoon fills my heart with wonder.

To see more of Henny's incredible artwork and photography visit her at  iWings.



Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Go Lucky


This is an Artists Trading Card (2.5 x 3.5 inches) which I made to trade for another artists' card.  You will have to wait to see what I traded this card for.  That card, not shown here, drawn by my talented Niece Victoria, will be one of the featured art pieces on FAT Tuesday--and it is BEAUTIFUL!

I liked this little cat so well, I thought I would post her today--the look on this kitten's face is indeed Happy Go Lucky!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bangles - Guest Heart Thursday


Have you ever wondered about salesmen at the bottom of the sea?  Perhaps you haven't, but as you can see the thought did invade my mind one recent rainy day.

Well now you know--this is the bangle salesguy--and who better than an octopus with all those arms?  There are two hearts in this picture--can you find them?

For more wonderful heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.