Thursday, December 29, 2011

Butterfly Dreams - Guest Heart Thursday

Have you  ever wondered what a butterfly might dream about?  If I were a butterfly I might dream of being a faery.  Hence this drawing, Butterfly Dreams.  Yes, there are hearts to be found--how many can YOU find?

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

FATuesday Artist Spotlight #59

I created Featured Art Tuesday Artist Spotlight, a bi-monthly showcase of inspiring Artists, as a forum for all Artists to share their work with one another -- this includes every type of medium, sculpture, cooking, beading, watercolour, restoring vintage cars, pen and ink, oils, gardening, interior decorating, photography and crafts, including drama, writing and poetry. 
The list goes on and on.
 

Each one of us is creative in one way, or another -- FATuesday Artist Spotlight celebrates the creativity found in every person. 
To join us for FATuesday, link up at the bottom of the page. 




Our friend Aaron has been working on illustrating and developing computer fonts.  I have a special love for lettering and fonts.  The samples above are just charming.  This talented young man has finished two fonts of his own, which are listed in "MyFont.com."  His latest hit the top 50 today (still climbing) here in the USA

My precious brother, the multi-talented Phil Bogle, writes,"If anyone wants to buy a copy -- it is $2. from now through the 10th of January 2012 --plus it will push Aaron's work higher on the list toward a Top 10 hit.  This is quite an accomplishment so we are stoked to say the least.  If more folks buy his font it gets better exposure which means more buyers will see it and buy, and a good chance at hitting the top 10.   I think it would be really wonderful for a Nehalem -- Oregon Coast artist to make the big time -- sort of like a Billboard Top 10 hit of fontdom.”

To find Aaron’s lovely font work, visit My Fonts.  Aaron's font is called Dinzy-Minzy.  Happily, when you purchase one of his fonts, there's a gift certificate you can use, which takes the price down to $2.  When you "check out" click the gift certificate box at the lower portion of the page.  The code is "cheaper.”  Your price should automatically change to $2.  You can download the font at checkout.  

I hope you take advantage of this fabulous deal!  This is a wonderful way to encourage an incredibly gifted young artist.

I apologize for taking so long to put FATuesday Artist Spotlight up this week.  I have been terribly sick for over 10 days.  I'm feeling MUCH better.  I have decided to make FATuesday a Bi-Monthly event, as my time has become so limited lately!  

Have a very happy New Year, everyone!

If you would like to take part in FATuesday Artist Spotlight:
*Blog the art you want to share.
* Don't forget to leave your link on Linky tools on this page.
* Visit other artists who have left their links.
* Leave a comment when you visit each artist's page.
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
* Add a link back to FATuesday in your blog entry.




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FATuesday Artist Spotlight #58

I created Featured Art Tuesday Artist Spotlight, to showcase inspiring Artists and to provide a forum for all Artists to share their work with one another -- this includes every type of medium, sculpture, cooking, beading, watercolour, restoring vintage cars, pen and ink, oils, gardening, interior decorating, photography and crafts, including drama, writing and poetry. 
The list goes on and on.
 

Each one of us is creative in one way, or another -- FATuesday Artist Spotlight celebrates the creativity found in every person. 
To join us for FATuesday, link up at the bottom of the page. 


Because of the holiday and our travels through the end of the month, I will be featuring only one artist on FATuesday until the new year.  Then it's back to the usual!

This week’s featured artist is Drusilla Kehl.  What a surprise to receive this unusual beautifully painted Christmas card in the mail.  When I opened the envelope, I laughed.  Then, looking at my husband’s face as HE looked at the card, I giggled some more.

I love domesticated rats.  The nicest rat I ever knew was Mr. BW, a rat who came to live with us one summer after spending an entire year with the third grade.  He lived to a ripe old age.  He was a dear little fellow.  I will always miss him.  When you visit Drusilla and view her art, you will guess she also loves rats!  .


This gifted artist's whimsical nature shows in the exquisite painting above.


Drusilla loves all animals.  Her drawings them are beautifully crafted and a delight to the eyes.


I adore Drusilla's pet portraits.  As you can see by her gorgeous portrait of Napoleon the Cat, her brush captures the very essence and personality of her furry subjects.

You can find more of Drusilla's artwork at The Illustrated Rat.  She can also be found on facebook at Drusilla Kehl.  Happily, you can purchase items illustrated with her work at her Zazzle Shop, Drusilla and through The Illustrated Rat Store.

If you would like to take part in FATuesday Artist Spotlight:
*Blog the art you want to share.
* Don't forget to leave your link on Linky tools on this page.
* Visit other artists who have left their links.
* Leave a comment when you visit each artist's page.
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
* Add a link back to FATuesday in your blog entry.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Big Brother Escort - Guest Heart Thursday

Big brother is escorting his sweet sis to the Christmas Ball.  He is her protector and Friend.  Aren't they a dapper duo?  I'm sure they will have have lots and lots of fun meeting new friends.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

FATuesday Artist Spotlight #57

I created Featured Art Tuesday Artist Spotlight, to showcase inspiring Artists and to provide a forum for all Artists to share their work with one another -- this includes every type of medium, sculpture, cooking, beading, watercolour, restoring vintage cars, pen and ink, oils, gardening, interior decorating, photography and crafts, including drama, writing and poetry. 
The list goes on and on.
 

Each one of us is creative in one way, or another -- FATuesday Artist Spotlight celebrates the creativity found in every person. 
To join us for FATuesday, link up at the bottom of the page. 


I have been so inspired by Georgina Bedwell’s creativity--her artwork always puts a smile on my face.  What a surprise to open an unexpected package to find two charming ornaments, personally made for me by this gifted artist.  The first is of our dear little Bootz, who went to heaven too early, the second is of Toez--the kitten who now rules our home.  I am privileged to know this inspiring artist as my Friend.

Georgina writes, “I am perhaps best known for Midnight and Sunshine, who are cat characters I create just for the fun of it. Their true to life feline antics seem to delight cat lovers from all over the world.”

You can find Georgina's precious artwork on Facebook at Critter Corner.  Happily, you can purchase her artwork there, as well as special ordering ornaments with your own special furred friends on them.   You can find more of her art on her blog at Art by Georgina Bedwell.  She also has an Etsy shop at Georgina’s Art.   


This wonderful writer/illustrator caught my fancy the first time I laid eyes upon her loveable characters.  Judy Grupp's whimsical nature clearly shines through her paintbrush.  Personality and emotion flow through the characters she draws, capturing the heart and eyes.

Of her newest book on grief, Judy writes, “Since my audience will be older kids this time in addition to the younger ones, and their families, they've asked me to dress the animals in the attire and accessories relevant to kids today.  This goofy giraffe is my first attempt. I think he is goofylishish - maybe too goofy for this type of book. Anytime you try to dress an animal, it's going to get silly. Maybe the story won't have a giraffe!”

To see more of this talented artist’s captivating artwork visit Judy Grupp Studio.  


I was astonished when a lovely print from Paula Kuitenbrouwer arrived yesterday, in my mailbox.  The delicate tracery of flower and birds delighted my soul.  To actually hold one of her pieces in my hands is a wonderful feeling.  I am SO inspired.

Paula made me laugh when she wrote, “Artist’s Confusion…oops, I mean, Concentration:  How many times have you, dearest fellow artist, dipped your pencil in your coffee mug?  Or your brush in your tea mug?  Or your spoon in your water paint?  Did you ever notice your brown water-paint smells like coffee?  Ever drank your water paint?”  I can SO relate! 

To see more of this gifted artist’s charming work, visit Mindful Drawing.


I was introduced to Judith Glover by my talented friend Valerie Greeley.  Judith's delightful sketches and paintings of plants weave across the page like a delicate song.  Her love for plants and gardens clearly permeates every stroke of her pen and brush.  She is not only an artist, but loves to garden.  She actually designed a medal-winning garden for the Chelsea Flower Show and won the BBC 'People's Award' for the Best Small City Garden!  Her garden has featured in many magazines including Gardens Illustrated and Home and Gardens.  Her winsome designs have been used extensively for greeting cards, fabric, ceramics, stationery, dated products and tinware and you can find her work on ecards for just about every occasion.

Judith journals, “As I write, autumn is showing its true colours and snatched days in the garden have been a joy. A gloriously mild October has lulled me into a false sense of security but it can’t be too long before first frosts arrive to snap at the heels of the unprepared gardener…”  

You can find this artist's exquisite work at Judith Glover Designs. If you love gardening as much as I do, you will want to read her fascinating Garden Diary.   You can also find her on Facebook at Judith Glover Designs.  


Amber Day is one of the most creative artists I’ve met.  She not only writes, but she creates incredible original hats and makes astoundingly beautiful jewelry from silver flatware.  Her Onyx Cat dolls are charming, as are the ACEO’s she creates of that rascally cat’s adventures.  She is a wonderfully talented artist in every art medium she puts hear hand to.  This generous lady took  time from her busy day to come to my home to teach me how to watercolor.  I am SO blessed to have Amber as my dear Friend.

Amber writes, “I've been drawing since before I can remember. My parents tell me my first big art project was the pink elephants I drew all over their classic '65 mustang. The car was freshly painted and I used a crayola crayon, I was 3yrs old. Dad said he had a hard time being mad at me 'cause the elephants looked so good'. The car was repainted and I don't remember if I was punished or not. If I was, it didn't stop me drawing!”  

You can find this amazingly eclectic artist on Facebook at  Amber Day.  Her blog, at Amber Day, is a wonderful read.  Happily, you can purchase her artwork online in several places:  Her Etsy shop Animae Girl, Zazzle at Animae Girl and from her Ebay shop, Artistic Adventures in Cyber Space

If you would like to take part in FATuesday Artist Spotlight:
*Blog the art you want to share.
* Don't forget to leave your link on Linky tools on this page.
* Visit other artists who have left their links.
* Leave a comment when you visit each artist's page.
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
* Add a link back to FATuesday in your blog entry.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Welcome Holy Babe - Guest Heart Thursday

December First seems a wonderful day to put up my latest watercolor.  When I was a little girl, I wasn't so interested in Santa Claus.  Rather I loved the beautiful and romantic story of a young girl, visited by an angel, given the gift of a Holy Child.

In my imagination, I watched Joseph as he tenderly cared for Mary--I loved how the angels protected them.  I wished I could have been with the Shepherds who were visited by a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God and the birth of His Son.

I was in awe of the great Kings who sought the Babe from faraway lands.  I wondered about His star and  knew if I had been born then, I too, would have followed it to where He lay.

There are hearts in this painting--can you find them all?


Welcome Holy Babe!

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


Note:  This painting was inspired by the art and style of Alphonse Mucha.