Thursday, January 26, 2012

Quiet, Please - Guest Heart Thursday

While we were at the Coast last week, a winter storm roared in our ears for two days.  It was difficult to find a way home because of downed trees, snow in the mountains and flooding!  I would have loved to have been stranded at the beach--but alas, we finally made it home.

This is the mermaid who made her appearance during those stormy days.  Clearly she wants the wind to quiet down!  Yes, there are hearts everywhere in this painting--how many can you find?

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

FATuesday Artist Spotlight #60

Note:  I apologize for being gone for so long.  Just after Christmas, my external hard drive suffered a fall and would not work.  I still don't know if years of photography can be rescued.  Though I didn't lose everything -- I had some things backed up -- I was grief-stricken.  I admit that I lost heart for awhile.  But I'm back!  This week's featured artists have been particularly inspiring to my heart.

I created Featured Art Tuesday Artist Spotlight, a 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 that creativity. 
To join us for FATuesday, 
link up at the bottom of the page. 

I only recently found Sherry Dole’s art and was immeasurably charmed.  I was so inspired by her eclectic use of color and the graceful, playful faces of her subjects.  What lovely artwork. I imagine it would be a wonderous, fanciful journey to view the world through Sherry’s eyes!  I look forward to getting better acquainted with this gifted artist.

Sherry writes, “I absolutely Looooove animals and nature so I donate a portion of my sales to various animal shelters and welfare groups.  I have two gorgeous dogs, a Pit Bull who I adopted as a Hurricane Katrina survivor and a sort of red Golden Retriever who was adopted from a local shelter. I have four cats, all rescues, who frequently model for me., altho not always willingly.”

To see more of Sherry’s eye-filling art, visit Sherry Dole. You can also find her work through Artist Websites, at Sherry Dole Fine Artist.  Sherry can also be found on facebook at Sherry Dole and happily, you can purchase Sherry's art from her Etsy Shop at Sherry Dole Art.

Not only is Emille an incredibly talented artist, but she is a wonderful photographer and writer.  I have enjoyed her blog immensely.  Her photos and insights are inspiring, humorous and thoughtful.  She is a lovely inspiration.

 Emille writes, “After a busy life as a therapist, I love the simplified one of an artist. Working in oil, pastel, and watercolor. Always open to new experiments. Life is full of new opportunities.”

To see more of this skillful artist’s work, visit Artistique.

Having lost our own little Bootz a year ago, I was deeply touched by the artwork of Crystal Shannon.  The animals she draws almost seem to move.  She has captured the personality of these beloved pets in a way which seems almost magical.  I am so moved and inspired by this amazing artist. 

Crystal writes, “For over 25 years I have been a student of art.  And I will always be a student as I am continually learning and polishing my skills as an artist.  I have always been inspired by the beauty of nature and wildlife.  I have always really loved animals, and that is another inspiration of mine, and why I love doing pet portraits so much.”

To see more of this astonishing artist's work visit her at Crystal Shannon

I have been a follower of Photings for several years.  It seems whenever something tremendous happens in my life--happy or sad--this artist ministers to my soul.  Thank you, Friend--you have filled my eyes and my heart.

This shy and sensitive artist only says, “Photings are jottings on photos.”  Thank you dear Magic Eye, for sharing with us!

To see more of this thoughtful artist's work, visit Photings.

Carolyn’s blog has the most wonderful photography.  Her pictures have an enchanting magic about them.  She has an unusual way of framing each of her subjects which holds the eye.  I also enjoyed reading her accompanying comments.  Her writing is both humorous and thoughtful. 

Carolyn writes,  “I live in a cabin in the forests of Pennsylvania. I write about what I see and do in the natural world around me. I've been a hawkwatcher for more than 20 years, a birder for longer than that, and a crayfish-catcher since I was a polywog.”

To see more of this artist’s awe-inspiring work, visit Carolyn H., at Round Top Ruminations.  

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.

Friday, January 20, 2012

She Brings Hope

I am so grateful to God
For Friendship.
Dear ones,
(You know who you are) 
You bring hope and inspiration into my life.  
How blessed I am!
What a gift you are.
You are lovely to my soul.

Thank you.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gathering Roses - Guest Heart Thursday

This was a Christmas gift for a dear friend of mine, who is actually as lovely as this drawing.  Yes, there are hearts hidden in this drawing--how many can you find?

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

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fall Winds - Guest Heart Thursday

As January's mild temperatures and soaking rains douse the Pacific Northwest, I long for the crisp, bright days of Fall.   Sissy and I were walking in The Abandoned yesterday and to my astonishment, we found cherry trees in bloom!

Here is the Fall Wind blowing precious hearts through the brightening trees.

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