Thursday, December 25, 2008
—Dr. Seuss (1904-1991); writer, cartoonist
Monday, December 22, 2008
Of course, I will still be writing away, because the Hafan Deg bug won't take a vacation, regardless of firmly turning off the computer. I wander aimlessly for a while, and then I just gravitate back to it. I'm two-thirds through the novel revisions now, so I should be normal again by mid January. I think...
Today I want to show some paintings by Shann Spishack out of Washington State. I came across them through the Google search for artists that I tag to be delivered into my mailbox each day. Surprise, surprise.. she's with Etsy. All the best ones are. Her link is under Great Sites to Visit, in the side bar.
The thing I particularly love about her art, apart from her brushwork and color, is the feeling of warmth you get from them. She is a happy artist! They are just such cosy images, and make you want to curl up with a good book, and snuggle by the fire. These are French Impressionist, to me, the strokes loose and confident. I envy that, from my own rather restrictive use of my brush. I won't change now, after all these years, but I can still hanker after just a little of this kind of talent. Enjoy!
Enjoy a peaceful and happy holiday season. See you next week.
Friday, December 19, 2008
It's only my novel that's taking up so much of my time. I said I wouldn't talk about it here, but perhaps you've wondered why none of my own art is ever on this blog these days. Well, I'm not painting! I don't think I will be painting until February. That's how long I think it will be before Hafan Deg (my novel) is completed. I'm just past the halfway mark for the revisions. Sometimes it moves rapidly, sometimes I get bogged down with awkward structuring, the usual things.
In the meantime, I'll go on showing you what a wealth of talent there is out there in the fascinating world of online art.
Just not today.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Janell is making a name for herself, and selling well. And why not? These are collectibles we will hand down to our children and grandchildren. Folks will say, "Ah, it's a Berryman!" Pure Folk, pure fun. See her web link in the sidebar under Great Sites To Visit.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This is the best in Realism, so real you feel you could touch each item, smell the fruit and vegetables. The work is superb, but the fact that Mina is self-taught, except for drawing lessons(!), is astounding.
An ex-corporate 'suit', she has escaped, for the good of all of us!
I hope you enjoy them. I know I'll be following Mina at Brushspace.
Do check out her drawings and more of her paintings at her site. The link is in the sidebar under Great Sites To Visit.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
From really looking, really thinking about it, I've become more receptive to abstracts. For instance, I am now strangely drawn to the early, almost blank canvases of Mark Rothko. (Google Images, for more on him.) And, of course, there are other names, famous, not so famous, that I enjoy.
Today, I wanted to show you a tiny sampling of work by Lori Mirabelli, who is a member of Brushspace and EBSQ, as I am, although in a totally different league. Her paintings are so charged with color and texture, the dreamlike images so alive, that I cannot imagine ever becoming bored with one of these on a wall. You find more and more things to look at, the more you look at them.
When I decided to show her work here today, I discovered she also sells on Etsy. What else is new? There is a wealth of talent at Etsy. Her Etsy link is in the sidebar.
Anyway, here are a few to sup on. They are, after all, quite delicious. My only regret is that I can't show larger images; it just didn't happen, although I tried downloading twice. Some of her pictures are BIG!
Oh, and she just happens to live in Ontario as I do. Who needs New York for great art?
Monday, December 15, 2008
It's miserable here today, rain, probably of the freezing variety, and it's grey and windy outside. I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere. These African paintings will warm you down to your toes.
Friday, December 12, 2008
However, with all the wonderful artists out there, I must admit that I'm having much more fun showing you their work. After all, anyone can pop into Etsy (see the link) and check out my paintings, but I doubt many of you will have found some of the talented people I've been presenting here. It's my taste in art, not necessarily yours, of course, but I figured that if you were following me and my rather offbeat creations, you would enjoy what I like, as well.
Today I am showing you CATS! I love cats. You know I have two, who rule my days. Well, this clever artist in Italy, listed as Roby's Italian Art, seems to love them, too. They're not all that she paints - I have added her Etsy link in Great Sites to Visit - but I find her cats absolutely charming. The images below range from a tiny 2 inches square, to somewhat larger, and one of them is a rock painting. They all have an almost three-dimensional quality, as if each kitty is coming out of the picture. Enjoy these lovely folk art pieces, and don't forget to check out the rest of her listings. After all, we all deserve some real Italian art in our lives.
I showed you some Gwen Meyerson paintings the other day. Well, she was listing at eBay then, and now she's at Etsy. I am so pleased she's joined such friendly people, and she'll feel the encouragement there. You don't get that at eBay. Just one of hers below, just to remind you.
Jeeves and Baby are sitting ever so patiently in the doorway, waiting for dinner. They seem to have accepted that I spend most of my day (and often my evenings) in here.
See you tomorrow.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I feel so very warm looking at this picture. I could have used this image earlier today...
I learned from Josh about water-soluble oils as a medium. Never heard of it until this. He also suggests walnut oil instead of linseed. I do have such a hard time with the smell of turpentine and linseed. I may well go back to oil painting. I talk about it enough. Perhaps in the New Year...
We had a power outage here this morning from 8am till 11:30am. It was around minus 10 Celsius outside (well below freezing for you Farenheit people) and after two hours it was getting very chilly inside. I lit quite a few candles, thinking they could keep the room a little warmer. To repeat, it was cold! I was starting to have little fantasies about people succumbing to hypothermia in their own homes.. I had just started to wrap myself up in a really big duvet to replace the useless throws I had around me, and the power came back on. For ex-smokers, you would know about lighting a cigarette so that the bus will come...
There was a glitch at Blogger today. Hope it's fixed. People couldn't get the security letters in order to comment. My friend Josh had the same problem with his. Despite its more than generous utility, sites like Blogger can be pretty frustrating when it comes to problems. I mean, who're you gonna call?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
On a totally different note, I was so impressed by this shawl, the one article for sale in Judy's Fine Knitting shop at Etsy, that I had to show it to you. Those of you who knit know how long this must have taken to complete, and the concentration required - no one-row-plain, one-row-purl in this heirloom-quality piece. I admire her patience, and also am dumbfounded by the price. What do you think? I've put her link in Great Sites to Visit, because she deserves it.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Success! I am now a member of the Etsy Vegan/Vegetarian Team, and proud to be there. I told them I was vegan except for cheese, and they gave me the name of a really good-tasting alternative, but it is devilishly expensive for me to import it from Chicago. I must just do more research closer to home.
I put up a new picture on Etsy today. Well, it's not new, done last year, but new to Etsy, so I've put it here, too, along with the one I put up on Friday, which is also in that picture trail at the top of the page. Perhaps a bit repetitive? Do you appreciate how patient I am with you? I realize that some of you will not raise a finger to click on the links.
That's it for today.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The feeling of movement in her paintings is amazing. I can almost hear the traffic noise as the girl crosses the road in that last image. I'm proud to show her here, especially if you haven't seen her work before this.
For little old folk painter me, I've have nothing new to show you today. I've been sketching a bit in readiness for my next picture, but the other blog (you know the one), is taking up more and more of my time. Copyrighted the book today. Just sort of threw that in, although I said I wouldn't bother you with writing stuff on here, but couldn't resist it.
Friday, December 5, 2008
The truth is, with my lopsided sort of art - offbeat, alternative, outsider - call it what you will, I do sometimes feel like an intruder on these sites. Some of the work is so stunning, and I acknowledge that I'm probably just a teensy bit out of place there. But those fine artists - and some of them are very fine artists - encourage you, regardless of your training or style or subject. I guess, in the end, art is art, however it presents itself. Not everyone cares for abstracts, or landscapes, or surrealism (or folk art!). Perhaps they don't speak to us personally, but most of the time we appreciate the creative energy and individualism that went into each and every piece we see, and are grateful that we are all so different. Otherwise, why bother?
Go check them out. Join them if you're feeling adventurous. It can't hurt to be seen there, really.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
In my effort to promote my art, I look at all the possible widgets out there than can bring it to the public eye. Playing around with Google Webmaster today - well, it was absolutely impossible to follow! "Cut and paste the Meta Tag into your web, and then.." etc., etc., "..or, if you prefer, upload an HTML file, and link it to.. and then..", etc.,etc.
I have a headache now. These sites do not take into account that some of us are still learning everything. The help button is just as technical as the instruction page. I give up. Will come back to it when I am more determined. Not feeling determined today.
Catherine Holman, who does wonderful snow scenes, really traditional, old Christmassy scenes, in rich, vibrant colors, is offering a freebee at her site, a sweet little original painting. You'll see it, but you must comment before the 7th if you'd like the opportunity to win it. Her link is as follows
I found a nice Etsy group today - hope they accept me for membership. It's for artists who are vegan/vegetarian. Well, of course, I am. It would be pleasant to chat and get feedback from like minds. Not eating meat is a big deal with me, but I don't get to talk about it much, as most of my friends are most definitely meateaters, and I rarely preach. My daughter in Australia has no friends unless they are vegan. She barely tolerates the fact that I still eat cheese. Shame on me! It makes for few social events, e.g. barbecues, Christmas dinners, and such, because I can't stand the smell of the meat. Anyway, if someone out there is interested, I have put the Etsy group link in the sidebar under Great Sites To Visit.
Only one picture today, because it's late and the felines are getting ferocious.
D'agular is an artist selling on eBay Australia (eBay.com.au) and does these colorful, uncluttered paintings, that make you feel warm on the coldest day. Hope you can find him.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
On that note, if you look, and if it pleases you, why not follow? I get such pleasure from those little pictures down the side of the page. It's like a little family.
I don't have a lot to offer today, because I've been busy with that other blog. You know the one. But I thought I would show you some of my favorite art. I don't have direct links to them, but you could Google them, if I don't provide a gallery name.
I wish I could make money from all the Google results on my name. It's astonishing. I wonder how many of us actually get new business from them. Perhaps you'll share. I twitter, and flickr, although I haven't a clue what I'm doing there, but it seems to be the thing to do. If anyone has any other promotional ideas, please share them with us. In this economy, we need all the help we can get.
These two are by Diego Manuel Rodriguez, and he's a member of EBSQart.com, as I am. You should find him there easily enough. Can you feel the heat?
These are by Marilene Sawaf, and you should be able to find her at Brushspace.com
This is by an artist called Jeanne Mance, I think out of Montreal, but I have no other details.
The only name I have for this is Weat and it's shameful that I have no other details. I think I saw this painting on EBay.UK. That's all I have on him.
I hope you enjoyed this little mini-gallery today.