Friday, November 27, 2009

Garage Sale Queen's Wonderful Mosaics and Clay Sculptures at Etsy

I've found another crazy lady artist - hugely talented, of course - but kookie all the same. Kandy Jones of Garage Sale Queen at Etsy is a sculptor and mosaic artist, producing everything from serious mosaic pieces using recycled ceramics, glass, beads, and bits, to clay wall art dolls celebrating menopausal women! You gotta love a gal who thinks up stuff like this. These are wonderful conversation pieces and I had such a hard time deciding which ones to feature today.

Good Queen Glinda in her senior years. Note the martini glass... Don't you just love her?

She'll take custom orders for these dolls, too, so consider which friend would be blown away by one.

The amount of time spent producing these works of art must be huge - every little bead goes here, and every little jewel goes there, and on and on, so, besides being very clever, I imagine this artist is also a patient and peaceful girl. Thank you for these, Kandy, you whimsical lady.

Go look at the other great things on offer at Garage Sale Queen and don't forget to read her profile. She's funny. I'm waiting for her first book.

Have a good weekend. After yesterday, most of you probably deserve a rest.

Late, but wonderful news: SarahBeth has received enough financial help to get that treatment for Willow Fern. Perfect Thanksgiving message to receive.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Delicate and Tranquil Art of Linda Schierkolk at Etsy

There is a calm sweetness about Linda Schierkolk's lovely paintings. Whether it's an image of flowers, a dog, a child, or a coffee pot, it's calming, and totally refreshing. She's a confident painter, of course, with great control of her medium, be it acrylics or oils, but the key here is her sense of tranquility.

You'll find many more of Linda's wonderful paintings at Canvas Reflections at Etsy. I find these pictures warmed me this morning as I looked at them, especially the little girls. I could almost feel the sun on my bare arms and smell the flowers.

Please check out SarahBeth's blog again. She's had some success with her Art Sales for Willow campaign, but she's not there yet, around $400 short. She has less than a month to pull this veterinary expense together to save her dear cat-baby. I know you'll want to help.

Have a good weekend.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Delightful Mixed Media Art of Jennifer Kerr at Etsy

Jennifer Kerr is a mixed media artist of some note. From delicately sensitive to dramatic and thought-provoking, each painting speaks directly to us. They are on those lovely chunky canvases that can be placed anywhere, perfect for the images she produces. You'll find yourself staring into them, as there is so much more here than just pretty pictures. When I find someone like Jennifer, I think, "Where have you been? How come I didn't spot you earlier?" But I've found her now. Enjoy.

Take a peek at her store, Jennifer Kerr at Etsy. Her prices are reasonable and she is totally collectible.

The gorgeous girl above I have named Gladys. She is a thank-you gift from Debra at Monnie Bean Art for featuring her recently. She's huge - a foot high! - and looks great on my desk. Well, I think Gladys says it all about the mood I'm in today. Happy, optimistic, a little bit mischievous, and also, considering all the hair rollers and the makeup, looking forward to a hot time tonight.

Thank you, thank you, Debra. I'll treasure her.

Have a lovely weekend, all of you. Hope you have a hot time tonight, too...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Writer and Artist SarahBeth Purcell Really Needs Our Help

I featured SarahBeth Purcell on my writing blog some time back. She is a young published writer of enormous talent, who deals with heart-rending emotional issues that many of us wouldn't have the courage to tackle. Her books are available at Amazon, and their page alone is so worth reading.

But SarahBeth, like me, also paints. She's going through a rough time right now, and in desperation is offering big discounts on her paintings, in a last ditch effort to raise some cash to save her beloved cat's life. 

It takes humility and guts for her to reach out like this, but she has been coping with huge expense because of her ailing baby, Willow Fern, for months, even selling her car, but she's now run out of funds.  Another book is in the works, but won't bear fruit for ages.  (We all know about that part of the business.) She has nowhere else to turn but to her followers and kindhearted strangers. Now, perhaps you don't know SarahBeth, but I do. She would never ask for help like this unless she was at her wit's end. This lady is normally donating time and money to other animal care agencies.

If you're in a position to help, please go to SarahBeth's art page and check out her paintings. They are usually quite pricey, but she's now offering the largest at $100, and the price goes down relative to size. This is not only a great opportunity to own a piece of highly-collectible art, but to do some real good.

Alternatively, as sensitive, caring people - and don't most artists and writers fit this category? -consider donating a small amount of $5, $10 or $20 to help her through this.  The cost of healing her cat once and for all, using a specialized Radioactive IodineTherapy,  is around $1500.  Seventy-five people donating $20 each would cover this. Anyway, this is my route. $20 is small change these days - coffee and muffins for a very few guys at the office, a paperback, whatever. And if $20 is too much, consider $5 or $10. SarahBeth and Willow Fern will be so grateful.

Like SarahBeth, I have no modesty when it comes to helping animals.  And this animal is part of the family - our collective art and writing family. Please try to help.

You can purchase SarahBeth's art, or donate, paying through PayPal (citing her email address), or arrange an alternative method by emailing SarahBeth here.

I'd like to think that we all could expect support from our fellow blogger friends if we were in a similar situation. This is a reminder that we are all in this together, and should never be shy about reaching out for help when we need it.

Have a good weekend guys. See you next week, when this blog will be exactly one year old.

And this is sweet Willow Fern. Convince me, after looking into her little face, that you aren't able to help.