We are having our 3rd annual Art in the Yard this Saturday. Please come and enjoy all the festivities. Last year was a blast and we are all so excited to see everyone! Featured Artists: Christina Brown: whimsical ceramic designs to use and to hang and beautiful beaded jewelry Paige Cox: restructured and recycled vintage clothing, felted dolls, fabric jewelry Dena Paige: fun and deliciously funky jewelry. Love love love it! Courtney Pope: and me, Leanne Pizio: ceramic sculptures, functional but funky pottery, clay rattles
by an award! Can you believe it? My very first one. The wonderfully talented Robyn from the blog Art Propelled tagged me. You should take a look at her AMAZING carvings. they are intricate, delicate and interestingly private and intimate. Inspiring work! Now to share this awesome award... Here are the rules: 1) Choose 7 favorite blogs and… 2) Put the logo on your blog 3) Link the person you received your award from 4) Nominate at least 7 other blogs. 5) Put links of those blogs on yours. 6) Leave a message on the blogs of the ones you’ve nominated.
Here are my favorites:
Jafabrit: A woman who knows no end to creativity. She inspires me with every post and will make you happy when you visit her blog. Not to mention her wicked painting skills.
Haphazard Knitter: Denise is a wonder with knitting needles and crochet hooks as well. Watch her make delicious knitted and crocheted works to die for.
Ysolda:Designer of kickin knitting patterns. Not to mention she includes some wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures of her treks all over Europe and abroad.
Shoe Daydreams: Now for a high fashion and super fun excursion from mundane life, take a look at this blog about the top shoes and designers of the season.
Dirty Footprints: Visit Connie for her whimsical paintings, cute environmentally green bags, and spiritual teachings. A wonderful place to explore not only art but yoga and meditation as well.
Rediscovering Art : Undaunted aka Linda is a creative woman reworking her way into the art world with great speed and excitement. I love to see her posts of her new works in paint and in pencil.
...failed painter: I lurk here often to look at some amazing works of art and inspired writings as well. Love this blog.
Sweet Pixels : this blog is written by an artist in Alaska making some wonderfully different and organically inspired paintings. She also features writings on her life in Alaska, gardening, riding bikes, you name it...
Queen Crafty Girl : I know I was only supposed to do 7 blogs but I can't forget my amazing niece who I think may be the next Picasso. She is quite talented and of course I am super proud of her.
My beautiful friend Janet had a wonderful blessing this week.
Two years ago her husband and her raised a baby blue jay named Blue. Blue was such a bright spot in their lives and I got a chance to hear so many cute stories about little Blue. Once he got older they let him be outside but he would fly down to them and eat from bowls on their porch. One day Blue was gone and Janet and Eric thought that a hawk had taken Blue. They were simply devastated.
And then...This!!!! Eric was outside the other day and down flew Blue to his shoulder. And then to Janet's beautiful head. Is this not the most serene and uplifting picture that you have ever seen? I want to do a painting of it I am so inspired by her expression.
Here are some of the latest pieces gearing up for the scarry time of year. I have quite a few shows coming up and wanted some Halloween pieces to celebrate the season. This is a monsters in my head box. I made one of these at the workshop with Lana Wilson and Margaret Bohles after their great instruction.
And then of course, a black cat bowl for all the candy to be given out.
A couple of years ago when I was waiting tables, at the beginning of the night when times were slow, I would draw these dead bunny cartoons for me and the staff. Usually the dead bunnies would be killing off our most hated customers, the ones who just for no reason were so mean. It really was all in good fun and it did relieve some tension. Well these are the bunnies but they are very much alive and kicking. I'm not sure where they are going as of yet but I think they may be up to some mischief. And then I saw this Jaffa Rabbit and I was in love! Mean bunnies unite. What are their evil minds thinking?
Here are a couple of pictures of the show at the Marshall Gallery in Greensboro, NC. In the first one, my bunnies and a pink rooster are hanging out under some really cool paintings. The second picture is of 3 paintings that I did a little while ago. My favorite one is the middle one titled " give me bird" and it has been a favorite companion in the studio for a couple of years. I miss having it around.