Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sticks and Stones

I got a Twitter Message yesterday that said...
"Are you aware of the rumors/bad things that are being said about you?"
There was a link...
and I clicked it...
I wanted to know what bad things were being said about me.

Turns out...the sender's account had been hacked
and the hacker was attempting to
spread a malicious virus of some sort.
(The link sent me to a sign in page...and I didn't sign in...
so hopefully my computer is okay.)

But...after giving some thought to my reaction...
I came to realize that I'm not as 'thick skinned' as I thought I was.
I do care if someone is saying bad things about me.
Maybe that's because I don't say bad things about people...
at least nothing that I wouldn't say directly to their face.

Some time ago...I ran across a forum thread in which
someone suggested that I might be 'copying' another artist.

While I am a big fan of this artist...
and have, on occasion, wished I had thought
of one of her particular ideas...I've never copied anyone...
at least not since I taught myself how to paint
many years ago....(I learned how to paint by 'copying'
the back covers of Reader's Digest magazines).
I have no idea what ever became of those early efforts...
certainly they were never given to anyone else.

As an artist, I do realize that not everyone is going to like what I do..
and that really is okay.
I don't necessarily like everything that I see...
but I respect the right of the artist to express themselves
how they choose.
So I don't berate the art or the artist...I either like it or I don't..
which is my right.
But I choose to exercise that silence.
I'm really not about purposely...or inadvertently (if I can help It)
hurting someone else's feelings.

On another note...

...while you can't see it from the preview...
my 'Nevermore' print
is the back cover of this book...
by Rey Otis.

I thought that was really cool and I'm going to have to grab
a copy for my own library!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My 2012 Wall Calendars

My 2012 Wall Calendars
are now only available through this blog
or directly through the publisher.

I have place direct to the publisher buttons
under the image of each calendar
on my side bar.

Now...through January can
save 20%
with the special promo code

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I've got a Mailing List

I have considered doing a monthly
for quite some time.
Well...I decided...since it was the beginning
of a new year...
I'd go ahead and give it a try.
I started a mailing list..
for anyone who might want to join
it is here.

I sent this desktop wallpaper/ background
as a 'Thank You'.
I'm using it on my own laptop and
quite like it.
It's the first time I ever created anything
especially as wallpaper/ background
and I think it worked out nicely.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Paintings to Share

I did the background on this one a few weeks ago
and then couldn't decide what to do with it.
I decided to do an 'impasto' tree..since they seem to be
all the 'rage'...
and because I thought it fit the background so well.
I won't be doing many (if anymore at all) of this type of painting...
as I don't usually do what others are doing...
but I must admit...
even if it doesn't will look really nice on my walls:)

is another new piece.  
It didn't photograph well so I'll be taking more and more
pictures to see if I can fix that.

If you look real close you can see there
are two dragonflies on the center panel.
Again...I didn't get good pics.
But I like this one so much that it is still in my
dining I can look at it often.
I'll have to put it away nothing happens to it...
but it is one of my new 'favorites'.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Looking Back at 2011

In January I listed my Zodiac Girls Collection...
I had so much fun creating each piece...
and tried to stay true to the elements
and traits that go with each sign.

March 8th I got Skittles...
she has been such a Blessing in my life...
I don't know what I would ever do without her.

March 15th is the only time any of my art
has been included in Etsy Finds...
which is a pretty 'big deal' for
anyone who has a shop on Etsy.
They included my 'Ides of March' print
for their 
'Ides of March' issue.

I became a Zazzle Pro Seller..
and a couple of my Zazzle items
won some awards...
including my Twilight Shoes.

My 10th Grandbaby...
Oliver Aurealius 
was born September 12th...
Jaime and I watched him the month of November
and I can tell you...
in the few weeks since we last watched him
on a regular basis
he's grown like a weed and doing so many
new things!

Alice in Wonderland - Encore
I LOVE this painting...but it took so long for me to paint
that I decided that I would do fewer 'character' paintings
in the new year.
I'll do more paintings...but these will be more along the lines
of abstract landscapes..
some tree art..
bird art
and the such.

I moved...
and I'm still adjusting to living
in a home one third the size of the house I'd lived in for
the last five years.'s all good. I'll eventually get it all figured out:)