Jun 15, 2009

Creative Blogger Award...

With all these awards I am wondering, do I know that many people to pass these all along to? lol, I love these awards but mostly because of the sweet people who take the time to give them to me. It lets me know that I come to mind when they think of me in such a way.

So My Creative blogger award was given to me by the sweet Karen here is her amazing blog: Hope in the Heart of Darkness (coolest name ever for a blog huh?)

Ok here are the rules, (no need to feel obligated though) post 7 little known things about you, and pass this along to 7 people who you feel have creative blogs. Let us know who gave you the award and thats it!

7 Little known things about me...

*I have had insomina since birth (thats not a joke either lol) so when I say I never sleep, I mean it!
*I love the smell of burning leaves
*I am hopelessly addicted to Twilight
*I had every bone in my right wrist & hand shattered
*I hate chocolate and sweets (so I am little weird)
*I am for animal rights, I think there is value of life in every living thing
*I am a highly trained martial artist

7 Blogs I Nominate: These are all wonderful artists, and wonderful bloggers I am honored to know these kindred spririts and can't wait to share with them! I could think of 100 people more that deserve this, but I will never get anything done that way.

Ecclectic Season Primitives
Primitive Palace
Cottage Garden Studio
Two Mile Creek Primitives
Carolines Crafts
Primitive Whimsical Works by Shug
Haunted Swamp Designs

Have a great night everyone!

Jun 11, 2009

Definitely NOT an award free blog zone...

I have given it some thought as to why people want there blogs award free zones, sometimes we are so busy we can't keep up with them all, we would be blogging all day long!
I on the other hand love each and every one of them, and cherish the people who give them to me. I feel very honored to have someone stop by and say, hey you made my day so much brighter, or you inspired me so.

My friends, customers and fellow blog pals drive me to do what I do, they are all muses in my little artistic world. So with no further ado...I got a really cool award today. (subtle ain't I? lol)

So I wanted to do something different with this award, I want to blog about the wonderful gal that gave it to me. Sweet Darla from Artistic Accents by Darla. So lets talk about her shall we!

Darla does some amazing artwork and I have seen her etsy shop, wow you should visit her shop too by clicking Here Darla is a decorative artist from the Red River Valley region of North Dakota. She does the type of painting I wish I could do, I have not mastered color as some strange phobia I have prevents me from using it lol (inside joke there). I can't seem to get away from the black and orange. Her art is so colorful and unique and truly a masterpiece in every detail. She is working with mixed media now and has a wonderful selection of Original paintings and aceo's.

This is one of my favorites: (obviously)
The colors are so vibrant and really pop but they are also subtle as well.

Look at the detail and the sweet expressions on their faces, her art just amazes me to no end.
There is something very special in the way she created mixed media pieces, very magickal indeed!

Stop by her blog, or her etsy shop and breath in all this wonderful art. Darla is breath of fresh air to me in the art world.

I thank her for this award to from the bottom of my heart!

I am passing this "your blog is amazing dahling" award on as well and would like to acknowledge QueenBe and her altered art blog: QueenBe's Altered Needs Check out her amazing altered art pieces!

Jun 8, 2009

Some Recent Paintings...

"Midsummer Eve"

I have felt this urge to create as of late which is a good thing, now finding the time to do it well...thats another story so its been a lot of late nights for me you could say, and plenty of coffee.

I wanted to share with you some of my most recent, some of them are already sold and those of which are still for sale so you could see what has been flying from my paint brush this past week.
Hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful sunny day...thank goddess it is here I am going out to paint in the sunshine!


"Wicked" My version of snow white.

"Gathering for the Solstice"

"The Black Cat Society"
I just had to name it that lol.


"Against the Wind"

Jun 6, 2009

Will your art become Censored?

When will you be censored? Sometimes its only a matter of time. I received word today from my best friend Sherry about an article and a lets say "ruckus" that is occurring in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Its all about censorship and we as artists are all affected by it, as well as its outcome.

The little northwest Arkansas town has a 150-foot-long old retaining wall turned into an art exhibit with artwork from local artisans up for public viewing. Created in 2004 by Charlotte Buchanan with her project called The Artery. It has been up since September and the theme for this exhibit is "Icons" (popular icons in religion and culture). Among some of the paintings, that are offending tourists, I bring you to artist Beth Post whose work is amazing and creating quite a stir with her piece entitled "The Temptation of Alice". I have found nothing in this painting, or any of the other 27 that up on display offensive. I want to hear what all you think about it.

Read the full news article here: Art May Be Too Provocative for the town

I have to wonder about my paintings. Will my witches become offensive because some of them carry pentacles, or have familiars, or worship in the woods under silhouettes of trees? As far as the council in Eureka Springs is concerned I find your idea of censorship very offensive. Shame on you for even considering it.

The Temptation of Alice

About Beth Post: She is the one of the most down to earth people I have spoken to in the art community.
Beth is pursuing her MFA in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She grew up Russellville, Arkansas. She works in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and digital mediums. In conjunction with illustration, Beth enjoys writing children's books and short stories. Her illustrations have been featured in WNC Magazine, Baystate, and What's Up Annapolis.

You can visit her site here:www.bethpost.com

Jun 5, 2009

Burning Bright Award...

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

There isn´t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

Jennifer awarded me with this honor and had me in tears tonight. This is what she said: "
You can never extinguish the Light that Shines Brightly within all of us. If there is Hope, there is Light, if there is a Dream, that same Light will lead the way, and this Award I created this evening reflects that Creative Spark, that Light we all hold within us, but there are certain people who come to mind that Shine So Brightly that you can't help notice the Warmth that illuminates in all they do, and in what they represent and just who they are."

Its moments like these when you realize how very special those who you truly love are. I have realized that along this very hard path I have traveled there has been much wear and tear on my soul. Its these life moments that make you sometimes question, have you done enough? Have you shared, and loved, and helped enough. Its this award that made me see that I have touched lives of those around me, and after all isn't that what its all for?

I was feeling a bit down tonight as many of you know I have had many years of martial arts training and lost a wonderful inspiration to me David Carradine has passed away. I would like to add a quote of his to this lovely award before I pass it along.
"If you cannot be a poet, be the poem"~ David Carradine

David Carradine
David departed this life June 3, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand while on location for a film.
You will be sadly missed my friend, I hope that you will find happiness and peace.

I would like to pass this wonderful Burning bright award along to these people who's candle burns brightly in my life. All you have to do is pass this along to those whose light shines even within the darkest night.

Sherry Byrum of Byrum Art
Day from Grim Prim Studio's
Jan From Moonhollow Vintage
Karen from Idrawpix and her amazing Hope in the Heart of Darkness blog

Jun 4, 2009

Thank You!

I often wonder what pushes me to continue my work, well thats hard to say. I guess it would be my passion for creating, I simply have to be creating something or starting some new venture.

I often wonder what keeps my wanting to share it with the blogging world. That one is easy, all of you. I can't remember when I have gotten so much recognition. I think I recieved 5 awards this past month and each and everyone of them is much appreicated. It is all you, my caring loving friends, my artists buddies, my devoted followers. It makes you smile more to know that there are those of you out there who will take the time to acknowledge what someone means to them.

With my heart wide open ~ I thank everyone of you for giving me purpose in my life.

Then there is Cindy lol, what a gal to know. She shares this awful addicting passion with me for vintage halloween art. Cindy is not just another lady in my art group, another fan of Halloween and the nostaligia that surrounds it. She is a special, kind, sweet, amazing person to know. I am blessed to have met her. She has given me the Watermelon award! (always thinking of others)

Stop by and visit this wonderful lady on her blog I Dream of Halloween

Here are the 6 things I love:

1. My 4 children, without them I would cease to exist, at least on this plane.
2. My Dad who has supported every decision (no matter how stupid) I have ever made in my life.
3. All the members of HA31 because I have learned, grown and blossomed there in personal as well as artistic measures.
4. My home becuase it is a respite and safe haven for me.
5. The Black Hat Society because since the very beginning has always been a home away from home for me.
6. Halloween, enough said

Now I pass along the watermelon award and would like to see 6 things that these wonderful friends love and pass it along to share with others what they love as well.

Jennifer from Confessions of a Kitchen Witch (and other wonderful blogs)
Cat from Merely A Dream
Lynda from Butterfly Dreams
Carmen from Spooky HOllow