the worlds lamest blogger

so i keep forgetting that i own a blog – how responsible right? are there blog police? surely. am I going down in bad artist history? probably. I just want to make art and try to sell more of it. spend time at the beach and really – just get in a few witty comments on other peoples pages. I’m here for smiles, cocktails , random haiku and just to leave “it” a little better than I found it – whatever ‘it’ is.

Happy Tuesday – it’s not friday, but it’s def. not Monday.

murphy. may you enjoy the stars. We miss you.

murphy. may you enjoy the stars. We miss you.

Murphy's Haiku

Murphy’s Haiku

it’s almost sweetie time

love is more importantGelli printing and hand lettering – a match made for me.  While these are both digital versions – hand lettering done first, and rendered in Photoshop and the gelli is a scan – I can now do the ‘real’ thing with confidence. I really love this print and with #gellis you can never get the same result twice. I did also try in in the center and it didn’t do anything for me…so scan and audition – and then decide.  Hope you have a wonderful sweetie day.love is more important2

Doodle Diversions…

So, I took another class on-line called Doodle Flowers  from Joanne Sharpe. What I love about taking her classes is that it draws me into a new place with my own artwork. So while the class was about flowers, these are some of my results… flowers ? um I have only done one or two..

I imagine the ‘next’ generation of this series will include some collaged element(s)….

These originals are 11x 14 or 14 x 11 and are $125.00 , unframed if you are so inclined, and as usual I can do your animals. The final one is of a dear friend’s two dogs !

Snap the Alligator

Snap

Cat illustration

A Cat called Patches ? argh.

cat and bunny

Everybuddy loves some Bunny

Cat and dog Hug

The Hug

chicken

Chick filled-in

A Piggy named Pork

Just Pork

Susan's Doggies at Nap

Susan’s Doggies at Nap

lizard

Karma, the lizard

The best is yet to come…

I truly believe this – especially where art is concerned. I don’t really distinguish between last year and this year by ‘marking it’ with a number – it is all part of the same life and I don’t feel a need to ‘clean slate it’ every 365 days. To me it is like saying good or bad, that everything that came before is unimportant and that is Not true. You need the good and the bad to get the BEST  🙂 You are the summation of all of the days.

When an artist seeks to grow – its really important to look backwards.

I make art every day – some good some not so good and there are many times when I look at something and say ‘I could do this for the rest of my life’ – this is evidenced in the past by the number of “FreshFish”, “Beach works” and “Petworks” that I have posted. There are hundreds more in each of those themes that are not posted and or sold.

For 2013 it will be this:

Mans Best Friend

Mans Best Friend

On a whim – and I know ya’ll are tired of seeing the damn dog portraits- but this was done sitting in front of the TV on a lap board with a water brush. I had just finished reading something somewhere on the inter-webs and the thought about painting the light and shadows in contrasting colors (orange and red here) popped into my head. I am sure some one taught this to me at some point in the past 50 years, but that single ‘ding’ has grown into a least one or two commissions a week. It’s funny how, in not even trying, the results are WAY better than anything other form I have slaved over. The Fish and the Beach Huts were the same way. Maybe its a ‘calling’ of sorts?

Heres to your ‘new’ start and the continuation of my regular life days in sequence- which are sometimes very special. May we all find our best. Love, Ann

The refreshing odor of freshly cut lumber and art space restrictions

Karl the Contractor is busy in the basement adding a bathroom on the same floor as the studio – (there goes my art exercise – that is running upstairs to use the bathroom) and, god forbid,  a ‘kitchen’ . It seems to me that this space is becoming a ‘man cave’ – complete with spear throwing range and beer refrigerator and I saw a HUGE tv (nobody needs a tv this size its more like a score board) peeking out from between the bikes stored in the basement.

This ‘space’ was claimed 13 years ago by me – the painter and my husband – the wood worker. Tons of painting, two books and several hundred experiments have occurred on the ‘art’ side. The woodworking side remains a pile of things that need to be repaired and or replaced with the exception of the infamous ‘eagle project’  which was done mostly in the middle of the driveway, not in the wood working shop.

There are of course no ‘cars’ in the two car garage. There are kayaks, camping equipment, a really big lawnmower (but some dude cuts our grass?), boxes of things from DH’s ‘side of the family’ – I just stay out of those all together…

So for the next few months, I will be resigned to sitting in my ‘upstairs art space – a chair with nine cubby holes placed next to it- holding markers, pencils and various art books – for creating ‘new works’.

Here was last nights finished PetWork – his name is Raleigh. He is just about the happiest dog I have ever seen. I am sure it will make his owner smile.

I also delivered the black lab PetWork yesterday and the collector that purchased it told me she cried when she saw it. I have mixed emotions about a sad reaction to my art – you know my tag line is , “happy art for happy people”….  but it was a memorial picture – the doggy had passed away two months ago.

Raleigh

Raleigh

So heres to a the smell of freshly cut lumber, the on-going he wants / she wants space discussion and more happy art collectors . Have an awesome weekend .

 

The month of Gratefulness….

I am a haphazard blogger – and honestly, I wish I had enough important thoughts to blog daily – this month is whizzing by and in a very, very short time we will be sitting down to that huge family gathering to remind ourselves of what is important – family and friends.

One of the things that I am most grateful for is creativity. Some think is just pure luck of the draw,  some believe it to be genetic, others the result of concentrated efforts and practice – but however it has arrived – every year I am more thankful for this ability to think, grow and create. I am also secretly hoping that this single reflection has me covered for all 30 days of the unforgiving daily gratefulness requirement that each November presents to us – because my haphazard blogging techniques are certainly not in line with that task.

The other cool thing about november is Whimsical Women. If you are in or near Winston Salem, NC you MUST run to this event. It is truly amazing. I have been painting up a storm – a snow storm – so here are the 2013 “Men of Snow”.  Simple, colorful & happy. For those of you that I have known for a long time, this is an annual painting event – and they are different each year – this one is just simple (which my “one word” for 2013).

snowmen 2013

 

PS. In editing this I have determined that the Green Man of Snow is probably fro-magnum. Peace.