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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wow! Somebody Likes My Blog!


Last week I was very excited to learn I had been awarded the “Wow! Somebody Likes My Blog” award by the wonderful artist, Marge Bennet. Her bright, whimsical watercolor paintings never fail to make me smile. I think her latest painting, “Three for Tea: Van Gogh, Matisse, and Me” has got to be my favorite. Thank you, Marge! I’m truly honored.

Now, this award has a couple catches - duties. First: share seven things my fellow bloggers don’t know about me. Second: pass the award on to seven worthy artist bloggers. Ok. I spent a good amount of time picking out my seven artists yesterday and completely forgot I had to tell you seven things about me that you don’t know. You think that would be easy, since you really don’t know much of anything about me. But, it’s never easy to talk about myself when I’m put on the spot. It’s like going to an interview and the interviewer says, “Ok. Tell me about yourself.” Geez. I just hate that part. The real problem is, once I start, it’s hard to get me to stop!

I could count that little revelation as one thing, but I’m not going to. I’ll give you seven more.

  1. I started painting at my grandpa’s knee when I was about 8 years old. He bought me my first box of paints, some brushes, a pack of canvas boards, and a table easel. That was pretty special. I painted the desert with teepees and Indians. After high school I didn’t really paint again for over 20 years.
  2. My favorite colors are all of them, but really red has to be the absolute best and cerulean blue is just to die for.
  3. Once, when I was in the army, I broke into the mess hall and cooked a pound of bacon at 0200 hours. I never got caught. I did get caught redirecting a 5 pound bag of chocolate chips to my squad. I don’t remember what the punishment was, so it wasn’t too bad, I guess.
  4. I basically live on vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and peanuts. I try to eat less real food, so I can have more ice cream. It’s really not working out very well according to the scale.
  5. I’m married to the most supportive husband in the world. He put me through college to get a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts – Painting. Then didn’t bat an eye when I told him I was afraid I wouldn’t get famous fast enough to keep us afloat and I wanted to get my nursing degree. I went straight back to school and I graduate from nursing school in December. I will be an RN. I plan to spend many vacations in France and Italy learning to paint. (I’m thinking I might have told you that already…)
  6. If you look in my “School Years” scrap book that I kept from kindergarten through high school under the heading “What do you want to be when you grow up?” it will say, “Artist” and “Nurse.” It starts with the very first page and every year thereafter. I was surprised to see that myself! It’s kind of “woo woo,” if you think about it.
  7. I have four wonderful sons, two gorgeous granddaughters and one very handsome and entertaining grandson.

Ok. That’s done. Now, here are the artist’s blogs I have chosen to pass the award on to:

  1. Karin Wells StudioKarin works in a classical style and her paintings are just gorgeous. Even better, she is very generous with information on technique. She also sprinkles her blog with random tidbits of interesting information.
  2. UnderpaintingsMatthew Innis shares the most useful information and the most beautiful paintings. I can’t describe his blog with any justice. You’ll just have to check it out.
  3. Ancient Artist: Developing an Art Career After 50 – I think she’s starting a movement and I like it. It’s hard enough to make art and then have to face the hard reality that there is discrimination in the art world. Discrimination against age and discrimination against women. We can beat this thing. Our time has come. Drop by Sue’s blog and see how she’s handling it. Quite well, I think.
  4. Mary Weymark Goss – Is one of the first bloggers I met when I started blogging not very long ago. Her artwork is heartfelt and engaging. She is very prolific and gives wonderful advice!
  5. Kari Baskets – Her work is exquisite and I so admire the creativity, skill, and patience it must take to bring such beautiful works of art into fruition.
  6. Creative Every Day – is a really fun website that basically lives up to its name. Leah Piken Kolidas is the blogger. She is very open with her work and her thought processes.
  7. FineArtViews Blog by Clint Watson – This blog is a new discovery for me, but I really like Clint’s no-nonsense way of presenting information about the marketing of art. He has some really helpful tips to help manage in the real world and in the inner world where our egos live.
Enjoy... And thanks again, Marge!