Christmas Turkey – October 30, 2009

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”

– Anna Freud

Christmas Turkey
4″ x 5″ Watercolor on Yes! Canvas paper

I guess this little Christmas Turkey is fitting for today’s post, because this just may be her Halloween costume.

About Anna Freud

Austrian psychoanalyst Anna Freud was a pioneer in the field of child psychiatry; she also worked closely with her father, Sigmund Freud, in developing his theories. She was born in Vienna in 1895 and fled to London with her parents in 1938, escaping the Nazi regime. When her father became sick with cancer, she took over his studies, becoming his intellectual heir. She founded the Hampstead Clinic to work with children. She died in 1982.

Nestled in to Autumn – October 29, 2009

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”

– George S. Patton

Nestled in to Autumn

4.5″ x 7″ Watercolor

I painted this little watercolor from one of my photos, taken on my recent trip to Idaho. It just didn’t look finished to me. There was no real depth. After reading Leslie White’s blog last Friday, I was inspired by her technique of using colored pencil to bring more detail into a painting. So I tried it.

It worked better for Leslie. I kinda just made a mess of my little painting. Not being one to give up easily, I took an eraser to it, then played with watercolor on top of the colored pencil that remained. I used a bigger brush  than I would normally use, so I wouldn’t be as tempted to fuss too much.

I like it. It’s still not a first class painting, but I was tickled with the possibilities. Who knows what the next step may be. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Thanks, Leslie!

About George S. Patton

George S. Patton, the American Army general who fought in both World Wars, received numerous awards during his 46 years of service, including the Purple Heart and the French Legion of Honor. He was born in 1885 in California and was descended from a long line of soldiers. He was an early advocate of armored warfare and led the U.S. Tank Corps in World War I. The 1970 movie Patton cemented his reputation as “Old Blood and Guts.” He died in 1945 of injuries sustained in a car accident.

Christmas Tree in Red – October 28, 2009

“Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.”

– Channing Pollack

Christmas Tree in Red
2.5″ x 3.5″ Acrylic on Strathmore Canvas Paper

I’m still playing with ideas for some Christmas cards. This was a fun little painting to do. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love purple.

About Channing Pollack

American playwright Channing Pollack is best remembered for his work massively redesigning the plot of the film Metropolis after it was shot. He was born in 1880. He worked in every aspect of New York theater, first as publicist for the Shubert family of theater owners, then as a drama critic who was banned from every Shubert theater, and finally as a playwright whose work included the morality play, The Enemy, as well as Clothes and The Fool. He died in 1946.

Itty Bitty Truck – October 27, 2009

“What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.”

– Matina Horner

Itty Bitty Truck

2.5″ x 3.5″ Acrylic on Strathmore Canvas Paper

Remember when vehicles had personality? I can’t imagine that a painting of a new truck would have the same fun factor. After all, I’m in it for the fun.  ~big grin~

About Matina Horner

American psychologist Matina Horner is best known for her groundbreaking research in the late 1960’s on smart women’s fear of success, which became known as the Horner Effect. She was born in 1939 in Massachusetts. During her 17-year tenure as president of Radcliffe College, she helped integrate the women’s college into a mainstream presence for women on the Harvard University campus. She has received several awards and serves on the boards of many institutions.

Sleepy Cat – October 26, 2009

“We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.”

Blaise Pascal

Sleepy Cat – October 26, 2009
2.5″ x 3.5″ Acrylic on Strathmore Canvas Paper

I did several little paintings on Sunday. It was a nice, relaxing day.

Eufaula’s 4th Annual Art Walk is over. We started the event off with a free concert by Selby Minner & Blues on the Move. They were great!

Saturday was the best day! We had a street blocked off and filled it with artists, musicians, a storyteller, a poet, demonstrators, kids in costumes, a flute maker, two wineries doing wine tasting, a silent auction, beans & cornbread, sold in bowls the Quinton High School kids made, and an artist sharing his potter’s wheel with anyone who wanted to get their hands dirty. I’m sure I left something out, but it was a wonderful day.

It was the first time I had a booth. I am always behind the scenes, but this year, I jumped right in the middle of the fun. I had such a good time. I sold two paintings, which is great, but I’d have had fun even without the sales. Of course, I lived on coffee, candy bars and cookies all day, so the caffeine and sugar may have been a factor. he he

Blaise Pascal was not only a mathematician and philosopher, he was also an inventor, having created the hydraulic press and the syringe. He was born in France in 1623. He showed a gift for math early: At age 12, he started rediscovering Euclid’s theorems on his own. Later, spurred by a friend who liked gambling, he developed the theory of probabilities. After a life-threatening accident in 1654 he had a religious conversion, which led him to write about religious ethics and belief. He died in 1662.

Miss Target Market – October 23, 2009

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

Freya Stark


Miss Target Market

4″ x 6″ Pencil Sketch

I am taking a Creative Marketing class with Laura Bray (an artist with an MBA). One of the exercises Laura has asked us to do, is describe our target market.

So far, I think mine is a woman between the age of 25 and 30. She is probably an apartment dweller, living in the city. She is either single or a newlywed and hasn’t started her family yet.

I think she likes health food, but can never resist good chocolate. She enjoys chick flicks, blogging, tweeting and Facebook. She has to read a lot of business journals, as she is establishing her career, but when she gets a quiet moment, she may read the occasional Cosmopolitan. Her hobbies are entertaining friends and music.

She doesn’t make a lot of money yet, but she knows what she likes. She enjoys color and funky, happy things that make her smile when she wears them or looks at them. Her pain is the high stress of her job and all the hours she spends being the best at her profession. Buying the occasional piece of art that makes her feel good, is one of her greatest pleasures.

More about Laura Brays classes can be found here. This is my second class with Laura and I recommend them. The classes are very hands on and practical, so you really do walk away with a plan.

About Freya Stark

French-Anglo travel writer Freya Stark was one of the first Western women to see the deserts of the Middle East. She was born in 1893 in Paris and spent her childhood split between her father’s family home in England and her mother’s in Italy. Her first book, Valley of the Assassins, brought her grants to continue her travels. She focused on remote areas of Turkey and the Middle East, seeking cultures that the modern world had not yet altered. She died in 1993 at age 100.

Lamb in Pastel Wool – October 22, 2009

Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.

–Gretta Brooker Palmer

Self-centeredness aggravates the natural flow of circumstances surrounding us; too much attention on ourselves distorts whatever might be troubling us. However, focusing on others’ needs diminishes what we’d perceived as our own pressing need. This is a simple principle we might all consider adopting.

None of us is free of problems. That’s one of life’s givens. Through their resolution we grow and ready ourselves for the next group of challenges. Each group we survive enables us to offer better assistance to someone else who will confront a similar problem. Perhaps we’d do well to see all our problems as preparation for guiding someone who will come into our life. Helping someone else is certain to lift spirits and foster happiness, but the unexpected reward is that the helper reaps even greater benefits than the one helped.

My happiness is guaranteed if I help someone else find it today.

by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg
from the book, The Promise of a New Day

Lamb in Pastel Wool
5″ x 8″ Sennilier Oil Pastel on Black Paper

Okay, pastel is quite a departure from my normal work, but I have seen some beautiful art done in pastel. I am not comfortable with them, but have tried them from time to time. I usually blend the OPs, but for some reason, I liked the colorful strokes in this.

The Promise of a New Day

One of the World’s Most Popular Collections of Daily Wisdom…
To Help You Make the Most of Each and Every Day

Every day — happy or sad, challenging or just business-as-usual — makes new demands on us. Each day brings new experiences, new tasks, and new rewards. As each day dawns, take a moment for quiet reflection and discover the promise of a new beginning and a fresh start full of optimism, hope, and joy.

Karen Casey is the best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Practicing the Course, Keepers of the Wisdom, and numerous other books. She has also written two books for girls: Girls Only! and Girl to Girl. Her signature book, Each Day a New Beginning, has sold three million copies. Karen enjoys golfing and riding her Harley with her husband. She lives in Minneapolis, and Naples, Florida.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Martha Vanceburg is the author of A New Life and co-author of Family Feelings and The Promise of a New Day. The mother of three, she lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

V is fo Veggie Patch – October 21, 2009

“I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.”

– Rabbi Hillel


V is for Veggie Patch

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor & Ink

There’s something wonderful about seeing the first little sprouts in the garden!

About Rabbi Hillel

Rabbi Hillel is one of the central figures of Jewish tradition, shaping rabbinical philosophy. Born in Babylonia in the first century B.C., he moved to Jerusalem to study the Torah. According to legend, he couldn’t afford the admission fee to the school, and because of him the fee was abolished. It is believed that he coined the Golden Rule. When a Gentile came to him, wanting to understand the Torah, Hillel said, “What is hateful to thee, do not do unto thy fellow man. This is the whole Law, the rest is mere commentary.”

U is for Umeboshi – October 20, 2009

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.”

Tobias Wolff

About Tobias Wolff

U is for Uemboshi
2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor & Ink

In my alphabet exchange, I had to find a food that started with U.

Umeboshi (Japanese; literally “dried ume“) are pickled ume fruits common in Japan. Ume is a species of fruit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is often called a plum but is actually more closely related to the apricot. Umeboshi, which are a popular kind of tsukemono (pickles) and are extremely sour and salty, are usually served as side dishes for rice or stuffed inside of rice balls (sometimes without removing their seeds inside) for breakfast and lunch, and are occasionally served boiled or seasoned for dinner.

American author Tobias Wolff is best known for the memoir A Boy’s Life, about Wolff’s childhood with an itinerant mother and abusive stepfather. He was born in 1945 in Alabama and spent most of his childhood in the Pacific Northwest. His book In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War recounts his experiences as a young soldier in Vietnam. He is an acclaimed writing professor at Stanford University. He has three children.

Hoppy Holidays – October 19, 2009

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about it.
–Kathleen Casey Theisen

Hoppy Holidays!
8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

It’s that time again, to work on my Holiday cards. I did the first one over the weekend. I have a 10% off coupon for holiday cards that expires October 31st, so I better pick one soon. I also like to get them done early enough that I can hand write the envelopes.

I couldn’t find anything on the net about Kathleen Casey Theisen. It’s a shame, because I love that quote.

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