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Friday, April 22, 2011

One World One Art

In February, it had the pleasure of participating in One World One Heart.  This is a huge blog event hosted by the amazing Lisa Swifka of Whimsical Bohemian that had been running for the past 5 years.  Participants would visit the blogs of other participants, introduce themselves and have the opportunity to win a lovely giveaway prize. 

With over 800 bloggers participating, it was wonderful to meet so many artistic and amazing people!  I even had the surprise of winning an adorable necklace!  

There was some good news and bad news with regard to OWOH.  The bad news was it was the final year for One World One Heart.  The good news?  Next year will be the first ever One World One Art.  What is the difference you ask?  Well, there are a few differences, thought subtle.  Read on to find out more...

The exact date of the One World One Art will be announced toward the end of the year, but most likely it will occur in February sometime.  The event is still quite a ways away.  And this information is exceptionally early. But I am sharing this now to give other bloggers an opportunity to have the heads up ahead of time.

Some things that Lisa makes very clear about One World One Art are:

It is NOT a blog hop
It is NOT about blog candy
It is NOT a carnival
It is NOT a festival
It is NOT a swap
It is NOT a challenge

It is "An International Blogwide Art Event" - plain and simple!!! 

This event is NOT just about having the potential to win something. Although we all like that aspect it is NOT the driving force behind this event......this is about finding artists/artisans/creative people and seeing what they do. It's about finding inspiration and connections with others. This is a chance to turn up your artistic light for others to see and you to see theirs.

Another thing Lisa makes very clear is that you must be and ACTIVE blogger.  

The gift giveaway is probably the biggest difference between One World One Art and One World One Heart.

Previously, the gift giveaway was required to be handmade.  With this new event it IS a requirement and there is another requirement as well...your giveaway must be created in the art form of the "artistic passion, whether that is art, crochet, jewelry, you name it.  It is your passion.

The idea is for people to stop by, read about you, see your art, read about your artistic passion - leave a comment  with a chance to win a piece of that persons "art" they can follow back to you and perhaps create a connection.

The next newsletter for ONE WORLD ONE ART will be coming out in about 3 months or so, and Lisa will hopefully have the new logo ready!  If you are a blogger and are interested in participating, and you have not yet signed up for the newsletter, you can do so here...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Our Walk in the Woods

It's been a such beautiful week here.  You can smell spring in the air.  The sun has been shining and the air is starting to warm up (finally!).  Right now, there is no snow in my yard.  And no ice in my pool.  Summer is finally coming.

This year was incredible year for snow around here.  Here's a pic from a previous post that shows how high the snow banks actually were. When I was a kid, we got tons of snow, but the last 20 years or so have been a bit lean in the snow department.

On this particular cheerful, sunny spring day,  I pick up my camera and my son at school and along with a friend from his class, we went for a walk in the woods down at Baille Ard Trails

There was still a bit of snow here in the woods and on the trails.  We had to be a bit careful walking.

The sun shining through the pretty.


We brought some bird seed to feed the birds and squirrels.  Every so often we could come across a bench along the trail and leave a little present for the little critters.

We made some new friends.  The chickadees were a bit shy.  

This cute little squirrel  was very friendly and let us stick around and watch him eat.

The kids had a ball clowning around on this awesome rock.

And couldn't resist throwing some rocks.

Found this birdfeeder...

And a pussy willow!

I fell in love with these tree roots.  Maybe they'll make a great painting.

 Couldn'r resist taking some more reference photos.  Maybe you'll see them in one of my paintings sometime.

 Loved this...

And this....

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing our walk in the woods :-)  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Finished two paintings, and need your help!

Finally finished two of the paintings I gave the sneak preview on last week!  

It was a tough youngest, who just turned 7 was sick with a cold all week, running a fever for most of it. I kept him home from school.  I do love having my little buddy with me, but I do get concerned.  I don't like seeing him miss so much school, though he is pretty bright, it doesn't seem to affect his schoolwork too badly.  He's already missed almost 2 weeks of school this winter.  He loves to paint alongside me.  He does a great job and he chooses some pretty interesting subjects to paint.  I will post his work when he finishes his piece that he started.

Those that follow me on facebook have already seen the leaves painting finished.  I call it "Back to the Earth". 

Back to the Earth

 These are leaves that were laying on the ground in my garden. The crocuses were popping up around them.  Funny how life is like that.  The old, falling back into the earth, making way for the next cycle, the next season.

 Here is the crow painting...looks quite different from the preview.
Crow Calling

I call this painting "Crow Calling". I snapped a pic of this beauty as he was up in a huge poplar tree just outside my kitchen door. My cat, Jag was trying to make friends with him, but I don't think this gorgeous Corvus wanted anything to do with him!

 Both of these paintings are for sale on my Etsy site, just click on the images to go there.

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.  Hope you like 'em!

Have you ever heard of Heartsy?  For those that buy on Etsy, it's a great place to get deals of over 50% off different shops.  For a seller to become featured on Heartsy, they must be voted on by the community before they are reviewed and featured.  A seller must have 60 votes within a 72 hour period.  I am trying to get featured right now, and I'd really appreciate your votes!  This would give buyers the opportunity to purchase my artwork at great prices and it is great advertising for me.  It's win-win! 

So, this is where I need your help...if you haven't already, I would really, really, really appreciate it if you could go to and vote for me.  Just click "Yes, definitely" to vote.  

Thanks so much and have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Some Sneak Peeks of Paintings in the Works

Wow, it's been such a busy week here!  Most of this past week was spent getting ready for my youngest son's birthday party.  He turned 7 on April 1st. *sigh*  It is hard to believe how fast the years have gone by.  It doesn't seem that long ago since he was born!  He will always be my baby, though.  My baby is 7 but he wants to be 14 just like his big brother.  Growing up wayyyy too fast!

With all the excitement of party planning I had very little time for painting.  I started two watercolors that seem to be coming together.  Another one of my leaf paintings that I already have posted. Here is a sneak preview.

Here is another that I started of a was in the giant poplar tree outside my kitchen door.  My cat, Jag was tormenting it from one of the branches below and he was making a serious racket!  lol  Not sure yet how this is going to turn might be a bust yet, or maybe I could collage it into another painting...we'll see :-)

I also started an acrylic painting too.  A bit dark yet, but I like the organic, woodsy feel to it.

My plan is to finish these off this week and get them posted.

I was included in this watercolor collection on Artfire.  Have a look at the work of some of these watercolor artists...Beautiful stuff.  Please do leave a comment at the bottom!

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