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Friday, August 28, 2009

Rainy summer days and Zazzle shop merchandise.

Well it has been raining all morning here in NYC and it is scheduled to rain all weekend. Todays rain came from the west and we are getting ready for hurricane Danny to rain down on us tomorrow. The rip tides re going to be really dangerous so I hope no one goes in the water. Last week 2 people died in the rip tides because no one listens to the weather. Every year we have a death due to this. 

Since it has been so rainy out, I have added a few products on my Zazzle shop. It has been awhile since I added anything new to Zazzle, so it was nice. 

I hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Inspiring starfish poem from childhood

I am not feeling to great today. I do not know if it's a cold or what, so I sat all morning and read a lot of blogs. I found on one of those blogs, a poem that I was told when I was in my very Catholic elementary school. I remember this poem meaning a lot to me and a few of my friends who I am still close with today. I feel that it is a great way to live your life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 




“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, ‘What are you doing?’
The youth replied, ‘Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.’
‘ Son,’ the man said, ‘don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!’
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, 
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…‘I made a difference for that one.’"

This Starfish Story was found in ”Star Thrower,”
a collection of essays by the naturalist and writer
Loren Eiseley 1978 

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

1 month marriage anniversary and art update!

I am proud to say that today is my 1 month anniversary of being married. YAY =)
Ok, enough mushiness for one day.



Well, NYC is on it's 4th day of a heat wave. It is so hot and sticky that you can't even go outside, but it's kind of hard not too. Today is supposed to be the last day of this heat wave, but then it's going to rain the rest of the week. So it seems like we either get rain so w can't enjoy outside or we get a heat rave. I think I prefer the rain because at least I have my umbrella to go outside with and I can't bring the air conditioner. 

Art Update:
I advertised in a 2 free newspapers from Buffalo, NY yesterday in an attempt to do more promoting. I also plan on advertising in craigslist which I haven't done in a while. 

I also joined this site called LinkPartners.com which is basically a huge link exchange site. You can go on there and exchange links with people. We will see if this actually brings more traffic or if it's just another thing to add to the already busy day. I think that it will work because linking is never bad. 

I also started the drawing for my next painting a few days ago and it is coming out pretty good. It will measure 18" x 24" so it is a larger one. I am excited about this one and I will post a picture as soon as possible. 

Last but not last, Ebay listings are still up. 3 days left on this drastically discounted Ebay auction for 5 items. 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lowbrow Art Gallery In Montreal, Quebec - Galerie d'art Yves Laroche



When I was in Montreal, Quebec on my honeymoon I went to an art gallery that I just happened to stumble upon. The gallery is called 
Galerie d'art Yves Laroche and that is the photo of it above. I got the photo off the website. It is a Pop Surreal, Lowbrow, Graffiti art gallery located in the heart of Old Montreal. 

My new husband and I were just walking the streets trying to find somewhere new to eat at (we ate about 5 times a day). We were looking in all the little windows and that's when I spotted a Kathie Olivas doll in the window. I ran in the gallery and was amazed at all the great artwork. I am not sure if there was a group show going on or whatever it was, but the paintings on display were of Kathie Olivas, an artist named Jonathan Bergeron (This is where I confess I have never heard of this artist but have seen some of his work), and many other pieces by other artists. The gallery had sculptures and toys as well to go with it's beautiful paintings. 

My new husband is a little old fashioned when it comes to art. Even though I have shown him Pop Surreal art before, he must have not been paying attention because when he went into the gallery he was surprised and a little amazed at the look of the art. It was nice to see the look on his face at something different. Although he still tells me he likes abstract art better, I think he finally realized I am not the only person who likes this kind of art. 

Anyways... if you are in Montreal, Quebec ever and like Pop Surreal art or just like going to smaller art galleries, this is one to check out. It is located in Old Montreal on 4 St-Paul Est. The website for the gallery is...  http://www.yveslaroche.com/en/index.php

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sewing Machine Crafts and Art Ideas.

I just got a new sewing machine and I am so excited. I never had a sewing machine of my own and haven't used one in a while. I will probably need a little practice and plan on experimenting at first to get me back in the sewing mode. 

I want to make curtains for my bedroom. I plan on making chocolate brown, long curtains, with white ribbon bows on the top for decoration. The bows will be small and not over done or tacky. I also want to make a door snake to keep the cold air in during the summer and the heat in during the winter. 

I have a lot of projects on my plate. I still have wedding photo's I want to print out and frame. I have three shelves to put up on my wall  which will display these wedding photo's. I also have to put up artwork that I have been trying to put up now for about 6 months (since I moved into my apartment). 

I also want to start on my next set of paintings. I have a lot of ideas, I just have to paint them. 

I plan on getting started on all my projects as soon as possible.

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm Back - And ready to create some Art!

So I'm back!

I have been away from my art and the computer for about 3 weeks now because I have been so busy. But I am so ready to get back to creating. I have so many idea's for some new paintings, I had to write them down so I wouldn't forget.

The reason I have been gone for about 3 weeks is because I got married and it was the best day ever. It rained a little, but we were under a big white tent so everything was perfect. We got married on the USS Little Rock, which is a Navy boat in Buffalo, NY. 



It was also very windy so when it came to picture time, all of the girls hair where blowing in their faces. It was so funny. The pictures came out great though and I wouldn't change anything. 


The reception was so fun. We had it at the Pearl Street Brewery and Grill in downtown Buffalo. The food was great and the DJ kept the dance floor full. We had a wonderful time. It just went by so fast. 

We then went to Montreal for our Honeymoon. The city was beautiful and I loved it. We went to the Basilica, the river front, Old Montreal, we went shopping, and we went on a ghost tour. We took a lot of great pictures. I also stumbled upon a Pop Surreal Art gallery in Old Montreal that had a few paintings by Kathie Olivas. This was exciting because I enjoy her artwork.



So I have been busy, but it is nice to finally not have 50 million things on my mind. I get to focus my attention now back on my artwork.