Thursday, October 17, 2013

Something to Crow About at the Blue Rooster Café

Hey there!

How are you?

I know it has been awhile since we have communicated, but I just completed a cross country move and it has been somewhat of a nightmare!

But rest assured, I am getting back into the swing of things and should be settled into my new studio space soon to begin some new projects. I am still looking for the boxes of supplies and have my fingers crossed they show up soon.

What have I been up to you ask?

Well, I have some art hanging here in Annapolis at the Blue Rooster Café. I have taken the art from the Jerry's exhibit to display, with the hopes some of it will find new homes.

50% of the proceeds will benefit the Montessori International Children's House, because it is a great school and it is what I do!

"Montessori International Children’s House is a nonprofit coeducational school for children 18th months through 6th grade. Montessori International inspires excellence, nurtures curiosity and enhances creativity. Accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale, MICH’s student centered learning community emphasizes hands-on experiential learning, respect for self and others, and the development of inquiry skills that enhance life-long learning"
The Blue Rooster is like a coffee spot "Cheers" where everyone knows your name. The staff is spot on with customer service, and take the time to look you in the eyes and remember who you are the next time you pop in for a treat.
It has a funky art vibe, and they have amazing coffee and food. Go check out their website for more information and if you are in the area, pop by for a bite to eat. It is a great place with amazing people.

As for the move, my art space has been downsized a bit, but I have a great deck to use that overlooks a few trees. I find it relaxing and inspirational.

Annapolis is fantastic and I am feeling at home already. There is something about the people here in this atmosphere that has my artistic batteries charged back up. I can't wait to get started on my next endeavor.

Until next time, which won't be that long... I promise.

Peace and well being,

Saturday, July 20, 2013

First Time For Everything...

Hey everyone,

This is where I will be this weekend. Come along for various handmade crafts and invite your friends as well.

Sunday, July 21, 2013
12:00pm until 5:00pm

Outdoor Market at the Wet Whistle
1900-A e. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX

Stop by and say hello!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Art 4 Sale Slideshow

Finally! I figured out how to do this!!

I absolutely HATE Google plus!! They make all of this way more complicated than they need to and create a tremendous amount of frustration.

Here is a little slide show of the art I currently have for sale. If you are interested in any of the pieces, please contact me and we can discuss payment and shipping.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jerry's Art Hanging This Week

I believe the world can change one art piece at a time and that it only takes the artist a moment to find a way to make it happen.  It is my personal motto and mission to make the world just a little bit better using the little talent I have as an artist.

The art you will see on the walls at Jerry's Artarma is being sold to raise money for needy schools, specifically the Native American schools hit the hardest by the government imposed sequester. The pieces have been created using National Geographic magazines and Citra Solv to alter the magazines.

Each piece starts from an organic endeavor, searching for something on the page to highlight, enhance or allow to stand on its own. Some pieces do not have embellishments, simply because the art created does not need anything else. Some pieces have been used as a backdrop for sketches and some have been embellished to highlight the paper.

100% of all profits will be donated to help students affected by the sequestration.

Please take a moment to look at the art and if something speaks to you, pull it off the wall and take it to the front to make a donation. The prices on each piece are considered a monetary donation which will be pooled with all the other donations and sent as a single contribution to the receiving charity. You will not receive a donation form and the donation is not tax deductible.

In case the sticker has fallen off, the pieces are priced as follows:

Any of the (7) 2.5 x 3.5 pieces                    $15 each                

Any of the (14) 5.5 x 5.5 pieces                  $25 each                

Either of the (2) small shadow boxes         $30 each                

Any of the (30) 8.5 x 11 pieces                   $35each                           

Any of the (24) 5 x 7 pieces                        $40 each                

The 12 x 12 piece                                        $50

The 10 x 10 shadow box                             $75

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gallup-McKinley County Schools

Hey arties!

I wanted to give you a quick update. I have contacted Mr. Ray Arsenault the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, in the hopes he can direct me about making a donation to the schools after the art sale starting July 1st at Jerry's Artarama. I will provide more information as soon as I hear back. I may split the donation with the Tuba City Unified School District, which was featured on NPR,  if I can find the contact information and find out how to make it happen.

In case you have not been following the story, because of the idiots in Washington, DC the sequester has really hit the Native American population. Here is a quote from Dr. Heather Shotten, President of the National Indian Education Association, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the education of Native American students.

"For our Native students in federally impacted schools, the effects of sequestration are devastating because these are real dollar cuts in real time from district and school budgets," NIEA President Dr. Heather Shotton said. "Since these districts are often serving our children on reservation as well as federal property that the districts cannot tax, these districts cannot simply find other sources of funding to make up for lost dollars."
I truly believe each of us can make a small, yet positive impact on others. For me, the way to do it is through my art. I am donating 100% of all profits from any art that is sold to this school system in the hopes they can use the funds for something critical they need.

I can provide 100% of their budgetary needs, but I can send them something to show I am behind them and that I hear their frustration as a fellow human being. I can extend my hand in friendship and understanding in the hopes they will not give up. The children and communities need some love right now, and there is an endless supply of it, if you can open your eyes and hearts to see it and send it.

I plan on posting something longer tomorrow, to show the art I have for sale along with the prices and ways to purchase. I set up a mobile banking option for ease of payment for those of you outside my area. If you want to discuss a piece of art, please contact me via the buttons on the right side of your screen.

Until next time, peace and well being.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Not the Greatest Art Day

Sometimes you are the windshield, sometimes you are the bug...

Today was a bug kind of day in the studio. I did get a few good images, and a bunch of scrap paper, but was hoping for a "WOW" which did not happen. Always tomorrow right?

Life is like a box of chocolates... just never know what you are going to get!

Anyway, here are the latest pieces that did come out pretty decent. Let me know what you think!

I will be hanging these pieces at Jerry's the first week of July. Pictures and information forthcoming.

Until I get back from a little trip, try to think colorful thoughts!

Blue Cactus

Dante's Vestibule


Escaped Cuckoo


Fire Breathing Phoenix

Grapes Are Like People


La Tour Eiffel
The Miner Ghost

Lone Ranger

Mermaid Dodge Bubble

Ocean Resurrection

Owl Revisited
Peeping Sam

Peter Leaving for Neverland


Poe 1

Poe 2
Poe 3

Poe 4

Poe 5


Space Junk

 That Gwinn Boy
The Enlightened Monk's Secret Temple

The Eye of God

The Gardner and Mary

The Miner Ghost

The Temple Door Is Open

Then They Came for Me

Virgin Mary Showed Up

Angel in the Valley of Death

Monday, June 3, 2013

Stencil Gimp!

Hey there!

I am trying out a new program called GIMP to see if I can create some custom stencils, with the hope I can come up with a 2,3 or 4 layer stencil to use in some art.

I have these great family photos from 1798-1930 that I want to use, because I find the faces interesting. I think some of the stencils could be used in the Citra Solv art, in addition to many other things burning a hole in my brain trying to get out.

Here are a couple I am working on at the moment. The first one is my dad taken from a video of him on the show To Tell the Truth.

It is a single layer and I cut it and used it on a piece of scrap paper to see how it looks.

The next one is of his father, dating back to 1926. I am trying to get 3 layers out of it and hope to cut it out tomorrow, when I am not so tired.

I did a simple, single layer cut the other day for the art demo using a masking sheet on my Silhouette Cameo and those came out really well and people went nuts for them.



 Keep checking back to see how this experiment all shakes out!