Hey blogging friends!! I'm baaaack ! Don't ask me what I did because I don't know... But got on to my comments , they were all there. AND I scrolled down and had about 6 comments in ?? Chinese?? Was that a problem? could be. All I care about is that its back on , I'm able to go to your blogs, gotta keep up with my blogland friends. So I'm happy again. And thank you all for writing, for trying to help, (even those of you who, like me don't know how. I don't know how we manage but somehow we do. LOL ..
Does anyone know what has happened to the blogs here on Google.. I'm unable to get anything except for posting. And I'm not sure that's even coming up. I'm unable to read my comments, new or published. I suppose this post is useless as I wont' be able to read if anyone answers. I'll try to look into it further and see if I can figure it out.
Jenny watches "Videos for Cats" . Oh you didn't know there was such a thing? Neither did I until I came across it on You-Tube.
Some of them are eight hours long, I suppose for people who work and want their cat to be entertained.
Jenny will watch these for as long as I leave it on. Here she is on the bed with my little Netbook. Makes herself comfortable with her paws tucked under on the keyboard. Sometimes she chirps at it, and tries to catch them ..but most times just content to sit and watch it.
I'm on my new laptop and the first post to Art Hearts Place! It's just the right size, fast, and clear and I love having a keyboard to type on. So far I'm setting it up by myself, and we'll see how I get along without calling in the Army. I'm not the best to do things on the computer, and don't know how I run a website, Etsy, 2 blogs, and a host of other "stuff". Divine intervention, no doubt. LOL ! I still have to see how the photo end of this goes... Fingers crossed.
I'm looking for the website that allows you to do this. This is a painting I did years ago, then went onto a site that puts your painting in front of three people sitting on a bench.. I can't for the life of me remember the name of it . If anyone knows please leave it in my comment section. This was another one .
I still run my Etsy shop. My latest sale was of this 5x7 "Black Cat" painting. Of course Jenny was my model and I've done a few of her. Etsy has changed a lot since I started in late 2014. The company has grown and is now even doing commercials on TV. Some of it's positive, but not all. When I first got onto it they were doing almost all hand made creations . Now they are a global company and sell everything. That makes it hard for people to 'find' you on the site. I first looked into it in 2008, and then for a few months stayed there. But opted out and didn't go back seriously until Dec. '14 . I still sell regularly. I try to keep at least 50 pieces in there at any given time, but right now needing to catch up. That means I better get a move on.
Ever since my desktop stopped working I am trying to use a small netbook .. I painted this little country scene this morning. Yes, I've painted this scene before , but it was sold. I've always like it. Took photos with my digital camera and my computer won't upload.. so I took a photo with my phone, and it's just horrible. It looks so faded out, and no matter how I tried to edit or fix it no can do. I'm going to get a new laptop when I can, but for now UGH!! I can't put photos like this on my Etsy, they are not true. Happy painting to everyone.
Ok bad stuff first... my desktop has a terminal illness, in fact it was fatal. The computer that I've blogged on, website, Etsy, not to mention thousands of photos, all my art work, everything. I panicked at first until I was able to recall everything on a small tablet. But I now need a new one more reliable than this "toy" I'm on now.
But the good news is that my painting I exhibited in the "Insiders Art" here in Tallahassee has gotten "The Peoples Choice Award" . This was the first piece that I've shown since I got to Tallahassee almost three years ago.
AND yesterday I won enough on a scratch off ticket to get a nice new laptop.
A while back I decided to try oil painting again after a very long time away from it... As it turned out I tried, I liked, but it didn't like me.. The smells, and the mess, but mostly the smell didn't agree with me.. I was using a medium, Liquin, to mix and it's toxic.. I have a very small place, studio and living space. Eating and sleeping in the same room with oil paint is not a 'good thing'. So now I'm using acrylics, as a second choice to my watercolor.. Oils are still the best of the two. Here is my interpretation of the same scene in watercolor, and second in acrylic. Very different in terms of application and confirms my belief that watercolor is delicate as opposed to acrylics. That's my story, stickin' to it. Do you have one. ? Let me know.
I'd hope to be inspired by my trip to Savannah last week and I suppose that's what happened.. So much art to appreciate whether it's the parks (Squares) , the buildings are restored not replaced, and they try to keep them historically correct. The windows, and doors are replaced in the period of the time. But most of them are from hundreds of years back. This was the windows on one of the the homes there.
This was the exhibit at the Jepson Museum in Savannah while I was there... An exhibit of Monet, Matisse and everything in between. Renoir, Cassat, Sargeant, Van Gogh It was so impressive to see them up 'close and personal' as the saying goes..
This one above is a Matisse, and here's a few more including Renoir's Storybook .
If you think I haven't seen many original impressionist paintings then you would be right. And I loved every minute there.
And the Riverboat on the Savannah River at night. My phone camera is not that clear from the 9th floor, but the sight was spectacular.
And this one below
was from my cousins IPhone so a good clear photo right after it passed. I think any artist would love the city of Savannah. So, Whats not to like ???
Spent my birthday in Savannah, Ga. A big old Southern town with so much history and places to visit.
Very old mansions, beautiful 200 year old oak trees and every thing is built around 'Squares'.
It's home to SCAD ...Savannah College of Art and Design. Very artsy, art students everywhere.
Little walled in courtyards, tons of plants and green stuff. This is a good time of year to go there, perfect weather.
Restaurants, cafes, and great hotels.. Then there's City Market, River Street for shopping. So many places you can paint.. Lamp posts, interesting architecture. I was there four ? years ago and always wanted to go back.. So I did. My first cousin Joanne flew to Savannah and I drove up from Florida.. And since she's from up north we had to visit Tybee Island a beach town across the river... So the Tybee Lighthouse.
First I want to say thank you to all my online and blogging buddies that wrote to send their thoughts and prayers before and after the hurricane.. I appreciate it so much. Jen and I are fine.. And the next thing I'm sending you a picture of this Walking Stick.. He was on a tree in back.. He's over 5 inches long... Yes, I measured him .. LOL !
Ok so he's not gorgeous, but give him some credit for growing that big !!!
Leaving for a few days to one of my favorite places, Savannah, Ga. I'll take plenty of pics and hopefully new enthusiasm for watercolors.
The last time I went to Panama City this quaint little coastal town was beautiful... We are waiting for Hurricane Michael to go onshore there .. I'm just north of Tallahassee , and it looks like we'll get it here also. Fingers crossed and prayers .. And this is Appalachicola last time I was there. About 6 months ago..
Thank you all. I asked for help on this and really appreciate each and every comment.. Every one had great suggestions.. I tried to listen to your advice and although I'm sure more could have been done to it, I'm going to call it finished. I think I've learned something with this one and yes, one of my never ending problems has always been with shadows, contrast, and lost and found edges ..(that's enough) !!
I've been working on this the last couple days... I should have stopped after 3 hours, called it 'finished', and posted, but oh noooo, not me. It's a watercolor, about 16x20, and I stuck it behind this old white mat to see if I liked it any better. I didn't. But after all my years of painting I think I need to come to terms with the fact that I'm not stopping when I should.. This was a composition of 2 different paintings that I did in the past. Possibly softening edges? When you've never had any professional help and have been painting w/c for 32 years it's very difficult to even know WHAT is wrong.. You Just Do ! Any HELP ?
I've painted this lighthouse before, but I'll post this one on my Etsy site. Watercolor . This is in Apalachee on the St. Marks Bay Florida. That's in the Panhandle area on the northwest coast. It has quite a history, built around the 1830's, was occupied by the Confederate troops during the Civil War and has withstood major hurricanes that destroyed the surrounding area. Today it's preserved and on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Still wild and wooley, right on the bay and surrounded by wildlife and nature.
I'm an artist painting my way through this journey called life.. Watercolor and pencil are my main mediums and I'm honored to have won awards for my work in both.
The destination is not so important as the daily trek in trying to get there.
My website www.barbrajoan.com