A Little Bunny Love

The second little 5 X 5 that I completed today. This also is a repurposed canvas from 2016 and the title is “A little bunny Love”. Once I get it uploaded into my store, it can be purchased in a notecard, 7.5 X 7.5 print and a 10.5 X 10.5 print. Here is the link if you would like to look around.

Surviving the Cold

Throughout the day I am going to share my paintings that I have been working on since our cold, cold snap. Our temps are going up today and even though it was way too cold, it was so sunny. That was deceiving. Yesterday one of my cats was putting up a fuss at the window and there was a little bird all huddled against the house with the feathers ruffling in the wind. I was afraid it was dead but luckily it was close to my dryer vent. I turned on the dryer to see if it would get warmed up. Eventually it started moving his head, then standing up and then it flew off, hopefully finding a little warmer spot. Sunday it is supposed to be 50 degrees! Crazy but welcome. This little painting, I am repurposing. I used this canvas in 2015 and decided that it could be better. It had a little birds nest so I turned it into a fox burrow and I had planned to do a curled up fox so here it is, “Fox Burrow”. I love that background green, it is from Target and called Seaweed. I have been building my inventory for the art fair shows. My season starts in April and I have lots of ideas.

Book Review-The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is one of my very favorite authors. I haven’t found a book that she has written that I didn’t like. I can get lost inside the story and that is my goal for a good book.

The primary setting of this book is Alaska. The father, Ernt was in the Vietnam War and was captured for 6 years. He has a wife, Cora and a daughter Leni. They lived in Oregon, and since Ernt came home from the war he was not the same person. He was angry all the time, couldn’t hold down a job, they were always moving and always fighting.

He received a letter one day from the father of his buddy that died in the war. It stated that the buddy had left him the land and cabin that he owned in Alaska.

Ernt decided that this was the new start that they needed and prepared to move to Alaska. Cora did not have a good relationship with her parents who lived fairly close but she went to visit them before they left to see if she could get some money from them, which came in very handy since there were not a lot of jobs where they were going.

This book gave a vivid view of Alaska and the people who live there and why. It was a journey through Ernts deteriorating mental health. It took us through the domestic violence that he bestowed upon Cora and then Leni. Cora could not give up on Ernt until he had turned his violence onto Leni. The people of the town where they lived banded together and helped, first as newbies who were totally unprepared for the Alaska winters and then to help Cora and Leni get away. I could feel the coldness of the winter and how hard it was to cope, along with the long nights. Very enjoyable book!

Workshops!

I am happy to announce that I am collaborating with the North Adams Arts Council in Decatur, IN to host Find Your Creative Joy Workshops. These are mixed media workshops that will build on elements as each month progresses. You are looking at the pattern for the workshop that is open for January 27th. Small 5 X 7 gallery wrapped canvas. Ages 10 to Adult, 1 pm to 5 pm. Four hours long for $55.00. All supplies are included along with water and snacks. The student will make the painting their own, as in choosing the colors. It is a very laid back, small group, no more than 11. Hopefully this will make you want to continue. It is a very forgiving medium where it doesn’t have to be precise and the more layers, the more interesting the painting is. Here is a link to a gallery of past workshops. The address for the North Adams Art Council Building is 521 N. 3rd Street, Decatur, IN.
This snowman will be for the kids workshop ages 6 to 10, for two hours. February 17th and it is $20.00
This is the March 24th workshop for kids. Two hours for $20.00.

There are also other workshops scheduled for Adults. The dates for these are February 24, March 31 and April 28th. .
To register for these workshops follow this link, sign up and use credit card or PayPal. If you have any questions my email is xoxobb@hotmail.com.

Book Review-Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa M.D.

This book was written nine years ago and the setting is the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The author is the doctor in this facility.

This facility has three floors, and on each floor there are two resident cats. The third floor is the unit that cares for residents with Alzheimers. This is where Oscar lives. Oscar has the run of the third floor, his food and water is at the nurses station and he goes about his business visiting. But there are many rooms and he doesn’t stay long…..only when the patient is about to die. Then he will come into the room and sniff the air, jump up on the bed and curl up beside the patient. He will stay there until they pass on and the funeral home comes and takes the body away. Then he is off duty again. It wears him out and he sleeps the next day away, more so than what cats normally do.

The doctor was not a cat person, and really was skeptical about this. The nurses and aids would try to tell him about Oscar and how he could do this but he took it upon himself to visit families who had Oscar be with them. He wanted their take on this phenomenon. He received views on Oscar but he also became a much more empathetic person from speaking with these people. He understood better what people were going through when their loved one was dying from this disease. Since he also had a disease that may someday render his arms and legs useless it help him to not focus on himself but to live life well. This also gives the reader food for thought, that we don’t know what is ahead of us, what will it be like when after all the years we are married and then to lose your spouse, and not have them beside you anymore.

Every chapter in this book started with a cat quote, two of my favorites:

1.One cat just leads to another-Earnest Hemingway
2. A cat is always on the wrong side of the door-Anonymous
All in all this was a delightful book. I loved that they had cats at this facility, it made it seem very homelike and the reason why people chose to stay there.

Did You Know

What archival actually means? I like to find actual definitions especially when I am blogging to make sure that I am using the right word.


ar·chi·val
/ˌärˈkīvl/
adjective
adjective: archival
relating to or constituting archives.
“the club maintains an archival research library”
(of a material such as paper) of suitable quality to be used in archives.

“the illustrations are printed with archival inks that will last about 70 years”
The second definition pertains to the reproductions that I print here in my studio.
I use Epson archival inks that are lightfast and they claim should last 200 years without much degradation. The Epson Photo Paper Luster that I use, is substantial. I like a sharp and bright print and my paintings are very colorful I have found that the Photo Paper Luster works the best. This information I found about it:

Luster finish is most easily thought of as being somewhere in between gloss and matte. Luster prints are slightly glossy, which helps enhance the image’s color and details, but also feature a very fine “texture” to help reduce problems associated with glare and fingerprints.

I like to be able to make my reproductions to easily fit ready made mattes for my customers convenience.

I use an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer. It is wireless and can print many sizes, or canvas, which I have not tried, plus various other items.

Of course having the print completely in the sun would not prevent it from degrading, care does have to be taken with them.

You may not care if it will last 200 years or even 70 but be assured that you will be getting a quality and unique item.

I also want to let you know that when one shops online at Here’s My hART your credit card is secure. When setting up this shop I had to purchase the right to this security. You can see the lock up in the search bar. I use Square to accept the payments but Global Secure keeps the information secure through my web provider Green Geeks.

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Two Good New Recipes

My Sister-in-law, Ellen, sent this cookbook to me. I sat down and picked out six recipes to make from it. It was time to add something new to my repertoire. These next two are definite keepers.
This is Pork Posule. My husband says he is not a soup person, and claimed this is the best soup he has every had.
Page one of the recipe
Page Two, the things I did differently. I did not have oregano, so didn’t add that. I also did not add the tortilla chips in the soup, but they did get crunched on the top. I also did not add the avocado or radishes, they are not a favorite at our house nor did I add the sour cream to cut down on the calories. So the top just had cheese and crunched up chips. At the grocery I found thin sliced, boneless, pork loin chops that worked really well. I just needed to cut them up in 1/2 inch cubes. I also found Very Light Bertrolli Olive Oil on sale. I don’t like a strong olive oil smell. This was perfect. I love the smell of cooking onions and peppers together too. It is a filling soup and the broth is fantastic with just a hint of heat with the chili powder.
The next recipe was the Morning Glory Muffins. I liked all the ingredients that it called for. I thought that they would make the muffin very moist, which they were, plus getting some fruits and veggies in the diet. With only 1 1/4 cups of sugar they are not too sweet.
I got 27 regular size muffins out of the recipe and they looked just like this.

Did You Know

That art does not have to exactly match the decor. Art is a personal choice and when one chooses a piece it has spoken to the person. It evokes a pleasant memory. It depicts the same interests of a person. When you see it and walk by it everyday it should make you happy. This is the way art fits into a home, whether it is an original piece or an archival reproduction.

This painting; “No Goldfish Allowed” will be hanging in the Artlink Regional Artists Show From January 4, 2019 to February 8, 2019. The opening reception is January 4 from 5pm to 8 pm. Artlink is located at
300 East Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN

An archival reproduction can be ordered at the Art Shop.