In The Pines

The most recent addition to the store. This painting has become a huge favorite. From the quote-Take Our Hearts for a Walk in the Woods and Listen to the Magic Whispers of Old Trees. To the green trees, the moose, red fox and pine martin. Now available for purchase in two sizes.

Let’s Talk About Note cards

Did you know that each and everyone of my prints in my store has a note card that can be ordered too? What is so special about these note cards you ask?

1. You are sending someone art. Not art that you can find everywhere else but only in a select spot. Not Hobby Lobby, not the grocery store or the pharmacy.
2. The print is so good that it can be framed.
3. They are all hand made by me. I make the painting, print the picture, glue them together on heavyweight cardstock, stamp them, print the label and stick it on the back insert them into the cellophane wrapper.
4. They are perfect to have on hand for, thinking of you, if someone is sick. Congratulations card, birthday card, graduation, sympathy or new home.

The stamps that I use are all hand carved by me. I stamp small images on the inside of the cards and on the envelopes. Who doesn’t love to get an envelope in the mail that is decorated? So each card is special and unique. It is always good to have some on hand, occasions pop up when you least expect them to. To find them easily click on over click on overe here.

A weekend of plays and preparation

This weekend I saw two plays. Two plays as I think about it on the surface are completely different. One was a musical and one was not. As I delve deeper into them they both have many similarities of segregation, inhumane treatment of another human being, race and religion atrocities. Memphis, I saw Friday night with my friend Theresa.

I love musicals and this did not disappoint. Fantastic dancing and R and B music. Huey Calhoun a white man who loves the R & B music, made his way into a black night club in an area of Memphis Tennessee during the 50’s in the segregated south. He fell for the black singer with the beautiful voice and they both were not supposed to be romantically linked and were jumped, beat up and paid the price. It was two hours of great musical entertainment.

 

On Sunday our niece had the lead roll of Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. This was such a dark time in our world history and although this was a sad subject matter the actors did a fantastic job portraying the 8 people who were hiding from the Nazi’s in a hidden apartment in the Netherlands.

The Germans were rounding up the Jews and sending them to concentration camps. Two families and a single man were in this apartment for two years 1942 to 1944 until they were discovered and sent on the trains. Through this time Anne Frank was writing in her diary what it was like to be in hiding. When they were taken away her diary was left behind and her father Otto was the only survivor.
He came back and retrieved this and their other items. He eventually read the diary and made it into a book. The acting made you feel the sadness and the hopelessness and at the end I was wiping my eyes. I wonder after seeing these two plays have we really learned anything from history? It just keeps repeating itself in different ways and areas. I have to quote Jimi Hendrix….When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace.

I have also been readying my art for the summer shows. My first is March 4th in South Bend. I am adding wire hanging hooks.

Packaging single cards from mini prints of my art.

Added grommets to my banner. I have considered buying a commercial banner but I just feel that my personally made banner holds a lot of charm. I have also bought curtains for indoor shows to make the booth seem cozier and finished. The blue is a new tablecloth and I have a nosy cat that cannot come to the art fairs with me. She is putting her seal of approval on it, I guess. I am also making bags out of the roll of bubble wrap. It will make transport much easier. I will show them next time. Have a great Monday!!