Kokopelli Conga

Kokopelli Conga
"A work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art." --Paul Cezanne

June 25, 2012

Nibblefest June 2012 - "The Big P"

Nibblefest - June 2012
This month's theme: Birds (and other Feathered Friends)

I thought a peacock would be a fun subject...especially for summer. Peacocks always remind me of gardens and the zoo...and other fun summer activities!

This particular guy is so confident in his ineherent appeal to "the ladies" that he doesn't even feel the need to spread his feathers. He struts around the grounds knowing who's boss! He's "The Big P!"


Click here if you'd like to go to the ebay auction (auction ends on June 27th). :)


June 15, 2012

King of Yellow Heart returns home

"King of Yellow Heart" has returned home after an extensive year-long tour of Utah's schools and libraries with the Utah Arts Council traveling watercoler exhibition.

Here is an excerpt from the UAC email I received upon return of the painting:

"This show is always a popular one with our schools and libraries around the state and we are sincerely grateful that you participate in our program. This past year your piece traveled to
Weber State Library
Blue Peak High School
Canyon Rim Elementary
North Elementary in Cedar City
Fillmore Elementary
Manilla Elementary
The children especially love the pieces when they travel to their schools and are always sad when we take the exhibit down and drive the art away. They become very attached."
 
I am very glad that the painting returned home in good shape, undamaged, and was part of such a nice exhibition that brings art to school children in the state. Emphasis on the arts as a crucial component of education and overall development for children has fallen by the wayside in many places in America as difficult  economic times have hit. Art and Music teachers are among the first to be laid off during hard times, while parents and fundraisers will rally to raise money for sports programs, football teams, cheerleaders. But, nobody is rallying for the Arts and Music and Drama. I think all are important. If we don't teach children to appreciate art, how will we inspire them to want to create something beautiful in the world?
 
So, I am grateful that organizations are still out there to promote the arts, and especially to bring art into schools. :)
 
 

June 2, 2012

"Zoomed In" - ACEO Theme Week June 2012

It's here again! ACEO theme week on ebay. The theme for June 2012 is "Zoomed In" which I thought would be a fun theme to participate in. Since I have been so inspired by the Spring flowers in bloom this year, I decided to do a couple of "zoomed-in" ACEOs based on some of the flower photos I have taken recently.

The first one, "Eye of the Lilac" is based on one of the beautiful light violet lilacs I found blooming in Bountiful in early May. Luckily, I was able to take several shots of these beautiful flowers - some close up. Made for a perfect setup for the ACEO. :)

The second entry, "Soft Rose" is based on a lovely pale yellow rose that I took photos of after a hair appointment. Just outside the door and across the parking lot from my stylist's salon, there is a lovely little rose garden at the business next door. The day of my last appointment, their roses were blooming in beautiful colors and they had also just watered, so I was able to get several shots of the flowers with water droplets. Good thing I have started packing my camera with me so that I can get reference at the spur of the moment. You never know when you are going to run into something beautiful and/or inspiring in the course of your day!

ACEO theme week on ebay always starts on the 1st of the month. My auctions always run for 7 days on this contest. There are several great entries this month. I encourage you to check them out. Search "ACEO TW" or "ACEO TW JUN" to see all the Zoomed In entries!

ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. These little works of art are the size of a baseball trading card (2.5 inches x 3.5 inches). Artists have been trading and selling them for years, but they have recently gained popularity among collectors as well. :)


Here is my first entry: "Eye of the Lilac"
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Here is my second entry: "Soft Rose"
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