As some of you may know, I have a small place on the web for visual artists that I call "Red Easel." It is where I share stories from my studio, tutorials, and it has emerged over the last 2 years to a nice little place for visual artists to share their stories, their tutorials, their paintings, and more. I also have listings of galleries, and I have an artist directory with over 100 artist listings if I can ever get around to finishing adding those artists that still need to be added to the directory. I even have information and resources for visual artists. A whole bunch of neat stuff in one place.
I was looking around TypePad this morning seeing what they have new going on and ran across a story about TypePad Champions, and boy was I surprised that I was on the list. Check this out!...
Since health care reform is on everybody's mind these days, I thought I would share with my readers the black and white of it all. Let me tell you why - because I am sick of all the political banter going on between the Republicans and the Democrats. I don't know where the Republican's are coming up with all their scare tactics but they have no basis whatsoever with regards to the actual content of the Health Care Reform Bill. As for the Democrats - they aren't much better as they have a tendency to sugar coat the content as well.
Instead of listening to all the political banter, go online and read the bill for health care reform. You'll find it is exactly what this country needs. Politicians went through the same crap when Social Security and Medicare were on the table.
I gotta tell you, there are times I look at my stats and laugh at who ends up here. Some of them I just can't figure out. For instance, someone in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC wants to know how to make a shower curtain. Now I wonder who this could be? I wonder if my story on making shower curtains helped this person? I wonder if they saw my colorful, spotted material and thought "Yes! That is exactly what I want to make for my bathroom!" Or, did they look at the fabric and think "You've got to be kidding, right?" Who is this person? Were they on their lunch break and looking for information on how to make a shower curtain? Or maybe they were looking for shower curtains when they should have been typing up a bill on health care reform. Maybe that's the problem with politicians. They spend too much time on Google looking for instructions on how to make shower curtains and not enough time figuring out how to make the country a better place to live.
Growing up, my father used to tell me "You lay down with dogs you'll get up with fleas. Choose your friends wisely and stay away from the dogs." Believe me when I tell you, I've gotten mixed up with quite a few dogs in this life, and I'm still itchin.' It's difficult, I know, as a child especially, to feel completely isolated when just about everyone you meet is a "dog." And that is the problem in this country. Literally and figuratively. Respect. We don't teach our children respect. Well, I am trying to teach them, but it isn't easy.
As you all may know, my Big Bear got laid off over a year ago, and life as we knew it kinda went ... how many ways can I say this and still sound decent? You know what I mean. And as a result, although my readership went up, my comments tanked - because you all can read me like a book and I think you know when my "voice" isn't my own anymore. I just want to finally tell you what I've really been feeling this past 13 months. No more dancin' around the issue.
It's Contest Time!
I'm pretty darn lucky. I love to read, and I get the most wonderful books as gifts in the mail from authors and publishers who know that I enjoy good books and will happily tell you, my readers and friends, all about it. Nothing fills me up quite like a good book, a comfy chair, a favorite quilt in my lap, and a crackling fire. Okay, I'm hoping we get our fireplace checked soon because I'm wantin' that crackling fire in a bad way, and I'm not interested in anymore attempts at burning down the house. In the meantime, though, I've been reading the best book. It is called "Amazing Grays - A Woman's Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50." Sounds like my kind of book, if for no other reason than I just turned 50 and I am amazingly gray. Need I say more?
Beautiful young people
are accidents of nature, but
beautiful old people are works of art
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Snow White must have lived in North Carolina. Or maybe she used to live here. We have so many interesting visitors. "Hello Bambi, you're looking chipper today."
I received a nice little package in the mail from my dear friend Beth. It was a surprise. When I opened it, guess what I found? Well, it's not that difficult to figure out because I've got it pictured here. Yep, Beth sent me homemade Raisin Bread, directly from her kitchen to mine. I wonder what gave her the idea that I like Raisin Bread? Ya think?
My sweetie-pie made this on her computer and sent it to me in an email. Look at that sweetheart smile. I agree with her message and especially the last one ...
Live, Laugh, Love, Repeat. :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
and Sarah too!
That's my Cat Girl I'll have you know! Today was "costume day" at Sarah's high school and she made some silly cat ears with her headband, put on some crazy eyeliner, dressed in black, and headed off to school. Does she look happy or what?
By Beth Sollars
I've been waiting a while to do this post. This delicious soup recipe comes from my oldest and best friend, Debbie Finegan, who passed away on September 16th after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She would be beaming from ear to ear to know that her recipe is being published for all the world to see. Well, that previous statement is a bit of an exaggeration, but I imagine that would make Debbie laugh even harder.This soup tastes just like a stuffed pepper, only better and much easier to make! I'm thinking it's right on time for the cool weather that many of you are experiencing up north. So go out and get the simple ingredients to make this soup, and even if you never met this amazing person, send a little smile her way, up that-a-way, for I'm sure that's where she is with all the other angels.
Being that this is the flu season and swine flu is on everybody's mind, I thought it was a good idea to highlight this recent story from WebMD and pass it on to my readers. For those of you who do not receive the WebMD newsletter, I highly recommend it. This article is long, but it answers your questions about the swine flu and what we can all do to prevent this virus from infecting us and our families. I've added images throughout to make it more interesting and to help you get through it.
Most importantly, stay safe, keep your hands washed regularly, and see your doctor if you think you may have the flu, any flu (but wear a face mask when you go to his office and out in public please)
Well, today I won't be posting the Saturday Morning Skraw, but I have been drawing things up this week.
Plato once said "Necessity is the mother of invention" and working as hard and as long as I have this week in my studio, I got so frustrated and covered in paint that I decided I was going to do something about it. You see, I have 2 palettes that I use when I paint - a hand-held palette, and a table palette with a glass top for easy clean up. The problem I have been having is with the hand-held palette. After searching for hours online for a palette that would solve my problem of getting oil paint on my left sleeve and arm, and the occasional stress and pain I feel in my left arm from holding the palette a certain way, I sat down and designed my own palette - one that would put an end to paint on my left sleeve and arm, one that would rest comfortably on my left hip or belt if I wanted, and one that had the correct angle at the fingers that I could place used brushes in my left hand easily.
So you can understand what I created here, let's take a look at some artist palettes: