Friday, January 18, 2008

Play a Handmade Gift Forward

i have been seeing this on several of the blogs that i have visited recently and thought it was a good idea. it goes with my handmade pledge which you can see on the right side of this blog, just scroll down and click on the handmade button if you are interested.

i know it is suppose to be pay it forward but i like the idea that i "play" with my art supplies to make a handmade gift for you and so "Play it Forward" is what i am doing....

ok here goes with my "play it forward" -

Melissa from has invited everyone to take part in this Play It Forward.

I think this is a great idea and I am willing to "play it forward", are you?

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog to this entry requesting to join this ‘Play It Forward’ exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within the year that is my promise!

The only thing you have to do in return is ‘Play It Forward’ by making the same promise on your blog with a link back to me at So basically, if you comment, I’ll send you a handmade gift that I’ll make! Be sure to include your email. Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.You must post this on your blog to be eligible.

I received my invite to play from Moonwillow at

Thursday, January 17, 2008

drawings and sketches

here are some drawings i worked on over the summer. Drawing comes a bit hard for me but i like to draw when i have the time. i also posted some of my sketches/rough drafts for paintings below, i use them as a prelim before i actually paint. Enjoy!

Sketches -

landscapes in oil

here are a couple of landscapes i have been working on, they are small for me at 8" by 10", i usually work at least 16" by 20". i have another one i am working on also to go with the set.

art joke for you...

Q: What did the Mona Lisa say to the Van Gogh forgery?

A: “You sir, are an impasto.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lap top and website

well, i just ordered my new Dell laptop and have started my new website. laptop will be here sometime the week of January 21st, i am so excited!! i can go to the college and use it or at the coffee shop and no more waiting for the dial up connection. i am hoping to be able to get a wireless card soon, the dial up is slower than snail mail at home. here is the lap top i have is a Dell XPS M1530 in black.

i have lots to do for the website and i realized i should have waited another month to actually start it...i need to take pictures of all my work and type up some copy for the pages. i decided to go with, they have been around a long time and after searching around and looking at many websites and hosting sites i made my decision. i had been with homestead a long time ago with a free site and they were easy to use. it just somehow seemed the right place for me at this time. i will let you know more when i go live.

found a very cool website that lets you find all kinds of art blogs - check it out at

Monday, January 7, 2008

New year's resolutions...

yeah, i know i am bit behind but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!! i have been busy recuperating from surgery in mid December and writing curriculum for another class i am teaching at KCC.

so here is my goal list for 2008 -

1. build a website
2. purchase a laptop
3. lose weight (always have this one on the list)
4. build an email list (if you want on the list let me know)
5. produce more art (i would like to build a portfolio of fine art)
6. create a e-newsletter for my art
7. blog at least once a week
8. get published in some capacity

Laptops and webhosting

well, i have been searching the web for a hosting site...something easy to use and relatively reasonably priced. do you have any ideas? who do you use for your hosting site? did you build it yourself?

what about a laptop? what are some must have features? i am currently looking at Dell but i could be swayed in other directions.

i really am at a loss as to what i really want to do for these things....any comments would be helpful!! thanks.

you can post comments or email me directly at or