Seems the impending, possible demise of xanga has inspired me to enjoy it more before it (maybe) disappears. I did decide to sell the prints for Seren. Here's the image: We'll see what she makes next... We're talking about getting some watercolor paper stretched for her to paint on. She can sell the originals or give them to family. Either way it'll be cool :)
I just hung a BIG show at the Tomato Head on Market Square here in Knoxville and have art going into a Gatlinburg gallery pretty soon. Busy times! Here are a few of my recent pieces: Tiny demands that we spend a lot of time painting and has had a really interesting, freeing influence on my technique.
So... a couple people have said they want to buy a print of my girl's first painting. I'm thinking of making it about 8"x8" and charging $25 with shipping (envelope and postage combines to about $5). Does it seem fair if I put half in a bank account for her and use the other half to keep us in paints and other art materials? I feel a little weird selling her art when she's just 14 months old, but, at the same time, if people want to buy it, I hate to deprive them.
Feedback please! I won't be offended by anything you say. It's all going to help me think about the best, good, right thing to do.
It makes me sad to hear xanga is shutting down. I have made so many real friends through xanga and I can hardly imagine what life will be like with it gone... I don't have much time to type with the little one these days. She's 14 months, getting teeth and getting mobile. I just hung a big art show at the Tomato Head in Knoxville and am looking to be in a gallery in Gatlinburg in 2-4 weeks. Things are going well in general... Still hoping I can have air conditioning in the house this summer, but not sure I'll sell enough paintings to make it happen. It's getting hot fast... Ah well... The reason I came by was to make sure whomever wants to can find me outside xanga I'm on facebook under Starr Cline and Ocean Starr Cline - fan page for the art. I'm also at firstname.lastname@example.org and I do google+ periodically
Gotta chase a baby now. Thank you all for your friendship and love over the years... So sad to see you go xanga.
Edit: Added picture of Seren and HER first painting. She has declared it finished and won't work on it any more. I did some of the color picking, but the vast majority of the painting task was completed by her :) She makes me so proud lol...
So I have officially kept my daughter alive a whole year now! I could write all those things about how time flies and they grow so quick, but those of you who have raised your own already know that better than I and those who haven't just hear the cliche lol... So I'll give you a couple photos of happy baby. She likes hanging out at the easel. And she's learning about presents. I don't really celebrate birthdays or anything, but I couldn't stop her grandmother from playing the game with her. They enjoy each other immensely. In other news, we're starting baby plants for spring now. Husband cut some beer bottles off at the neck, turned the top upside down and ran a wick through to the base of the bottle for a water reservoir. That way we have reusable starter containers that already fit in a nice piece of cardboard to rack neatly on the shelf. It's pretty cool really. And a new painting: Shrodinger's Frog Is the frog in the grass alive or dead? Both. The next frame exists only in the viewer's mind. I live in a town full of physicists. Forgive my dorkitude hehehe...
I got three shows hung this month... more in the works! I've never hung two shows in one day before. That was a new trick... but it all worked out more or less perfectly. I just have too much stock to let it sit at the house. Once you build up that kind of an inventory, you kind of have to make sure there are walls for it to go hang on! So now that the shows are up, I'm back into production mode! He sings west; she sings east. The sun he mourns, the one she greets. Three Buttons on the Windowsill.
Hi guys! I've been home alone with the baby a bunch lately and it's not so easy to type these days with her. She keeps stealing my mouse and closing my browser and such, but we are having a lovely time together eating onions and raw mushrooms and baked apples and yogurt... Making simple smoothies and mashed potatoes and such. We pick the flower stalks of arugula plants and she munches the flowers happily watching Doctor WHO with me hehehe... And she cooperates more with me painting than me typing so here are some fresh flowers for you. I hope the signs of spring are as inspirational and glorious for you as they are for me! Both of these are about 10.5" x10.75" on 1/2" plywood. go forth and be joyfully productive :D Onward and upward!
Edit... Apparently, I missed a painting. Here it is too :)
So all of a sudden, life is more exciting than usual. In March, my work is going to the public library in Oak Ridge. New work going into Artifactia in Bearden. In June, work will be shown in the Tomato Head at Market Square in Oak Ridge - then in July it goes to their other location in West Knoxville... And in April, I have to write to the Stir Fry Cafe about scheduling with them.
I'm just all bubbly inside... hehehehe.... Life feels like such a bubbling brook of excitement and joy right now! I just had to share!
Tulips Burst Forth From the Darkness of Winter Acrylic on Plywood Slightly larger than 12"x15"
Childlike... In the face of the stresses of life and the gloomy moods being flung about, I still feel childlike... In spite of being reminded that all sorts of horrible things are happening around the country, I still feel free and happy in myself. In spite of being reminded that I'm supposed to feel adult and responsible and parent-like, I still feel like myself and even reborn continuously.
How can life be bad or sad or stressful when the sun shines and I am surrounded by such love from my friends and the Universe?
January is, indeed, the cruelest month for sales, but I recently picked up a couple commissions in anticipation of tax return monies and some people who had paused their installment plans say they can resume shortly so I'm hoping with Valentines Day and Mothers Day on the horizons, business will pick up.
More good news - Seren's big enough to go to Kid Care at my gym now so I can go back to working out. Somehow I think my separation anxiety will be worse than hers... but I am SO excited to be able to get my muscles back in order as spring and summer look my way!
If no one's making your day, make it yourself! With love as always Onward and upward *
Childhood love flits in the memories of my heart like butterflies 22.5"x35.75" Acrylic on Plywood with Texturing
We've been working on the house trying to get it safe and happy for a more mobile baby and my laptop is currently in a difficult spot for me to sit and type and read. I'm sorry I haven't been able to visit around as much... I'm dying to get around and see what everyone's up to... But that is the way it is right now.
In the meantime, I've been meditating on memories of childhood love... before bills and schedules and all that.
I also just finished reading @plantinthewindow's latest book. I took my sweet time with it because I do find it so exquisite... a meditation on the joys and agonies and joys again in human life - uncomplicated and unchanged by the passing of time and corporeal decay... but also shaded by the same. I am greatly hoping I can find the time to write a nice scholarly paper about it. I know it's not in the style a lot of people read for "fun"... I can't imagine reading Game of Thrones of Shades of Grey (guessing I got those titles right). My education in literature has made "candy books" difficult for me to get interested in. I would like to see John's work get the recognition I believe it deserves as a truly masterful piece! Also meditating on how to make that happen.
Gotta run for now - baby calls As always with love Onward and upward *
Absolutely incredible work here! I'm not an incredibly artistic person, but some of these paintings truly captivate me, and I guess that's one of the highest compliments, no? Giving an artist a smile isn't much, they are in the realm. Bringing in someone who would otherwise not look twice,
@complicatedlight - I do still have some pears and have been thinking of more, but you're right, there is a stylistic shift going on. I'm also in an experimental period since I don't have to produce anything in particular for a show at the moment. Check this page - It has all the fruit paintings le
ok, so i've already got the dogwood flower. the awesome orchid is "ordered", and i'm still hanging in for the ad hoc third in the triptych, so i can get both here in one shipment. i think the new stuff i'm seeing represents a slight stylistic shift that'd unbalance the ensemble. but then it occured
@LaDawntheartist - Hey there. I'm just incredibly busy. I've moved and changed a lot of things around in my life. Just haven't gotten the time to do a proper update yet. I do have new work to post as soon as I get some time for myself. Things are good. I'll ask around about the dog. I promise I'll c
Hey Ocean! How you doin' girl? Love your work, your so creative and original as usual. I was wondering if you would ask around if anyone would like a yellow lab, male, approximately 1-2 years of age...very sweet, gentle, minds well and leads wonderfully. I picked him up off the road before he wo
Ocean...when you do the pointsilium (sp?) be sure to glue your resin paper that I gave you to a board or a piece of foam board. I once went to a lot of work of doing a piece and accidenaly knocked it against the edge of the table. It broke right in two! I could not even glue it back together....di
Hi Starr it's EV3RY. Glad to see you still have that infectious exuberance for life. Good to read that the painting,language learning and keep fit are going well. The cone flower and fish paintings are some of the best that I have seen from you yet! Keep it up Girl
You had asked a long time ago about doing volunteer work. See my post today and come visit sometime. Check us out, okay. Sorry to take so long to get back to you. I wanted to be sure we were up and running before you came over.