The winner of the St. Paddy’s Day art contest is…

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Kaye Menner! Congrats. Her photograph, entitled “Geranium Leaves – Reflections On Pond” really captures the beautiful color green for St. Paddy’s Day!

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***I do not own this photograph. This image is owned & copyrighted to Kaye Menner. You can purchase this photograph by clicking here.)

Kaye Menner is an Australian mother who decided to teach herself the art of photography using various websites and courses. She draws inspiration from her mother, who is also an artist, and the beauty of nature.

*Her photographs can be purchased on Fine Art America & you can watch her videos on YouTube.

We have 2 second place winners! They are:

Iryna Goodall’s photo, “Muguet Melody.”

Toni Abdnour’s photo, “Little Pink Bloom.”

There are also 2 third place winners! They are:

Shane Bechler’s digital photo, “Stormy Skies – Green.”

Eva Lechner’s digital photo, “Easter Bunny.”

***Thank you to everyone who participated! You can check out all of the great entries by clicking here. Keep in mind that all of these works are available for purchase!

🍀I hope that everyone has a great St. Patrick’s Day! I will be spending it drinking lots of stout & eating too much which is why I had to write this post now instead of later in an inebriated state. 🍀

cheers 🍀

 

 

Blog post of 3/13/17 – another art sale & St. Paddy’s day art contest

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Yesterday I had another person buy my scribble dachshund drawing on Etsy!

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My weiners, errrr, I mean dachshunds seem to be very popular!

Anyways, I just finished reading “Essential Blake” by Stanley Kunitz, a collection of William Blake’s most important poems,  & have started reading “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.

I’ve also been listening to a lot of Irish folk songs lately since St. Paddy’s day is coming up. I’ve always enjoyed the lyrics of old European folk songs. If you haven’t heard much of them, you will probably be surprised on how cleverly filthy many of them are. ha

Check out my art contest on Fine Art America for St. Paddy’s Day. I just had to do one being part Irish and enjoying a drink or two or five

The voting will begin in on Wednesday & anyone can vote!

Hope all my readers are doing okay! Cheers everyone!

 

Rant of 2/27/17 – Pretentious artists

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Get ready for this rant. It may not make much sense since I get so fired up just thinking about it, but here I go:

  1. Pretentious artists

Even so often I come across a quote by someone that is just so snobby and elitist my head wants to explode. It usually involves an artist saying how they are motivated to create because they want to save the world, or how their work is so important that if they stooped so low as to, *gasp*, work at a “normal job,” the world would stop spinning.

Creating art shouldn’t be reserved for only a select few chosen ones, especially with the internet. Just look at my blog. I’m a person that enjoys writing, drawing, & taking photos. Am I the best ever at it? No. But I’m always trying to improve.

Most children spend their free time creating. It’s a natural thing to want to draw or dance or sing. When you’re a kid, you don’t really care if it’s good or not. You’re not concerned with sounding or appearing to be intelligent & oh so “artsy fartsy.”

It also shouldn’t be something that you can only understand if you get a four year liberal arts degree. Art, or at least some forms of it, should be available to everyone.

Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded by people that work “normal” jobs, including myself, but I cannot listen to the gibberish that comes out of some people’s mouths about how much more important they are than the “average” person.

This rant was set off by someone saying how artists are the only people that get to celebrate life. I won’t say who, but you can figure it out with a quick google search if you’re that curious :p

Anyways, I hope that the internet helps destroy this pretentiousness. It’s so easy to create a blog & share your work that anyone can do it. I know that many people find this to be a bad thing, but they are probably the snobs that I am complaining about.

End of rant. So what do you think? Is there a pandemic of snobbery among art lovers? Or maybe you think that I’m being the ultimate in pretentious by hating on pretentious people (does that make any sense?) Comment below!

Rant of 2/22/17 – Anger & National Days

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Not exactly sure why I am putting any of my readers through this, but this post is just going to be me ranting about 2 random things.

  1. The demonization of anger

-Anger. It’s an emotion that most people view as negative. Just google anger & you’ll see that many of the results are about how to suppress it. Of course it’s important to not let yourself freak out over every little nuisance like this kid:

*Kid freaks out and breaks school ipad

But anger in moderation can be very useful. When I’m going through a hard time I get depressed. Instead of fighting back against it I want to just sleep because I am so exhausted. But anger gets you moving.

  1. National days

-Since when did everyday become a national day of something? Love your pet day, bagel day, pizza day, donut day, people with the last name of z day (yes, it’s real.)

Am I forgetting something, or did this just become popular in the past few years? Can anyone help me answer this important, life changing question before I get into an existential crisis ^^ (yes, this is sarcastic.)

What do you think, chiweenie?

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Okay, I better go and chill out now :p

Groupthink vs. Creativity

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Groupthink seems to have gotten worse in this era of social media. If you have a differing opinion on any subject, you risk the chance of being blocked, a digital form of shunning. If one does not tow the line that society has manufactured, you will face resistance & repulsion from those that are under the spell of perceived “trendiness”.

Creativity & individuality are a threat. If you are able to think for yourself, it is harder for those in power to control you. Although conformity is nothing new, it is hard to ignore the propaganda. Various tools & systems, such as television, public schools, & the internet are all used to indoctrinate.

But if these tools can be used to brainwash people, they can also be used to share information & creativity. The internet is the easiest way of doing this. Instead of blocking those that you disagree with, it is much more productive to have a dialogue with them. The following quote by Thomas Jefferson puts this into perspective.

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

Life is really boring when surrounded by yes men that agree with everything we say. To hell with that. I love talking with people that I disagree with. The conversations are much more intense & meaningful, rather than just having a chat that is filled with nodding your head yes, yes, yes.

Go on, be yourself. Say what your opinion is, even if it’s not popular. Why waste time pretending to be someone you’re not? Life’s too short for that nonsense.

Be the weirdo that you were always meant to be!

Spooky Pumpkin Photograph – & The Legend of Stingy Jack

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I modeled this pumpkin after the Jack Skellington character from The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of my favorite films.

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(Prints of this photo are available for sale on Fine Art America! Check it out here!)

The jack o’ lantern was believed to scare away evil spirits. It may have originated from the Irish myth about Stingy Jack.

Jack was a drunk who was known to play mischievous tricks on everyone in town. One night at the bar, he ran into the devil himself who came there to collect his soul. Jack came up with a clever trick. He asked the devil for one last drink. The devil transformed himself to a coin in order to pay for the drink. Instead, Jack put him in his pocket next to a cross so the devil couldn’t transform back. Jack only let the devil free when he agreed to give him ten more years to live on Earth.

A decade later, in the middle of a dark road, the devil came for Jack. Again thinking of a clever trick, he asked the devil to give him an apple from a tree. Jack then surrounded the tree with crosses, keeping the devil hostage until he agreed to never take his soul to hell.

Stingy Jack died years later, but he was refused entrance to Heaven because of his immoral life. Jack went to Hell to see the Devil and find how to get into Heaven, but the Devil kept the promise  and would not let him enter.

Jack asked, “Then where can I go?” “Go back where you came from!” the Devil replied. But the way back was very dark. Stingy Jack begged the Devil to at least give him a light to help him find his way. So he gave Jack an candy lit from the fires of Hell. Jack placed the candle in a hollowed-out turnip. From that day forward, Stingy Jack was doomed to roam the earth forever with his lit turnip to light the way.

 

Advice on Wine – According to the Bible

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A few days ago, I was searching online for the best cheap wine available for those of modest incomes like me 🙂

Somehow I stumbled on some great quotes on wine from the Old Testament! I found these very clever & just had to share them. So here they go:

Proverbs 31: 5-7

For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter. Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.…

Psalm 104: 14-15

He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth, And wine which makes man’s heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, And food which sustains man’s heart.

Although I did enjoy finding these verses, I still have not found the best cheap wine available! If anyone knows a good brand, make sure to comment below!