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

My super late blog post – had another sale!

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I know that it’s been a while since I’ve made a post on this blog – almost a month! I’ve just been so busy & haven’t had the motivation, but now that I’ve got things under control I can finally start ranting once again!

A few weeks ago I had another sale on Etsy of a dachshund drawing! 🙂

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I’ve been having fun experimenting with watercolor & have made several pieces that I will upload eventually.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Hopefully some of you out there have more to do on that day than me :p Here’s a corny joke about it:

Q. What is the difference between a calendar and you?
A. A calendar has a date on Valentine’s day.

hehe

My 1st Blog Entry of 2017 – Had My 1st Art Sale!… Sort of

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It has taken me 8 days into 2017 to muster up enough gusto to type up a blog entry. All of the food and champagne I’ve been consuming has made me too sluggish to do much of anything, but here goes my attempt.

I had a nice surprise the day before New Year’s Eve. I got an email saying that I had sold one of my dachshund drawings on Etsy, making it the first artwork I’ve ever sold! Even though it’s just a digital download of my drawing, I’m still going to let it count 🙂

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I spent New Year’s Eve watching lots of tv, eating pizza rolls, and drinking a bottle of champagne. I know what you’re thinking – what a party animal! I know, I’m just wild. Unfortunately, I missed the whole Mariah Carey incident. I was watching “That’s Entertainment!” on TCM instead. I’m not a fan of pop music, so watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve just give me a headache. I also don’t understand the appeal of waiting outside for hours to see a ball drop :p

Anyways, I hope that everyone had a fun and happy holiday season!

Doodles of 11/27/16 – With A Blog Post Thingy

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I’m not exactly sure why I want to punish my readers with this eye sore, but I just needed an excuse to get away from the holiday madness so here are my doodles of 11/27/16.

There’s four turkeys since I was practicing for my Thanksgiving drawing with the horrible pun that’s so bad that I must repeat it:

Q. “Why do turkeys not eat anything on Thanksgiving”

A. “Because they’re always stuffed!”

There are some really bad scribbles, and a drawing based off the character of Cesare in the German silent horror film from 1920 called “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” I usually struggle with watching silent films, but I find that the horror films become even more terrifying due to the grimy quality of the equipment of the time.

The woman’s face on the bottom is based off Greta Garbo. I had just watched the film “Ninotchka” (1939) which I enjoyed very much.

Anyways, I was just wondering how high my reader’s stress levels are this holiday season. Christmas is just over two weeks away, and I must admit that I’m not prepared at all! The holiday commercials are really making me panic. Surely I should have already gone into 20k debt already to really get into the Christmas spirit. That’s how it works, right? :p