Have Enough BFFs? Become My FBF!

Have enough BFFs (Best Friends Forever)?  Well, you can become one of my FBFs (FaceBook Fans)!  Over at my FaceBook Fan page, I’m posting great art specials exclusively for my FBFs – study paintings, mini paintings, notecards and a few of my regular inventory paintings all at special prices.  But, you have to be my Fan on Facebook (click here to become one)!  Or, visit my website homepage to become a fan (click on the “Fan” button at the bottom).

I just posted this “study” original watercolor today on Facebook – check it out!

"Study - Winter Dark and White", original watercolor, about 18 x 18 inches.
"Study - Winter Dark and White", original watercolor, about 18 x 18 inches.

New Artist Blog: Marcio Correa

Here’s a new blog that is worth checking out: Marcio Correa.  Marcio is already sharing some great artwork and descriptions of his painting adventures and successes.

Marcio is a fellow Colorado Watercolor Society Signature member, and I’ve gotten to know his work a bit this year.  I’m sure some of his paintings are evoking that sense of “place’ that fascinates me.  Here’s one from this year’s Colorado Watercolor Society State Exhibit that transports me to this place and time that Marcio has created in his painting.  Check him out!

Marcio Correa, Farm Houses, watercolor on paper, nxn inches.
Marcio Correa, Farmhouses on 76th Street, watercolor on paper (copyright the artist).

Recent Music Inspiration: Billy Pilgrim

I pulled an old favorite CD out in my studio this week: Billy Pilgrim.  I like how music can sometimes transport you to a place and time better than an image.  I first heard Billy Pilgram when they were the opening band for a Melissa Ethridge concert in Brussels, Belgium in the summer of 1994 (where I lived for two years working as a computer consultant).  So, I had lots of images of my time living in a foreign land going through my head as I listened and painted.

After the concert in 1994, I immediately bought their CD (“Billy Pilgram”) and it is still going strong all these years later.  The Billy Pilgrim Website describes their music as “folk rock duo”.  They are no longer together, but check out the lead singer’s distinctive voice on Andrew Hyra’s Website.

Promote Your Art Two Day Workshop in Estes Park: Alyson B. Stanfield (ArtBizCoach.com)

I highly recommend Alyson (of ArtBizBlog.com fame) for artists looking to make big strides on the business side of being an artist.  Here’s info on her workshop in Estes Park, CO on online promotion (and if you register this week, you’ll save $30):

Alyson's workshop location in Estes Park, Colorado
Alyson's workshop location in Estes Park, Colorado

 Artists: Learn how to effectively promote your art online using email, blogs, and websites.

 

Alyson B. Stanfield of ArtBizCoach.com will lead a two-day workshop in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado–the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

May 2-3, 2009

Just $165 until March 6

($195 after that)

 

You’ll learn: 

    * How to decide which online formats are best for you

    * Five email secrets that produce results

    * How to use an email newsletter to cultivate collectors

    * How to expand your mailing list

    * The Dos and Don’ts of artist Web sites

    * Where to splurge and where to save

    * Why you need a blog right now

    * How to start your blog

    * What to write on your blog

    * How to increase traffic to your blog (and website)

    * What to put in your website media room

    * Why you can’t afford to ignore social networking sites

 

Alyson is expecting a sellout crowd of 70 artists from around the country!  Save $30 by registering before March 6. See http://artbizcoach.com/estes

 

A Belated “Elsewhere”… Catskill Mountains, New York

This was an “elsewhere” entry sent to me after the deadline, but I’ll have to say it is one of my favorite views, so I just had to share it!

If you’re wondering what this series of posts is about, check out my original post with all of the details.

Ann Lee Fuller – New York

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Ann acknowleges that this view isn’t FROM her studio but OF her newly-completed studio in the Catskills of New York.  She writes that she waited 17 years for this studio and that it is a dream come true.  She also writes that this is “on top of a mountain where the light can be spectacular”.  Without this snapshot, I could only imagine, but this gives us a great idea of the inspirational view that Ann has!

Ann Lee Fuller's snowy studio in the Catskill Mountains
Ann Lee Fuller's snowy studio in the Catskill Mountains

Last of the “Elsewhere” Views: Wyoming + Oregon + Alberta + Australia

avfe-title-tag1Well, this is it… the last of the “elsewhere” views.  I’ve actually been dreading this post because I already feel depressed and alone.  And, on top of that, I would have arrived back home from my month-long Oregon coast trip today.

The good news is that I’ve met so many wonderful artists during this event and thank everyone for sharing your view with me and my readers.

If you’re wondering what this series of posts is about, check out my original post with all of the details.

Connie Hippen – Wyoming

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Thanks for this peaceful view from Wyoming, Connie!  Not only is this a great “elsewhere” view, it almost seems like “elseWHEN”, too!

Connie Hippen's view from Wyoming
Connie Hippen's view from Wyoming

Krissie – Australia

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I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, but Krissie has one bright view of them from her creative space in Australia.

 

Krissie's view in Australia
Krissie's view in Australia

Bobbi Kirk – Oregon Coast

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Well, I’ll have to say here from a very brown Denver that this view of solid green is refreshing.

 

Bobbi's view from the central Oregon coast
Bobbi's view from the central Oregon coast

Tracey Mardon – Edmonton, Alberta

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Thanks for this snapshot of your view, Tracey!

 

Tracey's view in Edmonton, Alberta
Tracey's view in Edmonton, Alberta

 

A View From Elsewhere #6: Denver + Texas + Vermont + California

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A few more posts for the remaining “elsewheres” that I’ve received.  Thank you to everyone that has sent me a snapshot…

If you’re wondering what this series of posts is about, check out my original post with all of the details.  I also hope you’re enjoying checking out all of these great artists!

 

Alex Grant (musician) – Denver

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I LOVE ALEX GRANT!  Music (along with “elsewheres”) is a big inspiration for me, and Alex’s music has been a staple around my studio for a few years now.  I’d have to say that “Old Father Road” is my favorite CD.  Alex writes that this snapshot view from his home creative space isn’t necessarily inspirational for him, but he promises I’ll love the album photography from a recent trip to Maine for his next album “Red Skies at Night”, due out in 2009.

Alex's snapshot from just south of Denver
Alex's snapshot from just south of Denver

Elizabeth Bunsen – Vermont

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What a great snapshot from Elizabeth’s studio in Vermont.  If there is a picture of snow and peaceful-ness, this is it.  I also love the contrast of the cool snow and warm light – thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth's snowy view from Vermont
Elizabeth's snowy view from Vermont

Bairbre Aine – Southern California

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This is a true snapshot out Bairbre’s window – I love that it is just a glimpse of what she sees while having her morning tea. Bairbre writes that while it may not be a million dollar view, it IS a priceless one!

View through Bairbre's kitchen window
View through Bairbre's kitchen window

 

Ralonda – Rural Texas

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Peaceful and green.  Ralonda writes that she lives and creates in a very rural area of Texas and that it is a great place to get quiet and meditate on peace.  We should all do that!

 

Peaceful and green rural Texas view
Peaceful and green rural Texas view