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The Empty Studio Challenge...Join Me


The Studio Before click the link for more pictures

By now you know that my studio is empty of material as it’s being renovated…after all these years, I finally decided it was enough of a priority…I spend like 14 hours or more per day in it…to make it a much more efficient space…so there is a nice young woman builder, an artist herself, who is making some wonderful units to my design…while that is being done I had to pack up all my supplies, as the studio is also being painted, so I set myself a challenge…to see how many paintings I can create literally out of nothing…e.g. what ever bits and pieces I can lay my hand on along with household products…so far I have posted three new ones created out of unusual materials, and another earlier one as an example of the kind of thing I mean…in my

The Winter/Christmas Collection

This collection of my Winter scenes is ready for purchase right now, just in time for Christmas..they are also perfect hostess gifts for all those parties you will be attending…I am showing them as cards, but of course they are also available as prints.. there are many more in my gallery this is just a sampling

NOTE: A PURCHASE OF TEN OR MORE CARDS WILL RECEIVE AS A BONUS, A SPECIAL GIFT FROM ME


Blue Night

Winter Storm

Evergreen

Winter Walk

Winter Day

Heavens Gate

Peace in the New Year

The Sentinels

The Two
Looking for Cornelius

Winter’s Light

Winter’s Sun

Waiting

After the Storm

The Nothing that Is

Winter Drift
Grateful

C’est L’hiver

You will love these stats....RB is on top...

I saw this on Empty Easel tonight…the writer is an expert on all things art and was responsible for my joining RB in the first place…he has written an analysis of the various on line galleries and how they match up…I have excerpted the section that most interests us…..btw…only three sites have more visitors, Etsy, Zazzle and Cafe Press, but the numbers may be skewed as they have a ton of members who make up a lot of the visitors each month…Zazzle is beating Cafe Press…these stats are not supposed to be dead accurate but just close estimates, and were compiled by compete.com…
Read fast as I’m not hanging on to it
……

“*For Art galleries with 100,000+ unique visitors per month..
For art websites with over 100,000 unique visitors per month, Imagekind and RedBubble are the two main ones I want to

And sometimes it's great news...

You all know that I periodically go on a ferreting hunt to find out if any of my art has been lifted from RB…well tonight was no different…I even found one piece for sale as a poster on another site…however it was not all bad news…this time I have some pretty good news…on a site in Korea, which appears to be mainly devoted to food, there was a list of places for great food, magazines like Bon Apetit and Real Simple, recipes, restaurants, cities around the world, you name it…all about food…
Then lo and behold, my name as a PAINTER OF FOOD…you clicked the link and bang you were in the middle of my food paintings right here on RB…well…I was sure taken aback…I mean there are tons of food painters all over the world, but there was just my name listed as the food painter with a live link to RB…h

Another Win...

Another Win for Ripe Cherries…it has won first place in the challenge…WORKS ON PAPER: Red is Ravishing!..


Ripe Cherries

The prize is wonderful…An incredibly generous offer from Lorna Gerard…
1. An RB print of her work
2. Copy of her book “Inspirations on the Wings of Angels

I really excited…it all sounds so wonderful

Thank you so much to all who voted for my painting…there were so many gorgeous paintings in the challenge….I am incredibly pleased and really appreciate it

Top Ten Winner

I don’t usually post these, but Jim had mentioned that it would be nice if I did…..so here is a top ten winner in the Collaborative Challenge in Live and Let Live


Maria’s Cherry

Thank you so much to all who voted for me

CALENDARS

It’s that time of year again, and once more I will do custom calendars to order…just choose any 12 of my images, either from one collection or choose different images from any collection and put them together…. I will create a calendar specially for you…just perfect for Christmas gifts…see samples of some of my paintings below…or if you prefer there are a number of them already created on my profile page...

Recent Searches

A recent search of my name yielded some very interesting results…as you already know I have had a few tussles with folks who have literally moved my work from RB to their site without permission, and this recent search was no different…for example, I found three VERY LARGE images of my semi abstract fruit paintings on a site in Turkey with comments below (I translated the page to read the comments)…at least they were nice comments, thank goodness…
I also found some of my paintings on sites in Eastern Europe and Asia
..…

I found many of them decorating personal blogs…one or two of these had asked my permission and I gave it, so no problem there.. others had taken the images without permission but at least linked the image to my RB page…still others had taken them without permission with no l

Featured in Landscape Painting

One from my earlier pages…featured many times


Nothing Gold can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay
….Robert Frost

The original art page has a link to beautiful music set to the poem

Thank you so much

Featured and Featured member in Hand Drawn or Painted Art of Happiness or Joy

“*Grateful” has been honoured again…it has been featured on the Home Page, and other groups such as …Snow Glorious Snow, Live Love Dream, Forests, Prize Challenges, Watercolour Painting, and it was the winner of the Watercolour Challenge in PIMT*..incidently, after “The Trees Blue Night”, it’s my biggest seller …I’m very grateful……


Grateful

Grateful tonight for the sight of a single star,
Grateful for memories salvaged from afar.
Grateful for this time of silent peace,
Grateful beyond words when the mad echoes cease.
Grateful for deliverance from a private hell,
Grateful beyond what a human voice can tell.
Grateful for the wonder of human love,
Grateful for some strange guidance for above.
Grateful for life,
Grateful for rebirth,
Grateful forever
To live joyously on the earth
…James Kavanaugh…my favo

Featured in Impressionist Art

Home Page Feature January 2009, and featured numerous times in other groups, including Creative Cards a few days ago visit the art page by clicking the link if you would like to view others in the series


Simple Abundance..Peaches

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace.

Thank you so much

New Feature

“*Grateful” has been honoured aga in…this time in Creative Cards…it has been featured on the Home Page, and other groups such as …Snow Glorious Snow, Live Love Dream, Forests, Prize Challenges, Watercolour Painting, and it was the winner of the Watercolour Challenge in PIMT*..incidently, after “The Trees Blue Night”, it’s my biggest seller …I’m very grateful……


Grateful

Grateful tonight for the sight of a single star,
Grateful for memories salvaged from afar.
Grateful for this time of silent peace,
Grateful beyond words when the mad echoes cease.
Grateful for deliverance from a private hell,
Grateful beyond what a human voice can tell.
Grateful for the wonder of human love,
Grateful for some strange guidance for above.
Grateful for life,
Grateful for rebirth,
Grateful forever
To live joyously on the e

New Feature in Creative Cards

Home Page Feature January 2009, and featured numerous times in other groups visit the art page by clicking the link if you would like to view others in the series


Simple Abundance..Peaches

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace.

Thank you so much

New Features

FEATURED ON THE HOMEPAGE IN MAY 2008
FEATURED IN MANY GROUPS

NOW IN JPG CAST-OFFS


Early Morning Feed

Asleep in spring I did not heed the dawn
Till the birds broke out singing everywhere.
Last night, in the clamour of wind and rain,
How many flowers have fallen
do you suppose
?

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FEATURED ON THE HOMEPAGE 27/5/09
FEATURED IN MANY GROUPS
CHALLENGE WINNER IN FUN WITH WATER IN WORKS ON PAPER

NOW FEATURED IN CREATIVE CARDS


The Last Catch

Foamy tides, like snow-drifts, lingering;
A battalion of plum trees silently blooming;
A bottle of wine
And a fishing line;
Who in this world is my equal

The oar rips apart the spring water
On which the leaf-like boat is floating.
A tiny hook dangles
At the end of a silk cord

The islet is covered with blossoms
And my jug is full of w

Look What I Bought

Catherine Walker’s lovely China Doll, arrived here safe and sound all the way from Australia…I was so excited to see her emerge from all the wrappings…for the photo, she is standing on the pine sideboard in the sunroom, but will later be moved to a more permanent spot in my home.. thanks Catherine…she is even more beautiful than when I saw her first on your art pages…hope you do more very soon

New Group..New Feature

COLLAGE with Traditional Mediums


Spring Awakening

I’m glad I am alive, to see and feel
The full deliciousness of this bright day,
That’s like a heart with nothing to conceal;
The young leaves scarcely trembling; the blue-grey
Rimming the cloudless ether far away
..W.Allingham

Thank you so much

Another Feature...in The Sisterhood


Francesca

You came in out of the night
And there were flowers in your hand,
Now you will come out of a confusion of people,
Out of a turmoil of speech about you.
I who have seen you amid the primal things
Was angry when they spoke your name
IN ordinary places.
I would that the cool waves might flow over my mind,
And that the world should dry as a dead leaf,
Or as a dandelion see-pod and be swept away,
So that I might find you again,
Alone
. Francesca by Ezra Pound

Thank you so much

A New Feature in Creative Cards


Juicy Stuff

Life happens,
Especially when
We make other plans.
A day is like an orange;
We squeeze moments and
Memories from each one
While worrying whether
Our glass is half-full or half-empty.
Some drink their fill of
The juice of opportunity;
Careless others spill theirs,
Staining the carpet of their lives.
The sweetest juice is found
In moments spent with you;
Such times are gently squeezed,
Flowing into the mouth of my heart,
Where they remain forever.
Whenever Life happens,
I think of you and know our moments
Are a sweet vintage waiting for us
. R.Blackwell

Thank you so much

New Feature...1on1:The Fine Art of Portraiture


The Party

Unrhymed, unrhythmical, the chatter goes:
Yet no one hears his own remarks as prose.
Beneath each topic tunelessly discussed
The ground-bass is reciprocal mistrust.
The names in fashion shuttling to and fro
Yield, when deciphered, messages of woe.
You cannot read me like an open book.
I’m more myself than you will ever look.
Will no one listen to my little song?
Perhaps I shan’t be with you very long.
A howl for recognition, shrill with fear,
Shakes the jam-packed apartment, but each ear
Is listening to its hearing, so none hear
…Auden

Thank you so much

New Feature...New Group..

I just joined Strictly Human Faces I am so pleased, as I love Rafaela so much…this is her second feature


Rafaela

Show me again the rich, flattering sequence of your smile,
define its meaning.
Let me hear the soft, seductive pattern of your voice
at last, explain its keening.
Needing some reason for your presence
I stand in awe
before you at the very edge of understanding,
my heart and mind at war
. Nick Carding

Thank you so much

New Features in the The Sisterhood


The Story in Your Eyes

I’ve been thinking about our fortune
And Ive decided that we’re really not to blame
For the love thats deep inside us now
Is still the same
And the sounds we make together
Is the music to the story in your eyes
Its been shining down upon me now
I realize
. The Moody Blues


Here I Pray

The angels come
on the dark wings of night,
it is of you they sing,
in and around and through
cauldron of dreams,
twisted shadows,
broken schemes,
tormenting night
darkening day,
dropped and abandoned
here I pray
. s.k.lindeman

Thank you so much

New Feature in Landscape Painting

Posted over a year ago and has been featured many times since


Winter Walk

There is nothing here
 except the constant, looping clicks and caws 
of birds, lost in trees erased by white.

My sight condensed
 by each fresh, foggy breath,
 a hanging depth
 my head sinks through.

Nothing here
 but mulching steps,
 the soft snap of twigs long soaking,
 the sticky sound
 of car tire on wet road.
I am drenched 
by a sudden gang-up of water,
 a brief yawn of thunder far away.

There is nothing here
 and I am all wet
….John Goss. “Fog”

Thank you so much Paul and Lynda

The Sketchbook Project

Be one of the founding contributors to The Sketchbook Library by signing up to receive a sketchbook, filling it up with art, and sending it back. Sketchbooks offers a glimpse into an artist’s life, which is why we want to make a publicly accessible library of sketchbooks that people can browse, peruse, and check out. We think that this sketchbook collection has the potential to open a new line of communication between the artist and the viewer, since the experience of making and viewing are both so personal

Anyone can sign up to receive a sketchbook. Before joining our permanent collection, sketchbooks will be exhibited at select galleries across the US. Each sketchbook will be barcoded and cataloged, allowing visitors to choose what they want to look at via theme, medium, geographic loc

A New Feature in Dimensions

Fifth Feature for this image


Almost Home

Lofting sail a thousand miles
I could not find a famous mountain.
I moor my boat outside Hsuan-yang
to gaze at last at Hsiang-lu peak.
Once I read the master monk.
He walked outside this world of dust.
Now his Tung-lin hut lies near;
through evening sun I hear a bell
Meng Haoran

Thank you so much

News and Views..latest issue..

New articles posted today at News and Views

In addition to articles already posted on books, art v.s. craft, why your art is important, competitions, selling and improving your art work etc….there are….

Quick Painting tips for everyone..new tips

Are you jealous of other Artist’s work?

Are you afraid to be yourself?

New Writing posts from 2008 revisited

CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WORK

ART AND HAPPINESS

LOOSEN UP YOUR STYLE OF PAINTING

Great artists, including a blind artist

And lots more

Click… HERE
Go to archive to view earlier posts

Let me know your thoughts…

New Feature in Inspired Art

A Second Feature for "Trapped"


Trapped

Leaves that fall are trapped in time
Beneath cold sheets of sand and lime.
Wandering there among the leaves,
In awe of variants Time conceived,
We ponder the shape of branching fates,
And elusive origins of their traits
….excerpts David Maddison

Thank you so much

New Feature in Dimensions

This painting has been a Challenge winner and featured ten times including the Home Page


The Last Catch

Foamy tides, like snow-drifts, lingering;
A battalion of plum trees silently blooming;
A bottle of wine
And a fishing line;
Who in this world is my equal
?

The oar rips apart the spring water
On which the leaf-like boat is floating.
A tiny hook dangles
At the end of a silk cord
.

The islet is covered with blossoms
And my jug is full of wine.
Upon these thousand acres of waves there is freedom
…Li Yu Ci

Thank you so much

New Feature in Bits and Pieces


Rafaela

Show me again the rich, flattering sequence of your smile,
define its meaning.
Let me hear the soft, seductive pattern of your voice
at last, explain its keening.
Needing some reason for your presence
I stand in awe
before you at the very edge of understanding,
my heart and mind at war
. Nick Carding

Thank you so much.

Featured in JPG Cast-offs

Fourth Feature for this image


Almost Home

Lofting sail a thousand miles
I could not find a famous mountain.
I moor my boat outside Hsuan-yang
to gaze at last at Hsiang-lu peak.
Once I read the master monk.
He walked outside this world of dust.
Now his Tung-lin hut lies near;
through evening sun I hear a bell
Meng Haoran

Thank you so much

A New Feature in Creative Cards


Almost Home

Lofting sail a thousand miles
I could not find a famous mountain.
I moor my boat outside Hsuan-yang
to gaze at last at Hsiang-lu peak.
Once I read the master monk.
He walked outside this world of dust.
Now his Tung-lin hut lies near;
through evening sun I hear a bell
Meng Haoran

Thank you so much

A New Feature in Impressionist Art


Winter Walk

There is nothing here
 except the constant, looping clicks and caws 
of birds, lost in trees erased by white.

My sight condensed
 by each fresh, foggy breath,
 a hanging depth
 my head sinks through.

Nothing here
 but mulching steps,
 the soft snap of twigs long soaking,
 the sticky sound
 of car tire on wet road.
I am drenched 
by a sudden gang-up of water,
 a brief yawn of thunder far away.

There is nothing here
 and I am all wet
.
….John Goss. “Fog”

Thank you so much

New Feature in The Fruit and Veg shop


Rosie at the Gala

It was the night of The Gala…..a grand party, in the large reception room open to the air, with ball gowns, long gloves and jewels in our hair….we were sure that we all would meet “the right one” there.

Floating silk shawls, in myriads of colours, wrapped slight, young shoulders as we sat out in the night air, waiting for our partners to claim us for the dance….excerpt from Rosie at the Gala …Janis Zroback..

To read more of my story click HERE

Thank you so much

Featured in Two Groups

The Patchwork and Inspired Art

Third Feature..

The Beauty

Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror
.

Thank you so much

Another Feature for Trapped

In Trees


Trapped

Leaves that fall are trapped in time
Beneath cold sheets of sand and lime.
Wandering there among the leaves,
In awe of variants Time conceived,
We ponder the shape of branching fates,
And elusive origins of their traits
..

Thank you so much

And a New Feature in Image Writing


Moondance

Well, its a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the nights magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Thank you so much

Featured Twice

“*The Masquerade” has been featured in two groups at the same time*…How wonderful!!

In Layered with Texture and in Image Writing


The Masquerade

Look in the eyes of trouble with a smile,
Extend your hand and do not be afraid.
‘Tis but a friend who comes to masquerade,
And test your faith and courage for awhile
.

Thank you so much

Featured in Featured Features

Fourth feature for The TyphonI am so pleased


The Typhon

Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;
Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds
Declare the Typhon’s coming.
Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard
The dead and dying – ne’er heed their chains
Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!
Where is thy market now
?

Thank you so much

A New Feature...

This painting placed in the challenge and is now featured in Tools


The Legacy

Ye that through your hearts to-day
Feel the gladness of the May!
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind

Thank you so much

Featured in Light in the Darkness

A Third Feature for “Typhon” I’m so pleased


The Typhon

Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;
Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds
Declare the Typhon’s coming.
Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard
The dead and dying – ne’er heed their chains
Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!
Where is thy market now
?”

Thank you so much

Featured in Decorative and Traditional Art

The Second Feature for “Typhon”


The Typhon

Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;
Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds
Declare the Typhon’s coming.
Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard
The dead and dying – ne’er heed their chains
Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!
Where is thy market now
?”

Thank you so much

Mysterious Kor does well....

I don’t usually announce when I place in a challenge, but this painting placed in two of them at the same time, so I am celebrating a little

Thank to all who voted for me in the Painters in Modern Times challenge “Literary Inspired” and in the Landscape Painting Challenge “Rays of Sunlight”…I really appreciate it.


Mysterious Kor

Not in the waste beyond the swamps and sand,
The fever-haunted forest and lagoon,
Mysterious Kor thy walls forsaken stand,
Thy lonely towers beneath the lonely moon
.

Featuresssssss.....

In the Fruit and Veg Shop


Simple Abundance: Red Pears

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.


Papaya at the George St. Market

Grew you from seed
dug rich red earth
nine months on
you wear fruit
the fresh green
of your stem
the earth colour
of your skin
the pink flesh
within
– ripe
.

In Creative Cards


The Typhon

Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;
Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds
Declare the Typhon’s coming.
Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard
The dead and dying – ne’er heed their chains
Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!
Where is thy market now
?”

Thank you so much

New and Views

Reality T.V. and the Art World..In a new TV concept which would make Andy Warhol grin-ear-to-ear in his grave, the Bravo network has decided to add a new art-based reality show to their roster…Call for artists…see my Twitter post on how to apply…

You cannot trust what you see even with your own eyes..Your eyes are not cameras faithfully taking pictures of absolute truth of all that surrounds you.

Read the full articles and others at News and Views…

CLICK HERE

Featured in Impressionist Art

Fourth feature for this paintingI am so pleased…thank you so much Sharon Mau


Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Softly, as in a morning sunrise
The light of love comes stealing
Into a new born day—oh
Flaming with all the glow of sunrise
A burning kiss is sealing
The vow that all betray
For the passions that thrill love
And lift you high to heaven
Are the passions that kill love
And let you fall to hell
So ends the story
Softly, as in an evening sunset
The light that gave you glory
Will take it all away

Thoughts on an Art Career

Five Opposing Thoughts on an Art Career by Barney Davey

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

With apologies to F. Scott Fitzgerald, I offer this set of five opposing ideas for your perusal and contemplation:

It’s Never Too Late – don’t let your age or any other potential drawback mess with your mind. Get started today.

It’s Never Too Soon – if you are lucky enough to see your future and desire it; don’t let anything get in your way of getting there.

You’re Not As Good As You Think – no matter how smug you feel, or how much praise you reap, you are not nea

Featured in Watermedia Paintings

2nd Feature for Closing Time


Closing Time

And every drinker every dancer
lifts a happy face to thank her
the fiddler fiddles something so sublime
all the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots
and it’s partner found, it’s partner lost
and it’s hell to pay when the fiddler stops:
it’s CLOSING TIME

Thank you so much

Spotlight

I’m really pleased to see that my painting is in the Spotlight and that I am also named as featured member in the group, Berries Fruit and Seeds.


Tomatoes

The street
filled with tomatoes,
midday,
summer,
light is
halved
like
a
tomato,
its juice
runs
through the streets

It enters at lunchtime,
takes
its ease
on countertops,
among glasses,
butter dishes,
blue saltcellars.
It sheds
its own light,
benign majesty
..excerpt Pablo Neruda

Thank you so much to the Group Moderators

Through The Eyes Of An Art Critic

I just excerpted this article from a news site about art, and as such, I don’t plan to leave it here for very long…I think it is valuable for all artists who take their work seriously and/or would like to sell either on their own or in a Gallery…it is important to know what critics see, and why they would recommend one piece of art over another..here is the voice of a very well known art critic….

“_*My main activity is looking, looking and more looking, and trying to listen to my subjective reactions as objectively or neutrally as possible. I learn from everything I look at, good, bad or indifferent. I follow my eye reflexively; if it is drawn toward something, I pay attention and try to find out why. You train your eye, build up a mental image bank, and constantly try to pinpoint why so

Featured in Feminine Intent


Closing Time

And every drinker every dancer
lifts a happy face to thank her
the fiddler fiddles something so sublime
all the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots
and it’s partner found, it’s partner lost
and it’s hell to pay when the fiddler stops:
it’s CLOSING TIME

Thank you so much

Featured in Handrawn or Painted Art of Happiness and Joy


Country Walk

We can ask no greater joy than to pass gently through this place that has been given to us, and make something out of it. Not necessarily to fully understand it, for that might be an impossible task, but to honour it in our own way.


Moondance

Well, its a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
.

Thank you so much.

FYI

Below is a small sampling of titles from my posts today on Twitter (type Paintability to find me)

Tape Art.. new and innovative medium. ..read more..

Photo Gallery..Inside Artists Studios ..learn how other artists work..illustrated

The Sketchbook Project tours major galleries in the USA …sign up for this innovative project…you will get your art into galleries…guaranteed…Learn more

Photographers..how to make the best Fine Art Prints …read more

For those who are already following me…..if you miss seeing my posts the first time around, you can find them all on my profile page

Join me....

I often post articles here in my writing and journal pages that I think would be of interest to painters and photographers alike…however because of time constraints I can’t post them all here…because I have access to a great deal of info I would like to share, I post the links on my Twitter Home page…some of the recent ones were for example, information about where you can apply for grants, how to write a great artist statement, why we find it hard to concentrate, how to be happy, the difference between art and craft, the difference between forgery and reproduction, how to barter your art for valuable products, and so on…recently I linked to articles about how to paint, watching artists paint, art competitions, how artists are coping with the global economic crisis and many many more…I po

Featured in Lets Pay Homage


Homage to Cezanne

Apples, pears, and plates
never move or talk back..
slow, long, arduous work
balance form with form..
color with harmonious color
portraits absent of emotion and personality…
nothing is more than a
conventional geometric starting point,
obsessed with unfulfilled
passions
…excerpt..Cezanne

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Brillaint Moviemaking

See “UP” in 3d…it is one of Pixars best to datethe trailer doesn’t do it justice, so don’t let it influence you…the 3d effects are out of this world…

UP

Featured in First Things


Wine Country

Drink it,
and remember in every
drop of gold,
in every topaz glass,
in every purple ladle,
that autumn labored
to fill the vessel with wine;
and in the ritual of his office,
let the simple man remember
to think of the soil and of his duty,
to propagate the canticle of the wine

Thank you so much to the group moderators

You must check this out..

This is astonishing…have a look and if you don’t immediately recognize the faces, mouse over each one before you scroll down to read the comments…out of curiosity, have a look at the rest of the site as well…I would love to know what you think of the art for sale including prices etc

LINK

HOME PAGE FEATURE.....

My first Home page feature was exactly a year ago, and it was one of my Chinese Brush paintings, “Early Morning Feed”…I have had several Home page features since then, but I’m just as thrilled today as if it were the first time and it’s another Chinese Brush Painting!!

Some of the others were..

Simple Abundance..Peaches.
Dragonfly Towards the Light 2.
Reflected Glory.
Grateful.
The Sentinels.
Lapis Lazuli.
Early Morning Feed
.


The Last Catch

Thanks so much Home Page

Paintings or photos...can you tell the difference?

Hyper Real Art usually painted in oils, but not exclusively, always generates a lot of heated discussion, with strong opinions on all sides…..some responses are that it’s a waste of time… just another genre….who cares? why bother? super talented show offs, awe inspiring, OMG, why not just take a picture etc. etc……to name a few What do you think?

Have a look and share your thoughts.

HYPERREALISM

List of Art Scammers and Fraudsters

Go to this site to get a list of Art scammers and Fraudsters…these are the ones who email you wishing to buy your work…I have had a few of these myself, includidng and up to last week, and I’ll probably get lots more..this list will help you to recognize them more easily

ART NEWS BLOG

10 Things... Secrets all artists need to know...

Milton Glaser is one of the most important, prolific and profound leaders in visual and graphic arts in your lifetime and his..For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design.
Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and the enduring I ♥ NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in a new documentary portrait, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men
”.. Barney Davey…

A year ago I read an article on Milton Glaser by Barney Davey, and I was so enthralled by it I felt I had to c

A Very Hard Lesson

This article appears courtesy of FineArtViews.com by Clint Watson, a free email newsletter about art, marketing, inspiration and fine living for artists, collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art) .…

A Hard Lesson Learned
by Gayle Faucette Wibson

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to sign a consignment agreement with a local frame shop here in Albuquerque. This shop had a beautiful frame that complemented my acrylic paintings on canvas. The owners, a husband and wife team, offered to frame my work at their cost while taking a 50% commission. We had a positive working relationship for the two years I had worked with them.

Then, suddenly, the couple separated and the wife was forced to sell the frame shop. We met to discuss my options. Either I could take the paintings out o

A Favourite Painting Featured in First Things and Trees and Their Parts

This painting has turned out to be a real favourite, in that since it was posted, it has racked up a whopping 759 views, 40 favouritings, 131 comments, Challenge wins and countless features, and now these two new ones…it was painted on the spur of the moment and I can’t remember the inspiration for it, but I do remember liking it right from the start, and I am totally flabbergasted and pleased at its success. It is part of the series "Trees"…


Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding

Featured in Abstract Realism

This is the fifth feature for "The Key"…I’m really pleased.


The Key

The key to my own soul-home
I have lost.
Therefore, I am a beggar.
The key to the world’s body-cave
I have found.
Therefore, I am unquestionably great
. Sri Chimnoy

Thank you so much

Challenge Winner..

I don’t post when I place in a challenge, but I like to celebrate a win…“The Last Catch” from my Chinese Brush Painting series, won the Works on Paper challenge "Rice Paper" I am really pleased as my painting “Autumn Water” was also used for the challenge image.


The Last Catch Featured many times

Foamy tides, like snow-drifts, lingering;
A battalion of plum trees silently blooming;
A bottle of wine
And a fishing line;
Who in this world is my equal
?

The oar rips apart the spring water
On which the leaf-like boat is floating.
A tiny hook dangles
At the end of a silk cord
.

The islet is covered with blossoms
And my jug is full of wine.
Upon these thousand acres of waves there is freedom
…Li Yu Ci

Thank you so much to all who voted for my painting

And a Glorious Fourth Feature

It’s only been one day and “The Key” has been featured four times…this time it’s Feminine Intent….I’m flabbergasted to say the least..


The Key

The key to my own soul-home
I have lost.
Therefore, I am a beggar.
The key to the world’s body-cave
I have found.
Therefore, I am unquestionably great
. Sri Chimnoy

Thank you so much

A Fantastic Third Feature


Third feature for The Key within the space of one day, this time in Light in the Darkness Fantastically pleased about it

The Key

The key to my own soul-home
I have lost.
Therefore, I am a beggar.
The key to the world’s body-cave
I have found.
Therefore, I am unquestionably great
. Sri Chimnoy

Thank you so much

Creative Poetry Challenge Feature

It’s a great night for features…I know that some of you probably have not seen this series…The Abstract, Journal, Symbolism, Graffiti and Altered Images Collection…this painting is one of them..by clicking on the link, you will see the original page which as usual includes writing, this time associated with the subject of Escape. It has been featured several times and it’s been viewed 711 times…I am very pleased to show it to you, as it is one of the few collage works I have posted to RB…..there are real onion skins in the painting


Escape Is Not An Option

Escape…it is the Basket
In which the Heart is caught
When down some awful Battlement
The rest of Life is dropped
.

Thank you so much

2nd Instant Feature

This time in Live Love Dream Great news


The Key

The key to my own soul-home
I have lost.
Therefore, I am a beggar.
The key to the world’s body-cave
I have found.
Therefore, I am unquestionably great
. Sri Chimnoy

Thank you so much

New Feature...Early Work

This is one of my earlier posts from the “Techniques and Faux Bravura” collection, which newcomers to my pages may not have seen before…it is now featured in Decorative and Traditional Painting I am very pleased


Lapis Lazuli

“*_Lapis Lazuli” is part of the Faux Bravura collection…this collection of paintings work well when grouped together on a wall…they are many and varied…metal, patinas, design, stone, marbles, textures, wood et al, in oils, watercolour, acrylics and other mediums…Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious gemstone..painted in oils on board*_.

Thank you so much.

This Tree is a Winner

I have lost count of how many times this painting has been featured…the latest is in First Things. I am so pleased.


The View From Here

All it has experienced, tasted, suffered:
The course of years, generations of animals,
Oppression, recovery, friendship of sun and – Wind
Will pour forth each day in the song
Of its rustling foliage, in the friendly
Gesture of its gently swaying crown,
In the delicate sweet scent of resinous
Sap moistening the sleep-glued buds,
And the eternal game of lights and
Shadows it plays with itself, content
.

Thank you so much.

New Features in First Things


The Patina Triptych
“*The Patina Triptych” is part of my Technique and Faux Collection…a trio of patinated gold and silver leaf panels*…


On The Way To Somewhere
On the Way to Somewhere is one part of the collection of semi abstract watercolours on a single cut of MDF that chronicel a journey… it’s a journey that may be illusory, only in the mind of the artist, it may be real, or just a journey through life

Thank you so much

A Milestone

I have reached a Milestone and I am celebrating.

Art…101,108.00 views.

Journal…20,187.00 views.

Writing…12,825.00 views

Thank you so much to all those who have so kindly commented on my art, who have generously bought work, and who have supported me unconditionally over the past year…you know who you are….I could not have done it with out you and I’m very grateful

My Zazzle

MY ZAZZLE

The samples shown below are from my products at Zazzle…I can create custom shoes, bags and stamps etc. from most of my art work here…click the link above to view the other products

Wonderful

The door paintings have been featured again, and I’m so happy about that…let us think about the significance of doors for a minute…In Roman mythology, Janus (or Ianus) was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. Significantly, he has two faces, and looks both backward and forward..(I am convinced that my name, which means “God is Gracious” is tied up with his)..His most prominent remnants in modern culture are his namesakes: the month of January, which begins the new year, and the JANITOR, who is a caretaker of doors and halls [wiki]….doors mean safety, security, protection from the outside world, wind and weather, to name a few
When I open my front door I am entering a haven, a place I call home and I always stop in the front hall to take in the feeling of peace that i

Feature and Top 10


Dawn of Creation
Top Ten Placement…I don’t normally post these, but I added this one as some of you may not have seen it before


Why
Second feature…this time in the Outsiders

Thank you to all who voted for my work and to the Group Moderators.

Featured in The Love of Eerie and Enchanting ArtWork


The Bequest
Soon after the death of Mark, the eldest son of Matthew, the picture was replaced in it’s spot over the fireplace…it seemed to shine in the glow of the fire at night…the family tried to deny it had anything to do with Marks death, but his old nurse who was still alive shook her head with tightly folded lips…she had told Mark, that nothing good would come of moving that picture…but he would have it so…”Stuff and superstitious nonsense” he scoffed…now look what happened….it wasn’t the horse…he’d ridden that horse for two years…it was as docile as a lamb…they had no right to shoot it…Master Mark should have listened to her…he always did before now.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

RB Art shows up on another site...

LOOK HERE

I just found some of my art on this page…Diette Henderson saw it and alerted me…some of her photos are there too…although the person has linked it, they did not ask my permission to copy and paste it on their page, and ignored my copyright notice…I noticed more art from other RB artists there too…do you see any of yours?

I am not sure if linking absolves them from the copyright laws….should we be happy about the publicity or upset that we were not asked? Let me know what you think…

The person’s name is Mugsie and she is on ASKVILLE.COM…

I saved the pages and below are the names of the artists who were copied..btw..there were several works from each artist…

STEPHEN THOMAS.
SEXYEYES69
SARA KOSOVIC
TERESA PELAEZ
ELF EVANS
HOLLY CAWFIELD
RYAN CARTER
BROKEN BLEEDING ANGEL
NATASHA HARSH
JANIS

I Am Really Pleased with this Feature

I am really pleased with this feature…I intended this painting to be very simple…like a haiku poem it says much in a few lines…heavy tree trunks and lots of leaves would be totally inappropriate here… I included the complexity of the veil to add the sense of something more awesome on the way…winter…Live Love Dream recognized this and featured it…how wonderful!!!


End of the Season

There is a sense of mourning in Autumn.
The last fiery color before the cold and gray
when Autumn reaches out to those around her,
desperate to connect
before the veil comes down—
before everything changes
and she is
alone
.

Special thanks to the Group Moderators

Featured in From Masterpiece


Homage to Cezanne

Apples, pears, and plates
never move or talk back..
slow, long, arduous work
balance form with form..
color with harmonious color
portraits absent of emotion and personality…
nothing is more than a
conventional geometric starting point,
obsessed with unfulfilled
passions
…excerpt..Cezanne

Thank you to the Group Moderators

New Features...Today

In Impressionist Art


Winter Day

“_*There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes*_.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are
.

None may teach it anything,
’T’is the seal, despair,
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air
.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ’t is like the distance
On the look of death
.”


Still Life with Black Cherries and Old Lace

Memories that pull us to shadows
that we have never seen,
breaking with the patterns
of eternal seams,
ripped apart at daybreak,
openings in the dawn,
cracks of light
cascading down waterfalls beyond
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Snowdrop...Illustrated

Scenario an hour or so ago:read the poem..loved it….went outside to garden a bit…had a brain wave…ran in…got a brush and a pan of solid colour…a little later a finished sketch…a half hour all told
do you feel that it’s the flower talking?…it sounds like a plea from a lost soul until you read it again…but it can be from a person, a woman, a man?…read it again….

I just wanted to share this harbinger of spring and the poem with you….will post it later on…maybe…

Do you know what I was, how I lived? You know
what despair is; then
winter should have meaning for you
.

I did not expect to survive,
earth suppressing me. I didn’t expect
to waken again, to feel
in damp earth my body
able to respond again, remembering
after so long how to open again
in the cold light
of earliest spring

afraid, yes, but amon

3 More Features in The Outsiders


Mutsu Carnival

I was inspired to write the outline of a play to go with this painting….although the characters are based on the Commedia dell’Arte, there the resemblance ends. The story is entirely my invention….see it in my writing pages HERE….


The Sap Bucket

I remember
coming to the farm in March
in sugaring time, as a small boy.
He carried the pails of sap, sixteen-quart
buckets, dangling from each end
of a wooden yoke
that lay across his shoulders, and emptied them
into a vat in the saphouse
where fire burned day and night
for a week
.


The Marble Tulip

Perhaps the tulip knows the fickleness
Of Fortune’s smile, for on her stalk’s green shaft
She bears a wine cup through the wilderness
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured in Image Writing


The Last Catch

Foamy tides, like snow-drifts, lingering;
A battalion of plum trees silently blooming;
A bottle of wine
And a fishing line;
Who in this world is my equal
?

The oar rips apart the spring water
On which the leaf-like boat is floating.
A tiny hook dangles
At the end of a silk cord
.

The islet is covered with blossoms
And my jug is full of wine.
Upon these thousand acres of waves there is freedom

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured in Inspired Art

Featured Again…this time in Inspired Art


The View From Here

All it has experienced, tasted, suffered:
The course of years, generations of animals,
Oppression, recovery, friendship of sun and – Wind
Will pour forth each day in the song
Of its rustling foliage, in the friendly
Gesture of its gently swaying crown,
In the delicate sweet scent of resinous
Sap moistening the sleep-glued buds,
And the eternal game of lights and
Shadows it plays with itself, content

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Visual Texture Feature and Featured Artist

I am honoured to be chosen as Featured Artist and have one of my works featured in Visual Texture..How Wonderful


What If?

See also What If 2

The sky is falling
capturing unspoken secrets
of the day,
the week,
the month
The sky is falling
smothering the lives
of the flowers,
the people
the city
The sky is falling
hiding the beauty of the grass
the mountains
the sky
The sky is falling
hushing the noise
of the animals
the people
the city
…..

Thank you so much Caroline Caux

Newly Posted and Featured Tonight

In JPG Cast-Offs

The Sap Bucket

He carried the pails of sap, sixteen-quart
buckets, dangling from each end
of a wooden yoke
that lay across his shoulders, and emptied them
into a vat in the saphouse
. read the whole story on the original page…scroll down to the bottom…it will be there for just a short time…

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Another Feature...Inspired Art

Yet Another Feature for “Memories” and I have been chosen as Featured Artist as well…wonderful news..


Memories

In a higher reality,
what if,
somewhere,
beyond the stars,
memories are stored,
each thought, carefully saved,
in multiple dimensions of a souls bliss,
virtues of joy
eternal, in heavenly nectar,
treasure chests of de-light,
vaults of love
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Late Sunday Evening Feature

Just newly posted and now featured In The Patchwork How Nice!!


Magnolia

“_*The afternoon is bright,
with spring in the air,
a mild March afternoon,
with the breath of April stirring,
I am alone in the quiet patio
looking for some old untried illusion -
some shadow on the whiteness of the wall
some memory asleep
on the stone rim of the fountain*_. excerpt…A Machado..1875-1939

Sunday Night Feature

In Dimensions


Autumn Water

The northern mountain is blanked in cloud;
for one who hides away, it’s pleasing — perfect.
So that we could visit each other, I’ve tried to climb high;
my heart follows along, like a wild goose, to exhaustion.
It’s the hour to see village people returning;
they walk on the sand, rest at the ferry landing.
At the edge of the sky, the trees look like grass;
Near the river bank is an islet shaped like the moon.
How welcome if you met me with some wine!
We’d share, intoxicated together through the autumn festival
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Sunday Afternoon Feature

The Scavenger Hunt it’s just right for the group I think… :)))…


Early Morning Feed

Here the birds’ journey ends, our journey, the journey of words,
and after us there will be a horizon for the new birds.
We are the ones who forge the sky’s copper, the sky that will carve roads
after us and make amends with our names above the distant cloud slopes.
Soon we will descend the widow’s descent in the memory fields
and raise our tent to the final winds: blow, for the poem to live, and blow
on the poem’s road. After us, the plants will grow and grow
over roads only we have walked and our obstinate steps inaugurated.
And we will etch on the final rocks, “Long live life, long live life,”
and fall into ourselves. And after us there’ll be a horizon for the new birds
. M. Darwish..

Thank you to the Group Modera

Late Night Feature...

I’m running out of titles…it almost midnight here so it’s late night for me… :))

Featured in Berries Fruits and Seeds


Still Life with Melon

Through the open French window the warm sun
Lights up the polished breakfast-table, laid
Round a bowl of crimson roses, for one -
A service of Worcester porcelain, arrayed
Near it a melon, peaches, figs, small hot
Rolls in a napkin, fairy rack of toast,
Butter in ice, high silver coffee-pot,
And, heaped on a salver, the morning’s post.
She comes over the lawn, the young heiress,
From her early walk in her garden-wood,
Feeling that life’s a table set to bless
Her delicate desires with all that’s good.
That even the unopened future lies
Like a love-letter, full of sweet surprise
….

Thank you to the Group Moderators*

HOME PAGE Feature.....

I’m on the Home Page Again…yea!!! this painting has been featured over and over in various groups and I almost did not post it


Towards The Light

Aroused by air
caressed by night,
My love is near
do not fight.
Away, firefly,
towards the light.
Darkness surrounds
the deserted tower,
the elements felt,
then devoured,
by hungry hands
siphoning the night.
Go, firefly,
towards the light
.

Thank you RedBubble Home Page

An Evening Feature

In Mature Woman.


The View From Here

All it has experienced, tasted, suffered:
The course of years, generations of animals,
Oppression, recovery, friendship of sun and – Wind
Will pour forth each day in the song
Of its rustling foliage, in the friendly
Gesture of its gently swaying crown,
In the delicate sweet scent of resinous
Sap moistening the sleep-glued buds,
And the eternal game of lights and
Shadows it plays with itself, content

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Second Feature Today...

In Light in the Darkness


Memories

In a higher reality,
what if,
somewhere,
beyond the stars,
memories are stored,
each thought, carefully saved,
in multiple dimensions of a souls bliss,
virtues of joy
eternal, in heavenly nectar,
treasure chests of de-light,
vaults of love

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Twelve Features and an Interview

I am deeply honoured to have been interviewed by Irene Burdell, Moderator of the Floral Watercolours, Pastels Group and have twelve of my paintings featured on the front page.

Read the interview HERE
I reveal all.. :))


Two on the Dark side of the Road


Strawberry Tart


Poached Pear in a Mixed Berry Coulis


Still Life with Plums


Your Choice


Allium


Heat


In The Light


Time on MY Hands


The Portrait


The Third Thing


Two Things

I am thrilled to be a member of such a vibrant and colourful group…thank you so much Irene Burdell.

New Feature This Morning

In JPG Cast-Offs


From the Portfoloio and Gallery Collection Red Delicious

Sipping apple tea and sucking sweetened fingers,

standing by the stall and making my selection;

spices colour-collaged like love, cloves and ginger,

barrelfuls of nutmeg, carpets of peppercorn

elma çay and lokum
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Tonight's Feature...

In the Scavenger Hunt


The Third Thing

Write down how many things you want.
Meditate on how many things you need.
When you write them down
You will see
That you want millions of things.
When you meditate
You will notice
That you need only one thing
Eternal compassion
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators.

Unconventional Feature

Featured in Unconventional ArtI’m really pleased, as this painting is an unusual one …it was done to illustrate a legend, which you can read by clicking on the link below

La Diablesse

Legend says that “La Diablesse ( Lajables ), the Devil Woman, roams at night. She has eyes like burning coals and a face like death, but…see the rest on the original page…

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Another Feature...The Outsiders

The Second Feature for this Painting..


The Portrait

Not a red rose or a satin heart.
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love
.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief
.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or kissogram.
I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are
.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring,
if you like.
Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife
….Carol Ann Duffy.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured in Image Writing


The Portrait

Not a red rose or a satin heart.
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love
.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief
.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or kissogram.
I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are
.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring,
if you like.
Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife
….Carol Ann Duffy.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Three Features in The Outsiders

The Outsiders have featured three more of my works since the first one yesterday.. How Wonderful


The Colour of LIght


Dervish 2


Inner Joy (Second Feature This Week)

So it is the duty of the artist to discourage all traces of shame
To extend all boundaries
To fog them in right over the plate
To kill only what is ridiculous
To establish problems
To ignore solutions
To listen to no one
To omit nothing
To contradict everything
To generate the free brain
excerpt

The Outsiders

Time on MY Hands Featured How nice!!


Time on MY Hands

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable
. T.S.Eliot

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Ripe Cherries

Ripe Cherries has been doing so well and in addition to the popular pages has just been featured for the 4th time…this time in Scavenger Hunt

I also have a big surprise that involves this painting, but it won’t be revealed till the summer


Ripe Cherries

Challenge Winner..

The challenge was “Temptation” and my painting of “A Scone with Berries and Cream” won…How great is that, and what does it say about the things we love best and that tempt us the most? :))) I love it see the link below…

Temptation


Scone with Berries and Cream

You and I are great souls.
And we come together for a time.
We meet over a cup of tea here on earth
.

Shall we leave our shell and join with each other?
Shall we put down our shield and armor?
What will become of us if we do?
What horrible fate awaits us if we are defenseless
?

Tea is a time for love and tenderness without fear.
It is a time for sharing and learning and growing.
Come now, leave the battle gear behind.
Brave with me and let’s have tea
.

Saturday Morning Feature

In Bits and Pieces


Heat

O wind, rend open the heat,
cut apart the heat,
rend it to tatters.
Fruit cannot drop
through this thick air
fruit cannot fall into heat
that presses up and blunts
the points of pears
and rounds the grapes.
Cut the heat
plough through it,
turning it on either side
of your path
.

Thank you so much to the Group Moderators

A New Feature Tonight

The Fruit and Veg. Shop

Red Pears

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

New Feature...

In JPG Cast-Offs

Yellow Moon

There is a town in north Ontario,
With dream comfort memory to spare,
And in my mind
I still need a place to go,
All my changes were there.
Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky,
Throwing shadows in our eyes
. ..Neil Young

Thank you so much to the Group Moderators

Features....

Exceptional Ekphrasis has featured “Maria’s Cherry”…this is the 4th feature for this painting which is a collaboration between Maria Medeiros and myselfI’m so happy for both of us

Maria’s Cherry

I am also thrilled to be chosen as the Featured Artist in the Feature Fraternity, whose moderators have done me the additional honour of choosing some of my works as their favourites……


Nowhere Part of The Journey Series


Imagination Part of the Trees Collection...


Bosc Part of the Portfolio Collection..


Reflected Glory Also a Home Page Feature


Pears Flambe Part of the Pears Collection


Mysterious Kor Featured numerous times

Thank you so much to the Moderators of Feature Fraternity and Exceptional Ekphrasis

"Towards the Light"

It’s the sixth feature for “Towards the Light 2”….the fourth this week, now in Colour me a Rainbow
I am so pleased as now it can be entered in the invitation only Challenge… Ripe Cherries which is enjoying it’s third feature, plus the popular art page feature, is a finalist in the previous challenge..


Towards the Light 2

Aroused by air
caressed by night,
My love is near
do not fight
.

Away, firefly,
towards the light
.

Darkness surrounds
the deserted tower,
the elements felt,
then devoured,
by hungry hands
siphoning the night
.

Go, firefly,
towards the light
.

Towards the Light 1

Featured ....

It’s the fifth feature for “Towards the Light 2”….the third this week, now in The SisterhoodI am so happy


Towards the Light 2

Aroused by air
caressed by night,
My love is near
do not fight
.

Away, firefly,
towards the light
.

Darkness surrounds
the deserted tower,
the elements felt,
then devoured,
by hungry hands
siphoning the night
.

Go, firefly,
towards the light
.

Towards the Light 1

Safe Haven has featured one of my food paintings.. Oh Joy


Poached Pear in a Mixed Berry Coulis

JPG Cast-Offs has featured a LandscapeWonderful


Night at the Lake of the Woods

Here in the midnight, where the dark mainland and island
Shadows mingle in shadow deeper, profounder,
Sing we the hymns of the churches, while the dead water
Whispers before us
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Ripe Cherries

Ripe Cherries is on a Winning Streak…featured on RedBubble’s most “Popular Art Page” for the last 7 days, featured in “Colour me a Rainbow” and now in "Dimensions"… I am really pleased that the food series is doing so well


Ripe Cherries

Thank you Sharon Anne Mau

Featured in Forests

Mysterious Kor featured again I am so pleased

Mysterious Kor (Link)

Not in the waste beyond the swamps and sand,
The fever-haunted forest and lagoon,
Mysterious Kor thy walls forsaken stand,
Thy lonely towers beneath the lonely moon
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Features and Wins Today...

This painting from my Chinese Brush Painting Series, has won the “Fun with Water” challenge and is also featured for the third time, this time in Realist Paintings about WaterI’m so pleased

The Last Catch (link)

This painting from my Floral Collection (Tulips) is featured for the second time, this time in Painted Florals

Later Yet (Link)

Thank you so much to all who voted for “The Last Catch” and also to the Group Moderators of Painted Florals

Thank you so much to the Moderators of “Peace Love and Tranquillity” for making me a featured member…. I will be forever grateful

P.S. I have not posted them, but thank you so much to all those who votes have placed me in the top ten of so many challenges over the short time I have been here on RB….

Features

If it Doesn’t Belong

Jonagold 4? (Link to Page)…

He rose, and on the cedar table plac’d
A polish’d board, with differing colours grac’d;
Squares eight times eight in equal order lie;
These bright as snow, those dark with sable dye
.

From Masterpiece

Homage to Cezanne Link to Page)

Apples, pears, and plates
never move or talk back..
slow, long, arduous work
balance form with form..
color with harmonious color
portraits absent of emotion and personality…
nothing is more than a
conventional geometric starting point,
obsessed with unfulfilled
passions
…Cezanne

Inspired Art

Yesterday’s Dreams (Link to Page)

You are my harbour
My dream of tomorrow
My promise of sunshine
My shield from the storm
My sweet companion
We’ ll journey together
And not be defeated
By yesterday’s dreams
.

Happy Haven


Scone with Berries and

Featured In Snow Glorious Snow


Winter Drift (Link to Page)

I saw you as a beloved, phantom child
Beyond all years or time’s reckoning,
And would have given all that I am
To possess your eyes.
Damn time’s insolence
To enumerate all the years I never
noticed.
Now I must wonder
About the passing of years
And the counting of hours,
Wonder
If a gnarled tree
Can love Spring’s flowers
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

New Features...This Morning

Newly posted and featured in Bits and Pieces

Life Isn’t (Link to Page)

I don’t know what it is, but it isn’t this…
This morning, this evening, this day, this night…
It must be something else or else someone lied
… J.Z.

Featured in Incredible India

The Symbol Link to Page)

Every life
Is a symbol of
Promise,
Streaming forth from a realm
Where
No one is a stranger, unwanted
None,
Where Love blossoms for the One
And Truth for the many
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators.

Featured in Watercolour Paintings

Home Page feature this month, and now featured in Watercolour PaintingsI’m so pleased

Simple Abundance..Peaches (Link to Page)

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace. …Bourke Coekran

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured in The Fringe


Tulips (View enlarged image)

Guarded within the old red wall’s embrace,
Marshalled like soldiers in gay company,
The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry
Wheels out into the sunlight. What bold grace
Sets off their tunics, white with crimson lace!
Here are platoons of gold-frocked cavalry,
With scarlet sabres tossing in the eye
Of purple batteries, every gun in place.
Forward they come, with flaunting colours spread,
With torches burning, stepping out in time
To some quick, unheard march. Our ears are dead,
We cannot catch the tune. In pantomime
Parades that army. With our utmost powers
We hear the wind stream through a bed of flowers
…Amy Howell

Thank you to the Group Moderators

New Feature...Impressionist Art


Later Yet (Link to Larger View)

“*_Tulips…Later Yet”, are part of the Series “The Flowers*_” …
“_*I don’t want no god on my lawn, just a flower I can help along…
But the soul of nobody knows, how a flower grows*_”….Steven Demetre Georgiou..aka…

From Gillian to Barack


Peace in the New Year

*Wales’ national poet Gillian Clarke has written a poem marking Barack Obama’s inauguration as US president.
Clarke said she was “delighted” to have been commissioned to pen the poem for the historic occasion_. BBC News

New Year 2009

Venus in the arc of the young moon
is a boat the arms of a bay,
the sky clear to infinity
but for the trailing gossamer
of a transatlantic plane
.

The old year and the old era dead,
pushed burning out to sea
bearing the bones of heroes, tyrants,
ideologues, thieves and deceivers
in a smoke of burning money
.

The dream is over. Glaciers will melt.
Seas will rise to swallow golden islands.
Somewhere a volcano may whelm a city,
earth shake its skin like an old horse,
a hurricane topple a town to rubble
.

Yet tonight, under the cold beauty
of the moon and Ve

Featured in Spring Blooms


The Last Tulips (Link to Page)

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance
..Yoko Ono.

Thank you to the Group Moderators..

Featured in Inspired Art


Red Delicious (Link to Page)

Consider the fate of America’s favorite apple. It emerged from an Iowa orchard in 1880 as a round, blushed yellow fruit of surpassing sweetness.
But like a figure in a TV makeover show, it was an apple that its handlers could not leave alone. They altered its shape. They made it firmer and more juicy. They made it so it could be stored in hermetically sealed warehouses for 12 months. Along the way, they changed its color and hence its name..to Red Delicious
.” A. Higgins

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Two New Features this Afternoon...

Just Posted Today and now Featured in Out of the Blue

I am the Memory of a Moment of Happiness (Link to Page)

I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet
.

Featured in All Countries- Streams, Brooks, Creeks, Rivers, Ponds, and Lakes

The Last Catch (Link to Page)

Foamy tides, like snow-drifts, lingering;
A battalion of plum trees silently blooming;
A bottle of wine
And a fishing line;
Who in this world is my equal
?

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Just Back Today

I am just now recovering from a bout of illness that hit my entire family…I may not be able to catch up with all the comments, so please bear with me

While I was gone there were three features, "Dragonfly in PEACE LOVE AND TRANQUILLITY, “On The Way to Somewhere” in Mature Woman and “Mauve..The Trees” in A True Purple…thank you so much to the Group Moderators

Home Page Feature.....

I’m on the Home Page again…. Such excitement… this painting also placed in the top ten of the Watercolour Still Life challenge tonight

Simple Abundance…Peaches (Link to Page)

“_Simple Abundance..Peaches” is part of the Simple Abundance Series…inspired by Susan Ban Breathnach’s book “Simple Abundance” and the abundance of Fruit and Vegetables available in our markets_.

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace. ..

Thank you Home Page

Four Features This Morning

In Impressionist Art

Towards The Light (Link to Page)

Aroused by air
caressed by night,
My love is near
do not fight.
Away, firefly,
towards the light
.

In Live Love Dream

Chaos (Link to Page)

Chaos theory attempts to explain the fact that complex and unpredictable results can and will occur in systems that are sensitive to their initial conditions. A common example of this is known as the Butterfly Effect.

In Live Love Dream and in The Patch Work

The Way Home (Link to Page)

Winter whispered softly as we turned our way homewards…
Why is it so dark you asked, scarcely daring to breathe…
I didn’t answer, but clasped you closer to my heart,
As snowflakes hung suspended in the deep blue night
… J. Zroback

Thank you so much to all the Group Moderators

Effets de Neige Featured Again

This time in Painters in Modern Times

Effets de Neige (Link to Page)

Effet de Neige” is part of the Winter Collection…it is my interpretation of the story of Pere and Mere Chose by John Hollander after the painting “Route de la Ferme Saint-Siméon” by Claude Monet ….

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured In Still Life and Florals


Peace in the New Year (Link to Page)

In a complex and oft confusing world.
When life’s details
Get in the way of living,
And mounting worries
Crowd out simple beauty
Of snow and silence,
Fresh water and flowers.
When tragedy strikes without warning
And suffering arrives unannounced,
Then most of all
We must cling to what is truly beautiful—
Children, love laughter, dreams,
Wisdom, wonder, all that friendship means,
Rearranging priorities, and taking time
To discover what is alien,
What is really mine.
“Tis then confusion softens, storms cease,
‘Tis then descends the gift of private peace.
May such peace surround our lives
And fill our space,
May peace transform our hearts
And thus our race
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured in Incredible India


Fragments (Link to Page)

There was a time when I loved
The fantastic fabrics of the mind.
There was a time
When I lived my life
Based on culled fictions.
There was a time
When I was satisfied
With a fragment of reality,
Splintered, broken and smashed.
But now a lucid illumination
Steals into my heart.
The eternal Presence
Of Infinity’s Light
Feeds my Vision’s Dawn
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Sumac Walk Featured in Forest Group and Jonagold 3 in Fine Arts


Sumac Walk (Link to Page)…

When I was young they had already been
abandoned for years
overgrown with sumac and sour apple,
the iron scrapped, the wood long
gone for other things.
In summer my father would send us along them
to fetch the cows from the back pasture,
a long walk to a far off place it seemed
for boys so young. Lost again for a moment
in that simple place,
I fling apples from a stick and look for snakes
in the gullies. There is
a music to the past, the sweet tones
of perfect octaves
even though we know it was never so.
My father had to sell the farm in that near perfect time
and once old Al Shott killed a six foot rattler on the tracks.
“And when the trolly was running” he said, “you could jump
her as she went by and ride all the way to Cleveland,
and oh,” he said, “what a time you could have th

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