Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Three of my pieces were accepted into an online exhibition at www.bestofartists.com. This is fun and exciting. I actually entered one of their shows a couple of years ago (2005) and made it into a book that they publish. If I can win the first place People's Choice Award, that would really make it exciting! People that visit the web site of Kennedy Promotions can vote for their favorite artist. Whoever has the most votes wins the grand prize of having their artwork published in a 32 page full color book. The ongoing books that they publish are the Best of Artist book for each state. So, supporting the web site because Rene Kennedy supports artists is a good idea in and of itself. She is working to get artists the exposure they need. You can see my work at this link. I am the sixth entry from the top. You can vote there, too. Once a day, every day until voting ends at the end of May. A friend put the link to the voting on her desktop so she can vote and won't forget. You can only vote once a day because they track the IP addresses for the computers. Thank you to those who vote for me because your support is very much appreciated!
Monday, April 16, 2007
Today is a very sad day and I was going to draw tonight but can't find it in my heart to do so. When my husband told me about the shootings on the VA Tech campus this morning, my heart went cold. And then I got mad. I'm so sick of the miserable people who populate this world that think they are justified in killing innocent people and making other families miserable, too. I believe that life is the most precious thing we have and it sickens me that there are others who do not share this belief. I am not religious in the way that some people go to church and pray or practice any number of religions. I was born Catholic, but I do not practice the faith. I am spiritual, but my church is the mountains and streams and remote areas where the animals are free to hunt and wander without human intervention. I am most comfortable in that setting. I would never take another's life because I was in so much pain or filled with so much rage. And I have been both. Other people have set out to hurt me maliciously, and even though I have been angry, I have never once thought of killing them. Revenge yes, but not murder. I have also been the target for people who are so miserable that they are not happy unless everyone around them is miserable, too. I have no tolerance for these people. They are not victims, they are just people who refuse to take the steps to change their miserable lives into something better. There has to be a special hell for people like this to spend eternity in. I feel so sad for the families of the students killed, they will have so many questions and a long road ahead of them with no closure. I homeschool my kids. In the beginning I did it because of the lack of academic quality in the public schools where we lived. Then I did it because I just love spending time with my kids. I never chose to do it out of fear, but I felt grateful for the opportunity to homeschool and keep my children safe every time I heard about a shooting at a school. I felt thankful that my kids weren't harmed. Now, my children are nearing college age and I have something new to fear. What would those innocent young adults have contributed to society had they lived? We will never know because some selfish, self-centered, miserable excuse for a human being ended their lives needlessly. Some things should not be forgiven. Some of these familes will forgive this guy so that they can move on with their lives. I will not begrudge them that. They have to do what they need to to get through this traumatic time in their lives. But, that's not in my personality. I will spit on his grave and hope hell is too hot for his sorry ass. I don't care what prompted this, what his reasons were, because there is no excuse for what he did. There will be experts trying to justify what he did in this politically correct climate, but I say he was wrong, plain and simple. And then there will be the gun control advocates screaming for more laws. Well, when they start enforcing the ones they have now, we can talk about new ones. The fact remains that if the guy didn't have guns, he would've used something else. A knife, a machete (Red Lion, PA), a bomb. The real issue here is that he WANTED to kill. Keeping guns away from everyone, even responsible owners is not the answer. And the liberal left is going to have to accept that other people live differently from them and that maybe hunting is not for them, but for some people it is a way to put food on the table. The answer is raising up our children to be personally responsible for their actions.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I haven't been sketching the iris' because they didn't seem to be doing much. Then I came back from vacation to find buds! So, I decided this time I'd sketch them in colored pencil, and I don't know what happened. They haven't turned out the way I saw them in my head. If anyone has any advice for me, please don't hesitate to tell me. I've never considered myself good with color, and this is my first time at trying plants. It's a pretty bad scan, too, but you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. Off to check the blogs of others and comment. Cya.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Last week we went on a much needed vacation to Topsail Beach, NC. We haven't had a vacation in 10 years, so this was special. We found a house, for all intents and purposes, beach front. There was actually a road between us and the sea wall, but I'm not complaining. The house was beautiful, the price was right. I haven't been everywhere, but of the places I have been, I think NC has the most beautiful beaches. Topsail Island is pretty much a family area, so there were no spring breakers to keep me up at night. I got there, took out my sketch stuff and realized I had left my pastel paper at home. Heavy drears! But, I had my pencils with me, so voila! It's very difficult to sketch with the wind blowing around, so I did the best I could. The first sketch is from the park after you cross the bridge onto the island. A really nice park with pavilions and tables and a playground for the smaller kids. This view is down the intracoastal waterway from near the bridge. The bridge which instead of raising up to let the boats through, pivots to the left. The whole operation takes less than 5 minutes and was pretty cool to watch. The scond sketch is of the clouds the greeted me one morning after we had had a tremendous wind storm the night before. And the last sketch is the view from the deck. I spent most of my time here, in a rocking chair reading. We did go on the beach, but towards the end of the week it got really cold, so I was content with the view and the sound of the waves. We watched the dolphins migrating all week. The first one I saw was so amazing because all the way up the coast he was jumping out of the water and diving. The others never jumped out of the water, but played in the waves and fed on the fish. When were in the water on the 2nd day, there was a dolphin not more than 20 feet away from us. I wanted to go out and swim with it, but the water was so cold I was only in it up to my thighs. Legs are one thing, but we all know that the only way to do it is to just dive in, and I wasn't up for that! All in all it was a wonderful week, but it's also good to be home again.