Thursday, December 30, 2010


Every New Year it is the same ole resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, clean out the closet......  this year, fellow artist and blogger, Laure Ferlita, has challenged her readers with the word-of-the-year idea.  The idea is to choose a word to guide you through the upcoming year. (Check out Christine Kane's post for more info.)

I started to think about what would be a good word for me to guide me through 2011 and immediately "LISTEN" popped into my head.  You see, I have a little voice, or intuition, that I am learning and letting myself listen to.  Am I talking to myself?  Well, yes.  But maybe it is OK, because I need to learn to listen to myself, follow my heart and my intuition.  I find that the more I listen to my intuition, the more it is willing to put itself in the front of my being.  This will be the year of listening.

How about you?  What will be your word-of-the-year 2011?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

And the Winner is.......

The lucky winner of the Cloth, Paper, Scissors Gifts magazine is Jenny.  There were thirty-five entries and lots of great suggestions and ideas.  I used to generate a random number and Jenny's number won.  Jenny, I hope you enjoy the magazine.  It is a fabulous issue full of great gift ideas.  You will be getting your copy in the mail soon.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cloth, Paper, Scissors First Annual Holiday Issue Giveaway

First Annual Holiday Issue of Gifts, 148 pages
Thank you everyone for commenting yesterday and giving me such great ideas on how to host a giveaway on my blog.  In order to win the prize - Cloth-Paper-Scissors’ First Annual Holiday Issue, please do the following:
*One entry per person.  Enter by leaving a comment on this post or yesterday’s post and answering this question – Have you ever made something that you saw in a Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine?  If so, what was it?
*I will use to randomly pick the lucky winner
*Everyone that already posted will be included in the drawing (expect the few that said they don’t want the magazine)
*The deadline to comment is Sunday, December 19th, 2011

What an inspiring magazine!  There are gift projects for the book artists, fabric artists, jewelry artists, beginning and well seasoned artists.  As always the artwork is beautifully displayed and the instructions are easy to follow. 
I was pleased to see my “Wishes” ATC featured in an article by Linda Blinn.  I was contacted in June by Barbara Delaney, assistant editor of Cloth, Paper Scissors, to create ATC for their holiday issue.  I have to admit that I was a bit stressed about this tiny piece of art (2 1/2” x 3 ½”)!  I pulled out all my sparkles, fake snow and xmas stencils in June and tried to get into the Christmas spirit.  I think that I made about 5 ATCs and spent many hours before I gave up and sent what I thought was my best one (we were flying out to Maine the next day and I had yet to pack!)  While I was in Maine, I got an email from Linda telling me that she picked my   ATC to feature on the cover of one of her holiday cards!  Ok, here is the funny part of this whole story - Linda found our Maine rental house on the internet and rented it for her family vacation early in the summer.  Through our emails we made the art connection and I found out that I have been reading her articles on creating art for years!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine Giveaway!

Win this magazine - read below
I am honored and thrilled that the editors of my favorite magazine, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, picked my blog for their New Magazine Blog Tour.   I will be reviewing their magazines and offering free magazines to a few lucky Art in my Heart Blog readers starting with GIFTS, their first annual holiday issue.  This magazine is super-sized at 148 pages and can be found at Barnes & Noble for $14.99.  Or you can participate in my blog giveaway and perhaps win a free copy!
Here is what I need from you….
I have never done a blog giveaway before so I am looking for great ideas on how to do this.  Have you ever done a giveaway or participated in one?  What works and what is fun?  Anyone that comments will be entered into my CPS magazine giveaway. 
I have my cup of coffee and a fire lit in the fireplace.  It just started snowing outside.  I am off to read through GIFTS and will get back to you soon!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lots to learn about Color!

Ingrid making a beautiful color study

Kim showing her book with her painted cover

Comparing books

More color studies
It has been a couple busy weeks teaching classes and trying to keep up on the holiday hoopla around the house.  Needless to say, my house doesn't look at all xmas-y yet as my priorities are always with my classes.  Friday I finished teaching The Good, the Bad and the Beauty of Color Class and everyone left with a beautiful spiral bound book full of color studies.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Chickens are Back!

Ethyl's Home

My chickens see me coming from across the yard, with my food pail in my hand.  They come running in hopes that I have something very special in there or perhaps they want to be the first to the goodies.  If Ethyl or any of them ever get out of their little pen, this is a good way to get them back again. 
I have been having fun painting miniature paintings of my chickens giving them lots of color and life.  These paintings will be available for purchase starting on Friday for the First Friday Art Walk at the Birkenstock store and the Red Chair Gallery, December 4, 2010.  Hope you will come in and let me know what you think.