Saturday, November 26, 2016

Home For Christmas

They'll be home for Christmas,
If only in my dreams . . .

It's that time of year again when I start really missing
my friends and family that have moved far away.

"Christmas is a time when you get homesick;
even when you're home."
~ Carol Nelson

Hummingbird Feeders make great holiday gifts.
See proven methods on how to attract your own l'il band of buddies here.
Thanks so much for your friendship,

X ♥  O


Monday, November 21, 2016

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“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.”
 ~ Tim Fargo 

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Monday, November 7, 2016

A Revolutionary Approach To Painting And Design

"Invite the viewers into the picture
and entertain them everywhere." 
~ Edgar Whitney

Ed Whitney 1979 - discussing the Three Bears
(Momma, Poppa, Baby Formula) photo by Shirley Landgraf

Edgar Whitney was a brilliant artist, writer and watercolor instructor. His Seven Elements and Eight Principles Of Design can be applied to any art medium and truly revolutionized my own artistic journey. Ed's students benefit from an accelerated understanding of art and visual design, leading to a broader scope of exploration and creativity.

Edgar A. Whitney spent twenty-five years in commercial art before devoting himself full time to painting and teaching. He taught at Pratt Institute in NYC and lectured regularly at New York University. Twenty years after his death, his book, Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting, continues to be one of the foremost and extensive manuals on philosophy, design, and watercolor painting. In his golden years, Ed demonstrated and taught workshops from Maine to Florida, producing many extraordinary modern day watercolor masters while establishing himself as a legend in the Art World Hall of Fame.



* SHAPE - Anything with height and width - They can be . . .
* Curved
* Angular
* Rectangular

* SIZE - The relationship of objects to each other - think 3 bears - Momma, Poppa, Baby
* Small
* Medium
* Large

* LINE - There are two main types
* Curved
* Angular

* DIRECTION - The overall dominant direction of an art piece can be
* Horizontal
* Vertical
* Oblique

* TEXTURE - There are three basic textures
* Soft
* Hard
* Rough

* COLOR - Warm or cool, one should dominate

* VALUE - The lightness or darkness of a color
* Light
* Medium
* Dark


These are the building blocks OF ALL ART!
This is what we should strive to do with the SEVEN ELEMENTS, listed above.
For better understanding; read each principle and then apply it to each element, one at a time.

* UNITY - The painting must be consistent throughout. Each part must look like it belongs to the rest.

* CONFLICT - or Contrast - Must be present in all of the elements.

* DOMINANCE - The most important principle because without it, there will be too much variation and no unity of the elements. In each of the listed SEVEN ELEMENTS, one should dominate in a painting.

* REPETITION - Elements should repeat.

* ALTERNATION - Repetition with variation.

* GRADATION - Gradual change from one element to another.

* HARMONY - Similar elements.

* BALANCE - Most noticeable with shapes and should generally be informal (asymmetrical) vs. formal (symmetrical)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

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~ Tim Fargo
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Birds Of A Feather

“A heart without dreams
is like a bird without feathers.”
 ~ Suzy Kassem 

The hummingbirds are fattening up for their long fall migration.
I hate to see them go. I have enjoyed their company immensely.
And even more now, that I know they'll soon be leaving me.

"The way to really appreciate and love something is to realize it might be lost."
~ G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, August 25, 2016


“Love is a feeling completely bound up with color,
like thousands of rainbows superimposed
one on top of the other.”
~ Paulo Coelho

"There's a calm surrender to the rush of day
When the heat of a rolling world can be turned away
An enchanted moment, and it sees me through
It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you
And can you feel the love tonight
It is where we are
It's enough for this wide eyed wanderer
That we got this far
And can you feel the love tonight
How it's laid to rest
It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best
There's a time for everyone if they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn
There's a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star crossed voyager beats in time with yours"
~Elton John
Come feel the love and join me on this maiden voyage here.