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Happy Thanksgiving!!! …and Bring It Home…Shop Your Local Businesses for the Holidays

Wishing you all out there a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Bob and I have so very much to be thankful for this year.  We experienced a terrible summer in business this year that others have experienced far longer than we did, but the good Lord, our family, friends and especially our client friends helped to turn the tide and so we end the year on a positive note.  I am also grateful for the many business blogs, newsletters and video newsletters that helped to direct and refocus the business.  Not only were they uplifting but they helped me to keep the faith in knowing we are headed in the right direction with exciting things on the horizon for 2013.

With Black Friday on the doorstep, I would also like to mention that the Buy Small…Buy Local Day sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is this Saturday, November 24th.  The charm of Christmas will be found in the cool little shops in your historic districts…the great bike and board shop off the beaten path…an extremely unique liquor store  (Brindley’s comes to mind) as well as any of your favorite artists (possibly Jane Crick?), photographers, artisans, authors or craftsmen.  They can provide you with very unique and sometimes one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.  The little people of business like these people are what keeps the economy chugging along in spite of what’s going on in the rest of the world. I remember as I was closing out my gallery and having the end of business sale so many people stopped in saying they had always meant to stop and never did.  If you are saying that about a local business that you drive by on a regular basis or know of one off the beaten path….stop in and spend some of your holiday dollars with them.  You won’t regret it!

From Grains of Sand True Art Shall Be…..

Cool temperatures and sunny days welcomed 70,000 people including our Florida family and twenty-five master sand sculptors to Siesta Key for the 3rd annual Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpture Competition.  Working in teams of two, each team sculpted magnificent works of art using water, the perfect kind of sand, trowels, rakes, straws and minimal kinds of carving tools that fit the team’s needs.  My family and I were delighted and amazed at the intricacy and detail these sculptors could coax out of simple sand with simple tools.

First place in the competition went to our family favorite, “Fossil Fueled” sculpted by Delayne Corbett and Craig Mutch.  My second personal favorite was “The Eating Machine,” by Rusty Croft and Chris Guinto.  I especially love the steampunk effects on the dragonfly and some of the bones of the dinosaur.  Once I got home and looked at the photos I took, I was equally impressed by a much smaller but very unique and intricate sculpture I had overlooked because of the enormity of the other sculptures. A giant hand holding a pocket watch with the cogs and wheels artistically revealed pushed the limits of sand hanging together in mid air. Cool, guys…very, very cool!

To read more about this event and view great pictures of all the sculptures and the artists, visit the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Facebook page.

The Art of Illusion

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This past weekend our Florida family enjoyed a day of illusion at the 4th annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. Circus City, USA was the chosen theme celebrating the Sarasota/Venice circus heritage. The Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus had their winter quarters here. This weekend two hundred and fifty renowned 3D and 2D street painting artists got to use the downtown streets of Sarasota, Florida as their canvases.  The artists had 7 days to complete their project with finished viewings the following two days.  Each 3D work of art had a photo opportunity set up to get the full impact of the work with a camera.  Views from any other position was very flat looking and out of proportion.  I had seen photos on the internet of this kind of work prior to our visit but it was truly inspiring to see it in person.  I “get” it now as to how it is done and I plan to try my hand with a couple of projects in the next few weeks.

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The month of November is really packed with fun artsy things to do in our area.  This coming weekend, November 8-12, Siesta Key is hosting The Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition.  Admission is $5.00 from 9-5 Thursday-Monday. There are 25 competitors sculpting their hearts out for cash and for the love of it.  Besides the Masters doing their sculpting, events include a Quicksand competition where two master sculptors have a 10 minute speed sculpting contest, demonstrations by Amazin’ Walter sharing the tricks of the trade using only sand and water and other fun events.  If you get the chance, bring a hat and some sunscreen and join in the fun!

 

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Sea Oats and Sandcastles

I’ve put a little time and space between me and this blogging thing and I feel at peace and refreshed. For the last couple of weeks I concentrated solely on what makes me feel really, really good. Somehow I got caught up with the crowd in blogging and lost sight of the thing that makes me tick and makes us lots of money! With this fresh insight I am ready to share again.

The Brindley’s valance boards are all installed around the ceiling of the store and I’ve made all the tweaks and additions to pull everything together. Today Bob and I are working on signs to be fastened to the shelving to rise above the different types of wines. Open house is next weekend so we are under the gun to get them done. Nothing like pressure to keep those creative juices flowing!

Last week I spent several days disconnected from Brindley’s and worked in a condo up on Orchid Beach. This job was very relaxing for me.  I had the pleasure of painting where my heart lies without any constraints. The clients are away and the decorator pretty much let me do my thing.  In the foyer I painted a mural of  sea oats, beach signs, a sandcastle and seashells. The interior designer, Catherine Kerr is having a cream colored rug custom made to go with the beach theme. The rug company will carve waves and a couple of footprints into the rug for the finishing touch….how cool is that?!  The next area I painted was the guest bathroom.  The walls were so nice and smooth, unlike the textured walls I am used to here in Florida. This room is beachy also with a driftwood mirror and a mural of sea turtles and driftwood.  I took photos of the work as I always do and looking at them at home I know I need to go back to tweak the mural a little bit before I show it to the world..LOL  After that I have five canvases to do for this job. They are simple and straight forward so shouldn’t take much time to execute. Lots of fun and lots of great things happening.

Painting Paradise 2

Now that WordPress has my upgrade money I will repost my original post that I deleted thinking I would get rid of the nasty video.  I am a Christian, I have a grandson, family and friends that read my  blog.  I find it offensive that WordPress allows those kinds of videos to be attached to anyone’s blogs. That stinking video had absolutely no value to anyone as an ad. By doing this WordPress has allowed something good to be ruined with no recourse but to upgrade.  New Bloggers Beware!  It amazed me that it did not appear on my rant blog that I just posted. Did they not think a blogger would have a fit about that???  So anyway….here is my original blog….

Friday morning we delivered the first six valance boards to Brindley’s on the Island.  I’m always a little nervous just before we make a delivery especially if they’ve given me a free hand to “go crazy” like Bill did.  As the  boards were carried in one after the other, it was love at first sight. Bill, his wife, Bob and I all stood in their store surrounded by the ongoing renovations and all the painted valance boards.  I felt a tremendous rush of energy around us.  I was excited and felt as though I was actually a part of something really, really big and something really, really fun… and so did they.

To be honest, after creating the first six boards, I was feeling creatively drained and wondered if the last four big boards would be as good as the first six. With this renewed excitement, I took the weekend off and started again today.  The energy is still with me.  Ideas keep popping into my head and I keep drawing and painting. I should be able to finish the four big boards tomorrow.  After that I have about twenty 15″ x 8′ boards to complete the room.  I plan to pick one different character from each of the boards and repeat them here and there.  We’re also doing moveable pieces that can be moved around to different boards around the store for games….like find the shark’s tooth….find the lost shaker of salt….or a treasure chest with a special surprise. The picture I’ve chosen to share is a close-up of the Bubba’s Cheese Deli board.  There’s Bossy, the Bleu Cheese Cow, a friendly parrot wanting cracker’s from Brindley’s and Gertrude, the Goat perched on her mountain of goat cheese.  Check out my Brindley’s wine lizards on my Facebook page, too!  It’s just too much fun….now back to work for me so my blood pressure goes down.

WordPress Adding inappropriate video ads to get you to upgrade!

I want to apologize for the inappropriate ads that are shown at the end of my blog.  We just discovered them today with the newest post.  We feel that this is a very inappropriate ad and WordPress has made it very difficult to report it as inappropriate.  After letting you become established as a blogger they begin to put ads on your blog.  If it was an appropriate ad or one that promotes art in a good way that would be acceptable to me.  They only give you one out which is to upgrade to a paid account.  Until I find another blog spot, I will upgrade just to keep everyone from seeing this crap.  Needless to say…I AM MAD!  How many other WordPress users have had this same problem?  Please comment or repost on your blog.

Painting Paradise

Yes, I’ve been very quiet on WordPress and Facebook.  I’ve been really, really busy painting paradise these last couple of weeks.  The owner of Brindley’s on the Island loved the sample valance board so much that he asked to keep it…which I let him.  Then he told me to go crazy with fun accessories for the boards.  That could be a dangerous proposition telling an artist to go crazy, but it has been such fun.  I’ve kept Brindley’s basic logo style and color scheme going but I am adding the “Crick” touch to it.  Some of the critters are realistic and other’s are more animated doing funny things like lizards wrapping themselves around wine bottles and a goat standing on a pile of cheese.  I should get six of the boards completely done today and then Bob will spray a finish on them.  We’ll take them to Bill at Brindley’s and see what he thinks.  Keep you posted!

Building an Art Wall: It’s Done!

Today is a great day!  The staining and finishing has come to an end.  I’ve always felt uncomfortable about staining something on site and something that’s already built in, but this job was fun.  I could rely on the client’s input for color and sheen and it made the job much easier.  Lighting is such an important factor in any kind of decorating, whether it’s furniture, wall color, accessories, flooring and so on.  You have to consider outdoor light coming into the room and the ambient light in the home.  I could see the different lighting effects from trying to get a great photo of the finished work of art Art Wall.  Thank goodness for Photoshop!  I’ve tried to find a study on photographing indoor room settings but haven’t yet been successful.  If anyone out there in the photography world knows of a great blog, website or book or have tips of their own, let me know.

Back to the Art Wall…the clients had a party over the weekend and all of their guests were highly impressed.  The dimensionality of the unit and the color balance in the room are impressive and completed the family room/kitchen/breakfast nook area.  They are thrilled and so are we!

My next project is a commercial job at Brindley’s on the Island in downtown Venice, Florida.  I am starting it today and what fun this will be.  Bob cut valance boards to go around the entire front of the store.  Today I am going to give them the color base coats of the store’s logo and then the fun begins.  As it develops I will post on this project.

Building an Art Wall: Part 3

Bob’s part of the Art Wall project is complete!  The doors are on and the wiring is ready for the lights to be installed once I am done with the staining and finishing. Can you hear him cheering?  He has done a beautiful job. Now I get to put my hands on it. I will fill nail holes and blemishes and then buff and clean the wood to prepare it for the stain.  After all of the sanding I like to wipe it down with a tack cloth and then go over it with a damp, clean cloth to remove anything I missed.  Then we’ll let it set over night and the staining begins the next day.  We are on the home stretch!

Building an Art Wall: Part 2

Dodging afternoon raindrops and sharing the lanai with the pool resurfacing crew that started their job today, we almost finished the art wall/entertainment center and we’re all loving it!  It’s so sleek and contemporary and the cherry wood is so beautiful that I can hardly wait to get started staining and finishing it. Tomorrow, here at home, Bob will make the doors and the shelves for the TV portion of  the entertainment center.  The doors need to be perfect and his stationary saws provide more perfect cuts.  While he does that I will tweak the stain and finish samples so our clients can choose the perfect finish of their choice. Later in the day we’ll take the doors and shelves out and install them. Bob will wire in the lights and then we both will fill nail holes, small cracks and imperfections and prepare the unit for the stain. Hopefully I will get one coat of stain on tomorrow….I’ll keep you posted.