A Piece Of Me...

I was born in the second half of the 1900’s, possibly descended of "Scottish Tinkers" (still finding this), Tetched with Megalomania, Decidedly Hetro and an emerging Crone!

Winter, Blue, Spiritual, Empathic, Artist, Artisan, Wordist, Herbalist and a Stone Caster!

Now then, for good measure I’ll throw in ADD, Bi-Polar, OCD and a bit plain ole NUTZ….. J I refer to this as having numerous "Cats In My Attic", which means I still have control...otherwise they would just be "Bats In My Belfry"! : )

Most of my time, these days, is spent dealing with a semi-bizarre condition, "Arachnoiditis w/Myoclonic Dystonia"! Such is life after a fairly severe (ACDF C4-7) spinal incident. I am so grateful to no longer be paralyzed after successful surgery, that I try not to whine about the “Chump Change”! I’m sure any Quadriplegic out there would gladly accept the sacrifice for the freedom of Mobility!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Second Round Of Art Festival To Check On My Ducks!

I have to hurry up and get down to see if my duck is going to get Plucked!  WooHoo!
Also, I voted on Raette Meredith's Glorious painting "Just Around The Bend" and I want to see if it wins!
I did manage to pull a sorry representation of one of my pieces out at the last second but it did not make me feel too good because it was a last second make do!  The gentleman that was supposed to be making my frame never came through and I had to creatively find a way to cover all my mounting holes and it ended up looking like a craft project instead of a painting!  Oh well!
Sorry no pictures, I am down to dial up and just glad to be able to ramble!  LOL

Go cheer for a duck!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Slam Fan Hopping Mad...

...as a hatter that is, I heard Slam Buckra was at the Vintage last night for the "ART HOP" and I had to miss out! AARRGGHHH...
Here is one of my favorites, from his own original pieces!  Paint that is, his music is a whole other beast, too cool!  I do not know the title on this, but I really LOVE these colors and the expession of his execution!  Self Portrait?  LOL!

Oh well! I hope they had a "bloozy" great time, (maybe even a boozy one too)! LOL!

I was otherwise indisposed and unable to get over there at all! It was awful because I just knew I was missing out on the hottest spot on the HOP! Okay, so maybe I am a little partial, but I do think his music is pretty awesome and really would have loved to be over there sucking down a couple of fine cocktails while chilling to his groove!
Listen to his stuff, www.slambuckra.com and then buy a CD, SUPPORT OUR LOCAL ARTISTS!
Missed out catching the "fire Dolls" too, but I hear they will be appearing again September 20th at the Redding Convention Center during the Redding Tattoo Show!

The Art Hop was a blast last night, just tons of people out having a great time, seeing some fantastic art, visiting friends and tossing back some cool (okay maybe hot) snacks to boot! There were at least three times as many visitors than the Hop before so I know the word is spreading fast! By the next one we should really be jumping!
I did get to meet one of the other local artists that always draws my eye, Kaydee Duckworth!  Her work is really striking!  I was very happy to finally meet her, I have been oogling her stuff out for a really LONG time, find some at a local gallery and check it out!  I would put a link here, but I could not find one!  BooHoo!

 I know Rayette Meredith was doing a demonstration over at Westside Florist, I wish I could have stopped by!  I am going to have to find a way to get out and do a little "Hopping" of my own on the next one!  I did have fun though just visiting as they came through where I sat!  Next one, I'm out and about! 
I sure hope Slam is roaming around somewhere too!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Next 2nd Saturday Art Hop Is Just A Few Days Away!

I am positively excited about all the great participants for the Art Hops!  What great fun! 
One of my personal favorites, Raette Meredith will be over at Westside Florists shop doing a demonstration!  Wow!  That should be awesome so I hope there are a lot of visitors there.

I think we have some real momentum now and it will be getting more and more exciting as the word spreads and more people jump onboard!  I would love to see some local "celebs" out making the rounds and do some glad handing to help pump up the community involvement! 

Also, just around the corner, is the TurtleBay Art & Craft fair in Caldwell Park.  September 27th & 28th!  Just in time to buy some really unique and original gifts for those special people on your Christmas list!This years festivities will be very exciting and the display will be spectacular!  I can hardly wait!

Summer '08
This is one of my pictures I really liked from this years "Jest Playin" file!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Beautiful paintings And So Much More...

What a wonderful weekday stroll through a little art action this week! The weather was spectacular and the mood was fresh!

First 1up is this spectacular piece by a local artist, Gwen Knaebel. Wow! The colors here are so intense!

I promise, I am not really being biased here, seriously! I loved another one (two really) that was NOT abstract also,

see... I cannot decide which one is better! I feel them both! Kaydee Duckworth "Our Heros" as well as Diana Wright Troxell with "Horrifying Splendor" really capture my emotion with their use of color and context to draw you into their prespective!

So There!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hopping Good Turnout For Gallery! So Great To See...

...so many new people coming through the galleries and just as nice to see old friends too! There was a steady stream of people that seemed to be having a great time. There were quite a few people that said they had never been to the gallery, so, that is really a boost for the artists right there, plus even probably a few new friends!  Now that's what I'm talking about! :0

I will be bringing the goodies for the next round, I hope everyone likes Mexican! LOL! I'll have to make a light salsa for the "heat meek"! LOL

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Show, Wow! I Am In Awe Of So Much Great Talent!

Well of course I would go all the way to the gallery and NOT remember my camera! AGAIN! AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!

So I guess I will just have to make another trip down there now won't I? LOL!

I hear that Luke Lucas is having a workshop, check out his website for sign ups, information has it that he works wonders in his workshops! This is a watercolor artist that has a real "AWE"some talent, look through his gallery online and then make a point to stop by and visit him at "The Lassen Art Center", a wonderful "destination" drive!

From Luke's Gallery: Monterey / Fishermans Wharf

I love this one, I lived in Monterey for over 10 years and even lived 2 blocks from the warf for about 3 years! The colors here really grab me, it vibrates with life and excitement with just a hint of history and mystery!

Upcoming this weekend the 2nd Saturday Art Hop, I'll be there, I'll probably be bringing some snacks too! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Just Dropping By On A Weekday Afternoon!

What a lovely day for an outing, and since I didn't have any pictures from my last visit to the gallery (forgot camera) I thought would drop by and get a few shots. I knew the garden was now in full regale. It was such a nice day, not too very hot and the smoke wasn't that prevailant either! The garden was really lovely, I never even knew so many of the beautiful displays of flowers were indiginous! Big kudos go out to the garden commitee and other volunteers for all their hard work.

I found the gallery being attended by two resident artists, they were very friendly and ready to show off the gallery. I appreciate their enthusiasm, also it was very nice to meet a couple of the artists and see their work up too! Beverly, a watercolorist with an incredible hand, had a lovely picture that reminded me of younger days at the pond near my grandparents farm.

Never mind the moon, it is really my flash! LOL, me and my pictures, I sure could use some photo lessons heh!! The other artist Maureen, had a soaring pastel so good that I thought it was a photograph. I had to get up close to it to realize it was actually a rendering!

(Again, no moon there!) Thank you ladies for attending the gallery as well as being so freindly and gracious.
As a personal homage to the members that are hung by "Loo", I give you the "Big Hall" Photo Tribute!
This months Tribute Photos are:

And then, I can't close without touting my personal Favorites:

Love, love, love!
If I could buy a piece of art right now this would be it! The picture here of course cannot touch the vibrancy or the depth in this work. WOW! I do not even like the subject matter really, it is all about the colors and the space! I can hardly wait to put some of this flavor into a piece of my own! "Big Red Award" to Sean Randall for the "boxers"!

Now if anyone knows me, they know why I picked this one.. ohhh sooo my colors! LOL

Big Green Award goes to:

Okay, okay, so I am a bit redundant! But I LIKE this picture! Really, it is not because it is green at all! Seriously though, I mean it!
"Cowboy Heaven" by Gene Knaebel made me feel like I was right there, I loved it!

We finished off the day by making a trip over to the Old City Hall Gallery!


Thursday, July 17, 2008

First "2nd Saturday Art Hop" A Hopping Good Time!

I was excited to see so many people gallery "Hopping" for the first night out with Hawkman Studios on the very first "2nd Saturday Art Hop". I hope this will be an ongoing success with many more patrons out to enjoy it on the next one! I think everyone was happy. Maybe the word will spread and next month will be a real door buster!

Ther was also a wonderful reception for Raette Meredith. WOW! What a really great artist! She had some really nice pieces showing. She has such an amazing perspective and her work is so vibrant! You can't help but be mesmerized when standing in front of her colorful works! The Chardonnay Cheese wasn't bad either! LOL!

Here is a picture of the artist from her own page, too bad I did not think to take my camera! "I know. HUH?" Go take a moment to visit her website too!

Remember, support your local artist- buy art today!


Sunday, June 29, 2008

New Blog About Gallery BNS!

Welcome to the BNS!
I originally had something else in mind but I'll go here instead!  LOL!

So my personal opinions and affiliations shall be exploited here in whatever manner shall tickle my twinkle!

Raette Meredith. Wow, what can I say, she can blow you away! Her work is so fantastic it must really speak for itself! Color, skill, style and technique, she has it all! Truly a modern artist that will be collectible for years and generations ahead! Visit her web site http://www.artbyraette.com/

Buy something from your favorite artist today!