In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

An Artful Sunday...

One of my favorite things to do (only topped by going to the beach) is to go to art festivals. Today we had beautiful weather for the Fine Arts Festival in downtown Bradenton on historical Wares Creek put on by ArtCenter Manatee. It was sunny and in the mid 70s. Perfect day to be outside while visiting booth after booth of gorgeous art. I wish I could show you photos of some of the beautiful art we saw today, but I can't. 

More and more artists have signs posted in their booths announcing that no photos are allowed. I used to love blogging about the art I saw and made sure I added links to the artist's website. I've always thought it was a win win for both the artist and me. I had something interesting to share with my readers and perhaps someone reading would click over to the artist's website and buy something from them. 


Most artists have websites where they display their art, so what is the problem with a photo of their work appearing in a blog? I just don't get the paranoia. If someone is going to steal and copy their art work, it can be done from their own websites.  Even if they have a block on to prevent the use of the right clicking copy tool, anyone can merely take a screen capture to snag their photos. Enough about the paranoia and egos of artists... back to the topic of the festival...

One thing I noticed today is the use of copper seems to be a trend. Booth after booth of art of various mediums seemed to find a way to include some use of copper in their work- jewelry, paintings, sculptures and collages. I understand the love of copper- I have it all over my house. We have copper counter tops, copper ceiling tiles (that I made myself) and I often use copper in my own art work. Usually when something becomes trendy I no longer want it, but I don't see me giving up my love of copper anytime soon. 

Here's an overview of the art festival


The festival was set up along side the banks of the historic Wares Creek. What a beautiful sight right in the middle of town. 

The best part of the festival? A sugar cone with two big scoops of strawberry and cheesecake gelato- OMG! Absolutely orgasmic! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I Seem To Be....

... a piss poor juggler and not able to do even two things at once. I've been taking a six week online course at Sketchbook Skool and haven't blogged even once since it started. I haven't been tweeting as much as usual either, well other than the night the FBI moved in on the crazies who were holed up at the Oregon wildlife preserve. There was a life feed of the armed thugs phone calls with the equally crazy Gavin Seim, KrisAnne Hall and Michele Fiore. I tweeted up a storm that night! 

Anyway, the course at SBS has come to an end so perhaps I'll be better about updating this blog. Or maybe I'll sign up for another course. Here was my final sketch for the course- the palm tree in my front yard, enlarged and printed out in six 8" by 11" sections. Haven't decided how I'll put it together and display it...