As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ring it in, baby, with a tune!

Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne!
Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!
And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stoup,
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

and for the old English impaired....

Times Gone By
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!
Chorus:
For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.
We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For times gone by.
We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since times gone by.
And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by!
And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by!

Happy New Year! Be safe and courteous and give someone a hug and kiss. 
Tomorrow: Resolutions
Rebecca

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Intermission...(humming...)

Time for some world famous homemade hot buttered rum! Delight your spouse! Impress your dinner guests! Ok, here is my recipe that you should try immediately.. Use your Keurig to get the perfect shot of hot water fast and make it quick! Store batter in the fridge for the whole season.

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Batter
Mix together:
1/4 lb sweet cream butter (one stick, very soft room temperature)
1 lb brown sugar (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla
Drink recipe
2 Tablespoons Vanilla ice cream
1 shot (1.5 oz) Bacardi gold rum or dark rum
2 Tablespoons of hot buttered rum batter
6 oz hot water (or Keurig small cup setting)
Directions
In a glass, place ice cream and batter. Add hot water and stir until dissolved. Add rum, stir, and drink!!! Make a second one. Watch Christmas movies. Enjoy!

Have a nice day!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Another litter of critters!

I know this is the first sentence of this post, so "by the way" probably isn't grammatically necessary or appropriate. However, in case you weren't going to make it to the bottom of this post, I thought I would get the "by the way" up front!  ...By the way, for the new year, 2015, I have chosen a beneficiary of my shelter donations!  It will be Canine Crusaders of Atlanta. Ta da!

Ok, I wanted to post the remaining 5 critter balls which are available right now at Raiford Gallery in Roswell, GA.  I'm sure if you ask nicely, they'll ship to you for a small fee.
Boxer and the beloved smiling Mutt! (could be Lab/Dachshund/Corgie/Jack Russel and on and on)


For the first time, I have offered two galleries a small litter of critter ornaments for you to just snatch up without a custom order, at a great low price, just in time for Christmas.  The two galleries have 5 ornaments each, all different breeds and a couple of potential mutts!  

Today I'm posting the 5 critters which have been delivered to:


Golden Retriever, Westie, Boston Terrier

You can walk in and purchase any of these 5 ornaments if you're in the Atlanta area, or call and you may be able to order over the phone get one shipped to you. The best part is that these special ornaments are just $60 each, and are painted with the same loving care as my custom ornaments, they're just a little smaller, about 2 5/8".  They come nestled in a little gift/storage box and arrive with care and feeding instructions.

Take advantage of this great deal and give a special gift this year hand painted ornament!  These 5 ornaments include:
 a beloved Mutt, a Boxer, a Westie, a Boston Terrier and a Golden Retriever

Thanks and have a nice day,
Rebecca




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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The busy season is here, oh my...

Happy December!
Do you have your tree up yet? Because, they've already played the Charlie Brown Christmas special. I'm behind on decorating but I'll put the elves on duty tomorrow.

It's that time of year again..the time of year when I actually have a minor excuse for not blogging. I'm really busy painting little critter ornaments like these..


For the first time, I have offered two galleries a small litter of critter ornaments for you to just snatch up without a custom order, at a great low price, just in time for Christmas.  The two galleries have 5 ornaments each, all different breeds and a couple of potential mutts!  

Today I'm posting the 5 critters which have been delivered to:

You can walk in and purchase any of these 5 ornaments if you're in the Atlanta area, or call and order over the phone and they will ship anywhere in the US (shipping is about $10). The best part is that these special ornaments are just $60 each, and are painted with the same loving care as my custom ornaments, they're just a little smaller, about 2 5/8".  They come nestled in a little gift/storage box and arrive with care and feeding instructions.

 Take advantage of this great deal and give a special gift this year hand painted ornament!  These 5 ornaments include an Australian Shepherd, Beagle, Labrador Retriever, Poodle, and a black/gray cat.

Australian Shepherd

Labradoodle/Poodle/Bishon Frise

White/Yellow Lab

Beagle


Black/Gray Cat

2 Rules Fine Art
85 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060


Have a nice evening,
Rebecca



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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Oh the sweet little faces...

Christmas is coming!


Only 1 day left to order for Christmas! 


Don't forget to get on my list before Saturday November 15th at midnight!




Custom ornaments are $129. Each tiny masterpiece comes in a pretty gift box with a paw print ribbon and care and feeding instructions. Ornament sizes are 2 5/8" or 3 1/4" glass balls.  If you don't specify, you will receive the larger ornament, Click here to order a custom pet ornament or for more information!

You may also want a gift certificate for an ornament to give to a special friend!  Those are also available on my website and can be shipped to you or your gift recipient. They are also available for email and digital download up to Christmas day in case you need a gift fast at the last minute!

There is another option for you!  If you want to take a chance you may be able to find a breed specific ornament in one of the two galleries I'll be supplying this season,  Look for a small assortment of breed specific ornaments at these two galleries below after Thanksgiving!  These are painted on 2 5/8" glass balls, are less detailed, but still super adorable and priced at $70 or less.

Raiford Gallery, Roswell, GA

2 Rules Fine Art, Marietta Square, Marietta, GA


Stay warm and have a nice weekend!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!



Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sitting and wishing

Viewing Angle, 6x6", acrylic on wood panel

Sitting -watching - reading - working. I read that we are pretty much screwed. Unless you are a landscaper or a professional dog walker, our sedentary lifestyles are doing more damage to our hearts, respiratory and vascular systems than our minuscule 30 minute effort of daily exercise can combat. Programmers, painters, receptionists...am I talking to you?  Be sure to give yourself something pleasant to look at while you're slowly spreading your underside into a chair killing yourself with your 4th coffee and a cronut. Ok, I'm talking to me. I am the biggest sitter. I figure if I don't talk gently, I'll be sure to get up and move more often. (apologies to the programmers, painters and receptionists.)  It's a good thing I have dogs because they force me to take them out at least 3 times a day.

This is another random abstract from my return to my studio. I'm feeling good about getting back to work and now I am tasked with working on my Christmas orders, so apart from the sleeping dogs next to me, my studio is beginning to be a flurry of activity.  I think maybe this season I may actually pay for Pandora, because I'm tired of putting on AC/DC radio and never hearing Back In Black. Perhaps with the paid subscription, they'll finally play it the tunes that apparently cost more to air.

I've never had a cronut. Where can I get one?

Have a nice day!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Concrete thinking for an abstract artist, Olé!



I'm sick of commercials approved by politicians who say nothing. If you're going to say nothing, at least have your mouth closed, that's what I think. 

When I finished remodeling my studio, I decided to get back to painting by doing a week of abstracts. Just loose fun, no tight detailed realism. Nothing contrived. Just paint, brushes, palette knives, even fingers, and a whole lot of blank surfaces on which to play. I had decided to just be willing to wreck every canvas I touched for a whole week in order to break the block I had been going through and get back to work! At first, I hated them all, all 20 of them, but the main reason for this was because I showed them to other people, people who were not really prepared to see them, people were not only use to seeing my usual stuff, but who were also themselves prone to favor realism. Note to self: DON'T EVER DO THAT AGAIN! - initial comments only gave me anxiety about my week's work, then I felt bad about my decision to share the paintings with them, thinking I probably just wasn't ready for abstracts. But, then something changed. Over the next couple of weeks, I realized that if you want to just do something, don't ask permission, and especially don't ask for approval! It's not about anyone else, it's about you! (It's always been about me.)  Also, on the flip side of that, I had to remember the productive spirit of Andy Warhol: It's not up to me to judge my work; just put it out there and make more art!  Once I began to give myself permission to be ok with letting loose, (and also not asking anyone what they think, either), I began to like the new work, a lot, and now that I'm ok with it, I can continue! 

Have a nice day,
Rebecca 

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Repair, redo, rest. Repeat.

I'm in the final stretch of a forced basement remodel. We had a small slow leaking flood in the laundry room which left us with black mold and a task: Redo the basement how we have always wanted it, but never got around to because there was no emergency. Completely DIY, so it has taken months longer than I would have liked, but girl, has this girl got skills! I can hang dry wall, mud, put in molding, caulk, hang cabinets, tile and grout...and paint - of course, I already knew how to do that, but practice does make perfect! I bought a new angled brush that really cuts well and I found that I can trust my hand a little more on the edges with it, although I still taped quite a bit. Heck, I'm a regular jack of all trades these days.

So, my studio is there, in the basement... It was cluttered and dark and lacking in all things that inspire. Now, I've got bright can lights, bright tile floors and an empty room to fill up again. I'm not putting everything back, which will certainly cause another remodel somewhere else in our home, but for now, I need to create the perfect studio out of this small 12'6" x 12'6" room.



In progress, back recovering from tiling.

Little by little, things got done and now, after all these months, it has shaped up, into something for which I've been waiting many years; a creative and happy space to work and be inspired. I'm ready for re-entry. I can't wait to sit down at my desk and feel energized again with that verve! (Actually, I'm doing that now, writing this post.)

Today, the rug I've waited two weeks for arrived and the installation is complete. A studio that is brighter, finished, cleaner, neater, and full of less stuff. (Lots of stuff, but less stuff.)

Here's a pic with the rug down, which is my final large addition to the space. It has lots of fun colors to keep me happy and pulls the yellow walls and the red and gold chair together. It was cheap enough I don't care if it gets an occasional paint mess on it, and it's washable, too, which is good because there are two to three canine companions hanging out with me on any given day. So, voila....my new space!

After; the finished studio, all ready to get back to work!

I used to say, "I'm going to the dungeon!" when I was headed off to work. That was when the basement still had concrete floors and a $20 gray throw mat on them, with a window that had no trim molding and raw wood, baseboards that were never installed and plenty of little cracks which invited in the spiders. More than that, I had no place elsewhere in the house to put all my stuff, so I resorted to buying more and more bookcases and shelving units until the perimeter was completely stuffed with, stuff.  My husband, when he saw the sheer volume of my displaced stuff (all of it necessary-that's what an art supply hoarder says), exclaimed, "You never had a studio, you were just painting in a storage room!"  Truth. Pfffllbbttt.

Before; a terrible cluttered, dark and complicated place.

By the way, the guest bedroom is now the storage room, so if you want to stay over, you may have to climb on the bed to get around it. In fact, I haven't opened the bed yet to see. Hope that works out. Well, I'm off to buy gutters, which will be used for leaning art. More pics and panoramas in the next post!

Have a nice day,
Rebecca


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Friday, February 28, 2014

Things that are working for me; note #2

Flowers.

Acrylic on wood panel

This is officially the last available panel of my Ethereal Flowers, Series I.  I thought I was sold out, but this little 6x6" panel was hanging out in a flower show downtown at the Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios, a neat community of really good fine artists, whose workspaces and showspaces are combined and delightfully in full view of the patron-visitor! Stop by Tuesday - Saturday, on Miami Circle in Atlanta and take home a work of art from the hands of a local artist. So, the flower show ended today and I was able to bring this piece home and offer her to you.  

I have recently opened a little gallery on Daily Paintworks, where you'll find only original paintings from painters all over the world., and me. I'll be offering paintings that occur in a series. I hope you'll visit my shop. I've provided a link below, which will continue to be available on the sidebar after this blogpost has moved down the list into oblivion. 

Have a nice day, Rebecca




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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AC/DC and other inspirations for painting

Custom hand painted glass ornament
Made to order of your favorite furry friend!
For more info: Smelly Rhino Studio


Yesterday was so balmy, incredible. A day not to be inside.  Today was a great studio day.  Overcast, plus, I had a dose of sunshine yesterday so I felt like being cooped up!

So, into the studio to work on some custom orders.

After perusing Facebook a while to procrastinate before committing to my paintbrush, I read a post from a childhood friend asking what heavy metal song is my favorite.  I took that to mean back in the day, which for me would have been the 80's.  He struck a chord in me, and I promptly went to iTunes radio and chose the AC/DC station, which in turn started up my favorite rock song, one to begin a decade, (1980.) "Back and Black"-- It isn't even heavy metal! HA!  I have zero idea how this came to be my favorite, but I never tire of hearing it, even though I was the teenager who loved the B52s and Cindy Lauper and all things New Wave, and couldn't have cared less about hard rock at the time.  Still, AC/DC stayed with me. weird.

So, after nearly 30 years, you can imagine how overjoyed I must have been when movie makers chose the song for the beginning of the first Ironman movie, which is my favorite superhero movie of ever, bar none! I left it on the station all afternoon and a plethora of 70's and 80's tunes, which apparently are considered "likeable" if you also like AC/DC, graced my ears -- Ozzie Osborne, Led Zepplin, Def Leopard and Guns N Roses. I know, Hair bands don't really qualify as heavy metal, but hey, I already mentioned I wasn't on a heavy metal channel.  It was awesome for my nostalgia seeking heart.

So, this ornament is what got finished during my reign of hair banditude. (yea, I made up that word.)

Ps. Hard rock seems to have a similar effect on me as heavy metal while painting; productive.

Have a nice evening,
Rebecca

For more information on how to order your own custom ornament, visit my Artfire shop or my Etsy shop and shop securely with confidence and checkout with Paypal or try direct checkout!


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

A little Patriotism on a quiet winter morning

View from my studio after Atlanta snow


This is the view from my studio window, looking past the backyard through the trees, after a 3 day ice and snow storm which has kept all of Atlanta indoors.  The winter morning has been quiet, with nothing but a bird and a squirrel to interrupt the serenity of the scene.  I took some snap shots on my phone to text to friends with hopes of seeing their views in return.

Eventually, I made it down to my studio, which I lovingly call, "The Dungeon," even though it's in a daylight basement with a window.  This morning, though, it is my fortress of Solitude.  I continued to marvel at the beautiful snow covered scene from this vantage point, and as I gazed, listening to my morning Mozart, I discovered something rare and precious.  What looked at first to be a nearly black and white photograph, suddenly revealed the most startling tiny and wondrous spot of color.  Out through the woods, far off in the distance, across a road which is camouflaged from view, there stands a lonely flagpole, upon it flying the lovely red and white stripes and blue and white stars of the American flag.  "Wow!" I thought, with real awe, "How beautiful is that?"

I find it fitting that this scene would present itself to me during the Olympics, when I am most likely to feel Patriotic.

Small moments like this make me want to slow down just a bit more to enjoy the view, pay just a little more attention to those nearly hidden little gems of contrast that make things more interesting. My husband will be happy I pulled out my new camera (for the first time since receiving it at Christmas) to take this 300 yard shot of this one small but precious moment in time.

Have a nice day,
Rebecca
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Shoprags, and other things that are working for me...

I know it's already February, but I haven't taken a moment to say Happy New Year yet.  Unbelievable! I have been habitually accustomed to an end of year message, and then a sparkling next year's message inciting problems establishing good habits and breaking old ones, and my particular brand of obstinate laziness, aka, procrastination, followed by the fluff of my intentions for the year.

This year, I want to do something different. No. I want to do a lot of things differently. I want to improve, as I think I do a little each year, but I also want to remember some really great things that worked for me.  So, that's how I begin the year, with little posts about things that worked and how I plan to improve them!


Shop rags, freshly folded out the dryer.  My trusty companions in the studio. They carry the stains of my efforts, the memories of every painting I've painted in the last 6 years since I began my career as an artist.  It's pretty cool when I think about it, and really, it hadn't occurred to me until I began folding them just about 15 minutes ago, that they really do have the marks of all of my combined works since 2008.

The first major success I want to mention, one that has been steadily climbing the past three years in a row, are my custom painted pet ornaments. Yep, painting those cute little critters have REALLY worked for me. My customers even seem to enjoy the ordering process as well as receiving my work. They even enjoy sharing their little treasures with others, which has proved to be a wonderful referral business for me.  The only downside to painting ornaments is handling the volume that comes in late in the year. I even had to extend the deadline from Halloween to November 15th in 2013 because people still weren't in the mood for Christmas shopping. But, then, the floodgates opened and wow, what a year I had. What a delight to paint so many sweet lovely little creatures, but I was so swamped that I hardly had time to enjoy my own holiday. I was also disappointed to have to turn away a large number of ornament orders, because many found me very late in the year and there just wasn't enough time to paint them all. Fortunately, there were a number of clients who opted to receive a gift certificate or who were willing to wait for delivery after Christmas. I learned that I need to better understand how to reach people year round so I can be painting these ornaments all the time. So, my goal for improvement is to reach my audience earlier, continue to deliver an outstanding product, delight my customer, and enjoy every part of my holiday to the max!


Thank you for giving me the joy of painting as I begin year 7 of my adventures in painting. If I could share with you how happy this makes me, it would be in the form of a gigantic smile and big hug.

Have a nice day,
Rebecca
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Things to Ponder

Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. -Andy Warhol

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney

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