Sunday, May 3, 2015

So I had another art show....

This is day 3 of,,,,"Can we blog for 90 days straight?"  
Welcome to pictures of my third art show :) 

I had so much fun at the show, talking with friends and meeting new people! An art show is both fun and exhausting. There is so much work to get ready for it, and then whoosh it's over. It's kinda like being on a roller coaster. First you get into your little car and feel the excitement wash over over you as all the ideas swirl around in your head as you begin your preparations, then you have the first big hill, which you climb slowly, producing art, sending out press notices, printing up flyers and finally hanging the art you are at the top of the ride....take a quick look around to view the scenery and enjoy the time during the show cause are done and the ride is over!

Sandee Setliff, animals from the mountains

Jamie Miller, animals from Costa Rico

Miriam Hughes, animals from everywhere
 We had a fabulous time having our tarot cards read by Noelle, who came down from Black Mountain just for our event. I was really looking forward to getting my second reading too.
Noelle and Kim
And afterwards, we had another great dinner with friends! We talked well into the night and ended up being the last people out of the restaurant, I am sure they were glad when we finally left!!

We are already swirling ideas around for the next show!

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Crows really do not interest me that much, although I know how smart they are, they are also loud and annoying in general. Usually I don't bother taking pictures of them either, but I admit that every time I see them I wish they were a Raven is a bird I would love to fly into my backyard! 

However, back to the crow. This is about the only time that a crow fascinated me. Which means, I actually said "oh wow", and grabbed my camera...a sure sign I am impressed. I've never had one land on my suet feeder before, it's amazing how big they looked when perched on my tiny feeder.

But the amazing part was that he managed to hang upside down in order to be able to grab the suet out of the cage.

I really had no idea that he would have the strength to pull himself up like that!

This is my favorite shot since it looks like he he posing for me and thinking how I shouldn't put him so low on the list of my favorite birds. I do admit he redeemed himself a little bit this day.
Just a little...

Still wish he was a Raven....

"American Crows are familiar over much of the continent: large, intelligent, all-black birds with hoarse, cawing voices. They are common sights in treetops, fields, and roadsides, and in habitats ranging from open woods and empty beaches to town centers. They usually feed on the ground and eat almost anything – typically earthworms, insects and other small animals, seeds, and fruit but also garbage, carrion, and chicks they rob from nests. Their flight style is unique, a patient, methodical flapping that is rarely broken up with glides."
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology  
1. Crow

Friday, May 1, 2015

Keeping a birding life list

I love birding but more specifically, I love the birds that I see in my backyard. I am not one to travel to locations to get a glimpse of a species...for some reason this does not interest me. However I love to see how many different species visit my yard, whether they are in the woods or on my feeders. I also love taking pictures of them to "officially" record them, and it also helps to use the photographs when identifying them too. I am not the best at either and do get frustrated in both endeavors, but I am doing the best I can. :)

Here is information on what a birding life list is:

(noun) A cumulative record of bird species that have been positively identified and seen by individual birders. Most birders prefer to record only birds they have observed in natural habitats, and many birders arrange birding tours and travel to local and regional festivals to see more species to add to their life lists. Differences within species, such as male and female birds, are not generally recorded.

Many field guides offer species checklists as an appendix that birders can use to record their life lists. Some birders also prefer to keep life list records in a birding journal or online blog. Additional lists may be kept for backyard birds, rare birds, state birds and other specialized categories.

A great way for birders to keep track of the species they've seen is with a life list which
 is a cumulative record of the bird species an individual birder successfully identifies, and keeping a list is the easiest way to track which birds you have seen. For most birders, however, it is just fun to keep a life list and add up how many bird species you have seen.

To properly add a bird to your life list, the bird must be…
  • Positively Identified: The individual keeping the life list must be able to identify the bird in question through field markings or sounds. It is acceptable to have another birder or observer point out the bird species, but to add it to a life list the birder in question must then see the markings for themselves to be confident in their identification.
  • Ethically Observed: All proper birding ethics must be followed for a bird to count on an official life list. If laws are broken to observe the bird or the bird is harmed in the process of identification, it would not be acceptable to add it to the life list. For example, trespassing on private property without being invited is a violation of birding ethics and any observed species would not count.
  • Alive: Birds must be alive to be counted on a life list. For the purposes of listing, eggs are not considered alive, and dead birds – such as prey of other animals – are also unacceptable sightings.
  • Wild: To add a bird to a life list, it must be observed in the wild and behaving as a wild bird would be expected. Domesticated birds, escaped pets or birds that are deliberately imported such as for a zoo, petting zoo or ornamental garden are not acceptable life list sightings.
  • Free: A bird should not be captive or restrained in any way to be considered part of a life list. Birds that are in wildlife rehabilitation, for example, cannot be counted, and should not be counted immediately after their release until they have resumed wild activities for feeding, roosting, migrating and so forth. Similarly, wild birds in zoos,aviaries and aquariums cannot be counted on a life list.
  • Established: Ideally, the most "pure" life list will only count birds seen directly in their native habitat that have established viable breeding populations for at least several generations. This is the most controversial factor to consider for building a life list, and in general, if the other conditions are met the bird's population will likely be established.Vagrant birds are an exception, but are generally considered suitable to add to a life list if they arrived outside their range without human assistance – a bird that was captured and unwillingly transported before release in a new area, for example, would not count, but a bird that migrated poorly because of storms could be added to a life list.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bring on the sun and the fun!

Hi everyone, is it time to time to upgrade from those tired, old sunglasses you've been wearing for an eternity? Add some fun with The Buckle Boutique Rhinestone Sticker Sheets sheets for pizzazz!! (Makes me want to prop myself up on the beach and have a cabana boy bring me one of those frou frou drinks with an umbrella in it! Maybe in a coconut shell?)

I used the Hot Pink Black Zebra Dazzling Diamond sticker sheet to decorate with. The print went so well with the original glasses which were hot pink and black. All I had to do was cut the strips from the sheets, press them on, snip to trim and voila...done!

Because the sheets are flexible you can just go around a curve easy peasy! I LOVE that!

I have quite a lot of plastic sunglasses. It's just a nice accessory, it adds a final thing, and it's my favorite way of figuring an outfit.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The things we do for art...

I'll begin by saying that posting a picture of my feet is scary for me...after all I don't think I have the prettiest of toes. I was actually startled at how splayed out my toes were and spent a few minutes trying to get my toes more...errr...together to no avail. Then there was the whole...omg...I am so white that I look like a vampire, nothing says winter like bleach white skin. On a happier note my toe nails look good, only due to the fact that I had an art opening last week-end so a pedicure was a priority for that, lol  So what has this picture got to do with art? Take your tootsies on over to the Arnold Grummer blog to find out!

Here's a picture of the 3 artist amigos from the show called Caffeinated Art. The 2 canvases behind us are mine. Here is an article that was written about it in the Rapid River Arts and Cultural Magazine if you want to read about it.
Miriam Hughes, Sandee Setliff, Jamie Miller
This might go down as one of the nicest openings I've had. They had a private "dinner with the artists" afterward for about 20 of us. It was a splendid evening I must say!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #11
For this part of my card I used a gelli print paper for my background and for me, April showers bring May flowers. I love the rain and my flowers need every bit of it to bloom! 

I love mood boards, they give you so much inspiration!

Tombow April Showers Challenge

For this part of my card I was inspired by the color yellow and the flower. I used my pens to color the chipboard flower.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Give me some skin!

Recently I took a self paced workshop sponsored by Strathmore. I love their classes and they always have great instructors like Traci Bausta. In lesson 3 she did a study in making acrylic skins, which I have previously done ( by accident? ) every time I used my acrylic paints! lol Explanation needed? Probably so...:)

When I use my paints I pour them out on top of a plastic lid, when they dry they become a skin which you can peel off. I love peeling off the thick globs of paint, like a kid eating glue. OK, I'm strange, I'll admit it to you! I've only used the skins in my art once before when I made "Alice has a cup of tea" canvas. The tea cup is made from skins from left over paint. 

Here is a picture of the canvas. ( sold )

So this is the background to my DT post over on the Helmar blog today, and only you, my faithful blog reader will know that when I made my canvas I was using left over dried blobs of paint in my art. Honestly I didn't even know that skins were considered an art form at that time, I was just being me, using up weird and unusual things! lol
I did make another canvas using my newly made can see it over on the Helmar blog :) but here is a sneaky peek!