Monday, November 30, 2015

“Organic Peppers Galore” by Cecelia Burrows

Detail of "Organic Peppers Galore"
Cecelia Burrows painted “Organic Peppers Galore” in watercolor on Arches paper. The piece is a loving study with every attention paid to details of reflected light and color and is currently available as well as a number of limited edition giclĂ©es on watercolor paper. in sizes 11″×14″, 8″×10″ and16″× 20″.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Small Business Saturday

November 28th, 2015 is Small Business Saturday—another reason why you might want to visit our little Shindig…to make it official.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An excerpt from the “Before You Write” blog
kept by Lou Belcher

I don’t know how many of you have noticed that the original name of this blog is Before You Write. 
In the beginning, this was my blog.
I was– or I should say, I am — writing a book containing information I hope will be helpful to would-be and advanced writers before they embark on a fiction or non-fiction book-length project.  To that end, I used to post about a variety of writing/editing topics  and then….  and THEN…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Giveaway Koi After its Second Firing

After the second firing, the Koi looks a little more colorful and shiny. It's definitely ready to be given away at the end of the Riverview Holiday Open Studio 2015. If you'd like to check in for the event on facebook for a reminder, you can do so by clicking here. You can't win unless you attend (very bad takeoff on the Florida Lottery tagline to be sure). 

Good luck to everyone and see you there!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“Electric Hummingbird” by Vanessa Bates

Sell Art OnlineA digital hummingbird sips at a trumpet flower shaped speaker for the sweet nectar of song. Yes, it's weird, but hopefully in a way that will make you smile. This image was created first by building and rendering 3D models in Lightwave before taking it to Photoshop and Illustrator to give the piece an appearance of being an Autocad drawing. An image of a camera lens patent is featured prominently in the background.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

In the Company of Cats
Reposted from the Florida Book News

The following is an article as it appeared in the Florida Book News on Saturday, 7 November 2015, and is a more complete version of an earlier post.

 In The Company of Cats is the story of two brothers (Knuckles and Bugsy) who start out as demolition cats and end up teaching lessons in loyalty and joy through their story.
You will laugh at their antics and shake your head at their persistence. In the end, you will learn some valuable lessons and may want to go out and adopt a cat or two of your own. Bugsy and Knuckles invite you to enjoy the story of their formative first year in their forever home with Lou Belcher.
 If you liked Lou's first cat memoir, The Zen of Max (a memoir of great wisdom and many naps), this one will appeal to you also.

Bugsy and Knuckles Enjoying Paradise

About the Author…

Lou Belcher is a freelance writer, artist and blogger (Florida Book News, Brevard Art News, and Before You Write. She lives with Bugsy and Knuckles in Palm Bay, Florida (or paradise as they call it.)
 Lou holds the firm belief that people should smile more. Consequently, she devotes much of her writing and painting time to whimsy.
As usual, a portion of the proceeds from this book will go to agencies devoted to finding forever homes for pets. In the Company of Cats is available on Amazon. Also,
Lou will be signing copies in person at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center during ArtWorks in the Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne, Florida on November 21 and 22; and at the Riverview Open Studio at 1708 Riverview Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32901 on November 28 between 10AM and 4PM.

Friday, November 6, 2015

“Reclining Cow” (working title)
by Vanessa Bates

So what goes up must come down, but who's to say that there isn't a little resting involved before returning again? Yes, probably the cow in the rhyme only appeared to leap over a moon low in the horizon, but it might be fun to imagine a different interpretation.

More on my Facebook Page

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Turtles Are In

Nancy Sadowski, always keeping apprised of the latest trends in interior decorating, says turtles are back in. So if you are coming to our opening on November 28th, you will have a variety of turtles from which to choose. I wish we had a photo of Nancy's latest piece to show you, but for now imagine sea turtle hatchlings crawling back to the sea with one exception…their cute, doe-eyed turtle eyes are looking at you. Yes, I'm not the writer in our group and can't do it justice in describing the piece. Let's say it's cute and you'll just have to come and see for yourself.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Susan Stone's Mandalas

 Have you seen the Mandalas created in Susan Stone's “Adventures in Drawing” class? How many of us need to learn how to draw the one with the word “focus” embedded in the center of the design?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween Wishes
from Vanessa Bates

Yes the rumor is true…

I'm giving away a stoneware koi during the Holiday Riverview Open Studio 2015 event. The requirements: you have to fill out the ticket in person and that ticket will have to have an email address if you're not there at the time it is announced.

I promise the email will only be used for monthly (more like bi-annual) newsletters with arty information. I don't believe in selling emails, that's for sure. This image shows the piece after its first firing.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Release: “In the Company of Cats”
by Lou Belcher

Guess what? Lou Belcher will be at the "Meet the Author" book fair at the Eau Gallie Civics center on the 21st and 22nd of November to sign copies of her newest book, "In the Company of Cats" between the times of 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. Yep, we're proud of her too.

Amazon Summary:

In the Company of Cats is the story of Bugsy and Knuckles and their rescue as kittens. The transition to their new home is challenging at times. These littermates seem to have a secret communication system that keeps their new human hopping. Readers will find the story of these two cats full of whimsy and sprinkled with many lessons for all.
Oh yes, before we forget, you can buy a copy from Amazon through here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“The System” by Vanessa Bates

Photography PrintsEvery time someone mentions "the system",  an image of an orrery comes to mind. If only people could define their subject more clearly.

This image was created with Lightwave, Vue, and Photoshop. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Flowers by Lou Belcher

Sell Art Online Flowers is a pen and ink original. You can buy a print of it by clicking on the image and going to my Fine Art America site. Have a great day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Let Your Light Shine by Lou Belcher

Sell Art OnlineLet Your Light Shine is to give inspiration and a boost to anyone who needs it. The original is a pen and ink drawing with a bit of watercolor. It's 12"x9" on 138 pound watercolor paper and for sale for $150.00.