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July Squares # 11 – Blue – Puppy in Blue Jeans

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July Squares # 11 – Blue – Puppy in Blue Jeans

Blue frieze but we are not freezing!

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This is a month of blue! It’s a fun challenge created by Becky of “The Life of B”, and each day we show something blue. The only rule beside blue, is that the photo MUST be SQUARE!

As an added bonus, I’ve found songs with blue in the title or lyrics. 🙂

Thanks, Becky!

If you’d like to join in, just click the above link to find out details, and also see other entries.

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This is a painting I did a long time ago on a small canvas. I did look at a picture to sketch in the outlines, then filled in the details with acrylic paint.

It is a little brown and white puppy, maybe a terrier, who is sitting in the back pocket of a pair of blue jeans.

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“Venus in Blue Jeans”, by Mark Wynter, was released in 1962. It was also released from the singer, Jimmy Clanton, in the same year. It was written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

July Squares # 4 – Blue – Police Dog

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July Squares # 4 – Blue – Police Dog

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July Blues

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This is a month of blue! It’s a fun challenge created by Becky of “The Life of B”, and each day we show something blue. The only rule beside blue, is that the photo MUST be SQUARE!

As an added bonus, I’ve found songs with blue in the title or lyrics. 🙂

Thanks, Becky!

If you’d like to join in, just click the above link to find out details, and also see other entries.

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This is a painting I did a long time ago. I did look at picture I saw in a magazine when I sketched the outline of the things in the painting, Then I filled in with acrylic paint. It is on a round wood framed canvas.

It shows a German Shepherd puppy, brown & white. He is holding handcuffs in his mouth. Looks like he is in a child’s playroom, as there is a bed, partially shown, a toy black police car (the word police in red), a red toy box, and some wooden blocks.

The background wall is light blue, and the shag rug is a darker blue.

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“Folsom Prison Blues”, by Johnny Cash, was released in 1955. It was written by Johnny Cash, and is on the Sun label.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Nonsensical – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ic/ical

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Nonsensical – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – SOCS – ic/ical

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 18/18

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-ic or -ical.” Find a word that uses the suffix “-ic” or “-ical.” Bonus points if you use both. Have fun!

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Our blog challenge hostess, Linda G. Hill, has given us the letters ‘ic and ical’ as our starting point today, for SOCS. Thanks, Linda!

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Well, let’s see… I looked up some words that ended with these *ic and ical*. I just don’t know how to put them together to make a post that makes sense, so I guess this will be nonsensical.

I participate in the Song Lyric Sunday musical challenge every week, hosted by Helen . We post a song about whatever prompt word she chooses, and find the lyrics to share, too. I never paid a lot of attention to a song’s lyrics until now, just enjoying the music. But, there are some really good song lyrics in the songs.

Another word was ‘relic’. I like antiques and relics from the past. I used to enter some in the local fair, and have won a few ribbons.

Alphabetical is another one I’ve been thinking about for awhile. That’s because the A to Z Blog Challenge will be coming up again in April. I would like to get a head start on that (I never have before, always running late). So, I’ve been trying to to think of a theme, but haven’t come up with anything interesting, yet.

Oh, bionic! I remember that TV show, “The Bionic Woman”, which was airing back in 1976. It starred Lindsay Wagner, and her character’s name was Jaime. Why I remember this show, besides the fact that I liked it, was that I went into labor with my first baby girl, while watching this show. I could have gotten clever and named her Lindsay or Jaime, but I didn’t. haha!

And, the last word I thought of is ‘acrylic’. I need to get out my acrylic paints again, because it’s been awhile since I painted anything.

Hope your Saturday is going great! (we had rain this morning – woo hoo! so nice)

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

WRITING 101 – INTERVIEW – AN ARTIST WITH SOUL

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Today we were asked to conduct an interview.

Insight…the power or act of seeing into a situation, the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things, or of seeing intuitively, exhibiting or characterized by insight…

It is my pleasure to introduce Noelle R. She is a wonderful, insightful artist.

~ Never give up on or abandon your dreams, goals, and passions… ~ Noelle

I first met Noelle, and her family, on Twitter. In the past few years, while we were getting to know each other, they’ve become like extended family. Noelle works from her studio in the Chicago area, and has been gracious in letting me ask her a few questions about her art…her passion.

Please welcome, Noelle.

AN ARTIST WITH SOUL (in her own words)

Q1 – Have you always known you wanted to be an artist?

It’s funny…I never really thought about it when I was little. I never said “I want to be an artist when I grow up!” But, in a way, I guess I did. I always loved spending endless hours drawing or coloring, trying to make the pictures as vibrant and detailed as I could, and trying to copy pictures I saw in books or magazines.

I remember one of the very first things I taught myself how to draw freehand, was the character of Sonic. It was my favorite video game, and favorite character growing up, so naturally I was always trying to draw him. From there, I practiced drawing a lot of flowers, and they’re still one of my favorite things to draw and paint, to this day.

But, I would say it wasn’t until I was about 12-13 that I really knew that’s what I wanted to do, and what I had a love and passion for. I remember my family had been doing a lot of improvement work around the house, including a lot of painting projects. As a result, we had a lot of leftover paint in many colors. So, I had gotten a really cheap set of artist’s brushes, at the Home Depot, and decided to play around. I had sat down with a drawing I had done a couple years prior, of a purple rose, and wanted to try and recreate it in a painting. I spent countless hours on it, for about a week straight, losing track of time. I was hooked. I felt like I finally found my place, what I knew I was meant to do. I was proud of my work (even though I had done it on construction paper, and the quality was lacking) but I fell in love, and was determined to move on to bigger and better, and perfect my technique.

Q2 – What medium do you use most?

Right now for my paintings I use mostly acrylics. I find them easy to work with. I like how fast they dry, and I love the vibrancy of the colors. I will also occasionally mix in various glitters, shimmers, or different glazes, depending on what effect I’m looking for. I will even often mix in regular latex wall paint (a trick I guess I held onto from my very first painting) to thin out the paint, without losing vibrancy, or to extend the drying time just slightly, to give me more time to work. I also do some shading and highlighting.

I’ve also been working on a lot of pencil and colored pencil drawings lately for a lot of my character pieces, and just to expand my skillset. Both mediums, whether it be drawing or painting, offer a lot of different possibilities, and I love pushing myself in both. I’m constantly trying to improve upon the last…a perfectionist, I guess you could say. But, then again, being an artist of any kind, and being a perfectionist kinda go hand in hand, right?

Q3 – Where do you get your ideas for a new piece?

My ideas and inspiration for new pieces come to me in different ways. Some may be from a very vivid dream I had, some come from me reflecting and reminiscing on a certain memory, and the emotions I felt, and I try to convey that story in the imagery and symbolism of that particular piece. Whereas other pieces, I may get the inspiration from something as simple as a beautiful poem I read, or a quote I may have seen that struck a chord with me, or even something as simple as something catching my eye while just going for a walk through my neighborhood. Seeing a pretty butterfly perched on a beautiful flower, the way the sun looks shining through the trees at a certain time of day, or feeling the breeze while watching the ducks and geese float over a pond.

Sometimes, it’s just that image that gets caught in my mind. Other times, it’s the feelings and emotions those images make me feel. I take those and try to express them on paper or canvas, so that anyone looking at my work can hopefully experience the same feelings.

Q4 – I’ve heard you’ve designed art for tattoos…is that something you’d like to continue?

I would definitely love to continue designing tattoos! At one point in time, I wanted to be a tattoo artist. However, after doing a lot of reading and researching on the subject, and continuing to work on my own drawings, I came to the conclusion that the idea of doing the actual tattooing didn’t appeal to me nearly as much as the process of drawing and designing them. I love tattoo art, and love the idea of working with a client to design a piece that will have special meaning to them, and that they will want permanently displayed on their body. As an artist, that is both an honor, as well as very humbling.

Q5 – In your own words, what would you like people to know about your artwork?

Hmm, that’s a good one, and one I’ve had to put a lot of thought into. As I’m sure is the case for every artist, whether painter, writer, sculptor, or musician, our art is an expression of ourselves, in some way, but also a lot more. I try to put a lot of myself and who I am onto each piece. To me, it’s what helps give art life, and what I hope helps people to connect with my pieces better. Some pieces are an expression and sharing of myself, and my experiences and memories. Some convey a message, if studied close enough. For me, all my artwork has a story behind it. All of them are very personal to me, but I translate that into something that everyone can get something out of.

I want my work to be able to inspire people. Even though each piece has a personal meaning behind it for me, I want anybody to be able to look at them without knowing that meaning, and find something in it that they can relate to, or that inspires them in some way, whether it be simply finding peace, relaxation, and Serenity in the images, or to explore their talents, and what they love doing. But overall, what I hope to inspire in people looking at my work, is to never give up on what they have a passion for. No matter what the odds, no matter how many people say you’ll never make it, or you’re not good enough, no matter the obstacles you have to overcome. Never give up on or abandon your dreams, goals and passions, and what you feel you are meant to do in life. If my work can inspire people in those ways, then that’s what makes me feel accomplished as an artist.

Q6 – Is your artwork for sale?

Yes, I have many pieces available for purchase, both paintings and sketches. Anyone interested in inquiring on any given piece, can feel free to contact me for more information, or ask any questions they may have. I am also accepting commissions, at this time, if anyone has anything particular in mind, or ideas they’d like to have worked on.

Q7 – Please list your contact information

Anyone interested in both viewing and inquiring about my work can find me at https://m.facebook.com/ArtByNenmacil

And also contact me at:  artbynenmacil@gmail.com

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~Just an artist making my own way and sharing what I love doing.

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Thank you so much, Noelle. I appreciate your taking the time to tell everyone about your art. You are truly an Artist With Soul.

I urge everyone to go visit her online page. You will be pleasantly surprised!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

PAINTING PICTURES

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I mentioned awhile back that I like to paint pictures. I’ve been drawing and painting forever it seems. I’d draw on most anything I could find…notebook paper, typing paper, the backs of old wallpaper rolls, butcher paper, manila paper, canvas, and even the walls in the house. (Yeah, got in trouble for that) 🙂 … My aunt would bring me reams of paper that was discontinued from her office…printed information on one side, blank on the other. Still have some of that around. Also, I have some of all my artwork from years gone by. I’ll be posting some occasionally.

Do you remember those drawing aptitude ads in magazines…draw this or that picture, and get a free analysis? I did that one time, when I was probably ten or eleven. It was a picture of Abraham Lincoln. I sent it in, and waited. Sure enough, I got a letter from the Art Institue, saying a representative would be visiting me. So the day came, and the man was very complimentary and wanted me to go to their school…but in a few years…as I wasn’t old enough at the time. Kind of good news, bad news…I was ready to go right then! 🙂

I’ve tried watercolors, and had a big easel I’d take out in the back yard, painting pictures of the dogs. I went through a horse phase after reading the “Black Stallion” series of books, and drew and colored a lot of those. Then I started in on acrylics. I’d tried oils, but I’m too impatient to wait on the drying time, so acrylics were just right.

I like doing pictures of animals the best. I’ve tried sketching portraits…they are not good, and scenery and still life just don’t grab me and make me want to paint them. So, animals, whether a real likeness, or more in the cartoon style, is what I like to do. Once I even entered a couple in the local fair. I didn’t win a ribbon, but hey, people saw my work!

I also like painting on rocks. Back in the day when ‘pet rocks’ were a fad, I painted my own. Lots of fun to see how they turn out, and I still do those sometimes… putting the word Peace and a peace sign on them.

Anyway, just wanted to keep my promise of posting some of the paintings I’ve done. Hope you enjoy them!DSC00041

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

©Barbara Spencer (ghostmmnc) 2015