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Nature Reduces Stress

So we are all dealing with a tremendous amount of stress! That is a given in this fast paced, crazy world of modern life! What I have noticed personally, though, is that noCliffs with Arch matter how pressured I feel, sitting down and watching a slide show of my favorite scenery photos on the laptop, gazing at a beautiful painting, or best of all, taking a walk on the beach or in the woods, calms me down. OK, the bills are not getting paid for those few minutes, the phone will soon be ringing off the hook again, some other crises will arise at any moment, but seeing the beauty of the natural world, this precious gift from God that we call home, puts everything in perspective. What is the real life? Is it this mixed up, man-made mess that we endure on a daily basis, or is it the simple, harmonious way of life that we were meant to enjoy? When we “tune in” to the more real path, through meditation on our purpose and place in this world, it is inevitable that we will find peace and inner happiness.

~Susanne

Spring Green Along the Road

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Avila Beach, California beautiful photos

For a wonderful little place to explore along the Central Coast of California, check out the quaint town of Avila Beach. At peak times of the year, this hot spot for sun seekers is bustling with people of all age groups. Late sun at Avila Beach Known of course for the beautiful beaches, sea caves full of star fish, sea anenome, and other creatures, and easy surfing, this town has also undergone a complete renovation. Older buildings have received a face lift, while scores of new shops and condos have filled in every empty lot. Barely recognizable from the little fishing town of just a few years ago, Avila Beach is appealing to a wider crowd. Avila Hot Springs and Spa, wineries, a golf course, and many other attractions are bringing in a diverse group to enjoy this unique area. Avila Valley Barn offers fresh, local produce and ‘pick your own’ apples and other fruits as well as jams, spread, dressings, and other home made goodies. Avila Beach has something for everyone, and we love to get away for a bit of artistic inspiration for our ocean seascape paintings or just beach ‘fun in the sun’ with the family!

Susanne

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Horse Art Black and White

This oil painting of a white horse’s profile against a black background has a

Horse Art Black and White

dramatic use of light. Black and white are misleading, since the white is slightly tinted with glowing yellows and orange in the sunlight

 

and cool blue and purple tones in the shadows. The dark areas behind the horse cause the lighter colors to pop, giving the painting a three dimensional quality. I really enjoyed painting this

with bold brush strokes and a looser style than usual for me. The dynamic motion of this spirited creature can almost be felt.

Susanne

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Horse Eye View Framed painting

Why do we humans have such a strong love for horses? What mysterious quality draws us to these magnificent creatures? It goes beyond the usefulness as workers, or mode of transport. Ancient cave paintings include primitive portrayals of man and horse, in various aspects of daily living. No doubt the beauty, strength, and grace of this species captivates our imagination. In looking deep into the intelligent eHorse Eye View Framed paintingyes of a horse, seeing its spirit, gaining its trust, I am amazed that we can communicate on levels almost subconscious. In painting “Horse Eye View”, I wanted to capture that intelligence. The proud tilt of his head sends a subtle challenge, as if to say, “Prove yourself to me, and I will be forever loyal to you.”

Susanne

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Sunflower Sea Star (starfish)

starfishWhile exploring a minus tide at Montana de Oro State Park in California, I discovered some wonderful sea creatures.

Unlike most of the sea stars I have seen on the beaches of California, the Sunflower sea star actually visibly moves. It’s like watching a slow fussy looking octopus of sorts : ).

Sunflower Sea Star at Low Tide in Montana de OroIncluding the length of its arms, this large and active sea-star is approximately two feet in diameter. Often a colorful pink to purple in color, the sunflower sea-star is a very unique species, starting with 6 arms as a juvenile and growing the remainder in adult form.It has between 15 to 24 flexible to limp arms and a soft delicate skin.

Now that I know about the Sunflower sea stars, it makes me want to create beautiful oil paintings of the sea creatures.

Description of the Sunflower Sea Star

The Sunflower stars I have found have been orange yellow and a dark blue-gray and orange combination. The color range for Sunflower sea-stars also includes pink and purple. Their arms number anywhere from 5 to as many as 24 arms. The ones I have spotted have had twenty usually. One had 22 arms.

Sunflower starfish grow to about 24” and are considered to be among the fastest of the species. They get about by means of some 15,000 tube feet squirming in an organized fashion under the control of an amazing water vascular system. Gill structures, which are numerous, small, and bag shaped can give them an odd somewhat fuzzy appearance under the water. Out of the water, they are fleshy and sagging, rather like an octopus.
Sunflower Sea Stars Eat sea urchins, bivalves, polychaetes, sea stars, dead fish, snails, crabs, chitons.

Sunflower Sea Star sticking to my handMoving up to four feet per minuet, Sunflower stars are the fastest moving and largest intertidal stars. Since their fragile bodies need the support of the surrounding waters, they like to hangout in the lower intertidal area. These beautiful creatures may be found in water as deep as 1400 feet.
Interesting…
Sea urchins from several feet away can detect sunflower sea stars. Seemingly immobile, urchins amazingly do their best to keep a safe distance. If you were privileged to find a Sunflower Sea Star in one of the lower intertidal pools, you would probably find that the surrounding sea urchin dents have been evacuated.

Pycnopodia helianthoides (sunflower sea-star) This large and active sea-star is approximately two feet in diameter, including the length of its arms. It has between 15 to 24 flexible to limp arms and a soft delicate skin. Often a colorful pink to purple in color, the sunflower sea-star is a very unquie species, starting with 6 arms as a juevenile and growsing the remainder in adult form.

Check out these amazing twenty legged star fish I photographed when my mother was visiting. It was 7:30 in the morning on the reef of Montana de Oro. The tide was minus 1 foot. It was a treacherously slippery trek to the deep tide pool that these wonderful sea creatures called home. I was desperately hoping to find one for my mother’s visit. About 3 months ago I happened across one for the first time. Well, We found five! There also proved to be an assortment of other sea stars.

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Artist Worth Mentioning: Mary Telfer Holden

Mary Telfer Holden Vibrant Lilies PaintingAre you looking for some beautiful floral art? I found some painted by Mary Telfer Holden. In addition to her floral art, Mary teaches art classes on the “The Business of Art”. An animal lover, Mary has contributed some of her art to various charities including veterinary hospitals and shelters. Since she is so busy,Mary Telfer Holden bio Pic many have asked Mary how she manages to get so much accomplished. “ I suppose it has much to do with the work being something I love”, she responds. “It was while earning my Bachelor’s of Fine Art in painting at Northern Illinois University that I developed a passion for creating large floral paintings in watercolor or oil.” Mary’s work has been featured in a number of publications including, Northwest Herald, on April 5, 2007 By Geneva White. Visit her blog to find out her latest works.

Mary Telfer Holden Red Flower Painting

 

I spoke with Mary on the phone. She was very quick about returning my call and an absolute pleasure to speak with. Do want to learn more about the business of art? You can contact Mary by visiting her blog : )

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Gotta Do What You Wanna Do

We all have something we are each good at and that we enjoy doing; whether that is cooking, sport, art… Unfortunately not everyone has the chance to make a living doing just what they enjoy most, either because your skill is in a niche market, or because you are still working up to the ‘big time’.

So if you are an artist trying to make it big and you love painting, sculpting or designing but you aren’t yet in a position to make a living from it, you’re not alone. The artists who have to work on advertising posters to pay their bills during their start up are in good company amongst the writers who have to do data entry work and the actors who have to star in commercials before making it to the big screen.

It’s also been said that one of the most famous car manufacturers, Ferrari, make a loss on their cars, and make their real profits from their merchandise, even though the heart and soul of their company is out on the race track, they still have to pay the bills too.

So if you have to work on a few ad campaigns to give you the finding to live your life and finance your art, think of it as a chance to broaden your experiences, meet new people and not just to pay the bills. After all, you never know which ad agency needs a new piece of wall art for their office or which advertising model is searching for a unique art print for their home renovation.

So to do what you wanna do, you’ve often gotta do things which don’t excite you quite as much as your driving passion, but you’re not alone. While Confucius famously said ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’, you will most likely have to do a job you don’t like so much, to give you the funds to pursue the job you do love, but when you have found a job or an art which you love, you will not only have the passion to pursue it, but also the financial backing. Best Wishes!

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Ocean Reef Wall Art Paintings

I have spent countless hours observing and digitally photographing the ocean reef. Fascinated by the movement of the sea foam, I pondered about the possibilities of capturing the fundamental nature of what makes the ocean reef so beautiful. My wonder soon transformed into resolve. For four years, it was been my aim to paint wall art that gives the observer a sense of being right there, in the moment, at the ocean’s edge.product-gallery-receding_tide_3.jpg

I have taken countless digital photographs in various places like Laguna Beach, Morro Bay ,Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, , Big Sur, San Simeon, and Carmel. High speed digital photography gives me an great opportunity to observe the character of the ocean’s movement, I figured out that the resulting images did not often give a sense of action. If fact, more often than not, they literally appear to be frozen like ice. Often, the sea-foam would look like snow. Every once in a while, there would be images that did capture the agitated seawater. These pictures displayed shapes that traced the gushes and spirals of the churning water. Another characteristic I noted was a slight blur in the foam swirls at specific points along the arms of the swirls. I’m not one to appreciate the long exposure type photography of water. Often they make all the moving water look like a mass of white blur. The water images that really gave a sense of action while maintaining an overall clarity contained individual blurry areas of sea foam or water. Ocean Wall ArtBarely noticeable, these areas seemed to be strategically placed. The Pacific Ocean has been my teacher.

I am excited to share with you the “Receding Tide” series of paintings. You will find them under the category “Ocean Reefs” in the store menu. My goal is for people to enjoy a sense of getting their feet wet when they stand in front of these up close and personal seascape paintings. If you smell the salt air and get the urge to roll up your pant legs then I will have succeeded.

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—-artists, Paul Leasure

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Ocean Stream

unique-jewelry-ocean-stream-11-15-07I am so excited to tell you about the very latest addition to my woven collection. The inspiration for this exquisite 20″ necklace came from the opalescence of pearls and abalone shells. The blue green almost teal together with ivory and deep red purple lay the foundation for this piece. Building upon a bed of woven seed beads, I have contrasted the refined feel of the fresh water pearls with ocean tumbled shell fragments and smooth oval Jasper gemstones. It’s a visually exciting combination of texture and color seamlessly finished offunique-jewelry-ocean-stream-detail-11-15-07 with a toggle clasp of the same unique shell material. You have to look very closely to discover the clasp which could be even worn in front it is that beautiful. Despite the extra time involved in weaving these one of a kind necklaces, the creative pay off is worth it. It is so fulfilling to take an idea through to completion and discover how challenges evolve that idea into an unexpected new form. I hope you enjoy this brand new design I have named Ocean Stream.

Janice Collier

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Gaining Perspective

There are two points of view when considering the sheer volume of artistic people in the world. First of all, it can be unnerving and humbling because there will always be people more talented or skilled than you. Secondly, it is encouraging because there is an entire community that understands your passion and embraces the quirky, eccentric point of view that is art and design. So although i try to create something new ,whether it is a piece of jewelry or poem, to be different, the yearning for expression is the same for every artist. By using are unique perspective to reach each other, we can be understood. A connection to others through beads, precious stones, silver or even words can be so fulfilling. The good news is that there is room for all of us. So the next time you get discouraged, don’t be selfish with your talent, embrace the flaws and imperfections, step back and gain the perspective that we are all cheering you on, just perk up your ears and listen!

Janice Collier.

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