Ithaca Art Market Today

I went to the Ithaca art market today with my beautiful niece Demi and sister Melanie. WOW! A lot of local talent under one roof. So much to look at and get inspired about. I found my new friend Alice’s booth. I absolutely LOVE her work. I really must ask her where she got her clever biz name? Maybe I will interview her for one of my next posts.
I got some great booth ideas today too.       

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Melanie enjoying the works
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Where O Where did Demi go?
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Oh, there she is!

http://www.artspartner.org/content/view/ithaca-artist-markets.html

Nine blue ribbons

Yep! All of my nine paintings earned blue ribbons at the Seneca County Fair this year. I entered Jeans watercolor  red barn, a mixed media painting of pigs and 7 abstracts. I am posting what I titled my abstract milk paint series.

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Abstract milk paint series
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Abstract milk paint series
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Abstract milk paint series

These paintings are for sale. I think I will make some of these in a larger format. Do you like the colors?

Pinterest Inspired today

Alison, my future daughter in law, pinned this picture to her art board on Pinterest.

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Beautiful Flower picture found on Pinterest

Giving me a good idea for their wedding gift, I decided to give it a try. This is my piece. This is my first time mixing watercolor with acrylics. At first, I didn’t like it and I haven’t decided if it is finished yet. What do you think?

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My working piece of art. Playing with mixing watercolor and acrylic

Going to the Chapel in 50 days

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Wedding Invites

My eldest son Chris is getting married to his beautiful fiance Alison in September. We started counting the days today. Her bridal shower…a Sunday brunch… is next weekend. I want to brag about how she taught herself to do calligraphy. We both are taking an online calligraphy class. Check out her beautiful work.

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Alisons beautiful calligraphy work

This is one of my favorite pictures of them taken by her mother who is a photographer.

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Chris & Alison on my dads memorial bench

My to do list

It was getting long. I was starting to wonder if I am a procrastinator. Wow,  thats a long word. Or maybe I just get easily distracted. LOL!!!
Anyways…I just finished the red barn commissioned by my gentle neighbor Jean. She and her husband Gene have both been very good to us. “A pair of two jeans” she used to say. We lost Gene to a brain tumor several years ago.
This is her view out her side porch  where we often sit and gossip about the neighborhood.
I hope she likes it.

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Jeans barn
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Jeans barn in Watercolor
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Just a close up of the barn wood

Distraction Abstraction-a bipolar odyssey

I hope you got out to see this inspiring art exhibit at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY. It featured paintings by abstract artist Roberta Estes. If not, check out her webpage here: RobertaEstes.com. I thought she was very couragous to share her art & personal struggles with bipolar disorder with the public. I really liked the clever quotes she mingled throughout the exhibit.

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Title: Random Factor, plaid (#4,shards)
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Roberta next to my favorite painting of hers
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Clever quotes she placed throughout the exhibit

Let Go and Let God

This theme comes up over and over again in our lives. I planted my baby Ginkgo tree today. I have been watching it grow from a seedling for over five years now on my kitchen counter. There it felt safe and under my watchful eye. Now it is outdoors with Mother Nature. I found just the right spot for it in our country yard. I guess it has been like plant therapy for me. Not unlike my art therapy. Gary made a nice cage for it.
We go through so many changes and transitions in our lives. For me…my oldest son Chris is getting married in September and my son Gordon just got engaged. So exciting!
Now my tree, like my boys are out on their own in this world. Living and loving life at its best.
I hope it grows up healthy and strong.

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My Maidenhair Tree