Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

For my final blog post of 2015, I've gathered some thoughts about the ending of the old year and the coming of the new.

But first, here's a short video I made to show off my art and photography.  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Another year of success and happiness has passed. 
With every new year, comes greater challenges and obstacles in life. 
I wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all the hurdles you face. 
May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. 
We are going to put words on them ourselves. 
The book is called Opportunity 
and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” 
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 As the New Year dawns,
I hope it is filled with the
promises of a brighter tomorrow.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Greetings to All

Unlike many at this time of year, I'm not rushing around buying tons of gifts and cooking all sorts of food. My family is on the other side of the Atlantic and my husband's family are scattered from coast to coast. So Eric and I will be celebrating a quiet Christmas at home together, just the two of us.

As I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I thought I would share some of the winter and Christmas themed art I made into Christmas cards this year, as well as some Christmas quotations.

"Winter Fun" - Available as a greeting card at

Snowman in the Moonlight - Available as a greeting card at

Christmas Toy Store - Available as a greeting card at

At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
~~ Thomas Tusser

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
~~ Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.
~~ B. C. Forbes

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
~~ Charles Dickens

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Light Space & Time Award Winners Announced...

A few weeks ago, I submitted my entries into the 5th Annual "Animals" International Juried Art Competition, sponsored by Light Space and Time Gallery, in Jupiter, Fla.

The results have just been announced and I'm very happy to be able to announce that two of my pieces won awards!

In November the gallery conducted the 5th Annual “Animals” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s December 2015 online group art exhibition. The “Animals” theme was considered to be any art which depicted mammals, birds and any animals that live in the water for inclusion into this art exhibition.

The gallery received 724 total entries from 39 different states and 22 different countries from around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Monaco, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

My first winning entry, “Bison and Calf in Yellowstone”, earned an Honorable Mention, placing it in the top ten entries in the Photography & Digital Category!   This digital painting is based on a photograph I took while Eric and I were on our road trip to Yellowstone earlier this year.  It's available as prints and on canvas on my artist's website

In addition, “White Horse at the Stable Door” earned a Special Recognition, placing it in the top 60 entries in the Photography & Digital Category. This digital painting started out as a 3D render that I created in DAZ 3D.  The final render was then treated with digital painting techniques to give it a painterly feel.  It reminds me of the cover art of the "pony books" by English authors like the Pullein-Thompson sisters and Ruby Ferguson that I adored when I was a young girl.  This piece is also available on canvas and prints, as well as pillows and tote bags, on my artist's website.

I was thrilled to have two entries included among the winners - quite an accomplishment with over 700 entries!