Thursday, June 21, 2012

One Week Left to get Free Note Cards!

Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse
In addition to the monthly specials that I offer through my Etsy Shop and FineArtAmerica Gallery, I just started running some special offers for my Facebook Fans as well.  Click here to find out how you can get Free Note Cards through June 30, 2012.  These special offers will probably be monthly as well, although they may be of shorter duration - probably two weeks, so stay tuned.

Now that Summer is officially here, I imagine everyone has their "projects" lined up for the next few months.  Around here, they pretty much are my full-time job, between mowing the yard (1 day), then weed-wacking the other stuff and perimeters (1 day), tending to the vegetable garden (everyday), maintaining the rest of the landscaped areas and beds (pretty much everyday), walking the dogs, etc.  We just added a new pooch to the pack, so I guess I'll introduce her in a future blog, along with a photo once we get a good one.  Hope I have some time to sneak in a few rounds of golf.

Something to look forward to at the end of the Summer is a trip we have planned to visit family in the Boston area.  One of Fran's sisters lives there, and it will be my first trip to that area, although I grew up in New Jersey, not so far away.  Also, I'll be able to visit a good friend and mentor who I haven't seen in about 30 years, so that is exciting.

Then, of course, Summer training will begin soon, so  Denver Broncos fans (to include yours truly) will usher in the Peyton Manning era with much anticipation.  Since the Rockies smell like rotten tomatoes so far this season, hopefully the Broncos can salvage at least the end of the summer, although that won't make it any less painful to watch the Rockies' season unfold.  Unless, of course, they pull off one of their patented come-backs and get everyone pumped up again.  Ever the optimist!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Introducing Marc G Doutherd

Marc G Doutherd

Rainy Days and Thursdays?!  Well, that's not quite how the song goes, but it does give me some time to work on another post since I can't go out and mow the yard or work in the garden.  This makes three posts this week, which is probably some sort of record.  If I get another one in over the next few days, it will definitely be a new standard to strive for.  I've already had two power outages over the last 15 minutes due to the heavy rain, so we'll have to see how long this session actually lasts.

Anyway, I thought I'd use this post to give another plug to my "Artist of the Month", as featured in the Art from the Inkwell Monthly Newsletter for June.  Now that I've been posting at for a few months, I thought it would be kind of fun to go to that site and add an International flair to my Artist of the Month picks, since that site is hosted in Berlin, Germany.  Wouldn't you know, it but the first artist that really jumped out at me is someone who hails from California!  This month's Artist of the Month is  Marc G Doutherd, and I hope you get a chance to check out some of his amazing work.  Marc can render an image on any surface,with any usable medium. From figurative photo realism and surrealism to interpretational abstract, Marc G Doutherd shows unlimited ability in terms of his creative energy and artistic innovation. His artistic disciplines include lithography, illustration, painting, graphic design, leather work, jewelry making, tanning, sculpture, glass blowing, musical instrument making, and music writing and composition. The link above (click on the photo), will take you over to his Profile Page at ArtFlakes, or you can click on the captions beneath the images below to begin your tour of his portfolio. 

Last of His Pride

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

June Specials for Etsy and FineArtAmerica

Here's a re-cap of the monthly specials that were posted in the Art from the Inkwell monthly newsletter for June:

Sea Turtle
 Swim into Summer with the Sea Turtle and take 15% OFF on all of your purchases through my Etsy Shop this month.  Simply use the COUPON CODE:  FLH221 once you have completed your purchase to take advantage of this offer.  Click on the image of  Sea Turtle to see the larger version of this image, plus the additional images in this particular package of note cards.  You can also  click on the link to my Etsy Shop to begin browsing.

Offer Expires:  June 30, 2012
Coupon Code:  FLH221

Game Face
In addition to the Etsy promotion above, you can also enjoy 15% OFF Prints and Note Cards purchased through my FineArtAmerica Gallery. These reduced rates are valid now through June 30, 2012. Use the Discount Code: CEBNAP upon checkout to take advantage of this offer.  Click on the image of Game Face to go to that page in the FineArtAmerica Gallery, or click on this link to the Profile Page at my FineArtAmerica Gallery to start your tour.

Offer Expires:  June 30, 2012
Coupon Code:  CEBNAP

COMING SOON!  I'm working on a campaign now that will be exclusively for fans of the Art from the Inkwell Fan Page.  Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Hello again! It's been awhile.

Whew!  I happened to look through my blogs a few days ago, and realized that I haven't posted anything in about three months.  Falling back into old habits I guess.  I was doing okay there for awhile, posting once or twice a week, and trying to keep up with it pretty regularly.  We had a stretch of unusually nice weather during April and May, which generally means that most of my time is spent outdoors tending to the property - mowing, weed-whacking, planting and the usual maintenance, etc.  Throw in a couple of trips - to Florida and closer to home to Seattle and Jacksonville, OR, and before you know it, three months have zipped by.  So here we are in the first week of June, and wouldn't you know it, the rain is back.  Can't complain though. Our vegetable garden has been in for over a month now, and we didn't even get it planted last year until the end of June due to the record rains of March thru May.  So it will be interesting to see what kind of yield we get this year with the tomatoes, corn, peppers, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, romaine lettuce, shard and cabbage we planted.  That's in addition to the herbs: basil, parsley, oregano, orange mint, lemon balm, sage, and chives which typically go crazy.  This year we even tried a few blueberry plants and grape vines for a change of pace. I'll have to post a few pictures once the crops start coming in.  I think we're expecting rain for the next few days, so yard work will have to wait for a little while, which will give me a chance to make a few more posts.  I'm working on a new western portrait, which is getting close to completion, and there are the usual monthly specials at my Etsy Shop and FineArtAmerica Gallery to post.  Plus, I'll give another plug to my featured "Artist of the Month" from my monthly newsletter.  So stay tuned. More to come.