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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Arte y Pico Award

I was so thrilled to find out that Arlene at the wonderful horse blog Grey Horse Matters has found my site worthy of the Arte y Pico Award! Thank you so much!

I am passing this along to the following five blogs that I try and read everyday.I find them inspiring and I really appreciate that these folks take the time to share their knowledge and passions! Thanks!

The blog of artist Marcia Robinet is one of my favorites. She shares so many tips of the trade and her artwork is exquisite!
The Extraordinary Pencil

I love the artwork of artist Linda Shantz. She really captures the essence of the horse.. Wonderful inspiring blog!
Linda Shantz Blogspot

at her blog devoted to my most favorite subject... The Horse.
Behind the Bit

The blog of artist Larry Seiler is another one of my favorites. He is a wonderful painter and teacher. I have been inspired by him to paint looser and ,well, to just paint!!
Painting From Life

This one is the blog of
London artist Tina Mammoser and it is just brilliant!
The Cycling Artist

The designer of this award has asked that the following be passed along with it:

The origin of the Arte y Pico Award: "This prize has arisen from the daily visits that I dedicate to many blogs which nourish me and enrich me with creativity.
In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain me day to day and to share this prize with those who enrich me every day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few. The people I will name today deserve this prize, as do the very long serious list of bloggers I also enjoy to read. But I will name the first 10 and leave the rest of the work to all the bloggers that visit other's blogs and are nourished by them."

Here are the rules, if you decide to pass the award further to remarkable blogs in blogosphere worth to mention:

The rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award through creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author with a link to their blog.
3. Award winners have to post the award with the name and link to the blog of the person who gave them the award.
4. Please include a link to the “Arte Y Pico” blog so that everyone will know where the award came from.
5. Show these rules.

Thank you!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Le Cadeau Du Cheval Panel Finished!

I am finally done. This panel has been a real challenge for me. But I am finished and it will be sent of to Canada today. The mural is looking awesome. If you haven't checked it out recently go have a peek! This is panel 156. The title is.. Shall We Dance?
The mural will be officially unveiled at Spruce Maadows in September.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Le Cadeau du Cheval (WIP)

I have officially jumped in with both feet and have some nice progress with this painting. I hope to have it completed in a couple of days. My inspiration came from the title of this mural project The Horse Gift. I am dedicating this to my ex-dressage partner, G who was "my gift". He taught me so much listen to the horse and to trust myself. He is a true gift. We had a very special relationship.

The painting is still in that ugly stage but you have the basic idea. Be sure to check out the progress of the mural. Panels are being o=posted to the grid and it is very exciting to see how it coming along!
Le Cadeau du Cheval Mural

Monday, June 09, 2008

Le Cadeau Du Cheval

I have been working on my panel for Le Cadeau Du Cheval.I a trying to avoid at other artist's interpretations of these purple panels so that I am not influenced but the work of others. I hear there are LOTS of these purple panels and I am really looking forward to seeing them! But first I need to finish mine. The first image is of the panel I received and the second is the sketch of the horse I will be painting. My ex Dressage partner ,G, is my influence for this painting. I have already transferred my sketch to the panel but I haven't taken a photo of it yet. I have a few more hours to go on this so I will add WIPS over the next few days.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Nifty marketing ideas!

Nicker Stickers! I was surfing around the web few weeks ago and came across a store called Nicker Stickers that sells these really cool vinyl animal decals.. Now I am always brainstorming new ways to market my art and I saw that they can be customized. I thought this would be great on the back window of my car with my business name and website address. I could have some free advertising. I live in a REALLY horsey area so I figured I might as well put my car to work for me!! I ordered my decal and the first day..I had someone inquire about my art. They saw the decal on my car and they caught up with me in the Post Office and it resulted in the sale of 2 prints! The decal is done really well and it can be customized for a horse or dog business. Anine Colaire is the owner/artist and she does a wonderful job. Highly recommended! So without further ado here is a photo of my Nicker Sticker Decal!!

I would love to here of novel marketing ideas from you guys! Any unique ideas that have resulted in sales and exposures! Please, comment and share!


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