Trash or Treasure

Trash or Treasure

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

We got together with some of our cousins and visited Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.
Their son is going through Junior Ranger status.

It was a wonderful trip.

The girls enjoyed their first boat ride. And we all enjoyed a day on a small island.

There are a couple of tours that are scheduled on the island. A History tour and “Sea Glass“ tour. Mother and son went on the History tour, while the rest of us went on the “Sea Glass” tour.

The island was used for a while as a dumping place. Some of the trash consisted of glass and ceramic things. With the tide the glass would be washed up on the beach then back out again into the ocean. Over time the glass would change in some ways, yet continued its ride with the tides in and out. They call this glass “Sea Glass”. Many different colors of glass can be found on the beach- brown, blue, green and sometimes red. We found a red piece. Each piece’s age-year in time can be determined by the colors.

We found some pieces that looked like they were from old china plates.

The rule of the island is no one can take any glass home as a souvenir. Yet they encourage visitors to search and find the sea glass and make a design with it if they please. “J” made a sailboat sailing on the water with brown, blue and white glass. “A” went for the more nature collection of snail shells, mussel shells and part of a crab shell.

They enjoyed it.

The later part of the afternoon was spent enjoying a small section of beach. Oh, and a short walk with “A” to get a glimpse of Boston lighthouse – though far out and smallish looking.

It was neat to go to the island.

There is grass and small trees on the island, Because of it being a dumping place the Parks Dept. had to choose only certain plants to plant there. No deep rooted trees due to the possible creation of holes in the soil, which any smell underneath could be released.

Looking out back toward Boston I realized that this and George’s island (another island) were probably the islands I used to wonder about. I worked in a state office at 100 Cambridge St. in the late 1980’s. From the cafeteria’s windows on the 14th floor I could see out to the harbor. Way out one could make out some island forms. On clear days you could sometimes see a large barge way out there near the islands. I didn’t know anything about the island’s back then. I just noticed them out there.

Cool to visit and learn about them.

Oh, the things to learn and see when exploring.

Feature Art/Product:

Boston Lighthouse“, Pastel

I did this Pastel of Boston Lighthouse from a picture I took when I was on a Whale Watch cruise years ago.

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Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Look, See

“Look, See”

Now that spring is turning to summer, travel has increased for folks. And along with that there is road construction—or destruction at times, as my mom has said.

On the S curves part of Rte. 95 that bypasses Pawtucket, they’ve rebuild one of the main bridges. We often travel on Rte. 95 to go visit family.

I happen to notice once or twice while on the highway that at a couple of overpasses there was a mural that was painted on the retaining walls.

Here’s one of them.

I remember another one, but couldn’t find it. Perhaps it was temporary.

Here’s a link about the project.
Highway Beautification
I thought it was cool. So I’m sharing it.

Art is everywhere.

Well not exactly ‘everywhere”, but it’s around us. It’s in our lives.

Who stops to admire it?

Are we so inundated with sounds, images, messages and such that we don’t stop and notice.
Or do we?

Do we filter out the noise? Do we focus on what enriches us?

Just asking.

If you feel compelled to share your experience or art you saw that made you stop and look , Leave a comment at my blog post.

Feature Art/Product:

“2 Zebras”

This scratch board image was created from a picture I took at the Roger Williams Zoo.
When we go to the zoo we have to look for the animals sometimes. They have spacious enclosures.
I like how they seem to be looking at us.
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Art News

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Daisies for Mom

“Daisies for Mom”

It was in the 1980’s that proposition 2 ½ in Massachusetts was proposed in the election.

I was a teenager. I only remember hearing about budget cuts mostly. Art and music classes at public schools were cut, as they are when budgets need to be trimmed.

Well, my mom decided I was going to continue with my art.  She signed me up for oil painting classes with  a well-known artist, Lee Parsons.  Every Saturday  I’d go to the local art supply store and go down stairs for oil painting lessons.

I really enjoyed the lessons and painting away.  I tend to have a loose way of painting and the paint would fly.  I would seem to get a bit of paint on my smonk.  Hmmm. My mom would tease me lightly, “Did you get enough paint on the canvas”.

One day a vase of daisies was set up as the class’s still life.  I and the other girls painted them with such care.  I think it was still cold and wintery then.

Oil paintings take a bit of time to dry so they were placed in an area to do so.

When I finally showed it to mom, as I did with all my work, She just loved it.

Since it was near Mother’s Day, I gave it to her. She loved it and hung it over her desk in her bedroom.  She would comment occasionally on how much she enjoyed it.

Recently she had to make a big move. A move to an assisted living apartment.  I helped with packing up her stuff.  One of the things my aunt mentioned she wanted in the new place was “the painting above her desk”.  I felt my heart skip just a little.  “oh, that’s my painting from years ago that she cherishes.
It is now hung over the desk in her new bedroom.

“Daisies in Vase”
Oil Painting

This is what art can do for people.
Bring: Inspiration, Peace, Comfort

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Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
  

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

 

Opportunity Knocks

Happy May
And
Happy Mother’s Day to all

“Opportunity Knocks”

I’m a freelance graphic artist.  Finding work as a freelance artist can feel like “Feast or Famine” at times.  Sometimes you have projects and work to fulfill, while other times there’s a lull in projects and work showing up.  It can be tough to navigate sometimes, yet one must keep a focus.

One must work at honing one’s skills and talents.  Yet that’s not all.
One must “get out there” and meet people, make contacts … yes network, network, network.  Out of the people you meet,  a client could come through,  or projects to find out about and look into, and/or events that could be a valuable place to meet people and make contacts.

Opportunity isn’t going to just show up at your door. One doesn’t get discovered just working in a studio.  Connection is very important.

Locally and online there are many ways to connect with people.
Locally there are networking groups and events.  I’ve participated in some network groups and some art events.

Another great way to meet people is being active in your local community.  I’m the VP of the PTO at my kids school.  I’ve met parents, teachers, and have gotten to know others in the community too by being involved.

Having an online presence is very good too.  One can direct those you meet to your web site/blog, or profile.  One can meet people through LinkedIn, FB, and Twitter.
I’ve had people find me through searches too.  One person recently contacted me through email because He saw my web site. He emailed me with his interest and a phone number.
I called and we talked on the phone.  His project was a mural in his place of business.  He was local so we also met to discuss the project too. I was able to do this project for him.
Now if I didn’t “get out there and do things”,  he wouldn’t have been able to see my work and be interested.

Since I do the things I can to “get out there”, Opportunities do surface.
Granted I wish it were more consistent, but it is what is.
I know that with everything I do to get myself out there I increase the possibilities of finding work and projects.
And so can you.

😉

Feature Art:

 

Noah's Ark Mural

“Noah’s Ark Mural”, this is a mural I did for my kids room.  An example of projects I do myself to hone my talent and skills and share pictures of at the places I’m online.

I’m at LinkedIn, FaceBook  and Twitter.

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ICON7– Illustration Conference
June 13-16
Providence, RI

ICON 7 Rhode Show Bazaar
June 15,   6:30P.M.- 10P.M.
I’ll be among the illustration exhibitors at this event.  🙂
Open to the public.  Come on by.

 

 

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.