Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014

I cannot add any more to what was already said in this post -- please read it and be encouraged. I have been.

WISE WORDS

Planning the New Year?


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

SUMMER SCHOOL of FIsh

I did it again!

Handmade UPcycled, REclaimed, REpurposed... 


FOLK ART FISH...
FRESH-CATCH DRIFTWOOD (properly dried) from the shores of LAKE ERIE! 

Check out my whole new catch/batch of whimsical dimensional wall art ... being offered online until my next "live" show...
(see link below pictures) 

(clicking on any image will take you to a larger view!)





















Look for them in my ETSY SHOP....
BLUEYEDUCKSTUDIOS


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Repurposing - hey! don't throw that out, I might "need" it later ...


vacuum tubes  plural of vac·u·um tube

Noun
A sealed glass tube containing a near-vacuum that allows the free passage of electric current.

(also called a thermionic valve in British English according to wiki). 












As I am able to get proper photos of ALL my newest little treasures - I will get them listed for your consideration in my etsy shop. THANK-YOU - xo - katey





Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Medieval History—an iconic view …

Recently I was thoroughly immersed in a class on Medieval European History when I finally got a bug to paint again (such a 'creative bug' went missing after my numerous surgeries in 2010-2011). 


This past winter/spring I created four 16” x 20” canvas angel icons in mixed media. I textured my black canvases with kraft paper, plaster, and silk. I used acrylic on the portraits along with paper mosaics, vintage sari silks, and upholstery tacks.

Visit the tab located under the blog header (above) titled: BYZANTINE BOHEMIAN to see the works-in-progress!






Monday, July 01, 2013

New "TAB" added - this fish is a WHOPPER!

Under the header (above) you will find various tabs that will take you to other pages on this blog.
The first such page shows you some of my artist trading cards. The second tab "BiG FiSH" will show you various "work-in-progress" pictures of a giant wood sculpture I stained in situ (outdoors).

Here is the "studio" I worked in during the project...




During the project (which I worked on for several weeks) the weather remained fabulous. I was recovering from a serious surgery, but was still able to climb around the scaffolding - although I lost count how many times I konked my head when working on the lower portion of the fish!

"count it all joy"
~Katey



Sunday, June 30, 2013

Artist Trading Cards – remember when…



Hello! It has been a very long while since I have been here in blog-land with you all!
There have been so many of you out there in the art show & art festival world that have asked to see additional art from me and even art from the past. With that in mind I will be posting a stroll down memory lane where I will be featuring older art and some never before seen treasures I have been working on more recently. 

I will be sharing my art in person at one more show this summer (below is a photo of my tent!). After the season is over, my ETSY shop should begin to fill up again… and when I am able, I will return to blogger more often!



I have been interacting and selling art online for more than 10 years. So many artists first became friends on eBay as we were making, trading and selling ACEOS (art cards, editions, and originals) – always 2.5” x 3.5”. The artist trading card as it was known in the 1800’s is still a mainstay for so many online artists! I have created hundreds over the years.

To see some of my artist trading cards (like the ones below) - click on the "ARTIST TRADING CARDS" tab located right under the blog header up top! You'll be taken to another page on this blog where they are featured! - thanks!!! 


xo - Katey



Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Hope-filled Art - portable & easy to share

Artist Trading Cards
- they were popular in the 1800's -- and in recent years made 
a wild resurgence due in large part to the artists on eBay 
(who renamed them ACEO; Art Cards, Editions and Originals). 
No matter what, remember that they are 
ALWAYS 2.5" x 3.5"


I have taken my bird series of paintings 
(visit this post HERE for details about the original art) 
and added scripture - and reproduced them 
in miniature as Artist Trading Cards!

You can get 
ALL 5 
art cards for just $5.55 right now 
- in my etsy shop (HERE)

This special price is for a limited time
 - ENJOY!





















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Thursday, January 05, 2012

THoSE WiSE OLD BiRDS !


...hopeful folk art for children 

and the people who love them

Coming soon to my ETSY shop 
~ authentic giclee prints of my newest painting series 
"WISE OLD BIRDS" ! 


I created a series of acrylic on canvas folk art paintings - on which I have applied wise words from wise men: John Calvin (French Theologian and pastor during the Reformation, 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) , GK Chesterton (English writer, Christian apologist, 29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), CH Spurgeon (British Particular Baptist preacher, 19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892), William Gurnall (English author and clergyman, 1617 – 12 October 1679), and John Newton (British sailor and Anglican clergyman, writer of "Amazing Grace", 24 July 1725 – 21 December 1807).

What is an authentic GICLEE? I offer a limited number of fine art reproductions labeled "Giclee" in my etsy shop. These are NOT home-printer reproductions! These are professionally printed on a commercial printer by an authorized Epson Giclee master and are printed to heirloom/museum/archival standards on highest quality archival artist paper. They are brighter and more vivid than even the best home prints could ever be and they are, dare I say, better than the originals in intensity and saturation! When I use the term "Giclee" in my shop - I mean it. (Watermarks do not appear on final giclee prints). Each giclee is signed and dated.

I will be placing my Giclee order soon. I will be offering 8x10's and perhaps something close to 5x7. Additionally, there may be a series of blank greeting cards and Artist Trading Cards! I am currently working on 5 more paintings in this same style (owls and cats) - which may or may not have text... Decisions! Decisions!

Please visit my etsy shop (secure payments made through Paypal)
You can see my current selection of giclees by selecting that category on the left.

~xoxoxoxox~



Monday, January 02, 2012

You wear white and I'll wear out the words I LOVE YOU ...



Artist Trading Card* keepsakes - on blank greeting cards -- to say "I love you"




Artist Trading Cards - or "ACEO's" are little works of art that are ALWAYS 2.5" x 3.5" - always !

Find more ATC's in my shop here:

ARTIST TRADING CARDS



Thursday, December 29, 2011

Planning the New Year?


I put this quote up in my "cover photo" space face book has newly created for us in the so-called "timeline" format. With 2012 racing this direction at the usual speed, I found great wisdom and comfort in what Spurgeon said. He also said this: "Do much, very much, all you can do, and a little more. “How is that?” says one. I do not think a man is doing all he can do if he is not attempting more than he will complete."
Intense. I love it.

He continued: "But, young friend, there is a difference, and more than a slight one, between intentions and accomplishments. We do not always perform what we think we shall, nor do we always reach where we hope to arrive. Failures are as numerous as successes, and even the most successful have failures to mourn over. Good intentions are not so rare that you may begin to crow about them; there is a road which is paved with them, but I would not have you travel it."

I have never been one to proclaim a list of resolutions -- I just never have been able to place any value on it. Let your yes be yes and your no be no... do it or don't do it. Better still "Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil." (Matthew 5:37 ESV)

Spurgeon said plenty about this topic. "A bushelful of resolutions is of small value; a single grain of practice, is worth the whole" and "You had great conceptions, and if they had but been embodied in action something good would have come of them; but where are the ideas now? Were they not smothered in their birth? You resolved to do great things, the plan was thoroughly arranged, and your whole heart was eager to carry it out, but delay chilled the goodly purpose till it died of cold, and it lies buried in forgetfulness. You dreamed well, but there you stopped. As for actual work for the Lord, you had other fish to fry, and therefore you cast out your net for him. You suffered the season for activity to go by, and so your excellent ideas and resolutions melted into thin air, and they are gone."

So where is the encouragement as 2012 continues to race towards us this very second? Spurgeon again answers us: "Hope as much as ever a man can hope; for when your hope is in God you cannot hope too much" .... "Is there nothing to sing about to-day? Then borrow a song from to-morrow; sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next."

Amen. Happy New Year.
 



In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O LORD, hat I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. ~ Psalm 86:7-12
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