Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
hope to never again see a lime green desert painting----- So, check out the websites and the artwork of fellow artists who paint in lands far different from your own. Like Hawaii- If you have a trip coming up there check out any shows that might be going on, or a paint-out you could attend. Contact the group for information. Artist are generally a friendly, sharing bunch, with the few crabby exceptions. www.pleinairpaintersofhawaii.com
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
One cool thing but somewhat dangerous thing about having a comic strip author as your son is you might get a personal comic for your birthday. Here was my gift I saw when I opened up this mornings Tribune- he pokes fun at us artists and how overly serious we take our profession. You can see more of his comics at www.fminus.net or just look in your local paper each morning. No he is not sensitive, but FUNNY! Thank you Tony for letting me start my day with a laugh, again.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Oprah's Big Give
My submission was selected by ABC5/KECY-TV/Fox 9 for Oprah's Big Give. My project is to raise enough money to fully remodel/repair the kitchen and dining area of Crossroads Mission in . The Mission's kitchen serves 400 meals a day. In fact, they provide 100,000 meals a year. It needs mold resistent materials, more basic silverware, a convection oven that cooks evenly and consistently, a salad area with 'sneeze guards', tables and chairs, the list goes on.
If Crossroads raises more money or in-kind donations than the other groups in the competition, the Big Give will give another $4000 on top of whatever we make. I want not only to enable the Crossroads Mission kitchen to pass needed inspections, but to go beyond that and really upgrade the kitchen capabilities. The thing is we need to have any gift in no later than . By winning, Crossroads Mission will also be recognized nationally on Oprah's Big Give program on ABC-TV.
Crossroads Mission is a non-profit organization approaching its 50th anniversary. It addresses the needs of the homeless, the displaced, those broken by dependency on alcohol or drug abuse. Wherever they are from, they come to Crossroads looking to make a new start in life. Crossroads maintains a family shelter and a mens shelter, A drug and alcohol recovery program. A career center and a thrift store. A great deal in the way of clothing, furniture and other necessities are given to the needy thanks to the generosity of the community. The Mission reaches out to the disadvantaged and displaced to help them refocus on their life's goals. Crossroads Mission is there to provide love and support when oftentimes no one else seems to care.
If you are moved to help financially, make out the check to Crossroads Mission, with 'Big Give' in the memo section. A receipt for tax purposes will be provided. Please pass on this message to others you believe would be interested.
Send to: Mike Shelton,
Monday, April 7, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I have always done crafts of some sort, from the time I was little making my Barbies clothes, paperdolls, and it's not that different now. One fascination I have had is with beautiful papers. Many years ago a dear friend of mine and I had a small greeting card Co., we used handmade papers and anything cool to create our cards. That is when I learned to really enjoy paper as much as fabric. I still enjoy it and work with papers to create my yearly ornaments that I send my friends and clients at Christmas. Just this week I made Awards for the Tucson Plein Air Painter show coming up on Saturday. This morning I got news that the place I get my paper and get so much inspiration from , the Paper Studio in Tempe was burglarized. Their insurance policy does not cover that so they are really hurting. Being a small business owner I know how devastating something like this can be. They are forced now to only be open on Saturdays and they had to let staff go. I know that my husband's business is like a family so we know this is tough. Cindy Iverson and her husband have worked very hard to get their business going with quality product and good customer service. If you have never been to their store in Tempe, then please set aside some time and go by. Shop their online service if possible. Buy a friend a gift certificate, or sign up for a class.
www.paperstudio.com The Paper Studio 480-557-5700
We are open to the public on Saturdays 10am to 5pm. We are located at 520 E. Southern Avenue in beautiful Tempe, Arizona. The cross streets are Southern Avenue, one block west of Rural Road at the NWC of Southern and McAllister. If you take the I-60 freeway, exit at Rural road and head about a mile north to Southern Avenue.