Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Links and a 40,000 viewer Giveaway

Before I get into today's post, I have a print to show you that I won just before I went on my trip to upstate New York. I forgot to show it to you and I know you really like me to share. I won this lovely leaf print from Karen Blados, one of my favorite artists. You probably know her; if not, now is the time to go check out her blog and see her amazing work.

It is even more beautiful in person.

The hubster and I spent a couple of hours with buckets of bleach and water washing the siding on his workshop yesterday afternoon.  It is 2-car garage size and is free standing. We only had to do three sides, but that was plenty. Neither one of us thought about how hard bleach would be on our hands and didn't wear rubber gloves and are paying for it today. My right hand is raw around the fingernails and between the fingers. It even hurts to type. It was an absolutely gorgeous day; 71 and sunny with just a bit of a breeze. We should have made flavored coffee and enjoyed that day in the swings, but his workshop looks so nice now, it was almost worth it.

The one good thing about being out there though is that I noticed again how lovely the mums are in the side garden. They are the most beautiful color. What do you think?

I have a few more links to artists' blogs for you today. I hope you find the time to visit them and let me know if one or more of them becomes a daily visit for you.

Oh, before I forget - the hubster found a new recipe in the local paper and tried it this weekend. It was wonderful and has made its way into our personalized cookbook. It is easy to make and is even better the day after.

I have a girl sketch that I am planning to transfer to watercolor paper and try to paint. I am thinking of doing four small ones on one sheet to compare them. I would like to try doing her in watercolor, pan pastels, colored pencils and acrylics. I will share when/if I get it done. Here she is:

Oh, I almost forgot about the giveaway!

Some time last Friday afternoon I had my 40,000 visitor to this site and to celebrate I am going to stuff a priority mail box with rubber stamps and send it to one of you. To get into the drawing all you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me what type of stamps you like - animals, faces, text, patterns, sayings.....

I will draw for the winner at midnight on Thursday, October 28, and make the announcement on Friday morning. Do leave me a way to contact you or be sure to check back so you can see if you've won.

Gotta run. I need a second cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat before I shower and head for my tutoring appointment.

Hope to see you again tomorrow.....



  1. Congrats on zooming past the 40,000 visitors mark :-D I like stamps with patterns - floral, geometrical, any kind would do - mostly use them as borders around my paintings.

    The girl's sketch is really nice - looking forward to see how it turns out.

  2. I couldn't help but notice you said "almost worth it". lol The portrait you drew is really, really, good. Your work is improving by leaps and bounds! The recipe looks delicious - I'll have to try it. See you soon! hugs, nancy

    p.s. No need for more stamps here, you sweetie.

  3. Vicki, I always like to read your posts and have enjoyed watching your progress at sketching. Good job. I like artsy stamps and textures.

  4. Well, I particularly liked the first two artists, they were amazing! All of them did lovely stuff though. I really like your idea for doing multiples of the same image in different media. Maybe I'll steal it! I have been drooling over pattern and nature stamps these days, usually I like to carve my own, but the detail you can get in a bought stamp is pretty amazing. What a generous giveaway!

  5. Hi Vicky, love your blog! Interesting to see the recipe for chourico soup--- I make that and dont' put chicken in,but put in kale. And kidney beans too. I love your work, Vicky. Such beautiful art.
    Jeanne from A.R.T.

  6. Your portrait is really well done. I am anxious to see what it would look like in the four different mediums. I am a stamper of all sorts. I do like text and background type. I love stamps of women. Animals are very cool too. Congratulations on 40000!

  7. CONGRATULATIONS on 40,000
    Love your blog
    I love text circles and patterns
    thanks so much
    Lillian Mederak.

  8. That soup looks yummy! I'm just learning how to cook and I like to try new things so, since I've never had chorizo this might be just the thing for me! I'm looking forward to seeing your four different takes on your newest face. It sounds like an interesting project. And, let's see, I've always been partial to animal stamps.

  9. Hi Vicki, Congrats on the 40,000! Very cool!
    YUM! The recipe looks good! Perfect for fall.
    And, I love the mums! It will be fun to see what you do with the face!

  10. Vicki,
    Thanks for the shout out! I don't normally bug my giveaway victims, but I was worried it didn't get to you. So glad to know it arrived and is appreciated. Thanks again, Karen

    P.S. I like text stamps!

  11. Lovely photo Vicki and your drawing is very good, I agree with Nancy you are improving all the time. It will be interesting to see it in different mediums and doing the same picture over and over is a good way to learn.

  12. Gosh - your blog postig is so full of interesting information, links and oictures. I could spend a long time just browsing through it all and not move onto the next EDM forum posting! 40 000 is A LOT !
    I like letters and numbers

  13. I love your blog! For the stamp giveaway, I am just beginning some mixed media techniques, so patters, and nature themes, or maybe some letters, is what I would buy first in a stamp shop!

  14. allennl at sbcglobal dot netOctober 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    What a great giveaway, Vicki! I like stamps of people, text backgrounds, and flourishes.
    Your bean soup recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try it soon.
    Nancy Allen

  15. What an accomplishment for you should be really means people like your creativity and art. Kudos to you.

  16. The maple leave is beautiful, so is the photo, and the girl sketch is really nice =)
    Wow... 40,000 visitors huh!! ^^ Congratulations!

  17. The maple leaf is really nice. Your face drawing is really one of your best!
    If I were to win a box of rubberstamps, (don't like too cutesy) I LOVE nature, patterns, text, quotes, xmas, flowers, textures, santa, winter scenes, angels, arty stuff... ya know.

  18. Congratulations on winning the print! I love Karen's work. And that recipe sounds delicious and we're having the perfect weather for it! Wonderful start to your portrait!