Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together

 

Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together

 

Quiet Spring Dream

I would like to devises a weekly art challenge, or as I like to think of them, a humble encouragements. We’ll call it a challenge as that’s language that many of us are used to, since they are everywhere these days. But think of it as an invitation if that feels less arduous and wearing! This is for everyone!

Making us Stronger together

These challenges are aimed at making it easier to connect with other artists and kindred spirits.

The added bonus is that it’s designed to build your ‘story’ as an artist. It’ll help you clarify aspects of your own process, what works and what doesn’t, and hopefully make it easier to talk about your work and motivations. People love to know more about the person behind the art – this will give them a glimpse behind the curtain and help us connect with each other as humans and creative beings.

I will give you a description of the Challenge. You get to create with any medium of art and its techniques. (Photography, watercolor, oils, pencil, metal, written word…)
As artist post their work, we can gently and constructively comment what we think. Remember, not all people like harsh critiques and may not participate again. On the other hand, you will not improve if you don’t listen to some creative direction and encouragements. These weekly challenges are to get us back in the roll of creating, expressing and relaxing in the moment.

Who would like to do this?

pass it on and let see how many people we can encourage to play along.

First Challenge : FINDING A WHISPER!

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A Painting for Christmas in Memory of a dear friend

Yes, It’s finally here!  Christmas time is everywhere, whether you like it or not.  I have a wonderful family to share this time with, along with great friends who have become our second family.  I don’t take for granted the blessing I have. I do try to nurture those relationships and make them as precious, as I do, myself.  Merry Christmas!

Last February, we were fortunate to have my cousins and their dog over for “a long winters nap”.  We enjoyed each others company, we laughed a lot and I was able to un-train their Dog IZZY. Isabella, was one of the best trained and well behaved dogs we’ve ever had to our house. My two dogs were not!  Every time the dogs would go outside, on their way back in, they would get a treat.  Izzy caught on to that really fast and wanted to go out a lot!  When she was outside, she didn’t have to work any job, obey any commands, or even chase a rabbit to get her treat.  She just got one. Treat after treat after treat!!! All the dogs put on weight that month. So did I! But, by the end of their stay. I had caught on to some of the good training rules and commands, that were suppose to be enforced.  I grew to love this sweet dog very much.  Last month, our hearts were saddened. While my cousins  were down at their Tennessee homestead. Izzy got into mouse poison.  It didn’t take long for her to die, just a matter of hours.  I tell you this, only because we need to realize the dangers of these kinds of poisons. They will kill mice and anything else that eats it:  Like your best friend (dog/cat) or a young child.  Please be careful this Christmas season and May your home be filled with happy, healthy faces.

I’m getting off my soap box now.

I painted this for Dee And Jeff

Merry Christmas You Two

from the Dotson’s

Izzy all in Pink- a practice painting

Izzy all in Pink- a practice painting

In Memories of Isabella

In Memories of Isabella

Canal Winchester Art Guild Art Stroll TODAY

Canal Winchester is having an Art Stroll this afternoon. May 11, 2013  2-8pm.

Hey everyone in Central Ohio Today is a great day to get out and go for a stroll.  

I’m selling all of my Dogs,  Honey Bee and Chickens Watercolors.  A portion of my sales will be going to missions. Please, come on out!

I was really OK with just showing my stuff (artwork), but as soon as I put a price tag on the artwork I’ve gotten anxious, irritable and somewhat reserve. UUGH”!  I just need to find my happy place and everything will be OK!  These Painting were the handy work of God!  I hope you can see him in them.  I love getting out there and meeting people and watching them enjoy the beauty and amazement of what some colored water can become.  So, when I see you today, give me a hug and tell me your enjoying the stroll.  Don’t forget to step into Fantasy Cupcake and look at the art and buy something delicious:)  Hugs to all my favorite people!  That includes YOU!

Art Stroll in Canal Winchester Ohio 2113

Laurie Dotson Showing At Fantasy Cupcake  Come on out

Laurie Dotson Showing At Fantasy Cupcake Come on out

Bee’s are the stars today

Today, I went out to our Honeybee Hives to check on  the bees and empties my pollen traps.  We have pollen traps on two of our hive to collect and eat the pollen.  Did you know that Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be sued directly by the body. Such highly assimilable protein can contribute significantly to one’s protein needs.  Once a honeybee arrives at a flower, she settles herself in and nimbly scrapes off the powdery loose pollen from the stamen with her jaws and front legs, moistening it with a dab of the honey she brought with her from the hive. The enlarged and broadened tarsal segments of her legs have a thick trimming of bristles, called pollen combs. The bee uses these combs to brush the gold powder from her coat and legs in mid-flight. With a skillful pressing movement of her auricle, which is used as a hammer, she pushes the gathered gold into her baskets. Her pollen baskets, surrounded by a fringe of long hairs, are simply concave areas located on the outside of her tibias. When the bee’s baskets are fully loaded, the microscopic golden dust has been tamped down into a single golden grain, or granule. Gathering pollen is not as easy as it sounds, but for us the trap makes it easy. The bees enter the hive and have to go through a number of screens. By the time they have arrived within the warmth of the bee cluster it has dropped 60% of its pollen from scraping the screens. I then collect that in a drawer at the bottom of the hive.  One of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it cannot be synthesized in a laboratory

My  paintings the last few days have been the HoneyBees

a Bee going in for the necter

a Bee going in for the necter

This is a beautiful honey bee forging for nectar and pollen

This is a beautiful honey bee forging for nectar and pollen

it's she beautiful

Isn’t she beautiful?

A Beautiful Honeybee #2

A Beautiful Honeybee
#2

Simple painting. I tried to paint this one in 15 minutes:)

Simple painting. I tried to paint this one in 15 minutes:)

She looks vicious but she's not!

She looks vicious but she’s not! Hug a Bee today