Sunday, April 13, 2014

Meet Artist ....

If you have read my posts, you know that I love art! And .... I love meeting new artists. I met Dana Lynch about 7 months ago at a local Holiday Craft Fair and was drawn to her work, and her personality!

Dana & Leah at the Funky Finds
Spring Fling
Here is DANA ... her work and her words ....

PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOU --
I am married and have a wonderful extended family; children and grandchildren. My step-daughter, Leah, is the push and inspiration behind daLea Art Creations. I'm a private person that enjoys time with friends and family. On our property, we engage in "Wildlife Management" which includes deer, ducks, birds and a host of other Texas wildlife. (Including pesky feral hogs and sometimes coyotes) My studio is usually the "great outdoors". We have enough acreage for me to head off to the woods, place my canvas flat on the ground (sort of a Jackson Pollack technique), crank up the music, dance, sling paint and sometimes even use an air compressor. I take the painting back to the house for the finishing touch. I was going to list all that I am passionate about but just ended up with the word "life".

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST? --
Too many to list but Jackson Pollack, Salvador Dali and Richard Koppe to name a few.



HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING / HOW LONG HAVE YOU WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST? --


Set designed for the
 Henderson Cty Performing Arts Center
THE FOREIGNER
 I started painting and constructing sets for the Henderson County Performing Center in Athens, Texas about 15 years ago as the Technical Director. I made props and started playing around with faux wall and floor paint techniques. These same techniques started finding their way into my paintings. I still volunteer at this wonderful community theatre. For more information on the Henderson County Performing Arts Center click on the link.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO COMPLETE A PAINTING? --
Varies with my mood...from hours...to days...to weeks!

WHAT MEDIUM(S) DO YOU USE? --
I have used oils, acrylics, glues, caulk, mulch, cellophane, cloth, plastics and aluminum. I will continue to use different mediums as I explore new ways to express myself.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAINTING? --
Usually my favorite painting is the one I am currently working on. I hope that I always improve...or at least stay interesting.

 "Birth of a Rainbow"
 
IF YOU COULD MEET ANY ARTIST AND SPEND THE DAY WITH THEM, WHO WOULD IT BE? --
Salvador Dali, his surreal landscapes and objects amuse and intrigue me. He seemed to be a performance artist, not appreciated in his time.

"The Persistence of Memory"
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF ART (BY ANOTHER ARTIST)?

Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory", and  "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory"

I was curious as to what these pieces looked like -- so I went to the following link MoMA Learning to see Salvador Dali's work.
You can click on the link to see many great artists and their work!


DO YOU DO COMMISSIONED WORK? IF SO, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE?
Yes, I do commissioned work and like the client to be a part of the process as far as injecting their ideas and giving me an idea of their expectations. My favorite piece was the Chicago Skyline in an architectural abstract background.

DO YOU EVER START A PAINTING AND THEN JUST CAN'T FINISH IT?
No, but I have painted over some that I just wasn't satisfied with...sometimes more than once. (My paintings have a lot of texture!)




WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?
I get my inspiration from people, music, places, nature, space...whatever jumps into my mind at the time.

This painting is called "Sunset Tree"

I WANT THIS ONE!!!!!!  MY OBSESSION WITH TREES MAKES ME WANT THIS!!!!


WHERE CAN PEOPLE SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK OR GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
Visit Dana's website here -- Dana Lynch Art

Like her Facebook page here -- FB Dana Lynch Art

ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOU?
Since I do not have a "formal” art education, only hands-on and experimentation, I have been able to work "out of the box" easily because I just don't know better! Love it!

HERE IS DANA'S BOOTH AT THE FUNKY FINDS SPRING FLING EVENT!







I ALSO HAVE A FEW OF DANA'S PIECES ....
I LOVE THEM BOTH!!!!!
 
"Release Number 4"

I think this is entitled "Despair"
But I see Solace ....
  
From Dana -- Thank you again Laura for giving the Arts an extra boost!

You are welcome DANA!!!!!

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOCK it to ME!


I wish I could take credit for these ideas -- but I found them in the March, 2014 edition of Woman's Day Magazine. If you're like me, you probably see dozens of things you want to try in magazines! You cut things out, or put them in your memory bank and think you are going to do them. Then LIFE happens and you never do them ... These are so easy and take SECONDS to do!

ENJOY!!!

Do you have SOCKS that have lost their mates?    OR    Do you have socks that are old and you want to get rid of?  Here are some cool ideas that I truly wish I would have thought of (though I thought of some other uses for socks after reading this) ... the magazine had 5 ideas ... but I actually came up with 1 idea a while ago -- so, since I'm writing this, I'm putting my idea in the NUMBER 1 spot!  : )

Umbrella in the SOCK!
#6
Keep the car dry -- Leave a sock in your glove box for rainy days. When you bring the WET umbrella into the car, push it into the sock so that water is soaked up instead of dripping on your floors and seats!  Here you go -- look how easy! MY EXTRA BONUS TIP -- keep 2 socks in the glove box and use one to wipe off the inside of your door if it's raining really hard!




The top of the SOCK on the
wrapping paper

#5
Store gift wrap -- Cut a small section from the sock and slide it onto the roll to keep the paper from unfurling MY TWO CENTS - (if the sock is stretched out or it's too loose, you could also use the WHOLE sock and put one on each end). Tape rips the paper and rubber bands always seem too tight and some of your paper gets ruined!




Dryer Ball


#4
Freshen up your laundry -- Make a scented dryer ball. Dab some essential oil onto a cotton sock and then roll it into a ball. Tuck that little ball into another sock and pull it over (TURN IT INSIDE OUT). Toss the ball into your dryer - when it loses it's scent add more oil. I've made one, but do not know how long the oil scent will last.


#3
Soothe sore muscles -- Fill a sock with uncooked rice and knot the open end. Microwave for about a minute in 20 - 30 second increments, or until it's warm to the touch. Apply to sore muscles! AHHHHHHH! I've tried this and it really WORKS!!!!!  It stays warm for about 30 minutes.

#2
Move furniture -- Slip socks onto the legs so you can carefully slide the piece of furniture without scratching the floor! How ingenious is this! MY THOUGHT - If the legs of the furniture are too thick, you could lay the sock underneath the leg!

AND HERE IS MY NUMBER 1 IDEA!
VOILA!
When Muffin was a PUP she would go through chew toys and stuffed toys like they were WATER! I was at the pet store and touched a toy, when I squeezed it, it sounded like a water bottle! (I think they really are water bottles!)  I came home, took an empty water bottle out of the recycle bin and put a sock on it and tied the end ... I gave it to her and she LOVED IT! It helps with teething, makes a fun sound, and is soft - because of the sock! Best thing is, when the bottle flattens out, take it out, put it in the recycle bin, WASH THE SOCK, or just replace the bottle!  Fun for the PUPS ... on the CHEAP!

Here you go ....
 
HEY ... I want one of those!!!!
 
NO SHADOW! You can't have this toy!
Mom gave it to me!
Muffin approved!!!!!!!!
Don't worry -- I gave Shadow his own after I finished taking the pictures of Muff!
 
 
 


 
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

TUCSON ... FOOD

I saw some beautiful scenery while I was in Tucson at the Festival of Books .... BUT -- I also ate some awesome food ....
Before I got on the plane in Dallas, I sat at Dunkin' Donuts and had a Coconutty Donut and a cappuccino. Glad I had something -- my flight didn't even give me a smidgeon of peanuts!

When I arrived at my hotel ... I was famished! I didn't want to rent a car or take a cab anywhere -- so I went exploring. Snapping pictures of cacti on my way, BUT, I was also on a journey to find some GRUB! I decided I would walk two miles max! I finally got to a major intersection and found a few chain food places. I was glad I turned the corner and walked a little further and found ....


Jerry Bob's restaurant. I saw police officers, military personnel, and LOTS of people going inside. And -- I'm glad I went in as well! I had 3 eggs, hash browns and toast for $2.50. It was inexpensive and really good!!!!

I trekked the 1.25 miles back to the hotel, grabbed my Kindle and went to sit by the pool to read. Can you say TOTALLY RELAXING!!!  Just what I needed.

Decided I would just go right across the street to another hotel for dinner. J+J Bar & Grill. Walked in and it smelled heavenly! (they were not open for breakfast / lunch) if you wonder why I walked so far earlier!
I ordered an appetizer for dinner and was glad I picked this one.
There was bruschetta, pork pate, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella,
fried fresh mozzarella, greens, and shrimp cocktail! 
SOOOOOOOOOOOO  GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
I wanted to eat a little lighter dinner, so I could treat myself to dessert ....
YES ... It really was THAT HUGE
A HOT caramel sundae with fresh whipped cream and toasted almonds.
I did NOT finish it all -- but it was
SUPER GOOD!!!!!



Went back to my hotel and ... I slept like a BABY! Got up and had some coffee and caught a cab to the FESTIVAL! My cab driver was really nice and knew exactly where to drop me off so that I didn't have to walk to far to the Children's Area of the Festival .... I walked around and checked out many of the tents, did some PD workshops, and then was HUNGRY! I was intrigued by the ORBITS tent ... Their sign was adorable ....
 ... $3.50 for 12 mini sugar donuts and they were MINI--bite size and HOT AND FRESH! The minis and a large unsweet iced tea HIT THE SPOT!

I finished up and walked back to the children's tent area -- I got there right in time to claim my spot!

It was a great day of book selling ... so when my time in the booth was over, I decided I would check out the food area -- eat my dinner, go back to the hotel and S L E E P!

I found Renee's Organic Oven and even though I asked for 1 slice ... the Festival was almost over for the day and she gave me two slices! It was really good!!  After only eating MINI donuts all day ... some REAL food hit the spot!
 
 
As I was sitting there enjoying my ZA and watching all the people, I spied a GELATO tent!
I ordered a SMALL Sea Salt Caramel / Chocolate Gelato
Another WINNER!
 
Thanks Tucson & University of Arizona for hosting the Tucson Festival of Books
and thanks to all the amazing restaurants for
bringing pleasure to my palette!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little Book Lover

Here is MAEVE .... one of my little fans reading about Muffin. Thanks Judy for sharing!

 
If you have pictures of your little ones enjoying Muffin's
books, send them to thelifeofbud@aol.com
and you could see them here!
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

TUCSON sites ...

 Got this while I was having some
                                  coffee before my flight.
 
Spring break is a distant memory ... but on March 14, I hopped an American Airlines flight bright and early and headed West-to-Tucson to participate in the Tucson Festival of Books. From take-off to touch-down it was exactly 35 minutes on my watch ... a MIRACLE (don't ya love going back in time!)  I arrived in Tucson nice and early and was able to do what I love to do .... go     E X P L O R I N G!

I went exploring, what did I see?
I saw some cool cacti beckoning me!
 
I went exploring, what did I see?
A beautiful pink cactus crawling towards me!
  
I went exploring, what did I see?




A chunk out of a cacti, made it look SCARY!


I went exploring, what did I see?
A cactus that looks like a sea anomene!


I went exploring, what did I see?

Not sure if it's a bush or a tree?


I went exploring, what did I see?


 Mountains in the distance welcoming me ....

DAY 1 of my trip to the Tucson Book Festival ....













 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Art Imitating ...

Life ....

I love when I meet new artists ... I so wish I could draw, or paint (besides my walls), or sketch. I have a wonderful idea in my head but just can't get it to paper ...

But, Kristy Jarvis captured Shadow and Muffin perfectly ... I sent her some of my favorite FB pictures of Shadow and Muffin playing and she captured their personalities perfectly! I absolutely LOVE this rendering of them!
have you ever had one of these days?
 
This morning, March 23, 2014 at about 10:00 in the morning ... Life Imitated Art ...
 
Muffin's look on her face is priceless!
 
YES ... Shadow loves sitting on Muffin's head .... we have no idea why ... but this definitely
will be part of the -  A Muffin "Tail" series!
 
Art imitating Life   OR   Life imitating Art
whichever it is ... it makes me smile!
 

 
 LOVE Kristy's work?
Visit her at her website
 
 

 

Monday, March 17, 2014

E V E N T S ...

Spring has arrived ... March is almost over and I have two great events to finish up the month ... hope you can join me!
 
MARCH
22nd
Spring Craft & Garden Show
Forest Hill Civic & Convention Center
6901 Wichita Street
Forest Hill, TX 76140
9am - 5pm
Click on the LINK for more information
 
 
 
29th
RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER
Mr. Jim's Pizza - Saginaw, TX
12pm - 3pm
Click on the LINK for more information
 


I'm ALSO walking in the Relay for Life Event on May 31st from 1pm - 1am in Saginaw, TX. If you'd like to help BEAT Cancer ... click on the link to donate .... My team and I THANK you for your support. My goal this year is $350.00 (100 bucks more than last year!) 

I NEED YOUR HELP!

 
 
 
I'm walking for MY DAD
and many other friends and relatives that have had cancer
 
 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Work In Progress


I can't believe that I have been author(ing) for 5 years! The Life of Bud's 5th anniversary release date is in April. I really have come so far!  I have done over 300 events in that amount of time -- everything from being the Grand Marshall in my hometown's Easter parade, speaking at my grade school & being introduced by the Principal that was there when I went to school, to speaking at professional teacher conferences, conducting writing workshops at libraries, storytelling at the FW Nature Center and visiting many bookstores, coffee shops, and cafes! I've also been lucky to have gotten involved with pet rescue organizations with the help of MUFFIN. But my favorite thing is going to schools to read to children!
 
Landon H. who was in Kinder
 at my VERY first book signing ... it was a dream
come true! Smiles like this is why I write!




 
 
 
 
 


 

I'm so lucky to have the support of many of my high school friends and teachers and co-workers from Georgia, Massachusetts and now Texas! I also have been lucky to keep in touch with many of my past parents and now that some of my students are almost all GROWN UP ... it's great to hear from them every once in a while! Over 200 people came to the event - it was very overwhelming and a wonderful show of support - it was also Ashley's 16th birthday-which I am forever grateful she shared that day with Bud's first book event.

Debuting A Simpler Time at the Massachusetts Reading Association Conference was very special ... I had a hard time not breaking into tears reading my book for the first time to Ashley in front of 100+ other people -- many were FAMOUS authors--Jane Yolen was there! This was a very special moment for me.


Debut Reading -- Went Out To Get a Donut-Came Home With a Muffin to GEM pre-schoolers! By the end of the day, I could barely talk! But it was really worth it! The kids were wonderful and it was a great event.


BUT ... each event is a work in progress. I have had to make adjustments to my booth space over the years. I realized, aft the Funky Finds craft fair this past weekend, that I needed something behind my table to make it look "pretty" and eye catching .... the wall behind my table was just sheet metal ... and I'm NOT happy with the RED tablecloth anymore-too dark. I recently added the carpet, beanbag chairs, and table with coloring sheets - really makes it inviting .... but I needed something else!


SO ... I went shopping today with my creative crazy mind at work for an inexpensive backdrop .... please let me know what you think ....
I purchased a garment rack and 2 sheets (one for the rack and one for the table)
-- yes -- the sheet needs to be ironed!
I also purchased 2 of these wall art display holders
I will put colored copies of my book covers and
something that says Laura Eckroat - Children's Author
I can't wait to try this out at my next craft fair event ...

 
 
My journey as an author is a Work In Progress ...
THANK YOU to all who have supported and encouraged me for the first 5 years...
and I hope you will continue for many years to come ...
 
If you would like to me speak at your school, library, or event
please email me at thelifeofbud@aol.com
 
 










Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time to get F U N K Y


Saturday and Sunday -- March 8 & 9 I headed to downtown Fort Worth and attended the
6th Annual FUNKY FINDS Spring Fling ...
if you have never attended, please plan on coming to their
Christmas Event in November.
I love this event - I've met some wonderful artisans that have become friends.
Jessica & her husband Joe, who run the event are fantastic hosts!
And ... the event is for a great cause -- puppies get adopted -- which is awesome!
8 pups got adopted at the event this past weekend!
Edward Hancock
Check out his books at
amazon.com
Patty Wiseman
Check out her books at
amazon.com

 


My booth at FUNKY FINDS!
I have a children's coloring area ...
 

 KRISTY JARVIS -- love her art!
She has done some great artwork of Muffin & Shadow
please visit her web-site Kristy Jarvis
Isn't this adorable - I now have note cards
featuring Muffin and Shadow!
 
One row of vendors ... it's amazing all of the talented people!

 
This artwork looks familiar -- You will see more
of Dana's work in an upcoming interview!

 
I stopped at this booth because they had some really cute children's items ... I loved their pencil holders .... but then I saw the hair clips and FELL IN LOVE! Go to their shop on ETSY buckshotinconETSY  to see the Milk and Cookie hair clips-Super cute!!!!





I got the Owl hair clip and had to HAVE the
SOCK MONKEY!!!!

 

                
There are the pups! I love when they get adopted!!!!!


Jessica!!! She is absolutely wonderful
Thanks Jessica & (Joe) for putting on Funky Finds!

Some more booths ... I could spend a fortune here!


Here is RILEY! She was going to color, but then decided
to look at Muffin's book! I think it's RILEY approved!!!!
Riley's mommy, Danielle, makes really pretty jewelry
please visit her site at Don't Eat Beads