Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile:
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
"Who'll start the bidding for me?
"A dollar, a dollar"; then, "Two!" "Only two?
Two dollars, and who'll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three--" But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars and who'll make it two?
Two thousands! And who'll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
And going, and gone." said he
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quiet understand
What changed its worth." Swift came the reply:
"The touch of a master's hand."
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine;
He's is "going" once, and "going"  twice,
he's "going" and almost "gone."
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that's wrought
By the touch of the Master's hand.
~Mrya Brooks Welch



This is another Mail Art card 4x6 that I made for TherapyArtist over at ATCsforAll. Here again I use designer paper which I stamped for the background. Then I went to my computer dug up some clipart arrange them the way I wanted then printed them out. The Grass is made by me which I painted with acrylic paint. The stick lady is me, can't you tell, ..giggle.. running through the garden the sleeping dog and the loveable cats are not paying any attention not to say the blue birds building their house or the hummingbirds flying around. I then accented the flowers and back ground with metallic acrylic paint and then ink the edges and added a tad more ink on the front of the card edges. This was a lot of fun!


Mail Art 4x6

Mail Art are little pieces of art that are the size of 4x6 they can be collages, drawing, paintings 
if it can be made into a 4x6 well it is consider Mail Art. Originally Mail Art was consider a post card the size of most post cards are 4x6. There are groups out that the make Post Cards and send them in the mail to each other of family. I think what I love about the size 4x6 it gives you a larger area to work on. I love making ATC (artist trading cards 2.5 x 3.5 but these 4 x 6 are just as much fun. The 4 x 6 you see below, my first one for ATCsforAll in the ATC Picture Profile Swap. My card is a combination of drawing and collaging.

This card was a lot of fun to make. I made my own digital clip art and I use the computer to write up my profile concerning how much I love Art. Then I started putting it all together layering it. I started out with a designer paper background which I stamped. Then I started layering all the pieces of clip art which I then went back with acrylic paint started high lighting the whole card. I like to give my cards a tad of old feeling so I love to ink the edges and apply some of the ink on the cards. Like I said this was a fun card I made for Linda4atc.



Do you like poodles? I do I love them A while back I did a few drawing of poodles that it would be fun to share them with you. These are my favorites. Each of them had an attitude just like my little Tess and Taoso each of the are so full of characters. One is tall and the other is very short hard to believe that they are brother and sister.These drawing was done in the medium of Prisma Color Pencils and Watercolor Pencils.


Brillant Weblog Award

This is a drawing of mine that I did for the Zetti Girls Swap over at ATCsforALL.

This painting is done on watercolor paper and I painted in watercolor paints and inks.

I can just hear you saying to yourself what is a Zetti?

I'm not sure, what I do know there are stripes involved. I'm sure there is probably some sort of mythology to it seems there is a lot of that going around. I myself do not get into that I prefer the simple beautiful look adding stripes to the character in a tasteful way.

Goodness gracious, I got the surprise of my life yesterday. I was over visiting my friend Artstanding Stranger Blog only to discover that I was part of the 7 that she nominated for the Brillant Weblog Award. Wasn't that nice of her. Please click on Artstanding Stranger link she has a wonderful site. I feel so Honor to received this award.

The way I understand this, I am to nominate 7 blogs that I enjoy visiting. Well thats a little hard, I enjoy all the blogs I visit and they are all my favorites. Well, here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog (click on it and save it to your files)
2. Add a link to the person who gave it to you (that would be me)
3. Nominate at least 7 other favorite blogs
4. Add links to those people
5. Leave a message for those 7 nominees


Here are a couple of sites that I have discovered recently that are very inspirational.

Huntsville Art Blog
What's Up Roc

May this day be a beautiful one for all of us.


Oh My Does Time Fly Bye

Oh my does time fly bye
Do you find your self so busy
You don't know where the day went bye
Does this bother you?

Oh my does time fly bye
When you are having fun
Before you know it the day is gone.
As you look back at the day
You see what a glorious day it was.

Oh my does time fly bye
When reading a book
The suspense holds you
Your glues you to each page
Knowing that the next page will hold the answer.

Oh my does time fly bye
when under the weather not feeling so well
You know you should do this or that
Your energy leaves you and before you know it
The day has past.

Oh my, most of all, does time fly bye
When you spend the day working on your art
You enter a world of imagination
letting you spirit free
creating something new to share
Boy does time fly bye when having fun.
Ranie Patridis