I guess I owe my dear readers an explanation for the complete lack of posts since July 4th…and I’m not going to lie…I’ve been having a fun summer and I seem to have inadvertently taken an extended vacation from blogging =~D I’m sure you can all relate when I say I’d rather play in the sunshine than sit inside on the computer. Awww, c’mon, I live in Oregon where we only get three months of sunshine a year and I’m not going to waste it. And that’s pretty much my story. I will get back to real life once the kids are back in school and I have a routine again, and quiet to think my own thoughts. See you soonish! E.
This is Brilliant. I’ve been working on a new line of artwork (see post below this one to see!) and I am finding it challenging to blog at the same time -24 hours not being enough time in a day to do everything I need to do (okay, I always tell myself that Einstein had the same number of hours in his day so quit making excuses…). Now, come to find out, all I really need to do is sell INVISIBLE ART! This would take a lot less time to create (practically no time at all), and, if marketed correctly, I apparently could make a lot more money than I’m making now. I just need to attach a celebrity name (Lady Gaga invisible art?) and I’ve got a winner! You can read more on this on the Huffington Post website.This is a great article- you should def read on…
By Julia Halperin
Published: June 16, 2011
Every so often, a new art initiative is so outlandish that any attempt at parody ends up sounding more reasonable than the project itself. Such is the case with the Museum of Non-Visible Art (or MONA), a conceptual art project organized by artist duo Praxis and backed by actor James Franco, who is by now well known — some might even say too well known — for his kooky dabblings in the world of conceptual art. Since the project appeared on Kickstarter a few days ago, it has raised $11,251, handily topping its $5,000 goal. So what the heck is it? MONA, according to the site, is a museum “composed entirely of ideas.” When contributors donate money to the project, they are buying a work from the collection. They then receive a card in the mail describing the work of art they have “purchased.” They will not, however, receive anything more tangible than that. The project description reads, “Important Note: When you contribute to this Kickstarter project, you are not buying a visible piece of art!”
A video posted on the Kickstarter page features Franco and Praxis’s Brainard and Delia Carey — best known for their participation in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, where they gave out free hugs and foot massages — describing the imagined artworks that will form MONA’s “collection.” Various “editions” of “artworks” for “sale” on the page include an unrealized short film by Franco based on William Faulkner’s short story “Red Leaves.” For $25, you can get one of an edition of 500. There are 491 remaining.
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The priciest item is a $10,000 “original” work, titled “Conceptual — Fresh Air,” which is, actually, just air. (“The air you are purchasing is like buying an endless tank of oxygen” reads the description.) As of today, “Conceptual — Fresh Air” has been purchased.
The MONA initiative has its own Web site, which, fittingly for a Museum of Non-Visible Art, is pretty bare bones. “Although the artworks themselves are not visible, the descriptions open our eyes to a parallel world built of images and words,” it explains. “This world is not visible, but it is real, perhaps more real than the world of matter, and it is also for sale.” On the Kickstarter blog, Praxis explains that they plan to give tours of the non-visible museum in the future, which will consist of them describing an invisible space and the artworks in it, which will be the artworks purchased by fans in the current campaign. For the New York performance, they intend to use the site of the unrealized downtown Guggenheim as the “home” for MONA.
So what does it all mean? Is it a scam, or a brilliant commentary on the contemporary art market? Hard to say. Then again, if we could get even $25 for our unwritten “imagined memoir,” we probably wouldn’t complain.
Finally! Here is a preview of the new line of artwork that I will be adding to my online gallery, my Etsy shop, and Fine Art America. This is just an iphone pic of the artwork as it sits on the sketch pad, but I am excited to share it! With all the graduations this week, I’ve been sidetracked (in a good way), but next week, I’ll have reproductions made, and we’ll be off and running!
I chose “Eat Your Elephant One Bite at a Time” to illustrate first because that is the phrase I have over my computer. It reminds me daily to take life “One Step at a time”, “One Day at A Time”, and just relax. Problems become “opportunities,” and nothing is too challenging if you break it down into small hurdles, instead of looking at the whole marathon, right?
As far as the creative process goes, I am stepping away from the oil pastels for a while, and concentrating on these fun, whimsical, inspirational pieces. They’re so much fun to create (they’re done with colored pencil), and I have so many quotes, and inspirational sayings in my head, that I don’t know which one to do next!
I also have the section at the top of my blog that is for momisms and “Things I never thought I’d have to say as a parent.” These humorous moments are also meant to someday be turned into artwork. I would someday like to turn this section into an open forum for my readers to contribute to. If I use your momism, or humorous experience, the contributor would be paid for it’s use. But first, this line needs to be profitable so that I can do that 🙂 Isn’t that the way it goes…
I am so excited and inspired to get this launched! The plan is to post a new one every week, so stay tuned 🙂
I woke up this morning to find I had been included in this lovely Etsy Treasury titled “Sophisticated,” by xenia . The curator, Xenia, writes: “I fell in love with these items because they were so boldly detailed and complex.” I have included 6 of the 16 items to tempt you, but, that is only a sample of the beautiful collection of Etsy treasures found there, so do check out this entire treasury. It’s Sophisticated!
“There is a voice in the Universe urging us to remember our purpose for being on this great Earth. This is the voice of inspiration, which is within each and every one of us”.
“I am a human being, not a human doing”.
“Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t… you aren’t.”
-Dr. Wayne Dyer
I watched a PBS televion show last night that inspired me so greatly that I wanted to share it with all my readers. And no, I’m not being paid to say this.
Actually, it was my husband who had discovered Dr. Wayne Dyer and was so enthusiastic about what he had heard, that he urged me to listen.
I was skeptical at first– I thought, yeah, here’s another motivational speaker who points out the obvious, and then charges you $350 for “the program,” which usually consists of some DVDs and and a workbook. These are filthy rich guys who have definitely figured out how to get a lot of money out of people who are hungry for an intensely deep sounding message that will solve all life’s problems. But, I listened…
…I loved the message. And whether you are a skeptic, or someone who is searching for inspiration, I believe that time spent listening to a postitive, intelligent, motivational speaker, is time well spent, never time wasted, and often times, it is life changing.
I want to be careful here, and not sound like I’m trying to sell you anything. In posting this, I feel like one of those people who “try” to sound like a random person, randomly posting about this “great new diet” or “dating website” that they found, but we really know they are being paid to say this stuff. Im not, I just found this guy to be really really inspiring, and I wanted to suggest that you watch this PBS special. I think you’ll be glad you did……………………
I’m going to re post, from Dr Wayne Dyer’s Blog, a chunk of the explanation of what he’s talking about. But what I really encourage you to do, is find his special on you local PBS station, and listen to him talk. Thats where the real motivation lies…Namaste.
Excuses Begone! Airing on PBS March 2011!
3/9/11 at 4:16 pm
Don’t miss Dr. Dyer’s Public Television special! Dr. Dyer’s television special, Excuses Begone! airs this month. Check your local listings to find out what times Wayne’s extraordinary public television special will be broadcast in your area and get ready to say, “Excuses Begone!”
Learn how to change the self-defeating thinking patterns that have prevented you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness, and health by saying Begone—to all your excuses! You’ll ultimately realize that there are no excuses worth defending, ever, even if they’ve always been a part of your life—and the joy of releasing them will permeate to your very core and you’ll awaken to the life of your dreams.
Move out of established thought patterns and realize that there is nothing standing in your way of living at your highest levels. Find out how with Excuses Begone!
In his PBS special and the Excuses Begone! book, Dr. Dyer also discusses the research of two of his colleagues, Dr. Bruce Lipton and Richard Brodie, to help us challenge our excuses and embrace new beliefs.
The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts. Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.
“I encourage you to immerse yourself in The Biology of Belief. You’ll be inspired to reset your mind to the possibility that your beliefs carry far more weight than you realized in determining what you can do, what you’ll undertake, and how far you’re capable of going.” —Dr. Wayne Dyer
In addition to our genetic makeup, the other big excuse that most of us use to justify unhappiness, poor health, and lack of success is the family and cultural conditioning we’ve been programmed with. To that end, there’s a fascinating area of inquiry known as memetics, which deals with the mind and is analogous to the relationship of genetics to the body.
Virus of the Mind by Richard Brodie is the first popular book devoted to the science of memetics, a controversial new field that transcends psychology, biology, anthropology, and cognitive science. Memetics is the science of memes, the invisible but very real DNA of human society. According to Brodie, it’s “a thought, belief, or attitude in your mind that can spread to and from other people’s minds.” In Virus of the Mind, Richard Brodie carefully builds on the work of scientists Richard Dawkins, Douglas Hofstadter, Daniel Dennett, and others who have become fascinated with memes and their potential impact on our lives.
“Your beliefs have made these memes seem like second nature to you. While excuses are just thoughts or beliefs, you are the decider of what you ultimately store away as your guide to life.” —Dr. Wayne Dyer
…And because this is my art blog, I just wanted to remind you to visit my website at:
eMarshallGallery on ETSY
Elizabeth Marshall Gallery of Fine Art
I just made my first Etsy Treasury! If I had known how much FUN it is to collect amazing Etsy treasures to put together in a theme based group, I would have made a million of these by now. Serious playtime for me!
Okay so my Treasury is called:Oh No! Its almost Fathers Day-What DOES Dad want? by emarshallgallery. Its a WONDERFUL collection of gifts that would be perfect for Dad, Grandpa, your Husband, (your baby daddy?- gotta keep up with the times, right?) The pics above are only a few of the great finds in this treasury- check it out to see ALL the FUN IDEAS!
You know how your husband or dad does not ever even wear a tie, and he only wears the ONE kind of cologne that he’s worn for the last 20 years, and he just doesn’t need anymore gadgets, so what do you get him? My dilemma is that, the things my husband wants cost well over several thousand dollars.
Here is his wish list for this year:
1. a 6 Series BMW- black on black.
2. number one is all he wants.
3. He already owns everything else he wants because he goes out and buys it himself.
I hate to break it to him, but thats probably NOT what he’s going to get. But I AM going to go back to my Etsy Treasury list, and see what I can come up with that is a little more in my price range.
Good luck to all of you- Please let me know if you come up with any really great ideas that I can use! What are YOU buying for the man in your life this year?! We all want to know!
With my Etsy Sale in full swing, I have been working really hard to get orders filled. During a break, I found this website: .kidsartinc. that was not only incredibly amusing, but also benefits charity. Its definitely worth a long look. I need to get back to packing up orders, but I will leave you with these examples of celebrity art on greeting cards (Check out Jennifer Garner’s duck, Teri Hatcher, David Arquette, and Jason Bateman. There’s even Larry King and Leonardo Dicaprio- who knew?) ,along with their basic information. And DO check out the website…its all for a good cause!
Below is their basic information, but I strongly recommend you go to the website and just LOOK AT THE CELEBRITY ART!
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Helping Kids…One Card At A Time
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Some of our favorite celebrities have created — and graciously donated — their very own works of art to benefit PEP — the Pediatric Epilepsy Project. Your purchase helps fund the research and treatment of children with epilepsy at the Pediatric Neurology Department at UCLA.
**All cards shown here are available on an individual basis. For information on our popular fundraising program, click here.
**Featured KidsArt Celebrity Cards
Note cards, notepads, stickers and invitations! Funny ones, clever ones, sweet ones. They’re whimsical, they’re heartwarming, they’re charming, they’re treasured — and a valuable, profitable fundraiser for your organization.
Every participating child designs his or her own stationery by creating original artwork. Simply draw the artwork in your classroom, collect orders from parents, tally them, and send your order to us. We’ll return your products ready for distribution and fully organized. Multiple products will arrive pre-sorted in bags labeled with each child’s name.
Our note cards arrive packaged in star-studded cellophane bags, topped off with a glittering ribbon ready for gift giving. All other products are packaged in crystal clear bags.
For a pricing chart detailing your organization’s profit, please click here. We’ve provided a range of suggested selling prices to allow you to set your own profits. You effectively decide how much your organization earns per sale.
Wrapping It Up…
It’s a fundraiser that practically runs itself, and long after your fundraising job is finished, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your KidsArt, Inc. products will go on warming the hearts of every recipient!
To get started, simply call us at 1.800.603.7460. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you launch a memorable and rewarding fundraiser.
Sounds like a winner to me!