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I live in Mooringsport La. and work in construction full time and dabble in art when ever I can. I would love to be able to do my art full time--who knows, maybe one day I will. In the past year, I started doing Festivals, trying to sell my Art. It is ALOT of work, but worth it. I have met so many people with the same interests as myself.

Monday, December 26, 2011

And the Winner Is............

Merry Christmas, Everyone.  Hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and that all of your Christmas wishes came true.

We have had our Dec. drawing and Nancy Sullivan of Mooringsport, La. is the winner!!  Congratulations Nancy!!

I hate to see the holidays end.  I really enjoy Christmas and the hustle and bustle leading up to it.  We had a great day though.  My son and his wife spent it with us.  We started the festivities around 8 in the morning and finished up last night.  We had a wonderful time.

From our house to yours, Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.


Monday, December 19, 2011

December Giveaway

Finally, the shows are over and the out-of-town- trips are behind me.  I feel like I can take a deep sigh of relief and get on with Christmas.  I get so tangled up in getting inventory built up and doing fall shows that I feel like the holiday season is passing me by.  I did get up to the studio this weekend and finish up some last minute details on some gifts that I made.  I feel like I am ready for Christmas.  Last night we popped in a few Christmas videos and chilled out on the couch with the cats and dogs.  It was a good evening.

If you haven't registered for the "freebie" giveaway this month, don't forget to do that.  Follow the link Venus Blues Art Hideaway , go to the "monthly giveaway" tab at the top and leave a comment--that's it.  Really easy!!!  This will be the last monthly giveaway     for awhile, so don't forget to sign up. 

My last show was last weekend.  It was in Natchitoches.  It was an okay show.  My inventory of originals is so low. I have until the spring/summer shows to build back up.  It is really a welcome relief.

Have a great day.  F.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Oil City Show

If you haven't registered at my art website, you have until Dec. 24.  Follow the link @ Venus Blues Art Hideaway .  "Crying Hibiscus" is going to be this months prize.  It is an 8" x 10" print of my original art work mounted on a gallery frame.  Drawing will be Dec. 24.

Booth at Oil City, La.

We had our show in Oil City.  It turned out to be a good night weather wise.  They forecast rain for that  evening but it held off 'til after the show.  It was an Okay show--I have had much better, and a few worse.  I have found out one thing with my art.  The smaller and more conventional the town, the less I sell.  The larger and more diverse the crowd, the better I do.  I think that I am going to start doing the larger shows and start foregoing the small ones.  I think next year, after the holidays, I am going to start looking into the larger shows.

I am just about ready for Christmas.  I am going to try to get my Christmas cards out today.  If I can do that I will be ahead.

Hope that you all have a great day.


Friday, December 2, 2011

December Giveaway

We Finally made it to the weekend--TGIf!!!!! Time to post my next free giveaway item.  For the month of Dec. the free drawing will be for my bleeding hibiscus.  It is an 8" x 10" print mounted on canvas. The drawing will be held on Dec. 24, 2011 and will be determined by the random number generator.  All you have to do to be eligible for this drawing is to go to my art web site--that is different from this blog- follow this link Venus Blues Art Hideaway .  Go to the "Monthly Giveaway" tab at the top of the page and leave a comment.  That's it! Remember-you have to re-register every month (leave a comment), your name doesn't carry over from month to month.

Good Luck!!!!

I have to get ready for another show this weekend--it is a night show, that will be my first one of those.  It will be at Oil City, La.  It starts at either 4 or 5 p.m.  There will be a fireworks show and vendors.

Hope that you have a great weekend.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Natchitoches Show

We had our Natchitoches show and it went great.  Actually it was one of my best shows.  It was raining outside, but since we were inside, it was okay.  We have been in such desperate need of rain that I dare not complain, plus-I have always loved the rain.  The crowds were out in full force this past weekend, trying to get a jump on the Christmas Holiday, I guess.
Picture of Booth


 These are some pictures of my booth that I had at the Natchitoches Show.  I am always trying to find the perfect set up.  Since every show is different, One day, I am going to get good at this.
Natchitoches @ night during the Christmas Festival   

 Natchitoches has a wonderful Christmas light festival every year.  It is great fun and the lights are beautiful.   They even had fake snow.  It was raining on this night but it didn't deter the merry makers--there were people galore! And, bumper to bumper traffic.

Monday, November 28, 2011

November Drawing Winner..........

The monthly drawing was held for the month of November and the winner was "Lovey" from Maryland.  Congratulations Lovey!  She won the piece below.  Don't forget to go to my art website and register for next months drawing.  Follow the link Venus Blues Art Hideaway and go to the "monthly giveaway" tab at the top.  Leave a comment and that is it-your name will be added to the "hat" for the Dec. drawing--Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The holidays are upon us once again and another year has almost come and gone--where does the time go.  Every year I have these grand goals and for the most part, I do get done what I aim to get done.  Sometimes I think that I set goals that are unattainable but, if your gonna reach for something--might as well reach high, right?  This time of year is always stressful.  Seems like everything piles up.  I have the outside things to do--plant rye for the horses,  bring in all the house plants and get ready for the winter, the shows, and the holidays.  January always slows down and for that I am grateful.    Our next show is the weekend after Thanksgiving and the next two weekends after that.  I know that the shows are great for contacts but getting ready for them is tiring.  To tell you the truth, I just feel kinda burned out this year.  It seems like so much time and effort goes into marketing, that if your not careful, it will suck the enjoyment right out of what you are doing.  I keep telling myself that I do the art because I love to do it, but sometimes it all just feels overwhelming.

I am busy trying to pack up and get ready for the show, and have alot of last minute things to do.

Hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Horses and Tack

For those of you who haven't signed up this month for the free drawing on Nov. 24, 2011 at my art website, it's not too late.  Just go to Venus Blues Hideaway  to the "Monthly Giveaway" tab and leave a comment--that's it--it's easy peasy :).  Abundance ( on the left) is the Featured piece and what you will win if your name is drawn.

 This one is Ringo.  She is part Thorough Bred and part Belgian.  She is the "Baby", the youngest, but the biggest.  She is full of life and her favorite past time is pestering the other horses.
This is Lacy.  She is my Rescue horse.  When we got her she was about 400 lbs. underweight.  She has had a hard go it but is becoming more and more trusting every day.  

Savannah was my first horse.  She is full of spunk.  She loves everyone--even strangers.  She is a quarter horse.

This is Zoey--she is my baby.  I got her when she was about 3 years old.  She has become a real "Mama's Girl".  She is my ride.


I have attached some pictures of my babies.  I have four of them and each one is special.

 We have had such a hard summer, the grass in our pasture was dead by September.  We have just recently had enough rain to plant Rye grass.

This is our new planter.  I know that I shouldn't be so excited about it, but it has helped tremendously with the planting.  We planted 12 bags of rye in about an hour.  Normally that would have taken 4-5 hours if we had used the little hand seeder.

As promised, here are some pictures of my new tack room--I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT !!

 Lewis did a great job with the tack room.  I can finally find what I want without having to dig for it. Hope you all have a great day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This little guy was hanging out on my front porch this past summer.  He was looking for a cool spot.

Lenore--one of my last foundlings

Honey--Taking a siesta
 I had planned to get into my studio last night but the weather put a hiatus on that.  Rains came in last night and I was in a rush to get the critters fed and taken care of before it moved in.  It was thundering and lightening and I have to tell ya, I just don't like being out in the lightening.  Lacy, my oldest horse, doesn't like the storms either.  She was spooked and flighty when I was feeding her.  I don't know much about her history.  I have only had her for about 3 years and she was 16 when I got her.  Her history is sketchy but from what I could find out about her--it hasn't been good.  She will be with me for the rest of her life.  I think that she deserves a stable home (no pun intended).

We do have the new barn just about finished.  I will post pictures of it when I get more taken.  It is huge and I love it!!  My tack room is GREAT.  Not only do I get a new barn but my studio can now EXPAND to take up the old hay room and tack room--YES!!! 

I have been trying to figure out storage.  What is the best way to store my supplies and still be able to find them.  I have shelving units that I am going to install in the old hay room and I am thinking of clear boxes with labels.  I also want a "metal bin" for my scrap metal that I use for my salvage art. That way, it is right there when I want to sort through it.

The Paint, fabric and books are the only thing that I plan to keep up in the studio--of course, the sewing machine and things like that will stay there, but all of the stored items--things that don't really need climate control can go downstairs into the "overspill" rooms.  I plan on having the "old" tack room as storage for my canvas' and frames.  Canvas is damaged so easily that it needs somewhere that it can be protected. 

Mooringsport Fall Festival

The old hay room will be filled with shelves but will also have a work area in it where I can set up and leave up all of my power tools--that way when I want to use them, they are ready.  I won't have to dig them up and find a spot for them.  I can't wait to get this all set up.  When my fall shows are over, I am going to begin the electrical installation and then the wall insulation and paneling will be installed.   I will be glad when the fall shows are over and the "pressure" is off.  I feel like I have been running a race trying to get my inventory built up.   Sometimes, I feel like I am getting "burnt out".  I love the art and the creating but when you work on it every spare moment that you have it drains the enjoyment out of it. 

Hope that you all have a great day. F.


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