Monday, May 19, 2008

Planting Hiatus

Here’s a photo the 12+ pounds of seed I’ll be using for my planting projects:



I am taking a break from the blog posts as well as from the creation of new paintings and medallions for a short time. I’ll be using this *break* to plant more seeds in the Living Painting! But do not worry; I will still be available to process on-line medallion orders, to answer urgent e-mails and for the booking and planning of Exalted Beauty Medallion parties. However, the majority of my time will be dedicated to the Living Painting project (out of necessity). I have over 12 pounds of Wildflower seeds to get in the ground in a very short time span! As you can see from the photo above, I went a little crazy with my order of Lupine, Shasta Daisy, Chicory, Poppy, Batchelor Button, Sunflower, Cone Flower, Cosmo and Zinnia seeds! Insane, right? I know, but can you really put a price on inspiration? I am truly passionate about my wildflowers and I can’t express how excited I am to see my vision come to fruition! Every year I get that much closer to creating the landscape I’ve dreamt of! As you can see from the seed jars above, I’ve conjured up my special “meadow mix” and now that the weather looks safe, time is of the essence! We have a vegetable garden to get underway, a wildflower garden in the back yard to repair (winter erosion), two big new Poppy gardens to build in the front yard (which the Mr. graciously dug out with the help of young Pirate Skunk Beard on Sunday), a HUGE new Mammoth Grey Stripe sunflower plot (which will most likely end up as squirrel food), a new special annual varieties potted section (selected single color Zinnias, Tahoka and African Daisies, etc.), the return of the Mixed Autumn shades sunflower fence (as well as Tangerine, Velvet, Chianti, Moonwalker and Mexican varieties), and some serious reconstruction and replanting in the main ½ acre wildflower meadow! Obviously I have some heavy duty gardening on the agenda! It is probably overly ambitious for one wee, out of shape, woman to achieve but I’m definitely going to give it my best! I think it can be accomplished with some *assistance* from the Mr. and the Pirate. But even with loads of help, there will be lots of hard core, back breaking, manual labor for me over the next few weeks. These extensive planting projects are going to keep me very busy (and probably completely incapacitated) for a while, so in the meantime, please feel free to study the Botanical Inspiration and the Living Painting photographs previously presented here (while I am off laboring in the fields!). And don’t forget to let Cyndi know what inspires you this week so you can win a FREE Exalted Beauty Medallion! When I come back, I hope to introduce you to my next big art endeavor! Think: Flowers! Stay Inspired! I’ll be back, leaner, meaner and ready to get my art on!

Collaborations with Cyndi!

The fabulous artist and jewelry designer Cyndi Lavin and I have teamed up again for another fun and exciting jewelry collaboration! Here are some examples of our previous projects together (as seen in Belle Armoire, Jewelry Crafts Magazine and Bead Arts):







And now we have done it again! :)

But you will have to go HERE to Cyndi’s Jewelry and Beading blog to see our most recent creation! The new piece, entitled “Mental Gears”, is truly magnificent! Cyndi did a tremendous job designing a super cool Steampunk necklace to compliment a medallion from the Mindworks collection! I absolutely love it! Her creation is inspiring! AND - when you stop by to check out her latest masterpiece you will have the opportunity to share what inspires you! If you leave a comment, you will receive a chance to win a FREE Exalted Beauty Medallion! How exciting is that? Go! Let us know what you think!

The Lori Party Report!

Lori’s Medallion party was lots of fun! My hostess was a brave and bold Exalted Beauty; she graciously pulled off her fabulous event on ONE foot! Apparently, the poor dear broke her other foot while practicing some Evil Knievel moves on her motorcycle! Oh my! That-a-girl! Not only is she an extreme adventure diva, the woman can also make a mean chocolate chip cookie! Yum! Great food and atmosphere! The party setting was fabby, Lori has a charming country home set in the most picturesque landscape! She and my cousin–in-law Bunk own tons of gorgeous acreage and are at my envy! Their land is a dream! My mother-in-law Susie and I ohhhed and awed over the adorable horses and beautiful scenery on the ride there. Fabulous! A perfect Sunday afternoon drive! When we got there, Lori had us set up in the dining room which was lined with big windows letting in tons of natural light. The space was large enough for a six table display (700 medallions) which looked really nice and I’m sad I forgot to bring my camera – again! The medallion sales leaned toward a predominance of Rounds (Ravishing, Autumn and Spring), Flowers (from all floral collections) coming in second, and a range of single sales across the collections, including pieces from Lifespark and Uterus! With these results, and my medallion stock depleting, I’m thinking my next Exalted Beauty Medallion collection needs to be floral and soon! I had a wonderful time getting to know Lori and I really enjoyed meeting her friends and family. I’m looking forward to spending time with these ladies again in a few weeks at Lisa’s party! :)

[Side Note - the Exalted Beauty Catalogs are currently down so there is a delay on the update of SOLD items. Please wait until later this afternoon to place any new orders. Thank you!]

Friday, May 16, 2008

Neighborhood Tulips

Here are some bright cheerful tulips found in my neighborhood:

















Tulips are so great, aren’t they? When I lived in NYC I always used to buy tulips at the Deli across the street. Tulips are my absolute favorite vase flower. They are so bold and colorful, like Mother Nature’s lollipops! They always made me smile and brought in that bit of life that I was sorely missing when I lived in the city. Nowadays I prefer to leave the tulips outdoors where I can admire them while going for walks with my family. I have convinced Caden that each walk is a Flower Finding Adventure. It’s much more fun that way! :)

So, as I predicted, this has been a completely crazy week! And there is more fun and excitement to come! The Art Envisions Science exhibition opens tomorrow and Lori’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party is on Sunday! Both of those events are going to be a marvelous time! I can’t wait! But that’s not all! I also have some more exciting news to share with you on Monday! Make sure to stop back here first thing in the morning to see something really fabulous! Think: Cyndi Collaboration! The new piece is truly amazing! AND there is a rumor about winning a Free Medallion!!! Give some thought to what inspires you, think about how your Mind Works, and YOU just may have a winning answer!

Have a great weekend!

Art Envisions Science Exhibition!

You are cordially invited to the National Association of Women Artists Juried Exhibition, Curated by Audrey Leeds, "Art Envisions Science" Works On Paper:



THE ART ENVISIONS SCIENCE EXHIBITION OPENS TOMORROW!!!

At the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368.

Opening Reception: Sunday May 18th, 3-5pm.
The exhibition is open May 17th-July 13th 2008

Gallery hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:30am – 2pm
Friday: 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm

For More Information:
Contact the New York Hall of Science at (718) 699-005 or www.nyscience.org
Or The National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) at www.nawanet.org

Here is the painting I'll have on display:



“Botanical Bioform Set 2”

By Amy E. Fraser

Botanical Inspiration: Rousseau



“Flowres Green”
By Henri Rousseau

Botanical Inspiration: Rafuse



“Sunflowers”
By Will Rafuse

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bloodroot







The Bloodroot plant is a dangerous beauty! Do NOT use any home remedies made from the Bloodroot plant because this beautiful wild poppy is toxic to animal cells and may cause disfigurement. Applying Bloodroot to the skin may destroy tissue and lead to the formation of a large scab, called an eschar. Bloodroot and its extracts are thus considered escharotic.

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, we often made perfumes and play salads with the vegetation found in the yard and surrounding forest. The adults never gave it a second thought, but who knows what kinds of poisonous potions were being concocted? Ever since I became interested in learning about Wildflowers, I have made it a point to warn Caden (and anyone who will listen) of the dangers of plant poisons. I’m not trying to keep my child in a bubble, really, but some knowledge about the dangers that lurk in the yard is definitely advisable. Especially when you see the damage this little flower can do...

Periwinkle

Hidden in the shadows on an old country lane is the most exquisite patch of periwinkle growing wild…







They say these have escaped cultivation and only grow where a garden once was…

Botanical Inspiration: Jardine



“Underwater Botanicals I”
By Liz Jardine

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Star Magnolia

These wildly gorgeous blooms come from my neighbor’s Star Magnolia tree:






Unfurling







The origin of the spiral could be found in the unfurling fern. This captivating primitive shape speaks of birth, life, anticipation and potential.

White Blossoms

These pretty white blossoms are popping up on trees all over the neighborhood:



Botanical Inspiration: O’Keeffe



“Oriental Poppies”
By Georgia O’Keeffe

Botanical Inspiration: Phill



“Byrony”
By Daniel Phill

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More or Less?

When looking at a simple botanical shape such as the coltsfoots seed sphere, do you prefer to see a composition containing more (as in Monet’s “Massif”):



Or less? (as in Vuillon’s single bloom):

Botanical Inspiration: Vuillon



“Anemone Rouge”
By Amelie Vuillon

Botanical Inspiration: Monet



“Massif de Chrysanthemes”
By Claude Monet

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Ro Party Report!

Ro’s Party was another fun and fabulous success! This was Rockin’ Rosalie’s third time hosting an Exalted Beauty Medallion party, so setting up on familiar turf came together with ease and I was able to really relax and enjoy this great group of ladies. It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces of friends and family and to meet some wonderful new medallion fans. Lots of entertainment! I really look forward to seeing this group again at The Divine Julie B.’s upcoming medallion party!

Mindworks was the most purchased collection (receiving unbelievably excited reviews!!!), with flower medallions (from Florasphere, Pearl Blossom, Fall Flowers and Winter Garden) coming in second. There is still a strong interest in the Prophecy collection, Rounds remain a staple and interestingly Silver Animals were of consequence. Lifespark and Origin were much admired, but not yet purchased by this group. I think that’s all I have to report as far as sales trends.


My next medallion collection will most definitely be *floral* but I don’t have a plan just yet. My brain is completely clogged! I am really out of it due to another awesome cold and allergy combo that hit me full swing Friday afternoon and doesn’t seem to want to ever go away! It’s wretched. I can’t say how much I appreciated Lynn’s help Friday, the combination of cold and allergy meds has made me seriously wonky; add in the new price change, and simple math was well beyond my grasp! Yay for Lynn! My hero! :) I was so far gone apparently it seemed as though I deserved the comment that “Beauty and Brains are never in the same package”. I did my best to graciously accept that as a backhanded complement and held back my usual automatic (and rather defensive) response about my having earned a Master’s degree (“Kiss My Ivy League Ass!”). Perhaps I’m getting mellow in my old age? More likely it was the meds. :)

I have a REALLY busy week ahead with the usual Mommy-Caden happenings, a new painting series underway, my HUGE seed order arrives today (signaling the start of many exciting new and rather laborious gardening projects), a meeting with the renowned Carpenter Dave tonight about our upcoming home construction projects, a post surgery follow up at the Gynecologist on Wednesday (appointment as well as impending results causing me great anxiety), a painting exhibition opening in NYC on Saturday and Lori’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party on Sunday! Crazy busy! But don’t worry; I have plenty of Botanical Inspiration coming up as well as oodles of new specimen photos from The Living Painting! Stay tuned, I’ll be back first thing tomorrow with your motivational fix!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Sunny Daffodils

Here are some delightful sunny daffodils found in my neighborhood:





















Aren’t they cheerful? These bright blooms really say Spring!

Ro’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party is tonight. It’s going to be tons of fun! I hope to see you there. If not, I’ll catch you up with the party report on Monday. :)

Have a great weekend!

Botanical Inspiration: Laurel Hughes



“Venus Moon”
By: Laurel Hughes

Botanical Inspiration: Petra Blob



“Im Garten”
By Petra Blob

Thursday, May 08, 2008