Thursday, April 23, 2009

Playing Tag With The Best 

 Wow! I've been tagged by Geri Dunn, an artist who creates wonderful drawings in graphite. I'm honored to be included in this outstanding group.

The rules of the game are:
1. Put a link in your post about the artist who tagged you.
2. Write 5 - 7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Tag 5 - 7 other bloggers and let them know they have been given a blog award.

Rule #1.
 Geri Dunn is a very talented artist whose graphite drawings are truly beautiful, capturing the essence of her subject. You can see her work at her blog, and on her

Rule #2. It took me a while to think of unusual things about myself, since I've always considered myself to be pretty ordinary, but here are a few items I came up with:

1. Danced with a semi-professional dance troupe for 18 years.
2. Rode a camel in Egypt and an elephant in India.
3. Was always a tomboy and have the injuries to prove it.
4. Was charged by an elephant in the Masai Mara in Kenya.
5. Bellydanced in a prison on Angel Island.
6. Translated japanese data sheets at my former job.
7. Coached a Beauty Pageant contestant for her talent portion of the Pageant.

Rule #3. The first artist I'm going to tag is Jelaine Faunce. Jelaine creates exquisite realistic paintings in oils and I'm a great fan of her work. Check out her paintings at her blog,, and on her website at

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Learning New Things

Last week I went to Carmel with friends to browse in the galleries. It's one of my favorite things to do - always inspiring. The director of one of the galleries was chatting with us about the work of a world-famous artist they represented, and she mentioned that once in a great while he gives workshops, and that professional artists from all over the world come to study with him, because they want to be able to add his name to their resume.
A light bulb went on in my head; someone might actually care who you took a workshop with? And if it was a well-known artist, they might associate you with that artist, and it would add prestige to your resume? I had no idea. Really. It may seem obvious to some, but I always thought that only artists with whom one had studied with for some length of time really counted and should be added to a resume. This new knowledge instantly improves my resume, because I take a lot of workshops, but have only really studied with one teacher.
Live and learn.