Art Merchandise Swap

Ever do a merchandise swap? It’s like a gift exchange, but in my case it was a swap of two different types of art items. She created a figurine of an orange cat for me. I sent her one of my books that I have already published…..my first book. She ended up send me hers first because I was just too busy to be first. LOL…

I decided on an orange cat because those are my favorite kinds of cats. I don’t have any cats or any animals of any type. However, if I did, it would be an orange cat. They are beautiful cats and they often have a “leave me alone” personality. I like the independent animals that don’t need 24/7 attention. After all, I have a child who demands me almost 24/7…well, 18/7 is more realistic cause he does sleep but he wakes often.

It came out very nicely, though not as I had expected. I also love the pose she gave it. At first, I was going to put it in my china cabinet. However, I have mini plants on the window sill in the kitchen and it looks quite comfortable and happy sitting there with them. So, I’m going to keep it on the kitchen window sill.

I would have liked to post a pic of the kitten on the window sill. However, I was not expecting to have the time to write this post so I did not take a picture. I also didn’t have the time yet to take a picture. But, I do have a picture I took of the cat when I first took it from the box. It is sitting besides my choice of drink for this year’s Christmas dinner. There’s a star ornament sitting besides the cat that she sent me also.

Cat Figurine

If u like what she did for me, then you can contact her through facebook. Her business page is https://www.facebook.com/heaventoearthcrafts/

 

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Custom Made Sailboat Mobile

A very nice Facebook friend of mine (Leslie Everest – The Cracked Pot Handcrafts) made my baby boy a cute baby mobile. She made it sailboat themed and I didn’t even know what it was she was sending me. It turned out really nice. It’s a really nice surprise baby gift. See the pictures in this post below. If you have been following along my journey as a children’s book author, you will know that this goes with the theme of the first book I wrote.

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Photos were taken by me, Kathleen Ivan. The baby mobile was handmade by Leslie Everest who runs a page entitled The Cracked Pot Handcrafts. To see more of Leslie’s creations, see her facebook page. The link to her facebook  craft page is  https://www.facebook.com/thecrackedpothandcraftslke/

My author website: www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

The Problem with being “nice”….

In today’s culture everyone seems to be overly concerned with being “nice” so that no one feels embarrassed for being different or left out. This is a problem. Why? Well, because you are being dishonest to everyone. If you need an explanation, here ya go.

Say for instance an adult loves to draw and she thinks her art is awesome. Evidently, she’ll think it is so because it is her work. So, she gets asked to do a piece for someone. She sends it to this person and the person gushes and replies (in email) that “OH, it’s beautiful. You did a great job. I’m going to use it on my blog.” So, the artist gets all happy about it and checks the person’s blog expecting to see her piece of work in a blog. Days go by and a new blog is posted with a picture that isn’t the artist’s work.

So, you can see how wrong this is. It is empty praise. The blogger should have said, “This is great work, but I have some other images I’m considering using as well. Thankyou for your time and effort in creating this image for possible selection by me for my blog.”

By responding in a more considerate way instead of gushing empty promises because of “niceness” lots of problems can be avoided. What would have happened if this blogger responded like the first example to fifty others in the same way? She would evidently lose her credit and lose followers. But by responding in the second example, it is much more professional. It is also being nice and courteous in the correct way.

Even when dealing with kids, they know when you give them empty praise. I won’t tell my niece and nephews that they did a good job. I’ll tell them my actual perceptions. I once was shown a drawing/painting by my niece who was maybe 8yrs. old at the time. I told her, “oh, my gosh. What is that big, brown blob in the center?” She said it wasn’t really anything and that she just painted it as nothing in particular. I seriously think she was testing my truthfulness and that I won her test. The mom pulled me aside and said, “Kathleen, she worked hard on that. You should have said something nice about it.”

I still maintain that you gotta be honest with kids. They will appreciate it. Maybe not in that instant, but they will later as they learn who they can trust to be honest and who they can’t trust to be honest.

Conclusion: Being nice isn’t about saying nice words to inflate the person’s ego. It’s about being honest but also saying complementary things if it is possible to do so. So, be honest people. Don’t teach your kids and those around you that you need to lie to be “nice”. That’s not really what being “nice” is about.

Some Art by Other Artists that I Like

These are some pieces of art that I, in particular, liked at a current art show that I went to. If you like art, you might want to take a look at these.

I liked this one because of the way the broken bits of sunglasses reflected the light in its environment. Those bits of lighter portions everywhere are reflections of light in the room. Otherwise, it would be total black.

Artist: Ichiro Irie Title: Refracture Made with Broken Sunglasses

Artist: Ichiro Irie
Title: Refracture
Made with Broken Sunglasses

This is a close-up. You can see the light reflections and the texture a little better. I actually met the artist. These are rather average in size: 25″ x 25″ and 12″ x 12″.

Artist: Ichiro Irie Title: Refracture Made with Broken Sunglasses

Artist: Ichiro Irie
Title: Refracture
Made with Broken Sunglasses

I also really liked this dark colored one on the left. It mimics the color of night time and it is relaxing to look at. For me anyways. 🙂 I met with the artist and she said that most people don’t like the red one but are more drawn towards the brighter colors of the green one. Evidently, I was the exception. 🙂

Artist: Maggie Tennesen Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013 Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009 Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Maggie Tennesen
Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013
Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009
Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Another view of the same art pieces. I took all the pictures with my Nikon D3200.

These are rather large. They are 48″ x 48″ and 72″ x 48″.

Artist: Maggie Tennesen Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013 Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009 Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Maggie Tennesen
Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013
Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009
Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

This one is really interesting also. It originally had ice in the empty spaces between the frame and the containers. However, I didn’t have my camera at the time. So, this is a picture of the art display after the ice had melted. You can see evidence of the melted ice in the brownish residue beneath the sculpture on the right. As the ice melted, it dripped and some of it collected into the containers.

This is rather small. It is 7″ x 7″ x 5″. I was told that the artist sculpted the containers.

Artist: Robert Miller Title: Untitled, 2015 Composed of Ceramics, Green Tea Ice, and Wood Frame

Artist: Robert Miller
Title: Untitled, 2015
Composed of Ceramics, Green Tea Ice, and Wood Frame

There were lots of other exhibits, but these are the ones I liked the most.

O Faded Rose

O faded rose,

You are a sight to see.

But words of love you whisper to me.

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To the nose you bring no sweet smell,

But on the wind are words you do tell

of love that makes the heart swell.

O faded rose,

Overlooked by many,

Your worth much more than a penny.

O faded rose,

You’ve not lost your glory

and you have a great story.

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An Interesting Decorative Item I Purchased from a UK Crafter

I got this cute little tree just the other day.

Green & Pink Gemmed Tree

Green & Pink Gemmed Tree

Those are green and light pink “stones” on the tree. I ordered in from Rainbow Trees.

It came from the UK.

People over there make interesting craft items.

This was a pretty penny, but I take care of my things so…….

Here’s a few pictures that give u an idea of how large the tree actually is.

This is how high the tree is.

It's small, but pretty.

It’s small, but pretty.

I actually specially ordered it. Originally, it was going to come with all green. However, I asked her to add pink to it and to use the star charms to hang in the branches. I also asked her to put those three charms on the bark. So, she’ll customize it the way you want it with the items she has on hand.

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I only like to suggest products that I like and this is one that I like.

So, I’m suggesting you take a look at her items.

I took some of my Easter decorations and put them under the tree for a “cute” picture.

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I am chuckling looking at this last picture. 🙂

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