Day 153: A retraction - a little retraction

I reacted way too fast, with not enough knowledge to Annelein's blog post for today.  Her artwork wasn't stolen!  She has licensed her artwork through an agent and the agent, obviously, "sold" her wonderful rooster/chicken paintings to the calendar company. 

Annelein said that she wished she knew how and where her artwork was going to be used, but that it was wonderful to know that her agent was active on her behalf.

I'm sorry I leaped into the fray so quickly, but my comments about the other two artists still stand. 

Day 153: Another rant about stolen artwork

Heard from Annelein Beukenkamp, in Vermont, today that her artwork was "stolen" by somebody and turned into a calendar that a company in Canada is selling! How rotten!!  This makes artist number five or six who has had their art "stolen".  Jean Haines of Watercolours with Life in England realized that someone was copying her fabulous paintings of racehorses and selling the finished paintings as if they were their own originals...........Jean was forced to take all of her racehorse paintings off of the internet so that it couldn't happen again.  How rotten!!  A crazy friend (and I say that with admiration) who writes "Flourish in Progress", Elizabeth Jayne Liu, had her whole total blog stolen by a man who would just copy her blog and post it under his name.........she googled something on her blog one day, trying to find out if there more of that cartoon or item and instead found her whole blog!

With the internet so available I guess anyone who wants to be lazy and cheat and not do their own homework, or painting, or research, or............can just steal from other people.  I'm not sure how anyone can truly protect their work. We've all been so generous showing our work not thinking for a second that somebody would copy it and sell it.

Perhaps we all need to put big "copyright" signs on top of the work as it's displayed - but then all of us are being punished for the few horrible thieves out there.

Day 2: 2012 Miranda July and "A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted"

I'm involved with a book festival in Pasadena: The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors. Our event this year is March 3, Saturday with a fabulous lineup of new women authors and two well known: Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey (A Woman of Independent Means) and Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes) and Susan Straight (Take One Candle Light A Room ) and Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell From The Sky) and Michelle Huneven (Blame) in no special order.

Because we are always on the lookout for new female authors with a new book, I've been coming across Miranda July lately. Not known to me previously but the name is sure known now.  She just won the world's richest short story competition, the Frank O'Connor Award, for No One Belongs Here More Than You.  Someone sent me the above video just because I've been asking people if they know anything about her. We just might have to track her down for next year's Festival!!

My friends know that I have a seriously warped sense of humor which is why I find the above video enchanting.  Count yourself one of mine if you find yourself with a slight smile at the end....or maybe even a big smile?

Day 152: Two days to go and the Turkey is a'gettin' ready

It's easier to work on the computer than it is to go to the grocery store, pondering what you might need, what you might cook.......I have the best of all possible worlds getting ready to happen.  My two adult children are returning to the nest, one with her new dog Gertrude and one with his wonderful girlfriend and her two children. 

A full house and a house full of gratitude
that this is where they choose to be.

My best possible world?  A houseful of family.

I'm going to be cooking a turkey the incredible way that the Los Angeles Times figured out several years ago. Go to this link if you're curious.  You've never tasted a turkey like this!!  It's called the "Judy Bird" after Judy Rogers of the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco.  This recipe in the Times created so many questions that it had its own follow up pages in the Food Section.  Here is a discussion by Russ Parsons the Food Editor. 

The rest of the menu is up for grabs. Because everyone likes to cook and everyone has a new recipe or two, we actually go to the store on Wednesday and Thursday to buy what we need.....and we've never had a bad meal yet!

Reading the Wall Street Journal the other day created a hunger for a fine roast chicken because of the article with 3 chicken recipes. We cooked the first one, the "Naked Roast Chicken".  OMG is all I need to say.  Here's the link to the three recipes.  This chicken recipe is very much like the turkey recipe above if you're wondering why in the world I'm talking about it.

You can tell I'm far away from painting even though I did work, yesterday, about 2 hours on the drawing of a little prairie girl. Can't wait to paint it next week.

Here's to all of you having a wonderful day together, with family? by yourself with a fire and a good book? in the rain? in the snow? in the gorgeous 70 degree blue sky weather of Pasadena, California?  This weather in Southern California during the winter months is why all of the east coast had "winter houses" here.  Blue, blue, blue skies. Purple San Gabriel mountains. White, white clouds.  Because of rain a few days ago our mountains are actually dusted and look like this. It's spectacular and we're grateful.

Day 154: English painter Jean Haines

Peggy Reid, a watercolor teacher, told me about an English blog: Watercolours with Life, run by Jean Haines. 

Juicy, delicious, colorful, enchanting........not enough words to describe her work.  She lives somewhere in Great Britain, undisclosed location.

Look at her painting of an owl!

and then there's this beginning painting of a hare,
not a rabbitt.....this is Great Britain!

and then yesterday I made note of the fact that Jean's famous horserace paintings were being "stolen" via the internet, painted by someone else, and sold by someone else so she's had to take all images off of the internet.  Not fair!  She has an exhibit going on at the Wey Gallery in England.  If you take a look at her work, as shown at the gallery, you can see some of her fabulous race horses. Hope no one steals those too!!

Day 151: Another bit of humor

Chuckled out loud.  Thank you my Maineac friend!

-----Laugh for the day......

Click on the link to see the latest DUI test.

Day 149: The Army of Women and the Month of October, 2011

This month, October, 2011, has been dedicated in so many ways to Breast Cancer, its research, its organizations, its causes.  Football teams have been wearing pink shoes.  I'm sure if the basketballers had been doing their jobs rather than on strike, they too would have had pink on their shoes or their uniforms.  It's been an interesting month seeing everyone's involvement.

For about 2 years now I've been involved, as a volunteer, with the Avon/Susan B. Love "Army of Women" and have asked you, all of you, several times via this blog, to please become involved

Last Sunday, October 30, was a huge push across the nation to get to the one million mark of women who are willing to be part of this research project.  I spent the morning at the Panera Bakery in Glendale, California approaching every single woman above the age of 18 asking for their help and participation.  There were 4 other wonderful women there and between the 5 of us, we signed up 78 women.  By signing up, I mean they were willing to give us their email address and their name.  The involvement after this point is totally up to them.  By releasing your email address to the Army of Women you will receive one email.  It will ask you if you are willing to receive one or two emails a month regarding breast cancer and women.  Here is the link to become involved:

There are studies going on all over the United States, using women, not lab animals, to see if they can isolate causes of cancer.  One of the women this morning, for example, is of Eastern European Jewish extraction.  She took part in a study that only involved her sending a sample of her saliva, in a provided kit, to the researcher on this particular project who happens to be in Milwaukee?   I'll have to go back and read up on that one to get the actual fact.  I volunteered about a year ago to have blood work done at a local lab, paid for by the Army of Women, and the blood would then be sent to a project where they are comparing people who don't have cancer and who don't have cancer in their families, with families with genetic markers.  Easily done!  I have been part of the Women's Health Initiative, a project that's been going on for probably 15 years now. I volunteered early on in the WHI because they were trying to find out if hormone replacement caused problems, if nutrition made a difference in menopause - all kinds of things having to do with women.  I think because of the WIH, I was sent an email by the "Women's Army" and I signed up immediately.  I don't have cancer but I know so many women, and men, who do that I feel it's necessary for every single one of us to get involved who can.

So please do me and every woman the favor of at least looking at the Army of Women's website and signing up.

Day 148: Early snow in New York

My son sent me this photo from the NY Times, showing the first snowstorm of the "season".  Enjoy it. It's gorgeous.  It's so amazing the amount of damage it did to those trees, fully leaved out in fall colors.  The snow was heavy and wet and really tore the trees apart.

and then all the power and the gas were lost......brrrr! But look at this photograph as if it were something to be painted. Wow! Those headlights, that red coat, that John Salminen blur of the architecture.


A friend and watercolor painting teacher, Rose Sinatra, sent out a few paragraphs from a friend of hers, Robert Glenn, regarding painting or any artistic endeavor. It was well written and sure described what I've been mentioning in this blog for days. The inertia on my part, the lack of things to paint, the feeling that it's a must rather than a "wanna". Read his comments and ponder on them yourselves.

Recent studies of teenagers' use of cellphones and other electronic devices have revealed some interesting results. Apparently, if you deprive kids of social networking for a week or so, a high percentage become significantly depressed. They also lose efficiency, will, enthusiasm and sleep. Their marks go down and their lassitude goes up.

For many artists, something similar happens when "the work quotient" is taken from their lives. A couple of unproductive days can send some creative folks into the dumps. They may not even be aware of what's happening to them. "Fear of restart" and permanent creative catatonia can set in after long-term abstinence.

Fact is, good easel time is a noble dependency that makes you a happier, more generous person--better able to enjoy an enriched family and social life.