Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, April 30, 2017

"When we know how to be at peace, we find that art is a wonderful way to share our peacefulness."-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Now Showing....

This month has been a whirlwind of activity, including the honor of having two of my new "Dust Bowl Series" pieces accepted into the Booth Western Art Museum's annual Guild Juried Exhibition!
Both are mixed media works on gallery wrap canvas:

"Dust Bowl Series: Cimarron County" mixed media on 30x24" canvas ©2017 Lynn Edwards

"Dust Bowl Series: Abandoned" mixed media on 36x12" canvas ©2017 Lynn Edwards
The exhibition opens May 16 and runs through August 20, with the opening reception on May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. At 120,000 square feet, the Booth Western Art Museum is the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to Western art and is also a Smithsonian affiliate. It's located just north of Atlanta at 501 Museum Dr, Cartersville GA 30120. For info call 770-387-1300.

Also, I'll be one of 50 artists participating in next month's ARTucker, a marketplace celebrating local artists and their hand made creations on Saturday, May 6. This twice-yearly event is held indoors at the Tucker (GA) Recreation Center. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and admission is free. I'll be showing my hand painted jewelry and original art greeting cards. I'll also be debuting my new line of clip on earrings at ARTucker. (These are NOT your grandma's clip ons! They're fun and funky with a Boho twist. Each pair is one-of-a-kind and just right for pairing with casual wear. I've included a photo of one pair below.) So if you're in the metro Atlanta area, come to ARTucker on May 6 and join in the fun! Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Rd., Tucker GA 30084.

A pair of clip on earrings from my new clip on collection  ©2017 Lynn Edwards  

Text and images ©2017 Lynn Edwards

A Thought for Sunday, April 23, 2017

"The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves." -- Logan Pearsall Smith

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Piercing Question

Do you wear clip on earrings? If so, which fastener type do you prefer -- the ones that have a screw on the back so you can adjust them? Or the hinged kind that snaps onto the earlobe? Do you have a hard time finding clip ons that don't look like your grandmother's? Or would you be deliriously happy if you could find a source -- any source -- for clip ons, even if they do look like your grandmother's??

I know several women who wear clip ons, but I'm not one of them. I had my ears pierced many years ago and have never regretted it. Before I opted for piercing, though, I remember being utterly miserable whenever I had to wear earrings because back then, if your ears weren't pierced, you had two choices. You either wore clip ons, or you went around with "nekked ears." In my case, the clip ons caused painful cysts in my earlobes, making wearing them akin to torture. But at that age (late teens) going about bare-eared wasn't an option, either. 

My friends tell me since then, clip ons have become harder to come by. Apparently the majority of women in the U.S. have pierced ears, and the clip on crowd is in the minority. So many stores no longer carry clip ons, or have cut inventory down to just a handful of styles.

I'm curious: if you wear clip ons, where do you buy them? At retail department stores or discount stores? Antique stores? Flea markets? Or from that shadowy figure under the streetlight who used to sell watches? (Forgive the last one...just kidding!) If/when you do buy them, how do their prices compare to pierced earrings? This isn't a Gallup poll or anything, just curiosity on my part as to whether I should add this type of jewelry to my product line. If you'd kindly share your thoughts with me, I'd be very grateful for your input. And to the person whose input I find most helpful I'll send a complimentary pair of hand crafted clip on earrings as a thank you!

©2017 Lynn Edwards

Sunday, April 16, 2017

An Easter Surprise

Two years ago, we called in the pros to turn our lackluster front yard into a nicer looking landscape. One of the plants they installed was a rhododendron, sited in a corner to eventually grow tall and conceal the ugly box where the phone line comes into the house. (Can't someone design these boxes so they're not such eyesores?)

Anyway, for the past two years our rhodie has grown but didn't put out any buds. While it was getting established, I was getting antsy to see what those promised blooms were going to look like. This spring it formed buds (yay!), then, over the last three or four days, they s-l-o-w-l-y started to open.

And this morning, Easter Sunday, here's what we woke up to:

The blooms are as big as saucers! I don't know how long they'll last, but Hubs and I will certainly enjoy them as we eat our meals on the sun porch just a couple of feet away. What a lovely start to our day this was! Here's wishing you and yours equally beautiful Easter joys!

Text and image ©2017 Lynn Edwards

A Thought for Sunday, April 16, 2017

"In school you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." -- Tom Bodett

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Mixed Media Cards!

I love working large, but sometimes it's fun to downsize to projects that don't need vast amounts of wall space or huge brushes to complete. I really enjoy working on art that's small enough to travel in a tote bag, or work on using a lap desk.

Mixed media greeting cards fit those criteria nicely. Lately I've been stealing moments here and there to create a number of them. Below are a few I've made over the past few weeks. Some feature removable pendants that a recipient can wear on a chain, ribbon or cord necklace. Others don't have jewelry. All, though, can be slipped into a store bought mat and standard size frame, and hung on the wall as a colorful, original piece of art. These one-of-a-kind cards are now available for purchase through playingwithcolors, my Etsy shop.

©2017 Lynn Edwards Art

©2017 Lynn Edwards Art

©2017 Lynn Edwards Art

©2017 Lynn Edwards Art

©2017 Lynn Edwards Art

Text, images and card designs ©2017 Lynn Edwards Art

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, April 2, 2017

"If you can't do what you long to do, go do something else." -- Elizabeth Gilbert