Saturday, June 14, 2008
Two Texas Girls and Their Art
One of the most interesting things about having a blog is you spent a lot of time reading the blogs of other people. You know how it is, if you want someone to read yours...then you have to read theirs and make comments. I've been doing that. I've learned a lot and hope to continue to do so, plus I've made some new friends and that is always nice.
Currently there are lots of ways to find these interesting blogs. Magazines, these days, are filled with wonderful stuff and if that artist you just read about has a blog, the address is most definitely listed there somewhere. My favorites, at this point in time, are Artful Blogging and just about all the Stampington publications. There's also Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors, two great magazines. Romantic Homes is one of my very favorites too. Lots more are out there, so look around.
It was in one of these magazines that I ran across Sharon Tomlinson whose blog address is www.allnorahsart.blogspot.com.
Norah'S her muse. The one responsible for all this fun stuff, I guess you could say. I never thought of it til Sharon mentioned it in a post, but Norah'S is Sharon spelled backwards. Interesting. She is so much fun, is a mixed media artist and paints the most beautiful sisters. Wonderful colors and lots of detail. You can almost watch her do it as she posts very helpful photos showing how some of her paintings are done. Also, you can see photos and read stories of her "paradise" - the land on which she lives, complete with bird stories, flowers and whatever crosses her mind to share with you. I just love it!
Sharon lives in Marlin, Texas. What a coincidence! I grew up in McGregor, Texas...not that far from Marlin. A connection. I have been reading allnorahsart since March....and find Sharon and I have a lot in common. In fact, reading blogs from all over the planet makes you realize that we all are "connected" in so many different ways. As they say, we're all in this together! She's a Texas girl and so am I. You know what they say - you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the girl! So true.
Sharon has a shop on etsy, so I went there to see more of her art. You must visit....www.allnorahsart.etsy.com. Beautiful. So I bought a painting.....it wasn't in the budget, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do and this one called me by name. Sharon sent her right away and when I opened the box I knew I was supposed to have her.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about one of my quilts resembling Mary Ann Moss's vacation photos in Italy. (You can look on my archive list and read "A Free Vacation to Italy.") Mary Ann sent me a very nice comment via email saying it really did put one in mind of Positano, Italy. I was so happy to have shared that with her. Sharing is another byproduct of blogging. When I received "My Heart is Fluttering" from Sharon, the colors reminded me of that quilt, so I got it out, hung it on the studio wall, hung the painting right next to it.....and what do you know...they go together very well!!!
Two Texas girls and their art. How cool is that? Pat