Monday, December 28, 2009
Of 295 pieces submitted by 164 artists, approximately one third of the pieces were chosen for this year's show. Three new works from this year's competition will be purchased for the Racine Art Museum's permanent collection.
One of my watercolors, Tea Time, was among the submitted and selected pieces. This was the first time that I have submitted to Watercolor Wisconsin, so I feel very honored to now have my piece hanging at Wustum Museum until April 24, 2010.
In my haste to get the piece to Wustum before the deadline, I failed to snap a photo of it, so I will post that in April when the piece comes back home.
Watercolor Wisconsin 2009 runs from Dec. 13, 2009 to April 24, 2010. Wustum Museum is located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, WI.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Until Dec 31, 2009, I am offering 10% off of original paintings and prints on my website, http://www.bonnielynnsart.com Free shipping, up to $100 purchase is also included.
Because Paypal buttons will NOT comply with this offer on the website, go to the Ordering page and email or call me with your order. Mention the word SANTA to receive your 10% discount. I can accept Visa, MC, or Discover or a check (which must clear my bank before I send out the order).
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I lost my father-in-law two days before Christmas to a massive heart attack and my dad, 3 days after Christmas to mesothelioma (lung cancer caused by asbestos).
One was taken quickly and one lingered slowly before being taken from my life.
I go through many emotions and tears at Christmas. The emptiness of death is too much to bear at times, but two beautiful, young grandchildren are helping to fill the voids. Watching them wide-eyed in wonderment of the tree, the lights, and the gifts helps to lessen the pain. Too many ornaments are bunched up on single branches of the tree. Christmas window stickers brings smiles and laughter to all that see my "beautiful" holiday decorations.
There is truly truth in the phrase, "God bless the little children." Children bring joy and laughter to an otherwise lonely heart.
May you experience children in your lives whether they are yours, your grandchildren or neighbors. They are truly a joy to behold.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I have large Mason jars filled with shells, but the one I like to show off is one that is filled to the brim with white, brown, green and aqua colored sea glass.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
It glows beautifully with a small candle placed inside.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I hope to have it posted by next week.
We have decided to extend the 6 week schedule for 2 more weeks.......8 classes in all.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
My brain is working overtime to try and paint something for everyone. Most of the shows in the north have to be barns, florals, etc, because those show-goers just don't connect with my underwater fishes and critters. There are a few, but not many.
I usually do scuba dive trade shows in Florida, but this year I was accepted to a fine art show in Estero, Fl. the 7-8 of November. I am trying to paint some more tropical scenes, etc. other than just my underwater, which I will also be showing there.
I guess I should try and decide which shows / pieces of art to do........underwater or barns, etc. Hmmmm.....I love them both, plus love the two different shows. Guess I'll just have to work overtime for now.Here is what is on my easel at the moment...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
145 artists engaged in the challenge,.........here is my version.....
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'll post examples of what I am learning as this progress.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
If I sound like I'm on a soapbox today about sharks, you betcha I am !!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
We received the photo to do in black/white and our challenge was to invent the color.
Since I usually paint underwater scenes, this WAS a challenge for me ! The colors I deal with are much brighter.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Need I say more???!!!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I recently painted some underwater images for the owner of the website of which he turned into
products for sale. To view these products and to buy them, click this link http://www.zazzle.com/divebuddy/gifts?cg=196888156461057352
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I have been out of touch for a few weeks with personal business and a family death.........but I am now ready to get myself back on track with my painting and other things. One of the things I have been working on is to put Paypal on my website as an easier way of ordering paintings and prints. There are still a few bugs to work out on my Art Prints and Notecards and MiniPrints pages, so to get the reduced prices on these items, go to the Ordering page to email or phone me. I can take your credit card over the phone.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Starting on Monday, the 30th March, I hope to get myself back into my regular schedule of work, marketing, blogging and all that goes along with all of this.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
One that I recently finished was from a fellow scuba diver in California, who found me on ScubaBoard.com. Jennifer contacted me about doing a painting of a "Cabby", or cabezone, a fish from the scorpionfish family. She sent me images from her personal underwater library of the cabby and oil rigs that she wanted included into the painting.
After emailing back and forth to decide on size, etc, she gave me complete artistic license .
I started out making numerous sketches to help me decide how I wanted the final painting to look. On an unstretched piece of canvas, I started with blues and whites to get the feel of the sun streaming down on the skeletal structure of the oil rigs through the ocean. I then used the great photo she had of the cabby as reference and placed him to the front of the picture to represent the ledge he was sitting on. Much adjusting of color was made to the piece to get the feeling I sought after for this cabezone. After adding muscles, anemones and brittle stars, I signed the piece to call it finished.
Most commissions can be done in about two months. If you are interested in a custom piece, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
On my return, I will be putting Paypal buttons on my website to make it easier for you to "click and pay", instead of emailing me with your information all the time. I would still love to talk with you if you want to email or call me though.
I have also changed prices on my mini prints to keep up with the President's stimulus package.
Here are a few of my newest friends:
http://www.naturalseaglass.com/ Seaglass jewelry and other finds by Lisl Armstrong
http://www.jewelrybydaniellerenee.com/ Beautifully made jewelry to be featured in OCEAN magazine, April 2009
http://www.scubadivergirls.wordpress.com/ A fun group of women divers/ instructors in California
http://www.gordonisimo.com/ Scuba Mike and diving in the Canary Islands
Thursday, February 26, 2009
What a whirlwind of activity!
In depth seminars and workshops ranging from camera equipment to learning visual cylinder inspection, started on Friday at 8am and ran throughout the weekend. Presenters were some of the dive industries most noted figures: Stan Waterman, Richie Kohler, Annie Crawley, Bob Sheridan, and the list goes on and on. Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday, the exhibit hall opened its doors to about 20,000 visitors walking the aisles to see 200 + exhibitors. Booths consisted of dive travel destinations, camera equipment, SUDS, a kids painting fair with Rogest, dive shops, dive equipment, marine artwork (my booth included) , the Tim Early Foundation, PADI, DAN,DEMA, Diveheart and many more than can be listed here. Dive Buddy stickers were placed with several of the exhibitors and handed out to passing visitors, Divebuddy.com member, Robert Silva, talked with visitors at his booth about his upcoming world record attempt to do the longest freshwater dive.
Friday and Saturday evenings were the scene of exciting film festivals with emcees Michel Gilbert and Nancy McGee, and President of OWU, Pat Hammer, gave out the annual OWU Achievement award to artist and environmental educator, Ron Steven, aka Rogest.
OWU was the brainchild of president, Pat Hammer and started out 39 years ago in the gymnasium of a local high school. It has grown to be the Midwest’s largest consumer dive show. Since 2010 will be the 40th anniversary, plans for the “biggest party ever” are already in progress.
Keep the weekend of Feb. 19-21, 2010 open and join in a great weekend winter getaway and pick up on great travel and dive equipment specials and help Our World Underwater celebrate their 40th milestone.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I grew up given the ideals that an artist is NOT a real job, so I pursued other avenues of employment, but kept drawing and filling sketchbooks for years. While raising kids, I worked as a visual merchandiser/window dresser for large department stores and the last seven years as a floral designer.This was enough to keep the creative juices flowing through my veins, but being an artist was still the main thought in the back of my head.
In 1991, I took up the recreational sport of scuba diving. Armed with an underwater camera, I take thousands of photographs to use as reference for my drawings/ paintings.
I quit my "real job" almost two years ago now, and have dedicated my days to painting mostly underwater scenes and creatures, although I also paint landscapes from my cruise to Alaska, a trip to Glacier Natl Park and Yellowstone and my own state of Wisconsin.
When I used to paint murals for clients, they would tell me that while they were describing to me what they would want painted, I would get this "look" on my face as they were talking. I would be "painting" the mural in my head at that exact moment, and could then come in, sometimes without even a sketch, and start laying paint without hesitation.
Inspiration to me is looking at something and feeling it "trigger" inside. It is an unconscious burst of creativity that I get when I see an object, landscape or sea critter.
It is a stimulation or idea that encourages me to do a painting.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Queen Angelfish, 12"x12" oil painting, $140.00, http://www.bonnielynnsart.com/OceanColorsNewestPaintings.html To purchase, email me at email@example.com
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Challenger was blown out of a nest in Louisiana in the late 1980's and was hand raised. He has been declared "non-releasable" by federal wildlife authories, because he is "human imprinted". The American Eagle Foundation has trained him to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile events.
Challenger has learned to free-fly into stadiums, arenas and ballrooms at the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.
He has met 4 US presidents and his life story is told in a children's storybook titled, "Challenger, America's Favorite Eagle."
When I watched the video of Challenger flying and listened to the song, I welled up with so much pride for our United States that I cried through the whole thing.
I will let you play it for yourself. Challenger
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This chair is intended for a little girl who has a love for the ocean and the fantasy of mermaids.
A mermaid is a mythological sea creature that is half woman/ half aquatic creature (fish, dolphin, ie.). The word is a compound of mere, the word for sea and maid, which has retained is original sense. (Wikipedia).
Greek mythology says that mermaids had sweet voices and their songs were heard by mariners who were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks and drowned. Mermaids were frequently seen sitting on rocks with a mirror and combing their long hair. Mermaids could foretell the future, give supernatural powers to human beings, or fall in love with humans and then entice their mortal lovers to follow them beneath the sea.