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Sunshine blog award

I received a blog award – Sunshine blog award. I never received a blog award before. Not one, but two people gave me this award nearly simultaneously – Leslie White of Lesliepaints and Ryan of Asmalltowndad. Two people thought that I am doing something worthwhile here, brighten their day in some small way. I am grateful and honored. Thank you, Leslie and Ryan!

Now following this award rules I am nominating 12 bloggers who helped me on my journey, taught me things and continue to brighten my life.

  1. Jana Bouc – a wonderfully talented artist, I started my blog modeling it on hers.
  2. Christy DeKoning – an accomplished watercolor artist, who watches my watercolor adventures and leaves wonderfully helpful comments and suggestions.
  3. Roz Stendahl – an amazingly productive multimedia artist from whom I learn, and learn, and learn.
  4. Sam Harrison – a young artist who was an inspiration and a catalyst that started me on portraiture. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I am capable of drawing or painting a portrait. I thought that for decades. Now because of Sam I know that I was wrong.
  5. Rob Carey – Once in a while you run across a person who seems closer to the Divine than the rest of us. Rob is such person. And a wonderful artist too.
  6. Pete Scully – an Urban Sketchers correspondent, who helped me with recommendations, links and books when I truly didn’t know what I was doing.
  7. Barbara Weeks – a Chicago artist who invited me to her Sketch group.
  8. Casey Toussaint – who is a wonderful artist and a great supporter of my art endeavors.
  9. Doris Joa – just because her art is a delight.
  10. Sheona Hamilton Grant – one of my favorite graphite artists.
  11. Ramesh Jhawar – for his wonderful watercolors. I always wait for his new ones.
  12. Gigi Sanchez – a wonderful writer and blogger with an amazing sense of humor. Go to her site and read her stories, especially Day at the Pound.
  13. Joseph Tomlinson of Joseph’s Art. Now, I don’t know Joe closely, but I get an impression he is not a kind of guy who plays Blog Awards games – sorry Joe! But his sketches touch me and leave a long lasting impression.

Ok, I can count to 12, I know I got thirteen. But there is no way to exclude anyone from this nomination list. 13 it is.

And finally, special and unnumbered, this award goes to my husband, also a blogger, who deserves all awards in the world. Being married to an artist isn’t easy!

Now, my dear friends, if you accept your nomination, please do the following:

  • Put the logo on your blog.
  • Pass the award to 12 bloggers.
  • Link the nominees within your post.
  • Let the nominees know they have received the award by commenting on their blogs.
  • Share the admiration and link to the person from whom you received this award.

SOFA without the glamour

SOFA Chicago came and went.

I did not have anything on display this year, but I spent 3 days there to see what other artists have been doing and get my imagination charged. And also to hang around my gallery and spent time with Sami whom I adore but only get to see once a year. Here’s Sami, the owner of Mostly Glass gallery, and I.

We love each other, don't we?

We love each other, don't we?

I also worked after the show closed , from 6pm till 11pm, and helped my gallery pack – a Herculean task to say the least – nearly everything the gallery shows is glass. Here’s how SOFA looks after the doors are closed, fancy public in designer duds is gone and spot lights are turned off. Not the images from glossy brochures – the real deal.


This is not easy!

Box # 113

Box #117


Almost done!

On the front cover!

It is official! Today we received an email from Palgrave Macmillan, a UK publishing house, that my husband’s book is going into production. It is a highly academic treatise called Empathy in the Context of Philosophy. This is very exciting for us both. But what is really important is that the image of my latest tapestry is going to grace the front cover. And the publishers emailed to discuss the details. The tapestry is called Dessuart:



The image on the cover will be a crop of the whole thing, probably the upper half, and will likely be too small to do it justice. But still I am very excited – I will have the credits in the book. You can read more about symbolism of Dessuart on Mostly Glass gallery site.

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