Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Little Of This...... And A Dash Of That

Today is a day when I seem to have so much to talk about......lots of different topics occupying my mind at this point....A little of this .....And (well, you know the rest). Remember last month I created my Autumn Whimsy painting on vintage ceiling tin?? I told you at the time, that it was created for a very special purpose and that I would fill everyone in on that once October hit. Well, here it is the end of October already and I almost forgot to post about this. The artwork above is now on the cover of................

Southeastern Antiquing And Collecting Magazine. Dianne Zweig wrote a very nice article about the collecting possibilities of antique ceiling tins and featured my ceiling tin art in the article. The editor of the magazine was nice enough to ask me to create a special piece for their October issue. He wanted something that said "autumn" but also wanted a dash of "Halloween" mixed in there as well. This is why I created Autumn Whimsy above! I hope all the readers enjoyed the article. My thanks go out to Dianne Zweig and the editor of this lovely antiquing magazine for not just including my work in the issue but putting a piece of the cover.

I have to admit that I have become so addicted to blogging. I'm constantly searching for new and beautiful art blogs to visit that are a treat for the eyes and an inspiration for creativity. The painting above is entitled: "The Girl On The Red Bicycle" and is an original piece of artwork created by Erin Houghton. She is a modern day impressionist and if you love gorgeous garden scenes, her work is a must see. Not only is Erin a great artist but she is new to blogging and I think from what I've seen so far that she will become as addicted to the blog world as I have. Please visit Erin @ to see some of her gorgeous work and maybe send her a "hello", to welcome her to blog land.
**This painting is copyright to and was used with permission by Erin Houghton**

Ok, is this Shih Tzu ornament too cute or what?? As many of you know, Chris and I have 3 Shih Tzus that keep our lives pretty busy and sometimes, wreck total havoc on our daily routine. I always keep my eye out for great Shih Tzu art I might find along my internet travels. This adorable Shih Tzu ornament was created by my friend Melissa Langer over at Pug Notes, . Melissa is so creative and has her hand in all different kinds of art forms. One day I was visiting her site and saw her adorable Pug ornaments.....I knew I had to have one so I quickly asked if she could make me the Shih Tzu version. This little guy now hangs on the door knob of my studio , where I get to see him everyday. Melissa is a fabulous artist that creates whimsical paintings of dogs and cats and many different kinds of products from her paintings as well. If you get a chance, pay her a visit.

This week I've been having some fun with egg art.....creating what I'm calling "Word Eggs" eggs that have a meaning. They were just some fun little projects that I enjoyed working on and will probably do more of in the future.

I started with a marbled looking background that I painted on this one and added the design from there.

I guess I was thinking of the ocean when I created this one.

This is one of my favorite sayings so I decided to use it on the above egg.

Even though I don't purchase my duck eggs at the local grocery store, it was still fun to photograph them in this egg carton.

Last but not least, as the day was winding down....enter Dudley, who decided to wreck a little havoc on my work plans by trying to make me stop and pay attention to him. While Willow and Orchid were sound asleep in the living room, Dudley was getting quite impatient with me for being locked away in my studio so he decided to come in and see if he could get me out of the room. When he comes in and whimpers while I work it means one of two things, he has to go out or, he simple wants me to come into the living room with hiim and sit for awhile. He doesn't like it when I get so focused on what I'm doing that I forget about him. How can I possibly resist this cute face?


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
oh my goodness! congratulations! that is huge! your art looks perfect on the cover! wow! i am so happy for you and your egg art is just amazing. i do not know how you do it all!
hug dudley for me! he is so adorable. i am so glad you like your ornament. you made my day!

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

Congratulations on the beautiful magazine cover. I love your art on the old ceiling tiles -such a unique and original way to showcase your work. Your new word eggs are darling and so creative.
Bentley sends a big wof - wof to your adorable dogs.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your cover! Kathryn

Catherine Holman said...

Congrats on making the cover Ruth! It's a beautiful piece!

celestina marie said...

Hi Ruth, so great to see you and I am sorry for not getting around to visit more. As you can imagine, I am just so busy this season.
BIG CONGRATS on the magazine and front cover. YOU GO GIRL. I love the design you painted on the tin, just fantastic. You are going to be on many more covers, I see it coming!!
Dudley is so cute and the ornament is adorable on the door knob to your studio. You can enjoy it coming and going. I see that same face from Miss Beazy. She will come from behind while I am working and push my arm with her nose to get my attention. Like Dudley it means, outside or let's play awhile. They are so smart!

Your eggs are so pretty too. I have always enjoyed to paint on them as well. So many people love to collect them. Are yours wood?

I also enjoyed see the artist's work that you featured. Just beautiful.

Have a great weekend and once again, Congratulations on the wonderful magazine cover.
Hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Charm and Grace said...

Wow, it just keeps getting better. Congrats on your cover! Dudley is one gorgeous pup! And I am with you, that painting is wonderful. Makes me want to walk through the lavender.

I have an award for you at the Cottage.

:-) Christi

Amy from Texas said...

Congratulations on the cover! How exciting!! I just discovered your blog and just adore your work. I can't wait to visit more often:-)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your magazine cover, Ruth! It looks beautiful.

Your name was drawn as the winner of my bracelet giveaway! Congratulations! If you could email me with your address, I'll get it mailed out to you. Thanks for playing along!


foobella said...

Big congratulations on the cover. I love that tile as I love all your work. Thanks for sharing other blogs you've found, too. I love Erin's painting and now have another blog to follow endlessly.

Now, how am I ever going to get any work done?


kari and kijsa said...

Beautiful cover!! Love the eggs too!!
Have a blessed Sunday!
kari & kijsa

Donna said...

Oh Ruth, you are so talented! Congratulations on the magazine cover! And your art eggs are just beautiful!

Love that little doggie ornament, and I must go check out Erin's art, love the painting she did.

And last but not least, Dudley is adorable! Yes, how can you resist such a cute face!


Catherine Holman said...

I simply can't believe that you are not a snow person. Thanks for your sweet comment!

Manuela said...

Dudley is a cutie! I wouldn't be able to resist him either! Congrats on the magazine cover - that's so wonderful!


P.S. Lucky you to have a hubby that cooks!

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Just popping in to say Hi Ruth!! Congrats on the magazine article and cover.

Abby Creek Art said...

Hey congrats on the article... that's fantastic!

Thanks for sharing the work of Erin and Melissa too. Having Melissa living a few miles away...I can tell you that her work is even more beautiful and fun when you see it in person!

Love your painted eggs...and that Dudley face is a work of art too!:)


Congratulations! A lovely post! Thanks for sharing.


Mary said...

That magazine cover is wonderful!! Hope you upped the price for that tin a billion dollars!!! A billion doesn't go as far as it used to so don't be shocked. What cute puppy eyes Dudley has!!

Suzanne said...

Oh! I am so far behind on all of your posts...that's what I get for being sick!
Wow! A HUGE congratulations for yet another publication of your gorgeous artwork! That piece is so adorable.
Thanks for sharing links these talented artists too, I'll have to go peek.
And I love your word eggs! What a clever idea!

NeereAnDear said...

Ruth... I am not sure how I missed this post but it must have been when my computer crashed because I was without it for almost a week...

Congratulations on your magazine cover its beautiful!!

Will check out your friends website... looks like she does lovely work

The eggs are quite lovely

Keep up the good work....