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Happy Easter

April 24th, 2011

Happy Easter

Easter is a time for new beginnings. For some it's chocolate bunnies and pretty Spring dresses; for others it's the most important religious holiday. For me, it's a little bit of both.

Traditionally I associate Easter with an abundance of colorful flowers and lush greenery. That's why I chose this image to accompany my blog today. It was taken last year while we were visiting Mackinac (pronounced Mack-in-Naw) Island, Michigan. The island practically overflows with flora of every variety imaginable. This welcoming oasis is on the grounds of the Inn on Mackinac, overlooking the busy harbor and Lake Huron beyond.

We'll be visiting Mackinac this June during the annual Lilac Festival. I can hardly wait to not only see the sights of this magical place once again, but also enjoy the scent of lilacs in the fresh, fragrant air.

Happy Easter to all!

30 Percent Off Selected 16x20 Canvas Prints This Week Only

March 20th, 2011

30 Percent Off Selected 16x20 Canvas Prints This Week Only

Three of my most popular digital paintings are available *this week only* for only $100 for a large 16" x 20" canvas print!

Copy and paste these links into your browser window to view and purchase:

"Grand Hotel Gardens" -- http://fineartamerica.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=61120

"Sandpipers Along the Shoreline" -- http://fineartamerica.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=61123

"Yellow Roses Bouquet" -- http://fineartamerica.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=61124

Normally these sell for $150.00 each, so get yours now at 30% off the regular price!

To the Art Collector in Sudbury, Massachusetts

March 13th, 2011

To the Art Collector in Sudbury, Massachusetts

Thank you to the Sudbury, Massachusetts art collector who recently purchased a framed and matted 11x16 of my "Duke Chapel" print! That particular image is especially meaningful to me. At my mother's request, we spent some time together exploring the church and grounds on the eve of her first cancer surgery at Duke Hospital in 2008.

I'm happy to say that many months later after multiple procedures, she was declared cancer-free without the need for radiation or chemo! So this image has a lot of sentimental value for me. I do hope you enjoy it. Thank you for honoring me with your purchase!

Betsy ~

Inspiration

January 19th, 2011

Inspiration

Dear Friends ~

It's hard to believe we're more than halfway through January! Typically winter is my favorite time of year but for some reason, the proliferation of dark and dreary days these last few weeks has put a strain on my creativity. That is, until today. The attached digital painting entitled "Shabby Chic" is my newest offering and represents the first time I've picked up the camera in more than a month. The flowers are tiny little things, barely a quarter of an inch across, but are blooming like crazy here in our family room, despite the conditions beyond the windows. They gave me much-needed inspiration, conquered the winter blahs, and renewed my spirit.

I hope they do the same for you! Happy (belated) New Year!

Betsy ~

1,000 Photos in One Week

December 23rd, 2010

1,000 Photos in One Week

We had a wonderful -- but icy cold -- trip to New York last week. I took well over 1,000 photographs and plan to have the best ones added to my galleries soon. Because of the weather, we might start going in the spring when temperatures are a bit more comfortable to be outside. Have yet to see the remainder of Central Park or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and we certainly weren't about to do either last week when the wind chill was 10 degrees!

Next week I'll be hanging my canvas digital paintings at the Capitol of Virginia in preparation for the 2011 General Assembly session. I'm SO excited about being invited!

Hoping that you have a beautiful holiday season, surrounded by the love of family and friends!

Braving the Elements for the Sake of Art

December 14th, 2010

Braving the Elements for the Sake of Art

Am writing to you from a very frigid New York City, where we're enjoying our annual Christmas vacation. It was my plan to spend every single waking minute this week taking photos and more... but Mother Nature apparently had other ideas. The wind chill here today has hovered around 10 degrees; tonight it will dip down to below zero.

Despite this minor setback, I'm nothing if not determined. My mother would call it stubborn -- and she'd be right! So I bundled up as best I could, grabbed the camera, dashed out onto our 38th floor hotel balcony overlooking 34th & 8th, and took a handful of shots before the bone-chilling cold forced me back inside. I repeated this same scenario about once every hour throughout the day, wondering each time if I was crazy and seriously worried about whether my fingers would survive... I'm happy to say that I've captured at least 20-30 decent shots today, which I'll share in my galleries once we've returned home to Virginia next week. And I still have all 10 digits intact, as well. :-)

The things we do for the sake of our craft!

A Big Thank You to My Customers

December 9th, 2010

A Big Thank You to My Customers

To all my Fine Art America customers ~

Thank you for making this Christmas holiday season one of my best ever! Art is such a subjective and personal choice; for you to be emotionally moved enough to purchase one of my pieces means the world to me. As a novice photographer, it's the ultimate compliment.

We leave for New York City on Sunday for our annual Christmas / birthday vacation. As always, I plan to spend most of the week attempting to capture the beauty, the magic, and the wonderment that abounds. I look forward to sharing a fresh supply of new images with you when we return!

A Snowy New York Skyline

December 7th, 2010

A Snowy New York Skyline

Photographically speaking, this has been a banner week for me. Friday night I sold a loose print of "Radio City Music Hall at Christmas" on Ebay. Last night, I sold a loose print of "Grand Hotel Gardens" here on Fine Art America to a buyer in Michigan. And this afternoon, I received an order from Etsy for "Snowy New York Skyline" (pictured here) to a Boston customer.

These three latest sales have taught me a few things:

1) Architecture is a subject in which I'd like to specialize

2) People enjoy buying images of places they've visited

3) Selling on several sites simultaneously is a good idea!

Am hoping it snows while we're in New York next week on Christmas holiday. We've reserved a 38th floor balcony hotel room this time around, so I'll be braving the elements to shoot a companion piece to "Snowy New York Skyline" -- wish me luck that I come home with all 10 fingers still intact! :-)

New Customer Order Emails... Gotta Love Em

December 7th, 2010

New Customer Order Emails... Gotta Love Em

As a relatively new member of Fine Art America, I'm still in the process of finding my way around the site and setting up galleries. So it's very exciting to receive an e-mail entitled "New Customer Order" and realize it wasn't one of my own purchases to evaluate FAA.com's product quality, but that of a total stranger interested in my photographic offerings.

Thank you to the customer from Brooklyn, Michigan who bought my Grand Hotel Gardens print tonight! It was such a nice surprise on an otherwise ordinary Monday. :-)

Frosted Flakes and Fleeting Moments

December 5th, 2010

Frosted Flakes and Fleeting Moments

With so many areas in the Eastern United States receiving snow this past week, it was finally our turn last night here in central Virginia. We hadn't yet raked the leaves in our yard, so the light dusting of snow made it look just like Kellogg' Frosted Flakes. Before it could melt, I went outdoors in my flannel PJs and robe (what a sight for the neighbors!) and snapped this photo.

It reminded me how life's little moments are often fleeting, gone in a flash. Photography freezes time for a brief while, and preserves what otherwise might be forgotten.

I love what I do! :-)

 

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