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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Random Stuff & a Shout Out

I just happened to be at the kitchen window when this great egret landed at the end of my driveway.
I've been dreaming lately about submitting art to events, being judged, etc., which is right in line with all of the work I'd recently put into the business side of things.
More recently I've been focusing on the creative side (only partly to distract myself from Charles' noticeable absence.) I've finished a painting, put in quality time on another & have also been considering what to do next (there's no shortage of ideas, fortunately.)

Shout Out to My Peeps

A little while ago one of my blog friends, Christine came up with a brilliant idea. She suggested that we paint the same image & send each other our paintings. I received hers (which is just beautiful,) & recently sent mine. It was challenging, fun & now we have a piece of each others' work.

The Birdfreak Team; FYI, I can't open any of your pages--I keep getting "operation aborted" errors & my browser goes to a "cannot display this page" window.

27 comments:

letspaintnature.com said...

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!! I can't wait! Not only is it cool to get something other than a bill in the mail, but most importantly I will forever have a piece of your beautiful artwork, which is priceless to me! And I'm proud to be your peep. :)
Thanks!
Chris

Sidney said...

How great to have an egret show up.

The painting project sounds intriguing, an interesting exercise.

Marvin said...

Great luck and great shot of the egret.

Charles' name hasn't popped up in any local newspaper headlines, so I reckon he's behaving himself. :-)

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey my dear Lana,

Here's to Charles coming home soon, safe and sound! I love the painting exchange idea. My friend Shawn and I sometimes have contests where we write about something that happens to both of us and see who can get the story published first. He's a brilliant writer so it's quite the challenged for someone who is slow and plodding and has not much talent like me. But we always have fun with it.

laughingwolf said...

small consolation, but only 3 more days, and he'll be back!

super shot of the egret... i can get to the birdfreak stuff...

Lana Gramlich said...

chris; Anytime. Great idea! You rock, chika! :)

sidney; The painting project was very interesting & the egret was cool!

marvin; Thanks for the well wishes & the news report. *L*

michelle; Neat idea on the story competition, but are you insulting my friend? "Not much talent?" Don't MAKE me come over there! *L*
(Charles will be home tomorrow. Hooray! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Thanks. Are you browsing with IE?

Shauna Roberts said...

The painting exchange is a really cool idea. Loved the egret picture.

Miladysa said...

What a fantastic idea to exchange paintings - yet another reason why I wish I could paint!

Love the photograph :-D

JafaBrit's Art said...

Thanks for your input lana on the graf card :)

Thats a great idea about painting the same image and sharing. I was always fascinated in painting class to see how many ways the same image could be painted. So I bet it is fun :)

Crayons said...

Hi Lana,
I'm just back from a week in northern Wisconsin. I'm trying now to catch up with my bloggy friends.

That egret is me! It is my totem animal and my favorite bird. I just wanted to visit you.

Thank you so much for your helpful ideas about cards.

Finally, on my way back down to Madison, we spotted a yellow-headed blackbird. I'd never seen one. I thought of you.

Sheila said...

You have beautiful birds like that landing in your driveway?!?! I'm so freakin' jealous. Ihave to go to parks and wander around aimlessly with my camera before an opportunity shows up!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Ah Egret.

I once had an editor who kept feeding me money and half his laundry, since I had few clothes.

I did very little work for him.
Felt guilty.

"I hope you don't think Im an ingrate."
"Egrets? They shoot those in Florida, don't they?" he piped up.

Ah. The long waits. I know.
You can actually see the minute hand moving on the clock if you stare long enough.

Oh he'll be around soon.

laughingwolf said...

no, ie sux... use ff....

when i get another mac online, it'll be ff, safari, and camino

Lana Gramlich said...

shauna & miladysa; Thanks. :)

jafabrit; It was a blast, really! I'd recommend that kind of swap to any artists, really.

caroline; A yellow headed blackbird? Way cool! I've never seen one of those! Hope you had a good time in Wisconsin (& thanks for the totem visit. ;) Good luck w/the cards!

sheila; I think we're just lucky, really. That & the relative marshy-swampiness of Southern Louisiana. Sooner or later SOMEthing unusual's gonna stop by.
Congrats on your impending nuptuals, btw! :) *hug*

ivan; *LOL @ shooting egrets.* If you stare enough, the second hand starts moving backwards. He's home at last, though! Hooray! :)

laughingwolf; Ah...That explains why you're not having my problem.

Erik Donald France said...

Sounds like a grand idea, the exchange.

And cheers to egrets, as well as hominy grits ;->

Lana Gramlich said...

erik; You can keep the hominy grits. Personally I don't understand why anyone would want to ruin perfectly good corn that way, but that's probably the Northerner in me. *L*

Travis said...

My cat was in ecstacy this morning because there were a bunch of quail on the ground behind our condo. He sat in our picture window and chirped all about it.

Charles Gramlich said...

That egret was cool. I'm glad I was home for that. I saw a lot of egrets in Arkansas for sure. That painting you did to exchange with your friend was gorgeous. The limbs were so stark.

Lana Gramlich said...

travis; Oooh! He must have been very excited! Bobwhite quail, I presume?

charles; You're just too sweet, you know that?

Steve Malley said...

We saw a similar (but black) fishing/diving sort of bird recently, but I can't remember what kind. Sorry...

Pretty egret, though!

Lana Gramlich said...

Steve; Thanks! It might have been something like an anhinga or a cormorant (if it didn't have these long, long legs.)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

The painting is beautiful - the sky is so cool!

Sphinx Ink said...

The egret photo is cool. Coincidentally, a few days ago I drove up to my house in Metairie and there was an egret standing in the driveway! Although they hang out at a nearby park that has a lagoon, and I've seen them in the canals along some of the divided roadways, this is the first time I've seen one close to houses. I hope it's a good omen....

The painting also is cool. I love the contrast of the branches against the darkening sky.

Lana Gramlich said...

sphinx ink; Thanks--the painting was fun to do. I take it you're referring to Lafreniere Park? I almost popped over there the other day (I was in the area.) So many awesome birds there; ducks, geese, coots, herons, swans, egrets, cormorants, ibises, etc., etc.! Although I love the Northshore, Lafreniere offers unique access to some great birds.

Tabib said...

You are very lucky to have Great Egret near your kitchen and wait for you to photograph it.
Over here I came across the smaller version - the 'Little Egret' coming as a migrant wintering here. I expect they come in flock any time soon.

Lana Gramlich said...

tabib; Great white egrets live all over our area (on a year-round basis,) but this was the first time I saw one land at the end of my driveway. Had I not been standing at the kitchen window, I would never have even known it, so it was a wonderful combination of factors that even made this photo possible. :) They're lovely birds.

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