Sunday, January 31, 2010

February Charades Contest

Are you ready for some Charades???

How it works: Each photo below stands by itself to represent a TOP 100 MOVIE from the '60s. (Don’t worry – I’ll move up the decades ladder eventually!) There's eight movies in total.  Plus a bonus photo just for fun.

The rules: You  need to guess the movie titles – and make sure they ARE the correct titles - for each one.

The prizes: The first person to correctly guess all eight songs will receive a collection of my newest gift cards. They’re so new they’re not finished yet, so I’ll post a photo in a few days. Then a second winner will be selected by random number generator from all comments submitted. The prize? A $15 gift certificate toward anything in my shop. (

Want to increase your odds? You can be entered in the drawing up to four times: (1) Take your guesses in one comment (only one guess entry per person), (2) In a separate comment, tell me your favorite image from one or more of these shops, (3) In a separate comment, tell me you signed up to follow my blog, (4) In a separate comment, tell me you became a fan of my facebook page:  If you are already following or already a fan, you can post a separate comment to mention it. (More than four comments from the same person will not be counted.) The drawing will be held on

Friday, February 12.

What are they: 

Time Frame: The 1960s









This last one is just for fun. It won't count one way or the other for the contest. There was one movie I wanted to include here but I couldn't find an art piece that wouldn't give it away immediately.  Then a friend of mine sent this in an email so I just had to use it.
If you can guess the title of this photo, you shouldn't have any trouble guessing the name of the movie it represents. 

WARNING: Partial nudity follows. :-)

Did you get it??

 Take your best guesses and good luck!

WHAT I WOULD TELL HER: (If I knew what to say.)

I'm a real softie, quick to emotional tears when something or someone touches my heart.  That's how I felt when I saw this video on one of the blogs I follow, Persistent Green.  The words were written by Katherine Center and the images are from the Shutter Sisters.

If you love inspirational words and beautiful images, especially if you are a mom, you will love this. Keep the tissue box handy...

Isn't that one of the most beautiful things you have seen in awhile?  Oh my oh my, that made me cry ... 

Here's the words if you would like to hold on to them.

WHAT I WOULD TELL HER: (If I knew what to say.)

You are a miracle.

And I have to love you this fiercely: So that you can feel it even after you leave for school, or even while you are asleep, or even after your childhood becomes a memory.

You’ll forget all this when you grow up. But it’s okay.
Being a mother means having your heart broken.

And it means loving and losing and falling apart and coming back together.

And it’s the best there is. And also, sometimes, the worst.

Sometimes you won’t have anyone to talk to.

Sometimes you’ll wonder if you’ve forgotten who you are.

But you must remember this: What you’re doing matters.

And you have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.

The truth is, being a woman is a gift. Tenderness is a gift. Intimacy is a gift. And nurturing the good in this world is a nothing short of a privilege.

That’s why I have to love you this way. So I can give what I have to you. So that you can carry it in your body and pass it on.

I have watched you sleep. I’ve kissed you a million times. And I know something that you don’t, yet:

You are writing the story of your only life every single minute of every day.

And my greatest hope for you, sweet child, is that I can teach you how to write a good one.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Funny stuff

This cartoon appeared in one of our local papers a few years ago, and it was very funny to me on several levels.  First, they used my name.  It's an unusual enough name that you don't see it very often.  Secondly, the cartoon was brought to me by a male friend of mine who, although very supportive of my artistic career, knew little and cared less about art!

By the way, in case you haven't heard of it before, the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Art Fair is one of the pre-eminent art fairs in the country. It's actually several art fairs in one, held every summer in July. 


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


The winner of the Greeting Card Gift Set from mychartreuseroom is:


"AngieHandmade said...  I really like the butterfly greeting card. I love the collage look."

Congratulations! I will be sending you an email with instructions to claim your gift. And thanks to all of you for showing so much love to Pam. I know she appreciates the great feedback she received from all of you.

Read more:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Countdown to the Giveaway

You have just until noon on Wednesday to enter the drawing for this gorgeous set of cards from mychartreuseroom.  See: for the full interview.

New Treasury

My Tinkerbell Lilac is in this lovely, very eclectic Treasury.  There's some stunning work from the VAST and DesignStyleGuide teams, and some gorgeous Native American art. Take a look. And while you're there, visit Elizabeth's shop. 

Created by: ElizabethGraf Exp: 2 days

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Work - New Direction?

No Cupid’s arrow for me
My heart beats cold and weary
This loneliness embraces me
I hold it tightly within.

Pale pink roses arrive
Crisp white envelope tucked among the thorns.
Letter unread, she arranges the vase
And sits alone.

Recent work (and words) that I haven't posted in my shop yet. What do you think?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Funny stuff

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

In the Studio with My Chartreuse Room and a Giveaway!

Before I retired, I spent many years in the marketing/communications field as a producer for meetings, presentations, training programs and the like, mostly for automotive clients. Thirteen of those years were spent at the same company where I worked with artists, writers, video producers and other creative people to bring a successful program together. It was a great place to work but, sadly, the company folded in 2001 and we all scattered to different companies and new careers. A few months ago I received a surprise email from a colleague, Pam Moran, who told me that she too had an Etsy shop! Pam had been an art director at the same company and had worked there for 25 years. Although I don't think we ever worked together on a project, we knew each other and I was thrilled to get caught up with her life and exchange news of mutual friends.

Of course, once I saw her artwork on Etsy I was blown away but not surprised. We immediately made plans to have her as a guest on my blog. So sit down, relax, and enjoy my chat with Pam Moran.

FK: Pam, it turns out we both love hazelnut coffee. So I’ll pour us a cup while you tell us about yourself and your shop.

My full name is Pamela Ann Moran, so my initials spell PAM! I made a logo for myself with my initials that I use on all my work. My Etsy shop is:

FK: Have you always lived in Michigan?

Growing up I lived in many places from Maryland to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to California.  I love the East Coast and the ocean the best. Being around water is one of my all time favorite places to be. After college I moved to Michigan with my parents and have lived here ever since. I am remarried and have a wonderful large family and we are lucky that everyone lives here in Michigan with us.

My husband and I live in Hartland, Michigan, by a lake that has a great path to walk around. I have taken more walks around that lake then I can count! It gives me great inspiration and helps calm me if I am stressed. I love to take my camera and get some great shots to use as reference or as part of my artwork. A unique aspect of the lake is that it has a volcanic ash bottom and reflects the light just like the Caribbean ocean. It is a beautiful teal color in the summer sun.

FK: That’s a wonderful spot to have for inspiration and relaxation. I’m jealous!
I love your shop name. How did you come up with and when did you get started?

I started my Etsy shop on May 1, 2009. I remember how excited I was to upload my artwork on that first day. I did the newbie mistake and uploaded everything all at one sitting! BUT… I did get my first sale during that flood of art being posted! I was so-o-o excited and had to stop uploading so I could open my Paypal account!

I named my shop mychartreuseroom because I create my work in my chartreuse room! I had seen that color on Extreme Home Makeover and thought it was so cheery. It may sound overpowering but it looks beautiful with my white furniture. I needed artwork for the walls but could not find art with chartreuse so I decided to create my own. I love the way the grid pattern on the wall turned out. That color has totally inspired all of my work and started my journey with Etsy. Isn’t it just amazing how one thing leads to the next and you don’t really see what you have until you look back and see what started it?

FK: Your digital work is beautifully layered and intricate. Talk to me about your creative process.

While visiting my daughter in Arizona I visited galleries and saw some wonderful art that inspired me to try to make my illustrations look more like paintings. I work in Illustrator and my work has many, many layers of color and shape to give my work depth like the transparency you see in a painting. I can make elements appear transparent and lighter or darker by changing the mode of a layer to interact with what is below it.

After my first funky chartreuse series I worked on my nature series. My dragonfly illustration was first. I really liked how it turned out and so I followed it with a sea turtle, a butterfly and an apple. Even though they are different and can stand alone, they share design cues like the circles, squares and grid format that bring them together. I have each of them on my walls at home. I won a Platinum MarCom award for this series.

Left to right:
Treat Yourself to an Apple a Day Print with Faux-mat
Treat Your Eyes to Butterflies Print with Faux-mat
Make Time for Walks Print
Make Time to Explore Print with Faux-mat

My nature series are by far the most popular items in my shop. I sell prints and cards of them as well.

Another big seller in my shop is the “Notes to Self” cards. I created them digitally in scrapbook style. I am a big fan of Wayne Dyer and spiritual thinking and with the economy the way it is lately, I thought feel-good messages might be attractive to people right now. I created a carrier to hold the five cards and it makes it a nice gift set.

I also enjoy photography. I like to use the macro setting and shoot patterns in nature. I love to see the super close-up image of a bee or bug with all the amazing details on their bodies.

FK: I’m with you there – I love it too. How long have you been an artist?

Wow, I have been “creating” a long time! I was a fine arts major in college. After graduation I entered the marketing field as a graphic designer where basically I was self-taught. I think if you are an artist you have a sense of how things go together, like colors and shapes. And I learned from other people I worked with about type, layout, and printing.

When computers came into the workplace that changed the way I worked and completely opened up my design world. I totally embraced the new technology and learned Illustrator by experimenting and creating my first Christmas card. I was assigned a magazine project for one of the car companies and I learned so much more about programs like Photoshop and page layout software. The saying “you learn something new everyday” is so true when you work on a computer with all the changes that constantly happen.

FK: What inspires you? Where do you look – or go – for inspiration? Where’s your “quiet place?”

I am inspired by - and actually in awe of - nature. And color inspires me for sure!!

My trip to Arizona gave me inspiration that I still draw on and Sedona is my second favorite place to be. The mountains made me cry the first time I saw them. One of my prints called “Snoopy Rocks on…” is from a formation called Snoopy Rock that looks just like Snoopy lying on his back!

One of my most favorite things to do to unwind is put on my iPod and grab the dog and walk around Dunham Lake. In fact I love to listen to music when I am creating something new too.

FK: What part of being an artist is the most gratifying to you? And what’s the hardest?

I love the excitement I feel when starting something new. I do it for me, and I must like it… a lot! I do not create just to bang something out for my shop. I am really critical of all parts of the process and will spend a lot of time, paper and ink getting the color to my exact liking.

As a working graphic designer the hardest part is changes the client may request. Sometimes I totally disagree, but need to make the changes to have a happy client. That is why I like to create for myself - total freedom to keep what I like!

FK: I remember those client days well, Pam, and I don’t miss them! What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working?

My husband and I love to get away in the middle of winter to warm sunny places, usually Mexico. I love taking pictures, the sound of the tropical birds and, of course, the ocean! I find it recharges my spirit and I feel uplifted in those places.

FK: Finally, tell us one thing that most people – maybe even your family – don’t know about you.

I’m a pretty open book. I have a hard time keeping my thoughts to myself!

Most people know I have a thing for the color chartreuse and own a lot of chartreuse from dishes to my office chair! Funny, but my daughter has just as much of a passion for the color periwinkle! What is it with us that we love these colors so much?

FK: I have a couple of colors that I’m drawn to that way as well.

Pam, it has been great fun visiting with you and getting a peek into your life and work. Thank you. Now tell our friends what your giveaway will be.

I’m giving away the Nature Series Greeting Cards Gift Set. These cards are from the four original designs in my Nature Series. The cards are 5x7, blank on the inside, and come with a white envelope. The set comes with its own unique custom carrier with sparkle accents.

That's a great gift!  Let Pam know what your favorites are and leave a comment below no later than noon on Wednesday, January 27, to be entered in the drawing. The winner of the Greeting Cards Gift Set will be announced that afternoon.

New Treasury

I'm in a new Treasury this morning, and look at these luscious purplish blues!  It features one of my more popular prints and one of my personal favorites, my Tinkerbell Lilac buds. The treasury was curated by CatTingles, a shop full of delightful jewelry, felted items and CATS! Take a look - it's a fun shop!

A few of my favorites.
Created by: CatTingles Exp: 3 days

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


The January Charades contest ended today and I have to say I enjoyed this one because it was more of a challenging game - not so easy. I'm sorry that no one guessed all of the songs, but all of you guessed at least a few correctly.  Numbers 4 and 5 were the toughest - no one got those.
First, the answers to what was in my head when I chose the artwork, then I'll announce the winner of the drawing.: 

1. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge

2. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum

3. Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

4. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

5. Wild Thing – The Troggs
(All together now: "Wild thang I think I loooove you ...)

6. Dancing in the Street – Martha and the Vandellas

7. Light my Fire – The Doors

8. Crying – Roy Orbison

And now for the winner of the drawing for a $15 gift certificate to my shop:

Picnut 1512!!

Congratulations, Picnut 1512 - you even guessed half of the songs correctly.  I will email you with instructions on how to claim your gift.

Thanks to everyone for playing.  I like this format where I use one piece of art for each title. What did you think? Was this more fun and more challenging?  Let me know. I'm already hard at work on the February charades ...

While you're here, please take a minute to complete my product questionnaire:
My friend Stephanie assures me that it was very easy and didn't take her very long at all to complete.  Thanks, Steph.

And finally, be sure to stop back tomorrow for my first "In the Studio" feature this year with a great artist and a friend.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Upping the Ante

I recently posted asking for feedback regarding my current and future artwork in my etsy shop. After thinking about it I realized that completing the questionnaire is going to take you some time. So I have upped the ante for your time: a 20% discount in my shop for anyone who completes the questionnaire and identifies themselves. The identification is only so that I can control the coupons given out; I don't spam anyone. Instructions on how to get your coupon code are in the questionnaire. (If you have already completed the questionnaire, I will contact you.)

Here's the questionnaire:

Here's the original post:

The information you provide will really help me to focus my product mix so that I can offer what appeals to you. 
Thank you so much!

Last Chance on Charades!!

You have just today and tomorrow to take a guess and to enter the January Charades contest. I'll post the winner(s) tomorrow afternoon, so you have until noon-ish on Tuesday to sneak in under the deadline.

No one has guessed correctly for #4 or #5.  So here's two final clues:

#4 is by the Beatles
#5 is just two words

Here's the contest post:

Here's the other clues:

I think by looking at what has already been guessed and with the clues I gave, you could use deductive reasoning to "get it."
Good luck!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Treasury

I'm in a new Treasury this morning curated by one of my favorite artists, Cheri from Art2ArtColorado.  Not only did she feature my favorite colors, but she also featured a personal favorite of mine, Comes the Dawn Digital Collage Print.  Thanks, Cheri!

poetic mountains
Created by: Art2ArtColorado Exp: 3 days

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

I need something from you. And I won't lie - it may take you more than a few minutes and some critical thinking.

I have been doing what a lot of people do at this time of year: thinking, organizing, re-evaluating.  To be quite frank, I was disappointed with the sales in my shop during the final months of last year. And that was in spite of my devoting a lot more time than ever before to getting my name and products out there.  I track visitors to my shop and blog through Google Analytics, so I know that I am getting regular traffic, but somehow that hasn't translated to sales. I now think I need to take a hard look at the artwork currently offered in my shop and make some hard decisions about what to keep and what to discard. And where to focus my creative efforts in the future. That's where you come in.

I have prepared a questionnaire that asks some serious questions about my shop and I'm asking you to take a few minutes to complete it. You can choose to be anonymous if that helps you to answer honestly. For those who identify themselves there will be a random drawing for a small gift from my shop.* I intend to have this questionnaire available for only a short while so time is of the essence.

*UPDATE: Anyone who completes the questionnaire and leaves an email address will receive a 20% discount for my shop. See the questionnaire for details.

Here it is:

It's important to me, so I thank you very much in advance for doing this. You're the best!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Treasury

My first appearance in a treasury this new year! And thanks once again to stefny68. This one is great fun - vibrant and lively.  Good job, Stephanie.  It features my Liquid Pink Digital Collage Print.

A few of my favorites.
Created by: stefny68 Exp: 2 days

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Are You Clueless??

Seems like you have hit the wall in guessing my January Charades clues:

So ... just like real live charades, if one clue doesn't work you give another one. So get a clue:

So far no one has guessed correctly on #1. Think about this: When would a man promise the moon to a woman?

Four of five players so far guessed correctly on #3.

There you go!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Crazy Weather and Sicky People

Have you ever seen such a protracted series of bad weather - one after another after another.  I have been superstitiously quiet because most of the bad stuff has passed by Michigan. But we got a pretty significant snowfall the last few days and now it is COLDCOLDCOLD!!

And talk about sick!! How many people do you know that have colds, flu or something worse.  I have had some vague symptoms for a few days now, starting with a sore throat and cough. Now I think it's the flu but it's taking it's sweet old time to erupt. (Not that I'm complaining!) I have been in bed most of the day and now feeling quite fatigued. Have a feeling I'll be asleep soon.

Anyway, that's why I haven't posted much this week. I'm trying to post some work on Etsy and do some paperwork but I feel like everything is in slow motion.  I did get some Valentine blocks posted:

Cute, huh?!

But I think I'm going to hang it up tonight. If I can manage it, I'll post more tomorrow. 

BTW, I'm loving the posts below for the January Charades Contest. Some really good guesses but nobody got them all yet. Two people have five of them right. So you still have a chance to win the print AND get entered in the drawing.

For now, though, be warm, take your meds and be kind to yourself.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January Charades Contest

It's a New Year and a New Charades Game!

How it works: Listen up - I’m changing the contest up again; I like the way the Charades contest worked in December. So instead of one piece of art for each word, each photo below stands by itself to represent a Top 100 song from the '60s.  So there's eight songs in total.
The rules: You just need to guess the titles – and make sure they ARE the correct titles - for each one.

The prizes: The first person to correctly guess all eight songs will receive a print of #7 below, my Candle Light digital collage print. Then a second winner will be selected by random number generator from all comments submitted. The prize? A $15 gift certificate toward anything in my shop. (

Want to increase your odds? You can be entered in the drawing up to four times: (1) Take your guess in one comment, (2) In a separate comment, tell me your favorite image from one or more of these shops, (3) In a separate comment, tell me you signed up to follow my blog, (4) In a separate comment, tell me you became a fan of my facebook page:  If you are already following or already a fan, you can post a separate comment to mention it. (More than four comments from the same person will not be counted.) The drawing will be held on
Tuesday, January 19th.

What are they:

Time Frame: The 1960s




Little Fisherman - Aceo ATC  by WatercolorsbyDerek



Wild Lion Print 8x10 by JEJohnsonportraits


Dancing City by reniebritenbucher



Worn Out - Original Drawing on paper by artsnark
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