Friday, September 18, 2009

Thank You!

I want to thank my fellow blogger Claire Beadon Carnell for awarding me with this honor! Check out her beautiful work as well as the others on her award list.  I am so pleased to be recognized by other painters and excited to send this award on to 7 of my favorites as well. I love being part of the online art community and it spurs me on to keep painting daily with all the others out there. 

To accept this award I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and pass it on to 7 other artists. Here goes:

1. I played the french horn for 29 years (13 professionally) before retiring it to a closet.
2. I love painting so much I don't even miss the french horn one bit.
3. My one addiction is coffee, I should say lattes...
4. I have 5 cats (sadly one still missing), 10 chickens and volunteer in my local pet shelter.
5. I love living on an island in the Pacific Northwest even when the ferries are challenging...
6. My husband and I designed and built my 5 sided studio and all the walls lean out at 6 degrees.
7. I am a breast cancer survivor (way to young...) of 6 years and still going strong.

The artists and bloggers I pass this on to are all incredible and I have found out about their work from looking online and many of them participate in Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks blog challenges. Check them out and thank you again to Claire for the award!

Carolee S. Clark for her incredible mix of reality and abstract qualities and cows.
Dana Cooper for her soft edges and terrific colors.
Kerri Settle for making landscapes seem easy and so soft.
Gwen Bell for her animals and still life.
Annie Salness for her figures and terrific style.
Lesley Spanos for the incredible warm colors.
Diane Morgan for the reflections and bees.


  1. Thank you so much for choosing me and including me in this fantastic group of Artists! I'm so honored!

  2. I, too, am so honored to be in this incredible group. I love every one of the artists you have selected. Thank you so much for your acknowledgment. Love your work, too.

  3. Thank you Kirsten for the kind words and including me with this great group of artists. I'm really honored!

  4. I recognize many of these wonderful names and I thank you for including mine! It looks like I'll be hanging out for a while to check out all the goodies on your blog and on those others blogs you mentioned! Thanks Kristen!

  5. I am so thankful for you being a cancer survivor. Another of my friends from Portland just participated in the 3 day walk up in Seattle a week or two ago. She tells me that over $5 million was raised! (How awesome is that?) I love your little island too and it is amazing that you have been so blessed with not one but two talents! Your little studio is perfect!