Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Art of Hillary Eddy

Hilary Eddy was born in England and spent her childhood in Surrey, England, where her mother's love of colorful flowers and her father's broad appreciation of nature proved to have a profound influence on her artistic concerns and interests. 

She attended college in North Wales where she was awarded the Douglas Williams Memorial Prize for Excellence in Art. She then came to the United States where she pursued her career at Purdue University, gaining her Masters of Arts degree in Fine Art in 1974.

Hilary has held more than sixty solo exhibitions of her oil paintings nationally at museums, universities, and commercial art galleries. including the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. 

She has won over forty awards in national and regional exhibitions. including the Grand Prize and First Place Award in the experimental category in The Artist's Magazine, which had over 10,000 entries.

Her paintings have been featured in the major art publications like American Art Collector, International Artist. The Artist's Magazine, and Art Crowd Magazine.

I was captivated by her colored glass collection of oil paintings that you see here today. 

I claim nothing here as my own. All information is from the website listed below. Check it out. Her work is fantastic!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interview with Author Dianne Harman

 Dianne Harman
Southern California

Good morning, Dianne, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. We are delighted to have you with us this morning. For those who aren't already familiar with your work, can you tell us what you've written? 
Suspense series, Coyote Series, and four cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, and Midwest.

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Cozy Mystery

And you do it well! Favorite food. 
Prime rib

Tea or coffee?

Pizza or ice cream?

Wine or beer?

Where would you like to visit?

Do you listen to music when you write?  What? 
No, I like the quiet.

Me, too. What makes you laugh?
Things that just happen, not jokes.

Favorite work of art or sculpture. 
Anything by Georgia O’Keefe

How old were you when you started writing?

Describe your perfect evening. 
A glass of wine, a good dinner, and a book.

Where do you get your inspiration?

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I’ve never had it.

Who is your favorite author? 
Whoever I’m reading at the moment.

Best book you ever read. 
Couldn’t single one out.

Last book you read. 
Am reading five at the moment.

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
If I was younger, I’d be a chef or breed dogs.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why? 
My husband because he has supported me over the years no matter what I’ve become involved in.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why? 
The Dalai Lama. He’s a constant source of inspiration.

He is a true source of inspiration to us all. What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? 
Just do it! You don’t need degrees, critic groups, or workshops.

Do you some links so we can follow you?
Web Site
Twitter: @DianneDHarman


Monday, August 22, 2016

Dale Chihuly, Glassmaster

Dear Gentle Readers,
When we were in Las Vegas in 2007, we were lucky enough to view the unusual and breathtaking glass sculpture of one very talented Dale Chihuly at the Bellagio.  Beautiful as a description just doesn't come close.  Once you have seen one of his creations, you are forever changed as to what you think is beautiful and what you believe is possible.  You can recognize one of his pieces wherever you seen it.  I believe Dale Chihuly invented the American Art category of "glass sculpture."

 My mother had a collection of depression glass, so we were aware at a young age the beauty and fragility of colored glass. But Dale Chihuly's work is jaw-dropping.  His pieces are no little footed candy dishes!

Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington on September 20, 1941. Reports indicate Dale was not a stellar student. and after graduating Woodrow Wilson High School in 1959, he bounced around a few different colleges, but nothing ignited his fire, so he quit college and went to Florence to study art.
(Lucky for us!!!)

 He began glassblowing in 1965 and found his true calling, becoming an internationally recognized glass sculptor.  He worked at the Murano Glass Factory near Venice.  We toured the facility, as that was something I always wanted to do. (Tour, not blow)

Dale's largest permanent collection can be viewed at the Oklahoma city Museum of Art, and visiting it is also on my bucket list.

His work and reputation are more prominent in the West.  I was thrilled to see some of his work in Colorado the last time we were there, similar to these beautiful flower pods to the right, with vibrant opalescent two and three-toned contrasting colors.

During a visit to England in 1976, Dale was in a very serious auto accident, leaving him with no sight in his left eye and the loss of depth perception.  (That's why he wears an eye patch.)  He once said this disability caused him to move on to working on projects of a much larger scale.  

Many of Dale's prominent pieces were chandeliers.  His initial pieces, around 1992, were modest and lovely, but soon they blossomed into beautiful flowers, and breasts, and snakes, and  all kinds of wild glass creations one wouldn't expect on a chandelier, and it was fabulous.

 In the 1970s, Dale did a series of glass paintings based on Native American designs, aptly titles his Navajo Blanket series.

The documentary, Chihuly Over Venice, was a truly spectacular event, coordinating glass and color and water and timing.  

None of these photos are mine.  I claim nothing here.  Nothing is mine, except the memories.  I looked him up on Wikipedia and Facebook.  I simply wanted to share my limited knowledge of this fabulous glass artist/glass master so my readers would associate the name, Dale Chihuly with these magnificent glass creations.

Links to learn more about him:
He is on Facebook and Wikipedia.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Schedule for August 22-26, 2016

August 22 - 26, 2016

Mon., Aug. 22 - The Art of  Dale Chihuly
Tues., Aug. 23 - Interview with Author Dianne Harman
Wed., Aug. 24 - Book Review Miss Deameanor Suspense Series
Thurs., Aug. 25 - The Art of Hillary Eddy
Fri., Aug. 26 - Sea Witch by Carol Ann Kauffman 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blue Lake by Carol Ann Kauffman

Blue Lake
A Time After Time Novel
by Carol Ann Kauffman

When widowed Nicole decided to step back into life in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico with Richard, a young handsome British actor who professed his undying love and devotion to her on a daily basis, she mistook his boundless enthusiasm for her as little more than youthful impetuousness. She had no idea where their relationship would take her physically or emotionally. She would find herself in many dazzling international locations, putting her own life on hold, simply to be with him. She had no concept how strong her commitment to him would grow and to what extent she would go to protect him and ensure his safety and wellbeing. And she certainly had no idea the depth of his devotion to her, an unlikely but undeniable love that would span continents and a decade of their lives, entwining them closer and closer, while his career, their families, and other relationships pulled them farther and farther apart. BLUE LAKE is a story of the power of love.

The series, TIME AFTER TIME, follows a pair of quintessential lovers, Richard and Nicole, through their lives together, in different places, in different times, with different names and faces and sometimes even on other planets. This follows the alternative theory that the relationships we forge in this lifetime, both the good and the bad, are continued into the future, and are rooted deeply in our past. Whatever we do, whomever we love, and the good and evil deeds we do today follow us into the future. Unsettled issues will present themselves again and again, until they are ultimately resolved. Those people who have had a profound effect on us in this lifetime will find us again in the future. And although everything changes, love remains.

Books in the TIME AFTER TIME series are: BLUE LAKE, BELTERRA, The BASLICATO, BENTLEY SQUARE, WAITING FOR RICHARD, and LORD OF BLAKELEY. They do not need to be read in order.

Here's what others are saying about BLUE LAKE:

4.0 out of 5 stars

on February 27, 2016
I enjoyed the book.

on September 30, 2014
From beginning to end Blue Lake will make you laugh and cry. It is a truly beautiful story about true love.
on July 13, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning to the final word. Carol Kauffman held my interest with this love story. Good reading with lots of action and with locations all over the globe. She loved him to the end and beyond through all their trials and tribulations.

on May 20, 2012
This was a brilliant novel, and everyone will enjoy reading it. It wasn't something I'd pick up for myself, but after reading it, I can't wait to read more! Great book, and well written!

on April 3, 2012
After enjoying Carol Kauffman's other novel, Bel Terra; I wanted to read Blue Lake. This novel has been composed and developed into a truly epic romantic novel spanning over 10 years in time. It crosses the United States from the West coast,across the Atlantic to England, Ireland, Italy. Even a couple of trips to Aruba adds to the visual appeal. Mrs. Kauffman describes the scenic areas so well that you can easily visualize yourself there. The main characters are so well developed that I seemed to need a box of tissues by my side when their plights and troubles were made apparent throughout their saga. I really became immersed in this story. It is a true tale of the Power of and beyond. If you enjoy romantic novels interspersed with action and the occasional quips that makes you smile; you'll enjoy this book.

on March 27, 2012
This is a fun, intricately plotted story of two lovers on a wild ride of an on-again, off-again love affair. I especially enjoyed the tenderness of the love scenes and the candid treatment of the May/December relationship. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

on January 25, 2012
When picking a book to read on my kindle, I'm never really sure of which one to pick because there are so many choices by all different authors. I took a chance on this book because the cost was in my price range but I was worried because I had never heard of this author before, and honestly I couldn't have been happier! This book is well written, and the love story is heart wrenching because I felt for both characters right away. The characters are so well written that I feel like they could be real, and I love that in a book. I hope there will be more in the future by this author. I completely recommend if your looking for a good book, with a nice story line, a little romance and well written prose! Blue Lake is definitely going to be one I will read again! Take a chance on this book, I promise you won't regret it!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Southwestern Art of Stephen Morath

The Southwestern Art of Stephen Morath

 I had never heard of Stephen Morath before coming across his work online, but I was taken
by his vivid use of color and his beautiful southwestern themes. Here is his biographical material in his own words:

"For over thirty years I have painted scenes from all over the Southwest. My pictures rarely represent an actual place, but rather a place as I think it should be. They are often nostalgic, sometimes “cartoony”, sometimes quite naturalistic. Mainly I paint northern New Mexico and southern Arizona; but the extremes of my interest range from the frosty peaks of Colorado to the shores of the desert sea in Baja California, and all the wide open spaces in between. I am drawn not only to the beauties but also the oddities of the Southwest – the outrageous topography, the tourist traps, the honky-tonk strips, the old motel signs, the clash of cultures, the places where Indian America meets the science fiction of the ‘Fifties; as well as the pueblos, the sparkling deserts, the blue ranges, the birds in the morning…I prefer the rural countryside to the unpopulated wilderness, and rarely paint a landscape without some kind of human activity or artifact in it. Indeed, some of my paintings are crowded with non-landscape elements. Often, my paintings exhibit a touch of humor; others I paint to evoke cosmic feelings; still others are complex displays of fruit and vegetables. I like to paint figures, which so far have not featured prominently in my paintings; but I see my work moving in the direction of more figures and more realism. I am especially fond of small towns, back roads, and blue highways, where old trucks, lowriders, and airstream trailers can be found; and life goes on in a timeless way.

I am a third-generation native of Colorado, married, and the father of four. I studied and spent some time back East in my early days; otherwise, I have been a lifelong resident of Colorado, although a frequent visitor to, and lover of, New Mexico and Arizona. I and my wife, and formerly our now grown-up children, live in a ramshackle Victorian at the foot of Pikes Peak, surrounded by gardens and fruit trees. Besides painting, my main interests are high-country hiking, contra dancing, the performance of choral music, and trips to Europe and Mexico.

Exhibition history: I have exhibited paintings continuously in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1984.  During that time I have also shown at various galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Colorado; but Scottsdale has remained my major retail focus. The Colorado Springs Fine Art center owns one of my paintings.So does the Albuquerque Museum of Art." -Stephen Morath

Note: Nothing here is mine. I claim nothing. All images and information was found online in a Safari search of Stephen Morath.