Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Magical Team of Sanae Kushibiti and Jacky Quetard

Sanae Kushibiki was born in Japan. 

Jacky Quetard was born in Orleans, France. 

They met in London in 1974 and together they create some very unusual and beautiful  artwork.


Their artwork is classified as naïve. It has elements of retro art and humor. 

They work on the same canvas together, complementing each other’s style and strength. 

Sanae picks the colors and adds the human and floral components of the composition.  She loves flowers.

I love her color choices and her whimsical additions to the paintings.

Jacky uses his love of architecture to add mechanical elements to compose the basic structure of the painting. He loves trains. 

Their work is highly sought after in Europe and Japan.

Magazine Articles :
“Jacky and Sanae mix dreams and reality. Their naive paintings are highly rich in colour with a touch of retro and a pinch of humour.”
(Vivre sa Ville 2001)
“Bravo, are on the right track.”
(Journal La Vie du Rail)
“One can also appreciate the technically skilled Quétard family's enchanting naive paintings.”
(La République du Centre)
“Their naive paintings are the result of or marriage between their two personalities, their sensitivity and tenderness and their two talents.”
(La République de Centre 1996)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FREE TODAY! MacKalvey House by Carol Ann Kauffman

Young American Michelle Rosemont visits England after graduation and decides to stay. She takes a job as photographer for a Historical Magazine and falls in love with Kenneth MacKalvey, an older British author with a shady past. Old families scars resurface and play havoc with Michelle and Kenneth's relationship, as she struggles to come to terms with her father's abandonment.

MacKalvey House is FREE today.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Beautiful Art of Hilary 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!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Schedule for Jan. 16 - 20, 2017

Jan. 16 -20, 2017

Mon., Jan. 16 -    The Beautiful Art of 
                                 Hillary Eddy
Tues., Jan. 17 -   MacKalvey House by Carol Ann Kauffman
                                 A Time After Time novel
Wed., Jan. 18 -    The Magical Team of San Kushibiki and 
                                 Jacky Quetard
Thurs., Jan. 19 -  Book Review
                                 Miss Demeanor Suspense Series
Fri., Jan. 20 -       A Dilemma for Daisy by Carol Ann Kauffman
                                 A Monday Mystery Society Book Selection

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Time After Time Series by Carol Ann Kauffman

The romantic adventure series, TIME AFTER TIME, follows a pair of quintessential lovers, Richard and Nicole, through their lives together, in different places, in different times, at different stages of their lives, 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: full length novels BLUE LAKE, BELTERRA,The BASLICATO, BENTLEY SQUARE, MACKALVEY HOUSE, and LORD OF BLAKELEY and novella Waiting for Richard. They do not need to be read in order.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton...her name should be familiar to you. This prolific British author has written not one, but two extensive outstanding series, the Agatha Raisin Mysteries and the Hamish MacBeth series. I love them both.❤️❤️❤️

Pushing Up Daisies is Ms Beaton's latest in the fabulous Agatha Raisin Mystery Series.

Agatha Raisin, a London high powered public relations maven, retires to the idyllic Cotswolds village of Carsely for a calmer, more contented life in a beautiful little cottage with her two cats. She soon becomes bored and opens a little detective agency. At first she found lost pets. Soon she is knee-deep in murders and danger.

In thus twenty-seventh Agatha adventure, a wealthy Lord wants to the community garden into a housing development, which does not sit well with the village residents. Someone ends up dead.

Agatha has been described as a "Miss Maple who enjoys drinks, cigarettes, and men" (from the back cover.) She is described in the book  as a classy mature woman with black hair, brown eye, and great legs. The description reminded me of Angelina Huston.

If you read one Agatha Raisin mystery, you'll be back for more. I love this author. She is a sweet, fun lady born in Scotland with a real knack for pulling you into the story. Try her, I know you'll love her, too.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Adair Payne, He Speaks for the Land

Every now and then the work of a new, or new to me artist, will grab me with it's beauty and take my breath away. Elspeth McLean. Thomas Kinkade. Hillary Eddy. Jack Vettriano. Stephen Morath.

Well, today I happened upon another. 

         Adair Payne. 

Born in northern California, Adair showed interest in painting the beautiful land around him at a very early age. 

He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1984 with a degree in Graphic Design and spent a few years on the East Coast. He then returned to the west and his love of landscape painting. He now lives in Utah.

He speaks for the land.

Adair uses the emotional influence of light in his work to draw the casual observer into his landscape to find a moment of breathtaking beauty.

"My goal is find a fleeting spectacle of beauty in the mundane and simple landscape."
-Adair Payne

"You've succeeded, buddy."
-Carol Ann Kauffman

I claim nothing here as my own. I simply want to share this delightful artist with others. -CAK

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