Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Illuminated Paper Sculpture Art of Sophie and Fred



I wish I could find more on these two fabulous artists, Sophie Mouton-Perrat and Frederic Guibrunet. This work is fantastic.

Once again, I claim nothing here as my own. I just thought this unusual work needed to be shared.









Monday, January 30, 2017

April Yellow Moon by Carol Ann Kauffman


In this fourth installment in the Cat Collier Short Story Mystery Series, a dear, old friend comes up missing and Cat Collier must scramble to find her before it's too late. A powerful enemy resurfaces and claims responsibility for a personal attack on Cat's family. Nola relives Trent's murder. Carter proposes...again.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/April-Yellow-Moon-Collier-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01N34XEZC/ref=la_B0076OMJY8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485621501&sr=1-1

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Schedule for Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2017



Mon., Jan. 30 - April Yellow Moon 
by Carol Ann Kauffman
Tues., Jan. 31 - The Illuminated Paper Sculpture Art 
of Sophie and Fred
Wed., Feb. 1 - 13 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaways
Thurs., Feb. 2  - Interview with Author
Lily Amis
Fri., Feb.3 - The Time After Time Series
by Carol Ann Kauffman

Friday, January 27, 2017

$0.99 Sale Bentley Square by Carol Ann Kauffman



   Strangers meet on the train. She, a beautiful, wealthy businesswoman. He, a down on his luck office manager. They have nothing in common. And yet, they are drawn to each other with an undeniable hypnotic magnetism. This is the story of Rebecca Robbins, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country and Mark Ramsay, a man shrouded in dark mystery and hiding in the shadows from death squads amid international intrigue.







Bentley Square is on sale for $0.99 today at:
Amazon Buy Link:
http://tinyurl.com/laudaku

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Murder and Mistletoe by Jane Firebaugh



 About the Author: 



Dear Gentle Readers,
If you haven't read anything by Jane Firebaugh yet, then do yourself a favor and get one of her books. I have thoroughly enjoyed Jane's other two cozy romantic mysteries, Antiques and Avarice and Old Crimes and Nursery Rhymes, so I know I'll enjoy this new one. You will, too.
Hugs,
Carol

Amazon Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Mistletoe-Mountains-Romantic-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B01N1QXA39/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484970582&sr=1-4&keywords=Jane+Firebaugh




What Others Are Saying about Jane's New Book:


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Through the Darkness, Stories of Hope

In a world where challenges multiply exponentially by the second a group of women reach into their past pull out their inspirations and speak to the positive possibilities shrouded in ~ HOPE

Seven women, seven stories, seven reasons to believe 
Hope Springs Eternal


Dear Gentle Readers,

Last year I was invited to join a remarkably talented group of women to write some inspirational stories for a book called Through the Darkness, Stories of Hope.

My story is called A Woman Called Hope, and it is loosely based on stories told to me by my grandmother about life in Italy before coming to America.

Working with these terrific women has been a wonderful experience for me and I am proud of this project. Take a look at our book when you get a chance. It is available in paperback and kindle format at
https://www.amazon.com/Through-Darkness-Stories-Collaboration-Motion-ebook/dp/B01M0RSMH5/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484970709&sr=1-1&keywords=Through+the+Darkness%3B+Stories+of+Hope

Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Art of Allan Banks







Dear Gentle Readers,
Nothing here is mine I claim nothing. All my information is from Allan Banks' Facebook page or one of the links above. I was impressed with his work and thought maybe you would like him, too.
Hugs,
Carol

Monday, January 23, 2017

Guitar by Parker Kaufman





Dear Gentle Readers.

What a treat I have for you today! Our own Parker Kaufman, Texas paper collage artist and co-founder of Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors, has graciously agreed to share his latest creation with us.

This beauty, entitled "Guitar" is a 15' x 20" work composed of 12 hand-cut poster board pieces affixed to a foam board base. Parker claims he had no special inspiration for this piece. He says  it was just something floating around in the "ideas" section of his brain for several months. Parker completes this art piece on December 30, 2016.

This photo does not do justice to the mesmerizing quality of Parker's work. It's crisp and dimensional, the colors playing off each other to showcase the shape and beauty of the object.

I hope you enjoy today's post as much as I do. For more information on prices and availability of Parker's work or any questions for him, just drop him a line here at Vision and Verse in the comments section and I will be sure to see he gets it. 

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Carol  






Sunday, January 22, 2017

Schedule for January 23 - 27, 2017



Mon., Jan. 23 - Guitar 
by Parker Kaufman

Tues., Jan. 24 - Through the Darkness, Stories of Hope
by Collaboration in Motion

Wed., Jan. 24 - The Art of Allan Banks

Thurs., Jan. 25 - Murder and Mistletoe,
A New Book by Jane Firebaugh

Fri., Jan., 26 - $0.99 Sale
Bentley Square, A Time After Time Novel  

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Dilemma for Daisy by Carol Ann Kauffman


Daisy Mazlo faces a dilemma. She’s met the man of her dreams in Cooper MacNeill, a gentleman in every sense of the word, tall, handsome, wealthy, witty, and very interested in her. But Daisy can’t accept his love, so she runs away, moving back to Oakville where she grew up to sort out her feelings. Will the small loving community of her past help her find herself? Will Cooper come after her? Will a letter be pivotal in resolving Daisy’s dilemma? 

Will love win out?



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Daisy is warm-hearted and passionate, but she's nobody's fool. She's got a sense of humor, too! While she may be willing to risk everything for love, she's got a brain too, and she's not afraid to use it. I loved this story with its twists and turns and its satisfying end.


Excerpt:


As large group of loud, agitated men in business suits were being seated at the table behind her, Daisy heard Cooper’s name mentioned. She listened.

“Yes, I’m sure I saw that slippery con man, Cooper MacNeill, walk in here while I was waiting in the lobby. But I don’t see him anywhere in here,” one man said. “I’m going to look for him.”

“That miserable weasel should be behind bars instead of having dinner in Chicago’s newest and most

exclusive restaurant,” another agreed. “You go look for him. I’ll call the police right now. Let’s nail this criminal.”

She glanced back as the man tapped some numbers into his phone.

“That scam artist manipulated us into making that ridiculous gold-digging oozy Melinda, a very rich woman and made us all look like fools. You know he was sleeping with her. He sleeps with all his so-called clients.”

“He conned our company out of six million dollars. He needs to do some serious jail time.”
“I’d like some private time alone with him before I turn him over to the authorities,” said another.


Daisy pulled out her phone and hit redial to get Cooper’s number.
“Run,” she whispered when he answered. “They’ve called the police. Run. They’re looking for you right 
now. Go!”

“I hate to leave you in there with no way home.”


“Just go. I’ll be okay. I’ll call a cab.”


“No. That’ll stick you with the bill. Luca’s is expensive.”


“I have a credit card on me. I’m okay. Go. Please.”


“I’m sorry,” he said. 
She turned off her phone and put it away.


Daisy poured herself another glass of wine and continued to listen to the loud, angry conversation behind her, detailing Cooper’s line of work and his reputation as a con-man, a scammer, and a grifter. 

She ate the appetizer. She drank her wine. She ate her dinner. Then she drank his wine. She had the waiter box up Cooper’s dinner to take home. She finished up what was left in the wine bottle. She called a cab.

It was a night to remember, all right. 

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, continue...you 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.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/jkdsnyd


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!


hilaryeddy.smugmug.com

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Schedule for Jan. 16 - 20, 2017



Schedule
for 
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.

Links: MCBeaton.com

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

Links to follow Adair Payne:

Adair Payne | Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/adair.payne
Adair Payne is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Adair Payne and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the. ..
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Adair Payne - Sugarman Peterson Gallery

sugarmanpetersongallery.com/painters.php?artist=67

adair payne.

Adair Payne - Sugarman Peterson Gallery

sugarmanpetersongallery.com/painters.php?bio=67

Adair Payne is a native of rural Northern California. He began painting the local countryside at an early age, being commissioned by local collectors and ...

Adair Payne Interview - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnC516XDuDw
Jul 31, 2009 - Uploaded by Carole Wolff
Interview at Hanson Gallery in Sausalito, California on the eve of his opening on July 25, 2009. You can view ...

Adair Payne | Connecting with Nature - Southwest Art Magazine

www.southwestart.com/featured/payne-a-jan2016

Dec 16, 2015 - Adair Payne, The Saffron Hour, oil, 40 x 30. This story was featured in the January 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest ...

Adair Payne: Mormon Artist - Mormonism, The Mormon Church ...

www.mormonwiki.com/Adair_Payne:_Mormon_Artist

Aug 13, 2015 - Adair Payne is a landscape artist. He grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At a young age he began painting and quickly ...