Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Clay play

I pulled out the clay this week and started to work on some new pieces for some Fall and Christmas Art Shows.  It takes me awhile to make enough to fill up an art booth, so I will be busy working on stock all summer. I will be working on Christmas in June, July and August!
I also need to restock my Etsy shop with houses too. Recently my shop has been busy and some of my friends purchased quite a few of the houses. One buys them as wedding party gifts for wedding showers. Isn't she a great friend? She has inspired me to start offering a custom listing for brides/wedding parties, etc. They could also be done for birthday parties or other events. I will post more information about that later. in the meantime, I need to re-stock the Etsy shop.

This is a sampling of what I have been working on....more to come soon!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

New Work Finished ...Custom Home Illustration

Custom Home Illustration
Beth S. Macre ©2014
After moving and having to take some time away from the drawing board, I've finally finished another custom pen and ink home illustration. I have several more pen and ink commissions to work on, but I will also be working on some clay work soon. I hope to participate in some art shows in the Fall, so I need to start working on restocking my inventory. Be on the look out for new work, new designs in the near future.

If you would like more information about ordering a custom pen and ink illustration, stop by my custom pricing blog page or my Etsy shop listing.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Mother's Flowers

I got to spend Mother's Day with my Mother and Father and my only sister. As many families do, we have a special bond as a family. Growing up in the 60s and 70s, my sister and I had a normal, secure, loving family. We have many fun memories from our childhood.  We weren't perfect, of course, but our parents taught us to be nice, respectful to others, and to love Jesus, not things. Everything else fell into place.  We respected their authority, as well as other adults, and we became successful, independent adults. We certainly didn't want to disappoint them, so we...most of the time...did what we were supposed to do. We were taught to do the right thing.  I think, if you can live your life and do what is right, treat all people with respect, be forgiving, and love your family and friends, then you can have a successful and happy life. Those things will get you through the difficult times.

Another thing that my mother taught me was the love of flowers. My Mother has always grown beautiful flowers of all kinds, over the years. Even moving flowers with her when my parents moved to another city.  Even as she gets older, she still has beautiful flowers in their yard.  I always take pictures of her flowers when I visit, because they are so pretty. My sister and I got her a Knockout Rose bush for Mother's Day.  I'm sure it will be as beautiful as my Mother and the rest of her flowers.

So take time to love and appreciate your family. Also take the time to take care of other relationships, like my Mother's Flowers. They will bloom and grow into something special.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Love is....

...A 40 year old gum wrapper chain from childhood and the memories that come with it!

...taking care of my Sophie who has an upset tummy.

...adding to my JoyElizabethCeramics collection.  ...   You can click on this link to see her beautiful work and purchase from her   Joy's Etsy Shop .


Have a great day!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Old and New...

Making a move forces you to leave the old 'things' behind. Old unused stuff, old routines, and familiar faces, and unfortunately old friends. But the good thing today is, those old friends are just a phone call or text away! Sometimes it seems like your old friend is just a few blocks away!

“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.”

"Old Friends"
Made by me for my old friend Teresa.
We have been in our new home for 6 weeks now. We still have a few random boxes and a few stacks of things that have not found a place to go yet, but overall, we are mostly settled in.  I have some art that still hasn't been hung on the wall yet. I'm trying to imagine where those pieces will look the best. I don't want to put too many holes in the walls, so I'm taking that slow.

My studio is mostly organized and ready for me to work.  I have started working on both drawings and clay pieces...mostly custom work.  I have to catch up after being in the moving phase of life for two months. I am certainly glad that is over! Not being able to go into the studio and just think and create is very difficult for this 'introvert'.  That is my peaceful, relaxing time that I look forward to every day.  I get a little down when I have to be away from home/studio for anything....even if it is a fun outing.  But since we moved to a new part of the state, I want to make the effort to get out and meet people and do things that are unique to this part of Arkansas.  I have to get out of my comfort zone to do this.

So, moving also forces you to make new friends and routines. I have been able to re-connect with some old friends and connect with new friends!  Both are nice to have, since I did have to leave some longtime friends behind.  So, I look forward to doing things with my old and new friends here and creating new routines.

We ran into someone from Blytheville Saturday! We stopped to get some sandwiches to take home for lunch and across the room was one of my former students/co-workers from BHS!  (Yes, he was one of my OLD students in the 7th grade AND I worked with him at BHS too. )  It was nice to run into a familiar face for a change. That was a normal thing back in Blytheville, but that does not happen much when you are new to a much larger community.

“Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.”          ~Francesco Guicciardini


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