"Mother Nature's Child" by Cheryl Whitestone

Mother Nature's Child

24" x 36" Oil Paint on Linen

Currently this painting is being exhibited at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens Georgia, through mid Feb. 2011. This is a portrait of  a little girl who had been out on a hike with her mother, a photographer. They had found a meadow and picked the wildflowers that she is wearing and holding. Her mother taught her how to make the garland for her hair by weaving the flower stems together. I had been taught to weave garlands as a child many years ago too. The flowers are Shasta Daisies, Coreopsis, Red Clover and some others I can’t identify.

I wonder how many people still do this? Did you do this as a child?

I love to do paintings of children and seem to gravitate to girls.  My preference is capturing them in very natural surroundings. I like to see them as they are even with pensive looks on their faces, with nothing forced. For this photograph she was just asked to stand still for a moment so she could be captured in all her pure fresh beauty and casual style. Her skin is like silky pale cream, I also love her tasseled hair and her little denim dress.

People have been saying she reminds them of me, perhaps a little, she may be my inner child. After all artists are always painting what inspires them from the inside right?



Possibility II by Cheryl Whitestone

Cheryl Whitestone      
Possibility II
5"x7" Oil on Panel

On Exhibit and for sale at The Georgia State Botanical Gardens, Athens, GA

Reception January 16th - show runs through February 27th.

Everyday Magic~

Nature makes me happy and soothes me. I had wanted to do a painting of blue eggs, but did not have any visual references. I have found my work is much better when I can paint from life, this way I can study shadows, highlights, color and all the subtle nuances and details of my subject. Fortunately a pair of small grey birds decided to accommodate me. They built this nest complete with excelsior, pine straw and soft green moss they had gathered from the woods around my home. Then they laid these three beautiful eggs in the natural nursery that was nestled in one of the hanging ferns on my front porch. I got several great photographs of this while they were away looking for dinner. It is amusing to me that I had wished for this subject matter and these little birds accommodated me, as if somehow they were willing to cooperate so I could do this painting.

Recently after hanging the show at the Botanical Gardens, a group of us artists went to lunch. I was telling this story to a fellow artist who is also inspired by nature and she said she had experienced the same thing. I had told her the story of how I would be doing a mural and wanted to add a dragonfly, sure enough as I was sitting outside taking a break along comes my model, then proceeds to flaunt its beauty in front of me. It is as if this creature is more than happy to pose so I can immortalize its beauty for the rest of the world to enjoy. Has anyone else out there experienced this type of serendipity? Well I was very happy to know at least one artist had, and I was not completely off my rocker. Maybe artists just seem to notice things like that more. To see more of my recent paintings visit my other blog on at www.WhitestoneFineArt.blogspot.com


A Tale of Two Vacuums by M Theresa Brown

When I realized that the well dressed, polite man standing outside our front door was selling vacuum cleaners, I inwardly sighed. But I decided, "What the heck, why not?" He would never talk us into buying something as unnecessary or as expensive as one of those door to door vacuum cleaners. But I respect people trying to make a living and cold calling has to be among the hardest in terms of challenges, so we opened the door to him.

OK. We were impressed. The salesman was a professional wizard at his demonstration, his presentation and marketing skills. Compared to our aged model vacuum, his vacuum cleaner did everything but sing and dance. To this day we are not sure what happened....maybe it was the ease in which the dog hair disappeared. Maybe it the expected mass execution of all those millions of " invisible to the naked eye" dust mites...whatever it was that tilted the decision in his favor, two hours later, we owned a $1200.00 vacuum cleaner. As he drove away he said to us, "You should think about doing some art workshops as I know someone who organizes them."

A decade passed. We continued our art careers, marketing ourselves and our art at a number of venues-the art shows all over the nation, the specialty shows, magazines, in public, on the Internet.....and added a few workshops and private lessons to the mix.

The vacuum cleaner sat enshrined in the closet and was pulled out when necessary. We had learned a subtle but valuable lesson. No matter how much you may have paid for the most expensive vacuum cleaner in the world, in order for it to be effective, someone still has to push it.

Several years ago, we decided to follow up the salesman's suggestion. We contacted the person he had mentioned, and that person also directed us to another arena of marketing. Sure enough, within a few years, that long ago tip opened up a new, profitable stream of income for two artist entrepreneurs.

Our "Tale of Two Vacuums" is pretty typical of every artist's art marketing journey. Chance meetings, when acted upon, can open up an opportunity a month, a year, a decade later and the artist simply has to be ready and willing to pursue it. The key for any artist in business, is to be aware of when it is time to pursue a new or additional avenue of income.
For a time, we referred to our vacuum cleaner as one of our most expensive impulse buys. But before long, we were referring to it as one of our better investments! 
And yes, we still have it.

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