Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Hop!

Howdy Friday Blog Hoppers!

What are you growing in your vegetable garden this year?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Giveaway , your choice of an art print! Cathy Horner

To celebrate the wonderful support I've received for my art I've decided it was time to give away a print!

Last year one of my collages was featured on Ovation TV "My Art". Now they are taking votes for the best of the 2009. The winner gets a whole gallery of their art featured on Ovation TV. Please vote. I am #46 "Cloud Nine" (Cathy Horner) This would be so awesome!Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's the link, only takes a second and the voting ends 2/5/2010

However, although greatly appreciated it is not a way to get an entry for the free print. It would just make me really happy :) Thank you for supporting my art.

The prize: One winner, your choice of any hand signed print, 8X10 including the mat.

Here's how to enter:.
Go to my website and come back and tell me which print you would chose.

For an extra entry follow my blog. Make a second post and write "I follow".

If you already follow be sure to make a second post saying that you follow my blog.

Please leave your email contact in the post so I can easily contact you. You can shorten it for security reasons like cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com for example.

That's it! This is my first giveaway so hope you enjoy it. I'll pull your name out of a hat or if there are lot of entries will use a random generator. Last date to post is 02/06/2010.

Update! I am enjoying this so much, love reading all your messages and making new friends. I'm already thinking of new projects and future giveaways. So, I've decided if this giveaway reaches 100 entries I will draw two names for a free print of choice. Spread the word and thanks! This is fun!! Cathy

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Starving Artist and Glue

No, I'm not eating glue. Not sniffing it either although sometimes you would think I do..but no, not me. I'm not starving either but being a full time artist really has it struggles. This post is actually about getting support to continue doing what I love so much.

First is Plaid Enterprises. They have generously sent me a full box of jars of the Royal Coat Decoupage finish I use on every piece of art I make. I use at least four coats per canvas and it's the final thing I do before signing and framing the art. Plaid also sent a few other products to try out. Thank you so much!!

Next is Golden Paints for their seconds program. Another product I use on every collage is the Golden Gel Medium. I use this to glue down everything in the collage. Great stuff. Through their program I was mailed two heavy boxes filled with not only the gel medium but also their quality acrylic paints. I am so ready to make more art! Thank you so much!

I want to thank my family for not only their support but for believing in me. It keeps me so motivated and inspired to work harder. Linda and Joe, thank you. They knew I couldn't even turn the heat on in my house and commissioned me to make custom collages and prints of both of their families and sent me funds up front. My sister Barbara bought me a kerosene heater. Thank you thank you thank you! Not only am I warmer but it warmed the cockles of my heart!
Knowing that my family and friends believe in me is the greatest gift of all.

And finally but not least is the support from everyone who likes my crazy art, crazy guitar playing and likes me as a crazy guitar instructor. I love you all!

My art featured in Victorian Homes Magazine

On the newstands now! February 2010 issue. Wow, I was stunned how beautiful the article is and it's nine pages long featuring full color pages of my art. The article was written by Jennifer Myers and editor for the magazine. She couldn't have described me more perfectly!
The title is called "Piecing it Together". Jennifer explains where my art all started, details of my method of making art and in her words captures the love and fun I have creating it.

The magazine also features a side article about Victorian Photocollage that is being exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY through May then to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Also two books written about this turn of the century past time called "Playing with Pictures" and "The Marvelous Album of Madame B" that are available at the museum shop of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jennifer sent me a copy of the first book and it is awesome! It is also mentioned in this article how similar my collage art is to this museum collection. I knew I was born yesterday!

I am very proud to have my art published and such kind words written about it in a magazine I have read for years. I did all the photography too, and pleased how it turned out. I'm just tickled pink!!