Wednesday, December 31, 2008
It's a snowy day here in the mid-hudson valley. We have a "clipper" snow storm in the region with approximately 6 inches of accumulation. The falling snow makes for a very pretty landscape. The view of the Berkshires are "socked in" so we're not able to see the foothills. Still, it's nice to see the snow falling in this tranquil, country setting.
I took a couple of photos this morning for friends of mine who live in warmer areas.
Our chickens are staying in their coop today. Guess the snow is just too much for them. In the photo, you can see one of the chickens at the doorway having a peak. I'm not sure if it's Henry, my rooster looking out although I wouldn't doubt it. We did hear him crowing it up first thing this morning when the snow was falling lightly.
Guess it's much safer indoors until the sky stops falling down! ;)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Birches in 3 blocks - are miniature acrylic paintings on canvas:
Each individual block is signed by me and look great alone but having all three will make the absolute best display. ;)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Our chickens started to lay their first eggs. The Leghorns are the first to lay eggs. Their eggs are white as shown in the image on the right above. One of our Araucana's got jealous and decided to out do her Leghorn sister by laying the extra large green egg as shown above.
I took the picture to show comparison between the store bought brown egg on the left with my farm fresh eggs. Soon, we'll have brown eggs from our Wynadotte breed. The color of the egg is determined by the skin color as seen on the feet of the chickens. Essentially, the taste is the same as well as the nutrition level. Contrary to some belief that brown eggs are superior to white. A hen egg by any other color is still a hen egg. :)
My family got to enjoy the first eggs at this mornings breakfast. And, they were so yummy. The yolk from our chickens' eggs are darker, a bit more orange. This is due in part to their diet being supplemented with left over bread crumbs and vegetables, especially green veggies. Our chickens love the table treats and we get a nutritional boosts from the supplement as well.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I create artwork blocks for Artists in Cellophane Currently, my artblocks can be purchased at the Whitney Museum and the NYC Community Arts.
I create original art exclusively for Art-O-Mat and high quality limited edition prints on blocks the size of a cigarette pack. I received my first check from the sales the other day. It's such a great feeling to know there are people out there who will enjoy these miniature art pieces.
Currently, I'm working on new art block submissions for Art-O-Mat. Check back to see some of my latest work. :)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
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Saturday, November 15, 2008
You can purchase a high qualtiy, archival print directly from my website, Off The Cuff Art. It's printed on my Epson R1900 printer with Ultra Chrome pigment, archival ink. I use only high qualtiy, professional, acid free, heavy weight (67lb) photo paper with a luster finish. It is water and fade resistant that will last more than a lifetime with proper care.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Last night, I watched and I wept as history was being made in the United States with the election of the first, African American President, Barack Obama. After feeling so discouraged with a sense of hopelessness
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I always get a little laugh when I tell people I'm from New York, they think "the city" automatically. Although it's a reasonable assumption, New York is such a beautiful state and there's so much more than the great "Big Apple".
Friday, September 26, 2008
The combs are just starting to come out and I'm not sure yet what the shape of the comb will be once fully grown.
I finally got motivated to take my hand to working with oil paints for the first time. Above is a chicken portrait I titled "rosebud" because of the shape of the comb.
I'm now hooked on oil paints. I can see why many artists enjoy working with the medium. I don't know why I was so hesitant but I'm glad I finally took the leap.
It's a 12x16 oil painting on canvas.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I think this is unfortunate as I see the value of looking at various view points if not for anything else, to get a different perspective. As an artist, whether I write about political concerns or not, some of my art reflect my thoughts. I don't have to create art related to political subjects but as an artist, I feel compelled to do so. Art is an avenue to express societal and political concerns. And, thank goodness we continue to have this freedom of expression.
My thoughts on politics, etc., is only one part of who I am as a person. There are other facets in my interests. I hope that if you like some of the things you see on this blog, it compels you to want to see more and not rule out only one aspect of it for choosing not to subscribe.
Thank you for visiting here today.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Sarah Palin came out of nowhere to become McCain's Vice Presidential choice. Palin didn't exist to many of us and she comes with what appears to be a huge amount of baggage in tow. Palin brings to the ticket views that are to the extreme right, laced with racism and fascism. I think it's important to consider the potential implications of this particular VP nominee. And, we know if McCain is elected and croaks in office, Palin will take over. Do we really want to take a gamble on that?
Here is what I think... If Palin is so competent and has integrity as so claimed by the Republicans, why is she not coming forward to meet with the press? She has nothing to hide - right? It shouldn't be an issue, right?. In fact, Palin, in my estimation, should welcome the opportunity to come forward to clear up her "good" name.
It is not sexist to expect a Vice Presidential candidate to clear up rumor and put to rest any uncertainties about her integrity. Because I will tell you "friends", there appears to be a trail of trash in Palin's wake.
Palin claims baby, Trig is her son not daughter, Bristol's child. How is it possible for any woman to wait and travel for hours after the amniotic fluid breaks - a sure indication the baby is well on it's way to entering the world! Why haven't we seen a picture of the proud Palin taken shortly after the delivery of "her" baby? You know the one - the one taken in the hospital room after the baby is brought to the waiting arms of every mother. The sad part about all of this is that it's being questioned and her story questionable. And, why are people suspicious in the first place? Is it because Bristol is actually working on baby number two? Or, is it because Palin can't practice what she preaches regarding abstinence in her own home? Or, is it because she's a calculating liar that will use whatever means necessary to further her political ambition even if it's at the cost of her own children's welfare?
One of the most disgusting things I've read about Palin recently is that she was overheard in a local Alaskan diner referring to Barak Obama as a "Sambo" and Hillary Clinton as a "bitch". There is no room left in American society to allow for this type of mentality to prevail in Washington.
Now here's another thing to consider. If Palin doesn't meet with Joe Biden in an expected Vice Presidential debate due to some lame excuse from the Republicans, here is what I'm going to do. I'm going to write to all of my representatives (for whatever its worth) and claim foul and cover up. We, the people, have a right to see and understand exactly what Sarah Palin will bring to the table in Washington by answering challenging and straight forward questions. As well as how well she holds up under scrutiny. And, not that it would change my mind about voting for McCain because it wouldn't. It's a matter of principle to putting their money where their mouths are.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
McCain is pandering to women thinking Palin will be a viable female substitute for Hillary Clinton. Palin's views if allowed to come to any type of fruition would throw women back into the stone age being dragged by their hair. And, I'm not one to bash any one's beliefs but common on folks - do you think man was really walking the earth with the dinosaurs! It's frigging scary thinking if you ask me - but who' asking me, right!?
And, if you didn't know already, take a closer look at Palin:
Who is this Sarah Palin anyway?
Here's some basic background:
• She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.
• Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
• She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.• Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.• She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.
• She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
• How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.
Shh, the baby might actually be (who would imagine) her oldest daughter’s… It’s starting to reek with stench around here – better pull up my hip boots.
Who's Baby Is It? Your guess is as good as mine and everything comes out in the wash.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Jack and Sophia Raccoon
I would love more opportunities to work on painting children and animals. In return, I offer an archival print of my finished work in exchange for the use of the photo. Additionally, I blog about the collaborative effort giving credit back to the photo artist. All photographers with the mentioned subjects in their portfolio who are interested in cross promotion are welcome to comment on this blog for possible consideration.
Otherwise known as Minister Buster. This lovely kitty is an acrylic painting of my brother's cat. Apparently, he provides soothing ministry to all that come in contact with him.A high quality, archival 5 x 7 inch print from my original painting.
The art is printed directly from my Epson R1900 pigment ink printer on Epson professional ultra premium photo paper, 67lb (250g/m) with a luster finish. This high quality paper resists smudging, water and fading with true color quality. It is ready for matting and framing. On the back of the print is my signature, title, medium and date.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In the Spotlight - Featured team: Etsybloggers
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
On VAST, I met Janyce of Sojourn Quilts, who interviewed me about my artwork. The interview is on her blog, What Shoes I Wear. I'm very excited to have my artwork and jewelry designs highlighted on Janyce's blog. I hope you'll stop by to read the interview and view Janyce's work as well.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
We live on 5 acres in the countryside. It's so beautiful here. There is much wildlife and I've seen quite a few: deer, rabbits, gophers, wild turkeys, red tail hawks, foxes, raccoons, skunks, frogs, and lizards. The black bear live in the area and have been spotted by neighbors as well as coyotes. Some of the mentioned are predators to my sweet chickens but we've taken care to house them safely.
"Good Morning, Henrietta" was inspired by my chickens. Acrylic on canvas.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The inspiration behind this is from a ACEO Bounty challenge on Etsy called "Summer Time and the Liv'in is Easy". I thought what the heck and took a photo of my puppies as reference for this painting.
The ACEO - Art Card Edition Original, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, archival quality print is available for sale at my Etsy shop. I print the artwork on my Epson R1900 pigment ink print on professional photo paper with a luster finish. The print is guaranteed to be fade and water resistant and it looks great with true color quality.
I sign the back of the artwork with the title, date and medium.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I'm promoting the work of Etsy shop: Tulips Treasure Box There you will find a luscious assortment of beadwoven jewelry, handmade tote bags and clothing.
Bead weaving is a true art form and Tulips Treasure Box offers these great treasures at very reasonable prices.
Friday, August 1, 2008
If you have a favorite Etsy shop you want to write about, you can submit the artcle to the Etsy Directory for consideration. It's another way to promote your work while helping out another Etsy shop owner. It's a karma key.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I can't always do "feel good" art. And, this piece reflects a little bit of what's on my mind. I have a name for it but I think I'll let the viewer decide. So for now, it'll be untitled.
The art is done with ink, markers and digitally enhanced.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is Jack and Sophia Raccoon. The photo is courtesy of Amanda Smith, Etsy shop owner. Amanda does wild baby animal rescue. I saw this great photo in her shop today. I asked Amanda permission to use the photo as reference for a painting as I'm always looking for challenges. Below is my interpretation of the these cute critters.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I'm very pleased to announce my original artwork is now available for sale from ArtOMat.org , kurplunking at it's best!
These original works of miniature art on cigarette size wood blocks are vending at various locations in re-cycled cigarette machines.
You can find my name, Barbara Giordano, on the list at ArtOMat. For more information about the artwork and finding a vending machine near you, visit the artomat website for more information.
I'm so excited to be part of this unique opportunity.
Happy vending! :)
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
- Hex signs are a form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, related to Fraktur, found in the Fancy Dutch tradition in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Today some non-Pennsylvania Dutch people use the signs in a talismanic nature, although others see it as purely decorative, or "Chust for nice" in the local dialect.
Years ago, I made a trip to Lancaster, PA and became fascinated with the hex sign folklore and artwork. My family on my mother's side is of German descent so I guess it's no small wonder my interest in this form of art. Although I lived in an apartment at the time, I bought one for my home as a decorative piece.
It recently occurred to me to take the symbolism and create a work of art for wall space. Ordinarily, hex signs can be seen on the side of houses and barns. Why not bring the beauty and good fortune these hex signs represent in the form of artwork inside of our homes.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008