Andy opened our home to Airbnb last week. We are used to entertaining friends in our home, from just for an evening party to a few weeks at a time.
Up until last week, we had some simple cardboard signs and blue painters tape for house signs like Bathroom, Trash, Recycle, etc. These are great for a few hours...but for months? Tacky and ugly.
Soooo, I designed some fun cartoony signs, based on our cat Simon. I’ll be showing them here as I finish, lol. Andy’s happily hung them around our home. Our guests, I think, are enjoying them, lol.
If you’d like some signs for your home, I’d be excited to help you. Send your pet or favorite animal photo and I can design the signs you want. My email is angeline@angelinemarie (dot) net and investment starts at $25 per sign.
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
to see our Airbnb listings:
For South Africa Room
For Key West Room
There are two pet holidays this week!
This Thursday, August 8th, is International Cat Day. I wonder what Heathclif and Garfield are doing all day?
This Saturday, August 10th, is Spoil Your Dog Day. It is also happens to be National Be Lazy Day...maybe take lots of naps with your dog?
I'll be adding some paint to big pup Carly while cat Simon sips from his very own studio water dish. If I'm lazy at all, it will on purpose, swinging from our hammock while enjoying time with my guy Andy.
Whatever you do, are you going to give a scratch behind the ears to your best furry friend?
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
May We Help Hang Catnip? 14 by 11 inches, acrylics on canvas, in a private collection
Dudley, Family Protector, 11 by 7 inches, acrylics on wood panel, in a private collection
The last few months, I've been working on a dream project. I've based a lot from our wedding, Andy & mine. We had six months to plan our wedding...and as I looked around the wedding market place, I couldn't find what I really wanted for us. With six months and no painting studio, it was even more difficult to imagine anything unique for us, made by us. We managed a few unique touches, like our invitations and our table names with photos we printed. Other than that, we had a very lovely and traditional wedding, lol.
I'm proposing a little idea of Your Story, Your Wedding, Your Memories. Featured here is an original painting I made for the center of canvas for our guests to sign like a book.
It's definitely Our Story, It's definitely Our Memories.
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Best Leaders Learn from Art https://hbr.org/2018/04/the-best-leaders-see-things-that-others-dont-art-can-help
The gist of the article in the above link is that if you'd like to become more creative, go see art and discuss that art with people from different backgrounds. The best leaders see things that others don’t. Art can help by opening conversations about what you see and what others see.
The last few years, I've made an effort to go see other people's artwork. It helps me gather different ideas, see from new places. I love seeing how materials come together to make artwork. It's just a healthy mental thing for me to do.
Andy knows that my going to galleries and museums makes me spark…like motorcycles make him spark. Sometimes, Andy will go with me, but then we keep it to one gallery or a museum section. He knows what he likes and will give a chance to art he doesn't like and then we do talk about it.
If you're a leader, go see some art. Want to be a leader? Go see some art. If you'd like to invite me, I'd love to go with you! Let's be leaders! Let’s discuss!
Smiles with paint on my hands,
I just did a quick Google search to look up publishers like F+W Media. I gave up - too many for me to research.
Why do you want to know that F+W Media filed bankruptcy?
Because F+W MediaPublishing is
Below is from a blog that I follow called Making A Mark:
Excerpt from article:
I'm not surprised by the fact of the bankruptcy - except by the length of time they have managed to last....
It pains me to say this but I saw this coming a very long time ago when I realised that the owners failed to grasp the reality of the move of commerce to online and what the requirements are of a new type of business model. They seemed to have a vision of ecommerce which was was corporate and conglomerate and failed to realise how nimbler smaller operations would move faster to satisfy demand from its consumers.
To my mind, it was a lumbering giant in an ecommerce world full of micro-entrepreneurs.
My perspective is from someone who loves holding a real published book in my hands. I love to browse hardcopy books. My studio hardcopy library is full of books published by F+W Media. I love going to my shelves and browsing these books.
I also have little patience when I want to learn something. I have a love-hate relationship with the internet. I completely agree with Making a Mark that F+W Media is being mismanaged...but giants are wonderful because they can be easily found and "reduced" to what you want. All those micro-entrepreneurs, I recognize that I am one, too. We get lost in masses, us micro-entrepreneurs. It's just not that easy to get content when you want it from a huge crowd of stuff - and decide if that content is even usable!
I'll be watching what happens with F+W Media, closely.
You can read the entire article by Making a Mark, published (ironically on mi Papa's 102nd birthday 3/14/19 if he were here) here: https://makingamark.blogspot.com/2019/03/owner-of-artist-network-wet-canvas.html
Some of the books in my collection...some from F&W, some exhibit catalogs, some other stuff books.
A laser device selling for about $80,000 US will safely erase pen and spray paint from Italian monuments. It takes one person about 20 minutes to erase an area of 10 square centimeters, about 1.55 square inches.
Seems the pen is used across the world, especially at UNESCO world heritage sites.
I have to wonder, though. The monuments made of stone...would soap and water be easier and still safe to use? If it's made of stone, would a pressure washer occasionally used be ok?
I do believe that it is important to save artworks and monuments from graffiti and vandalism, but is this the best way to save artworks and monuments from graffiti?
What do you think? Read the entire article here: http://artdaily.com/news/111881/World-s-first-graffiti-busting-laser-helps-Florence-s--Angels-#.XIY_HCJKi70
Sprinkles and Carousels with Aqua Girl with Yellow Circles, 22 x 8 inches, collage on paper ©2019 Angeline Marie Martinez
Blanco y Blanco's Jeanne made up a painting station for those kids and big kids that wanted to use stencils to paint their own cats.
I decided to take a few clip boards and pencils and ask the adults (big shy kids who would never try to paint) if they wanted to try sketching a cat.
I am proud to display two courageous as well as stupendous sketches of cats!!!! They each did a super work of getting the movement down of the cat or kitten they were watching. After all, that's what's fun about drawing - getting the idea on paper!
Applaud them along with me! I don't have their names and one left their sketches (which are going into my sketchbook, ja ja ja, as a fun memory of this day).
If you've not yet been to a cat cafe - meWOW! Andy and I got there early to set up and meWOW!
The volunteers from Abandoned Pet Rescue (APR) determined that three adult cats, two just out of kitten hood, and a whole little of kittens had the personality to enjoy humans wanting to give them attention. The volunteers came in with the carriers, and we heard the cats before we saw them. Yoga mats, toys, a cat condo, food and water dishes, a corral were all brought out. The carriers were set in the back and opened. Slowly, the cats sneaked out...and found all the places they wanted to visit.
At one point, there were at least 50 people in Blanco y Blanco, all holding purring cats or kittens, playing with them, walking and enjoying them play with each other. The space never felt crowded - unless you were someone waiting their turn for a cat, lol! Most of the people treats were enjoyed while waiting for a cat to be freed.
Andy & I truly enjoyed the Pop Up Cat Cafe by Abandoned Pet Rescue. It was an easy fun afternoon for almost everyone involved, including the cats! I don't know how many cats were actually adopted, but I certainly hope a few were. Non profit shelters take note: if you can find a lovely space for a Pop Up Cat Cafe closer to Homestead, Florida, yes, we'll take my Goofy Cat Paintings and help your event!
Without further ado...the photos, lol!!!!
The little Red Cat will be this upset if you don't make it to the Cat Cafe. Won't you make him happy by enjoying some cats and treats for both cats and humans?
Come and see Pop Up Cat Cafe for Abandoned Pet Rescue Org, Adopt a Cat
Saturday, June 1st, 2019, noon to 3pm at Blanco y Blanco Arts located at 1147 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 which can be found at https://goo.gl/maps/bpFVHRvafeshgcBj8 and more info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-cat-cafe-tickets-55483208771?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Can't make it there in person? Any Goofy Cat paintings sold online before June 1st, 2019, will still have funds donated to Abandoned Pet Rescue! See more here: https://www.angelinemarie.net/store/c8/Cats_Paintings_for_Adoption.html