Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Celebration Deal...

Wow...I bet you didn't think you'd see me back here so quickly, did you?

I am so giddy about being published in the newest issue of Pasticcio Quartz, and I want to celebrate it in some way.  So...I decided to share the celebration with you.

During the holiday shopping season, all purchases from my online shop will come with a free print of "An Unexpected Visitor"...(Excluding ACEO print purchases).

My prints are super rich in color and are printed out with high quality inks on HP Premium Plus Photo Paper. The image itself measures 4" x 6", but the print comes, centered, on a full sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper, so you have ample room to mat and frame.

There may be a give-away in the near future as well, but since most of my blog friends are having a terrible time leaving comments, I don't know if I'll do the give-away here or somewhere else.  I'll let you know!

Thank you so much for all the kind emails regarding my art work and the publication of my "Little Red" piece. I appreciate each and every email.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at gerushiasworld@aol.com.

Until Next Time
Gerushia's New World

Monday, November 28, 2011

Lost in That Whirlwind of Time ~

Well, here I am again, lost in that constant whirlwind of passing time.  I adore my blog so very much, and even more, I love the people that I have met through my blog.  Somehow, I find it difficult to keep up with my blog.  I seem to be constantly in the middle of something that keeps me from blogging. I admit it...my life is a whirlwind!!

So, with all of that being said, I still refuse to give up my blog.  I still have good intentions and I want to get back to journaling at least a few times a week.  I do hope to see you all more often and I can't wait to get caught up on reading your blogs as well.

Time is flying crazy fast for me.  It seems it was only yesterday that my garden was in bloom, sharing the scents of a warm summer morning...

Then....I closed my eyes for just a split second and this happened...

Then, another wee second, and this happened...

During these faster than the speed of light days, I have managed to accomplish a few tasks.  I finally got all of my pieces from the "Connecting Spaces" show listed in my shop for the holiday shopping season.  There are 13 altogether.  5 framed, original ACEOS and 8 framed (or unframed) original 4" x 6" pieces.  See anything you like?

You can find my original, framed ACEOs by clicking here.  You can also find all of my original 4" x 6" pieces.  You can purchase them framed as they hung in the gallery, or you can purchase them unframed.  Click right here to see these originals.  They have all been discounted for the holidays.  AND...you can also have a look at my prints..  They have been deeply discounted for the holidays as well.  Simply click right here to see my prints.

Now...here's a tidbit of news that I am so happy about.  My Little Red Riding Hood inspired piece "An Unexpected Visitor" was included in Pasticcio Quartz Issue 13.  This artzine is so rich and delicious. Created by Sarah Fishburn and Angela Cartwright, this beautiful zine is always full of insightful articles and yummy eye candy.  

Here's a sneak peek of the "Little Red Riding Hood" article...

Yep, that's my piece in the upper right hand corner.  I am humbled to be included with so many great and whimsical artists in this article.  Thank you Sarah and Angela for thinking of me!

This particular original piece is not being offered for sale in my shop, because my daughter has claimed it!  BUT, you can purchase it in print form right here!

So....as you see, my life really is a crazy whirlwind.  In between the art projects, taking care of my shop, doing my other "stuff" like cooking and taking care of my family, I've managed to accomplish a few things and still find my way back here (even though it's been over 2 months)!

I won't promise that I'll be back soon...but I WILL be back!

Until Next Time
Gerushia's New World

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ready for Adoption ~


The 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts has come and gone, but will live on in memories and photos.  A good time was had by all, and the opening ceremonies were beautiful.

I am thankful and humbled to have been included in the The Welsh Mythology and Legends Art Show.  I created a piece specifically for the show and it was also published in the book entitled: "A Welsh Alphabet"  by Lorin Morgan-Richards

Now...it's time for the original art piece to find a good home.  I have just listed "Plentyn Newid" (A Welsh Changeling Story) in my Art Shop.  

Plentyn Newid is Welsh for new child.  This watercolor / collage is a changeling story.  A mother wakes up to find her child missing and replaced with a shriveled beast. (I left the image of the shriveled beast to your own imagination).

The canvas measures 4" x 6" and is matted and framed in an 8" x 10" frame.  Included is a black, tabletop easel.

With the purchase of this piece comes a free copy of  the book "A Welsh Alphabet".

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at gerushiasworld@aol.com.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Friday, September 23, 2011

In Honor of the West Coast Welsh Festival of Arts...

Good Morning:

Just a quick little post before I'm off for a weekend of Welsh goodness....art, poetry, music and interesting food!  I will be attending the Welsh Mythology and Legend Art Show as well, as I am a contributing artist.

The opening ceremonies for the 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts are taking place tonight. I will be gone for the better part of the weekend, so I wanted to pop in and let you know about a little special going on in my Art Shop this weekend only...In honor of this weekend's festival, I am offering free shipping worldwide on the print version of my Welsh piece entitled: "Plentyn Newid"...(A Welsh Changeling Story).  If you're interested, click HERE .

This print is vibrant and quite dramatic "in real life", but the colors just aren't true on a silly computer monitor. This is actually one of my favorite pieces, as it has all sorts of secret meanings hidden about.

Hope you have a super great weekend!
Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Special Birthday, a Fabulous Festival and Other Assorted Odds and Ends...


So glad you stopped by.  I have been so very busy preparing for the Welsh Mythology and Legend Art Show, that I haven't had much time to spend on my blog.

The 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts is going to be a fantastic festival, taking place this coming weekend...September 23rd thru September 25.  It's being held at the Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood, California.  For those of you who are local...stop by if you can.  I'll be there on Friday evening and all day Saturday.

My art piece entitled "Plentyn Newid" will be in the Mythology and Legend Art Show ~
(Please Note:  This piece is available in print form in my shop).

and I'll be hanging around enjoying the festival throughout the weekend.  I'm especially looking forward to meeting Mari Lwyd ~

Ohhh....and also, all of the art pieces that make-up the Mythology and Legend art show will be in this book, available for purchase at the festival and will later be available on Amazon  ~

Throughout the week, I've been busy preparing my piece for the show.  Finally found a frame I'm happy enough with but still haven't managed to get a good photo.  I'm sure you can get the idea, though ~

So much to keep me busy lately, and all the while, I seem to have a sick kitty.  He's certainly not himself lately and I'm afraid it's something serious.  I have an idea about what might be wrong, but I won't know for sure until after his vet appointment.  He's oldish...but not so old for a cat ~ 12-1/2 years old ~

And, alas...during this very busy weekend, there is a birthday as well.  (Which is why I won't be attending the festival on Sunday).  This guy is turning 22!!  ~

I am sometimes stunned and taken by surprise by life in general.  Festivals, birthdays, sickness....the sands of time.  It's almost as though I can literally feel the sand escaping my hands, pouring through my fingers and puddling up only to be blown away by a hot desert wind.

I try to concentrate on the here and now, holding tight to the good memories and being hopeful for the future.

So, as I am off for another busy day at the gallery, I am thankful for the opportunities that have come my way as an artist....but most of all, I am simply thankful.

Until Next Time
Gerushia's New World

P.S.  My friend Shell, was kind enough to give me a special make-over before the festival.  I'm so excited to show off my new look!

See You Soon:

Monday, September 12, 2011

An Unexpected Blessing...

Each and every day, I make a point of acknowledging the things I am thankful for.  Some days, I shake my head in awe of my blessings ~ even when things are difficult.  Even when life throws me a curve ball that knocks the breath out of me, my blessings are still apparent...

From the best seat in the house ~

...and in good company, I might add ~

I revisit my journey...my unexpected blessing ~

My humbleness and gratitude are immense ~

Honored with the support of old friends ~

 best friends ~ 

...and the love of my family (my sons were at the opening but weren't in the photos...sneaky dogs) ~

I realized a secret dream, a little life goal that came true.  Something magical and spectacular...


Each day is magical and spectacular.  I never lose sight of that.  I look closely to find natures art ~ 

Confetti pinks ~

Stunning coral...alive in the desert ~ 

Late blooming Cosmos, already offering seed for next year ~ 

...and peek-a-boo yellows and warm oranges, hinting at the on-coming Autumn ~ 

Everyday blessings.  I remind myself to notice, to look, to smell.  

Special days are sweet and meeting a goal is grand...BUT, look deep, because Everyday is sweet and grand.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

P.S.  There were some friends that drove a long way and were accidentally not included in any photos.  You know who you are and I am so thankful for your support.  And to Amanda...a new generation of art lover...thank you for coming with your mom and thank you for your sweetness.

Friday, September 9, 2011

"Connecting Spaces"

Well....afer much preparation, lots of worry and excitement and with a completely new body of work created over the summer ~ tonight is finally in sight.  Tonight is the opening reception of "Connecting Spaces".  I have 16 new pieces in the show.  Along with my work, you can see the work of  r. mike nicholsNoreen Ring, and Jim Behrman.

r. mike nichols is the man behind the idea of "Connecting Spaces".  He saw a thread that ran through all of our work that connected us.  Some color and whimsy...some surrealistic aspects.  Yet, we are each completely different than one another.  

Mike is a fantastic painter. Using watercolor and sometimes acrylic,  he creates a bright world filled with floating men, surreal landscapes and beloved pets. 

Noreen Ring creates amazing textile art quilts.  They reflect a connection with her surroundings. Rolling hills, big skies, stars and moon ~  they all fit together in perfect harmony. 

Jim Behrman is a master "robot creator".  Wow...he captures whimsical personalities and thoughtful humor with found objects.  You just need to see his work in person!

Then there's me ~ and since you're reading my blog, I'm hoping that you already know my work!

So...if your're local to the Riverside, California region and you'd like to view some fabulous art, meet some interesting folks and score some free food and drink, come on by and say hello.  We would love to meet you!

I'll be back in the next few days with some photos of the event...you can be sure of that.

Until Next Time:

Gerushia's New World 

Monday, August 29, 2011

And Now For The Difficult Part...

Hello There:

As some of you know, I have been busy gathering a few older original pieces and creating lots of new pieces for the upcoming show "Connecting Spaces".  I truly adore what I do.  Creating the new pieces took hours and hours...days and days...months and months ~ and now the hard part begins....Framing the pieces!

I have already started the process...but still have 7 more to go.  Next comes the wiring.  As usual, I am pushing myself to the deadline.

When I started this project, my desk was so clean and tidy.  Now....not so much...

I am enjoying the whole exciting process, but am looking forward to taking a break from the studio and putting a bit of focus back on my new Zibbet shop.  Ohhh, just a little heads up ~ I'm having a sale in my shop right this very minute.  Everything in the entire shop is 15% off and there is no coupon code needed.  The items have already been marked down for you.  Really, it's a silly sale in honor of this terribly hot weather.  I think it's too hot NOT to have a sale.  Stop by and see the goodies while they're marked down.  I'd love to have you!

In between framing, wiring and hosting a sale in my shop...I am busily thinking about this...

and this...

and this...

Ohhh....and this too

And...can you believe it?  My art piece created for the Welsh Mythology and Legend Art Show will be included in this This Book ...

Written by Lorin Morgan-Richards and published for the Welsh Festival.  It will also be offered on Amazon.com at a later date.

So...as you can see, I'm a busy gal.  But, with the days getting shorter and the smell of Autumn just around the corner, I am enjoying each bit of goodness that comes my way....yep, even the framing!

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

The Winner Is...

Hello There:

Well, it looks like a few more people were able to leave comments, although I did receive a number of emails from folks that weren't able to leave a comment....I don't know what else to do.  I'll keep scratching at blooger to find out why this is happening.  In the meantime, the winner of the give-away is Heidi.

Congratulations, Heidi.  Please contact me with your print choices and your mailing address!  Thanks so much for playing.

I'll be back very soon with a NON give-away post.  ;)

Until next time:
Gerushia's New World

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Okay ~ One More Time With the Give-Away...

Hello There:

I can't believe I'm doing this again so soon.  I'm trying another give-away, but it will only run from now through tomorrow evening, Sunday August 28 at 7:00 pm pacific time.  The winner will be chosen at random and will be given the opportunity  to choose any two (4" x 6") prints from my Zibbet shop.  You don't need to have an account with Zibbet, it just happens to be the place where you can view my "inventory" of 4" x 6" prints.

The reason I'm hosting another give-away so soon after the last is because I have changed some settings on my blog.  I was finally able to speak with someone at blogger that, I think, actually straightened out my situation.  You see, over the last year or so, folks would come over to my blog, read it and try to leave a comment.  They weren't able to leave a comment, so they weren't able to participate in my give-aways.   This is really an experiment, and I'm hoping that the "comment situation" has finally been resolved.  If not, my give-aways will be hosted on my facebook page from now on.

So....if you'd like to play, please leave a comment.  If you are unable to leave a comment, then please...email me and let me know what your experience was when trying to use the comment form.

Keeping my fingers crossed that this works!!

Gerushia's New World

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Little Changes...

There's a melancholy glow in the air this time of year.  A necessary sadness between Summer and Fall, I suppose.  This shift often brings change to my life.  Over the years, many of the biggest changes in my life have taken place at that point between Summer and Fall, when the red-heat turns yellowy and the sky blue is clear and charged.  

Honestly, I'm hopeful that this season will not bring any big changes...tiny changes are good enough for me, at least for the time being.  

Looking back over the Summer, and especially the last few weeks, I can see the small changes.  Good things that are appreciated and treasured....adventures and new opportunities.

Through the entire Summer, I have been creating a body of work for a group show at The Riverside Arts Project.  The show will include not only my work, but the work of 3 other fantastic, local artists...

The show runs from September 6 ~ November 2, with the opening reception taking place on Friday September 9th.

All season, the show seemed like a distant dream, something that was so far away and truly out of reach.  Now, with the show just around the corner, I am still busy creating and framing.  This is not only a fabulous opportunity, but marks a little change as well.  This show is taking me to a local level . I'm happy about that.  It's important to bring art to the local community and I'm proud to be included in this group of artists.

During the last few weeks, there have been little changes all about.  Junior decided to go for a new look and has acquired quite a fancy mohawk, thanks to his groomer, Londa.  She dyed his mohawk doggy-purple and used him in a photo shoot.  Unfortunately, by the time Junior arrived home, he was very hyper and his new do was lacking.  

One of the wee changes that I have enjoyed recently is working in an art journal.  When I was in high school, I carried an art journal with me everywhere I went.  I doodled, drew and wrote poetry and always made sure to carry it in my bag.  I truly adore what I do, but my watercolor/collage keeps me chained to a chair and hunched over a desk with my nose about an inch above my work.  There's a freedom with my journal and I'm loving that...

I daydream that this little structure is my studio and I can sit quietly in a cushy chair just doodling in my journal...

Before I started working on so many new pieces for the "Connecting Spaces" show, I decided I should start fresh and I cleaned my little desk...sorted through hundreds of tiny heads and hands and all sorts of animaly paper snippets.  I dusted and stacked and made everything within easy reach.  Isn't it lovely?  Unfortunately it looked like this for approximately 17 minutes!  But, it was a good change while it lasted!

During all the busy studio days, I managed to take a bit of time out to journey to Hollywood to have my "Dancing Fiona" tattoo finished.  I told you that already!  But, I have a few photos that I'd like to share, as they are just fun, fun, fun.  Plus....it's always good to have a look at Dan Smith.  He's such a sweetheart...

Here we are talking about the composition of the new addition...

I'm just sharing this photo with you simply because it's so darn cute...

I love these next two photos because they really give you a good idea of the outlining process and that little bit of swelling that takes place...

Visiting High Voltage Tattoo is always a fabulous journey.  Honestly, the folks that work there are so kind and extremely patient.  There are people in and out of that shop in a constant flow.  Mostly just looking and hoping to catch a glimpse of someone they might recognize from the show L.A. Ink.  They are always so sweet about taking photos with the customers.  Greg Siebel (one of the shop managers) is such a nice guy and he's always willing to stop for a photo.  This is Greg with my daughter..

(Thanks to Rochelle Rosenkild for all the fantastic High Voltage photos).

As always, the journey to High Voltage came to an end and it was back to work, as usual.  But...it's great to have the photos (and the new addition of Sweet Peas to my tattoo).  I'm more than fairly sure I'll be journeying back to HVT again!

So....looking back over the last few weeks, I see some small changes, opportunities and fun times.  Through it all, little by little, day by day....the air is changing.  Soon, the leaves will be changing as well.  I appreciate all these little changes and happenings, even through the oncoming melancholy that the changing season will bring.  I can smell the change in the air. And....you know, melancholy isn't always bad.  It's a sort of sadness but not a grief or painful sadness...just a little tickle on the heart.  I'm okay with that.

Now, I am off to the studio.  I will continue to create new pieces until I run out of time, I reckon!  Would you like to see my two newest pieces?  

This piece is called "Guardians of the Questionable Motive" and can be found in print form in my Zibbet shop.

(Basically...the two little boys sitting on the steps are up to no good. The "guardians" (in the background) are there to make sure that the wee boys carry out their dastardly plan).

This piece is entitled "The Haunting of La Llorona" and it can also be found in print form in my Zibbet shop ~

Of all the little pieces I have created over the years....this one may be my favorite.  It is darker than usual and not whimsical at all.  I love the legend of La Llorona and it's quite prevalent throughout this region.  I also adore the fact that the "weeping woman" is my daughter.  She is a fantastic model and always knows exactly what I need.  I hope you like this new piece as well, as it is a bit darker than my usual odd and whimsical art.

If you are interested in either of these pieces in print form and you don't have a zibbet account, just give me a holler.

Okay, I'm off.  Off to work I go.  

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World