Monday, February 28, 2011

Updated Photo's - Lady Vols - Couple of the Year - Ralph & Doris Neal

UT Lady Vols (80) VS LSU (60)
February 27, 2011

Pics before the game...they had a great time. 
Thanks Lady Vols!!!
Aren't they just the cutest couple?


Lady Vols - Couple of the Year
Ralph & Doris Neal
 February 14, 2011
Happy Valentines Day!

Married 68 years!!!!!

Submissions for the Lady Vols - Couple of the Year were on the (Official) Lady Vols Facebook Page.  This is the photo entered with just a short story about why they should be chosen the Couple of the Year for the Lady Vols.  They have never attended a Volunteer Basketball game in person. A 'Secret Cupid' sent in the submission.  Ralph and Doris never miss a game in dueling recliners.  They know all the stats and  names for both the Lady and Men's Vols players.  The players voted on the Couple of the Year on the way to Vandy on the bus.  They won tickets to a home game and a small prize package.  Thank you Lady Vols! 

Alicia Manning announces this year's Couple of the Year winners!

Look for Doris & Ralph on the Jumbotron during the LSU - Lady Vols Game on 2/27/2011!  This is the last home game for the Lady Vols.  Go Vols!

You Rock Lady Vols! 
 Good Ole' Rocky Top! Rocky Top Tennessee!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Albert's universal views...

“When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.”

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Albert Art Blart

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ♦♦♦ Albert Einstein ♦♦♦

Monday, February 21, 2011

Today's Painting - A Play on Pollock

Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.  Jackson Pollock

A Play on Pollock

35.5" X 39" Gallery Wrapped Custom Built Frame - Mixed Media - Al Fresco Technique Utilized - Another Tactile/Textured Painting for the Visually Impaired - P.E.N. Studio Painting of the day. Thanks for visiting!

This painting is for sale.  Please contact for pricing. ☺

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Daytona 500 - Kno! Notable - Trevor Bayne !

Go Kno!  Lots of great talent here in the ♥ of Tennessee!!!!

 Bayne celebrates Sunday after winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Associated Press)

Courtesy of WT. ►Trevor Bayne wins Daytona 500. At 20, [sic] youngest winner in race’s 53-year history. ◄ I didn't write it... [sic]...LOL...... I just copied.  ☺

Years ago the family and I lived close to Daytona and had the opportunity watch a race from an infield private box behind pit row.  Wish we could have been there today to see his win!  History was made.  Proud of our hometown boy!

Trevor Bayne
KNS Press
NASCAR Official Site

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Freebie!

Friday in February Freebie Giveaway - 'Member the Mam Check'  Earrings
Post a memo to P.E.N. Studio's FB page answering this question: What is your favorite color?
The recipient will be selected at random by Godzilla and announced on Sunday.

Godzilla the Chinchilla

Friday Freebie from P.E.N. Studio.  Handmade 'Corkelry' earrings with pink hands and pink accent beads to remind a buddy and to remember to check the 'Mams'.  It's not BC awareness month but, it is the month for love.  Love yourself!  Made from a re-upcycled cork from a wine bottle.  One size fits all!  Have a FABulous Friday!   Thanks for Visiting!

We have a winner!
All the colors in the rainbow were mentioned and even some I had never even heard of ....(83 total!)  Thanks for all the emails to PEN Studio. And thanks for participating! Godzilla picked Chrome! I think he is hinting at a pint sized Harley in his Easter Basket or something...☺♥  If the Easter Bunny delivers I need to find a teeny tiny saddle bag for him to carry his raisins and Cheerios! 

Free Shipping Too!!! (Shipping in the US only at this time)

TGIF - Howl at the MOON!

It's Friday and time to prepare to Howl at the MOON!

In awe of the full moon that cast her lustrous glow upon the Smokies last night.....what a sight!

You have to be able to appreciate these things. How many people can say it was a full moon last night and appreciate it?  ♦♦♦ Sandy Miller ♦♦♦

36" X 72" Over Sized Painting
Mixed Media - Hand Hammered Copper & Aluminum Sheeting - Gold & Silver Leaf Accents
(On display at the Blue Slip Winery in the Old City)

The colors in this painting are the colors of peace and harmony in Feng Shui.
Color association of all of the five feng shui elements:
  • Wood: Brown, green
  • Earth: Light brown, light yellow
  • Fire: Purple, orange, red and strong yellow
  • Water: Blue and black
  • Metal: Gray and white
Thanks for Visiting!

Please contact for pricing

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today's Painting - Celestial FABstract

Today's Painting - Celestial FABstract

A fascination with the galaxy and viewing images from NASA prompted this Mixed media tactile FABstract.  Hand hammered copper sheeting with gold and silver leaf accents give this painting a celestial shimmer. 

Please contact for pricing.  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Just for FUN - Painting in a Day

Just for FUN - Painting in a Day

BE the Rainbow

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. Lord Byron

Searching for the proverbial rainbow is just not enough at times......sometimes you just have to BE the Rainbow!
Thanks for Visiting!
Up for Grabs @ P.E.N. Studio to purchase

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rayham Park - Dog Track in Boston - Owners Shepherd

Rayham Park - Dog Track in Boston - Owners Shepherd - Pastel Pet Portrait
(Click on image for larger view)

 P.E.N. Studio lovingly creates a unique original pet portrait from your photographs.  Order yours today!  Mother's Day is coming up!  Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

SoKno Notables! M.C. Churchill-Nash & Rick Nash!

A fellow artist Mary Charles Churchill-Nash  is a superb watercolor artist.  Check out her Links: @ Churchill - Nash  and her blog

Rick Nash is the other half.  M.C. met Rick at a wedding reception in Island Home.  He is an awesome R&B, Smooth Jazz musician.  Check out his tunes at Cagle & Nash & blog.

SoKno notables!  M.C. Churchill-Nash & Rick Nash. 
Support the Arts! 

Thursday Blart - Louise Nevelson - Abstract Expressionist Artist

Louise Nevelson - Abstract Expressionist Artist - September 23, 1899 – April 17, 1988 (Bio)
Recycling before it was chic. 
Nevelson is known for her abstract expressionist “crates” grouped together to form a new creation. She used found objects or everyday discarded things in her “assemblages” or assemblies, one of which was three stories high: "When you put together things that other people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created."

I need the MONEY!

I don't demand that all work be a masterpiece. What I am doing is the right thing for me – that is what I am and this is living. It reflects me and I reflect it. ♦ Louise Nevelson ♦

A woman before her time.  I like her.  Eccentric, eclectic, outspoken, and colorful in her own way.  I want to be like her when I grow up. 

Support the arts.  More specifically local arts. 
Buy my work!  I need the money! 
Then again don't we all need the money? 
Have a great Thursday!  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday's Blart - The effects of color

I have a passion for COLOR!  Vibrant and bold colors are the foundation for most of my work.  I have always been fascinated with color theory and the effects of color.  There have been studies to indicate that the color blue is an appetite suppressant.  Weight loss plans suggest putting your food on blue plates.  Dramatic results can also be achieved by using a blue light bulb for your dining area.  Why?  Blue food is a rare occurrence in nature. There are no leafy blue vegetables (blue lettuce?), no blue meats (blueburger, well-done please), and aside from blueberries and a few blue-purple potatoes from remote spots on the globe, blue just doesn't exist in any significant quantity as a natural food color.  I must admit that blue food would not appeal to me.  Blue is beautiful but best left on the painter's palette....or better yet nature's palette

Wow! I suppose the term 'Blue Plate Special' could take on a new meaning.  Check out Knoxville's Blue Plate Special on WDVX everyday at noon. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday's Blart


All Creatures Great and Small.  A commissioned piece in the 90's for a company in Winter Park, FL.  A unique concept at the time where photo's of your children would be placed in the scene creating a very memorable piece of art.  Pre-Scrap booking boom. 
Have a terrific Tuesday!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday, Monday....

It's. Monday....Please give me the tenacity of a weed for the rest of the week.  This morning's quickie pastel dandelion doodle.  Beginning the week with a roar!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Meaning of Color

Many of my paintings have color combinations that express a it colors associated with Fung Shui or colors in general.  The meaning of color.

Art Quote of the Day

I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.Jean-Michel Basquiat

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