Thursday, December 27, 2012

Peace in Your
Needs a new forever home 
for Valentines Day !
 ♥ Art from the heART of East Tennessee
Thanks for Visiting! ☺
Off the Art ~ Grid: My Hero...My Watch, My Clock

10 Minute Quickie Watercolor with India Ink
©PENStudio- 10 min Bird Word - Love One Another

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kokopelli Has A New Forever Home in New Mexico!

►Kokopelli Has A New Forever Home in New Mexico!

Happy Dance!  Thank You KM! ☺

P.E.N. ~ 'ing' Artist's From A to Z - Today = F

Todays F Artist = Andrea Ford from Sylva, NC.

In an effort to find Artist's who are closer to East Tennessee,  I focused my search in FAA today.  Page after page I searched for someone with the last name that begins with F. 
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

P.E.N. ~ ing Artists From a to Z Today = E

Today's Artist is  Laura Eklund

Before I even looked through her portfolio and visited her other websites, I was enthralled by her bio on Digital Consciousness

I was instantly a fan when I read this part of her bio:

"I have come to accept I am an outsider, and these days I even welcome it. I couldn't create the art I do if I thought like everyone else. Growing up in the heart of Appalachia, I was raised to understand that happiness comes from the simple, natural things in life. Not from what you have or can acquire."
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Art blART - Art ALERT!

Today while I was searching for an artist that ends with the letter E ...... I came upon Art.  Yes, that's right Art.  This Art is absolutely BRILLIANT!  Art is simply the best in creativity! Beyond compare!  A Mastermind!  Cunning in his advertising GENIUS!  

Meet Art....., Art meet my...Lookie Lookies! 
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Friday, November 16, 2012

I may be an idiot...
..> Below 29.....I may be a Dweeb....
Then again, maybe not.  : )

'P.E.N' ~ ing Artists From A to Z ~ Today = D

Today's Art Blart ~ Artists from A to Z 

D = Mary Denning
Her work with pastels are breathtaking, bold and

View her colorful creations at the > Painters Keys.

Here is a sampling.  I love the rich colors that pastels offer!

Autumn Reverie

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Art blART! - TN Art Connections

East Tennessee Events and Links
This compilation of cultural activities and events is designed to inform Tennessee residents and visitors about the rich variety of cultural experiences available in Tennessee . Any Tennessee organization's exhibits, fairs, festivals or performances with a focus on the arts can be included.
  • Athens Area Council for the Arts - Athens
  • McMinn County Living Heritage Museum - Athens
  • Birthplace of Country Music Alliance - Bristol , TN - Virginia
  • Theatre Bristol - Bristol
  • Allied Arts - Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Theatre Centre - Chattanooga
  • Arts and Education Council's Independent Film Series and Theatre Express - Chattanooga
  • Creative Discovery Museum - Chattanooga
  • 4Bridges Arts Festival - Chattanooga
  • Hunter Museum of American Art - Chattanooga
  • Riverbend Festival - Chattanooga
  • River Gallery - Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Symphony and Opera - Chattanooga
  • Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga
  • UTC Fine Arts Center - Chattanooga
  • Museum Center at 5ive Points - Cleveland
  • Appalachian Arts Craft Center - Clinton
  • Spring Heritage Festival - Coker Creek
  • Etowah Area Chamber of Commerce - Etowah
  • Art Guild at Fairfield Glade - Fairfield Glade
  • Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Gatlinburg
  • Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival - Gatlinburg
  • Robert Garren Gallery of Russian Art - Georgetown
  • Tusculum College - (Click on Arts Outreach) - Greeneville
  • Blue Plum Festival - Johnson City
  • Carroll Reece Museum - Campus of ETSU in Johnson City
  • East Tennessee State University - Johnson City
  • Hands On! Regional Museum - Johnson City
  • Johnson City Area Arts Council - Johnson City
  • Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site - Johnson City
  • Tennessee Association of Dance - Johnson City
  • International Storytelling Center - Historic Jonesborough
  • National Storytelling Network - Historic Jonesborough / Statewide
  • Arts Council of Greater Kingsport - Kingsport
  • Kingsport Theatre Guild - Kingsport
  • Symphony of the Mountains - Kingsport
  • Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra - Kingsport
  • A-1LabArts - Knoxville
  • Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville - Knoxville
  • Circle Modern Dance - Knoxville
  • East Tennessee Indian League - Knoxville
  • Jubilee Community Arts - Knoxville
  • Knoxville Museum of Art - Knoxville
  • Knoxville Opera - and Rossini Festival - Knoxville
  • Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival - Townsend
  • Rose Center and Council for the Arts and Writing Classes - Morristown
  • Children's Museum of Oak Ridge - Oak Ridge
  • Oak Ridge Art Center - Oak Ridge
  • Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc. - Oak Ridge
  • Rogersville Heritage Days - Rogersville
  • Historic Rugby - Rugby
  • Tennessee Writers Alliance - Statewide
  • 'P.E.N.' ~ ing Artists from A to Z

    'P.E.N' ~ ing Artists from A to Z 
    C = Peggy Conyers (Link)

    " I am a senior citizen who took up the challenge of painting in 1988 when my husband passed away. It has become my therapy and passion ever since. I have had no formal training and learn where I can and I am a work in progress."

    There are other links for her on PEN Studio @ ☺Book :)
    She is an amazing Artist!  

    Today I am thankful for 'life's little quotes'.  Quick little quips to brighten your day. 

    "Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can."  ~ Danny  Kaye

    Thanks for Visiting.
    Have a grand day!

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Todays Blart: How did colors get their name?

    Blart = Blogging about ART!

    I was curious as to how colors where named.  I googled it of course and there are many different answers......

    Via Yahoo answers
    According to Merriam-Webster Online, all go back to Old High German words for red, yellow and blue. This indicates that the names of these colors originated long ago during the time when the English (the germanic Anglo-Saxon tribes) were semi-barbaric and did not have writing. Thus no record survives of how these colors got their names or who named them.

    Of the secondary colors, Green comes from the Old English word Growan, "to grow"; Orange comes from the Sanskrit word Narange, which is the word for the orange tree; Purple is from the Latin word Purpura, which refers to the fantastically expensive phoenician purple dye. Again, no one knows what person came up with these names.

    According to The Art Treehouse:


    In the mid-19th century, King Ludwig I of Bavaria longed to have something like the fine lime frescoes he saw in Italy. But the damp cold climate north of the Alps destroyed anything the artists did within a short period of time. So Ludwig called on Bavarian scientists to produce a paint that would survive the harshness of their climate. The scientists organized a group called The German Society for the Promotion of Rational Methods in Painting! The group was led by Adolf Wilhelm Keim, an unusually creative fellow who discovered a potassium silicate paint that was durable in damp environments. Keim thought the science of making paint needed standardization, so he and the group developed a list of names for colors. Of course, the same mineral from a different location might have variations in color, but at least there would be a common language to use when discussing pigments.
    Here are some of the color names from the list developed by Keim and the group, many of which we still use today:
    Ultramarine Blue, Naples Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Umber, Ivory Black, Red Ocher, Green Earth, Madder Lake, Zinc White, Indian Yellow.

    Buildings painted with Keim's paint are still in good condition today: Weisser Adler house in Stein am Rhein and the Town Hall in Schwyz, Switzerland that were redecorated in 1891, together with facades in Oslo (1895) and in Traunstein, Germany (1891).

    On Answers.....
    Some dude or gal has an explanation....hmmmm, curious as to why this was chosen the best answer??????
    Best Answer
    Apparently a realy great guy called Andrew marshall named the colours. he also came up for most names in the English language. Some say that he craeted all languages and was some kind of superhuman with vastly superior intelligence. this let him come up with every language name and number he's a gr8 guy. 
    (I didn't correct this answer with spell check....could he have inhaled too much turpentine?)
    And another Answer:
    Best Answer
    (Hmmmmm is that in the Bible?)
    Least we not ignore our favorite childhood writing tools. 
    The Crayola.......
    So...If anyone has other information as to how colors where named please post in the comments...☺ 
    My inquiring mind wants to know. 
    Thanks for Visiting! 


    P.E.N. ~ ing Artist's from A to Z.......

    P.E.N. ~ ing Aritist's A to Z......
     Jumping to N to share my friend MC's fabulous watercolors.
    Commission yours today!
    Her work is spectacular.....:) !!

    Links to her websites:    While you are looking at her art check out her grooms music at:    Awesome tunes! Thanks for Visiting! 

    Christmas is but a Paw Print Away!

    God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

    - Pablo Picasso

    Pastel on Suede

    "The eye is the jewel of the body." - Henry David Thoreau
    Pet Portraits from your photographs ☺
    Thanks for Visiting! 
    Art from the of East Tennessee
    * I have been asked many times why my text is in yellow.  It is because my sister is legally blind and she can see my posts on a black background.  Love you Sis!

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    P.E.N. ~ 'ing' Artists from A to Z. Artist's who P.E.N. admires.
    A = Elizabeth Allen.

    Love her bold acrylics!

    Elizabeth Allen

    "Fire Dance"

    Elizabeth Allen

    "Fire Dance"

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Painting(s) of the day. 

    This is a textured mixed media piece.
    Two 16X20 canvas panels.
    The moon is a piece of hand hammered
    silver tin which is used in tin punching.

    At a loss as to what I should name this.....

    Please help me name the painting! ♥

    Thanks for visiting!
    ♥ Art from the ♥ of East Tennessee ♥

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Stay Strong!

    For those who are or know anyone struggling with cancer......

    Hang in There Baby!

    (F)irst. (R)ely. (O)n. (G)od.

    Original artwork
    5X7 White Scratchboard - Ink

    ♥ Art from the ♥ of East Tennessee ! ♥

    (Prints available upon request - in Private Collection)

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    The Rubik's Cube - Out of the 'Scratch Box'.....

    The home that was P.E.N. Studio was sold and razed for development.  What once housed P.E.N. Studio consisted of over 800 sq/ft.  It has since been relinquished to aproximately 8 sq/ft.  Masterpieces are stored in various storage units around SoKno and in every crook and cranny possible in the humble abode. 

    My son refers to my working space as a Rubik Cube.....boxes upon boxes contain thousands of dollars worth of art supplies and works in progress.  He said he was going to come over one day while I was out kayaking and clean house for me.  Memo to Jay:  That would surely be the death of you and a lifetime in prison for Moi'.  My ART and ART supplies are my LIFE and PASSION.    Never come between an artist and their creative outlet.  Just sayin'....... Love ya' Jay!

    The creation of art is the passion. The completion of art only ignites another creation. ~ Jeffrey Breslow

    Out of the box came a WIP....the eagle.  When I began scratching again it only had the eye on the board.  If you are wondering what Scratchboard it please refer to my scratchboard page
    to view other works and ► here .

    Thanks for Visiting!
    Art from the of East Tennessee
    Please like and share on your feeds

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Looking out over the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, the view from the rocking chair is outstanding this glorious morning!  

    You don't get outstanding things by doing things in a mediocre manner! Today is the day...Step it up, Wake UP, Live your life by fulfilling it completely.  Life is good.   ~ Markesha Yeager ~ 

    From my back porch to yours!..........
    Have an OUTSTANDING day!

    Thanks for Visiting!

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Today's Painting - Simplicity

    Simplicity - 16 X 20 - Mixed Media
    Oil/Acrylic with 14k Gold  & Silver Accents

    (Click on images for a larger view of the detail)

    Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
    ~ William Blake ~
    Thanks for Visiting!
    Art from the ♥ of East Tennessee ♥

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Not so 'Daily' Art blART - Out of the Closet

    For the love of tiny treasures tucked away in musty closets, timeless tempera, and childhood memories........a painting from the past. 

     My Mom says this piece is not for sale....."it's priceless!" 

    Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain a child once we grow up.  ≈ Pablo Picasso

    Have you ever watched a child paint?  Their complete and utter concentration?  The scribbles, the dabs, the dribbles.......the sweeping motion of the paint brush?  Oblivious to anything or anyone other than their new masterpiece?  It is a gift to watch a child paint with complete abandon.  Invest some time in your child today.  The memories and the masterpieces are "PRICELESS". 

    Useful Trivia:
    Pigments: Historical, Chemical, and Artistic Importance of Coloring Agents
    ► Tempera Artists
    Thirteen fun art activities with tempera paint
    ► Cutting the Arts in America's Public Schools is a Serious Problem
         (A dated article however, it still rings through today in the KCS System)

     Be a kid today.......jump in a rain puddle.

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Off the Art Grid: The Itch to Go Fishing....

    At least I wasn't skunked..... ☺
    Recent conversations and communications prompted me to re post this entry.  Enjoy!

    Useful Fishin' Links:

    ☼ ☼ ☼   ¿  ☼ Wet a Worm Today ☼ ...... ¿ ....... ☼ ☼ ☼
    Thanks for Visiting!

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    P.E.N. has been temporarilay out of service due to personal commitmentsHowever, I have been practicing my doodling and sketching skills while off the grid.

    Doodle OH! of friends in Florida.  Enjoy DiBru!
    Prismacolor Pencils - Pen & Ink

    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Creativity is allowing yourself to make mis,taykes.....Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~ Scott Adams (a tad bit altered by Moi')

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Come on out to the
    P.E.N. Studio will have pet portrait samples
    available for viewing.

     Art from the of East Tennessee !

    See Ya'll There !

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    From "Hail & Back" in SoKno

    Meandering around local blogs I came across this event posted on Knoxviews.

    What: From "Hail and Back" Party in South Haven Neighborhood
    When: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 5:45pm
    Where: Hillcrest United Methodist Church picnic area

    Your neighbors in South Haven invite you to a Party to celebrate surviving the April 27th, 2011 Hail Storm.  Follow the link for more information. 

    As always SoKno 'knows' how to circle our dented auto's, toss out a blanket, open the picnic basket in efforts to help one another.

    You GO SoKno! Cudo's to the South Haven Community! 

    Oh Hail!  That 'thar's a twister!

    OOAK - Tactile/Textured ART Card out of the P.E.N. Studio Shoe Box

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Love my new FAST Track Chuck Taylors!

    P.E.N. Studio will arrive in style! 
    Special Thanks to my design team ABooA!
    Chuck Taylors Rock!


    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Tini Time in Tennessee!

    Tini Time in Tennessee!

    P.E.N. has archival prints of Tini Time in Tennessee available!  Re-mail for details.....double matted and will ship anywhere in the universe.........Galactical shipments are a tad bit more and destination must be pre-approved by NASA. 

    Art from the HeART of East Tennessee ! 
    Thanks for Visiting!

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

    I'm BACK!

    Back online and speed racing around the
    SoKno Arts & Trade District fast track!

    I had the honor of participating in the Second Cash Mob in SoKno last night.  Alan Miller at the Disc Exchange  allowed Moi' to display many of my guitar themed paintings.  Thanks Alan! 

    Check out the pics (!!! here !!!)
    And of course the Press:

    Don't forget to keep up to date on the Knoxville Urban Wilderness Arts and Trades District Events!

    Follow future Cash Mob promotions @ Knox Cash Mob and on Twitter @ Knoxcashmob !

    Drop by the Disc Exchange to check out P.E.N. Studio's Eclectic Fabstracts.  Pick up a card and dial the digits for pricing.  

    An awesome turnout and a great time was had by all who attended. 

    ☺ ♥ ! √ + ►