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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Book Reviews

Google Alerts notified me of a book review of The New Creative Artist and Confident Color. Thanks, Brenda Thebeau. I enjoyed reading Brenda's blog eSynergy and have added it to my blog list.

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Brush tip

In an email exchange Stephen Martinez asked how to remove the coating from brushes and I suggested swishing in warm water. That didn't work for him, but here's what he wrote next: "Nita, Success! I added a few drops of Dawn Liquid Dishwashing detergent to a very warm glass of water. I let them soak for about ten minutes. Success! The brushes are free of the coating and ready to use." Any other ideas about this?

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Web site updates

poinsettiaI've been months behind on my Web site with long lists of links-to-add and outdated entries. I hate it when that happens. Last weekend I got all the links entered; then, I discovered I had a lot more to do. I hadn't made pages for my two DVDs, released early in the year. That done, I looked at the calendar and realized I hadn't yet worked out a Holiday Special. I finally put one together and extended the deadline to January 15th. I envy artists who have people to do these things, or at least, to remind them what has to be done. I can only hope I didn't make too many mistakes on the updates. My HTML skills are out-of-date, too. Oh, well, I'm somewhat caught up for the nonce. Probably should begin thinking about Christmas shopping and decorating.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

What a shock!

My email this morning contained a warning that a link on my home page went to a pornographic site. Nasty. I've removed the link, but if you have linked to my home page, please do a "renew" of the page to eliminate the offending link. Apparently, the site with the original citation no longer exists and the porn site is using their link. I was horrified. I hope if you find such an intrusion on any site that you'll notify the owner as Kathe did for me, so corrections can be made.

I suppose it's time check all the links on my site, but that's a daunting task, since I have so many. I've checked every site before listing it, but who knows what happens when a site goes down? Well, now I know, I guess.

Don't ask me the name of the offending site. I've erased all reference to it on my Web site and computer.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Gingerbread Art

My granddaughter was so proud of this gingerbread house she made a couple of years ago in preschool. At her elementary school last week I saw a big display case filled with little gingerbread houses. Wish I had taken a photo. The kids must have had fun with that little project.

The Fort Wayne History Center in Allen County, Indiana, is celebrating the holidays with a display of fantastic, artsy gingerbread houses from now until December 13. Read more details in this review from Art to Art Palette online.