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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Linda Blondheim Studio Newsletter August 14, 2009

Wood Farm
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Landscapes of the South
Studio: 386.462.5726
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new patron to me who purchases a painting.

Landscapes of the South
Studio: 386.462.5726
Please forward my newsletters to your friends. I need to grow my business. I'll
reward you with a tiny abstract painting.
Don't forget that I offer 10% of the sale cash referral rewards when you send a
new patron to me who purchases a painting.

August 13,2009

Computer Drama Applies to Life

A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to buy a new computer. My old one had
missing keys and issues . It still works and I have given it to my sister who is
retired and content to play solitaire and read the news online.
I don't know about you, but I become very attached to my computers. I use them
until they start threatening to crash and the keys start to fall off. They are
like very old friends. They know what you are going to do before you do it. They
save all of your useless files from 5 years ago, which you don't really need, but
feel nostalgic about. Your computer is your connection to the rest of the world
and you want to feel comfortable with it.
Along comes the new flash machine, like a sleek sports car. Smaller, lighter, better
keyboard, lots of new bells and whistles. Wowee!! this is going to be fun. Your
naivety comes to a screeching halt when the new software won't load properly for
no apparent reason, you can't hook your printer up successfully, though it says
you have one,
All the little fun quirks about your old computer don't work anymore and the new
one stares at you like you are the idiot that you are.
I have this new machine that says I can't use the printer. I had to order new software,
and I have no idea whether it will work or not. It doesn't remember all the stuff
my old pal used to do effortlessly for me. This happens every time I buy a new one.
It is definitely an adjustment period before I learn to love the new one. I think
a computer company could make a fortune if they would make some computers specifically
for the baby boomer market. They could load it up with custom software, easy to
use features and load in all the little things we love. Our favorite pages would
be already book marked, The printer software stuff would already be loaded. it
would be ready to turn on and get on with, just like our old one.
I think my new computer issue really applies to most of our experiences in life.
New painting surfaces, a new easel, new brushes and new techniques always prove
to be a challenge for me, cause they are new!!

The older we get the harder to make the adjustments in our lives, but we must make
them even if we are afraid to. Nothing paralyzes us more than fear of change. The
world can change and leave us behind if we aren't careful.
I've noticed that so many people my age are beginning to be timid about travel,
doing things by themselves, learning new techniques and taking even minor risks.
They are afraid to do much without a companion, husband, or wife. I think this
is the "real" risky behavior, because they are beginning to lose the joy of life,
playing it safe and sinking into boredom and safeness rather than meeting new challenges.
They will become old, not because of their physical or chronological age, but because
they have chosen to stop living. There is too much "I'm too old" attitude going
around lately. I'd rather slide into the grave on two wheels, knowing that I lived
to the fullest than to live a long time in fear. Why in the world are people in
their 60's calling themselves old?
Of course we have more physical limitations, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I
look like a train wreck, but I'm not old in my heart and soul. I'm still young and
full of fun and we all should be. "Go big or Go Home" is some advice I got years
ago from a dear friend. I live it every day.


Yard Work

My battle with yard work continues. I must be the only Southerner on the planet
who hates Azaleas. Of course the yard is full of them and they are like beasts
to cut down to size. Every day I go out and do battle with them for a half hour.
I am determined to go around the entire yard, cutting and slashing back overgrown
bushes. My mother who is now 86, was an avid gardener and planted bushes and trees
all over the yard in her gardening days. Now they have become monsters and I must
tame them in order to discourage the snakes from visiting. Now they will become
beautiful again and thrive with lovely blooms. I expect by mid fall, I will have
won the battle in the yard and have a great sense of satisfaction in having done
this formidable chore.
Let me state emphatically, that I am not a garden/yard work person. My idea of a
great yard is concrete painted green with a couple of potted plants. I kid you
not!! I remember as a kid waking up with dread on Saturday morning because if meant
helping my mother in the yard. This was the routine in our house. Which ever kid
was unlucky enough to be home was destined to do either house work or yard work.
In those days kids were actually required to do family chores and contribute to
the well being for all. There were three of us, so we rotated through the ghastly
chores listed for us. Yard work was dreaded the most. Unfortunately, as my sisters
were older than me, guess who won the door prize for yard work?
Fall wasn't as bad as summer. In the fall we did a lot of trimming back and leaf
raking. I never understood why you have to rake leaves. I love them laying around
on the ground. My old dog Anchor used to roll around in them while I painted, having
great fun. Now Henry has taken over in the chew sticks and roll in leaves job that
Anchor held for so many years.
The one job I do like in the yard is composting. I had to give it up because doggies
love to eat rotting food, don't ask me why. I used to have a big compost heap in
the back yard but Anchor got into it so much that I gave up. Since Henry will eat
anything including batteries, I dare not try again. I suppose I should buy one
of those compost gizmos that are in a cage that you turn and rotate.
I am feeling the great anticipation for my yard in the fall. I do a series of paintings
called My Yard each year from September-November. Henry and I love it. Last year
was his first My Yard season. He managed to chew up a couple of bushes and eat a
bag of fertilizer, but we survived it. This year will be less eventful as he is
growing up.
Here are some links on composting you may find useful: [] [] [] []

How About a Recipe?

Roasted Vegetables with Wrights Bacon

2 carrots per person cut in large pieces
1 large baking potato per person pealed and left whole
3 celery stalks chopped
1 large onion sliced
1 sweet potato per person pealed and left whole
1 pound of green beans trimmed
2 Roma tomatoes per person left whole
3 garlic cloves left whole
2 slices Wrights Bacon cut into fourths per person or one ham steak per person cut
into fourths
1 TSP dried thyme
cracked black pepper
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
sea salt
dash of good paprika

Place veges ( any kind of roasting vege will work, like parsnips, egg plant etc.)
and meat in a deep cast iron pan or heavy roasting pan. You know me, I'm a cast
iron freak!!

Mix EVOO,brown sugar and spices thoroughly and pour over veges, mixing everything
thoroughly. Place a foil top or lid on pan and roast in oven for 3 hours at 350
degrees. Check after two and a half hours to turn veges and see if they are beginning
to caramelize. You can take lid off and finish browning them.

Cook's Tip:

You can look like a gourmet chef by adding a few things to butter or cream cheese
for bagels and toast. People are always impressed by flavored condiments.

Flavor your butter by beating in one of the following:

Chopped chives
Raspberry jam
strawberry jam
roasted garlic
cracked black pepper
red pepper flakes
cinnamon and brown sugar
orange or lemon zest

For cream cheese:

chopped carrots
red onions
smoked salmon
dry Good Seasons dressing mix
chopped spinach
bell peppers
hot peppers
crock cheddar cheese
roasted nuts


Looking For the Right Artist

It seems to me that it has become more important to do business with people we trust
and have an comfortable relationship with. As the world becomes less personal and
less one on one in business, I crave a more meaningful interaction with people.
I begin to notice the good service I get at a restaurant, or in a store more than
I used to, perhaps because it is rare.

I think the same applies in any relationship you have with an artist. Art is a serious
and joyful investment. A fine painting is something you will display with pride.
A painting serves your deeper emotional needs as well as your more simplistic need
for something to brighten or decorate a room. When I purchase art, I am also committing
to a relationship with the artist who paints it. That relationship enriches my
experience so much. I know artists who are not kind people. They are arrogant and
care little for the patrons who support them. Frankly, I would never buy a painting
from them, no matter how beautiful. I must feel good about the artist I buy from.
Most of my patrons become my personal friends. We have a rich experience together
along the journey of life and art. I wouldn't want it to be any other way.
If you are considering a purchase of art, I urge you to get to know the artist and
about their dreams and focus. You may find a treasured friendship waiting for you.
If you are attracted to an artist's work, the chances are that you will have things
in common. If you love the coast, find an artist that loves it and who paints there
frequently. If you love Tuscany or Provence, look for an artist who paints and
travels there, who is in love with it too. If you love paintings of the west and
the Rockies, find a painter who paints there. And if you love North Florida, look
around here for the painters who loves it too. There is no artist who will understand
the place you love more than one who loves it too. That's why I don't paint Europe,
or the South West or California, though many Florida painters try to emulate painters
who paint those places, because they are popular. I paint what I most treasure and
my heart and soul go into that subject.
Find an artist who loves what you love the most and you will know he/she is the
right one to collect for you.

Out Painting

I'll be in St Augustine this Friday, but will try to get over to Paddiwhack on Saturday
morning from 11AM - 1 PM

I've started painting out in front of my gallery in Gainesville; Paddiwhack Gallery
next to Fresh Market on 16th Avenue. I'll be there on Fridays, unless I'm traveling,
from 11 AM-1 PM for the summer. In the fall, I may extend the time. It's a great
way for me to make new friends and show my paintings to others. Come by on a Friday
and chat with me.

Paddiwhack Gallery next to Fresh Market
On Fridays
11 AM- 1PM

This Week's Ebay Paintings

Opening Bid:$3.99
Retail Price:55.00
S & H: Free
No Reserve
Type Blondheim Art into the Ebay search window.

I certainly am enjoying painting in front of

Paddiwhack Gallery each week. Thanks for stopping by to see me last Friday Warren.


August Special:
Is a "make an offer" auction for this painting. You must offer at least 10.00, and
be willing to pay sales tax and shipping, or pick up at my studio. I will post the
highest offer on the newsletter each week, and the offers will close on August 31
at 9 PM. To make an offer, email me at []Write
"Make an Offer" in the subject line.

The winner will be notified on September first.

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