Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Little Bit of Magic (and some awards:)

Here is my latest acrylic painting, "A Little Bit of Magic," on a 5"x7" stretched canvas.
She won't say what she is brewing up...a love potion perhaps? :) She is availbale in my shop.

And in other news...I was so excited to receive this little blog award from the lovely faerwillow! Thank you so much! :)

She gave me some questions to answer upon my receipt of this award. Here goes:

1. If you had one chance...would you go back in time for the day or into the future?
I think I would prefer to go into the future, although it might be a little scary to see what my life is like then (but hopefully not!) If things are bad then I could work on changing them now, and if things are good then I can stop worrying so much! :)

2. What is a favorite childhood memory?
I have a lot of lovely memories from childhood, but some of my favorites are of my sister and I hanging out at our best friends' house (they are sisters too). We would play dress-up, tag, hide-and-seek, make up magical lands in their beautiflu backyard and put on song-and-dance shows for our parents. Just lovely, simple times :)

3. Do you have a special collection of things you adore?
I treasure vintage and antique items, so I have built up quite a collection which I love. I particularly love collecting old books. There is just something so comforting and wonderful about them. I also love the fact that people really used to treasure books, since they were more difficult to come by. I hope that they would like to know that I treasure them just as much!

4. What is one of your favorite songs and why?
One of my favorites is "All I Need" by Radiohead, because it reminds me of when my boyfriend and I fell madly in love with each other over two years ago.

5. What did you want to be when you grew up and did that dream become your reality?
I have always loved art and history, and I did pursue those in college. I studied Classics (ancient Greek and Roman history and culture) with a minor in Art History. Although these did not turn out to be very practical job-wise, I feel like a richer person for studying them and I don't regret it. My goal now is to make a living as an artist, and I hope and dream that it will become my reality!

6. What is the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?
Quitting my job a few months ago to try to make a meager living off of my art! There is plenty of fear and uncertainty, but overall I am happier and more at peace than i have ever been in my life.

7. Do you sing in the car when you drive or sit in silence?
Sing, definitely! Especially since my stereo was stolen over a year ago. My boyfriend and I make up our own songs to sing in the car :)

8. Why did you start blogging?
My mom has looked at art blogs for a long time and first got me to look at them too. It just seemed to be such a warm, friendly, supportive community and a great way to meet and get inspiration from other artists. I am happy to say that it has met all of those expectations and then some!

9. What was the worst advice you've ever taken?
Luckily I think I have been able to ignore bad advice for the most part. I can't think of anything big. My family and boyfriend have always given me great advice, with my happiness as their first consideration. And luckily they are the only ones I go to for real advice :)

10. Do you miss anyone?
I miss my grandpa, who we lost a few years ago.

I will bestow this award onto 4 other wonderful bloggers:
1. Amalia K. at Translucent Blue
3. Christina Silverio at Hoyden Designs
4. Juliette at Juliette Crane Art

Here are my 10 questions for you 4!:
1. What is one thing you wish to achieve this year?
2. What is your favorite animal?
3. What is your favorite book and why?
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5. What do you do to relax?
6. What inspires you the most?
7. If you could live in a different era, when would it be?
8. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
9. What is your favorite food/meal?
10.Do you have a special collection of things you adore?

This also reminded me that I also received a Sunshine award a little while back form Jac-Ber Creations (Thank you! :) When I started this blog I did not even think anyone would read it, let alone give me an award! I am so happy and honored to receive these.

I am passing the Sunshine award on to 12 blogs that let the sunshine in:

1. Art by Sascalia
2.Cooking with the Schnarrs
3.Hot Tamale Art Studio
4. Julie's Art Life
5. Nicola Toms Designs
6. Paint Myself Pretty
7. The Fairies' Nest-Cloth Dolls and Fiber Fantasies
8. The Secret Hermit Art and Illustration
9. mypinkturtle
10. Pilgrim of the Moon
11. Heavenleighart
12. Edera Jewelry

As I understand them, the rules for this award are as follows:
1. Place the logo within your blog post
2. Pass the award on to 12 bloggers
3. Link the nominees within the post
4. Let the nominees know they have received the award by commenting on their blogs
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award

If I left anyone out, please don't be offended. There are so many wonderful blogs that I read that it was hard to choose!

Phew, that was quite an awards ceremony! :) I hope that you are having a lovely weekend, and I'll see you soon!


  1. Oh, Lauren, that's so kind of you to think of me... I LOVE your art too, but I'm sure you already know that! ;0) Thank you, deary...

  2. i adore your paint arts....:) lovely and delicated....beautiful
    hugs from brasil

  3. Thank you so much Lauren...and congrats! I wanted to give you an award, too, but I saw that Faerwillow had beaten me to the punch!

    I love your new art! She reminds me of a Winter Witch conjuring up snowflakes and flurries all ashimmer and asparkly (are those words? for use during winter solstice celebration...or something..haha!

    Love that you guys make up your own songs in the car...that's great! Laughing together is the key to forever, in my opinion!

    You have a great Sunday. I'll talk to you soon :)

  4. Congratulations on your awards and thank you for passing one to me :)

    Micki x

  5. Congratulations on your awards, Lauren--and thank you so much for passing one along to me! That new painting is lovely, by the way :)

  6. Thank you so much for the lovely award! (*blush*)
    And this newest painting is beautiful! I love how her hair sweeps across one eye. :)

  7. Congratulations on your blog awards you so deserve them and thank you for including me in the Sunshine award, you are too sweet. I love your blog and your art and I'm so glad that you have become a part of this community! Love your new painting she is gorgeous and I love the swirl of the love potion around, beautiful piece! :0) take care x