Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Come Alive with Greek Classical Art
What a joy it was to create this "real" Greek maiden to Celebrate the New Greek Classics Wing of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
The New Acropolis Museum in Athens just opened in June. These videos blew me away!
Click Here for Opening
Click Here for What Inspired me to do this Painting Above
Let me know if you want MORE Greek Links.
Here is one more, a wonderful folk song, "for the road."
Ax ellada Sagapw - "I Love Greece" by Nikos Papazoglou
OPA! To Life!
Friday, July 10, 2009
"For Your Eyes Only" Portrait of Ian Fleming
36 inch by 36 inch Oil on board painting by Constance Vlahoulis
Ah, an Interesting Week indeed!
The weirder thing all week was I got an email from a man who is a Wikipedia writer who wanted to use a picture of my painting for his very complete post about Ian Fleming.
Interesting how small the world is as the writer lived in several places I lived in and knew another artist in our area. With any luck, perhaps this may bring a sale of this painting I am very proud of via my 1000 Markets Shop.
What helps keep the kids in shoes is that I sold a big triptych painting called Guardians of the Ridge at a local arty shop on Main Street called Delton and David.
This photo shows how the boys displayed the work. It is now in the hands of a Florida buyer.
Next Friday night I will display more work at this wonderful shop and be available to chat it up with tourists. I might even bring "For Your Eyes Only" in hopes of a sale.
In Atlanta I spent two days with my great friend and fabulous artist, Wendy Whitson. One of the many highlights was a trip to the High Museum to view the Claude Monet Water Lilies exhibit! Now I want to paint lilly pads! ha! WHAT an inspiration!
I wonder what next week will bring? More blessings I hope and trust!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"Old Truck" by our newest Oil Painting Instructor, Joi Osterjellse
This article was written by the new friend...of my old friend, Diann Schindler, Ph.D.
Diann is a wonderful artist and knew I'd appreciate this story from fellow North Carolina artists.
In these times the question is how do artists educate folks about the importance of continued art purchases? This very personal story may help.
Author Judi Beck and her husband, Kevin, are practicly neighbors to us in Western North Carolina as they live in Boone, NC. They met Diann while playing tennis on beautiful Amelia Island Florida.
Please read on and remember we love your comments!
Click here or above:
Investing in Original Art - A Case for Emotional Investing - by Judi Beck
Sunday, June 7, 2009
"Havest Moon" George Inness
Click the link to get some inspiration for
your next project. Do you paint? Well then- go paint!
Do you garden-- do it!
Knit, Cook, Jog, Volunteer, Swim-- or Walk--
whatever it is you like to do.
Let's Do it!
Here you go Painters:
Following the Masters
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. "~
Leonardo da Vinci
Thursday, June 4, 2009
"From Linda Blondheim Art Studio Art Lover Salon
Why Should You buy Art?
1. An original painting is entirely unique. There will never be another like it.
2. Original paintings bring beauty, power and emotion to your living and working
3. Original paintings provide prestige, focus and enhancement to the decor of a
4. Original paintings provide a window to another place and time, allowing you to
travel to all of the places you remember with pleasure. My patrons often think
of my paintings in terms of a portal to nature in their homes.
5. A well crafted original painting is a timeless gift to pass on to future generations.
6. Patrons who buy art now in tough times, are helping to choose the direction of
art movements for the future.
7. Purchasing small works allows you to have art to fit your mood and rotate it
as you choose. Small works are more flexible in your decorating scheme, making
it fun to move little collections around.
8. A large painting will be a signature element in a room, drawing everone's interest.
It is a statement about your vision for your living space.
Click On Linda's Link above to read the rest of her Lively and Clever Newsletter!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Click here for NYC Shoppe with light airy designs-- each one made me smile!
Since it is raining here-- for weeks it seems-- these designs uplifted my creative side this morning.
Enjoy with a cuppa joe-
Click here: edizioni
I tried to look up translation of "Edizioni"--
the only thing I can figure out is that it must be a name.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Imagine my surprise while stopping by to see my friend Sandi, owner of the Flat Rock Inn-- I met the author of The Writers Porch on a famous porch in Flat Rock North Carolina! And she was "following" me too! We hugged and that was so cool to meet one another!
And so it is that sometimes it just might take a Mississippi writer to Tell a Great Story about What is In Our Back Yard! That story is about Saint John In The Wilderness Church just several miles down the road from my studio.
There is so much history here under the shady tall trees that cool Greenville Highway-- the Main Street for Flat Rock. I have attended services at this wonderful Church and many artists in our group have painted her. The inspiration is palatable.
Carol got it right and I'd like to thank her.
Please note that Sandi at The Flat Rock Inn (circa 1888) welcomes you or your group.
At our studio we could create activities to help make your stay wonderful.
Asheville is only 30 minutes North with all their places to see.
Thanks again Carol-- and readers ENJOY her words!
There is MORE to this story -- as I found The Writers Porch because of a certain "character" named Trixie .
On The Porch in Historic Flat Rock- I learned me the REAL TRUTH!
Monday, May 18, 2009
You'll might need some time to think about this.
My first thought was we are sure blessed to be in this corner of the world in Western North Carolina.
We have MUSES galore!
Living in this area I have met and gotten to know literally COUNTLESS real muses.
Super talented, super real, women who make me want to be a better woman/muse myself!
Since being a muse is something I do everyday--I welcome your comments!
Where Have All the Muses Gone? - WSJ.com
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Change: Not included but want to mention how fabulous our Arts Council is! More to follow!
Love: New Friendships and Relationships and deeper existing ones!
Excitement: Sarah Sneeden joins our fabulous Art Instructors!
Imagine more Life - Art Life! Click below:
Constance Vlahoulis Art Galleries Asheville, Hendersonville
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I have been following her blogs and website this year and been VERY impressed by her fresh style, economy of strokes, and gritty determination about getting her art Out There. She instructs, cajoles, and literally commissions her friends and followers to help her in her quest to support her work. I am a huge fan. I have promised myself that I will own a, "Blondheim" original. Visit her site to see what you come up with. AND please do let me know what you think!
If you are interested in purchasing any of my work I will offer you a 20% discount for being a "follower" of mine or if you "subscribe to posts." Just contact me via the contact page at 1000 Markets first so I can adjust the price before you check out.
It is easy and safe AMAZON CHECKOUT! I have just offered FREE SHIPPING so this is the time to get something for your home or a gift to give sometime this year.
Click HERE FOR LINDA BLONDHEIM: Landscapes Of The South: Studio News
Monday, May 4, 2009
What a nice suprise to find out an article I wrote got into the "Business of Art" May Issue
of WNC Woman Magazine.
How about that?
Also, had a wonderful mention on page 29.....(but who's counting ;-)
Click on the link to find out how the studio was born.
MAY you have a Happy Creative month!
Enjoy his mini-rants that are easy to read:
Seth's Blog: Creativity
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We're talking "Shepards Pie" (all those good veggies) AND "Apple Pie."
Click here on Wendy Whitson's 1000 Markets Blog Post to view
the BEST idea for a REAL dinner and dessert in one pan.
Talk about Creativity!
I've asked for the recipe! If you have one send it on!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
It is faith in God and His Son that makes this following quote comforting:
Sympathy: "Bretheren, I do not want you to be ignorant about those who have fallen asleep, so that you will not grieve like those who have no hope. Because if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so must we believe that God will bring with Jesus all those who have
died believing in Him.
For this is the Lord's teaching, we tell you: We the living, who survive until the coming of the Lord, will in no way meet him ahead of those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with the shout of command,
the Archangel's voice and trumpet of God.
And those who have died believing in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. - 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17"
When a Greek Orthodox person dies, a mournful prayer is sung by loved ones at the funeral and every year as long as they live --- "Eonia i Mnimi" -- "May Her (his, their) Memory Be
Eternal!" It is a statement of faith and respect-- and love.
(For another family story that addresses our faith please visit "Our Family Heritage" page on my website. There is a painting I created embedding the story onto the canvas.)
You may notice that it is hard to separate the Greek people from their faith. Faith, God, traditions, the Church are so intertwined with daily life. It is also the reflection of the faith of the first Christians. Orthodoxy (meaning first) began on the day of Pentecost. It isn't non-denominational- is it PRE-denominational! The culmination of the entire year is Holy Week. After the midnight service celebrating PASCHA-- (Easter) the faithful say to each and everyone they meet-- "Christos Enesti" .... (He has risen!).
The term began in antiquity and is credited to St. John Chrysostom.
In the very early years of its history the Eastern Orthodox Church adopted the custom of using the Paschal sermon of St. John Chrysostom (4th cent.) at the Paschal Vigil service held during the Saturday night before Easter morning:
"I am risen! I am no longer in the tomb. Three days have I ministered to those under the earthand now they are set free. And you, the living still,have you chosen to live in Me,that you may live and never die? My resurrection is for you. Today you may rise beyond the bondages of the past. You may rise with Me, victorious in this life, raised in glory in the next! Christos Anesti! Truly I have risen! "
In closing this Holy Week-- (We celebrate "Easter" this coming Sunday);
I wish you, "Christos Anesti!"
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Cheryl Karounos Prater wrote:
"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king. -- J. R. R. Tolkien"
I'm inspired! How about you?
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"THEY" tell you not to have the same passwords for accounts and to change them every 30 days! I miss the good old days when the web just started to grow- it was as easy to remember your short and sweet password . Your dogs name or even that- <36-24-36> -Junior High gym locker combo. Ha!
Trying to think of a POSITIVE way to spin this sorry subject just makes my brain hurt.Typing the words PASSWORD HELL into the internet search box brought up 41 MILLION mentions. Must be a lot of brains hurting out there!
Well maybe The-Olde-Chip-In-The-Brain scenario is the way to go.
The worse ones are for our banking accounts. Screw up twice and risk getting locked out of your account for a fort-night! Have to drive to the darn bank and explain your misfortune after waiting in lines you wanted to avoid by on-line banking!
Oh there is a positive spin!
If my search is any indication-- if common experiences make for bonding-- we all have a zillion buddies OUT THERE!http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2005/11/escape_from_pas.html
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Bravo to artist Sally Huss for such a positive way to greet and end the day.
Aren't we finding out now how important old fashion values are in this day and age?
Reminds me of the good advice older folks in my family offered. The past few decades many of us did back away from the simpler things in life. Now, now these same ideals seem comforting and refreshing!
Our Aunt Amelia -- who lived into her mid 90's in good health, credited adhering to her motto: Everything in moderation!
I am going to try Sally's Bedtime Story- she wrote on this post linked here.
If you try it too- please let me know how it goes.
HAPPY DAY to YOU!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
......in the deep end of the pool!
It's much easier to paddle along the river when we really want to ride that white water! (Now keep in mind-- if we have been, addicted to always being in the white water-- perhaps at this point in time, a slow trip along the shore may BE the answer!)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
...just posted here on lulu.com is a gift indeed!
More of Sue's work is available here: http://suesmithfineart.com/
I wish she lived near us! So much talent!
And Sue-- Thank you for all the hard work on your blog.
I paint with a tribe of "50- somethings"
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Here is a link to flickr photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/constancev/sets/72157612983418820/