Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Liebster Award

The most original Liebster award I found was by DRHGUY, I  don't know
the gentleman , but  this was clever.


Erin revisited: some lightening her, some
darkening there, some cropping
While my computer took it's time starting up, I took Erin down to the scene of the crime and made a few adjustments. Watercolor just bepuddles me. But I have found that you can lift the paint quite easily and tenderly and make some changes. So I did and made my way back to my usual 2 c's in the morning: computer and coffee. I wanted to figure out how to display the kind award Konstantina gave me. I figured on the side bar where I had see it on other blogs. I was also curious as to how it originated.

On Google, I found I wasn't the only award winner. Many winners of the award had researched its origins: in Germany, around 2009 - 2010. Liebster translates to sweetheart, darling, dearest one. I got the impression from what I read the someone in the cooking category may have been the originator and it took off from there. Originally, it was for blogs with less than 3000 followers and somehow got adjusted almost  immediately to those blogs with under 200 followers.
There are several plaques one can choose to display . I thought
DRHGUY's was the most original, yet too centered in the Chicago area
for the world wide net. Here are the others my recipients can choose from, (there are more on Google, feel free or not):







My top choices-- Roger, Jean, John, Sharon and Kathryn-- give me consistent support during my floundering about to find wherever the hell I fit in the fine art world. I didn't do them justice yesterday.

 Roger Akesson has his own unique, very strong style and is consistent; I'd like to achieve his total focus.
His work is reliable. Mine is not.

 Jean Spitzer's nudes are outstanding; the mood of her works, her palette is imaginative and she's making waves with iPad art I think are formidable.

 John Simlet is brilliant. His articulate architectural drawings are enviable and he IS a real sweetheart to boot, always supportive.

Sharon Wright does wonderful paintings, full of love. She's so skilled, very generous with her procedures, and way too humble, but that's what makes her such a darling.


 Kathryn Ragan is a skilled, meticulous, sharing watercolorist,traits this impatient gal will never have. In her busy life, she always finds time to move ahead with her art. Her dedication is amazing.

 I don't think I gave my top blogbuddies enough accolades being partially still under the influence of remnant anesthetics. I screwed up their links. I didn't pay them enough homage. I hope they will forgive me for such a shoddy award presentation.  I did correct that post as soon as Roger tipped me off.

 Then this morning, I'm thinking of all the blogs I follow. I follow  them because they energize me, they nourish me, they astound me in some unique way. I wouldn't follow them otherwise. They are all my followers and my followers are all very dear to me--particularly when they leave comments, for it may look like I know what I'm doing, but I'm still finding my way. They help me clarify my path and for that I'm very grateful. Whoever launched this award originally requiring recipients have less than 3000 followers was slightly over ambitious do you think? Two hundred and one and out of the race would be fine with me. It took me forever to reach a hundred. There's some really good company on the other side of that fence not to be ignored for they are sweethearts too--Celeste Bergin and Dan Kent and, and ,and...my list goes on. But they are all there for you to see. So I made a new heading for my favorite blogs list Liebster Blogs All. I don't mean to take away from my five top choices, I just don't want to neglect the others who have been so helpful and so dear to my development over the  three years I've been blogging. They are all award winners especially Christine Peterson, who was my very first follower and gave me such a thrill that morning when I saw there was a stranger, someone not related to me, someone I didn't sign up myself on my roster.

As for what I told you about my self that I had kept personal, well that's for another day. But it was all true. I was never one to breast my cards. 

22 comments:

  1. Have come to your blog from Konstantina and can see just why she chose you... I like that your blog is more than a record of your art but also a record of it too and it has made me laugh ......just wanted to tell you that!!!

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    1. I was looking for you! Just now. When I clicked on your profile photo, your blog wasn't listed. I'll go to Konstantina's to see what you're up to. Thank you so much for following. I really appreciate your endorsement. Art comes from life. How can we comprehend anyone's art if we don't know anything about the life they're living? But I might have gone too far when I disclosed what I do on the commode.

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    2. Ahhhh the commode, brings back shall we say "special" memories!!! Agreed.....art comes from life and I too am trying to share some of my own experiences and get the readers to understand and know me a bit better.... not too well though!!! Hope you managed to find my blog, if not this is the link http://judithfarnworthart.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Thanks for the support and the "shout out". Don't sell yourself short. I envy the way you can approach so many different subjects. I feel sometime trapped in my style of painting. Since there is a design element in my style, I have to found out how to approach new subjects and some subjects doesn't suit me.

    So keep on what you are doing, I still trying to figure out what new thing I can do that would rock with my style of doing things.

    Happy painting... =)

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    1. Humble isn't a bad foot to put forward; it's the truth. Looking around Blog World, I do feel I have to work harder. Most everybody has been doing this all their lives. I'm a late starter. But that's okay. In my little fish pond, I can hold my own on drawing. Painting is another story. I am very impatient. Watercolor is definitely not me--only when I'm unwilling to commit to smock and getting down and dirty. Oils are like starting all over again from the beginning. Acrylics are good for me. Pencil is a breeze, something I can do at night watching the tube--although it's probably a chip now.

      As for subjects, flowers, still lifes and landscapes don't hold my interest too long, but people do--so portraiture and oils are me this year with "relief paintings" scattered in to keep my sanity.

      Playing around is the only way to find something new. Failing is the course of action. Of course, that means putting in long days to do what you do best and then to experiment. I don't have that energy any more, but you do. New subjects are coming into your work all the time now. Keep up the search.

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  3. Haha, very original announcement by DRHGUY! I was also wondering where these awards originate, so thank you for the research! You chose great blogs!

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    1. I thought that was quite original too. Did you look at his blog? He's into music. His choice of the theater marquee was appropriate, if a bit lavish.

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  4. I am a late starter too. I really got into painting April 2011, since then I have painted around 300 paintings in different sizes. I used a painting brush for the first time around 1995 and during those 16 years I probably painted totally 40 paintings or so. Before 1995 I drew some, but that was all.
    I go between being so fired up about the things I do and feeling like I really wasted a lot of time and that other painters have so much more experience and skill.
    I do also think that a lot of painters feel the same, there are exceptions off-course.

    I try to just focus on what I do, getting inspired by others, but not competing. I aim to get as good as I can and have fun.

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    1. You've got the right idea. I'm looking to improve as well, I just wish it was as much fun as I would like it to be. There are days.

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  5. Tonight is nice to discover, through you, new bloggers, dear Linda!
    It 's late, but the temperatures are again very high, I'm not sleepy, and I'm curious about everything!

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    1. I almost missed you Rita. Life's been busy the last couple of days. Doctors appointments. Yuk. You will definitely enjoy these blogs I've chosen--also give Pamo's World a look see. the woman is a talented cartoonist who always makes me laugh. I just caught up with her this morning. Delightful read.

      It's been hot here too and 90% humidity. I stay in and I don't like it; there's no snow on the ground, the sun is shining, I should be out and about, but the heat zaps your energy and keeps you up at night.

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  6. Well, I hope you don't think I've been ignoring you. All I've had has been my phone and my wife has become addicted to Pinterest on the computer we share so there you go, I always want to say too much to you for Swype to accomodate me at turtle speed. Besides you are so fast to re-post. I thought - finally I can still comment on the post I saw yesterday! - only to find that it is Liebler award two.

    Anyway, I've been with you through all of your travails, your loss (which I hate to remind you of - except to tell you that I've managed to do this twice - once when the Florida weather got too cold and it slipped of my shrunken finger as my arm was swinging out the open window, and once straight from my end table - I swear! We took apart the bed and still no ring. So I silently wonder if my autistic son found the bauble and threw it away. I will never know.) And your procedure, I cringed in just the right place, I assure you (and your painful pictures were quite interesting, I especially liked the ones with the penwork - I could see the emotion, and these, if you ask me, are gallery quality); and then the awards.

    And here a gratuitous mention from you of me, even though I'm on the other side of the fence!!! Thank you!! :)

    I like your picture of Erin - very fine - and I think it's great that you are learning the watercolor tricks. So today, in the half hour before work I tried painting on Yupo after more than a year - that is when all of the tricks go out the window, let me tell you. More beading! lol. But quite interesting. We must always stretch ourselves. Right?

    There. All these words were meant to make up for my absence in words, but never in spirit. My eyes were always on your blog.

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    1. Well it wasn't my fault you missed out by seven followers, whom I'm sure you would not trade away. Endorsements of your efforts are cherished. I'd like to miss out too when I think about it. But I don't. I just wanted to get beyond those I signed up myself when I first started the blog (none of my peers are computer savvy and of the few that are, they're paranoiac over viruses and stolen identities). I think they suck as friends to be blunt. I support my friends. Christine Peterson was my first stranger; we've been e-mailing ever since.

      There's an ad on TV with a kid sitting at the computer thinking her parents are living a pathetically dull life. They only have 53 friends on FB, poor souls. Then she starts surfing and talking to herself while you see her parents out waterskiing, dining and dancing and holding hands watching a sunset. She's says as she types, "This is the life." There are more things to do than collect computer followers/friends. If we do, we do. If not, you know we're water skiing--with a preserver of course--and banging our heads in the studio stretching for perfection.

      You have to get another computer; let the kids gift it. Your wife is slipping into addiction. I know, I'm here. You'll never get her away from the keyboard.

      You had to bring up my ring. I had a week of doctors and tests so I more or less forgot except when walking around the house examining every inch of baseboard. But it's gone, gone gone whoa woe woe. I'll live. I've decided to pretend I had a bad day in the commodity market.

      I don't want to take those drawings to a gallery. If they hate them, okay. If not I could be key-holed into painting/drawing angst forever. Galleries like consistency. You can't make up angst. There are times for it and times for belly laughs; I prefer the later. Healthier. Erin was nice relief, yet too stiff for wet into wet. I'm might give another try.Whats with these strange surfaces your using Yuko and somebody else is using Tyvek? I have mastered a paper piece yet.

      Thanks for commenting. Congratulations on your nomination. You are a sweetheart of a guy.

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  7. Linda, you rascal, you KNOW that you have ALL those artistic qualities you mentioned for the rest of us!!!

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    1. Thank you Kathryn. I do know that I can hold my own. I just wish my own wasn't so scattered all over the place. In the fine art world that does not go over well. Galleries like to know what to expect.But I said, as a kid, I wanted to live a balanced life, for I had read that was happiness. I have. I've tried my hand at it all, and as a result, I like it all. All the mediums, all the styles get me excited. What I admire most in the blogs I follow is the artist's consistency, and yet, I don't want to give up diversity. This quality of mine did serve me well as a residential space designer. I was as passionate about stainless steel as I was about wood mouldings and wainscoting and could do both. I'm reluctant to change my ways.

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  8. Hey LW...you are so kind to give me the mention! Without a doubt, you are one of my favorite bloggers, you absolutely deserve the "sweetheart" award... you are completely without guile! Oh dear, I've used two exclamation marks already. Well, I love how varied your work is and there is always a great visual treat in all your posts. Always! <---exclamation mark #3. Your blog is a great mix of lovely art and your daily life. May your ring come home and your wind chime lady take a chill pill. May "Honey" pose unknowingly for many more beautiful charcoal sketches down the road. Love the adjustments to Erin. The love shines through! (#4) :)

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    1. I say exclamation points are okay no matter what our creative writing teachers said. They're better than OMG!!!!!! Thank you.Praise from you is highly valued. I admire your prolific, always amazing ouvre. I also admire your get up and go to every art festivity in your city. Your energy makes me tired. BUT it was your active art life that convinced me I had to step out and get involved and take a workshop. Now that I'm going, you know I'll be going again. Thanks for the push--even though you didn't know you were pushing.

      Erin is distorted, but you get the idea. The pose is great for oils. This is an exploratory, splash and play. I have a very basic set of watercolors and not a lot of patience for mixing quiet tones out of primarily primaries. But an hour before dinner, not bad. Actually, I think I should have distorted her more--just reacted. Maybe today?

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  9. Thank you Linda, I am overwhelmed,but admiration is mutual, I love your work and your blog, which are refreshing and honest and you don't get better than that!

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    1. You are very welcome Sharon. It was my pleasure. Thank you, sometimes I think I may be more the writer than the artist; I love both. Hey! Maybe I should write a children's book? Nah. That's for babies. I'd rather bang my head against the wall with the rest of you.

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  10. Thanks, again.

    Your watercolors are beautiful.

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    1. Just a tribute to a wonderful painter. It was my pleasure. My watercolors are not beautiful yet. They are fun.

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  11. You rascal you! Thanks Linda - I've posted in reply to your kind nomination! .... just noticed I've nominated Kathryn as well!

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