Sunday, February 12, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award and passing it on

A kind thank-you to LeAnn from Lincoln, NE, for this award last week.  LeAnn wears many hats, including retired judge and still-practicing tax preparer, and does quilting and sewing in her free time.  I used to sew a lot when I was younger, and while I don't any more, I still enjoy reading about others who do.  Please visit her blog Ponderings to see some of her charming and skillful fabric creations!

As a recipient, I'm supposed to list seven random things about myself and then list other blogs to receive this award.

So, here's the first part:

1.  I was in FFA when I was in high school, and was on the poultry judging team.  So, I know how to candle and grade eggs and the qualities that make the best laying hen

2.  I ran track and x-country in high school, and still have my varsity letter these many years later

3.  I know how to weld (both oxy-acetylene torch and arc, though I was much better at arc)

4.  I love to bake artisan breads

5.  I have hiked and backpacked most of the named (and a few un-named) trails and routes in the Grand Canyon, some on multiple occasions

6.   On my 40th birthday (which would be 5 1/2 years ago...eep!), I climbed to the top of Angel's Landing in Zion NP

7.  I'm a huge science nerd, obsessive reader and collector of books, and I like reading about subjects such as quantum mechanics and geology for recreation, as well as everything art


For the second part - passing this award on to other blogs - I had to give this one some thought.  The original instructions were to give the award to 15 blogs, but that seemed like a bit much, so I stuck with 10.

It would be easy to pick blogs based on all the wonderful blogger peeps I feel I have a personal connection with and who also: 1) post regularly, and; 2) have consistently high-quality and interesting content.  But, in the end, I decided I also wanted to include a couple of bloggers who don't even know I exist, and subsequently, they won't know of this award.  

If you read this post and see your blog here, and are so inclined to pass the award on, that is great.  So, in alphabetical order from my blogroll "follow" list, here they are:

1 - - Armand Cabrera's blog.  He occasionally posts his own work, but his blog is weighted heavily towards discussions of artists and paintings of past and sometimes present, as well as practical issues facing working artists today.  

2 -  - fellow pastel artist Dan Michael's blog.  Dan always includes his musings and thoughts on his painting process, which I love, and his rendering of the landscapes of Virginia where he lives are, in a word, masterful.

3 -  - watercolor (mostly) artist Crystal Cook.  In addition to having a magical way rendering light, color and shadow in her medium of choice, regardless of subject, she's a talented writer to boot, and her posts are always a delight to read.

4 - - linocut printmaker, nature observer and sketcher extraordinaire, Sherri Y.  Sherri has a wonderful writing style that always makes me smile or laugh when I read her posts.  Bonus:  she's a fellow Coloradoan.

5 - - artist Don Gray.  Seriously, Don switches back and forth between oils, watercolor, graphite and occasional encaustics and makes it look easy.  Plus, he not only paints in all three of the main genres (figure, still life and landscape), but he also does non-representational work and murals.  Versatile:  this man shows how it's done!

6 - - oil painter Darla McDowell.  I found Darla's blog through the DailyPaintWorks site and her DPW Challenge entries.  She is another artist who moves from still life to landscape and portrait (some human, more animal), while bringing her own personal style to each painting and making them look effortless in the process.

7 - - my friend Liz Hampton-Derivan.  I met Liz when I was in Bisbee two years ago, and was in awe of her mixed-media encaustic paintings, as well as her photography, and she has the ability to take the ordinary and makes it compelling and 100% unique.  She is always exploring new creative paths, which is something I really admire.

8 - - oil painter Stapleton Kearns.  "Stape" devotes much of his posting to the discussion of artists and the elements of paintings that make them work (or not), and I always learn something from each of his posts.  He also does workshops,  paints outdoors in NH in sub-zero temperatures, so he gets a bonus for that.  

9 - - Seth Apter's blog.   I'm not a mixed-media artist, but this is a blog that is worth reading regardless of your medium or painting style.  Seth's blog focuses on surveys of the artist community in a variety of subjects (favorite artist, favorite tool, etc.) that never fails to be informative and interesting.

10 - - pastelist Casey Klahn.  Casey's blog is another of those which, in addition to featuring his very unique style of abstract-expressionism-colorist paintings, also discusses artists and other things art in his blog.  Always a good read.


  1. I'd have never guessed you were a welder! Loved learning more about you.

  2. Thanks LeAnn :). Well, I never did it as a trade; just learned it in ag mechanics class I had ;). I loved it, though, and the best welders in the class were gals - ha!

  3. Sonya, what a fun blog post! I loved learning more about you, and now, I am in awe of your bread-baking skills! Your work has long been a daily inspiration for me, so I am humbled by your very kind comments regarding my blog/work. You are such a sweet and talented artist, and I feel so blessed to count you among my circle of blogging friends. Thank you for your support and encouragement. It is much appreciated! :)

  4. Thank you for the honor, Sonya! I will comply soon.

  5. Aw, Darla - you are so sweet to say those things! Of course, it works both ways here, and I will say those same things about you, dear :). Oh, and if we ever should meet in person, I will be sure to bring some baguettes and artisan cheese along!

    Casey - my pleasure. You run a top-notch operation over at The Colorist. I will look forward to seeing your picks!

  6. This was so fun to read Sonya. And next time you bake some artisan bread will you ship some my way??? Pretty please? *bats eyelashes*

    Thank you SO much for choosing my blog for this award, I'm so honored. :))) Will get to posting this as soon as possible.

  7. Thank you so much for including me here! I so appreciate your friendship and the support and encouragement you have given me as an artist. Also fun to learn some new things about you!

  8. Crystal - I was delighted to include your blog here; I'm so glad I found you out in the blogosphere :D. if I thought the bread would ship well and taste as good when you get it as it does here, I'd dash a batch off to you. In the event I'm ever in your area of Utah, I'll certainly bring some!

    Thanks, Liz. I was so happy to have met you and I wish we lived closer so we could share inspirations together on a regular basis. And go on more photography shoots together, definitely!

  9. Thanks so very much for gifting my blog with this award. That is very kind of you and very much appreciated!!


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