Why It Makes Sense to Use Influencers to

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“Fun is the goal, Love is the way, Truth is the path.”

“Fun is the goal, Love is the way, Truth is the path.” Vic Baranco, phd

These heart pins are for the upcoming : Indie Craft Experience, Wedding day hooray

Today, the magical wedding of Kate & Will, royalty we can actually identify with, they are a couple that is authentic and real in their  Love, & intention to make a difference in the world they touch. Which will be a very big one. I’m sure Princess Diana is smiling, any Mom would be.

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coming attractions: RubySlippersStudio.net

Today a busy and gratifying day in the studio, also working with printing labels for my ‘heart art’ artist jewelry pins, a work in progress.

  Judi Knight at New  Tricks is working on launching new website for me : RubySlippersStudio.net that will eventually merge all 3 of my websites.  Will be much easier to view both galleries and blog without having to click links all over the place.

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High notes of Clarity

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I’ve been up since early morning, in the stillness, time in the studio produces focus and clarity.  I’ve been re-reading Love is letting go of fear, by Gerald Jampolsky, M.D., I intuitively turn toward his words, thinking of the contrast: simplicity of stillness and solitude versus connection and complexity.  I am reminded then, as Dr. Jampolsky, states :

” Peace of mind as our single goal is the most potent motivating force we can have. Instead of having a single goal, we are all tempted to try to juggle multiple goals. Juggling can only serve to deflect our focus and increase our conflict.”

Again and again, first within, Peace of mind, my single goal,  then all else.  My moment to moment choice. Then:  High notes of Clarity.

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Rabbit in my basket

Rabbit in my basket

What a glorious Easter Day here in Atlanta.  If Easter represents re-birth, this day does it justice.  Last night I saw the Documentary, “I Am”, written and directed by Tom Shadyac, also the director of numerous successful hollywood comedies, such as Bruce Almighty. I mention this because Tom was living high on the hog in Hollywood with “lots of stuff”; 17 acres, 3 homes in L.A. etc, when he had a life threatening accident that motivated him to review where he was, where he is, and life.  Out of this process, the movie “I Am” was created. He started out with the question “what’s wrong with the world” and came to “what’s right with the world”. In both cases, the answer is: I am.  We are in need a re-birthing of Spirit individually and globally. “I Am” points in the direction of co-operation and oneness.

“Everyone needs to see this film!” Bruce Cohen, Academy Award Winning Producer (American Beauty)

Monday, April 25 in Atlanta, there will be a special viewing of  “I am” to benefit the non-profit movement: the invisible children.  Showing at: King Plow arts center 7pm -10pm. Prior to the film, the band ‘O’brother’ will be playing.  This will be an evening of community, art/film, comraderie. Importantly all funds will go toward helping the thousands of children who roam in packs, alone, in Uganda.

Also, if you cannot make this viewing it is also show at Tara theatre.

Have  Happy Easter.  

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floorcloth process in studio

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Custom order floorcloths in process

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“Know now that we have always been in danger in our separateness”

My friend and colleague Sharman Colosetti, was visiting yesterday, we are doing a peer study series on EFT,  I love learning with Sharman, she has an innate curiosity about life, a wise woman. Sharman was asking me about the story behind this painting, and said she loved hearing the stories behind my work. This painting is 5′ x 7 1/2′ and was done in 1986.  This was a time of change and growth for me, my son was 8 years old, I was a single Mom and struggling to keep afloat.  After leaving my marriage, I started a house cleaning business, which I called my single Mom’s and artist’s survival kit.  I did well with my business and also was able to continue painting, as well as support myself and Zach. This was also a time for self-reflection and maturing spiritually, emotionally, for me.  This painting represents my experience at that time, the feeling of aloneness, reaching out for connection, feeling the response in community that sustains.  The two small figures at the bottom are copied from my son’s drawings of his ‘Ninja’ figures, they represent for me,   and are totems of protection as seen through the eyes of my child. What Carl Jung, named, ‘ the luminous child’.

   The title is  a quote from :  Adrienne Rich’s, Dream of a common language (the title itself an affirmation) : ” Know now that we have always been in danger in our separateness”.

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‘I am who I am’

This is a painting I did for my friend Judi Knight, Popeye’s quote is perfect for her painting title. Why? She IS who she IS.  She is a Renaissance woman with many careers, therapist, designer, builder, mom, currently, Urban Oasis bed n’ breakfast & New Tricks social media marketing.

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Namaste’ April 2011

I have just completed this piece which I began in 1985. Many times I will work on a painting for years, I get to a point where it needs time, yes sometimes years.  A metaphor actually for my life, that being here now, is a result of the many layers I laid down earlier in my life. Its a gratifying place to be for me.  I’m also quite pleased to report, that all paintings do not take years and some just simply snap together. I still attribute even those to the many layers preceding.  Namaste’

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Art: floorcloths and paintings

Painting - Time present time past

I’m often asked what is the difference between my floorcloths, wall hangings, and paintings. Often there is no difference other than the floor cloths are designed to be used on the floor and can withstand years of wear. Floor cloths can mounted on the walls as well, becoming wall hangings, many of my clients choose this use of their floor cloth.  Nearly 30 years ago, I realized that much ‘fine’ art will never be seen, owned or enjoyed by most  people in our culture.  I wanted to include in my art making something that would be accessible, affordable, easy to ship, and worked well in homes and offices.  Probably the primary difference is that my floorcloths and wall hangings were intended to be responsive to my clients desires regarding colors and designs, whereas my painting are my personal expression.  I like having a collaborative relationship with my clients that results in a co-creative work of art, be it floorcloths, wall hangings, or paintings.
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Wedding Day Hooray and Indie Craft Experience

View Ruby Slippers Studio at the Indie Craft Experience: Wedding Day Hooray event

an Indie Wedding marketplace

 painting: The Color Purple                            After doing this painting I also did several floor cloths useing similar imagery/theme.

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the Indie-dependent

Ruby Slippers Studio at the Indie-dependent Decatur

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callahan mcdonough’s ruby slippers studio

Callahan McDonough describes her ruby slippers studio for an artist studio showcase at the indie-pendent in Decatur, GA.

via callahan mcdonough’s ruby slippers studio.

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red birds for highlands

Red Birds, for Highlands, N.C.

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birds of Peace

Birds of Peace for : the bascomb, Highlands N.C.

Birds of Peace for : the bascomb, Highlands N.C.

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Form and Function: Floor Cloths

Form & Function: Floor ClothsRuby Slippers Studio. Custom Floor Cloths & Wall Hangings

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Form and Function: Floor Cloths

Julie Northey at 4:14pm April 21
Hi Callahan,
even tho I love the visual concept, does it “bother you” in any way that people “step onto” your art? (being on the floor as a cloth..feet, shoes…germs…etc….)
I think that’s something about floor cloths that has been a personal reaction to me…
Thoughts?
hope U R well! gotta go! Best! Thanks!
Hey Julie, I began the floor cloths nearly 30 years ago. I wanted something of my art that would be utilitarian. Something that could go in homes on walls or floors, most painting is viewed and purchased by a small group of people. Whereas, art that is also functional goes out to a broader population. So while my floor cloths could and sometimes Read Moreare wall hangings, they may get appreciated even more on the floor. The unexpected and the functional in art. Thanks for asking. Are you painting away? What are you working on now? hugs.
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Birds for Highlands

Birds for Highlands

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Birds for Highlands

2009 Birds for Highlands

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Guardian Bird: chest painting

Guardian Bird: chest painting

Guardian Bird: chest painting

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Blue Bird of Joy

Blue Bird of Joy

Blue Bird of Joy

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Highlands Birds: with cherries

Bird with Cherries

Bird with Cherries

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a new pair of ruby slippers

Mod Pair of Ruby Slippers

Mod Pair of Ruby Slippers

Judi Knight of New Tricks, shares a mod pair of Ruby Slippers while consulting with me on a new blog design. It turns out that I was able to show Judi a New Trick about posting a blog post to Facebook from my wordpress.com blog. Judi and Dene Shepherd tried yesterday to get Mark “Exit” Goddchild’s WordPress.com blog to post to his Facebook page and I fixed It! Yea! It turns out that if you put a link into the post and save it, go to the post in View, a box comes up that gives a choice to select it and it can post to Facebook or where ever.

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Contemporary Wedding Runner

Wedding March 2009

Wedding March 2009

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Art & Friends

Sherry is my longtime friend of 18 yrs. She has what we artists call a ‘good eye’. Often she is the helpful art critic I need to call on to decide if a piece is complete or not. She has a heart of gold and loves family, community, food, and Jewish Holidays which include lots of her yummy cooking.  Hugs n’Kisses runner was done for Sherry. “hugs n’kisses” is one of her favorite good byes.

Sherry & her Dad 'Tony' at: 90yrs. Passover 2008

Sherry & her Dad 'Tony' at: 90yrs. Passover 2008

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Hugs n’ Kisses

Hugs n' kisses

Hugs n' kisses

Hugs n’ Kisses for : Sherry

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Kate & Lillie, ‘Be Present’

This is my Irish Sister Kate, I recently was at her house, the beautiful home of Kate & Lillie. I had not been there in awhile and it was a treat to get a good visit in with my dear friend. While I was there I noticed all my art on the walls and floors. Accumlated after nearly 30yrs of friendship. Hearing Kate talk about how she kept learning more about each piece and enjoying it is a big reason I love making beautiful art for peoples homes.

Kate & Lillie are community movers and shakers, founders of: www.bepresent.org

We are lucky to have them empowering our youth & community. Peace n’hugs. Callahan

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Callie & Kate

Callie & KateI’m forwarding you a wonderful website with beautiful art created by my Irish sister, Callahan McDonough. You may have seen several of Callahan’s pieces on my floors and walls. What I love most about Callahan’s work is that the longer I have had the pieces (some for as long as 28 years) the more I love them. There is just something about Callahan’s vision and spirit that captures something that makes art live with you. Take a look! Peace, love and blessings, Kate

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a shiny new post card

Postcard backWedding Gifts

Floor Cloths

back of new postcard.

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Post card for Wedding Floor Cloths

2009postcardartfrontI had a fun and creative day collaborating with Mike Tarnower to design the new postcard promoting wedding floor cloths. This is the front.

Also available are from myself & Mike are wedding invitations, place cards, bridesmaid gifts.

WeddingsByDesign

Tarnower & McDonough Wedding Specialities.

404.593.7370

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Wedding Gifts: Artisian Floor Cloth

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This is a Wedding floor cloth I made for a friends wedding about a year ago. I was working on Karen’s, personalized, Wedding Gift, up to the last minute. The wedding was in Austin, Texas, so with paint freshly applied and floor cloth in hand we winged our way to Karen & Ken’s wedding. Everyone loved the floor cloth and urged me to market more of them as Wedding gifts. This week I finally got photos of the Wedding Floor Cloth and am putting them out there. If you want a special, artisian crafted wedding gift, that lasts for generations, this is it.

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she unfolds………..

Light of Spring

Last bits of cold, wintry weather exert itself.  Spring begins to flirt.  Again she unfolds. First the tease, to see if we remember, trust.

 

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Heart Art Feb.14.2009

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Client and Designer show off Latest FloorCloth

Judy Clements & Judi Knight of :  New Tricks

Might not be clear in first and final photos, but very diffferent floorcloth from first. Good to see completion and in place in Judy’s beautiful kitchen.

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tea towels = new floor cloth

tea towel melody for Judy Clements

The inspiration for this FloorCloth came from a set of beautiful  tea towels from Anthropology that Judy Clements found on an expidition for cabinet knobs.

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First floor cloth in Judy Clements Kitchen

First floor cloth in Judy Clements Kitchen

Kitchen: Creative Endeavors

FloorCloth: Ruby Slippers Studio

Photography: Joe Stewards

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Art for the Sole

handpainted floorcloths

wallhangings & more

from series of retro bark cloth inspired floor cloth

from series of retro bark cloth inspired floor cloth


Floorcloths date back to the 1700’s. they were produced by artisans to add color to their homes and keep drafts from coming up through wood floors. They have made a resurgence in modern times as they endure the everyday wear of active households with kids, dogs, and muddy feet. They are ideal solutions for floor coverings for beach houses, vacation homes, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, kids rooms. Durability and style combined. Also great gifts for weddings,birthdays,births, and other special events.
A work of art that lasts for generations.

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New Stripes for JudyThis floorcloth ‘New Stripes’ will soon have a home of Judy Clements, in the kitchen/great room. Judy is an interesting woman who is involved in the arts and theatre in Atlanta. Her home is full of wonderful objects d’art from around the world, with a generous representation of Atlanta artists. She has what we artists call a good ‘eye’. Its difficult for me to concentrate on anything but the art, it keeps calling to me “look at me” “look at me”,”spend time here, here”. My floorcloth will be in good company. My friend Judi Knight, recently did her Kitchen Art Magic on Judy Clements kitchen, like a good symphony conductor, the kitchen works well with all its surrounding elements. Total fun and gratifying for me to do this piece.<a href=“www.blogbyknight.com”>

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Spring is Sprung

Spring is Sprung

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