Monday, September 16, 2013

T Stands For ArTful Frienship T

Today I'm celebrating T on Tuesday by showing and sharing some friendship.  First is the friendship I received in the mail.  Marianne at Ruff Haven sent this awesome cigar box for me to alter after she saw my comment about the cost of empty cigar boxes in my city.  Of course, she also sent many other goodies in the box, including these packets of tea.  Looks like I have tons of options for T both today and in the near future, too.  Thanks beyond belief, Marianne.

Next up is the friendship I gained while at Autumn and Art on Saturday.

As some of you may have noticed, I took this photo on Saturday.  This is Pam Spika, a mixed media artist, whose work I fell in love with.  If only I could make my mixed media look this good!

I first stopped by as my friend Sally and I were checking out all the booths.  Sally went ahead, because this type of art doesn't seem to interest her.  I stayed behind to talk to Spika, but only in a cursory way.  Little did I realize at the time, that she was the Featured Artist of the show.  Living in Parker, CO, a suburb of Denver, Spika specializes in geometric works that begin with modeling paste (which she applies to her substrate, usually a canvas), after which she applies acrylics, crayons, metal leafing, and pencils to create beauties like the ones above.

Only after I caught up with Sally did I take the time to look at the schedule we had been given and noticed she was the featured artist of the show.  That's when I knew I had to go back and talk to her.

I brazenly asked for her autograph and took a photo of her signing the schedule.

And even though I purchased nothing, she was so kind to me, being gracious, sincere, and genuine.  I felt an instant comradery with her, this beautiful artist who took the time to share a bit about herself.

Share your thoughts today and link to T Stands for Tuesday.  It's all about friendship, kindness, and people who enter, or walk back into, your life at the most unexpected moments.  Thank you Marianne and thank you Pam.  It's a perfecT day all around.

23 thoughtful remarks:

Denise Price said...

Looks like you had a great time at the art show! How great to meet the featured artist and make a personal connection with her. From what I can see in your photos, it looks like she makes lovely, vibrant pieces with great energy/flow.

You have lots of yummy tea to sample now, too. Yum!

I'm linking up with something a bit different today. It's a scrapbook page that I made for a Russian challenge blog. It's already Tuesday in Russia, so I went ahead and linked up, even though it's still Monday here. :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

How wonderful to have been able to chat with Pam--her work is stunning!

I'll look forward to seeing how you alter your box and some tea reviews!

Patti Edmon Artist said...

What a great time! And it's so wonderful when artists are open, gracious, willing to share. I can't wait for you to come see the crazy faces I've been (learning to) do! Enjoy your T-uesday:)

dawn said...

Happy Tuesday (almost) dear friend!!

First, what a sweet and thoughtful gift from Marianne. She is a wonderful friend to have indeed. Enjoy your teas and have fun with your new box.

Second, how pretty the art is by this special artist. I love these pieces she has made. That was so nice of you to go back and make her day too I bet as she did to you!
I've only been to one art show and the kids and I met 2 really nice ladies who really talked and enjoyed my kids and what they had to say. We didn't buy anything either but they were still so sweet to us.

You are a dear sweet and supportive friend too, have only known you a short time but you have been so good to me. Thanks so much for that!! I loved what you wrote in your comments today, made me laugh and tear up a bit. I will try to have patience with the kids and get them in there with me or let them figure it out on their own. I am like your grandma, want to get it done and not get distracted. Funny too we eat the blue box mac/cheese at least once a week, my kids won't go near the homemade stuff, I eat both kinds.
You have come a long way to start off early on your own, good for you!!! Thank you for sharing that story with me. Will keep you posted on the cooking adventures to be had.
Hope your Tuesday is warm and sunny just like you and the wonderful readers you have here!HUGS!

Krisha said...

OMG! What beautiful art this lady makes. Your NOT the only one that would like to have their mixed media turnout like that! I would be thrilled with if I could accomplish 50% of that style.
Happy T-day and have a great week.

voodoo vixen said...

Sorry I am late attending but I have been out most of the afternoon! Lovely mixed media art from Pam Spika, her stuff is really amazing! And pressies in the mailbox... it doesn't get much better than that, am so jealous of that cigar box, it is a really lovely one!

Bridget Larsen said...

That is a thoughtful gift and what a wonderful person she was to sign your book.

psst Voodoo Vixen and I showcased the came cup lol
Bridget #6

Darla said...

Tea and art supplies? Now that is a great gift.

Glad you got to meet the artist who's work is stunning.


Anonymous said...

I noticed her booth from your previous post. Quite dramatic work...So nice that you got to meet her. xox

Divers and Sundry said...

those geometric designs! nice! i googled her but didn't find a web site for her.

Tracey Holdyk said...

I can't wait to see how your cigar box turns out and what a lovely thought. It also sounds like you had such a lovely time at the art show.
Thanks for another great post.

Krisha said...

I'm back!! I looked this artist up on the "web" and got a chance to really look at her work. I want to be her when I grow up!!! Not only can she create she is so pretty.

Cazzy said...

Hi Elizabeth and Bleubeard,

I nearly forgot it was Tuesday! So you have lots of tea now.

You never know, one day you could be as good as Spica and be featured artist!

(Bleubeard, there is a cat on my blog).

Cazzy x

Halle said...

Wonderful gift!! Your photos of the art show make me wish I hadn't missed our local one a few weeks back. Thanks for sharing more of the day.
Happy Tuesday!

roffeycreations said...

Hi Elizabeth - Im back - didn't make it last week due to PC issues but hopefully all sorted now... love that cigar box she's a beauty!! And so happy for you meeting someone who inspires you - makes life so interesting being able to share experience and ideas... have a great week Mxx

Monica said...

great way to spend a day at an art show and find art that appeals to you.

Marianne said...

So happy that the cigar box has a happy home. Hope you enjoy the tea. If not at least the packets will add color to your collages.
I haven't written my post for today yet. Blogger is being a twit and not allowing me to get to the page where we write posts. I swear I am going to move to Wordpress if this keeps up.

Spyder said...

oh fantastic, you must have had a fabulous time, great way to spend the day! Happy T day!

I have no cat on my blog this week, but if you look there is a picture of chicken..

Ariel said...

Wow! you got some wonderful things from your friend. I love the works by this artist,Pam Spika. They look so rich and colorful.I am also very fond of visiting such art shows.
Wishing you a great week

Rita said...

What a wonderful gift!! So sweet!
And how exciting to meet the artist and get her autograph. That was quite an art fair. :) Happy Tuesday!

Nan G said...

Nice cigar box! I talked a cigar vender into selling me a bunch at 2 bucks a one of the motorcycle fests we went to this past spring. Beautiful art by Pam. How sweet you went back and for her to sign your program. Looks like you made her day asking for her autograph. Bet no one else did! :)

Dianne said...

wow, the featured artist's work is really gorgeous...thanks so much for sharing your photos from the show with us! and I love your altered book pages. they turned out great...and since I don't use colored ink pads you are way ahead of me. Stencils have so many possibilities and you've shown an excellent example!

~*~Patty S said...

What fun to get to see some of that fine art show with good enough weather to have it outside even...

Nice photos E!

We had to fly to CA last Friday, our eldest son took ill (he is better now) but it was a nerve wracking time for sure...we just got back last night

I am enjoying catching up with've been busy!