Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I've Been Arte Y Pico-ed!!!

Blueberry of
Texas Oasis has awarded me the Arte y Pico award. Arte y Pico is a blog from Uruguay, whose blogger has come up with this award. It features this angel with a very cool dress (oh, it's a she-angel, or is she one of the muses?), that totally matches her wings. And she is wonderfully balanced on this golden, uhm, thingy - very impressive!

What does Art y Pico mean? As Ana, the award originator puts it, "Basically, ironically, it translates into a wonderful phrase in Mexico, 'lo maximo'. It will never find its counterpart in English, but if it HAD to, it would be something like, Wow. The Best Art. Over the top".

online translator tells me it means "Art and tip".

Whichever it is - I am honored! (although I am quite confident that Blueberry awarded me before she saw my results from the
last drawing class...).

It feels very reassuring to get recognition for something you do. When it comes to one's passion, it becomes even more important.

So - Thank You, blueberry! I'll do my best to keep being worthy of it.

OK then, to business.

First, the rules:
  1. Pick FIVE blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.

  2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

  3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
  4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award which is here: Arte y Pico.

To make my life easier, I am going to take this award literally, and go for blogs of visual artists.

Now, opening the five envelops... (Only five??) here we go [drumroll]:

Creativity Journey: Myrna Wacknov, a great artist, teacher and friend, who's becoming more and more famous with her art blog, being a true inspiration to many. Myrna, a relentless experimenter and a curious soul, is constantly sharing her new findings, ideas, successes and even what she calls failures (of course we would kill to paint like her failures!), garnished by weekly and monthly challenges to keep you painting and drawing. Oh, and - don't ever let her catch you tracing a photo!!

Sandy Maudlin's Art Journey: As opposed to Myrna, I have never met Sandy, but I feel like I know her. Another wonderfully prolific artist, she is all over the place with so many styles and subject matters, sharing her art and insights.

Nathalie With An H's confessional: A great blog I discovered very recently. Nathalie is an awesome photographer, whose black and white photography seems to be full of color - as does her writing.

Paintings by Holly Van Hart: an emerging blogger, Holly's blog shows her bold style and uniquely designed compositions, whether it is her intriguing abstracts or her current favorite subject: Rodin sculptures.

Watercolors And words: The art blog of Rhonda Carpenter, who is sharing her art, from figure drawing (which almost got her in trouble, as they are - how shall I put it gently - nude! Ahhhh!! HELP!!... C'mon people - this is art. Grow up already!!) to experimental watercolors, with her husband's great photos sprinkled in between. It's a fun blog.

OK, you know what, I'm going to follow the footsteps of Blueberry and expand the award to six blogs (hey, we can share!).

On Painting: another blog I discovered lately, shared by Bill Jones and Lisa Towers, who combine witty writing, laughter and venting with painting.

And now, dear awarded artists, go pay it forward.


Anonymous said...

Nava, we are very honored by your award.

DRAW DRAW DRAW. Get a sketch book you can keep with you at all times. I carry a passport case that holds a pad of paper. The paper is about 21/2 " by 4" and has a glued binding so I can tear off the sketch and toss it. I have the paper custom cut and glued at a printer. It is actually not too expensive to get years worth of pads of various colors.

Also, keep a pad of paper and pencil in front of the TV and always draw while watching. With the DVR's you can pause and draw anything you wish, dogs, people, cars, etc.

RHCarpenter said...

Thank you so much, Nava, for this award. It's the most elegant and prettiest I've seen around the internet blogging world :)

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hi Nava,
Just got home a recieved your special award. THANK YOU so much for thinking of me. I'll send it on to some very deserving people, too. What a special idea.
Have a great weekend.

Holly Van Hart said...

Nava, wow. i'm honored that you chose my blog, especially among the other artists in your line-up. thank you!