The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Smelling Roses ... - SOLD

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"Smelling Roses ..."
Oil, 8" x 16" 
Sold.
Things are starting to get crazy in Pasadena. It looks like the rain has stopped (for a few days anyway) and the rush is on to finish decorating the floats. Fans from TCU and Wisconsin are everywhere in Pasadena preparing for the New Years Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It's a special time of the year and it looks like we will have a cooler but sunny New Years Day!
I had intended to finish this painting much earlier in my schedule but the holidays and a bad case of the flu just didn't allow me to finish this one until today. I love nautical flags ... so I thought it would be fun to create my own flags that highlight the festivities in town this week!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

All Done ...

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"Dave's Barn"
Oil, 8" x 10"
NFS (claimed by my sweetie) 

The final giveaway for the Twelve Days of Christmas, which was a free painting, was won by Jerry Stocks. Jerry came out to the workshop Dreama and I taught in Pasadena. She is also coming to our Atlanta workshop in February. I might just get to hand deliver her painting! Congratulations Jerry!
So ... my Twelve Days of Christmas sharing are complete. This idea was all about sharing ... sharing giveaways with all of you and also hopefully sharing some good ideas about how to use facebook and your blog to promote your art. The "concept" kind of grew on it's own over the twelve days and I have really learned how "sharing" and "like buttons" on Facebook can help expose your art to others. I would estimate that my blog and website gathered about 4000 new hits over the twelve days. Most importantly, I feel as if I have gotten to know a lot of people during the "twelve days" and the entire experience has been a blast! Thanks for putting up with me!
Many of the prizes shipped out before Christmas but I will put the rest in the mail tomorrow. Thanks again, and I don't think I will be able to wait until my birthday to do another promotion like this ... so check back often!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day Twelve: Twelve Days of Christmas

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"Fit To Be tied"
Oil, 8" x 8" framed.
Available at Segil Gallery

The winner of the Eleventh Day of Christmas giveaway is Carrie Waller. Carrie is the first repeat winner!
Today is the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the giveway is, of course, one of my paintings. The winner can pick one of my 6x6  or 8x8 paintings or I can paint one similar to one that may have already sold. I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. In order to be eligible for this final giveaway, all you need to do is post a comment on my blog or facebook page. Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Eleven - SOLD

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"Stuck Together"
Oil, 6" x 6" framed.
Available at Debra Huse Gallery
Sold.

The winner of the Tenth Day of Christmas $100 gift certificate is Gretchen Zelek! Congrats!
We are down to the last two days ... hard to believe. The giveaway for the Eleventh Day of Christmas is a ninety (90) minute art marketing consultation with me! This is valued at $200 and will take place via telephone at the winner's earliest convenience. We will talk about anything the winner wants ... website, blogging, facebook, newsletters, paypal buttons, etc. The list could go on forever ...
And all you have to do to be eligible is to visit my website again and share as many LIKE buttons as you can!  I have added at least twenty more LIKE buttons so you may have to find them ... Every time you share, you get a chance to win.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Ten - SOLD

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"Must Be A Sunday"
8" x 10" framed.
Sold.
The winner of the Ninth Day of Christmas copy of my new book titled "2010- A Year of Boat Paintings" is Wendie Thompson. Congrats! 

The giveaway for the Tenth Day of Christmas is a $100 gift certificate toward the purchase of one of my paintings. To be eligible for the drawing, just go to this page on my website and leave a comment on my blog or Facebook as to which three paintings are your favorites. I am just looking for feedback!

One more thing ... the final two days of The Twelve Days of Christmas are really great giveaways ...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Nine

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"A Field of Daffodils"
Oil, 11" x 14"
$850 at Gale's Restaurant

The winner of the Eighth Day of Christmas $100 gift certificate from Randy Higbee Art & Frame Company is Dee Doyle. Congrats!
The giveaway for the Ninth Day of Christmas is my new book titled "2010 - A Year of Boat Paintings". All you have to do to qualify for the giveaway is go the book site here and share my book on Facebook (you will see the Facebook logo - just click it!). Then leave me a comment on facebook or my blog so I know you have shared it!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Eight

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"Rooster VII"
Oil, 6" x 12" framed.
$500.00

The winner of the Seventh Day of Christmas "Artists Helping Artists" painting apron is Kim VanDerHoek.
The giveaway for the Eight Day of Christmas was graciously donated by Mr. Santa himself, Randy Higbee. Randy owns Art & Frame Co. and the Randy Higbee Gallery. He most recently hosted the world renown "6x6 Squared" painting exhibition that was the talk of the artist community. Randy has donated a $100 gift certificate toward the purchase of frames. This is an awesome gift!

In order to be eligible for this prize, you need to visit my website and find one of the Facebook LIKE buttons. Just click one of them and you are eligible! In fact, every time you click a LIKE button on my website you will win another chance. The LIKE buttons have been located throughout my website so you should be able to find them! But if you can't, look on the Workshop page and the individual pages of the paintings that are for sale!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Seven

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"Daydream"
Oil, 8" x 16" on canvas panel
$650.00

This is the first painting I have completed in a while ... too busy with the holidays but it was fun to be back at the easel.
The winner of the "Sixth Day of Christmas" Two Day Palette Knife Workshop is Lynn Watters. Congratulations!
The free giveaway for Day Seven is an "Artists Helping Artists" logo'd painting apron. It's got great pockets for brushes (or palette knives) and it can be yours! All you have to do is suggest a topic for our weekly "Artists Helping Artists" radio show. Is there something you want Dreama and me to talk about that you, as an artist, would like to know more about? Just comment on my blog or facebook and let me know!
Marketing Tip: Have you added Facebook Like buttons to your blog and website? Go to this link http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like and "build your own" Facebook like button.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Six

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"Leaving the Winery"
Oil. 8" x 10"
$500.00 framed.

The winner of the Fifth Day of Christmas $25 gift certificate is Roxanne Steed. Congratulations and happy spending!
Sorry I am so late posting today but the party last night was amazing and needless to say ... I am finally feeling relaxed again. We are blessed with so many great friends and is always a joy to open our home and celebrate the holiday season. Most of the food is gone, which is so hard to believe. I promise you we are doing take out tonight if my family can't find enough leftovers!
Today's prize is a good one. It's a gift certificate to attend my Two Day Palette knife workshop next month (valued at $195). The dates are January 14th and 15th and it will be held in South Pasadena.  If you don't live in Southern California you can actually gift this to an artist friend. It cannot be used, however, by someone who is already signed up for my workshop. And it is only valid for the January workshop. For more details go here.
To qualify for today's free giveaway, you just need to sign up for my newsletter. Click here to sign up. If you already receive my monthly newsletter just comment here and let me know and I will include you in the drawing!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Five - SOLD

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"Orange Reflections"
Oil, 6" x 6" framed.
Sold.

OK, I am stunned. Yesterday's "contest" generated 301 names for boat paintings. Which means ... of course ... that I will not have to come up with a name for one of my boat paintings for about TWO YEARS! You guys are amazing! It also took me almost two hours to make the list of all of the suggested names as they appeared everywhere ... in my email, on face book (in many different places) and on my blog. Wow.
The winner of the Fourth Day of Christmas palette knives is Susan Hogan Girard. Congratulations!
The prize for Day Four is a $25 gift certificate toward pretty much anything ... gift cards, gift tags, a workshop, painting, etc. And today is easy. I promise. Since I will be working on final preparations for our party (which is tonight ... OMG ...) you just need to comment on my blog or facebook post. That's it!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Four

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"Middle Child"
Oil, 6" x *' on canvas panel.
$350 framed.

The winner of the Third Day of Christmas 24 notecards is Carrie Waller. Congratulations!

The prize for Day Four is a set of my four favorite palette knives. These are the knives I use to paint about 99% of my paintings and I am thrilled to give one of your own set! I am really excited about what you need to do to be eligible for this prize ... because this will help me a lot! Most of you know I paint a lot of boats so all you need to do is suggest potential names for "boat paintings"and every suggestion earns you a chance to win! You can leave a comment here or on facebook! Below are some of my paintings and titles ... just to get you started ...
 
Many of you have asked to see the menu for our party this weekend and I hope this will help you understand why I have been cooking like a maniac ...
Menu
Spicy grilled shrimp cocktail in shot glasses
Smoked turkey with cranberry/orange muffins
Smoked salmon and dill sauce
Chinese Chicken salad in won ton cups
Assorted veggies with Roasted Red Pepper Dip
BLT tomatoes
Caesar salad on parmesan cheese flat cups
Blue cheese, Walnut and Cranberry Crostini
Butternut squash, ginger and coconut soup
Martini Salad Bar

Skewered chicken with peanut sauce
Skewered flank steak with peanut sauce
Brie cups with pomegranates
Cape Fear crab cakes and dill sauce
Sweet Hot Thai sliders

Pesto stuffed mushrooms
Four cheese puffs
Tart shells with spinach/artichoke dip and parmesan cheese
Whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar topping in pastry shells
Crab quesadillas

Desserts
Cranberry, chocolate & toffee oatmeal cookies
Peanut butter fudge
Frosted sugar cookies
Cranberry shortbread
Chocolate Mint Marvels

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Three

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"Getting Ready"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel.
$300.00 framed.


Twelve Days of Christmas
Day Three 
I am pleased to announce the winner of the Second Day of Christmas fifty (50) Holiday Gift Tags is Karen Hartley. Congratulations!

The prize for Day Three is four packages of note cards, which includes 24 notecards featuring my paintings. The value of this prize is $72.00. And the winner will be able to pick which notecards they want from here.
To qualify to win the free giveaway, all you need to do is to comment on this blog post! This is really easy ... so just click the link below to comment and send me a message ... you can say anything you want!

Today's Marketing Tip: I honestly believe Facebook is currently the hottest free marketing tool available for artists.  So, using yesterdays's "google search tip" I found twenty (20) really cool Facebook tips. They include: How to Download Facebook Photo Albums, How to Share Flicker Photos to Facebook, How to Schedule Facebook Messages, How to Display Selected Pictures Only on your Facebook Profile Page and How to Post Your Blog Posts to Your Facebook Wall Automatically. Click here to find these great tips.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Two

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"Lend a Helping Hand"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel.
Sold.

Twelve Days of Christmas
Day Two

I am pleased to announce the winner of the First Day of Christmas archival print from Imagekind is Kathy Cousart. I used www.random.org to pick the winner. It works every time!

The prize for Day Two is a set of fifty (50) Holiday Gift Tags. These will ship out tomorrow so you can use them on all of your packages for the holidays!
To qualify to win the free giveaway, all you need to do is to help Dreama and me with this week's "Artists Helping Artist's" radio show. Our topic this week is "Getting Organized". So email me an organizational tip and you can win today's prize! If it pertains to art then great ... if you are not an artist send a tip anyway. We are especially interested in any art sales management systems you might be using to manage your art business. Thanks!!!

Today's Marketing Tip: Do you know the best way to find an answer to a marketing question? Just google it! The most common question I get is "How do I add Facebook Like Buttons to my blogger?". If you google the question, you will get hundreds of answers, including videos. Want to know how to "add Pay Pal Buttons to your blog or website"? Just google the question and tons of "how-to videos" are on the internet showing you how to do it. I know this sounds simple ... but it really works!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day One

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"Gone For A Swim"
Oil, 6" x 6" framed.
Sold.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Day One
Starting today, I will be giving away something free on my blog for twelve days. It's simple ... all you need to do is follow the simple instructions and you will be included in the drawing. At 11:00 pm each night I will randomly select the winner. There will be twelve straight days of winners. Plus ... each day includes a "free marketing tip".
The gift for Day One is a medium sized (approximately 16" x 16" or 20" x 16") archival print of any of my paintings listed on Imagekind. You can view the prints in my Imagekind store here.
And this is all you have to do to be eligible:
Visit my facebook event page for the Twelve Days of Christmas here. At the top of the page click SHARE. Add a quick note (if you want) and click SHARE. If you are not a facebook friend of mine, just request me and I will add you as a friend right away! When you share my event on facebook I will get a post on my facebook page, and I will add you to the drawing. Just be sure and do this by 11:00 pm and send me a note so I know you have shared it (just to be safe!). You will need to have a facebook account to participate in this first giveaway ... but if you can't participate no worries ... there will be something else you can win tomorrow!
So, I hope you will participate! Good luck!
Leslie

Marketing Tip #1: Facebook is an excellent way to share news and events pertaining to your art career. Create an "Event" on your facebook page and share it with all of your friends. (Even if the event is just happening on-line, create a facebook "event" and share it with your facebook friends!) Ask your friends to share your event with their friends. Listen to the "Artists Helping Artists" radio show on January 6th to learn how Randy Higbee at Randy Higbee Gallery used facebook to promote one of the most successful facebook campaigns in history!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Free Giveaways Start Tomorrow!

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"Holiday Bloom"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel.

The "Twelve Days of Christmas" starts right here on my blog tomorrow In the spirit of the holidays and "gift-giving", I will be giving away something on my blog for twelve straight days. In order to qualify for the daily drawing you will be required to do something ... perhaps even as simple as posting a comment on my blog! And the prizes are cool ... they include a free painting, free workshop, merchandise and other fun stuff! It's all for fun.
So, check back tomorrow and get ready to win something ...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Just The Two Of Us - SOLD

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"Just The Two Of Us"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality canvas panel
$200 with display easel.
Sold.
I have been so busy that "painting time" has been very scarce! But a wonderful blogger named Joyce took the time to send me some wonderful sailing photographs and I knew I had to make time to get in the studio to paint! Thank you ... thank you Joyce for so many wonderful photos!

Our holiday party is a week away ... egads ... and as usual I am cooking for 200 - 250 guests. I am a slave in my kitchen but truly loving it. I think I finally have "party preparation" down to a science.

I also have a two day palette knife workshop coming up in January. It's here in South Pasadena and I have three spots left. I have decided to add a homemade gourmet dinner (served at my house) to the class ... it's a wonderful time to stay up and chat about all things pertaining to art. For more information, click here.
Next week on the "Artists Helping Artists" radio show, Dreama and I will be talking about "Ways to Get Organized" for the New Year. We are looking for lots of tips from artists so please email me if you have any ideas you would like to share. We are looking for tips in and out of the studio!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Very "Art-Full" Weekend

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As I have mentioned previously, I had four Art Openings this past weekend. It was truly an amazing weekend and I am so thankful to Gale's Restaurant, Debra Huse Gallery, Segil Fine Art and Randy Higbee Gallery for allowing me to show my art in their amazing venues. I am eternally grateful to all of you who took the time during the holiday season to attend one of my openings. It was truly one of the most amazing art weekends in Southern California!
The first four photos above are from my solo show opening at Gale's Restaurant. Lots of friends and new collectors attended and I even managed to grab a photo with my parents. The last photo is from Randy Higbee Gallery. What an amazing show!
I am absolutely thrilled that I sold eight paintings this weekend. What a wonderful surprise and I loved meeting so many new collectors. I am truly blessed!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Peek ... My Paintings in the Debra Huse Gallery "Holiday Treasures" Show

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This is my second video featuring my paintings in the Debra Huse Gallery Holiday Treasures Show which opens this weekend.
For more information on my December shows, click here.

P.S. I just wanted to mention that something big is coming to my blog this holiday season. I will give you a big hint ... remember how much I like to share things around my birthday? Well ... Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I love giving presents!!! Check back to my blog for more details soon ...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Sneak Peek at my Gale's Show ...

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Believe it or not, I actually do try to follow the wisdom on the "artists Helping Artists" weekly radio show. Last week we talked about using videos to promote your art. So ... here s a glimpse of my paintings that can be seen at my solo show at Gale's. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Labor of Love

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Getting ready for my solo show at Gale's.

All 40 paintings are framed, labeled, priced and ready to head out this morning. I have already delivered the seven paintings to Debra Huse Gallery, Segil Fine Art and Randy Higbee Gallery. So yes ... there is no art left in my house!
So ... if you live in southern California I hope to see you this weekend at one of the four events my art can be seen ...


Gale's Restaurant
Leslie Saeta Solo Show
November 30 - January 15, 2010 
Artist’s Reception is Sunday, December 5th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
452 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105  
  1. (626)432-6705

Holiday Treasures
Opening Reception Saturday Dec 4th, 2010 6:00pm - 8:00pm
December 4th - January 6th, 2010
Small gem-like paintings that you can treasure always by award-winning artists Leslie Saeta, Greg LaRock, Debra Huse, Michael Obermeyer, Christine Hooker, Randal Sexton, Patti Cliffton & John Budicin.
229 Marine Avenue, Ste E, Balboa Island, CA 92662
949-723-6171

Segil Fine Art
December 4 - 31, 2010
Opening reception Saturday, December 4th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
626-358-5563

6” Squared Exhibit
December 4 - 23, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday, December 4th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
714-546-2156 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Reflections on the Pavilion - SOLD

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"Reflections on the Pavilion"
11" x 14"on museum quality canvas panel.
Sold.

After painting like a maniac for the past few months, the next two days will be spent framing, labeling and cataloging all of my paintings. I will deliver 46 paintings in the next few days to Randy Higbee Gallery, Debra Huse Gallery and Gale's Restaurant. Yesterday I dropped off two at Segil Fine Art Gallery. Needless to say, there will be no paintings left to decorate the walls of my house. So on Wednesday I will be back in my studio to continue painting to fill up the empty walls in time for Christmas! Yikes!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

All Things Nice

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"All Things Nice"
Oil, 6" x 6"

For some reason this painting reminded me of the well known nursery rhyme: 


"What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of !"
What are little girls made of?
"Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of!"

As a mother of three boys, I totally get this ... but I think the few lines can be re-written depending on your own experiences! Anybody want to give it a try?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Watching The Sunset

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"Watching The Sunset"
Oil, 24" x 24" framed.

I have a few more days of painting left before I ship off every single painting I have in "inventory" to the shows I am participating in December. I will be at Gale's Restaurant, Segil Fine Gallery, Randy Higbee Gallery and Debra Huse Gallery. It's been a busy few months but very fun.
I am so looking forward to time with family this Thanksgiving week ... I love the holidays! And my oldest son is home from college in a few hours. Yippee!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Just a Typical Day ... SOLD

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"Shoulder to Shoulder"
Oil, 6" x 6" framed.
Sold.

Yesterday was one of those days ... I started at the swim meet, then raced to the waterpolo game, watched the Stanford football game, went to the volleyball game and went back to the swim meet.
Just a typical day ...
There's something about sporting events and "being a sports fan" that is simply remarkable. Perhaps because I have spent so many years cheering my kids on ... who knows ... but all I can say is I love watching sports ... especially when my kids (or their friends) are on the court, field or in the pool. Even though sports represent the thrill of victory and truly the agony of defeat, I think the lessons learned "on the court" are life lessons. 
So, hats off to all of the athletes who participated in the sporting events from yesterday. You cheered, experienced amazing accomplishments and even shed some tears, but I am proud of every single one of you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

UCLA Reflections

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"UCLA Reflections"
Oil, 11" x14"
$700.00 unframed.

Royce Hall is probably one of the most recognized buildings on the UCLA campus. I thought it might be fun to paint it as a reflection in the stone ground. I painted another painting like this a year ago titled "City Hal Reflections".
Thanks so whomever sent the the photo that inspired this painting. It was sent to me a long time ago and I am sorry it took me so long to get around to painting it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

It's All About The Box

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"It's All About The Box"
Oil, 8" x 8"
$350.00 with display easel.
As you know I have been painting a lot of "gift boxes" this month.  And of course, a collection of gift boxes would not be complete without a "little blue box". And I thought I was good at marketing ... Tiffany's has created so much "hype" over their boxes that I think it doesn't matter as much what is inside.  Ok, so maybe this an overstatement, but I know I love getting one of these boxes. And usually what is found inside isn't that bad either!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sunset Marina

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"Sunset Marina"
Oil, 24" x 24" on box canvas frame.
$1500.00


I am still painting a lot trying to get ready for my shows next month. But I have also been busy trying to encourage everyone to participate in the Art Walk for Annie to help Annie Salness and her family. You can visit the website for Annie here.
Today on the "Artists Helping Artists" radio show, we had Scott Christensen as our guest. It's a terrific interview so you might want to listen to it. Scott is not only an incredibly talented painter but a great guy. His comments are very inspiring!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

You Can Make A Difference

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Annie Salness
Many of you read on my blog a few weeks ago that a dear artist friend, Annie Salness, had a stroke. Annie is an amazing woman, wife, mother of four children, artist and friend. She has made remarkable progress in these past few weeks and many of you have asked how you can help Annie and her family.
Some of her artist friends have put together an "Art Walk for Annie" to help raise money to offset some of her medical bills. I put together a website that explains all of the details as to how you can help Annie. I think there is an option here for everyone to help, so please do what you can to help a fellow artist!
In a nutshell, here's what you can do:


1.Donate a small- to medium-sized piece of your art (original or reproduction) toward a silent auction “Art Walk for Annie” scheduled for December 7, 2010 in Portland, OR. Click here for details. (Randy Higbee Art & Frame Co. will offer any frames at a 50% discount for this event. Just send him the painting by November 30th and he will ship the paintings to Portland for free!). Also please try to attend this event!

  1. 2.Sell a piece of your art on your blog or website and donate the proceeds to the “Art Walk for Annie” fund. Please send me a photo of the painting and I will post it on the website and add a link to the sale. This will allow everyone to purchase art to help Annie. I can link to your blog or to a link on ebay.

  1. 3.Make a small donation ($10 or more) and earn a chance to win an original oil painting or workshop by Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry. Dreama and I are donating an original oil painting or a free spot at one of our workshops (including the three day workshop we teach together in Atlanta (Feb 2011) and Pasadena (Sep 2011)). It's really easy to win. All you need to do is donate $10 or more to the "Art Walk for Annie" fund and for every $10 donated, you will earn a chance to win. As the winner, you can pick the painting of your choice (up to an 8" x 8" size) or attend a free workshop.


  1. 4.Visit the website for Annie and follow the links to see the art that is offered for sale. Since all proceeds will be 100% donated to the fund, your purchase will help Annie and her family! (It may take a week or so before art for sale is posted ...).


    Thanks everyone. Do what you can. I really appreciate it. And God bless you!
    Leslie

Monday, November 8, 2010

Entering Stanford

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"Entering Stanford"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality panel.
$200.00 with free display easel (can also be purchased framed)
It's getting to be that dreaded time of the year again. It's college application time! College applications ... more stress than ever imagined ... and the "dreadful waiting period". The college admissions process is unforgettable. And really not that much fun. At least not until it is over ...
Throughout all of the stress (which includes excitement and disappointments) I honestly believe the process does work. There are so many wonderful colleges out there and eventually most kids find a college that is well suited for them. There are the big universities and the small liberal arts colleges and a few thousand others in between. And most of them represent a great place to go to college.
One of my favorite universities is Stanford. I did not go there (I am a UCSB alum) although my husband's entire family did and my oldest son is a sophomore at Stanford. When I dropped him off to college this year I wanted to stay and go to college all over again. It just looked like so much fun (Andrew ... don't panic ... I promise your mom will not go to your college ... I was just kidding).
So I decided to paint a Stanford painting today. I thought it might make a nice Christmas gift for a Stanford alum or student. And I promise there will be UCLA, UCSB and Oregon paintings completed shortly. And maybe even one from a really awesome college in North Carolina ...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Under Wraps

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"Under Wraps"
Oil, 12" x 12"
Available at Gale's Restaurant
Leslie Saeta Solo Show 
November 30th - January 15th
Opening Reception is December 5th

I am painting like a maniac right now getting ready for three December shows. I have a solo show at Gale's Restaurant in Pasadena and the Opening Reception is Sunday, December 5th from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. If you are in the area, I hope you can stop by! I am also included in the Holiday Treasures Show at Debra Huse Gallery in Newport Beach. The opening reception is Saturday, December 4th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. This show is going to be amazing as it also features the art of Greg LaRock, Debra Huse, Michael Obermeyer, Christine Hooker, Randal Sexton, Patti Cliffton & John Budicin. Click here for more information on my upcoming events. 
What a nice surprise to realize at 7:30 a.m. this morning that it was only 6:30 a.m. We were busy watching football last night (way to go Stanford!) and I completely forgot to set the clocks back. So I am very happy to have an extra hour of painting today!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Blonde Moment ...

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"Blue Bayou"
Oil, 12" x 12" on museum quality canvas panel.
$550.00
Most of you are aware that I am a blonde. A natural one, in fact. You also need to know that occasionally (and I do mean occasionally!) I do a dumb thing. And on these rare moments, my children seem to think it is important to remind me of my natural hair color.
So yesterday, when I was making lunch for my ailing husband (it's ok to feel sorry for me here ...) I somehow managed to completely bend one of my toes in to a position that I don't think it's supposed to be bent. So, needless to say, I have yet another purple/blue/black toe and cannot really walk ... very well. So, as much as I wanted like to hide this from all of the male species living in my house, it just isn't/wasn't possible. (Just to be fair, I should probably mention that a few months ago I pretty much did the same thing to a toe on my other foot.)
So ... similar accident and now the dumb blonde jokes. Hmmm. Where are all of the "brunette" jokes? Or "redhead" jokes?
So, after spending this morning at the hospital with my husband (he is fine ... you should be feeling sorry for me ... not him) I went up to my studio, and proceeded to paint ... while elevating and icing my toe. Not such a smart idea. Have you ever tired to paint with one foot up in the air?
It's a miracle that I even have a decent painting to post ... and yes ... it's ok to send any good dumb blonde jokes my way. I think I have heard them all ... thanks to the "male species" living in my house! But I sense there might be a few more out there I haven't heard yet.

So really ... what's a girl to do? Oops ... I mean, what's a blonde girl to do?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

One Fine Day - Sold

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"One Fine Day"
Oil, 30" x 30"
Sold.

Sorry I don't have a better photo of this commission, but I have discovered I am much better at photographing smaller paintings. I just can't get a good photo of a 30" x 30" ... even in 95 degree sunny weather (isn't it November?). The photograph does not do justice to the painting as you cannot see any of the highlights or detail work ... I guess you will just have to take my word for it!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Giving Thanks

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"Giving Thanks"
(#4 in a series)
Oil, 8" x 8" on museum quality canvas panel.
$350.00 with display easel.

November is the month for "giving thanks" and it's fun to stop and think of all the wonderful things we should be thankful for. I am so blessed with an amazing family and friends and try to be thankful for this every day.
This painting is my fourth in this series. I am still having a blast so I might keep at it for a while. I hope that is ok. I am about to move on to another wrapping paper style, in case you are getting tired of the polka dots!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat?

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"Trick or Treat?"
(#3 in a series)
Oil, 8" x 8" on museum quality canvas panel.
$350.00 with display easel.
Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic  and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. For some of us Halloween is a big deal. That includes pretty much anyone that lives in my town. 
I live in South Pasadena and because we live in a very flat area with wide, safe streets we see a lot of tick-or-treaters on Halloween. There's a street in our neighborhood that gets at least 1000 trick-or-treaters. We will probably see about 600 or so.
So, candy selection is a pretty big deal in our town. And ... I have to admit that I do buy two different types of candy. Shame on me, but I must preface that it is all GOOD candy. I buy mid-sized candy bars for the kids I don't know and 3 ft. long pixie sticks for the kids that I do know. 
I also must confess that it has always been important to me that we are known as a "good house" on Halloween. This entails decorating the outside of your house and serving "good candy". So I have the cobwebs, orange lights and the scary music playing from the balcony. One year I even put a projector in my car in front of the house and showed an old scary movie on the front of our white house.
This year I am going have a "third level" of candy/dessert. I am going to make homemade ice cream using dry ice. It's really cool, you just pour homemade ice cream mixture in to a "dry ice bowl" and add all of the stuff to the ice cream mixture that sounds yummy. Keep stirring it and within 90 seconds you have perfect ice cream! It's kind of like "Coldstones" but you start from scratch. And I have decided this "treat" will only be served to family and REALLY close friends.
So ... what are you doing for Halloween?

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