Oct 12, 2014

Horses on Phone Cases

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With the release of the new iPhone 6 I thought it would be nice to make some of my artwork available on phone cases. Well, on Pixels.com (a Fine Art America website) most of my images are available on phone cases by default. But they were not created with that use in mind so most of them don't really fit the cases very well as is. So I decided to take some of my images and edit them in Photoshop so they fit nicely on the case. Today I worked on some horse portrait images shown here.

These images show up on both sites because the two sites are linked. So if I upload them to Pixels.com they will show up on FAA, even though the phone cases are not shown on FAA. So if you're used to browsing my prints on FAA and see an image you'd like on a phone case, you'll need to go to Pixels.com to get the case. Confusing, I know. Not sure why they decided to set things up this way. I wish they'd just put the phone cases on both sites and simplify things. But, for now, this is what we have to work with.

Western Pleasure Horse Phone Case

 Dark Bay Dressage Horse Phone Case

Chestnut Dressage Horse Phone Case

Friesian Horse Phone Case

Chestnut Morgan Horse Phone Case

Seal Brown Dressage Horse Phone Case

Native American War Horse Phone Case

Images shown here are the iPhone 6 case but the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, and other models are also available from the drop-down menu on the site, as well as Samsung Galaxy cases. Lots to choose from!

Oct 8, 2014

Limited Time Sale on Hummingbird Canvas Prints

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I've set up another limited time, limited quantity sale on one of my bird images. For a few days only you can get a huge discount off 20"x16" canvas prints of my Hummingbird Heaven painting. Normally $167 now only $85 for a savings of $82 off each print.

That's nearly half off!

But the discount is only good for a few days, or until 10 prints are sold, whichever comes first.

Click here purchase this print. Offer expires 10/13/14 or when 10 prints are sold.

Oct 4, 2014

Limited Time Sale on Chickadee and Bluebird Canvas Prints

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I've set up a limited time, limited quantity sale on two of my bird images. For a few days only you can get a huge discount off 20"x16" canvas prints of my Apple Harvest Chickedees painting and my Bluebirds and Peaches painting. Normally $167 now only $85 for a savings of $82 off each print. That's nearly half off!

But the discount is only good for a few days, or until 10 prints are sold, whichever comes first. So don't wait! 

Click here purchase the chickadees print. Offer expires 10/8/14 or when 10 prints are sold.

Click here purchase the bluebirds print. Offer expires 10/9/14 or when 10 prints are sold.

Sep 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11

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You know what disturbs as much as the people who were affected by 9/11? The people who were not affected by it.

Let me explain.

I was not directly affected by 9/11 in that I was not there, nor did I lose any loved ones. But I was still deeply affected emotionally, as I'm sure most of the world was.

It's amazing how much detail you remember when an event in your life is emotionally charged. Those of  you who are old enough to remember 9/11 know what I'm talking about. You know exactly where you were at that moment, what you were doing, and how you learned of the event. You can probably even vividly remember unrelated details like what the weather was like, or what color shirt your son had on that morning. It's as if you can still see that day today.

It's amazing what the brain record when emotions are involved. We were all involved in other activities just before that time, but we don't remember. Do you remember what you were doing an hour before? The night before? Probably not. They were unemotional events. But inject an ordinary daily activity like drinking coffee with extreme emotion and now you will never forget the smell or taste of that particular cup of coffee for the rest of your life.

Weird, isn't it?

I remember quite well what I was doing that morning, as I'm sure most of you do. I don't remember a darn thing I was doing just before the event. But when I heard about it, and the rest of the day afterwards, are pretty well etched in my memory.

I was on the computer at the time, living in a rental townhouse in Bothell, WA. I learned about it when someone on Yahoo Messenger messaged me with "AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!"

I asked what was wrong.

He replied, "We're being attacked!!!!!!!"

I said, "What are you talking about?"

At first I thought he was joking. But then he said, "Turn on the TV! Turn on the news!!!"

So I did. And I was shocked by what I saw.

I haven't lived in that townhouse for over 12 years now. I don't remember much about it. But I still remember how that room was laid out that morning, where the computers were, where the TV was, how the morning light was shining through the window.

I remember going to work that morning and feeling like a zombie walking down the hallways. I saw other zombies walking down the hallways that day too. Most of us were dazed and confused.

I remember going to lunch that day. I remember the restaurant I went to, where it was, what it looked like. The lunch crowd was there so we had to wait for a table. We waited outside. We sat on the stone fence in the parking lot. I remember the weather was nice that day. The sun was shining through the leaves on the trees across the parking lot, making them glow neon green.

Normally I would have thought the sunlight shining through the leaves was a beautiful thing. And, intellectually, I knew it was. But that day I could not experience the pleasure, the joy, that usually comes with looking at something visually beautiful such as that. I was emotionally numb.

So many things, little details like the leaves at lunch, that I remember that day. But one thing that really stands out in my mind was when I went back to work after lunch. Back to the hallways of zombies.

But suddenly one coworker stood out. He came bouncing down the hallway, a spring in his step, a smile on his face. He looked happy as a lark. I stopped him and asked him how the hell he could be so happy on a day like this. He replied that he'd just learned he was going to be put on a new project at work and was excited about it.

This was back when I worked for a video game company. Sure, if we'd been working on cancer research and he'd just found the cure, I might be able to understand his excitement despite the day's events. But we're talking video games here!

Video games seemed like total trivial garbage to me at the moment compared to the real world.

So I asked how he could be so excited about a stupid video game project when thousands of people had just died. He shrugged and said, "I don't know anyone there. It doesn't affect my life. What do I care? I'm just happy to be on this project!"

That is just beyond comprehension to me. I was bewildered. Confounded. Flabbergasted. How can someone be so totally unaffected?

To this day I still can't understand this man's behavior. As far as I know he was not a bad man. Never caused problems at work. Never committed a crime. Never beat his wife or even kicked his dog as far as I know. How can such a seemingly ordinary person have zero reaction to the events of 9/11?

I was, and still am, truly baffled by his lack of emotional response.

Perhaps it's a defense mechanism. His way of avoiding the pain and anguish most of us experienced that day. Maybe it caught up with him one day down the road. I don't know. I don't pretend to understand. I just know it's something I'll never forget.

What are your most vivid memories of that day? Share them in the Comments section below.

Sep 8, 2014

Washington State Fair Fine Art Show

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I'm happy to announce that two of my paintings were accepted into the Washington State Fair Art Show in Puyallup, WA. The fair goes from September 5-21 this year, so if you are in the area during this time be sure to check out the art exhibit.

Here are the two paintings of mine that will be in the show this month.

Apple Harvest Chickadees
Oil on Multimedia Artboard

Bluebirds and Peaches
Oil on Multimedia Artboard

Both of these original oil paintings are for sale and available for purchase at the fair. If you can't make it to the fair, or aren't in the market for an original oil painting, fine art prints of these images are available through Fine Art America. You can find them here: Crista Forest's bird art print gallery.

Of course, although art is the best thing to see at the state fair, there are many other things to do there too. There are all sorts of attractions there. Rodeos, parades, games, stage shows, music concerts, horse shows, farm animals, and lots of bad-for-you but tasty foods like corn dogs, cotton candy, and candy apples that you can throw up after going on all the wild rides! ;)

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