Nov 26, 2014

Snow Fox Holiday Greeting Cards

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Some new Christmas cards up on Zazzle featuring my painting of a cute red fox sitting in the snow. A few different color variations for you. And these are fully customizable, so you can change the text to say whatever you want. You can also do things like change the font style, color, size, or position, or even change the card's background color. Just click the blue Customize button under the image to adjust it to your needs. Here are the few variations I posted to get you started. Go from there!





And here are matching envelopes and postage stamps to go with your greeting cards!

Nov 21, 2014

Miniature Painting - No 60 - Christmas Bells

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I little departure from my usual animal paintings to create a holiday image featuring shiny gold Christmas bells and a bright red ribbon. Add some holiday themed art to your walls along with your other Christmas themed home decor this year.


6"x6" oil on Gessobord

Nov 16, 2014

Happy Kitty Sad Kitty Products

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Lots and lots of new products added to my Zazzle Store since my last post. Please consider supporting artists this holiday season by buying Christmas decor and gifts from Zazzle stores run by individual artists rather than buying products mass-produced by huge chain stores. Not only will you be supporting individual artists, you will be giving unique gifts. Most of the products on Zazzle are fully customizable. You can customize iPhone cases with a monogram or name. You can create unique invitations to your Christmas party. You can personalize products for birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, and more!

I have put a lot of products up in the last couple weeks featuring a variety of subjects from deer to ducks. But today I'm going to just show some of the cat products I've put up recently. These would make great gifts for the cat lover you know.









These are just a few of the many kitten products available. Browse the cat section of my Zazzle Store to see all the many products you can find featuring these adorable kitten faces!

Nov 8, 2014

New Social Media Site - Tsu.co

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I've been a Facebook user for several years. For a time I would spend a couple hours a day there. As with many social media sites, it is sometimes the only way I interact with distant friends and relatives. Sometimes it was the only way I know what's going on in their lives. Facebook used to be one of the best social media sites for that. Used to be....


This past year or so I have become totally fed up with Facebook. Many people don't realize it but once upon a time, in its earlier years, you got to see every single post your FB Friends posted. Yes, 100% of what your Friends said or shared or did would show up in the main feed. If you're new to FB you may not realize that's the way it used to be. If you're not new to FB you may not have realized things have changed.

You ever wonder why Aunt Matilda never seems to be on FB anymore? I bet she still is. You just never see her posts anymore. She used to post a lot about gardening, and canning her fruits and vegetables. While you enjoyed reading about her daily life, you aren't really into gardening and canning so you didn't normally Like or Comment on her posts. Now she no longer seems to be posting, right?

Well, she's probably not gone. But, because you didn't Like or Comment much, Facebook has decided for you that you are no longer interested in reading her posts. Therefore they are no longer visible to you. Yes, Facebook has decided to determine what you should and shouldn't be allowed to see.

Why is this? Why can't you see all Aunt Matilda's posts whether you Like and Comment on them or not?

Well, I can't say for sure since I don't work for FB. But from what I've read in articles and blogs there have been a lot of changes to the way FB determines what you get to see and what you don't, and it's most likely all about money.

You see, from the beginning, FB promised it would always be free to use. As they grew, however, they saw lots of ways to make big bucks. That's fine, we all want to make lots of money. But at first it was just from advertisers. Then, greed started to creep in. As they got millions of users, they wondered if there wasn't a way to make money off them too. But, since they had promised FB would always be free, they couldn't start charging us to use FB. So, they had to figure out a work-around, another way to get money out of users and still tell them FB was free to use.

This is when the algorithms started kicking in, deciding for you which posts you saw and which you didn't. They claim it was to reduce the clutter on your Feed, preventing you from having to filter through posts you weren't interested in. Interestingly, though, it coincided with their introduction of the Pay to Promote feature. Previously, all your Friends saw all your posts. Now your visibility has been reduced to about 20% of what it used to be, and so it is with your Friends.

So, Aunt Matilda is probably still posting about her peach cobbler, but you just don't see it anymore. But, with the new Pay to Promote feature, she could pay money to make sure you see more of her peach canning techniques! Of course, she probably doesn't know you're not seeing them. And she's probably wondering why you're never on FB anymore either.

OK, but enough ranting about FB. This post was actually to talk about a new social media site that I think is going to be a big thing. It looks and feels pretty much like FB but with a couple of big differences.

So far, at least, they do not try to decide for you what you can and can't see. You see all your Friends posts. Second, they have decided to actually share their success with you, the user, rather than try to squeeze more money out of you. They make money from advertisers, just like FB does. But instead of keeping it all for themselves, they share a little of it with us, the users, because we're what makes that ad revenue possible. Yes, post and Share and Like and Comment just like you would on FB but now you could actually earn money for doing that! How cool is that?

Let me warn you, Tsu launched only a few weeks go, so there are still some kinks to work out. So don't be surprised if there are a few glitches, and lots of changes, still to come. But I have a feeling it's going to be a successful thing in the long run, and it's exciting to get in on it this early!


But you can't sign up that easy! Registering with Tsu is by invitation only. You can't go directly to Tsu.co and sign up. You need a Friend's link. So I'll provide you with mine here. Come check it out and Follow me there. It's totally free to sign up. And you might just earn a little pocket change in the process.

www.tsu.co/ForestWildlifeArt

Nov 6, 2014

Cardinals and Holly Gifts and Decorations

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The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons are fast approaching! It seems like we were just having Fourth of July barbeques a few weeks ago. Where did the summer go!?

Well, here it comes, ready or not. So I've been trying to get ready. I've been adding a lot of Christmas themed products to my Zazzle store recently using artwork from my Cardinals and Holly painting. There are all kinds of products, from Christmas stockings and ornaments to everyday items like coffee mugs and accent pillows, that you can use to decorate your home with a holiday theme.

To give you more choices, I've added my cardinals image to products with different backgrounds so you have a variety of colors to choose from to best go with your existing home decor. There's a red theme, and a green theme, and a yellow theme.

There are literally hundreds of products so I can only show a few examples here. We'll start with a few red theme items.

Here's a Christmas stocking that you can customize. Just change the text in the text box on the right to replace the current name with your own child's name. You can change it even more with the blue "Customize It" that will allow you to also change the font color, style, and size to your liking.


I have a new Christmas greeting card available this year. This image was available as a holiday greeting card last year but only in its original form. This year I've added a fancy red border to give it even more of a Christmas holiday feel. This card is also fully customizable. Change the greeting in the text boxes at the right, or click the Customize It button to also change the font color, size, and style.


Need an "ugly" sweater for that Ugly Christmas Sweater Party but don't really want to look ugly? Again, the text is fully customizable. Change it to say and look however you want.



Now for a few green theme items. Here's some cardinals and holly gift wrapping paper. Again you can change the greeting to whatever you'd like. You can even change the background color with the Customize It button if this particular shade of green doesn't suit your tastes.


Some holiday paper plates to use for the family get-together. There are matching napkins and placemats to go with them.


And how about a holiday scarf for staying warm?



And if the traditional greens and reds of Christmas are not really to your liking, I add some products with a softer, pale yellow background, such as this wrapping paper.




But there are lots and lots more products in each of these color schemes. Here are the links to browse all the products within each color category:




Nov 3, 2014

New Fall Theme Puppy Painting

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Since it's autumn I figured this was a good time to do a fall theme painting. I didn't want to paint the usual Thanksgiving turkey, though. A wonderful bird and certainly part of the American Thanksgiving tradition. But, the truth is, puppies are cuter. Haha!

I've had this adorable photo of my own yellow Labrador retriever puppy, Hannah, that I've wanted to paint for years. She was just 7 weeks old when the photo was taken. She'll be 11 years old this month. My, how time flies! But, that brings me to the point of why she is the subject of this fall theme painting. She was born on November 27, 2003 which was Thanksgiving Day that year. Although Thanksgiving does not fall on the 27th every year, it just happens to fall on the 27th once again this year. She is my Thanksgiving puppy and I have been so grateful to have her for all these years. She has been a truly wonderful dog! So, to celebrate her birthday, as well as Thanksgiving, I have immortalized her in this painting. And even if she hadn't been born on Thanksgiving, I think she's a darn cute subject for any painting! :)


Buy Fine Art Prints of this puppy here.
Buy Thanksgiving products featuring this image here.

To go along with the fall harvest, Thanksgiving theme, I have included a lot of objects we associate with the autumn bounty. Pumpkins, gourds, and other squash, as well as Indian corn. Turkey feathers for the autumn feast. A hay bale and a horseshoe to the remind us of the horse, that wonderful beast of burden mankind could not survive without, that plowed the fields to grow the pumpkin and corn.

So let's take some time to think about all the things we are blessed with this fall. Not just the bountiful harvests, but the wonderful animals in our lives. Throughout history horses and dogs have been vitally important to the lives of humans in so many ways, from horses plowing fields and pulling carriages, to dogs flushing quail and herding sheep. Could you imagine a world where mankind never had working horses and hunting dogs?

So if you have a horse or dog in your life, try to imagine a world where they'd never existed. After those tears start to fall, go out and give your horse or dog a big hug and a treat on Thanksgiving Day.

Btw, since my dog's birthday is on Thanksgiving, guess what she gets as her birthday "cake"! Turkey! Yes, she'll be a very happy dog eating lots of turkey this Thanksgiving. :)

Oct 26, 2014

Southwestern Theme Horse Gift Ideas

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With Christmas just around the corner it's time to start thinking about what you're going to get your friends and loved ones this year. Do you know anyone who loves horses? Do you know anyone who decorates their home in the southwestern style? If so, I have some new items that would make great gifts for them.

I have been using some of my oil paintings of horses to create a line of matching products for the home with a southwest theme. The first painting I started with is my painting of a sorrel western pleasure quarter horse portrait. Kitchen and dining products range from plates and placemats to kitchen towels and cutting boards. Home decor items include pillows, poufs, lamps, and throws.

But you aren't limited to home decor. Other gift ideas include phone cases, jewelry, wallets, purses, and more. Lots of choices so there's something for everyone!

Here are just a few examples of items featuring the western horse with a southwest pattern theme.












Lots more items here so browse around.

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