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Make-Shift Angel Calendar by ArdenEllenNixon
Make-Shift Angel Calendar
 In my Cafepress shop www.cafepress.com/ardenellenni… , you'll find not only calendars featuring artwork from past year's, but also this year's new "Under the Stars" and "Make-Shift Angel" calendars!  As always, all art, design work, and backgrounds are mine, and watermarks appear only on the online versions.  The starting month is yours to choose, so if you just can't wait until next year, you can start your calendar in November of this one!

As for me, I'm in the midst of my con crunch, with two more boxes of prints to get in the mail before I'm free until next year.  Of course, things would go a great deal faster had I not sliced off the side of my left index finger while cutting mats and had I not spent Monday afternoon getting it stitched back together, but such is life!  Points to my husband (who had a tooth extracted that morning) for listening to me blubber while he held my hand over the sink/under the water/under the alcohol and band-aids so I could drive myself to the Urgent Care clinic.

Don't forget to check out my gallery for my latest paintings! 

All images and artwork are property of the artist and are not to be used in any media (including wallpapers) without express written permission. My art is NOT stock and is NOT public domain. Purchasing either a print or an original does not give the purchaser any rights to the image, all of which remain with the artist.
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Under the Stars Calendar by ArdenEllenNixon
Under the Stars Calendar
 In my Cafepress shop www.cafepress.com/ardenellenni… , you'll find not only calendars featuring artwork from past year's, but also this year's new "Under the Stars" and "Make-Shift Angel" calendars!  As always, all art, design work, and backgrounds are mine, and watermarks appear only on the online versions.  The starting month is yours to choose, so if you just can't wait until next year, you can start your calendar in November of this one!

As for me, I'm in the midst of my con crunch, with two more boxes of prints to get in the mail before I'm free until next year.  Of course, things would go a great deal faster had I not sliced off the side of my left index finger while cutting mats and had I not spent Monday afternoon getting it stitched back together, but such is life!  Points to my husband (who had a tooth extracted that morning) for listening to me blubber while he held my hand over the sink/under the water/under the alcohol and bandaids so I could drive myself to the Urgent Care clinic.

Don't forget to check out my gallery for my latest paintings! 

All images and artwork are property of the artist and are not to be used in any media (including wallpapers) without express written permission. My art is NOT stock and is NOT public domain. Purchasing either a print or an original does not give the purchaser any rights to the image, all of which remain with the artist.
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For those of you in the Omaha, NE area, I will be the Artist Guest of Honor at NukeCon this very weekend!
www.nuke-con.com/index.php  The art show and dealer's room are free, so if you haven't time or the budget for the entire con, you can still drop by and say hello!

If you're in the St. Louis area, I will have work in the art show at ARCHON!  www.archonstl.org/38/  As this is a mail-in show for me, I wish all who attend a wonderful time.

If you're near neither, no worries, have a terrific weekend!

Peace,
Arden
First of all, since DA seems to be hit-or-miss regarding posting new pieces to watch feeds lately, a quick gathering of my latest:

Make-Shift Angel XII:  You Are Here by ArdenEllenNixon
 Dream Catcher by ArdenEllenNixon  I am that I am, too by ArdenEllenNixon  The Bookseller by ArdenEllenNixon 

Prints of all but "Make-Shift Angel XII" are available in my Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ardenellenni…

I've been so busy--in all seriousness, I spent ALL of yesterday cleaning the house because I actually had time to realize how much it needed it--that I neglected to mention the most fun part of our summer!  At the tale end of July, my husband and I ran away to Chicago to enjoy close to a week of vacation and a bit of a second honeymoon.  His favorite UK football team, Tottenham Hotspur, played the Chicago Fire on the 26th, so we arrived the day before and stayed for several days after to catch everything we missed during our wedding visit last year. 

(FYI, if you have a bad habit and need a reason to quit, our trip was paid for by automatically depositing what had been Nicholas' cigarette money.  We'd had the tickets for the match since January, and when his March stroke surprised us and banned him from his pack-a-day habit, saving that money--which was already budgeted out--let us keep up with the medical expenses while also letting us keep the trip.  Having that to look forward to meant so much to both of us!)

We spent Friday through Tuesday in Chicago, where we walked through Millennium Park multiple times; spent an entire morning walking downtown before attending the soccer match that night; spent two days going over everything in the Art Institute from opening to close (I *finally* saw a Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting in person!); revisited the Oriental Institute where we were married; and yet the only picture I took is of Nicholas' face while watching his soccer team play in person for the first time. All of the above was truly memorable, but that look made the trip for me. I love this man.

But enough of me being moon-eyed for my husband... ;)

Chicago proved a great time once again, and we're sure to find an excuse to go back.  The Art Institute has several new wings in the works in addition to their already impressive collection--seriously, the Pre-Raphaelite room was to die for (they rank among my first artistic loves).  As old movie fans, it was also a kick to stand before "A Picture of Dorian Gray" in the modern art gallery, which was commissioned for a 1945 movie of the same name (based on the Oscar Wilde story, of course).  "Nighthawks" hung right behind it, and was truly impressive in both size and vibrancy.  The Asian galleries were glorious... really, everything was.  We could have easily spent still another day, but we had hit sensory overload and then some!

Oh!  Should you visit the Art Institute multiple days in a row, keep your ticket stubs!  When we went back the second day, I said jokingly "Do we get a discount for coming here two days in a row?", to which the clerk replied, "Yes, it'll save you $12 if you still have your tickets from yesterday to prove it."  Happily, I had absentmindedly stuffed them in my purse, where they still were. Thus, the $24 a head price went down to $18 thanks to what I thought would be a throwaway remark.  Who knew?

Peace,
Arden

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ArdenEllenNixon
Arden Ellen Nixon
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I hear in my mind all of these voices;
I hear in my mind all of these words;
I hear in my mind all of this music;
And it breaks my heart.
--Regina Spektor, "Fidelity"
For those of you in the Omaha, NE area, I will be the Artist Guest of Honor at NukeCon this very weekend!
www.nuke-con.com/index.php  The art show and dealer's room are free, so if you haven't time or the budget for the entire con, you can still drop by and say hello!

If you're in the St. Louis area, I will have work in the art show at ARCHON!  www.archonstl.org/38/  As this is a mail-in show for me, I wish all who attend a wonderful time.

If you're near neither, no worries, have a terrific weekend!

Peace,
Arden

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:icongodoreoi:
godoreoi Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Your Very WelcomeNod ...Beautiful Works of ArtGallery ,Peace Heart to youHug 
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foreverdepphead Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Photographer
Watch plss
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for all your recent faves!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
But of course!
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AmateurArtistt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, do you draw realistic male portraits?
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I do, but I am not taking commissions at this time.  Thank you for asking, though!
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AmateurArtistt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't mean a commission. I meant as practice. Never mind.
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ThePinkPoudo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love all of your beautiful artwork! 
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Thank you!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for all your faves!
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